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Summer Movie Wrap-up
Topic by: Cinenaut
Posted: August 9, 2004 - 10:51 AM PDT
Last Reply: September 3, 2004 - 8:19 PM PDT

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author topic: Summer Movie Wrap-up
Cinenaut
post #1  on August 9, 2004 - 10:51 AM PDT  
Now that we've had the Worst Summer Movie thread and summer is screaming along through a blazing August, I thought it might be time to start to step back and take a look at the big summer movies.

Summer movies I've seen recently:
I, Robot -- better than I thought it would be.
The Village -- ditto and better than I, Robot, too.
Eoliano
post #2  on August 9, 2004 - 11:10 AM PDT  
> Summer movies I've seen recently:
> I, Robot -- better than I thought it would be.
> The Village -- ditto and better than I, Robot, too.

My recent movies;

The Bourne Supremecy
The Manchurian Candidate
Collateral


By far, the best of these is Collateral.
sinisterguffaw
post #3  on August 9, 2004 - 11:41 AM PDT  
As far as Blockbuster movies go, I saw

Spider-Man 2.

Expecting to like it, I loved it. I think that's pretty much it for me. Gonna see AVP on friday, and although it will suck, I'll be sure to like it.
Cinenaut
post #4  on August 9, 2004 - 11:42 AM PDT  
> On August 9, 2004 - 11:10 AM PDT Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> My recent movies;
> The Bourne Supremecy
> The Manchurian Candidate
> Collateral

>
> By far, the best of these is Collateral.
> ---------------------------------

I've seen those, too and enjoyed all of them. The Manchurian Candidate was a relief after The Truth About Charlie. It was fun to see Robyn Hitchcock in a small role. Collateral is the more cohesive thriller, for sure, but Demme's fun casting and great soundtrack made Manchurian Candidate worth seeing.
Eoliano
post #5  on August 9, 2004 - 12:17 PM PDT  
> I've seen those, too and enjoyed all of them. The Manchurian Candidate was a relief after The Truth About Charlie. It was fun to see Robyn Hitchcock in a small role. Collateral is the more cohesive thriller, for sure, but Demme's fun casting and great soundtrack made Manchurian Candidate worth seeing.

Except for a couple of lines by Brian Cox, The Bourne Supremacy lacked a sense of humor, for example, one missed opportunity was when the CIA ops discover that Bourne is in Naples and someone asks, "what is he doing in Naples?" to which I replied, "He's there for the pizza you idiots".

Well, anyway, although I very much enjoyed The Manchurian Candidate, the original still holds sway for me.
Cinenaut
post #6  on August 9, 2004 - 1:02 PM PDT  
> On August 9, 2004 - 12:17 PM PDT Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Well, anyway, although I very much enjoyed The Manchurian Candidate, the original still holds sway for me.
> ---------------------------------

Yeah, with that one it's hard to get past the question "why was this movie (re)made in the first place?"

Eoliano
post #7  on August 9, 2004 - 7:39 PM PDT  
> Yeah, with that one it's hard to get past the question "why was this movie (re)made in the first place?"

I wouldn't go that far. I think The Manchurian Candidate has been begging for a remake because of its political implications and content, however, I don't feel the same way about Charade.
REIERMANN
post #8  on August 10, 2004 - 10:37 AM PDT  
Just saw Open Water the other night. It blew me away; my jaw fell to the floor. Takes you to emotional places movies rarely take you to. The audience seemed to generally dislike it thinking it was going to be a thriller like Jaws (as many people are comparing it to). But I think it was very audacious.
Cinenaut
post #9  on August 10, 2004 - 4:52 PM PDT  
Would you consider Open Water a "summer movie?" We're getting to the point where some Fall-type movies are starting to creep in already.

SGuffaw, it'll be interesting to see Alien vs. Predator. I fear the worst, but hope for the best. I'm sure the truth is somewhere in between.
JGerow
post #10  on August 11, 2004 - 7:32 AM PDT  
Manchurian Candidate is the best summer blockbuster I've seen (I haven't seen Collateral or Bourne yet). The most important summer movie, though not the best, is Fahrenheit 9/11, along with its companion piece, The Corporation.

Since this is GC, the real best movies of the summer are:
Before Sunset
Last Life in the Universe
Cowards Bend the Knee, and
the revival of The Leopard.
REIERMANN
post #11  on August 11, 2004 - 11:43 AM PDT  
> On August 10, 2004 - 4:52 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Would you consider Open Water a "summer movie?" We're getting to the point where some Fall-type movies are starting to creep in already.
>
> SGuffaw, it'll be interesting to see Alien vs. Predator. I fear the worst, but hope for the best. I'm sure the truth is somewhere in between.
> ---------------------------------

Well, it's being marketed as a summer movie. I heard the actress from the movie interviewed on NPR. She says it's an old fashioned summer popcorn movie. But I think the tone of the movie is the complete antithesis of summer movies. More like a heavier, Fall flick. Perhaps this is why the audience I saw it with seemed so disappointed. They were looking for out and out action.
villain
post #12  on August 11, 2004 - 10:19 PM PDT  

sadly enough, i've made a conscious decision to stay away from the theaters more often than not. being one who isn't a big fan of people i find myself more and more bothered by the crowd...the cell phones... stupid kids yapping/and or kicking the back of my seat!! etc. etc.
i'd rather wait for the dvd nowadays. with a kick ass home theater system it's better anyway. but sometimes i just have to see something on the big screen. this is what i've seen this summer:




badass- far better than what i expected. i'll pick this up on dvd.


napoleon dynamite- loved it. sweet!


spiderman 2- horrible.


metallica: some kind of monster- man, i sure wish i'd never seen this crud. i've since put up my metallica vinyl for sale on ebay. what a bunch of sissies.
Catullus
post #13  on August 12, 2004 - 1:34 AM PDT  
> On August 11, 2004 - 10:19 PM PDT villain wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> spiderman 2- horrible.

> ---------------------------------

I don't see how it could be worse than the first one...

So that begs the question: did you like the first one?

if not why did you see the 2nd? Tobey Macguire and co kept me far away from Spiderman 2 this summer because I saw the first one on dvd.
Cinenaut
post #14  on August 12, 2004 - 10:00 AM PDT  
I liked Spiderman 2 better than the first one.
ALittlefield
post #15  on August 12, 2004 - 11:21 AM PDT  
Most people seemed to like the second Spiderman more; personally I thought they were both the same: Average. One thing that disappointed me about the second one was how much was recycled from the first film: In the first film the villan was an defense company contractor who meets and likes Peter Parker, but then is corrupted by a faulty experiment that also gives him super powers. In the second film the villan is a SCIENTIST who meets and likes Peter Parker, but then is corrupted by a faulty experiment that also gives him super powers! Just as the first film has a scene where the crazed villan talks to himself in a battle of his good and bad sides, there's a scene in the second one where Dr Ock "talks" to his arms. Both films even our hero saving a baby from a burning building! (How often does that happen in New York?) Finally I also thought both films had way too many speeches. This ain't Shakespeare!
sinisterguffaw
post #16  on August 12, 2004 - 3:34 PM PDT  
>
> metallica: some kind of monster- man, i sure wish i'd never seen this crud. i've since put up my metallica vinyl for sale on ebay. what a bunch of sissies.
> ---------------------------------

I was mostly amazed that those three rich guys and the new guy (who is cool because he is as of yet untainted) could actually even attempt to make music under their current conditions. They're all such rich babies. And now I know why they haven't done anything good since the Black Album. Not that I was ever really a Metallica fan.

It was great filmmaking, by the way. And funnier than Spinal Tap because it's real!!!
Cinenaut
post #17  on August 13, 2004 - 9:25 AM PDT  
Napoleon Dynamite seems to be hanging around in theaters.
ALittlefield
post #18  on August 13, 2004 - 11:43 AM PDT  
While it's certainly no Summer blockbuster, I'd like to a shout out to Guy Maddin's THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD, an amazing film that has the odd look of a black and white (and sometimes technicolor) 1930's film that has been left at the lab too long. The soft focus is overdone to the point of looking blurry and hazy; the lighting practicly glows. That Maddin keeps this look mezmerising and not headache inducing is achievement enough, but the unique look complements its unique story. The performances are all great, and, as you might imagine for a film with music in the title, the soundtrack is wonderful. Next to ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, this is my favorite film of the year so far.
kohnfused1
post #19  on August 13, 2004 - 2:55 PM PDT  
> On August 12, 2004 - 3:34 PM PDT sinisterguffaw wrote:
> I was mostly amazed that those three rich guys and the new guy (who is cool because he is as of yet untainted) could actually even attempt to make music under their current conditions. They're all such rich babies. And now I know why they haven't done anything good since the Black Album. Not that I was ever really a Metallica fan.
>
> It was great filmmaking, by the way. And funnier than Spinal Tap because it's real!!!
> ---------------------------------


The "Guffster", wow, man! You changed your icon, what happened, you don't like Ninja Scroll anymore? Or did you just need a change of pace?
ColonelKong
post #20  on August 14, 2004 - 10:24 AM PDT  
I haven't really seen too many new movies lately. I loved Collateral, hated Demme's The Manchurian Candidate (I'm a big fan of Frankenheimer's original, it may be that I was in kind of a bad mood when I saw the remake), and I was so-so on Shyamalan's The Village. Mildly interested in seeing The Bourne Supremacy, even though it looks like more or less a retread of The Bourne Identity, which I thought was ok, but not spectacular. I'm looking forward to Open Water, and I'd love to see Kitano's Zatoichi in a theater, but I really doubt that it'll come here.

One thing that I did find kind of interesting about Demme's rather dull and plodding (IMO) Manchurian remake was the rather weird product placement for Cup Noodles. (If it was indeed a product placement)
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