Earth Station One Episode 109: Big Hulking Summer Movie Preview

Earth Station One Episode 109: 2012 Summer Movie PreviewReady…Set…ACTION! That’s something this year’s crop of blockbusters promise to deliver and the ESO crew discuss what films may or may not keep us on the edge of the theater seat. Mike, Mike, and Bobby gaze into the summer movie crystal ball along with Box Office Buzz scribe Ashley Bergner and award-winning artist Mark Maddox. Also, IDW editor Jeff Conner joins us to talk about the new Zombies vs Robots prose project and finds himself caught in The Geek Seat. All this, plus the usual Rants, Raves, Shout Outs, and Khan Report!

Join us for yet another episode of The Earth Station One Podcast we like to call: Big Hulking Summer Movie Preview

Table of Contents
0:00:00 Intro / Welcome
0:06:47 Rants & Raves
0:42:01 The Geek Seat w/ Jeff Conner if IDW
1:14:15 ESO’s 3rd Annual Summer Movie Preview
2:32:47 Khan Report
2:48:05 Shout Outs
2:54:49 Show Close

IMDB Summer Movie Guide
IDW Publishing
Free Comic Book Day
The Award Winning Mark Maddox
Box Office Buzz

Khan! Report
May 12 Summit City Comic Con (Fort Wayne, IN)
May 19-20 Showcon (Murfreesboro, TN)
May 25-27 Alabama Phoenix Festival (Birmingham, AL)
May 25-27 Spooky Empire May-Hem (Orlando, FL)
May 25-27 TimeGate (Atlanta, GA)
May 26-27 Wonderfest (Louisville, KY)
Jun 1-3 Wizard World Philadelphia
Jun 7-10 Superman Celebration (Metropolis, IL)
Jun 8-10 Sci-Fi Summer Con (Atlanta, GA)
Jun 9-10 Knoxville Comic & Anime Con
June 15-17 Fanboy Expo (Pigeon Forge, TN)
June 15-17 Deep South Con 50
Jun 16-17 CAKE (Chicago, IL)
Jun 22-24 Heroes (Charlotte, NC)
Jun 22-24 Imagicon (Columbus, GA)
Jun 22-24 Monster Bash (Butler, PA)
Jun 29-Jul 1 FandomFest/Fright Night Film Fest (Louisville, KY)
Jun 29-Jul 1 The Rusty Gear (Natick, Ma)
Jun 29-Jul 2 Florida Supercon (Miami, FL)

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The ESO Podcast is a Sci-Fi / Fantasy and Comic Book weekly broadcast, featuring news, reviews and just general nonsense about the genre we love. It's time to let your inner geek out to play. Happily serving you since April 2010

2 thoughts on “Earth Station One Episode 109: Big Hulking Summer Movie Preview

  1. No doubt that the Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises will be the one-two punch of this summer movie season. I think the Avengers has a bit of a leg up over Dark Knight Rises simply because we’ve never seen a superhero team-up film before, while Dark Knight Rises has the unenviable task of following up the most successful superhero film ever made.

    As for other selected films-

    Dark Shadows – It’s an old property that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp are trying to introduce. I wouldn’t be surprised if this loses out to the Avengers second weekend. Still, as a non-fan of the original, the marketing has definitely interested me in the film. Most likely a modest hit.

    Battleship – “You sunk my Battleship!” As I’ve read, people laughed at the first Pirates of the Caribbean. It’s a film that could go either way, though I’m leaning towards a modest hit.

    What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Not mentioned on your show, but could easily be this year’s “Bridesmaids”. It has an A-list cast with Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz and Elizabeth Banks. Really the only date film coming out in May, and the only one with strong female appeal, I think this will be one of the bigger hits of this summer.

    Men in Black 3 – Twelve years later? Really, this has the same problem as Dark Shadows, re-introducting the property to a new generation of moviegoers. My gut reaction is that will be a disappointment.

    Snow White and the Huntsman – Another possible date film. It’s the Snow White story, as an action film. Having Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers) helps, but the other Snow White film (Mirror, Mirror) tanked in March and the very similar Once Upon a Time is also available for free on the ABC television network. Still, I think this will do very well.

    Prometheus – Is is a prequel to “Alien” or not. The fact that we know so little about the plot of this film does not help it’s box office prospects. Sci-fi geeks will, no doubt, love it. But unless Ridley Scott is going to reveal more about the plot prior to release, I think this film has “flop” written all over it. It’s worth remembering that Blade Runner also by Ridley Scott, was a flop at the box office despite it being considered nowadays a masterpiece of science fiction.

    Brave – The fact that this features a female lead is really a big gamble for Pixar, but given that the film features an action oriented female lead (think Katniss and the Hunger Games), could really propel this forward. My opinion, it plays better than Cars 2 did last year but it’s likely that both Madagascar 3 and Ice Age 4 will out-perform it at the box office.

    GI Joe: Retaliation – It might be a better film than the first, but is there an audience? Having Bruce Willis and “The Rock” Dwayne Johnson helps, but I’m not expecting much.

    The Amazing Spiderman – Five years after the last Tobey Maguire Spiderman film, we’ve got a new reboot film. It should do really well, simply because it is Spiderman and it does have a good cast backing up newcomer Andrew Garfield. It’s also got the 4th of July all to itself as it opens on July 3rd, so I’m expecting it to be a huge hit.

    Neighborhood Watch – regardless of how good or bad this film is, it’s biggest problem is coming out after the Trayvon Martin shooting by a neighborhood watch captain. Still, it’s a comedy in a month that’s dominated by action films and that could help it stand out in the pack.

    The Bourne Legacy – A real gamble, will moviegoers accept a Bourne film with Matt Damon as Jason Bourne? Having Jeremy Renner fresh off the Avengers will help, and it does have a good opening, coming out a couple weeks after The Dark Knight Rises, when Batmania will be dying down somewhat.

    The Expendables 2 – Much like the first film, this should appeal to fans of 80s-90s action stars. Having the film rated PG-13 will help draw in more people than the R-rated first film and having larger roles for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis also helps.

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