Friday, August 15, 2008

The Great Summer Blockbuster Post

Greetings all, I apologise for the lengthy absence. Since the end of term I have been doing very little that includes words as I try to distance myself from everything to do with school or learning (writing actual words falling very much into that category).

One way I have been happily wasting my holiday time is catching up on a load of movies I have been meaning to see for ages. So I thought I would burden you with a bumper movie post. For ease of consumption I have divided it into two distinct sections. The first is movies that I hoped would be good. The second is films I watched knowing they would be terrible but that I saw because I find really really bad movies highly entertaining.

Every year during the summer blockbuster season I find that there are movies that I get very excited about as a fully paid up movie nerd. And every year I am, on the whole, disappointed. It is entirely my own fault of course, if I hadn't built up my expectations so high, I wouldn't be disappointed. However, this summer I have been very pleasantly surprised by how many of the big summer films have entirely matched or exceeded my expectations. The four films that immediately spring to mind are Wanted, Dark Knight, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army and Journey to the Centre of the Earth 3D.

If you haven't seen these four fantastic films - you should go right now. Go on, don't bother finishing the rest of the post, just go to the cinema now.......

Go on.....

Dum dee dum...

Right, they're all gone now. Just between us, the first three are brilliant - Journey to the Centre of the Earth 3D is bloody awful...... All joking aside, you really should go and see at least Hellboy - it is fabulous. Imagine the first Hellboy movie crossed with Pan's Labyrinth. Let this trailer whet your appetite.

Section 1
Planet Terror **
Apocalypto ***
Hancock ***
Dark Knight *****
Hot Fuzz *****
Hellboy 2: The Golden Army ****
Superbad **
Doomsday ***

Section 2
War of the Worlds 2 *
Starship Troopers 3 ***
27 Dresses *
Doom: Extended Edition ***
Stargate Continuum ***
Underworld: Evolution *


Sarah said...

War of the Worlds 2? When did that happen? How did that happen? I've been listening to the Jeff Bridges version while on bus journeys recently and have been struck by just how much better it was than the film....

9/10ths Full of Penguins said...

This was a direct to DVD sequel that had nothing at all in common with the first one and was so terrible I couldn't even manage an hour of it. Spectacularly bad!

Fat Roland said...

Ooo, that trailer has properly whetted my appetizers.

I have purchasimificated Hellboy, the first volume, on DVD so I am all set up for Hellboy 2.

Meanwhile, have a go at this movie letters quiz:

Valerie said...

Man, all I've seen of your list so far is Dark Knight and Hot Fuzz (well, we own Hot Fuzz and have seen it about 20 times so far). I guess at least I've seen the *best* of your list...

Dark Knight was marvellous and of course Heath Ledger was great, as everyone says, but I was struck by the subtle and nuanced performance of Gary Oldman as Commissioner Gordon. Admittedly I'm an Oldman admirer, but I think his Gordon is a complex character, strong in some ways and weak in others, and far from the wimp Gordon always appeared in the comics.

Anonymous said...

I find it hard to give any credit to a movie post that doesn't contain a review of "Chorley: Where People Go To Fight!"

Nat said...

27 dresses? Reviewing it means you actually had to watch it first, right?

I really want to see Hellboy 2. Maybe I can catch it at the dollar theater this weekend.