The new “Alien” movie and the new “Guardians of the Galaxy” are expected to top the box office this weekend, both just the most recent examples of big tent pole productions that suck all the oxygen and money out of the movie-making ecosystem. So, with the summer movie season approaching, host Kai Ryssdal talked with New York Times culture critic Wesley Morris about what to expect in the upcoming summer blockbuster season. The following is an edited transcript of their conversation.
Ryssdal: I want have a little chat about summer box office approaching, as we all know.
Morris: Oh, no.
Ryssdal: Really. Is that a bad topic for you? I mean, do you not like summer box office?
Morris: Listen, I’m open to talk about it. Let’s talk about it. Let’s do it.
Ryssdal: Well, all right, OK. I want to know are you looking in any good movies this summer, or is it all going to be boring old tent poles?
Morris: Listen, we’re in tent pole city now. It’s just purely these blockbusters, so there’s very little room between these for anything that isn’t something meant to proliferate unto eternity. Some of these things I’m looking forward to. I’ve seen the trailer for the new “Thor” movie, and I find it extremely exciting.
Ryssdal: But can we just have a non-superhero movie please? Come on, man.
Morris: Well, you know what’s funny is even the things that don’t look like superhero movies wind up being, if not superhero movies or comic book movies, definitely franchises. Every…