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Rob’s 2017 Summer Blockbuster Must See List

Well, here we are on the verge of Summer Blockbuster season. It always seems to sneak up on me.

Here’s my list for 2017. Enjoy.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 May 05
Snatched May 12
The Wall May 12
Alien: Covenant May 19
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales May 26
Wonder Woman June 02
The Mummy June 09
It Comes at Night June 09
The Hero June 09
Wakefield June 15
Cars 3 June 16
The Book of Henry June 16
Amityville: The Awakening June 30
Spider-Man: Homecoming July 07
War for the Planet of the Apes July 14
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets July 21
Dunkirk July 21
The Dark Tower July 28
Atomic Blonde July 28
Detroit August 04
Baby Driver August 11
Annabelle 2 August 11
It September 08

This Blockbuster season looks pretty darned good to my eye. Stephen King has two film adaptations of his books this summer, that’s awesome, but I’m really looking forward to It in September.

As always I’ll have to pick and choose which films to see because I can’t catch them all in theaters. Here’s my short list.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2, Alien: CovenantPirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesWonder WomanCars 3Atomic Blonde, and It.

See you at the movies! Remember to get popcorn with extra butter and an extra large soda!

Past Must See Lists, plus 2009 from my original weblog.

Rob’s 2016 Summer Blockbuster Must See List

There are a few things to point out about this years list. It’s a bit long, I started from mid-April (which is a bit short of May, the “traditional” blockbuster season), it runs through September, and all the trailers links are pointed at my new favorite site for watching movie trailers; Trailer Town.

The Jungle Book April 15
Green Room April 15
Criminal April 15
Captain America: Civil War May 06
Free State of Jones May 13
Money Monster May 13
High-Rise May 13
The Nice Guys May 20
X-Men: Apocalypse May 27
Alice Through the Looking Glass May 27
Warcraft June 10
The Conjuring 2 June 10
Central Intelligence June 17
Finding Dory June 17
Independence Day: Resurgence June 24
The Legend of Tarzan July 01
The BFG July 01
Ghostbusters July 15
Star Trek Beyond July 22
Genius July 29
Suicide Squad August 05
Ben-Hur August 12
Pete’s Dragon August 12
War Dogs August 19
Snowden September 16
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children September 30
Deepwater Horizon September 30

While I’d love to see all of these at theaters, I know I won’t. This is the shorter list I really hope to catch in theaters; Captain America: Civil War, Central Intelligence, Warcraft, Finding Dory, Ghostbusters, Star Trek Beyond, and Suicide Squad.

Prior years 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

Rob’s 2015 Summer Blockbuster Must See List

Man, this kind of snuck up on me. Time to put together my Summer Movie Must See List.

Avengers: Age of Ultron May 1
Maggie May 8
Mad Max: Fury Road May 15
Tomorrowland May 22
Poltergeist May 22
San Andreas May 29
The Stranger June 12
Jurassic World June 12
Big Game June 26
Terminator Genisys July 1
Minions July 10
Ant-Man July 17
Dark Was the Night July 24
Southpaw July 31
Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation July 31
Fantastic Four August 7
Pan August 27

Unlike last years list, this one is short. The mini list for me includes: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Maggie, Mad Max: Fury Road, Jurassic World, Terminator Genisys, Southpaw, Pan.

Prior years 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

UPDATED 05/15/2015: Added The Stranger.
UPDATED 05/18/2015: Added Dark Was the Night.

Rob’s 2014 Summer Blockbuster Must See List

It’s time to put together my annual Summer Blockbuster movie list. Here it is, enjoy.

Goodbye World April 4
Captain America: The Winter Soldier April 4
Jinn April 4
Joe April 11
Oculus April 11
Draft Day April 11
Antboy April 16
Transcendence April 18
The Machine April 25
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 May 2
Chef May 9
God’s Pocket May 9
Godzilla May 16
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn May 23
Blended May 23
Maleficent May 30
Edge of Tomorrow June 6
Borgman June 6
How to Train Your Dragon 2 June 13
The Purge: Anarchy June 20
Earth to Echo July 2
Planes: Fire & Rescue July 18
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes July 18
Hercules July 25
Jupiter Ascending July 25
Guardians of the Galaxy August 1
Lucy August 8
The Expendables 3 August 15
Sin City: A Dame to Kill For August 22

I thought this year was going to be a boring year for moves. Guess I was wrong.

The mini list for me includes: Godzilla, Edge of Tomorrow, Hercules, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Prior years 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

15 Minutes

You gotta love the movies.After you see a movie do you ever wanted to know what happened the characters the day after, or maybe years later?

We caught the end of You’ve Got Mail tonight. I thought it would be wonderful to bring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan back together to create a 15-minute film using this line from the film as its inspiration.

“And the only thing we’d fight about would be which video to rent on a Saturday night.”

Of course you can guess the scene. An older Joe and Kathleen Fox cuddled on the couch, Netflix clearly visible on the television, and a civilized “argument” over the merits of his movie choice verses hers. It would, of course, end with Kathleen’s movie choice playing and the two of them sharing a bowl of popcorn. A short 15 minute glimpse into a life lived happily ever after.

I know these will probably never happen because there’s no money to be made, but they sure would be extremely cool.

Christmas Movie List

Say 'Hi' to the Christmas Turkey!My brother, Jay, mentioned a few movies he thinks of as Christmas Movies; Christmas Vacation, Die Hard, and he gives honorable mention to Elf. Not a bad list. Believe it or not, I’ve never seen Christmas Vacation. Die Hard and Elf are great films, regardless of the season.

Here’s the list of movies we watch, I may miss a few, but here goes.

Of course we don’t watch A Christmas Story until Christmas Eve when TBS does 24 Hours of A Christmas Story. I watch it a few times while I’m wrapping presents for my wife late into Christmas Eve, because, you know, there’s nothing like waiting until the last minute to wrap your wife’s gifts, right?

UPDATE: 12/24 – Here’s a list that’s a bit on the dark side, I thought I’d add these while I was updating the list above.

The Moviegoing Experience

Cut, cut, cut!Hunter Walk: “But why? Instead of driving people like me away from the theater, why not just segregate us into environments which meet our needs. I’d love to watch Pacific Rim in a theater with a bit more light, wifi, electricity outlets and a second screen experience. Don’t tell me I’d miss major plot points while scrolling on my ipad – it’s a movie about robots vs monsters. I can follow along just fine.”

I love movies. I have since I was a boy. I remember seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey with my parents and thinking “why are these monkey’s freaking out over that black thing.” I was into it even though I was a little boy. The theater was dark and quiet. It was awesome. My parents were on either side of me, but I was alone, immersed in the film.

That’s the experience I love.

The experience you’re talking about is definitely not something I’d ever choose to participate in. It’s just not my thing.

But, and there’s always a but, I would be fine with a theater setting aside one, or two, screens for just such an experience as long as they don’t allow it to bleed into the other screens. Having a strict no talking, no text messaging, no annoying, policy in the others would be fantastic.

My wife and I love to visit a theater that caters to adults. They have two screens set aside for people over 21. They serve wine and beer and the theater seats are larger and more comfortable than a “normal” theater seat. I love it. It was clearly built for the kind of movie going experience I appreciate.

Hunter’s idea doesn’t appeal to me. I want to escape for a couple hours and enjoy a movie.

Rob’s 2013 Summer Blockbuster Must See List

Hot buttered popcorn and a movie, ahhh!That’s right, blockbuster season is upon us, which means it’s time for my list of must see movies.

Trance April 5th Trailer
The Company You Keep April 5th Trailer
Oblivion April 19th Trailer
Iron Man 3 May 3rd Trailer
The Great Gatsby May 10th Trailer
Erased May 10th Trailer
Star Trek Into Darkness May 17th Trailer
Epic May 24th Trailer
We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks May 24th Trailer
The Purge May 31st Trailer
Man of Steel June 14th Trailer

World War Z June 21st Trailer
White House Down June 28th Trailer
Despicable Me 2 July 3rd Trailer
Turbo July 19th Trailer
The Conjuring July 19th Trailer
The Wolverine July 26th Trailer
2 Guns August 2nd Trailer
Planes August 9th Trailer
You’re Next August 23rd Trailer

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones August 23rd Trailer


Here are my lists from prior years: 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009.

Of the films on this list the movies I’d most like to see are Oblivion, Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into Darkness, Man of Steel, Despicable Me 2, and World War Z.. It’s too hard to pick just one.

This summer seems kind of lean after last years crop of great action films. It’s going to be really tough to beat The Avengers.

D.J. Pangburn on The Walking Dead

The Walking DeadD.J. Pangburn: “The joy of experiencing that first episode of The Walking Dead was to see Rick experience a surreal, post-apocalyptic landscape; to feel in an almost sublime way the melancholy horror of it all.That feeling, which was the greatest strength of The Walking Dead for me, is now gone; jettisoned for budget reasons more than likely. But let’s say that budget is only part of the story. If Glen Mazzara and Robert Kirkman believe this is dynamic, visionary television, then they are woefully mistaken.”

I love this series. I haven’t missed an episode but it is beginning to feel a bit repetitive. I loved Season 2, on the farm. It was the calm before the storm. Now it’s definitely stuck in a loop, but hey, what should we expect? There are zombies everywhere! How can the writers make it more interesting? Well, they introduced another tribe into the mix and made Rick go off the deep end.

Hey, can someone kill off The Governor already? I’m getting pretty sick and tired of that guy.

Saturday Morning Coffee, Afternoon Edition

My brother, Jay, or rather Jerry as you know him, usually has a piece on his weblog called “Saturday Morning Coffee.” It’s something I look forward to reading. There’s always something I find interesting. It looks like we’re not going to get a post today, so I thought I’d run one.

Let’s get started. Here’s how Jay starts his post:

“So much happens each and every week that it’s hard to keep up sometimes. Here are some of the tabs that are open in my browser this morning along with some random thoughts….”

Rob's Coffee MugOh, he also includes a picture of the coffee mug he’s using. Here’s mine. Unlike Jay I only have one I use regularly. Not that we’re lacking in the coffee mug department, we have quite a few, but this one is mine. It’s a hand crafted masterpiece I purchased at our local Farmers Market.

Super Bowl

Unless you’re one of those folks that don’t like football you know tomorrow is Super Bowl XLVII, in beautiful New Orleans, LA. The Baltimore Ravens will face the San Francisco 49ers. I’m pulling for the Ravens. I’ve had a hate-hate relationship with the Niners since “The Catch.” I was a Cowboys fan at the time and even though I’ve moved on to the Bears the hate for the Niners remains. Let’s hope Baltimore can pull a rabbit out of the hat.

Speaking of Baltimore. It looks like Ray Lewis has caused a bit of a crap storm over his quick recovery from a torn triceps early in the season. PEDs, or performance enhancing drugs, are not new to pro sports. This is just another in a long line of pro athletes being called out. I’d wager to bet he did use something to help him recover, so did Lance Armstrong, and Barry Bonds. Hey, it’s a part of pro sports. I’m probably in the minority here but I say let them use PEDs under the care of a licensed physician as long as they’re aware of the problems associated with them. They’re adults, let them make the decision.

Hey, how about this for goofy move. CBS has banned SodaStream’s Super Bowl commercial. Really weird. From a Forbes report:

“CBS banned SodaStream’s Super Bowl spot because, apparently, it was too much of a direct hit to two of its biggest sponsors, Coke and Pepsi.

Please pause and read that sentence again.”

That says a lot about how fragile Coke and Pepsi have become as a business. It looks like it’s time for those companies to rethink what they do if they’re scared of SodaStream. Things change. Roll with the punches guys. Good luck SodaStream.

Don’t call me RIM

It looks like BlackBerry is not the official name of the company formerly known as RIM. Does anyone else remember the “RIM Jobs” website. Good one. Anyway, BlackBerry announced the new BlackBerry Z10 and Q10 phones this week. The Z10 is a touch based device while the Q10 holds true to a traditional BlackBerry device and has a physical QWERTY keyboard. At first glance I thought the Z10 looked a lot like an iPhone 4, and tweeted as much, but later I realized it’s not as similar as I thought. At first glance the back of the device looked like the all glass iPhone 4 back, it’s not.

I think the Z10 looks pretty nice and the Q10 is a great choice for the keyboard loving BlackBerry loyalists. Will they succeed? Only time will tell.

Twitter Hacked

It looks like hackers were able to gain access to 250,000 user accounts. Whoops. I find the choice of headlines in the weblog post announcing the hack disingenuous. The headline read “Keeping our users secure” then goes on to explain:

“This week, we detected unusual access patterns that led to us identifying unauthorized access attempts to Twitter user data. We discovered one live attack and were able to shut it down in process moments later. However, our investigation has thus far indicated that the attackers may have had access to limited user information – usernames, email addresses, session tokens and encrypted/salted versions of passwords – for approximately 250,000 users.”

Come on guys. Quit spinning bad news like it’s a good thing. You should’ve said something like “We’ve been hacked. We’re sorry.”

Weekend Box Office

It looks like Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters is number one at the box office. We haven’t seen a movie since The Hobit and have missed a bunch of great films that have released since the fall. I think my wife and I need to get out a bit more often. Maybe we can catch Hansel and Gretel soon.

The Twilight Zone, A.K.A. The Stock Market

As Jay pointed out last weekend, Apple took a hit on the stock market. They reported record revenue. The largest revenue of any corporation, ever. From an Extreme Tech article:

“Yet again, Apple has broken its own record and posted revenues of $54.5 billion — the greatest quarter of any company ever — driven entirely by sales of the iPhone and iPad.”

Of course the stock tanked.

On the flip side we have Amazon. A great company? Absolutely. They did however report a $39 loss million for the year. Their quarterly report wasn’t great either:

“Net income fell 45% to $97 million, or 21 cents a share, down from $177 million, or 38 cents a share, a year ago. Street consensus was for EPS of 27 cents. Sales were up 22% to $21.27 billion, from $17.43 billion a year ago. That, too, missed Street views of $22.26 billion.”

The stock was up, of course.

The market is a fickle thing.

The End

Have a great weekend and make sure to visit Jerry’s site next weekend for the real deal, not this wannabe version of Saturday Morning Coffee.

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