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Summer 2009 Movies
Topic by: Cinenaut
Posted: June 11, 2009 - 9:28 AM PDT
Last Reply: August 28, 2009 - 1:34 PM PDT

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author topic: Summer 2009 Movies
troublemaker
post #21  on June 30, 2009 - 3:12 PM PDT  
Good word of mouth has given me some desire to catch Moon.

I'm a sucker for low-budget well-made sci-fi flicks. Plus, I think Sam Rockwell is a pretty talented actor.

Anyone catch this one?
Cinenaut
post #22  on July 1, 2009 - 3:06 PM PDT  
Not yet, but I really want to.

As for "District 9" just being a remake of Alien Nation, let's hope that's not the case, because that would really suck. :-p

Hmmm, is it time for another alien / human buddy cop movie? Maybe not.
DLeonard
post #23  on July 1, 2009 - 6:23 PM PDT  
> On June 30, 2009 - 3:12 PM PDT troublemaker wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Good word of mouth has given me some desire to catch Moon.
>
> I'm a sucker for low-budget well-made sci-fi flicks. Plus, I think Sam Rockwell is a pretty talented actor.
>
> Anyone catch this one?
> ---------------------------------

I saw it at the SF Film Fest and quite enjoyed it, though I will have to say it did not make the most of it's concept. Great visuals though. And why didn't someone tell me Duncan Jones was Bowie's kid?
Cinenaut
post #24  on July 3, 2009 - 10:03 AM PDT  
Has anybody seen "Public Enemies?" It's getting kind of mixed reviews.

> On July 1, 2009 - 6:23 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I saw it at the SF Film Fest and quite enjoyed it, though I will have to say it did not make the most of it's concept. Great visuals though. And why didn't someone tell me Duncan Jones was Bowie's kid?
> ---------------------------------

It's his first big movie, so let's hope there's more good stuff to come from him in the future.



hamano
post #25  on July 3, 2009 - 5:51 PM PDT  
And how is Moon NOT just a surface-bound remake of 2001: A Space Oddity????? At least they could have given GERTIE Alpha's voice instead of HAL's....
Battie
post #26  on July 3, 2009 - 10:37 PM PDT  
> On June 30, 2009 - 1:34 AM PDT SonjaBlue wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> You're right, Battie. Just because everyone's dying around you is no reason to fall to pieces. In the beginning, I, too, tried reasoning with my victims that their hysterical screaming, uncontrollable sobbing, gurgling noises, and passing out from the pain (or just plain dying before I've allowed them to) was really getting on my nerves. But, I 've come to realise that there's no reasoning with some people.
>

*snicker* It's a horror movie. I don't want realism in my horror movies. D: Speaking of, the ending to House on the Left was...silly. >_> Making sense and realism are closely related but not the same thing, imo.

> [Raises hand] Because you're too high-strung for them to think you're stoned?
>

Huh. I've never been called high-strung before. I'm not sure if I should consider it a compliment or not.

> You only have money one or two times per month? Have you thought of donating blood for money? (I didn't mean to me. Because I won't pay you for it.)
>

I have money less than that! :D I meant I only drink 1-2 times a month or less when I do have cash. These days, I'm more likely to spend it on state park fees and computer parts. If I had money.

> It's nice to know that there is a plus side to addiction. I can't wait to find out what I might substitute blood for, but I doubt it would make vegetarians happy.
>

Eat the vegetarians instead. You must get your daily vitamins, you know.

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

Did anyone see Drag Me to Hell? Was it good? What about The Brothers Bloom? I saw Will Ferrell promoting Land of the Lost on The Daily Show, and while he normally annoys me, I thought he was kinda funny that day. Is Land of the Lost more in line with Anchorman or something else he's done?

Has anyone seen the photos for Alice? I can't believe they got the fat guy from Little Britain in it. *shakes head* He may end up being the most absurd act in the film. I sometimes wonder if Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp aren't just going to pop up one day and announce they're living together. Maybe living together with Tim Burton as a third. (I also find it strange that Tim Burton is still producing weird flicks and that Beetlejuice was a household favorite when I was kid. Perhaps my mom had better taste than I credited her with. *snicker*)
Vanamonde
post #27  on July 4, 2009 - 12:38 AM PDT  
> On July 3, 2009 - 10:37 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> *snicker* It's a horror movie. I don't want realism in my horror movies.
>
I shout AMEN to that! Gimme the fanstantic gore of a "Hellriser" over the realism of a film of reallife horror of "Blackhawk Down" or "Thirteen"

I wanna a movie that makes me spill some popcorn, not wake up screaming in the middle of the night.
Cinenaut
post #28  on July 6, 2009 - 8:22 AM PDT  
"Public Enemies" was kind of tedious. It didn't need to be two hours and twenty minutes long, or maybe it did, but if so it needed to fill that time with less grim purpose and more life.
underdog
post #29  on July 6, 2009 - 1:01 PM PDT  
Battie, a bit more on Drag Me to Hell.

I definitely recommend it.

Also recommend REVANCHE, if it's playing in your area. Those I know who have seen both assert it's far better than the film that won Best Foreign Oscar...

I still haven't seen MOON. Almost went this weekend but... didn't.

Wonder how the new live action BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE will turn out? Opens here Friday. Looks a bit silly, but fun. (Perhaps.) It's certainly short (at 84 minutes!) which is a lesson perhaps Michael Bay could learn.

underdog
post #30  on July 6, 2009 - 1:02 PM PDT  
And a lesson Michael Mann could learn, too, if Cinenaut's appraisal is true (and I've heard that from others as well). Sounds kind of inert, though I'm still curious to see it.

How's the HiDef DV look? Seems odd for a period piece...
Cinenaut
post #31  on July 6, 2009 - 1:53 PM PDT  
> On July 6, 2009 - 1:02 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> And a lesson Michael Mann could learn, too, if Cinenaut's appraisal is true (and I've heard that from others as well). Sounds kind of inert, though I'm still curious to see it.
>
> How's the HiDef DV look? Seems odd for a period piece...
> ---------------------------------

It was a little odd to see the DV washed out ultraviolet whites in some scenes. In "Three Kings," for example, that look really added to the impression of searing heat in the Iraui desert, but in a period piece like this, it doesn't really add anything. That said, it didn't bother me too much.

Marion Cotillard's accent was another extra effect that probably didn't need to be there, but I was glad she was there.
Cinenaut
post #32  on July 8, 2009 - 9:18 PM PDT  
Huh. "District 9" looks kinda good.
Cinenaut
post #33  on July 13, 2009 - 11:22 AM PDT  
I have to agree with DLeonard's review of "Moon." It would have made a fantastic short film, but for the full length motion picture, I wished it went a bit further. It's also not what you'd call a feel good summer movie, that's for sure. I'm certainly looking forward to future projects from Duncan Jones.

Did anybody go see Bruno?
underdog
post #34  on July 13, 2009 - 1:03 PM PDT  
I have yet to see BRUNO so can't opine about it yet but I admit to feeling happy to see it atop the box office after the weekend, pushing Transformers (and the pointless Ice Age tri-quel) down. At least people are seeing something stimulating and provocative, and perhaps funny.

Hoping to see The Hurt Locker this week, too. Anyone else seen it yet?
shiftless
post #35  on July 13, 2009 - 3:42 PM PDT  
I was reading an article about Brüno, and the studio rep quote about ticket sales in the flyover states was funny:

"softer, much softer"
troublemaker
post #36  on July 13, 2009 - 9:58 PM PDT  
> On July 8, 2009 - 9:18 PM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Huh. "District 9" looks kinda good.
> ---------------------------------

You know, I saw the revamped trailer for this before Bruno and now I'm legitimately interested in catching this film.

Speaking of Bruno, it could've been all the cocktails and bourbon I had prior that skewed my judgment, but I was entirely underwhelmed by it. Don't get me wrong, there were moments of intense laughter scattered throughout the film but I think I'm getting tired of Sasha Baron Cohen's schtick. Regardless, I completely agree with you Underdog -- I'm at least glad it snapped the #1 spot above Transformers and Ice age.
Cinenaut
post #37  on July 14, 2009 - 9:05 AM PDT  
I was hoping to see the trailer for "District 9" on the big screen when I went to see "Moon," but they didn't show it. Instead, I saw the preview for "Pandorum," with Ben Foster and Dennis Quaid. It looks kind of like "Alien, 28 Days Later." Zzzzzz. I do like Ben Foster, though.

troublemaker, I think a lot of film critics felt the way you did about Bruno. It's probably hard to top the surprise of Borat, and we're all a bit wise to the fact that some of the stunts are staged now.
underdog
post #38  on July 15, 2009 - 12:18 PM PDT  
Okay, seeing The Hurt Locker tonight (instead of Harry Potter, nyah!), will report back.

Chime in here about Harry Potter, too though.

It at least *looks* better than the book itself, which was not my favorite of the HP books. A lot of the book is backstory/flashbacks, which is important I guess but took me away from the current-day characters I cared more about. Looks like the movie cut a lot of that down, which imho is wise. But we'll see!
underdog
post #39  on July 15, 2009 - 12:18 PM PDT  
Btw, PANDORUM -- what a horrible title.
Cinenaut
post #40  on July 15, 2009 - 3:03 PM PDT  
> On July 15, 2009 - 12:18 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Btw, PANDORUM -- what a horrible title.
> ---------------------------------

I know. When I saw the poster in the theater, I thought "Heath Ledger!?" But of course that movie is "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus," not "Pandorum."

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