Unlike last year, this year's list is going to be different. I'm just going to list the best films that I saw over the US Summer Movie Season. It's not over yet, here in the Philippines because there are still a few films that have yet to be shown here, but so far I think I have a good list.
If you're expecting some of the films to make it on this list but didn't, it only means three things: I thought it was crap, I didn't see it or both (I didn't see it because I thought it was crap). Yeah, so there's no Green Lantern, Captain America, The Priest, Cars 2 (very disappointing) or Hangover 2.
Marvel is marketing monster. Whether it's in comics, films or tv, if they have a project coming out, expect the hype to be all out. The hype really isn't for Thor itself. Thor is just a small piece of a bigger puzzle. I think this movie was created so that we'll be excited for the Avengers movie coming out next year. And it was successful. I was drooling when I saw Clint Barton (Hawkeye) pulled his bow onscreen for the first time. The girls around me were obviously drooling everytime Thor was shirtless. This film had alot of drool-worthy moments
I don't know why, critics have been lambasting this film. I thought the last part of the Transformers Trilogy lived up to my expectations. This was a fun movie. No need to turn on your brain, it's a movie about Japanese made toy cars from the 80s, you don't need to go all existensial on it. I do see some of their gripes with director Michael Bay though, he sticks with a formula. His fight scenes aren't as polished and there are some that's just confusing (specially when autobots fight other robots). What is undeniable though, is that this film is visually arousing. There's no other way to see it but in IMAX 3D.
Let's face it, Hangover 2 was a huge disappointment. It wasn't as funny as the original. Actually, it was the same film, just shot in a different location. Thank God, R-rated comedies got redeemed this summer by this movie. Kristin Wiig plays the maid of honor to her best friend's wedding. Unfortunately, she kinda lives a screwed up life. She's in a relationship with a guy who only sees her as a one night stand, the only guy who likes her, actually wants to put her in jail, and there's this other bridesmaid who wants to steal her place in the wedding. I don't ask much in films I watch, but this gave me what I asked for. I remember smiling from ear to ear when this film ended.
A summer film list that has a couple of chick flicks. Man, I'm getting sappy. Gay. Dammit. If you've seen alot of Filipino flicks then this one's cliche. Couple agreed to have sex for fun. One of them falls in love. The other misunderstood. There you go. But I like the execution. Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake have chemistry. And they have sex. A lot. The girl who licked Natalie Portman's pussy can do guys too. That is the sole reason why it's high on the list. Oh it's got the best use of a flash mob.
I had zero expectations from this movie. Watching the trailer actually didn't make me want to watch it. I was actually surprised when I learned that it was showing already. I didn't read any reviews about ROTPOTA because it didn't occur to me that I'll be watching this movie. But one Saturday, after watching the genius that was "Babae Sa Septic Tank", Kasintahan was not yet ready to go home. Without anything to do, I thought why not just watch another movie. Long story short, it blew me away. Andy Serkis has been snubbed by Oscars for his Gollum and King Kong, and he probably will be again with his portrayal of Caesar for this one, but dammit he needs to be recognized! If it's for the ape alone, it's already worth your money.