The Best of Summer Flicks, Fiction and Festivals
Summer is getting closer by the minute, and many Georgia College students are heading back home. For those who remain, either for work or for school, there is no reason to fear because plenty of new movies, books and events are coming up to keep the Milledgeville locals and students entertained.
Summer always has a ton of movies coming out each week. On May 4, “The Avengers” comes out nationwide. Directed by Joss Whedon, this movie stars some of the biggest names in Hollywood such as Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, and much more. “The Avenger” is essentially the story of the Marvel Comics superheroes joining forces to fight Loki and his new army. Thor did an excellent job of building up Loki as a villain, and Captain America gave the viewers a glimpse at this gathering of heroes.
Another movie, “The Dark Knight Rises” will hit the theaters July 20, 2012. Christian Bale returns as the tortured Bruce Wayne/Batman, who must face villain Bane and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway). This release marks the end of the trilogy of Batman movies directed by Christopher Nolan. The buildup to this movie has been intense, for anyone paying attention; the greatest mystery is who the villains will be. Some have been skeptical about Catwoman, but Hathaway is an intriguing choice. To see her in such a dramatically different role makes it all the harder to wait for July.
Book lovers can also look forward to new releases. Fans of author Cassandra Clare and “The Mortal Instruments” series will be happy to know that book five, “City of Lost Souls,” is expected to hit the shelves on May 8. This series is about an unseen world that exists alongside ours, but that normal humans (referred to as Mundanes) cannot see. A race of people known as the Shadowhunters have dedicated themselves to protecting humans from those unseen dangers, which include demons and grotesque creatures. The main character is red-headed Clary Fray, a member of these demon-slayers. In all, there are four books out in this series.
For those with no Fourth of July plans, the Lake Country Freedom Festival will take place from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. in Eatonton. This event will take place at Crooked Creek Marina and feature arts and crafts for purchase, food, music and fireworks to finish it all off. While admission is free, you may have to pay for parking. More information can be found at the Lake Country Freedom Festival website.
Gray has another event earlier in the summer called the 9th Annual Daylily Festival. Taking place June 1 through June 2 on 273 Railroad St., the event promises arts and crafts, a car show, other activities and the Daylily Dash which is a 5K or 1 Mile Fun Run. Whether or not this involves fighting over flowers has yet to be determined. Gray is very close to Milledgeville, and the Daylily Dash just might be worth checking out.