Wednesday, August 06, 2008

I've Seen 14 Movies This Summer!

I've gone to quite a few films this summer and have, for the most part, enjoyed what I've seen. Here's a quick overview for those who plan to wait until DVD, if then, to check these pics out (some say I grade much too generously):

Wall-E, I don't generally go for computer animated "kids" movies, but the reviews on this one were among the best of the year, so I felt I should give it a try and boy, am I glad I did. Click on the link above for a detailed description of the plot, but some of my favorite aspects of it were the first half hour being almost entirely dialogue-free as well as the nods given to consumer wastefulness and the tendency these days to just want to sit and let our bodies atrophy. Fantastic film! (A)

Iron Man, solid (A-)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a bit disappointing, but great to see Indy back again (B+)

The Dark Knight, I was a bit let down by the final half-hour, but still good stuff (B+)

The Love Guru, lots of good laughs in this one, but I've always been partial to Mike Myers, others may not dig it (B+)

Get Smart, better than I was hoping (B+)

Hancock, better than I expected with a doozy of a twist (B+)

You Don't Mess With the Zohan, typical Sandler vehicle, proceed with caution if you're not a fan (B+)

Step Brothers, the two people I saw this with weren't laughing as hard as I, but such is life (B+)

X-Files: I Want to Believe, I wrote about this one a few days ago, a bit disappointing (B)

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, better than the first which I didn't care for (B)

The Incredible Hulk, great buildup, climax was deflating (B)

Journey to the Center of the Earth, if I hadn't seen this in 3-D, my grade would've been much worse (B)

The Happening, interesting ideas, poorly executed (C+)


Sarah said...

i forgot about wall-e! like you, my interest was piqued by the reviews. i don't go to the movies as much since i got my new BFF netflix, but i am planning to see batman this weekend.

Thomas said...

Yes, Batman is very good and now on target to be the 2nd top grossing movie of all-time in America behind only "Titanic". Enjoy!

Sarah said...

titanic = lame!

Rocketstar said...

You should take over for Ebert.

Thomas said...

Sarah, "Titanic" blew me away ten years ago, but I can understand why some didn't dig it.

Rocket, that's a nice thought. Too bad I'm not photogenic.

disestablishingpuritanism said...

What? I must be a crowd of one when it comes to rating "The Happening." It had a very ominous theme to it, and there were several film shots that shocked me. Granted, "Lady in the Water" was terrible, particularly when the Indian legend was told right at the beginning of the film. It gave the movie away and foreshadowing the transpiring events made it a terrible view.

Thomas said...

Dis, I did love the mood of "The Happening" especially the beginning when people were killing themselves. Very cool and the movie was worlds better than "Lady in the Water" (a movie I watched for more than an hour on TV, but couldn't stomach completing). Though "Happening" wasn't all I was hoping for, I am glad I went to see it on the big screen.