Welcome back to my Top Ten Summer movies of 09
5. The Hangover
While everyone keeps saying how Inglourious Basterds was Quentin’s comeback film, I think one of the bigger comebacks is for director Todd Phillips. His last two directed flops Starsky & Hutch and School for Scoundrels, Phillips made a huge comeback with the now highest grossing R rated comedy ever The Hangover. I was really surprised at how good this movie turned out to be. I was expecting some laughs, but what I didn’t see coming was a story that kept you hooked to the film and trying to guess what happened to their friend Doug. Even when you know what happens at the end, its still a hilarious film to watch over and over.
This low budget sci-fi film from Duncan Jones was another great surprise for me this summer. I want to tell you all about Moon, but I don’t want to spoil it for everyone. What I can say is this is one of the best performances from Sam Rockwell, who I think deserves an Oscar nod. So see this great film as soon as you can.
3. Star Trek
I’ve never watched a full episode of any Star Trek series. After I saw J.J. Abrams take on the Star Trek universe, I went to YouTube, looked Star Trek up and watched the first episode The Man Trap. I’m not sure if that was the goal of Abrams, but I think a lot of non-Trek fans took a second look at the world created by Gene Roddenberry. With a great cast and stunning special effects, Star Trek was a great film to start the summer off.
2. District 9
This film was made for only 30 million, yet it looked as good or in some cases even better than the 100 million dollar budget films that came out this year. I had high hopes for this movie, and it didn’t meet my expectations, it blew them away with a pig launched gravity gun! (You’ll get it if you saw the film.) I think Neill Blomkamp has a great future in Hollywood and after this film, maybe the Halo movie Blomkamp and Peter Jackson were suppose to make will be set back on track thanks to District 9. At least we can only hope so.
This isn’t just my favorite film of the summer, this is my favorite Pixar movies period. Pixar keeps pushing the limits of animation not just visually but with their stories that never talk down to the audience. Proving that just because it’s a family movie doesn’t mean that you have to lower the quality of the film.
And now I have just a quick list of movies that let me down. I’m not saying I hated these films but they did leave me disappointed. Nothing too long but here are the Disappointments of summer 09 in any order.
Remember when they told us that the next Terminator film would take place in the future? Remember how they said this was going to be a war movie, just like the opening sequence in T2? Well I did, but I think McG forgot about the war part. This movie doesn’t follow the continuity of the previous films, the acting was OK at best (with the exception of Sam Worthington who I though did a really good job) and an awkward CG Arnold Schwarzenegger, Salvation was definitely not the film we were promised.
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
I actually enjoyed the first Night at the Museum movie. I thought it had a good story about a guy trying to be a better dad. That element was completely missing from Smithsonian. Also the movie seems to be bashing on the fact that Ben Stiller’s character makes it big as an inventor and that he truly misses his job as a night guard…really who in the love of god would chose being a night grade over being a wealthy inventor...NOBODY!!!!
This trailer makes you think your going in to see a good old Gangster Flick from Michael Mann, what you get instead is a big love letter to John Dillinger. It wouldn’t bother me if they wanted to do a bio on Dillinger, but the movie never focuses of any other character’s backs story and makes the FBI so over the top bad that its almost comical.
What made Bruno funny on the Al G show was the way it poked fun at the fashion industry. What makes Bruno unfunny on the big screen is the egocentric character Bruno trying to become famous in scenes that seem way too staged. They tried to send a message about how homophobic America is, despite the fact that you don’t have to be anti gay to be grossed out by the stunts done in this movie.