Cocktails and Movies Presents: Summer 2013 Movies To See

By Tim Barley and Mike Reyes

Cocktails and Movies’ Tim and Mike Pick The Movies To See This Summer!

Summer is almost here! That means BIG movies. In the industry they are called “tent pole releases.” They have big budgets. And big stars. The studios hope that you’ll spend your hard earned paper route money going to see them again. And again. And again… Not all movies are made equally and not all recoup their budgets. But, we think that we’ve picked a number of films that will both entertain AND make a boat load of money.

So we put our heads together and came up with our individual “Summer Top Ten We Want To See Movies,” and here are our choices:

Where we agree (4):

Iron Man 3: (Disney/Marvel – May 3rd)

cocktails & movies iron man 3 posterProbably one of the biggest no-brainers of the year, Robert Downery, Jr., Gwenyth Paltrow, and Don Cheadle return in third installment of Marvel Entertainment’s most successful franchise. This time, Shane Black (“Lethal Weapon,” “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang”) takes the helm and all the buzz from the premiere is that this will be the summer box office winner. The villain this time is The Mandarin, played by Ben Kingsley. Also, look for Guy Pearce as well.

Tim’s thoughts: “Duh. Marvel cast the perfect actor as Tony Stark and John Favreau did an enormous job making the first two films in solid blockbusters. Shane Black looks to have carried the torch brilliantly. I can’t wait to drink cocktails and cheer with the rest of the fanboys.”

Mike’s thoughts: “Iron Man is my favorite Avenger, and as such, it’s been fun to see him grow through the past two films (Marvel’s Phase I). With Phase 2, Tony Stark looks like he’s about to face his finest hour. I cannot wait to see how Mr. Black plays in the Marvel sandbox, and bring the “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang” magic back again.”

Star Trek: Into Darkness (Paramount Pictures – May 17th)

cocktails and movies star-trek-into-darknessThis looks like JJ Abrams last Star Trek movie before he turns his attention to the Star Wars universe, and it looks like he has turned in another sci-fi masterpiece. After setting up the Star Trek Universe with the first reboot of the original TV characters, “Star Trek: Into Darkness” brings in Benedict Cumberbatch as the (highly rumored, and almost confirmed) villain, Khan Noonien Singh or “Khannnnnn!” for all the Trekkers out there. From what we’ve heard, this movie looks to be another amazing film from JJ Abrams. We can’t wait!

Tim’s thoughts: “Again, I hate to keep using ‘duh,’ but COME ON! How can you NOT want to see this movie. I may not be able to get a date to go see it, but that’s okay, I’ll see it during the day if I have to!”

Mike’s thoughts: “The Trek reboot wowed me with its awesome reintroduction of action and adventure to the franchise. Now, with a darker threat, higher stakes and more of that Abrams magic on the way, I’m a shoo-in for the opening weekend.”

Man of Steel (Warner Brothers – June 14th)

cocktails and movies man of steelOther than “Batman,” this is the only really successful DC Comics superhero franchise in filmdom; and this is the second reboot since the original Christopher Reeves films and the first since “Superman Returns” in 2006 ($200m in domestic BO, but a budget over $200m budget…). Like all good films made in America and about American heroes, the producers have chosen to use a foreign actor to play the lead role (although, it DID work for “Lincoln…”) in Henry Cavill. Although there is something about DC’s inability to make a decent comic book movie OUTSIDE the Christopher Nolan “Batman” franchise, Warner Brothers managed to get Christopher Nolan to produce and David S. Goyer (who wrote some of the Batman series) to produce and write the screenplay. The wild card here is Zack Snyder (“300,” “Sucker Punch”) whose “Watchmen” was not great (to be fair the graphic novel was seen as “entirely un-filmable…”), but whose style has won him fans who liked “300” and “Sucker Punch.” We like Snyder and we really, really want this to work.

Tim’s thoughts: “I’m a comic book nut. Although I was never a serious Superman fan, I think that with Snyder’s contributions, backed by those of Goyer and Nolan, this could be a great film.”

Mike’s thoughts: “Zack Snyder needs a hit after “Sucker Punch” and he needs this hit specifically in order to be offered the “Justice League” job. This looks like it could deliver on both fronts, and after the latest trailer, I’m convinced this is what will keep DC in the movie-making game.”

Pacific Rim (Warner Brothers – July 12th)

cocktails and movies pacific rimNormally, you’d expect to see Guillermo del Toro’s (“Pan’s Labyrinth”) name attached to a smaller horror movie. But, here he is with a big budget sci-fi film right smack dab in the middle of summer. Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and Idris Elba (The Wire) lead a cast in this movie about giant sized robots built by humans to combat giant monsters that attack Earth from under the Pacific Ocean (probably made up of all that garbage out there). If ever there was a “giant robot vs. giant monster” outside of “Godzilla vs. Mecha- Godzilla,” this is it!

Tim’s thoughts: “Giant monsters versus giant robots! It’s like I’m a kid again and I hear my mom yelling, “If you’ve seen one giant monster movie you’ve seen them all.” No, mom. No I haven’t.

Mike’s thoughts: “I’m a Del Toro fanboy, and seeing him play with giant robots as well as giant monsters takes me back to playing War of the Monsters on PS2 with my younger brothers in high school. It’s the closest we’ll get to “Hellboy III” levels of fun and excitement from Del Toro. So, let’s soak it up!”



That’s four that we agree on. But, what about the remaining six films we couldn’t agree on? Here is a list of Tim’s picks, followed by Mike’s:

The Internship – (click for trailerOwen Wilson and Vince Vaughn made us laugh very hard in “Wedding Crashers,” so why would we NOT want to go see this? Besides up to this point, it’s been all action all summer. Time for some laughs, (which is why we started this enterprise and didn’t take an internship). (June 7th)

World War Z – (click for trailer) And… back to action and horror. Based on the best-selling book about the “eye-witness” accounts of the rise of the zombie plague and those who lived through the war, this movie stars Brad Pitt and looks amazing. (June 21st)

Despicable Me 2 – (click for trailerYou’d be surprised how much fun a “kid’s movie” can be if you have a few cocktails… Just ask the Cocktails and Movies group from 2005 when we all went to see “Chicken Little.” (July 3rd)

The Lone Ranger – (click for trailer We weren’t sold on this movie originally, but seeing the latest trailers, it looks like this is going to be another winner for Depp/Verbinski/Bruckheimer. (July 3rd)

The Wolverine – (click for trailerWolverine is Marvel Entertainment’s most popular character and Hugh Jackman has played him in 5 films if you count his cameo in “Avengers.” This is a story set apart from X-men, and adds a bit to the “X-Men Origins” saga. (July 26th)

Kick Ass 2 – (click for NSFW/RED BAND trailer) It will be interesting to see if Chloe Grace Moretz’s potty mouth will be as funny as it was when she was younger, but if you watch the trailer, she still has one. The first movie was funny and original. Hopefully, this one is as well. Watch for a total unrecognizable Jim Carrey. (August 16th)

And now for Mike’s alternate picks for the summer:

Fast and Furious 6 – (click for trailerThis Summer, you’re either on Team Hangover or Team Furious for the Memorial Day weekend. I’m proud to announce that after they switched the formula in the heist film that was “Fast Five,” I’ll back my boys Brian and Dom any day of the week. Plus with The Rock now on their team, they’re going to become that much more unstoppable. (May 24th)

Much Ado About Nothing – (click for trailer) On a break from filming “The Avengers,” Joss Whedon got some close friends together (Agent Coulson, Clark Gregg himself, being one of them; as well as Nathan Fillion) at his house and proceeded to quickly film this classic Shakespearean tale of love, misadventure, and (through the powers of Whedon) cocktails. One look at the trailer, and I was hooked on the classic text/modern setting approach that many have taken, but Whedon has seemingly perfected. Who knows? Maybe you’ll start speaking in the tongue of the Bard after a couple of Manhattans. (June 7th)

White House Down – (click for trailerShow me a political action thriller in the vein of “Air Force One,” “24,” and “Olympus Has Fallen,” and I’ll show you a film I’m automatically in the tank for. This time Channing Tatum is the Agent in Charge, Jamie Foxx is the President, and both look ready to kick some doors in, as well as the terrorists behind them. Maybe this can save Roland “Day After 2012 B.C.” Emmrich’s career. (June 28th)

2 Guns – (click for trailerAnother button that’s easy to hit with me is buddy cop flicks: especially if the team seems be an effective one. If Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg aren’t an effective team, then I may as well quit the movie game altogether. Throw in Bill Paxton and Edward James Olmos as the heavies, rapid fire wit that’s reminiscent of “Lethal Weapon” on its best day, and you’ll see why I’m ready to rock with this graphic novel adaptation. (August 2nd)

Elysium – (click for trailerNeill Blomkamp made rainbows out of rainclouds when he didn’t get to make his “Halo” flick, and those rainbows were called “District 9.” Now, he finally returns four years later, and with an original film about a man (Matt Damon) living on the hard scrabble hellhole that is Earth. He longs to break into the orbiting paradise known as Elysium, run by Jodie Foster, an elusively hard place to break into. He’ll try though, and the resulting efforts look like another action charged allegory, much like “District 9” was. And if he does it well enough, there just might be another Oscar nod in Blomkamp’s future. (August 9th)

The World’s End (trailer coming) The trio of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright are reunited for the final installment in the unofficially named “Blood and Coronettos” trilogy that started with “Shaun of the Dead,” continued with “Hot Fuzz,” and brought us here. And what better a way to go out than with an epic pub crawl during the end of times. I’m ready to see yet another gut-bustingly funny flick, with plenty of geeky references and heart to spare. (August 23rd)

So, there you have it. Tim and Mike have given you every movie that you should go see this summer. What else do YOU want to see? What should we have included? Tell us at Facebook or Twitter.

Have a great summer from Tim and Mike!!!