Poll: Which Summer 2014 Movies Are You Excited to See?

We’re inching right up to the summer movie season. Which of this year’s potential blockbusters are you most excited to see?

Some might say that last week’s release of ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ inaugurated the summer early this year. However, for the purposes of this poll, I’m defining the summer movie season as May 1st through August 30th. Quibble with that if you must.

The following is by no means a definitive list of all the films that will be released this summer. I merely looked through the release schedule and picked out the action, sci-fi and fantasy movies that traditionally make a lot of money in the summer. If I’ve missed something that you’re eagerly anticipating, vote “Other” and tell us in the Comments below. You may vote for as many options as you’d like.

Of these, my fingers are crossed that ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ will turn out well. It certainly has a lot of potential. Unfortunately, both the franchise and director Bryan Singer have spotty track records.

I also think that ’22 Jump Street’, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ look like they should be a lot of fun. I’m cautiously optimistic for ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ and ‘Jupiter Ascending’, but those could easily go either way. (Keep in mind that I liked the Wachowskis’ ‘Cloud Atlas’ more than most.) Can the ‘Godzilla’ reboot possibly live up to the awesomeness of its trailers?

Which of these movies do you plan to see in the theater, and which can you wait for Blu-ray?

Which Summer 2014 Movies Are You Most Interested to See?

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  1. I sure hope ’22 Jump Street’ is at least half as funny as part one. Would be a shame if this wounds up being a cheap, horrible sequel. The first one was an instant comedy classic.

  2. David Duprey

    Movies I Most want to see:
    X-Men: Days of Future Past (May 23rd)
    Godzilla (May 16th)
    Guardians of the Galaxy (August 1st)
    Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (July 11th)
    Edge of Tomorrow (June 6th)

    Movies I want to see:
    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2nd)
    Transformers: Age of Extinction (June 27th)
    Maleficent (May 30th)
    Jupiter Ascending (July 18th)
    How to Train Your Dragon 2 (June 13th)
    The Expendables 3 (August 15th)
    A Million Ways to Die in the West (May 30th)
    Hercules (July 25th)
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (August 8th)

    and ‘Lucy’, and ‘Brick Mansions’.

    I have no interest in the others on the list.

  3. William Henley

    In this list, it is almost easier to say what I am not interested in. It’s a good year for movies!

    ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ (May 2nd)
    ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’ (July 11th)
    ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ (June 6th)
    ‘The Expendables 3’ (August 15th)
    ‘Godzilla’ (May 16th)
    ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ (August 1st)
    ‘Hercules’ (July 25th)
    ‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’ (June 13th)
    ‘Jupiter Ascending’ (July 18th)
    ‘Maleficent’ (May 30th)
    ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ (August 22nd)
    ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ (August 8th)
    ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ (June 27th)
    ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ (May 23rd)

  4. Elizabeth

    It disturbs me that despite how much the first 3 were complete and utter garbage, the next crap Transformers movie has so many votes. Maybe it’s like the Star Wars sequels, people keep going back hoping that this one doesn’t suck. Here’s a hint: the Transformer movie is going to suck.

    • David Duprey

      I disagree.

      Just because the prior ones haven’t lived up to our hopes doesn’t mean that the next won’t be better, than the prior films.
      Although, I expect Transformers 4 to be less bad than Transformers 3, I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

      The second G.I. Joe was better, but not as good as I hoped. Transformers 3 was better than 2, but not as good as the first.

      I’ll see Transformers 4, but it’s not my MOST highly anticipated film to see, so I did not vote for it. With Mark Wahlberg involved, I think it may be the best of the four, but we will see.

      Nothing will live up to our expectations (if you’re a child of the 80s).

      • Elizabeth

        So you just proved my point. You basically said that none of them were good but you’re going back for the fourth hoping it will be better. And thus why these crappy movies keep getting made.

        For the record, I actually enjoyed the first G.I. Joe movie and really didn’t like the second. The first was dumb but at least it was fun. The second kept the dumb but removed the fun.

    • VIOZ

      Not as disturbing as seeing people still excited about superhero movies: are they so nostalgic for saturday morning cartoons’ quality of storytelling?

      • Sorry but when a Franchise (Marvel’s Phase 1 and 2 movies) makes over 6 Billion worldwide in less than 10 films and as many years, pretty sure you are the one who’s wrong if complaining about them.

        • VIOZ

          I fell for the hype surrounding “The Avengers” so I decided that before seeing it I’d watch all the movies that led up to it: I loved “Iron Man 2”, I couldn’t even finish “Thor”. It angers me to see the biggest waste of time in my life be lauded by the critics of all people and a public who keeps throwing money at them. What is the exact element I’m missing that’s keeping me from enjoying these “gems”? Is Comics an art form beyond my grasp of understanding? Am I impaired to appreciate the brilliant screenplays, the edge-of-your-seat action sequences and exquisit character development of these classics? Or am I a superhero whose superpower is noticing the horrifying lack of these things? (I’m not talking to you “Iron-Man 2”, don’t worry; although you could’ve done without all the “Avengers” bulls—t.)

          I’m seriously asking.

          • William Henley

            I certainly wouldn’t say these movies are brilliant screenplays or have exquisit character development – the movies are really more dumb fun. Most (but not all) have pretty good stories, but its not like watching Citizen Kain or Gone With The Wind. The new Captain America movie left me saying “You know, this whole thing could have been resolved in about a 20 minute show if only….”. But the movie was fun.

            Kinda like a Bond film, without the Bond girls – like in a Bond film, the plots are ridiculous, the scripts sometimes come across like they were written by 10 year olds, etc. I mean, I don’t think there is a Bond movie out there that I can’t find at least a dozen things wrong with. But they are fun movies, and I enjoy watching them.

  5. Godzilla is my most-anticipated movie this summer, although Guardians of the Galaxy is a close second.

    Not on this list that I’m waiting to see: Jersey Boys – as it’s Clint Eastwood’s first attempt at directing a musical.

          • Thats kind of nitpicking, if Eastwood is doing an adaptation of the Broadway Musical and not making it more in line with Bird or Ray, then yes it would be his first “musical” but if the Screenplay is focusing on more of the reality of the 4 Seasons then the musical It’s based on then who knows till it’s released.

          • Chris B

            I’d say they’re bio-pics about musicians. By your logic we could call “La Bamba” or “8 Mile” a musical. Just becuase a movie has music as a central theme of it’s plot doesn’t make it a musical. Musicals are a genre where songs are actually used to drive tge narrative as opposed to just being a part of it.

          • Josh Zyber

            There’s a lot of debate about the exact definition of what constitutes a “musical,” which is why I said an argument could be made about Bird. Some people believe that a true musical requires the characters to burst into song spontaneously in settings where real people would not sing. Others feel that any film where singing plays a central role in the story should be considered a musical.

            The Golden Globes have frequently nominated movies like Walk the Line and Ray in the “Best Comedy or Musical” category. Of course, they’ve also frequently nominated non-comedic, non-musical dramas in the category as well.

            Would you consider a movie like Once to be a musical? All of the singing in that film is motivated by the fact that the characters are musicians. However, the songs also drive the story. That’s sort of a gray area.

          • Chris B

            I can’t specifically comment on “Once” because I’ve never seen it.

            I just always thought it seemed pretty obvious as to what constitutes a “Musical”: A film or other work in which music is used as a storytelling device itself and not simple something that makes up the subject matter. Walk the Line? Not a musical. Sweeney Todd? Musical. Hustle and Flow? not a musical. Little Shop of Horrors? Musical.

            Who knows why the Golden Globes nominate films like Walk the Line in the “musical or comedy” category, that show had been known for it’s unpredictable and outlandish nominatations and awards for a long time…they probably shouldn’t be considered an authority.

            I understand that the arguement CAN be made, arguments can be made for a lot of things but that doesn’t mean they hold water. What it your personal definition of a Musical?

          • Josh Zyber

            What’s the distinction between a storytelling device and something that makes up the subject matter? I would consider movies like Ray and Walk the Line musicals, personally, because you wouldn’t have either movie if it weren’t for the songs. But I don’t claim to be the authority to proclaim that as a rule.

          • Chris B

            The distinction has to be made between a storytelling device and subject matter because otherwise tons of films could be labeled musicals that are nothing of the sort.

            For example, is
            Oliver Stone’s movie The Doors a musical? Sure it’s about a band and features scenes of them writing, recording and performing music…but I don’t think you could convince anybody it’s the same genre as Singin’ in the Rain or Les’ Miserables.

            Music can play a prominent role in lots of movies that aren’t Musicals, hell pretty much any Scorsese mob flick or Tarantino movie is rife with music, pretty much all the James Bond movies have a musical theme written and recorded for each particular film…but that doesn’t make them musicals.

            I guess what it comes down to is this : movies that use music itself as a tool to tell the story should be considered musicals, movies that tell a story where music is simply present should not.

            I’m not claiming to be the authority either, that’s just how I’ve always looked to it. It does pose an interesting question though, perhaps it could be the subject of one of your mid-week polls, let the masses weigh in on where the dividing
            line between genres falls.

          • Josh Zyber

            Well, again, personally I think that movies like Walk the Line and Ray do use the songs as a tool to tell the story. For example, in Walk the Line, Johnny and June fall in love while performing together. The ups and downs of their relationship is traced through their songs. You remove the songs and there’s no movie.

            You can strip the soundtrack out of a Tarantino film and it won’t affect the plot in the slightest. That’s not the case with these musical bio-pics.

          • Chris B

            I think what it comes down to is the fact that your own personal definition of a Musical is just a lot more broad than mine…to each their own I suppose. Favorite all-time musical? South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut…pure genius.

          • Also:

            Mary Poppins: Musical
            Saving Mr. Banks: Not a Musical

            But Neither of those stories could be told without music. The SAME music, in fact. 😉

  6. VIOZ

    If “Godzilla” dissapoints me it’ll be the last movie I ever get excited about: if such trailers can’t fulfill their promise of the long awaited return of creative filmmaking and intelligent special effects, then blockbusters will be dead to me once I leave the theater. Unless the guys who directed the trailers start making them.

  7. cyrollan

    Captain America: The Winter Soldier was phenomenal. i don’t expect any of these films to be better than it was, but i will be happy if any are!

  8. APES, GODZILLA, and X-MEN are my picks. Loved SIN CITY, but it feels like it’s been too long to go back to that universe. Rodriguez hasn’t had that kind of success since the first, so this seems more like a grab for cash and relevancy than true respect for the property.

  9. VIOZ

    To William Henley: I don’t have a problem with people enjoying the hell out of these movies; I do mind they being convinced they’re good so they don’t ask for better. It feels like I’m in an alternate universe when I read this site’s reviews of those movies, one where someone took more than the duration of a bowel movement to envision any of these films. All I want is to able to go to the theater and have the option to see good spectacle with a little bit of effort from somebody other than the CGI people. So for the love of Godzilla, please be good!

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