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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
weezy
post #41  on July 23, 2009 - 10:03 AM PDT  
Nice new icon, Cinenaut ^^

Saw Harry Potter last night, and I really enjoyed it. Very cool special effects, and terrific acting all around, especially by the the man who played Professor Horace (a newcomer to the franchise). Helena Bonham Carter was born to play a witch - she was wicked fun! And Snape is just as deadpan as he ever was, I LOVE him in all the films. Sadly, I haven't read all of the books, and haven't seen all of the movies, but despite all that the movie never lost me. Of the three I've seen (the first one and the one previous to this) this was my favorite. Although it was long it didn't feel as long as the others, hit a lot of great comedic notes and captures the "teen" years really well, and added bonus - they can DRINK! Party up in Hogwarts, yall.

My friend told me that the kid who plays Malfoy is over the acting biz and is retiring after he's done with the Harry Potters films (he's contractually obligated to finish). His real passion in life is marine biology and fisheries!
Cinenaut
post #42  on July 24, 2009 - 11:14 AM PDT  
Thanks, weezy. It's Dr. Mabuse -- in disguise. Shhhh.

I may go see Harry Potter this weekend.

Wow, we're getting down to the dregs of the summer releases now - "G-Force" and "The Ugly Truth."

> On July 23, 2009 - 10:03 AM PDT weezy wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Nice new icon, Cinenaut ^^
>
> Saw Harry Potter last night, and I really enjoyed it. Very cool special effects, and terrific acting all around, especially by the the man who played Professor Horace (a newcomer to the franchise). Helena Bonham Carter was born to play a witch - she was wicked fun! And Snape is just as deadpan as he ever was, I LOVE him in all the films. Sadly, I haven't read all of the books, and haven't seen all of the movies, but despite all that the movie never lost me. Of the three I've seen (the first one and the one previous to this) this was my favorite. Although it was long it didn't feel as long as the others, hit a lot of great comedic notes and captures the "teen" years really well, and added bonus - they can DRINK! Party up in Hogwarts, yall.
>
> My friend told me that the kid who plays Malfoy is over the acting biz and is retiring after he's done with the Harry Potters films (he's contractually obligated to finish). His real passion in life is marine biology and fisheries!
> ---------------------------------

weezy
post #43  on July 24, 2009 - 2:07 PM PDT  
> On July 24, 2009 - 11:14 AM PDT Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Thanks, weezy. It's Dr. Mabuse -- in disguise. Shhhh.
>
> I may go see Harry Potter this weekend.
>
> Wow, we're getting down to the dregs of the summer releases now - "G-Force" and "The Ugly Truth."
> ---------------------------------

I didn't suspect that Rom-Coms would dip as low as the uber-generic looking "Ugly Truth". The trailers give no indication of plot, it just throws out some super lame one-liners . And if they're trying to insinuate Kat Heigle is an "ugly duckling" character, they're nuts! She's a beaut!

Even "Orphan" looks like a weak, generic horror flick, which is a shame because I loove Vera Farmiga. I chuckle every time I pass by a movie poster for "Orphan" that has a mustache drawn over the little girl, can't help meself.

Remaining summer films I'm curious about are Hurt Locker and In the Loop, The Cove and Funny People.
Cinenaut
post #44  on July 24, 2009 - 3:05 PM PDT  
I am looking forward to "The Hurt Locker" and "In The Loop" as well.

Cold Souls is coming up next month, but that kind of seems like a Fall movie.
DLeonard
post #45  on July 24, 2009 - 10:12 PM PDT  
Saw "In the Loop" a few months back and found it very funny, but in a rather disturbing way. One would hope that people who are in the position to make decisions concerning waging war might have more on the mind than employment, but most likely this movie is closer to the truth than anyone would ever really hope to contemplate.

Looking forward to "District 9"
troublemaker
post #46  on July 31, 2009 - 5:03 PM PDT  
Raise me from being merely "interested" to "fuck yeah, excited!" about District 9. While Comic-con attendees are far from the creme de la creme of the bunch, it seems this film was a surprise hit for all who attended and managed to see it. One critic likened it to Robocop in its unabashed sci-fi nature, gore, and political commentary. Summer is always more enjoyable when you have some type of film to look forward to :)
DLeonard
post #47  on August 16, 2009 - 5:17 PM PDT  
Anyone catch "District 9" yet?

I found the effects and action to be top-notch. But I also appreciated the storytelling technique and political undertones (some may say overtones as the metaphors are fairly apparent).

The comparisons to "Robocop" are right one, except that "Robocop" contain some very black humor. "District 9", while not without humor, I think wants to be taken a bit more seriously. But it is a rare blend of intense action and a movie with some actual ideas. It appears we have an exciting and talented new filmmaker in Neill Blomkamp.

Cinenaut
post #48  on August 18, 2009 - 10:50 AM PDT  
Wasn't District 9 great? It was actually pretty funny. Sharlto Copely did a great job, going from clueless nebbish to clueless action hero. I liked the way that his character didn't really get any smarter as events unfolded. Journalists keep referring to this as a low budget movie, but the effects were really quite impressive.

Do you suppose there will be a sequel? I thought the ending was perfect, and that a sequel would most likely be a bad idea - unless it's really imaginatively done.

We've had two above average science fiction movies this summer: "Moon" and "District 9" -- who would have expected that from all the other G.I. Transformer releases?
troublemaker
post #49  on August 18, 2009 - 8:21 PM PDT  
Haven't seen a movie in a while so I'm thinking this might be a perfect binge week of seeing films in theaters. On my list: District 9, Thirst, and Ponyo!

Cinematic bliss, ahoy!
ABernstineIII
post #50  on August 19, 2009 - 3:00 PM PDT  
> On August 18, 2009 - 8:21 PM PDT troublemaker wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Haven't seen a movie in a while so I'm thinking this might be a perfect binge week of seeing films in theaters. On my list: District 9, Thirst, and Ponyo!
>
> Cinematic bliss, ahoy!
> ---------------------------------
I had the pleasure of seeing both Ponyo and District 9 (twice) over the weekend. After sitting through Transformers and G.I. Joe, these two were both a breath of fresh air. I found myself comparing District 9 to: CITY OF GOD + PREDATOR + THE FLY = DISTRICT 9. Enjoy! I'm waiting for the movie: X GAMES 3D myself which opens here this Friday. Then it's off to FINAL DESTINATION 3D the following week. Hey, what can I say, I go to A LOT OF MOVIES and the only other two movies I had fun with (this year)in the theaters were DRAG ME TO HELL and THE ORPHAN.
weezy
post #51  on August 20, 2009 - 10:36 AM PDT  
> ---------------------------------
> Wasn't District 9 great?
> ---------------------------------
A resounding YES!! I haven't been this excited for a sci-fi action flick with that much gunfire since T-2! I do see the Robocop similarities, though not as much critiquing pop culture but themes of greed, prejudice, and abuse of power.

I was really moved by the lead character's performance. I loved his transformation throughout the movie, even though I may have not completely bought into his heroism towards the end of the film. I especially loved his expressions of fear and outrage, and in general, I just love when flicks give a "normal" lookin' guy the chance to really blow the screen up. I could also have done without some of the slow-mo typical "action movie climax" scenes towards the end, but the movie definitely still had me in its grips. What fun!

> ---------------------------------
> Do you suppose there will be a sequel? I thought the ending was perfect, and that a sequel would most likely be a bad idea - unless it's really imaginatively done.
> ---------------------------------

I think they blew the end wide open for a sequel, thought I'm not sure how into it I would be. Some interesting thoughts on that prospect over at film school rejects. I hope Microsoft is kicking themselves in the nards right now for backing out of Halo. Since entering the world of D-9 it seems that Neill Blomkamp will decline any prospects of revisiting the Halo franchise and wants to focus on D-9.
Cinenaut
post #52  on August 20, 2009 - 11:44 AM PDT  
I saw "The Hurt Locker" last night, and after all the good press I'd read, I was a bit disappointed. It was just another war movie after all. Admittedly, there were some crazily nail-biting sequences, but some of the dialogue struck me as overly expository and some of the sequences lacked verisimilitude.

That said, it's still quite a good movie. There are some fun cameos in there that I didn't know about.
Battie
post #53  on August 20, 2009 - 11:38 PM PDT  
I am drinking Jose Cuervo, so excuse the typos. I was actually discussing Rabid, Crash and Naked Lunch on IRC when it reminded me that I hadn't showed up here in a while.

I desperately want to see In the Loop, but it's not showing here. Cold Souls is (or soon will be) showing at the Angelika just north of downtown Dallas, but when I tried for the area yesterday (today?), I got lost in the ghetto with a dozen liquor stores and the smell of rotting river and smelting. So I ditched and went home before I got carjacked. XD Silly me for trying for it from the south (I usually enter from the east).

Tomorrow, before I go to a meeting at my college (I finally start full-time Tuesday and will eventually go for Mechanical Engineering - god help me), I plan on seeing District 9. But if anyone has seen Cold Souls and recommends it more, now is the time to speak up! I may not have the time after this weekend. :P


Hopefully, I can rejoin GC in September (as a paying member) and will try to participate more now. I still love this place for the amount of information and varied opinions it has. You guys still rock. And I'm still recommending GC to everyone I know. ;)
DLeonard
post #54  on August 21, 2009 - 5:28 PM PDT  
> On August 20, 2009 - 11:38 PM PDT Battie wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I am drinking Jose Cuervo, so excuse the typos. I was actually discussing Rabid, Crash and Naked Lunch on IRC when it reminded me that I hadn't showed up here in a while.
>
> ---------------------------------

So, what was being said about that curious trio of Cronenberg films (assuming you it's the Cronenberg "Crash" and not the one that won Best Picture)?
Cinenaut
post #55  on August 24, 2009 - 2:58 PM PDT  
On Saturday, I went to both Ponyo and Inglourious Basterds. How's that for a double feature? Obviously, I had to go see Ponyo first in order to prevent my sense of wonder to be co-opted by smartass cynicism.

I enjoyed both films. In Ponyo, Miyazaki does for water what he does for air in a lot of his other films. The depiction of the ocean, underwater scenes and the interplay of land and sea is just incredible.

Inglourious Basterds was a lot of fun. Eli Roth can't act, but fortunately he didn't have too much screen time.
underdog
post #56  on August 25, 2009 - 3:39 PM PDT  
Hah! Nice doublefeature, Cinenaut! ;-) I enjoyed them both, too, obviously in different ways. Ponyo wasn't Miyazaki's best but it's still lovely, full of his usual beautiful characterizations and backdrops, and moments. The story's slight but like I said, it is indeed lovely.

I really enjoyed the heck out of Basterds, despite its flaws. Still trying to formulate some kind of blog post about it, though it feels like just in the span of a few days everything's already been said.

Yeah, Roth is not much of an actor, though I'm sure he was chosen more for his presence or look. A lot of the Basterds had a similar look - i.e., like members of my family. ;-) Brad Pitt clearly had a blast. Christian Waltz steals the movie, though. I will eat my hate if he doesn't get a best supporting actor nom next year.


underdog
post #57  on August 25, 2009 - 3:42 PM PDT  
Also, Battie, did I read right, you were carjacked?!

Talk about a Crash moment...

--

Saw coming attraction for a laughably bad looking movie with Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler (who seems to be picking one winner after the other these days) called "Law Abiding Citizen". It looked more and more ludicrous with each revelation, though maybe it's meant to be a cheesy exploitation movie. Doesn't appear to have much irony however.
Battie
post #58  on August 28, 2009 - 1:34 PM PDT  
> On August 21, 2009 - 5:28 PM PDT DLeonard wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> So, what was being said about that curious trio of Cronenberg films (assuming you it's the Cronenberg "Crash" and not the one that won Best Picture)?
> ---------------------------------

Naked Lunch got a robust recommendation but not much of a discussion, Crash prompted a robust disagreement and Rabid was weird but not particularly disturbing (which Crash was). The disagreement was on whether or not Crash was film or sick, art-style porn. Heh. And, oddly, several of those arguing wouldn't have seen it if I hadn't said something a month before about how mesmerizing it was, until your brain went, "Holy f***, this is crazy!"

And I wasn't carjacked, underdog. XD I just got lost in the worst area in Dallas. Sorry for the late reply, school started and I got a little side-tracked.


I saw District 9 and really enjoyed it. I had a few issues with the believability of Cristopher's actions and alien society, but it was good stuff. Better intellectual fodder than 98% of summer movies anyway. XD And surprisingly good CGI. At some point, I stopped noticing the CGI altogether.
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