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What I’d like to see

In addition to the Trump impeachment (and good luck on that one), here are some things I’d like to see this summer.

After 29 years of wondering just who the Hell would ever read through the LA Times’ Summer Sneaks list, I did so this morning. So don’t let anyone ever tell you it’s too late to change.

Here are the films (and release dates) on my I’d-like-to-see list. Realistically, given time constraints, I might see 5-8 of these. At the top, I’m putting the MUST SEE list (barring nuclear holocaust, of course).

I’m not even a movie fan, per se — but there’s something about each of these that speaks to me.

MUST SEE!

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (5/5/17)

Alien: Covenant (I go to see all “Aliens” movies, so long as they don’t also involve Predators, because even I know to avoid those.)(5/19/17)

War for the Planet of the Apes (For five decades now, I’ve made it a practice to see all “Apes” movies) (7/14/17)

Dunkirk (TOM HARDY and MARK RYLANCE. ‘Nuff said!) (7/21/17)

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power (the terrifying Al Gore documentary — I’ll need drinks afterward) (7/28/17)

WOULD LIKE TO SEE

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City (documentary; currently, I’m interested in development issues) (4/28/17)

LA92 (documentary about the LA riots; I want to see it because I was here) (4/28/17)

Julian Schnabel: A Private Portrait (documentary) (5/5/17)

The Lovers (Aidan Gillen, Melora Walters) (5/5/17)

Obit (documentary, about the people who write obits for newspapers) (5/5/17)

3 Generations (5/5/17)

Burden (documentary, about the performance artist Chris Burden, who encouraged his assistant to shoot him in the arm during one live performance, and who was crucified onto a Volkswagen in another) (5/12/17)

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (5/12/17)

Whisky Galore! (it stars Eddie Izzard — that’s why!) (5/12/17)

The Commune (This is about a Danish commune in the 1970s. I think communes are ridiculous, and from the plot description this one sounds typically misbegotten, so I’ll be seeing it because occasionally it’s good to see your beliefs and values vindicated.) (5/19/17)

Paint It Black (5/19/17)

The Survivalist (post-apocalyptic thriller) (5/19/17)

Long Strange Trip (documentary about the Grateful Dead; I don’t like the Dead, but I’m still trying to figure out why so many people do. I feel similarly about Frank Sinatra.) (5/26/17)

Churchhill (Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery; I’m going because it’s a great cast, and because it’s about Churchhill.) (6/2/17)

Wonder Woman (Because it looks like great fun, and because she was the only fun thing in that wretched Batman v. Superman movie.) (6/2/17)

It Comes at Night (And hopefully it scares the bejesus out of me.) (6/9/17)

Nobody Speaks: Trials of the Free Press (documentary about the privacy trial between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media) (6/23/17)

Baby Driver (from writer-director Edgar Wright, about a heist gone wrong) (6/28/17)

Good Fortune (documentary about John Paul DeJoria’s rise from homelessness and gang banging to become a billionaire philanthropist — I love this guy) (6/30/17)

The Journey (Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, John Hurt in a fictional account of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland – firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness – who set aside their differences and arrive at peace. I need more of this right now.) (June)

The Dark Tower (from the Stephen King novels) (8/4/17)

Annabelle: Creation (I see all “Annabelle” movies too. I’m a sucker for menacing evil playthings.) (8/11/17)

Tulip Fever (written by Tom Stoppard) (8/25/17)

The Unknown Girl (thriller) (August)

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