Flaunt It or Flush It? – Summer Movies 2013


It’s hard to believe but it’s already time for the summer movie season. The year didn’t start off on a good note but things did pick up a little during the spring. I saw several good movies since the first of March. But now it’s money time both literally and figuratively. The summer time brings out the big budget cash cows that all of the studios have been waiting to unveil. With the summer movie season finally here that means it’s Flaunt It or Flush It time. This is where I list five movies that I’m particularly excited about. These I will flaunt. Then I’ll mention five summer movies that I want no part of. These I will flush. So let’s get to it.


Man of steel#1 – “MAN OF STEEL” (June 14, 2013) – It’s hard for me to believe that in the era of the superhero movie there’s no successful Superman franchise. Hopefully that will change June 14th. This new reboot of Superman has grown on me with every bit of new news and every new trailer. There’s a tremendous cast in place including names like Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, and Dianne Lane. But even more exciting is that Christopher Nolan is serving as producer and hopefully his creative influence will give this film something the last Superman effort lacked. I can’t help it, I’m really excited about this one folks.

GATSBY#2 – “THE GREAT GATSBY” (May 10, 2013) – “Gatsby? What Gatsby”? Why it’s Leonardo DiCaprio playing the mysterious and wealthy socialite from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale. This was one of my most anticipated movies from last year before it ended up being pushed back to 2013. Baz Luhrmann is directing the film and all you have to do is watch the trailers to get a sense of the vivid and exciting style he’s bringing to the story. DiCaprio seems perfect for the role and there are some very interesting supporting roles for Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton. I love Fitzgerald’s story and I am insanely pumped for this film.

Before Midnight#3 – “BEFORE MIDNIGHT” (May 24, 2013) – It was 1995 when we first met Jesse and Celine on a train from Budapest. The two strangers hop off in Vienna and begin one of cinema’s most mesmerizing romances. After a stop in Paris for “Before Sunset”, the couple is back this year in “Before Midnight”. The trailer tosses out all sorts of interesting new questions about this couple. Of course Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy are back, both working again with director Richard Linklater. This small independent movie series has gained a nice sized following and I’m certainly a fan. I can’t wait to catch back up with these interesting and enthralling characters.

IRON MAN#4 – “IRON MAN 3” (May 3, 2013) – I loved the first Iron Man movie and while some people had problems with it, I enjoyed the second film as well. “Iron Man 3” really has me excited mainly because of its intriguing cast. First of all anytime Robert Downey, Jr. suits up in the red and gold armor I’m onboard. But listen to who joins him: Gwyneth Paltrow and Don Cheadle return. But new to the franchise is Guy Pearce (one of my favorite actors in the business) and the wonderful and underrated Rebecca Hall. I do question the decision to give the reins to director Shane Black but Marvel has a pretty good track record so far.

WORLD WAR Z#5 – “WORLD WAR Z” (June 21, 2013) – “World War Z” was on my list of most anticipated films of 2013 so I may be flaunting it out of a sense of obligation. I have to be honest, my enthusiasm isn’t nearly as high as when I saw the first trailer. That being said I still think there is potential here for a crazy summer popcorn romp. Brad Pitt stars in a film that seems like one part zombie apocalyptic horror and another part explosive action. That’s right up my alley. Still I realize that this thing could go in a number of different directions. I choose optimism. My fingers are crossed and we’ll see what happens June 21st.


THE HEAT#1 – “THE HEAT” (June 28, 2013) – I don’t think there are any trailers so far in 2013 that has annoyed me more than the ones for “The Heat”. I mean the regular theatrical trailer is enough to grind your last nerve but have you seen the red band trailer? It solidified this movie’s position at the very top of the ‘Flush It’ order. Sandra Bullock and the overrated Melissa McCarthy are embarrassingly bad in the trailer. And these are usually considered the best scenes? This thing looks like an absolute disaster and yet another stupid entry into the comedy genre. I’m sure some people will go see it. I promise you I won’t be one of them.

GROWN UPS#2 – “GROWN UPS 2” (July 12, 2013) – Words can’t express how much I disliked Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups”. It was terrible on almost every level. But somehow this guy is a box office draw which unfortunately results in “Grown Ups 2”. The first film was a lazy, juvenile, and cheap comedy that had no redeeming qualities at all. Why on earth would I expect this thing to be any different? The same cast is back (minus Rob Schneider) so that’s not encouraging. But don’t worry, Sandler has added the Oscar caliber acting talent of Stone Cold Steve Austin and Taylor Lautner to save the day. Yep, this one’s going to stink.

Hangover 3#3 – “THE HANGOVER PART III” (May 24, 2013) – If you would have told me that “The Hangover” would turn into an enormously popular, money-making trilogy I would have accused you of sniffing glue. I’m not sure why but the first movie of this series attracted a huge audience. That resulted in an absolutely atrocious sequel. That unwatchable garbage made more money so here we go again. Now I mentioned how annoying the trailer for “The Heat” was. The trailer for “The Hangover III” isn’t annoying. It’s just terrible and I don’t expect the movie to be any different. I’m more than happy to pull the handle and flush this thing.

SMURFS#4 – “THE SMURFS 2” (July 31, 2013) – There’s no way anyone will convince me to waste my time or money on “Smurfs 2”. This sequel to the ridiculously successful 2011 live action/animated bore will most certainly provide more of the same. Now for the youngest possible movie watcher there will probably be some smiles. But for anyone over 3 years old, not so much. I will say that I don’t expect “Smurfs 2” to be as openly repellent as the other movies on this list, but I know it’s going to be the same flat, repetitive, and cutesy humor as before. There’s no smurfing way I’ll be checking this out.

INTERNSHIP#5 – “THE INTERNSHIP” (June 7, 2013) – What a surprise – another lame, unfunny looking comedy hitting theaters this summer. “The Internship” looks bad enough just from the trailers, but there’s more that should make you uneasy. Just knowing that this movie was made by many of the people who brought you “The Watch” last year should give you an idea of what we’ll be getting. Personally I still dont find Vince Vaughn funny and he wrote and stars in the film. I have no doubt that “The Internship” will grab a nice hunk of money at the box office. But I think I’ll wait for a comedy that actually looks funny. This just looks like a flusher.

There you go. I’ve flaunted five films that I’m anxious to see and flushed five that look like…well…crap. Agree or disagree? What are some summer movies you would like to flaunt or flush. Let me hear from ya.

53 thoughts on “Flaunt It or Flush It? – Summer Movies 2013

    • Thanks for the comments! I gotta be honest bro, if I see the trailer for The Heat one more time I’m going to scream. I’m literally having an allergic reaction to it. LOL.

      I thoughts Bridesmaids was pretty good but nothing in the trailer really reminded me of it at all other than McCarthy basically playing the same character.

  1. I am totally with you on both lists, to be honest. I am really looking forward to Man of Steel, and Iron Man 3 (hopefully tomorrow). Your list is pretty damn spot on!

  2. Personally I’d put all but Gatsby & Before Midnight in the flush ’em category. Superhero blockbuster movies are something that I have no interest in and WWZ looks…those CGI zombies…they do not look scary in the slightest! I’d add to the Flaunt List The World’s End, Monsters University and Despicable Me 2!

    • Hey I can respect that. I can see you have an animated movie affection kind of like my superhero one. Monsters U. isn’t really my cup of tea although I was a BIG fan of Despicable Me. I really considered the sequel for this list but I’m not certain how its going to turn out (or why it needs a sequel considering how well the first film ended).

  3. Yep, think I’m with you on all these Keith. I’m borderline with World War Z but I still fancy checking it out. I would flush all the same ones as you though, they all look terrible. I mean, I liked The first Hangover and I liked Bridesmaids, but both The Heat and Hangover 3 look dire.

    • My fingers are crossed on World War Z. Just don’t know what we are going to get. As for the flushers, all five of those things look putrid! I want no part of them!

    • I was waiting on the first Star Trek. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first film. I know a lot of people loved it but I didn’t think it felt anything like Star Trek. The trailer for the sequel looks pretty intriguing but not quite enough for me to be sold on it.

      • I get what you’re saying but I think if you’re going to take an iconic series you have to consider it more than this film did. I didn’t get that. I felt the first film was a Hollywoodized to the core. And while it did have some good scenes, I felt at other times it was an utter mess. But as often is the case, I know I’m in the minority! 🙂

        But I want to be fair to it. I’m planning on re-watching it in the next few days and writing a full review. Hope you’ll check it out. Who knows, maybe my opinion will change.

    • Well I’m excited for it. The trailers really won me over. I was a little worried considering I love Fitzgeralds story so much but I think this could be really great.

  4. OMG. Someone who’s not going buck about another Hangover movie!? I was starting to think that I’m crazy for being disgusted at the news. You’ve validated my viewpoint of the world!

    Awesome list. I can’t disagree with any choices.

  5. Not all that excited for WWZ. It’s had numerous production issues, and the stockpiling zombies in the trailers just look dumb. 😦 The Heat definitely has potential though, I’d say flaunt it on that one.

    • I don’t think I can watch the trailer for The Heat one more time with out throwing up. It just looks so incredibly lame to me. But that’s me and my comedy senses are a bit out of touch.

  6. I’d say you’re spot on about the flushes… nothing there that looks appealing at all. Pretty much terrible across the board… though I’ll give “Smurfs 2” a little fillip just for being the final acting role of the late great Jonathan Winters.

    On the flaunts… I don’t know. “Gatsby” looks interesting. “Iron Man 3” will hopefully be good, but it’s hard to say. Could go either way. And “Man of Steel” is one that had me excited when it was first announced, but each bit of promotion has brought my anticipation downward. It’s been looking like what I feared from Zack Snyder (someone I didn’t expect to “get” Superman). I need to check out the latest trailer soon… been a bit fearful of it, though. I hope it’ll turn things around for me, but if it continues the trend established by the first one, I’m calling that a flush.

    • Hey thanks for the comments. It’s really interesting, over actually seen my anticipation grow with each new Superman trailer. This most recent one solidified my excitement. Snyder is my one BIG concern but Nolan and the superb cast won me over. Crossing my fingers that it really delivers!

      • The supporting cast is superb, no question. I’m not really familiar with the leads, though… saw Amy Adams in The Muppets, but that’s it.

        Nolan… 50/50 for me, even though I’ve loved everything I’ve seen from him. The thing is, I’m sure he’ll make sure everything is high quality — but I’m not sure he’ll get the tone right for Superman. That’s pretty different from anything I’ve seen from him. Of course, the question of how much of a film is due to the producer and how much is due to the director comes into play as well.

    • No, although I’m not totally against that one. Like Star Trek, its one that I’m a little cautious about. It just really makes me think of Transformers and that’s a bad thing!

      • So Man of Steel doesn’t warrant caution?

        I hate that excuse, Transformers! Keith I would slap you if you where anywhere near me. Nerd Slap!

        Have you seen the latest trailer?! Insane!

        If anything Star Trek is the safest bet of them all. I just want to watch them so bad! 😀

      • Superman does warrant a little caution mainly because of Zach Snyder. But it excites me mainly because of Christopher Nolan’s oversight and a truly amazing test. Plus the final trailer sealed the deal.

        I can’t help but make the Transformers comparison when it comes to Pacific Rim. I mean robots fighting and destroying overpasses and buildings. Sounds too familiar. Plus except for one person the cast doesn’t interest me at all. But don’t misunderstand me, I’m not writing off the movie. It’s just not one I’m prepared to flaunt.

        As for Star Trek, I just hope it’s better than the first movie. 😉

  7. Absolutely agree with ALL your picks Keith, I have zero interest in seeing any of the Flush It list, but Man of Steel is at the top of my most-anticipated list and I’m seeing Iron Man 3 tonight 😀

    • No way!!! Iron Man 3 tonight??? You lucky dog you! Call me jealous!!! 🙂

      I’m surprised you didn’t get onto me about World War Z. I’m growing more and more lukewarm about it but I almost had to list out of obligation.

      • He..he.. yeah, though I’m still sitting at a car repair shop for brake repair, ugh! 😦 Oh no, I’m not gonna pan you for listing Pitt’s new movie, ahah. Heck, I might see it if there’s a press screening, who knows I might end up liking it, the movie I mean, not Pitt 😀

      • LOL! Oh I know it won’t be pretty boy Pitt who makes the movie for you! 😉

        I am really not sure about it. But since it was on my most anticipated of 2013 list I feel compelled to include it. Of all the movies on that list, WWZ is the one I would expect to flounder.

    • Yep! Before Midnight” hits this summer but of course it will be a limited release. I just hope it opens somewhere close to me within a reasonable time period. I’m so anxious to see it.

  8. I’m actually looking forward to The Smurfs 2… Lol, just kidding. 🙂 I saw the trailer for the first one and I wish I could have those two minutes of my life back.

  9. I’m looking forward to Iron Man 3, not sure about Man of Steel. Cavill is an awesome choice but Zack Snyder….unless Nolan kept checking every single thing he did this may not work well.

    • You sum up my concern perfectly. Snyder is a big question mark. But I feel that there needs to be a good Superman franchise in this age of the superhero movies. My fingers are crossed that this one provides that.

  10. Great post! Loved Iron Man 3. Gatsby is my most anticipated of the year. Really looking forward to Man of Steel. I’m willing to give “The Heat” the benefit of the doubt. I think it’s got potential. I loved the first Hangover, but I think the second is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen, so we definitely don’t need a third one!

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