Pop Cultured Summer 2015 – May

Summer is upon us! Which means its that special time of year where a lot of things happen, but also don’t happen. The movie blockbusters are coming in at full force, while TV takes it easy (sorta). There will also be plenty of concerts and events to fill up those wonderful summer days and nights. So here are some of the things I’m looking forward to!

MAY

Obviously the first thing we have to talk about are the MOVIES! Because as is tradition now, the first May weekend kicks off the summer blockbuster season, and this year, we start off with The Avengers: Age of Ultron (May 1)!! To say I’m excited would be an understatement (this also applies to just about anyone who cares about the Marvel movies). I’m fairly certain I’ll be watching it a couple of times in theatres, even facing the crowds opening weekend to watch it, so I can continue with my Agents of SHIELD watching. It bugged me so much that I couldn’t keep watching AoS last April because my siblings and I hadn’t found time to watch Winter Soldier, so I’m going solo and watching it this weekend, before going again with them (which will probably be like 3 weeks later lol.) More acapella fun is to be had with the release of Pitch Perfect 2 (May 15). I absolutely loved the first movie and am so looking forward to more riff-offs and mash-ups, plus Pentatonix! Even though everything just seems like a sequel or reboot, we do tend to get some new original movies coming out – one of those is Tomorrowland (May 22), based somewhat on the Disney parks land. Not much is REALLY known about the movie, but its written/directed by Brad Bird, Damon Lindelof co-wrote the script, and the cast includes George Clooney, Britt Robertson, and Hugh Laurie, among others, so I’m pretty much in! Cameron Crowe’s latest, Aloha (May 29), stars Bradley Cooper as a military contractor who returns to work with the US Space program in Honolulu and attempts to reconnect with his ex played by Rachel McAdams, as he falls for Emma Stone’s Air Force pilot. I’ve always enjoyed Crowe’s films, so I’m hoping for the best; plus, Crowe has assembled a wonderful supporting cast as well, with John Krasinski, Bill Murray, and Alec Baldwin.

On the TV front, we’ll be seeing the end of the regular TV season, where cliffhangers, twists, shockers, deaths, and the occasional happy moments abound. I don’t particularly like seeing my shows end for the season, but ya know, such is TV life. Somewhere amidst all the finales though, there will be some shows premiering but frankly, nothing is standing out. I MIGHT give Wayward Pines (May 14) a look, just to see if Shyamalan can come back from his string of movie bombs, but I’m being cautious with my expectations on this one. One show I can’t believe I’m saying I’m looking forward to? The second season of Girl Meets World (May 11). So I’m not part of the actual demographic, but hey, I was a Boy Meets World fan back in the day, and I’m here for the nostalgia of it all. This season will see appearances from Mr. Feeny, Eric AND Mr. Turner! (So yeah, nostalgia.) I don’t keep up with the show regularly, but I’ll watch it when I have time and don’t feel like getting into anything else; it’s a good 20 minute mindless escape.

Music has been a little slow for me. In terms of albums, the last one I bought was Kelly Clarkson’s Piece by Piece back in March; since then, there hasn’t been much for me to get excited about. And even so, there are no new albums (that I know of at this very moment) that I’m really excited about. On another note, I don’t even have any concerts lined up! The one possibility is The Script at the end of the month, and I may be doing that one solo, which is why I’m on the fence about it, even though I love them.

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