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Wiseguy 8/12/2009 6:55:48 AM

The movie looks awesome and it has that breath of fresh air about it, but that's mostly because it's basically a low budget movie with no stars, and looks promising from everything we've heard

But the movie is not as "original" as people are making it out to be. From the basic concept of Alien Nation to start off then to a very basic story that we've seen countless times.

I'm of the opinion that nothing today can be completely original, it's all in the execution and the heart and soul of a film, which this one seems to have. But again, not as original as some think it is

It cost 30mil to make like superrich (that's someone I want as a friend) said. Just hope it beats Hangover for my own selfish reasons

shadowprime 8/12/2009 7:31:06 AM


District 9 sounds great - how long has it been since we have seen an original, clever, "adult" science fiction movie?! -  but have to echo those taking issue with the assertion that it was a bad summer movie season. We have beaten this point to death, I know, but I am definitely in the camp that a movie can be fun and entertaining while falling far short of "classic" status. I enjoyed WATCHMEN, STAR TREK, HANGOVER, WOLVERINE, TRANSFORMERS, and GI JOE. Thats not a bad summer season, in my book.


lister 8/12/2009 9:11:39 AM

I am sorry, but I am not buying this defense of the big movies of the summer. I think people are setting the bar too low (and no, I don't believe every movie should be as passionately created as Citizen Kane... we should be so lucky). So I'll give you Watchmen and Star Trek and even Wolverine. But the rewards of Transformers and Terminator 17 and G.I. Joe are slim at best. Yes, a little visceral action can be fun. But it grows wearisome quickly when that's all there is. These are not movies that I would go back to again and again.

Let me pick 1984 (I could probably do this for one out of two years up until 1999), just in that year alone I'd have The Terminator 1.0, Temple of Doom, Buckaroo Banzai, Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Nightmare on Elm Street and Dune. Please don't bother making the point that any of these movies are "the suck" or whatever, because I totally get that some of them aren't going to be universally loved. But these are movies that I have seen and enjoyed on numerous occasions and gone back to over the years. Ones that I would even recommend to people who aren't specifically into their base mythos. There's no way I would recommend Transformers or G.I. Joe to someone who wasn't already familiar and enamored with them. These are movies that depend far too heavily on the audience's built-in love of the characters. So much love that they are willing to forgive them their trespasses of characterization, motivation and plot.

Other than Indiana Jones, none of the movies I listed had characters with whom I was previously familiar (sorry, I wasn't reading Dune in my pubescent years). Yet somehow they pulled it off. Michael Bay and Sommers don't even have to create new characters, and they still have trouble coming up with something for them to do. Look, if you think this summer of movies was great, then bully for you. But I really believe that if you would demand more from Hollywood, you could get them to stretch the boundaries of "movie by committee" and your rewards would be far, far greater.

galaga51 8/12/2009 9:36:58 AM

Since we're sounding off, lump me with lister and Rob; I guess my bar is too high.  As such, I need a sci-fi fix that'll keep me stoked for the next [five.. two... carry the one...] 128 days.

Bring it D9!

gauleyboy420 8/12/2009 9:45:47 AM

Lister, Just because you didn't like the movies that came out this summer, doesn't mean it wasn't a great summer. You just cherry picked a year with movies that you like (and so do I) But the movies tis summer were awesome, and lets be honest, those flicks from 1984 with the exception of Ghostbusters, Dune, and elm, wern't shakespear. and if you ask me You DO expect all movies to be an exercise in great filmaking, (not just you  a lot of folks on this site) instead of being able to enjoy a movie for what it is.

I love an oscar award winning movie, I also love to go see a mind blowing action flick....I don't get whats wrong with that. I don't want every movie to be high art (some yes) so I guess I'M TO BLAME FOR THE MOVIES YOU HATE (not just Lister but all the summer blockbuster haters)



Sorry the rest of you had such a horrible movie year.... I had a great one.


And Hanso...Son...Watchmen was relkeased early, but it definitely started off the summer movie season for me. It'sd not a date thing its a feeling thing, and it gave me the feeling of summertime

hanso 8/12/2009 10:09:25 AM

Hogwash! Take Watchmen off your summer list Gauley. Impossible that it would give you summer season feel, since there isn't crazy shit blowing up.

Watchmen released in March, I know this summer is slim pickings but let's not go taking Spring movies.

superrichtheman 8/12/2009 11:37:38 AM

Let's not forget about Bruno. While it wasn't Borat, the movie still had crazy laughs.  Hangover was great as well.  But Transformers 2, Joe, pure crappola. District 9 looks awesome, let's hope the buzz will knock Joe off its unworthy perch.

Wiseguy 8/12/2009 1:58:29 PM

I think we/they usually refer to the "summer movie season" as anything from May to August. Doesn't really line up with the seasons but March? a bit too early

I've enjoyed this summer. My main complain, No superhero films. But then again I'm easy

animefanjared 8/12/2009 3:18:33 PM

I agree this has been a generally bad summer for movies.  NO, every movie doesn't have to be Shakespeare of Citizen Cane.  But if I'm going to devote $10 and 2 hours of my life to something, I want it to be entertaining without actively killing my brain cells.

I think movies like Star Trek or last year's Iron Man are excellent examples of *good* popcorn flicks.  They are first and foremost entertaining, but they still are solidly paced, well-told movies with likeable characters that have some depth to them.  I think the problem recently is every movie thinks it's The Dark Knight without having the thematic and dramatic complexity to compete with Nolan's genre masterpiece, or thinks computer generated explosions will completely make up for plot holes, poor pacing, bad acting, and shallow characterization.

The only movies I truly enjoyed this summer were "Star Trek" and "Up."  Everything else ranged from disappointing to just plain awful.

needaname85 8/12/2009 6:08:54 PM

Can't we all wait for our summer fav's for the article JARROD is going to write after the weekend of AUG. 28 which offically ends the summer movie season. We still have District 9, Inglorious Basterds, Halloween 2 and FD in 3D.

That's your cue Jarrod...

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