Thursday, May 2, 2013

The Slackers' Top 5 Films to Look Forward to in May

If you're a regular reader of this site, then you know just how much we love lists. They're by no means a definitive perspective on anything, but they're a fun way to look at what an entire group of individuals comes to agreement on. At this point we've compiled a few special edition group lists, including our Greatest Movies of All-Time and Favorite Horror Films of All-Time, both of which turned out really well.

As you've already seen with previous installments of this post, these aren't anything overly technical - and in many cases, we're not able to base our opinions on much more than some trailers - but it's a fun way to preview the titles ahead and give you a brief look into what some of us over here, collectively, think are the best ahead.

There's no way in knowing what these films might hold, and we're not trying to say this grouping of films will necessarily be the best of the month, but these are the titles we're most looking forward to as a group.

Hit the jump for the ranking and a few details on the five films that this site sees as the most anticipated for the month of May!


For those of you looking for a detailed description of how the selections were determined, please reference the rules as outlined in our Greatest Films post. It's pretty basic stuff though - we all choose five films, and points are awarded to each; the five highest vote-getting titles are compiled and ranked. Easy enough, but still effective.

Finally, summer is here! We have quality films in all five spots this month, no longer simply just the best of what's left over. As can be expected for the direction of this post, the majority of films this month (and will be the case all summer, I'd presume) center squarely on the box office monsters. These are the types of films we get excited for. Many of them probably won't end up being among our favorites of the year, but they're definitely films we look forward to checking out in theaters. Featured below is a good group of films that should provide plenty of entertainment this month!


     5. Now You See Me - 5 Points
     May 31 - U.S. Wide Release
We start off this month with another film about magic (Burt Wonderstone). The cast here looks strong, and it appears that there is going to be a bit more to this story than just stage magicians who also perform heists (as if that's not already enough). Is there going to be a real element of "magic" in the film? It seems intriguing enough to warrant a watch just to find out for sure what is going to happen.
     4. Fast & Furious 6 - 12 Points
     May 24 - U.S. Wide Release
This series somehow just continues to get better. Who would have thought five or six years ago that not only would we be on film #6 of this franchise, but that people would be looking forward to it! This series has little more to offer than mindless high-octane action, but after a drab winter and spring, sometimes a movie full of people flying around in fast cars is exactly what you need to wake yourself up!
     3. The Great Gatsby - 14 Points
     May 10 - Limited Release
Baz Luhrmann teams up with Leonardo DiCaprio again ("Romeo + Juliet") to tell his version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's timeless story. As usual, the film looks thick with Luhrmann's style, and the trailers have made this look like an exciting telling of this story. The film features a great cast, and the visuals should make for a fun theater experience, even if the story doesn't come through as much as we all hope.
     2. Star Trek Into Darkness - 17 Points
     May 17 - U.S. Wide Release
"Star Trek" surprised all of us in a big way in 2009, and with J.J. Abrams back at the helm, we're all expecting strong results again. As no one at this site is a bug Star Trek fan to begin with, our collective anticipation for the film only shows the level of quality that Abrams has set. If this film is anything similar to what we got out of the first installment, we should be in for a treat here.
     1. Iron Man 3 - 21 Points
     May 3 - U.S. Wide Release
All but one of us featured this film in the #1 spot on our individual lists, which is the first time we've seen that happen in one of these posts. Some people who have already seen the film are stating that this is the best Iron Man film yet. While that may just been advertising, it has us excited. The trailers have looked great, and most of us are interested to see Tony Stark in a darker context, post-Avengers. Epic scale, great cast, and a good production company that hasn't let us down so far in its movie-making abilities. Luckily, this film opens tomorrow, so we have little longer to wait before we get to experience this one. Needless to say, we'll all be in attendance for this one opening weekend.

So those are the films that we as a group see as the most anticipated for the month. As I stated in the intro, take this for what you will. These aren't necessarily going to be the best films of the month - or even pan out to be the most entertaining films - but as of right now, with the entire month ahead of us, these are the titles that we see as having the potential to provide the most quality/entertainment/enjoyment.

Those are our picks though. Any other titles you'd like to see on this list?

Be sure to check back next month for our top choices for June!