Synopsis: Not to be confused with other “green” characters (Shrek, the Hulk) or titles (Hornet), Green Lantern centers on Hal Jordan (Reynolds), a skilled pilot and the first human ever recruited to the intergalactic peacekeeping organization known as Green Lantern Corps. Although not initially embraced by Corps. members because of his cockiness and, well, humanity, Hal might represent the only hope of defeating a new breed of enemy called the Parallax.
Our Take: The casting of Reynolds, with his snark and general, uh, physical fitness, was not exactly a roaring success among the D.C. Comics faithful, but lest we forget, Heath Ledger. wasn’t necessarily the most natural fit on paper to play The Joker -- and ... how’d that work out? Fanboys should have plenty of faith in the versatile Reynolds, and even more faith in veteran director Campbell, who churned out the best Bond flick in eons (Casino Royale) and clearly works well under big-budget duress.
Whose Summer Movie Stock Is Rising?
Summertime is the right time for actors and directors to essentially audition for a major raise – be it in stature, money or rung on the Hollywood “list.” Whether due to a blockbuster that has already occurred, a surefire blockbuster forthcoming, or simple omnipresence (i.e., Ryan Reynolds … for all three), the so-called stocks of the industry mainstays below have been, or will be, changed by summer 2011.
Is Summer 2012 Already Becoming Summer 2011?
Summer 2011 has been solid, if unspectacular – both for us moviegoers and for “them,” the studios. We've had enjoyable, quality-leaning popcorn fare like X-Men, Thor and Super 8 – and there's still hope for Cowboys & Aliens and Harry Potter, among others.
A Cynic’s Guide to Summer 2011
Let’s be honest: January, February, March and April were rough. I went through probably my longest moviegoing drought ever, because, well, Take Me Home Tonight, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son and the like are not even worthy of being a background distraction on TV, let alone a relative hassle of going to the multiplex.
• Comic Book Superheroes For Dummies I’m sure you’ve seen the trailers for all the big summer movies by now, which means you’ve definitely seen the trailers for the comic book-inspired superhero flicks too and if you’re anything like me, you may be a little confused. .
• What We Demand of Our Summer Heroes Break out the sun block and banish the fur-lined parka because summer is upon us! For movie geeks, this is our Christmas, as it is routinely the best time to while away hours inside a multiplex…actual Christmas placing a distant, but formidable second.
• Five Filmmakers Ready For A Summer Blockbuster Getting a crack at directing a big summer movie is many a filmmaker’s dream -- but it’s not for everyone. Pressures, both creative and financial, are placed squarely on a director’s shoulders, specifically when it comes to the typical, widely released summer fare.
• Summer Movie Guide: The Indies What do the following movies have in common: Crash, Little Miss Sunshine, The Hurt Locker, The Kids Are All Right and Winter's Bone? Not only were all of them hit indie movies that were nominated for (and in some cases won) the Oscar for Best Picture, but they were all summer releases.