2015 Summer Movie Preview

It’s that time of year again … here are five movies I can’t wait to see this summer!

Avengers: Age of Ultron | May 1

Avengers Age of UltronGiven how 2012’s The Avengers finally sucked me into the Marvel frenzy, I’m quite excited for the long-awaited sequel hitting theaters next week. I know nothing of their basis in comics, only that the juggernaut featuring a band of superheroes looks to save the world—again. An artificial intelligence program designed by Tony Stark/Iron Man goes awry and it’s up to the rest of the gang (Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hulk, and Hawkeye) to protect the planet from his wrath. Looks pretty awesome and will probably end up being the quintessential blockbuster of the season. Continue reading


Thor 2 = Thor Who?

I still remember the first words I ever spoke in specific reference to Tom Hiddleston. Before I even knew his name, before I was really paying attention, it was during a re-watch of The Avengers. My friend (same one I saw it in theaters with) and I rented it, popped a bottle of wine, and about halfway through both, I remember pointing at Loki and slurring, “I … I find him strangely attractive.”

This was, of course, before I had ever looked him up (IMDb magic), learned his life story, heard his delicious accent, and saw that he does not, in fact, naturally have that dark hair and pale greasy look, but instead, has the nerve to walk around the planet like this:

"Marvel's The Avengers" ("Avengers Assemble") European Premiere - Arrivals

Dapper bastard. Continue reading

I’ll miss you, Loki!

I’ll admit, I really didn’t get into Marvel at first. You see a face like this enough times, it kind of starts to turn you off the whole superhero thing for a while. Plus there’s so many of them! I think I’ve seen maybe a dozen on this list, only a handful in theaters, and I’m pretty sure I fell asleep during at least half. (Nicholas Cage as a flaming skeleton? What did I expect? Worst rental ever.)

I have to credit The Avengers for thawing my icy disdain for the whole genre. Well, that and the decision to erase constipated Tobey from our minds by replacing him with an adorable Brit who fell for one of the most fabulous actresses of my generation, both in the movie and IRL. Both movies took the summer of 2012 for an epic thrill ride, but the superhero-movie-on-steroids really surprised me. It wasn’t something I would have ever expected to even go see, let alone like as much as I did. But anything with enough humor (and hot men) can win me over and they did an excellent job of infusing the nonstop action with some hilarious moments, like when the Hulk beats the shit out of Loki. Continue reading