I don't really know if this has been a good summer for nerdy movies or not. Because we have a newborn daughter, the only movie I've seen this summer is Civil War. Other than Cap and Tony’s fight, most of the nerdy movies haven't really made much of a splash - except for a couple flops. There aren't as many nerdy movies coming out in July and August, but this crop hopefully makes up in quality what it lacks in quantity.
Ghostbusters - July 15, 2016
I watched the original Ghostbusters a few years ago. When I saw it as a kid, I enjoyed Slimer and the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. As an adult, I realized how absolutely hilarious of a movie it is. Bill Murray’s genius is on full display and Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Ernie Hudson absolutely nail their characters. I enjoyed the original movie, but cannot understand the sexist backlash over the new Ghostbusters. The amount of chauvinist vitriol that has been directed at Ghostbusters is unfathomable. The trailers look all right and I may have gotten around to seeing it at some point. Because of the backlash, though, I'm probably going to see it on opening weekend. If Ghostbusters fails, then the narrative that female-led movies can't succeed will persist. I'd hate for that to happen because I really want to see a Spider-Woman movie.
Star Trek Beyond - July 22, 2016
Star Trek is my second nerdy love. I've been watching the series and movies for over 20 years. While I've written many times that Star Trek is at its best on the small screen, I've still enjoyed the most recent voyages into the final frontier. I thought that Star Trek Into Darkness told a strong story that went beyond phaser fights and explosions. I have hopes that Star Trek Beyond will give us a similar story, with the crew of the Enterprise seemingly pushed to the brink. I haven't made it to the theaters much this year, but I'm definitely hoping to join Kirk and crew for their newest adventure.
Suicide Squad - August 05, 2016
I still haven't seen Batman v Superman, but that will change when it comes out on Blu-ray later this month. I'm not opposed to DC’s movies, but they've yet to really pique my interest. That has changed, though, with Suicide Squad. I really like the idea of a team of supervillains trying to do some amount of good. The trailers have done a great job of introducing us to the team and its potential personality conflicts. Margot Robbie appears to steal the show has Harley Quinn, but I'm also excited to see some of the characters with whom I'm less familiar.
I may actually go three for three on the nerdy movies coming out in July and August. My chances are helped by the fact that there aren't that many coming out, but this crop of movies actually looks pretty good.
What nerdy movie coming out in July and August are you most looking forward to?