5 “Must See” Summer Movies for 2011

The Summer movie season is upon us (some might say already here with the success of movies like Thor) and we here at The Retroist are very excited about some of the films that are coming out. For a few months I have been trying to come up with what I most want to see and my end result is a mix of genres, but many of them we must admit, have something retro about theme and most have some blockbuster potential. Here are my top 5…

Super 8 – June 10, 2011

In 1979, after the Air Force closes a section of Area 51, all materials are transported to a secure facility in Ohio. A train carrying some of the materials derails during an accident and something escapes from one of the cargo cars. A group of kids making movies with their Super 8 cameras accidentally capture what escapes on film.

This Spielberg-style film looks to be the film we have all been waiting for since E.T. Will it live up to the hype? What is in that train? We will all find out on June 10th. I will be first in line. This is the film I am most looking forward to seeing this summer.

X-Men: First Class – June 10, 2011

The story of X-Men: First Class centers on the teenage years of the first team of X-Men to come out of the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning.

I got to admit, I did not enjoy the last X-Men film all that much. It felt both rushed and ponderous and I think they made some unfortunate story choices. Then I hear that they are going to “Reboot” the franchise and I gave a big yawn. Then I saw the trailer and got a glimpse at the period style of the film and I was sold (I admit, I am a easily swayed).

Oh and the missile scene at the end of the trailer and the implication of what is about to happen gives me chills. Go Magneto!

Captain America: The First Avenger – July 22, 2011

After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America’s ideals

I would lay in bed as a kid and dream of a day when we would get a blockbuster version of the Star Spangled Avenger and it almost seems unreal that it is about to happen. But as a life long Captain America fan, I find I am most nervous about Captain America: The First Avenger, since I have obviously built this up in my mind so much. I REALLY hope Chris Evans can pull this off.

If it was not for my trepidation, this would be the top of my list.

YellowBrickRoad – June 1, 2011

In the Fall of 1940, the entire population of Friar, NH abandoned their homes and walked up an ancient trail, never to be seen alive again. Their fates have remained a mystery for over 70 years, until a team of researchers discover the trailhead and attempt to track the path the doomed citizens of Friar took.

What would a summer be without a horror film to make it difficult to sleep? While I am also excited about finally getting to see Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark , YellowBrickRoad has that better summer film recipe of people in the woods getting picked off one by one. No summer is complete without seeing one film that has that at its core. Here’s to sleepless summer nights!

Rise of the Planet of the Apes – August 5, 2011

An origin story set in present day San Francisco, where man’s own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy.


I was not a fan of the Tim Burton Ape’s film, so I was cautious about my enthusiasm for this film. But so far, the hype and the trailer are spot on. A serious tone and their looks to be a bunch of sympathetic characters. I am both excited and rooting for this film since I would like nothing more than to see a reboot of the Planet of the Ape franchise. Hail Caesar!

Some other films I am excited about the Green Lantern, Cowboys and Aliens, Conan the Barbarian, Fright Night and the US release of Troll Hunter, but I limited myself to 5 on this list. Any you disagree with? Something I should have added? What is yours top 5?


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