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Is this a bad summer for movies or is it just me?

 
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xWBStudentOfCinemax
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PostPosted: 07.16.2004 1:25 am    Post subject: Is this a bad summer for movies or is it just me? Reply with quote

Granted as a student at West Bend East High School in Wisconsin I might not have the best taste in movies, and my limited time with working this summer allows me to see very few, but the movies i have seen so far this summer in theaters have been bellow all my expectations. I write movie reveiws for my schools paper, and am going to publish a summer top 5 or 10 (depending on how many films i see), but i am finding it hard to find anything good enough to even be on such a list. So far I have seen Troy, Van Helsing, The Day After Tomorrow, and Anchorman. I know, I know not the best choices I am sure, but I am a 16 year old lazy teenager, what do you expect? Troy was entertaining, but it wasn't the epic i was expecting at all. I have seen everything that was displayed in that movie a thousand times and was in no rush to see it again. On my ratings, it got a C+, which is being nicer than I should. Van Helsing was also a moderatly entertaining movie with decent special effects, but the whole thing was very sketchy, and the plot was sub par. The action is the only thing that made it match Troy in its grade. The Day After Tomorrow was a decent movie, probably the only one to live up to what i thought it would be. Eventhough most critics and movie goers are ripping on it, i found it an exciting, and emotional film with amazing special effects. It still wasn't good, but it got a B-. Today I saw Anchorman. I am a teen of the "stupid comedy" age and usually enjoy Will Ferrell's work, but this film disapointed me on so many levels I can not even mention them all. There were times where the movie was wildly amusing, but any other time was so boring I nearly fell asleep. The way they tied the comedy and the "drama" together was cheesy, and the movie didn't do much for me, minus a trident being thown at someone Razz. Well, this is my first post on this site, so don't rip me appart too badly.



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PostPosted: 07.16.2004 3:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't think this summer is any worse than most--why are we so quick to declare every season or festival the best or worst of all time?--but there have been few movies I've been excited about. For me, the two best films of the summer have been Spiderman 2 and Saved!. I missed Control Room, unfortunately, but have very high hopes for Open Water, Baadasssss!, Carandiru, The Five Obstructions, The Village, She Hate Me, The Saddest Music in the World, Code 46, The Time of the Wolf, and especially Before Sunset and Zatoichi. (Some of those have been playing elsewhere for months, but not yet in Milwaukee.) Miramax has also finally scheduled a release date for Zhang Yimou's masterful Hero, which I have seen many times but might catch in the theater anyway.



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PostPosted: 07.16.2004 3:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very true. I enjoyed watching Hero in your class, and would also like to see it in a theater envrioment, but I doubt I have the time or gas money for that.
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PostPosted: 07.16.2004 7:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clearly you guys skipped over the smash hit Soul Plane, which made me laugh and cry. Probably the best movie since We're back! A Dinosaur's Story.
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PostPosted: 07.16.2004 5:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Soul Plane actually wasn't as bad as they said.
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PostPosted: 07.17.2004 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm literally counting down the days to The Village. M. Night Shyamalan has me hooked, and I don't expect him to fall short of my "hype" for this film. Otherwise, I really enjoyed Spiderman 2, but other films, such as King Arthur, Troy, The Day After Tomorrow, and Van Helsing were less than adequate in my eyes (but then again, I didn't really expect much from them). During the period of time that I saw these various "filler films", I saw The Terminal. I actually thought it was a very fulfilling movie, and I applaud Spielberg for taking the "chance" (as if he really has to worry about failure) on making a film such as The Terminal. Otherwise, the last movie I've seen was Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and it was exactly what I expected it to be: light, enjoyable fluff. Basically, I've based my whole summer movie-going experience around the arrival of Spiderman 2 and The Village. With one of those movies out of the way, I'm waiting impatiently for Shyamalan's newest work. C'mon Mr. Shyamalan; I need you to give me a great movie!.



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PostPosted: 07.17.2004 2:11 am    Post subject: I, Robot Reply with quote

As of my 1st post on this topic last night I did not have one movie I thought was decent in my mind. That has changed. I saw I, Robot tonight, and although it was nothing near spectacular it was a good work despite the mediocre reveiw it received on this site. I am glad Will Smith got a decent project, and I hope it will bring him more praise than a lot of his other recent works have, although I enjoy most of them aswell.
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PostPosted: 07.22.2004 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not only do I think it is a bad summer, but I think that it is a bad year altogether. Granted, there are quite a few films that I am still looking forward to, but most of what I've seen this year disappointed me. I am glad I got to see some truly great filmmaking this year, however. The best films I have seen this year, in no particular order, include (including a few I've seen at the Philadelphia Film Festival): BEFORE SUNSET, KILL BILL VOL. 2, TOOLBOX MURDERS, THE LAST HORROR MOVIE, TIME OF THE WOLF, HAUTE TENSION, and I can't forget FAHRENHEIT 9/11. I did miss some I wanted to see and can't believe I let myself miss, such as SUPER SIZE ME, CONTROL ROOM, BAADASSSSS, CARANDIRU. And I can't wait to see OPEN WATER and THE VILLAGE looks like something I am gonna check out.
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PostPosted: 07.22.2004 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I truly believe this is the worst year so far, ever, even though I will not make assumptions about the fall and winter lineups. I was hoping to shake off the fact that I've liked less than half of the movies I've seen that are 2004 releases by February or March, but my recommendation-percentage is still near 45%. (Don't call me a D'Angelo. No. No. No!).
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PostPosted: 07.22.2004 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny Baldwin wrote:
I truly believe this is the worst year so far, ever


Ever? Well then.



Danny Baldwin wrote:
I was hoping to shake off the fact that I've liked less than half of the movies I've seen that are 2004 releases by February or March, but my recommendation-percentage is still near 45%. (Don't call me a D'Angelo. No. No. No!).


While there are very, very few movies that I feel are unqualified successes, I actually like the vast majority of titles I watch, at least on some level. Even with mediocre movies, I generally prefer to focus on the positive traits--however minor or trivial--they possess, rather than focus on their shortcomings. After all, I like films and am sympathetic to filmmakers. Movies that are lousy overall still frequently contain interesting details, clever acting choices, occasionally inspired editing, etc. To deny those small pleasures is, I think, to deny one of the most valid reasons for cinema to exist. Example: The recent The Perfect Score is quite awful, but I'm glad I saw it because I enjoyed watching the cast together--they created a sense of mutual compassion that is rare in formulaic teen comedies. And even though I otherwise loathed Eurotrip, I'd trade Tom Green's entire career for the scene with the robot mime.



Maybe I'm just a glass-is-half-full kind of guy.



I guess what I'm saying is, I've been writing about movies in some capacity for 14 years now and have yet to feel bitter about the quality of any season's offerings. (Mostly, I just get bitter about not having access to the same choices my friends in NY and LA have; my frustration lies nearly exclusively with distribution models.) Too often when we say the "summer blows," what we really mean is, "Hollywood's summer blows." If we feel that way, the solution is clear: Look elsewhere. Good stuff is always out there, if we search for it.



Our gripes are also, I think, partially the result of unreasonable expectations--as if a movie must be Citizen Kane to be any good at all, or that a year must be 1939 to be any good at all.



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PostPosted: 07.23.2004 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw Before Sunset last night, and it would be enough to make up for a movie season of absolutely dreck. I'm in love with that movie.



That said, I've been quite entertained by this year's offerings so far, and I have even been entranced by a select few: so far, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Control Room, Coffee and Cigarettes, and Spring Summer Fall Winter and Spring have been my favorites so far (not including Before Sunset). And Hollywood, despite its fair share of indecencies, has given me Around the World in 80 Days (which I'm only half-ashamed to say I had a blast with) and Spiderman 2.



I'm rambling now, but I don't think this summer/year has been all that bad. (At least there were no more American Pie sequels. Smile )
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PostPosted: 07.23.2004 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

matt header wrote:
I saw Before Sunset last night, and it would be enough to make up for a movie season of absolutely dreck. I'm in love with that movie.




If there's one movie this year that I adored the most, it'd be this one.
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