2009 Summer Movie Winners and Losers Comments - Mania.com


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galaga51 9/2/2009 9:32:13 AM

The smaller films were my favorites this summer... Moon, Hangover, District 9, (500) Days..., and Up which I guess isn't a small film, but it definitely gets overlooked somehow. 

Chopsaki 9/2/2009 9:50:26 AM

I'll have to check out Moon & 500 Days.

Darkknight2280 9/2/2009 10:50:58 AM

Star Trek, The Hangover, District 9 and Inglorious Basterds were the best of the summer. And i really did like Transformers 2...wasnt unwatchable like GIJOE.

DWilder 9/2/2009 12:11:04 PM

Yeah, this Summer defintely doesn't live up to last Summer. But I don't think it was a total loss, I still had a little fun at the movies.

Wolverine: Blah-Zay, Bad start to the Summer. Only Hugh helped it a bit. I'd give it a C-

Star Trek: Conisdering I always hated Star Trek stuff, thinking it was sooo f'in boring, and I gave this a chance, and was entertained in it, I'd give it a B .

Terminator:Salvation: I'm a hardcore Terminator guy, and I only was able top get into this, when I made the mental decision to stop comparing it to the first 2. I thought it was beter than my freinds did. B-

UP: Pretty damn good, not as good to me as everyone raved about though. B

Drag me To Hell: This movie blew my expectations out of the water! A

Hangover: It was ai'ight, but I didin;t think it was tghe Coemdy Norvana everyone hyped it was. B-

Land of the Lost: I'm gonna get crap for this, but I liked it, but I have a weird sense of humor, that dioesn't coincide with about 95% of humaity. B

Year One:  Worst Movie I saw all year, so flat, unfunny, and boring, and I normally like Jack Black. F

Transformers 2: Most Incomprehensible Movie I saw all year, Didn't know what teh F is going on, and I always stuck up for Bay, man this movie suuuuuuuucked. Giving it a lil' credit for effects. D-

Public Enemies: Loved this one, loved the look, the acting, everything. A

Harry Potter 6: Wow, I thought the last one was the worst one, and I was dreading this director returning to the series, but this turned out to be my second favorite of the mostly excellent series. A

Angels and Demons: Barely more engaging to me than Year one, but still a snoozefest, Only the music and Tom Hanks, helped boost this to a...  D

G.I. Joe: No one loves the Sunbow series more than me, so when it was said it was supposedly close to that, I was rooting for this to bethe surprise hit of the year . What I got was a movie even more outlandish than the cartoon, and with even less character development, but had it's moments. C

Inglorious Bastards: Damn I wish Tarantino made movies more often. Near Perfection! A

The Goods: I know no one saw this, but it sure appealed to that weird sense of humor mentioned earlier. Grat Stuff. Will be a cult hit on DVD. B

Moon: Ehhhhh, it was ok, I liked Sam Rockwell. C

Hurt Locker: Pretty F'in intense stuff, glad to see Bigelow on the comeback. B

District 9: I'm mixed about it, hated the whiny protagonist, loved the effects,gore and message. C

Halloween 2: Only when you accept Zombie's universe is different than Carpenter's do you enjoy these. And I thought this one was ok, probably Zombie's most gory film. Face-stomping? YUCK! B- 

superrichtheman 9/2/2009 12:19:44 PM

Even though it didn't get mentioned, Bruno had some pretty good laughs.

District 9- best

The Hangover- 2nd

Still need to see Moon and Hurt Locker

Singermanblows 9/2/2009 3:47:38 PM

Pretty much everyone who says the second Transformers was a terrible film will most likely be there opening weekend when the third film premieres, you reap what you sow.

WarCry 9/2/2009 3:53:37 PM

I think this is a fairly complete list of what I've seen this year. Some are earlier than Summer films, but their still fairly big names.

Watchmen,  Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian,  Paul Blart: Mall Cop,  GI Joe,  Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen,  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,  Star Trek,  Wolverine,  Land of the Lost,  Up,  Ice Age 3,  Terminator: Salvation,  Monsters vs Aliens,  Fast & Furious


There might be a few others. I go to a lot of shows at the drive-in for the main movie, but I watch the second also, so I might have forgotten one or two.

Honestly, the only one I feel slightly like I wasted money on was Land of the Lost. Will Ferrell is great - in small doses (say, SNL skit lengths) or his pseudo-serious roles like Stranger Than Fiction. My wife is a fan, though, so we went to see it. It might have been better if anyone else had starred.

My weight of measure for films, though, is not what Roger Ebert or Hanso on Mania thought (sorry, Hanso), but whether I enjoyed myself for a couple of hours. Even LotL had it's moments, so for me, it's a win for the summer overall.

ripum853 9/2/2009 3:55:04 PM

My personal favorite films of the summer in this order were:  The Hurt Locker, Up, District 9, Star Trek, and Basterds.  Haven't seen Moon, 500 Days, or Potter 6 actually.


But I agree with Hanso and others, at first I thought that this summer sucked since it didn't have a large scale Dark Knight film to take my breath away.  But looking back, those five films that I just listed are ones that I love...or at least liked with the fourth and fifth choices.


Basterds was good, but I wanted to see more of practically every character then what we got, which wasn't much thanks to Tarantino's overly-stuffed dialogue (slight complaint only, don't worry).  Except for Waltz, who we got a great deal of...yet I still wanted to see more of him too; great performance.

WarCry 9/2/2009 3:55:22 PM

Oh, and I will add, I know there are good movies I haven't seen. With a 7 year old kid, I have to be choosy on when I can use a babysitter to see things just for adults (like District 9, which I very badly want to see). I AM aware of the fact that I'm missing some good stuff, but I will get them caught up.

animefanjared 9/2/2009 10:41:38 PM

I've been generally disappointed by this summer's movies (I won't say films, because that to me implies a level of quality that wasn't really on display).  The only movies I really enjoyed were Star Trek, District 9, and Up (which isn't on the list).  I haven't seen Inglorious Basterds yet, but I'm hopeful for it.

Harry Potter was actually significantly better than I expected, since to me that story is the most difficult of all the books to transfer to the screen because it's really a look of exposition and back story to set up the seventh book.  That said, I felt it still suffered from a lack of a compelling through-line, and dammit, I am *pissed* that we didn't see a more literal translation of the final chapter onto the big screen.

When Wolverine started I thought I was going to enjoy it, but after Sabertooth killed what's-her-bitch it was just a steady downward spiral into incoherentness.  Kind of like X3.

I'm still angry I spent good money and 2 and a half hours watching Transformers.  I had very low expectations (since I didn't actually think the first one was anything special), and the movie still failed to meet them.  A ridiculous, nonsensical plot, awful acting (Shia LaBeouf was actually kind of charming in the first one, not so here), and bad special effects all combined for one of the worst experiences I've had at the movies in quite a while.  And those racist side-kick robots are really inexcusable.

 and @WISEGUY562 - The reason box office records are being broken is because of inflation.  Add to that the fact that IMAX tickets cost significantly more than a normal ticket and we've got artificially large numbers.  Plus, most of these films cost so much to make that they aren't actually turning a profit until they get near $200 million gross.  I think Hollywood should start reporting the actual number of tickets sold in addition to gross to give a more realistic idea as to which movies are doing well, and to make comparisons between films from different years more equal.

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