Friday, June 12, 2009

Summer Flicks '09

It’s been a while since I have been excited about the summer movie season. Actually, it’s been a very long time. Movies have been getting more and more expensive, $10 per person in the Cincinnati area on average, and for that reason, it’s taking a more and more impressive movie to convince me to spend that amount. I’ve been a party to some pretty lousy investments in the past few years. But this summer has a host of films queuing up to be the next blockbuster.

So far, we’ve seen three.

Fast and Furious: The latest installment of what has been labeled “car porn”. Pretty cars, pretty people, some good driving, and not a lot CGI. No, it’s not going to do anything for the academy, and no, it’s probably not going to get many stars. But it was a lot of fun to see, and I thought it was totally worth the investment.

Star Trek: Easily the best movie I’ve seen in probably the last ten years. Easily one of my favorite movies of all-time. Yes, it was just that good. Totally worth it.

Terminator Salvation: I’m a Terminator devotee, but this one fell short I’m afraid. I didn’t much care for it. The production staff overlooked some aspects of the Terminator storyline, that a lot of people will overlook, and will irritate others. Thing is, they didn’t need to. I know that there are some points in sequels that are swept under the rug for the interest of making the next one. But that wasn’t the case here. It was like they started making this one, not having seen the first three. But these days, 2-1 is a pretty good record for movies in the theatre.

What’s left this summer?

Up: I’m really sorry that I haven’t managed to see this one yet. But everyone that I know that has seen it says it’s amazing. Apparently it’s worth seeing in 3-D.

Angels and Demons: The DaVinci Code didn’t do so well as a movie. But this book is often overlooked. Personally, I thought the book was better then it’s better-known sibling. But I’m not convinced it’s worth the money to see on the big screen.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine: I like Hugh Jackman, and I like Ryan Reynolds, but I kinda forgot about this one shortly after it came out. That doesn’t make a strong argument for seeing it in the theatre.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: I thought the first one was pretty good. This one is shaping up to be at least as good, if not better. And incidentally, the name “Revenge of the Fallen” sure sounds a lot like the bad guys win, or at least don’t lose (a la The Empire Strikes Back). Be on the look out for a trilogy.

Public Enemies: Johnny Depp cracking wise as John Dillinger? Oh bring it on. This one looks awesome.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince: Take my ManCards away, I don’t care. I love the whole Potter series. I’ll be there

G.I. Joe: I’m really not expecting anything great from this movie, except to be totally entertained. I know there won’t be any Oscars given out for it, and it’ll probably get really lousy reviews. But it looks like it will be a lot of fun, and entertaining as hell.

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