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Summer Movies 2011 -- Is there any hope?
Topic by: Cinenaut
Posted: June 6, 2011 - 10:26 AM PDT
Last Reply: September 21, 2011 - 10:22 AM PDT

author topic: Summer Movies 2011 -- Is there any hope?
Cinenaut
post #1  on June 6, 2011 - 10:26 AM PDT  
I saw "X-Men: First Class" on Saturday and I have to say, it was actually not bad at all. Way to go, Matthew Vaughn!
weezy
post #2  on June 6, 2011 - 10:09 PM PDT  
> On June 6, 2011 - 10:26 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I saw "X-Men: First Class" on Saturday and I have to say, it was actually not bad at all. Way to go, Matthew Vaughn!
> ---------------------------------

Agreed, thought it was an enjoyable, fun, summer movie. I love anything that Fassbender is in; the man is the definition of magnetic and thus... oh my ... didn't know I made a bad pun here... made a bad-ass Magneto. James McAvoy was great as well. Not the strongest side characters but their stories were interesting and had some nice nods to the original comics.

Does Tree of Life count as a summer film? Probably not. But I was WOWed by it. It's definitely one I'm going to see in the theaters again. Would be interested to hear other's thoughts on it as we get a chance to see it. Seems like people are in the love it / hate it camp.
Cinenaut
post #3  on June 21, 2011 - 9:22 AM PDT  
I agree, Fassbender and McAvoy really held "X-men First Class" together, and I really want to see "Tree of Life," but it hasn't come around my area.

"Super 8" was pretty darn good, but I wish the reveal was more original/intriguing. They did a good job of not showing too much monster, though.

I also saw "Midnight in Paris" and I thought it was quite good.

I'm skipping "Green Lantern." Did anybody see it?



> On June 6, 2011 - 10:09 PM PDT weezy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > On June 6, 2011 - 10:26 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> > ---------------------------------
> > I saw "X-Men: First Class" on Saturday and I have to say, it was actually not bad at all. Way to go, Matthew Vaughn!
> > ---------------------------------
>
> Agreed, thought it was an enjoyable, fun, summer movie. I love anything that Fassbender is in; the man is the definition of magnetic and thus... oh my ... didn't know I made a bad pun here... made a bad-ass Magneto. James McAvoy was great as well. Not the strongest side characters but their stories were interesting and had some nice nods to the original comics.
>
> Does Tree of Life count as a summer film? Probably not. But I was WOWed by it. It's definitely one I'm going to see in the theaters again. Would be interested to hear other's thoughts on it as we get a chance to see it. Seems like people are in the love it / hate it camp.
> ---------------------------------

Cinenaut
post #4  on June 28, 2011 - 10:12 AM PDT  
"The Tree of Life" was fantastic.

As an added entertainment bonus, before the movie even really delved into 1950s Texas, a guy in the row in front of us stood up, said "shoot me now" and left. What kind of movie did he think he was going to see when he bought a ticket for "Tree of Life?" A Brad Pitt action flick?
weezy
post #5  on June 29, 2011 - 11:42 AM PDT  
> On June 28, 2011 - 10:12 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> "The Tree of Life" was fantastic.
>
> As an added entertainment bonus, before the movie even really delved into 1950s Texas, a guy in the row in front of us stood up, said "shoot me now" and left. What kind of movie did he think he was going to see when he bought a ticket for "Tree of Life?" A Brad Pitt action flick?
> ---------------------------------

Haha, well at least it was the beginning and not the end that was ruined? I sat next to someone who at the VERY end, when it was ambiguous as to whether or not the movie was going to end or keep going, whispered audibly "no... no more." I was pretty furious at the time, because if he was really hating it he either should have left early or not said anything at all.

I'm glad you liked it, Cinenaut. It got a very harsh review from Armond White from the NY Press, and our own Aaron Hillis of GC Daily agreed with his assessment. But I found it so intense, so beautiful, and so visceral. The scenes on adolescence especially hit the tone and feelings right on the head for me. It's one that I plan to see again in the theaters.

I'm mildly interested in Super 8, The Green Lantern, and Cpt. America. But I think Tree of Life will have been the pinnacle of summer viewing for me.
Cinenaut
post #6  on July 1, 2011 - 11:12 AM PDT  
NPR did a piece yesterday about all the people who are walking out on "Tree of Life," so it's a national phenomenon. The theater owners say maybe 1-5 people are walking out on average within the first 25 minutes. One theater posted a warning that the movie has a non-traditional narrative and that the theater doesn't give refunds! There are short attention spans across the country, I guess.

For a while, the summer was looking pretty good with X-Men First Class and Super 8, but now there seems to be a string of stuff that I don't want to see. I'm looking forward to the last Harry Potter movie, and I'm hoping Captain America has enough Joss Whedon in it to be good.

"Another Earth" seems intriguing.
Cinenaut
post #7  on August 30, 2011 - 1:50 PM PDT  
Cowboys & Aliens -- thumbs down
Rise of the Planet of the Apes -- thumbs up
Captain America -- not bad
Another Earth -- thumbs up

Green Lantern -- didn't bother seeing
Transformers -- didn't bother
Cinenaut
post #8  on August 30, 2011 - 2:08 PM PDT  
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in 2D -- thumbs up
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides -- didn't see. Might rent.
Cinenaut
post #9  on August 30, 2011 - 2:40 PM PDT  
Fright Night -- summer movie thumbs up
Cinenaut
post #10  on August 31, 2011 - 9:15 AM PDT  
Did anybody see "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark?"
Cinenaut
post #11  on September 6, 2011 - 9:34 AM PDT  
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark -- Thumbs Down, but nice try.

This summer's crop of movies had some nice surprises, but they kind of fizzled towards the end.
weezy
post #12  on September 19, 2011 - 10:29 AM PDT  
I watched DRIVE this weekend and I gotta say, best time I had at the movies all summer. Sure, it was super ultra hyper stylized and quite cheesy at times, but it looked great, sounded great, was nicely paced, had great casting, and I had a great time. Might be my favorite opening sequence of any film I saw this year.

It's a treat for those familiar with Los Angeles geography as well, especially downtown and Echo Park. I live really close to Echo Park so all the shots by the LA River and Echo Park lake were cool to see blown up on the big screen.
Cinenaut
post #13  on September 21, 2011 - 10:22 AM PDT  
I thought that the violence got kind of cartoonishly over the top in "Drive," and the sound track seemed kind of campy, but otherwise, great movie!

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