I bet you did not expect to read an update so soon after I wrote my goodbye post. Me too. It's just that I missed writing here (and nobody reads my other blog). So I'm back. I probably won't be posting as often as before, maybe once a week. I'm still enjoying writing there, it's just that I have to have venue for these kind of posts and for my fiction.
The 2009 Summer Movie season is about to end in a few weeks, and the year's biggest films have already been released. So now, my dear kablogs, I give you my Top Films for the Summer Season 2009. And before I forget, no I did not see Terminator Salvation.
Ice Age has always been hit and miss. The first one was a miss, while the second one improved a lot. I had high hopes with this movie when i first saw it's trailer. I've always liked dinosaur films (except for Land of the Lost), and expected for this film to be at least good. But just like above, this too was boring. You'd know immediately that it's not quite good when the cinema is packed with children but still it was too quiet. It's either those kids have been brought up extremely properly by their parents or the movie just sucks.
I'd be honest I geeked out the first time I saw the picture of Snake Eyes last year. And when it was announced that the Director of The Mummy was attached to the film, I was ecstatic. And then I saw the trailer. I forgot, the director of The Mummy, also made Van Helsing (a film that I really didn't like). I knew the film will be funny with a Wayans in the cast but I did not have high expectations with this one. The trailer was boring. Reading the reviews, I hoped that the action will be good, but then the whole 2 and something hours that I was in the cinema, I felt nothing. This was not the GI Joe I remember when I was a kid. It was all flash and fancy, but with no depth.
I saw the leaked version and thought it was okay. Of course it was unedited so I didn't expect to be blown away. But when I did see the real film, I realized that Wolverine lacked the style and panache that made X2 an awesome movie. Save for Deadpool and Gambit, this wasn't really a very good movie. It did rank higher though because obviously I'm a nerd, and my fanboy self was screaming everytime I can identify a mutant that made a cameo in the film.
This is where the good films (at least for my taste) begins. I loved Drag Me To Hell. It wasn't as scary I thought it would be. It was actually funny at times. And knowing that this is a Sam Raimi film, I loved the shoutouts to his previous movies. The effects were old school but it was cool. It works actually. It's not a film that bragged about state of the arts effects but of old-school horror-making. The movie is absolutely disgusting but it was fun. And I liked it.
Yeah, alot of people say that the latter half of the movie was dragging. There were too many robots that you'd have a hard time identifying them and that the film isn't as good on your second viewing as your first. That maybe true. But I don't care about other people's opinions. I liked the film. I thought it was funny. I thought that it's dumb. And I thought that it's one cool sequel.
My nephew and niece thought it was boring. Alot of people thought that this was the worst of the series. Some slept through the entire film. I say they don't appreciate beauty. Among all the Harry Potter films, I thought that this one was the most beautiful film technically. I didn't like the book, so I didn't think this film will change my mind. But I liked the film. I thought it was somewhat faithful to the source material, and by doing that there's not much the director can do. But the film is pretty.
Sometimes you go to a cinema without expecting a film to be good and then go out pleasantly surprised. This was one of three films that surprised me. Watching the trailer, I thought The Hangover would be bad. But then I realized it's stupid on purpose. I thought it was really stupid what the friends went through, but it wouldn't be funny if they didn't go through that. Like I said, this was stupid on purpose. Oh and yeah, Heather Graham is there too. She's hot. I loved the breastfeeding scene if just for her boobs..
You'll know you like the film if at the end of it you feel for the characters. I hated Esther the whole movie. She was insane. Literally. Watching the movie, I remember Macaulay Culkin's The Good Son, only thing is, this one's got a different twist. It's one that you would not expect. The movie, while not having big named stars attached to it, is one of the better surprises for me this year. Two thumbs up.
I'm not sure what good words haven't been said about this movie. I loved it. It's funny, poignant, touching, all the ingredients of an awesome Pixar movie. I loved Doug, Kevin was hilarious, Carl is grumpy and brought all the drama, and Russell, he just looks like Kuya Kuri's son. I think this is one of the best movie that came out of Pixar, and I think that I've said all that there is to be said when I last posted about this movie. Easily one of my favorites this year.
I don't know how much hype this film had prior to it's showing. All I know was JJ Abrams (creator of Lost) does good stuff. Honestly, I did not have any expectations on this movie as I'm not really and never was a trekkie. I found all previous (or the last 5 films of the series) to be very uninteresting. But this movie blew all my expectations away. It's exciting, action-packed, it is faithful to the history of the franchise and just made Star Trek cool and not geeky. This is supposedly the first part of a trilogy, so now I'm eagerly awaiting for the next ones to come.