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RIP 2008 summer movie season

Elfflame 9 years, 8 months ago at Aug 2 4:15 -
So, now that the best of the summer films are out, what did you think of the crop of movies this year? Were you pleased with the ones you saw? Were there any you missed that you're still planning on seeing? Which was your favorite?

I've been so busy this year, I didn't get to see a whole lot. I did get to Prince Caspian, Indy 4, Hellboy 2, the Dark Knight, and Mama Mia. And I have to say, Dark Knight is far and away the best of the lot.

There are a few I never managed to get to. Speed Racer and Wall-E in particular. I also considered Mummy 3, but I can definitely wait for video from the library on that one.

I'm avoiding X-Files 2 like the plague, I'm afraid. They should have stopped when Gillian Anderson got pregnant, I think. Just left well enough alone. But the studios never seem to, do they?

So what did you all think?
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Deleted 9 years, 8 months ago at Aug 2 17:31 -
Good post!

This summer has been great, I hadn't been to the cinema in a long while before going to see Indy 4 which was a superb film, I hadn't seen the other 3 Indy films in absolutely ages, in fact 2 of them I've only seen parts of vaguely! But I was very impressed with the story. Everything about it was just great.

Following Indy we wound up going to see Wall-E last week which was a superb film,I thoroughly enjoyed it! I expected it to be ok, Disney wont often hype up complete tripe, only sometimes, so I expected to be entertained. Instead I was extremely pleased, I left the cinema in a really happy mood.

Seeing Wall-E lead me to seeing The Dark Knight last night which we had decided to wait on because we wanted to go see it in a better cinema, but tickets were sold out, and I really wanted to see another film! Again this was a truly magnificent film, it made me really wish we would see that Joker again, how cruel fate is eh? I guess a sequel featuring the same character would have only taken away from the perfect performance anyway, but it will take a lot to top this villain. I want another Batman film, but I know it wont be better than DK so whats the point?

I erm... downloaded... Kung Fu Panda which I thought was actually quite good considering its only really meant for younger viewers as such. Missed out on Prince Caspian as my partner hated the first film (cant say I enjoyed it much either) and i didn't fancy seeing it alone. Having caught a bit of a film watching buzz we plan to check out Hancock at the weekend, Mummy 3 when its out here, and I am downloading X-Files later today I think. Starting to make plans for a few film fests with some films i have been recommended too over the coming week or so.

I totally believe this summer has been an especially great year for film, and it seems like Winters movies are going to be quite big too. With any luck this suggests good things to come in 2009 but sadly I fear it doesn't quite flow like that! Whatever happens the rest of this year, so far what i have seen has sparked a dormant love for film I thought I would never find!
Elfflame 9 years, 8 months ago at Aug 2 22:22 -

I haven't seen Kung Fu Panda. That was another I was thinking about seeing. It was good, then?

I was expecting to be far more saddened by watching Heath onscreen, but really, he gets so into his roles that it's hard to remember it's him, so I only had a few moments of that here and there. I do wish he could have been in another, though. He was incredible. Not that I wasn't expecting him to be.

As for not being able to top this film...I do think if they keep to the idea that this is basically a cop/mystery genre, rather than a superhero genre, they might very well be able to top this one. The tone was just so perfect. I just have little faith in the studio being able to maintain the quality of this one.

My main concern with this summer's set of movies was just how many of them were sequels. Especially sequels of movies that had been out for ages--Indy and Mummy in particular.

I am looking forward to the winter releases. Particularly Harry Potter. It's either going to be an amazing film, or it will suck utterly. I'm not sure which. I did have someone on my flist mention that the Gaunts are not in the cast list at IMDb, so that does worry me, to be honest. But they're not the main focus of the story, so I'm not horribly worried.

Beyond that, I'm not too sure about the rest. Twilight scares me a bit--the fanbase, at least. And I've never been into the Spirit, so I'm not sure what to make of the preview. I'm not sure anything else is coming out that I have to see, but I've been wrong before...
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Deleted 9 years, 8 months ago at Aug 3 0:54 -
I watched Kung Fu Panda not knowing the amount of "big names" that were in it! I can honestly say i had no idea Jolie was in it, i just thought it was a Jack Black film. I liked it, it made me chuckle a few times and it was a happy enough film. I am glad i didn't pay to see it, but i am also glad i have seen it, you know?

Part of me feels with Heath not getting the chance to continue as The Joker it has made the performance all the more special, it was a perfect display of the character which wont be beaten ever. If he had been able to try and maintain it, and better it, he might have ruined it, or taken something away. This leaves it frozen as it is, magnificent.

I think the director is capable of amazing things, but that he put so much into this film, and the timing, the actors, everything came together so right. He would need an enormous amount of luck to pull off such a feat twice in a row on the same franchise! Although saying that, i felt Batman Begins was an immensely good film before seeing this, so hopefully i will be surprised!

I can see what you mean about the sequels, the main original stories were aimed at younger audiences it seems. Older audiences are surely more drawn out by old favorites though, my parents are the kind of people who would go to the cinema for a Batman or Indy film but would miss a Hancock or Wanted. They create more excitement i spose? Though i guess if Hancock or Wanted were that good their sequels would be hyped too.

I am confident Harry Potter will be immense, these films get better every single time, as did the books, so i think if they were to cock this one up it would be an astonishing mistake!! They have invested to much time, effort, and money to not do the job properly. Sadly that does not mean it is going to be great by default of course.

I am moving back to my home town soon, so I imagine I will see a lot of films I didn't know a lot about, but will thoroughly enjoy. In the gap between now and the Winter hits though, I definitely have to crack on with covering all the classics I should have already seen!
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Deleted 9 years, 8 months ago at Aug 5 10:50 -
No-one else seen a film in 2008?
The Antagonist 9 years, 8 months ago at Aug 5 11:22 -
Nah, we all lost our eyes this year.

I think Superhero Movies took a turn for the better this year. Dark Knight was supreme, The incredible Hulk saved itself from annihilation and Iron Man (even though I hated the character) was an enjoyable movie to boot. They really did need a change. I mean look how bad Spider-man went. Fuck off Raimi!
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Deleted 9 years, 8 months ago at Aug 5 12:22 -
I just can't wrap my head around Edward Norton playing some green-CGI character. I always thought he was better than that.
Elfflame 9 years, 8 months ago at Aug 5 14:49 -
I forgot about the Hulk. So...was that good or bad?

But I do agree that Dark Knight and Iron Man were both excellent. Something above the norm in the way X-Men was when it first came out.
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Deleted 9 years, 8 months ago at Aug 7 2:04 -
This summer for movies is got to be one of my favorites in a long time. Ironman was worth watching at least twice,The Incredible Hulk was definitely a good upgrade from The Hulk (and I liked the first Hulk) mostly because the story seemed better paced and not cramped like the first one and it didn't have those annoying panels that split the screen five different ways, Hellboy was fun but not as good as the first one, Kung Fu Panda was fun also (I didn't really expect to like it), WALL-E was more fun (leave it to PIXAR to take computer animation a notch higher), The Chronicals of Narnia: Prince Caspian was cool but not as much as the first one, Hancock was unexpectedly good but it could've used like 20 more minutes of character development, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was about as good as I expected it (I didn't put my hopes too high on this one) and enjoyed it and finally The Dark Knight was not only the best movie of the summer but my favorite this year thus far. The next movie I'll watch will be the third Mummy movie because after getting my mind blown by The Dark Knight my brain needs a rest!

As for the winter movies: The Watchmen has my attention. If it's as interesting as the graphic novel it will be worth watching. The Spirit produced by one of my favorite writers/artists Frank Miller. That's all the reason I need. The next Terminator movie looks good but I wasn't happy with the last one so this one could go either way for me. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince I have mixed feelings about. I enjoyed the first four movies and all the books but the last movie was too short and the plot ran too fast and since the same director is doing this movie I have my reservations (the final battle was pretty cool though). I'm hoping that since the 6th book was shorter than the 5th one that maybe the movie's plot won't be so cramped but if the movie is less than two hours then I fear that it won't make a difference. We'll just have to see I guess.
Elfflame 9 years, 8 months ago at Aug 7 5:19 -
I forgot about Watchmen. And I don't know the Spirit aside from the fact that its a classic Comic. I'm not sure which way to go on that one.

Half Blood Prince I have reservations about, though more because I love the book so much, and because the fourth movie was so bad. My expectations were seriously lowered because of it, and so I enjoyed the fifth movie more than I expected to.

I have several different reasons to be worried about this one, though. The first is that this is my second-favorite book of the series, and focuses on my two most-favorite characters. If they are robbed of any of their major moments, I will be furious. The second is that Steve Klovis is back, and he seems to have this godawful obsession with Hermione Granger that has made me absolutely abhor the character because he gives her everyone elses' scenes and lines. I'm amazed he hasn't tried to get them to rename the titles "Hermione Granger and ______." Okay, maybe I'm a little overdramatic there, but not by that much...

My biggest reservation, though, is that from Prisoner on, they've dropped so much of what I see to be the vital underpinnings of this story, that even if they do hit all the right marks, it won't make nearly as much sense. The movies are seeming to have to do less and less with the books as the story goes on, and as a fan, I can't help but think that's the wrong way to go about it.
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Deleted 9 years, 8 months ago at Aug 14 22:47 -
Hey, we've still got Vicky Cristina Barcelona to look foward to.

Overall, I completely despised most of the movie presented: Iron Man, Incredible Hulk, Dark Knight...while they were certainly better than Spiderman, they were all quite laughable. I just don't have to stomach for Hollywood anymore.

And Harry Potter? People still want to see these movies?
The Mighty Celestial 9 years, 7 months ago at Sep 5 7:51 -
It was a very good summer.
However, I am a bit burnt out on summer blockbusters & am looking forward to watching some stuff that isn't so dependent on it's weekend gross.
PvtCaboose91 9 years, 7 months ago at Sep 5 12:01 -
Alright, my opinions on the films I saw:

Iron Man - better than expected. A vibrant and energetic superhero flick that I thoroughly enjoyed! Not a masterpiece, but it's entertaining. 8.0/10

The Dark Knight - nothing short of amazing. It transcends the superhero genre and surpasses the hype. 9.76/10

The Strangers - typical horror fluff. Happy to see a horror that doesn't try to be a mindless gorefest, ala Hostel. 6.25/10

The Happening - It certainly isn't as bad as people made it out to be. Shyamalan can definitely handle intense horror scenes competently. Not perfect by any means, but a fascinating addition to the horror genre and it does not deserve the endless criticism. 7.5/10

Get Smart - one of the biggest surprises of the summer! Everyone anticipated a pile of crap with zero laughs and zero charm. Instead, we were given an above average action/comedy that's entertaining from start to finish. 7.2/10

Pineapple Express - not exactly Judd Apatow's best, however this is a decent slice of entertainment. Apatow returning the violent action comedy is an admirable move. 6.8/10

Tropic Thunder - it's a total blast from start to finish! Characters are eccentric and well performed, script is clever, action is awesome, comedy is satisfying. 8.1/10

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - I'm in the minority, but I loved it!!! It's an exuberent action adventure flick that's entertaining from start to finish. Over-the-top for sure, such as the aliens, the monkeys, the infamous fridge scene, etc, but Indiana Jones has always been over-the-top. The disgruntled fanboys criticising the movie should give it a rest and enjoy the film for what it is. 8.8/10

Wanted - Awesome flick. This is probably among summer's biggest surprises. I expected a fluffy PG-13 action film...instead I got a hardcore R-rated action flick overflowing with satisfying carnage. This is the standard we expect from the summer season. 7.8/10
silent killer 9 years, 7 months ago at Sep 8 21:06 -
I'm just waiting for Max Payne to call the summer movie season over. It's still over one-hundred degrees here, so the summer effect is still strong.
pamela voorhees 8 years, 8 months ago at Jul 29 23:25 -
in agreement with PvtCaboose's thoughts besides The Strangers, didn't really want to see it but might give it a chance now that it's out on DVDand I liked Pineapple Express alot also. Funny shit. I'd like to add a film I thought was worth mentioning; the film Mirrors was a good release for 2008's summer season. Let's do one of these next month or in September for this summer.
Elfflame 8 years, 8 months ago at Aug 1 17:02 -
Oh, I agree. There weren't quite as many big movies this year, and they're a good deal more spread out (I count Watchmen, even though it came out in March...). I'd be curious to see what everyone thinks were the big movies of the year.
Devious Phenomenon 8 years, 8 months ago at Aug 1 19:25 -
The only movie of this year I've seen was Star Trek :/
it was great, but I'm disappointed cuz I have nothing from this year to compare it to, I hate my family :(

Last year I saw Dark Knight and Wall E... that's pretty much it :/
Dark Knight being the best, Wall E was pretty close though considering it was for younger viewers
Elfflame 8 years, 8 months ago at Aug 2 16:40 -
Dark Knight and Wall-E were definitely highlights of last year. If you haven't seen Iron Man yet, though, I'd definitely recommend it.

This year, I've seen Watchmen, which was great, Star Trek, which was wonderful, Terminator Salvation, which was okay, and Harry Potter, which I am biased about and could have been tons better.

Plus one or two other minor movies.
Kristian 8 years, 8 months ago at Aug 2 21:30 -
I thought Harry Potter was a great film. Great humor, action and the actors do a very good job (not only the three main characters + Alan Rickman, but also Jim Broadbent, Bonnie Wright and Tom Felton). I think the Half-Blood Prince was the best films of the serie.
- That said, i haven't read the book.

I do agree with you on Dark Knight and Wall-E, Star Trek & Terminator: Salvation!

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