CATEGORIES Film Fancy

Much has been written about this summer's lacklustre crop of summer movies. So naturally, I feel the need to throw my hat in the ring and join the whine-fest. While there are several notable exceptions, including 'Get Him to the Greek', 'The Karate Kid', quite possibly 'Knight and Day' and maybe even 'Despicable Me', there's been very little to get excited about.

As we approach Canada Day and the all-important (in the movie world, anyway) July 4 weekend, the situation just keeps looking bleaker. With that in mind, here's a list of possible explanations for this year's rather disappointing crop, followed by a rundown of what we have to "look forward to" in the coming months.
Much has been written about this summer's lacklustre crop of summer movies. So naturally, I feel the need to throw my hat in the ring and join the whine-fest. While there are several notable exceptions, including 'Get Him to the Greek', 'The Karate Kid', quite possibly 'Knight and Day' and maybe even 'Despicable Me', there's been very little to get excited about.

As we approach Canada Day and the all-important (in the movie world, anyway) July 4 weekend, the situation just keeps looking bleaker. With that in mind, here's a list of possible explanations for this year's rather disappointing crop, followed by a rundown of what we have to "look forward to" in the coming months.

Potential reasons this year's summer movies are so meh:

1. James Cameron's 'Avatar' has already made the monetary quota for the entire movie industry this year, so everyone else is just coasting.
2. Instead of making an awesome summer blockbuster, Will Smith has stepped aside to leave some room for his son Jaden and BFF Tom Cruise to shine.
3. Studios have become so obsessed with the 3D craze they forgot to green-light enough movies to go 'round this year.
4. Decent actors, directors, writers and crew members have been turned off of the industry after working with one blonde, self-righteous, demanding and notoriously difficult leading lady who shall remain nameless. (Hint: she has publicly dissed Judd Apatow and the entire writing staff of a popular TV medical drama.)
5. Top directors are waiting for technology to catch up to their visions.

And now, a roundup of what we have to "look forward to" for the rest of the summer, as we increasingly turn to the sanctuary of air-conditioned movie theaters to beat the summer heat.

'Charlie St. Cloud'
Yes, 'Charlie St. Cloud'. Apparently Billy von Rainbow and Stevie McLightning were already taken. (And before you jump down my throat to point out this is an adaptation of the novel of the same name, relax. I know. I still stand by my assertion that it is a ridiculous movie title. I mean, really. Tell me you wouldn't feel the least bit embarrassed standing at the ticket counter saying, "One for 'Charlie St. Cloud', please." Come on!) Goofy title aside, this movie looks like a two-hour snooze-fest.



'The Sorcerer and the Apprentice'
It co-stars Canadian wunderkind Jay Baruchel. Good. It also stars Nicolas Cage. Potentially not good. Cage has been very hit-or-miss lately, and judging by the previews, it looks like this might be another miss for him. He just looks so goofy in his sorcerer's outfit. It's really hard to get past that.



'Step Up 3D'
Do we really need a 3D teen dance flick? And if the answer is yes, couldn't we at least have an original 3D teen dance flick instead of the third "installment" of the 'Step Up' franchise? How and why did 'Step Up' become a franchise in the first place?



'The Other Guys'
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg co-starring in an action comedy just seems wrong. I get it, they're an odd couple type of match. The nerd and the cool guy. But haven't we seen this a million times before? Who knows, this might be good. I'm not holding my breath, though.



'Eat, Pray, Love'
It doesn't matter how terrible this movie is, it's still going to kill at the box office as legions of book club members flock to see it together. The thought of "steamy" scenes between Julia Roberts and James Franco is just plain unsettling. And no, it's not just the age thing. I just don't buy them as two people who might actually hook up. James and Diane Lane? Sure. James and Susan Sarandon? Why not. But James and Julia? i just don't see it. [Ed. Note: Sorry, no trailer yet!]