As winter drags on and on, and on, we all find ourselves looking forward to what the warm weather will bring. Baseball season, barbecues, and long walks outside are all spectacular, but there's nothing I look forward to more than big, loud summer movies. There's still a few months left to go before they're in theaters, but we can watch trailers online right now.
Count me among those who were pleasantly surprised by the live-action Transformers movie that came out in 2007. I can honestly say that there's never been a better movie about alien robots that can turn into sports cars. The sequel looks much the same, if a little bit darker, but as long as it delivers more hot robot-on-robot action, I'm sold. Watch the trailer for Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen.
If you had told me 20 years ago that, as an adult, I'd have the chance to watch a Transformers movie and a G.I. Joe movie in the same year, I would have thought you were nuts. But in the surest sign yet that Hollywood has run out of ideas, director Stephen Sommers (The Mummy) brings us G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. As with the Transformers movie, let's just say that expectations aren't high for this one. But they don't have to be. There's a mute ninja named Snake Eyes. Watch the trailer for G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
If you want to dip a little further back in time for your remakes, check out the reboot of the Star Trek franchise. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the man who brought us the TV series Lost, the newest Trek tells the story of the first voyage of the starship Enterprise under the command of Captain Kirk. I'm no expert, but it seems they're selling this one as a straight-up action movie, which is hardly in the best Trek tradition. Will I still see the movie? You bet your pointy Vulcan ears. Watch the trailer for Star Trek.
Used to be that the summer movie season didn't start until at least Memorial Day, but it's been creeping earlier and earlier. This year, you could make the argument that it starts on March 6, with the release of Watchmen. This looks to be as faithful an adaptation as the director's previous effort, 300, with the benefit of much stronger source material. Seriously, Watchmen is one of the best novels you'll ever read, graphic or otherwise. Watch the trailer for Watchmen.
Have no fear, there's at least one original movie coming out this summer: Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Actually, knowing QT, this movie will rip off every film he's ever seen, but that's the man's style and it's taken him this far. And considering all the serious, somber World War II movies we've seen in recent years, Tarantino's gonzo take might be just what the doctor ordered. Watch the trailer for Inglourious Basterds.