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FuQ
06-25-09, 10:30 PM
Watchmen & Star Trek are great but that has been about it. Almost all of the "Summer Blockbusters" are horrible. Transformers 2 is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Even calling it a movie is being kind. I believe Micheal Bay was molested by an explosion as a child.

Terminator was alright.
Wolverine was okay at best.

I have hope for Inglorious Basterds and Shutter Island but it has been a lackluster year at best and I just read they are expanding the best picture category to 10. Good luck Hollywood filling that many great films in there, they should break it up to Drama and Comedy and give them 5 each. Comedy has been getting the shaft for too long. Sorry about that little rant. Is this the worst year ever for movies?

RichC2
06-25-09, 10:37 PM
Nope, not even close.

This year hasn't been great but we got Taken, Brothers Bloom, Moon, Drag Me To Hell, The Hurt Locker, Star Trek, Hangover, Up, and there are plenty more coming out including Public Enemies, Inglourious Basterds, The Box, Shutter Island, A Serious Man (Coen Bros), etc;

Thankfully though, I wasn't anticipating much this summer, so it isn't a repeat of 2007 when we had the terrible trio of threequels (Pirates 3, Shrek 3, Spider-man 3).

Some random trailers for current and upcoming flicks:


Moon:

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Forbidden Reality:
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The Hurt Locker:
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Antichrist (red band?):
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(500) Days of Summer:
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Live Hard Sell Hard (red band)
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The Road:
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District 9:
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I, Robot 2 (oh sorry, Surrogates):
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Funny People:
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The Box:
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Black Dynamite (Red Band):
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Precious:

This doesn't necessarily look like much, but it is getting rave reviews and awards hype.
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Where the Wild Things Are:
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Ninja Assassin (okay, no trailer yet).


I've seen worse years in both what has come out and potential.

Roybq
06-25-09, 10:44 PM
Are you kidding? This year is so good that the Academy had to add 5 more spots for Best Picture.

Giles
06-25-09, 10:54 PM
^ in a desperate attempt to plead for the studios to actually release GOOD movies ;)

chris_sc77
06-25-09, 10:57 PM
I think it certainly has potential to be quite a bit better than last year.
Its ok so far. Watchmen, Outlander, Star Trek, were the 3 most enjoyable films I have seen but i have confidence in things like Inglourous Basterds, Public Enemies, FUnny People, The Boat that ROcked, Nine, Antichrist, SHutter Island, The Box, Michael Moore's new Documentary, The Road, The WOlf Man, and others could be worthwhile.

cranberries fan
06-25-09, 11:08 PM
Way to soon to judge the "Year-2009"

Aegean2007
06-25-09, 11:29 PM
I think that it's okay so far, here are the films that I have liked:

1. The Hurt Locker
2. Star Trek
3. Drag Me to Hell
4. Coraline
5. Anvil! The Story of Anvil
6. Two Lovers
7. Observe and Report
8. The Hangover
9. Tokyo!
10. Crank 2: High Voltage
11. Taken
12. Watchmen

I need to see:

Priority: Up, Moon, The Brothers Bloom

Others: I Love You Man, Adventureland, Duplicity, State of Play, Objectified

Travis McClain
06-26-09, 12:14 AM
As is frequently the case when evaluating an art form--particularly a commercial art form--there are many things to consider. For instance, are you restricting yourself to mainstream, tentpole movies? I ask, because the OP only cited those kinds of movies. Others have already cited less marketed fare that pleased them, and I suspect there are more such gems awaiting us. And, really, such discussions take place each year and have since people began paying attention to movies. Surely, someone in 1966 must have remarked, "Batman was the same kind of thing we see on TV, there's no new Bond movie this year's Godzilla is going straight to TV. Why bother going out?" And, of course, there were plenty of "good" films released that year. It was simply a matter of looking for them, as it has been (and will be) this year.

My Other Self
06-26-09, 01:09 AM
I'd say it's a fair year, with a lackluster summer.

I've seen some really good films this year and some real stinkers. This summer isn't nearly as exciting as 2007 or 2008 was for me.

Dr. Mantle
06-26-09, 02:23 AM
I believe Micheal Bay was molested by an explosion as a child.

At last I can quote someone in my sig! Thank You!

Trevor
06-26-09, 06:41 AM
Way too soon to say that. Seems pretty much like every year to me. Summer junk, and the majority of the real films coming out in November/December.

maxfisher
06-26-09, 07:28 AM
It's definitely been disappointing in terms of how many of the big releases have sucked, but Watchmen, Star Trek and Up all made up for in quality what's been lacking in quantity. I also still have high hopes for Public Enemies, Bruno, Harry Potter, Funny People, District 9, Inglourious Basterds, 9, Shutter Island, Where the Wild Things Are, The Road, The Box, The Wolfman, Avatar and Sherlock Holmes.

mdc3000
06-26-09, 08:03 AM
I'd say it's a fair year, with a lackluster summer.


I agree with this... despite a few great movies (Star Trek, Up, Drag Me to Hell, Hangover) this summer has been very weak and we're only at July and it's getting pretty dry already (still looking forward to Public Enemies, Bruno, Harry Potter and Inglourious Basterds but that's only 4 movies over 2 months)... although I should mention that my favourite movie of the year is coming out on July 17: (500) Days of Summer. Go see it.

islandclaws
06-26-09, 10:42 AM
I wouldn't call it the worst year for movies, but it definitely is a lackluster summer. There have been some good hits, but overall my excitement level has been much lower than usual. There are, and have been, films I look forward to watching but none that have me foaming at the mouth. I also think that it's hard to top the frenzy whipped up last year by Iron Man, a new Indiana Jones movie and Ledger's Joker.

The Bus
06-26-09, 11:00 AM
Any year with Up in it can't be bad.

Mr. Cinema
06-26-09, 11:03 AM
Fuq no.

We still have 6 more months of movies to find out.

I think there's plenty of possible good movies later this year, such as The Hurt Locker, Shutter Island (Scorsese), The Green Zone (Greengrass), The Wolfman, Invictus (Eastwood), The Lovely Bones (Jackson), Avatar, Nine, The Informant (Soderbergh), and The Road.

jeffbase34
06-26-09, 11:03 AM
Nope, not even close.

This year hasn't been great but we got Taken, Brothers Bloom, Moon, Drag Me To Hell, The Hurt Locker, Star Trek, Hangover, Up, and there are plenty more coming out including Public Enemies, Inglourious Basterds, The Box, Shutter Island, A Serious Man (Coen Bros), etc;

Thankfully though, I wasn't anticipating much this summer, so it isn't a repeat of 2007 when we had the terrible trio of threequels (Pirates 3, Shrek 3, Spider-man 3).

Some random trailers for current and upcoming flicks:


Moon:

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Forbidden Reality:
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The Hurt Locker:
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Antichrist (red band?):
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(500) Days of Summer:
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Live Hard Sell Hard (red band)
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The Road:
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District 9:
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I, Robot 2 (oh sorry, Surrogates):
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Funny People:
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The Box:
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Black Dynamite (Red Band):
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Precious:

This doesn't necessarily look like much, but it is getting rave reviews and awards hype.
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Where the Wild Things Are:
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Ninja Assassin (okay, no trailer yet).


I've seen worse years in both what has come out and potential.


2006 was the year that gave us great classics like Larry the Cable Guy Health Inspector, Snakes on a Plane and Basic Instinct 2.

jeffbase34
06-26-09, 11:05 AM
I wouldn't call it the worst year for movies, but it definitely is a lackluster summer. There have been some good hits, but overall my excitement level has been much lower than usual. There are, and have been, films I look forward to watching but none that have me foaming at the mouth. I also think that it's hard to top the frenzy whipped up last year by Iron Man, a new Indiana Jones movie and Ledger's Joker.

I just don't get why Marvel didn't push for more releases this year. We have to wait till 2010 for Iron Man 2, new Spiderman, Thor, Capt. America and so on....

PopcornTreeCt
06-26-09, 11:10 AM
Last year was pretty bad.

Disneyboy
06-26-09, 11:15 AM
I guess it depends on what movies you want to see. In terms of "Oscar worthy" movies, well I guess there haven't been a ton. But in terms of fun "popcorn" movies, well I certainly have enjoyed Wolverine, Terminator, Taken, Pink Panther, Watchmen, Night at the museum, and I plan on seeing Transformers tomorrow. Now I know that that isn't an impressive list of movies to some people ( and I know a lot of people hated most of those movies) but I loved them and have definitely enjoyed the movies this year.

Sessa17
06-26-09, 12:21 PM
I think it has indeed been rather putrid so far (except for Coraline & Adventureland which nobody has even mentioned so I guess they aren't that popular), but the second half of the year may redeem the first most of my most anticipated films haven't even come out yet. Daybreakers looks awesome, 9, Where the Wild Things Are, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Ninja Assassin, District 9, Zombieland, The Road, at least form me are all more anticipated than any supposed Blockbusters this summer.

Ash Ketchum
06-26-09, 12:24 PM
I've made 13 trips to theaters this year to see current movies. I've only liked two. One was a Bollywood kung fu movie. The other was CRANK: HIGH VOLTAGE. The other eleven included many high-profile films that were either huge hits (UP, STAR TREK), sleeper hits (TAKEN, HANGOVER) or just hugely hyped (WATCHMEN). And, in one case, an Oscar winner (SLUMDOG). Plus one highly anticipated film seen last night at an advance screening that turned out to be a big disappointment (PUBLIC ENEMIES).

I don't know that it's the worst year for movies ever, though. Some of the films I didn't like pleased an awful lot of other people. It's just that they're either not making movies for me or when they are (e.g. PUBLIC ENEMIES, TAKEN, PUSH), they simply botch the job. But it has been an interesting year.

Tarantino
06-26-09, 12:39 PM
This year has been pretty middle-of-the-road so far for me. I've seen 7 movies in the theater, and I've loved 3 (Gran Torino, I Love You, Man, & The Hangover), thought 2 were "just okay" (The International & Terminator: Salvation), and hated 2 (Observe & Report and The Watchmen).

= J

Matthew Ackerly
06-26-09, 12:47 PM
Technically, Gran Torino is a 2008 release.

If we are talking worst year for movies period, well we still have a half a year to go and most of the good ones, don't comeout until the fall and winter, so, it's kinda early to tell at this point.

But if we are talking worst year for summer blockbusters, I would agree, one of the worst I can remember.

JohnSlider
06-26-09, 01:08 PM
It's a little early to be asking ourselves if this is a bad (let alone the worst) year for film. It is entirely possible that, like 2008, this year can turn out incredibly top-heavy. Kind of a dumb thread to be posted barely six months into the year.

tylergfoster
06-26-09, 01:46 PM
I think every year since 1887 has been a good year for movies, comparatively.

TGM
06-26-09, 02:04 PM
why do I feel that this thread has been made roughly the same time each and every year?

AnonomusBob15
06-26-09, 02:08 PM
I am really excited for the second half of the year. Last years films were weak in that regard. This years pre-summer season was horrible. This summer has been fine. Star Trek
was great and the films I am really anticipating (Public Enemies, Funny People, Basterds) haven't been released. The robot movies both sucked so that's disappointing.

Michael Corvin
06-26-09, 02:29 PM
^ in a desperate attempt to plead for the studios to actually release GOOD movies ;)

I think it's more of an effort to get at least one movie in there that everyone has actually seen.

Trevor
06-26-09, 02:35 PM
But if we are talking worst year for summer blockbusters, I would agree, one of the worst I can remember.

Well, it's only June. And Star Trek was great. Maybe a few of the remaining summer releases will surprise us.

story
06-26-09, 04:36 PM
No, I think it was 1845.

I hope someone starts this thread next year on January 1st, just for kicks.

Tsar Chasm
06-26-09, 05:02 PM
I'm really looking forward to Julia and Julia. I think it will be an oscar contender for Best Actress.

DJariya
06-26-09, 05:05 PM
Every year there are good movies and bad movies. I think it's a little too early to make the assessment about this being the worst year ever.

Supermallet
06-26-09, 05:49 PM
I still think 2000 was the worst year for films I can remember. That year I only enjoyed Dancer In The Dark and Requiem For A Dream. It was especially bad since 1999 was such an utterly fantastic year for films, 2000 felt like a drought.

wm lopez
06-26-09, 06:36 PM
Since 1979 when they really started with summer movies after JAWS 1975 & STAR WARS 1977. The year 1986 is the worst. The best as far as movies I enjoyed was 1984.
And biggest let down was 1983. But I know what you mean because after TRANSFORMERS which i didn't like there is only PUBLIC ENEMIES which I want to see.

Y2J850
06-26-09, 06:54 PM
I think if you factor in international cinema( HK, Japan, S. Korea) 2009 definitely is starting out very weak.Not one big hit from any of those markets yet. And anyone including Taken and Gran Torino in the 2009 list they actually are films from 2008.

Disneyboy
06-26-09, 07:39 PM
I think if you factor in international cinema( HK, Japan, S. Korea) 2009 definitely is starting out very weak.Not one big hit from any of those markets yet. And anyone including Taken and Gran Torino in the 2009 list they actually are films from 2008.

If a movie didnt't get a wide release in the US until 2009, I consider it a 2009 movie.

gmanca
06-26-09, 07:54 PM
I still think 2000 was the worst year for films I can remember. That year I only enjoyed Dancer In The Dark and Requiem For A Dream. It was especially bad since 1999 was such an utterly fantastic year for films, 2000 felt like a drought.

Really? 2000 also had Gladiator, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Snatch, Traffic, Memento, Erin Brockovich, and X-Men.

I know I lost interest in going to the movies around 2004-5 but I can't say it's solely because of what was out there.

valkyrie
06-26-09, 08:04 PM
Almost forty posts and no one has mentioned

Avatar

GenPion
06-26-09, 08:53 PM
This year, like any year, has had a number of good movies and a number of total stinkers.

It may be one of the weakest years though because this is the year we are really seeing the effect of the Writer's Strike on the Hollywood film-making machine.

chris_sc77
06-26-09, 09:27 PM
I still think 2000 was the worst year for films I can remember. That year I only enjoyed Dancer In The Dark and Requiem For A Dream. It was especially bad since 1999 was such an utterly fantastic year for films, 2000 felt like a drought.

Definitely +1. I was gonna say this in my post on the previous page but I must have forgot. the year 2000 was the most disappointing and depressing drought of films in a year I can think of.
I still remember going to the movies at least once a week and week after week the disappointment kept coming. Dr. T and the Women, The Ladies Man, Proof Of Life, Lucky Numbers, Nutty Professor 2, Battlefield Earth, etc. etc.
The 2 best movies of that year were prob. Dancer In The Dark and Requiem For A Dream. I did like Traffic and Gladiator though although Gladiator was a much better film seeing it in theaters when i was 13 than watching it in recent years it seems.

chris_sc77
06-26-09, 09:29 PM
Really? 2000 also had Gladiator, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Snatch, Traffic, Memento, Erin Brockovich, and X-Men.

I know I lost interest in going to the movies around 2004-5 but I can't say it's solely because of what was out there.

Well Snatch and Memento were not released in the US until 2001

The Bus
06-26-09, 11:01 PM
2000 was not a very good year.

These are the top grossers:

1 Mission: Impossible II Paramount $546,388,105 $215,409,889 $26,373,540 $13,164,272 2 Gladiator DreamWorks / Universal $457,640,427 $187,705,427 $47,775,542 $18,466,914
3 Cast Away DreamWorks / Fox $429,632,142 $233,632,142 $2,166,719 $11,594,722
4 What Women Want Paramount $374,111,707 $182,811,707 $24,660,636 $11,689,023
5 Dinosaur Disney $349,822,765 $137,748,063 — —
6 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Universal $345,141,403 $260,044,825 $21,925,287 $4,376,924
7 Meet the Parents Universal $330,444,045 $166,244,045 $21,360,088 $11,549,612
8 The Perfect Storm Warner Bros. $328,718,434 $182,618,434 — —
9 X-Men Fox $296,339,527 $157,299,717 $22,186,479 $6,481,541
10 What Lies Beneath

Between all these you can cobble maybe one decent movie?

Here's what I remember seeing in the theatre:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Ninth Gate
Traffic
The Perfect Storm
X-Men
The Gift
The Legend of Drunken Master
The Original Kings of Comedy
What Lies Beneath
Boiler Room
The Beach
Gladiator
American Psycho
Mission: Impossible II
Charlie's Angels
The Tigger Movie
Final Destination
Unbreakable
Cast Away
Chocolat
The Cell
Dinosaur
Dude, Where's My Car?
Urban Legends: Final Cut
Nurse Betty
Battlefield Earth
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

(in order, roughly, of how much I liked it then)

The big, BIG problem with 2000 is that I saw some of the worst cinematic turds in theaters. I don't know how I managed to get through Dude, Where's My Car?, Urban Legends: Final Cut, Nurse Betty, Battlefield Earth, and Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 without my psyche being damaged permanently. I guess Betty and Urban Legends were mostly forgettable, and Battlefield Earth I went in knowing it would be awful.

Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 remains the single worst movie I have ever seen in theaters. I wanted to walk out after six or seven minutes. But could I have snuck into? Lost Souls? Dr. T and the Women?

What a wretched year that was.

PopcornTreeCt
06-27-09, 12:00 AM
Almost Famous, American Psycho, Gladiator, and Memento.

We can't judge movie years on the bad ones.

kstublen
06-27-09, 12:14 AM
So far I have seen and really enjoyed: Away We Go, Coraline (3D), The Hangover, I Love You Man, Sunshine Cleaning, Terminator: Salvation, Up (2D), and Watchmen (IMAX & Regular).

I am looking forward to seeing: (500) Days Of Summer, Funny People, Inglourious Basterds, Moon, Public Enemies, A Serious Man, The Time Traveler's Wife, Toy Story + Toy Story 2 (Double Feature in 3D), and Where The Wild Things Are.

Doesn't seem like too bad a year at all if you ask me.

Supermallet
06-27-09, 12:26 AM
I forgot about X-Men, American Psycho, Nurse Betty, Unbreakable, and Memento. So that would bring my total of films I liked in 2000 to 7. I hated Gladiator, Erin Brockovich, Traffic pales in comparison to the miniseries, and Crouching Tiger was one of the most overrated pieces of crap I've ever seen. So I think my problem with 2000 isn't just the relative lack of good films, but it was also how awful the bad films were.

chris_sc77
06-27-09, 12:55 AM
Bamboozled was also another great film from 2000. Forgot bout that one,

Fist of Doom
06-27-09, 01:34 AM
Bamboozled was also another great film from 2000. Forgot bout that one,

:up:

some other quality 2000 films:

Sexy Beast
Tigerland
You Can Count on Me
High Fidelity
Wonder Boys

Judging a year by tentpole films and the highest grossers seems silly to me. Who cares what 16 year olds want to rewatch fifteen times?

Disneyboy
06-27-09, 07:52 AM
2000 was not a very good year.

These are the top grossers:

1 Mission: Impossible II Paramount $546,388,105 $215,409,889 $26,373,540 $13,164,272 2 Gladiator DreamWorks / Universal $457,640,427 $187,705,427 $47,775,542 $18,466,914
3 Cast Away DreamWorks / Fox $429,632,142 $233,632,142 $2,166,719 $11,594,722
4 What Women Want Paramount $374,111,707 $182,811,707 $24,660,636 $11,689,023
5 Dinosaur Disney $349,822,765 $137,748,063
6 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Universal $345,141,403 $260,044,825 $21,925,287 $4,376,924
7 Meet the Parents Universal $330,444,045 $166,244,045 $21,360,088 $11,549,612
8 The Perfect Storm Warner Bros. $328,718,434 $182,618,434
9 X-Men Fox $296,339,527 $157,299,717 $22,186,479 $6,481,541
10 What Lies Beneath

Between all these you can cobble maybe one decent movie?



Gladiator is one of my favorite movies of all time.

Cast Away was a very good movie.

What Women Want was a funny little movie, not great, but enjoyable.

Dinosaur was a very good movie for the kids.

Meet the parents is Hilarious!

X-men is considered one of the most well done comic book movies (although
X2 was admittantly better)

And finally, How The Grinch Stole Christmas is my absolute favorite Christmas movies and I consider it Jim Carry's best work ever.

Sean O'Hara
06-27-09, 10:08 AM
Have you folks never watched films from the early and mid '60s, the era between the collapse of the studio system and the rise of New Hollywood?

Rival11
06-27-09, 11:55 AM
:lol: Is that Black Dynamite trailer for real?? If so, I would love to see the movie.

Quake1028
06-27-09, 12:37 PM
Almost forty posts and no one has mentioned

Avatar

Yeah, except for posts #12 and 16.

Trevor
06-27-09, 01:43 PM
Yeah, except for posts #12 and 16.
Technically, valkyrie is correct. Posts 12 and 16 mentioned Avatar, no one had mentioned Avatar.

I finally saw it's trailer the other night, looks like it could be decent (but of course, I say that after most trailers).

Hokeyboy
06-27-09, 02:36 PM
Gladiator is one of my favorite movies of all time.

Cast Away was a very good movie.

What Women Want was a funny little movie, not great, but enjoyable.

Dinosaur was a very good movie for the kids.

Meet the parents is Hilarious!

X-men is considered one of the most well done comic book movies (although
X2 was admittantly better)

And finally, How The Grinch Stole Christmas is my absolute favorite Christmas movies and I consider it Jim Carry's best work ever.
You really don't have discriminating tastes, do you?

Supermallet
06-27-09, 02:52 PM
Yeah, any year that has both Gladiator and Meet The Parents is automatically one of the worst possible years for film.

Arthur Dent
06-27-09, 03:03 PM
And finally, How The Grinch Stole Christmas is my absolute favorite Christmas movies and I consider it Jim Carry's best work ever.

I don't like Jim Carrey, but he deserves better than this.

What an awful movie. I remember wanting to hang myself after seeing it.

chris_sc77
06-27-09, 04:38 PM
i don't like jim carrey, but he deserves better than this.

What an awful movie. I remember wanting to hang myself after seeing it.

+1

RichC2
06-27-09, 04:45 PM
:lol: Is that Black Dynamite trailer for real?? If so, I would love to see the movie.

Oh yeah, it's very real :)

http://screenrant.com/sony-buys-black-dynamite-sundance-kofi-5098/

Also, while X-men started the ball rolling on modern comic book flicks, I don't think anyone considers it one of the best.

Travis McClain
06-27-09, 05:45 PM
You really don't have discriminating tastes, do you?

I dunno; I mean, Gladiator isn't one of my favorites (though I did more or less enjoy it) and I completely loathed everything about The Grinch. Still, I have mostly favorable thoughts about the movies on that list. Liking those movies is a long leap away from declaring them the ten greatest of all time. I wouldn't do that, and I don't think it's clear that's what Disneyboy meant.

Disneyboy
06-27-09, 07:13 PM
You really don't have discriminating tastes, do you?

Eh, quite frankly, I probably don't. But I definitely don't love every movie I see (movies like Bruno or the Hangover don't interest me at all), but I do seem to like a lot more movies than the general population here.

And the reason that i said How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of Jim Carrey's best, is because I enjoyed it and he was so into the role that when I see it I don't see Jim Carrey, I see the grinch. I do really like his other movies though (The Truman Show, 23, Cable Guy, Yes Man, etc.)

And to MinLSshaw, you're right, wiith the exception of The Grinch (and I know I'm in the extreme minority with that one) and Gladiator, I don't consider any of those movie the best of all time, but their not all terrible. The post I quoted asked to find one good movie out of that list, and I think their were several good, not necessarily great, movies on that list.

Superboy
06-28-09, 06:17 AM
So far:

A good Soderberg movie.

A good Sam Rockwell movie where he isn't playing the same character again.

A good Sam Raimi horror movie.

So far, it's looking good. In my mind though... nothing will ever top 1995 as my favorite year for movies.

Travis McClain
06-28-09, 11:01 AM
And the reason that i said How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of Jim Carrey's best, is because I enjoyed it and he was so into the role that when I see it I don't see Jim Carrey, I see the grinch. I do really like his other movies though (The Truman Show, 23, Cable Guy, Yes Man, etc.)

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a story that has always been near and dear to me. I used to do readings of it for preschoolers around Christmastime, and even performed once for a crowd at our courthouse (outside the building, during festivities). When I saw Ron Howard's movie, all I saw was Jim Carrey running amok, doing and saying Jim Carrey things. I didn't buy that the guy really spent his time hating the Whos, while maintaining such a forceful sense of humor from start to finish, dark though it may have been at times. And that's why I have always loathed that film--it may have expounded on the story provided by Theodore Geisel and retained the original (shorter) plot, but it eschewed the essence of the character and the tale.

"No one quite knows the reason," was made perfectly clear in the original story as to what is known of the Grinch's motivations. Bad wiring, tight shoes; certainly no one ever posited that he was a victim of outcast bullying and sought retaliation. By giving him a victim's complex, they cheated the character out of his redemption at the end--instead of a genuine epiphany, it's simply a matter of clearing up a misunderstanding in the film version.

PopcornTreeCt
06-28-09, 12:10 PM
So far:

A good Soderberg movie.

A good Sam Rockwell movie where he isn't playing the same character again.

A good Sam Raimi horror movie.

So far, it's looking good. In my mind though... nothing will ever top 1995 as my favorite year for movies.

No Paul Thomas Anderson

No Coen Brothers (well maybe)

Scorsese movie looks to be the worse Marty/Leo pairing

No David Fincher

No Christopher Nolan

No Steven Spielberg

No Terrence Malick

Blu Man
06-28-09, 12:11 PM
Last year was alot better. I saw The Hangover last night and that was great but other then that this year has been disappointing. But I haven't seen Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen yet so I'm not caught up with this years summer movies. Public Enemies looks promising (even with horrible image quality) and Shutter Island looks good (Filmed on 65mm film). Next years gonna be good because Chris Nolan is gonna rock our world with Inception. I've heard that there testing with 65mm film on that as well. Neither of which are IMAX film. Moon looks good also.

mzupeman2
06-28-09, 12:22 PM
Yeah, this has been a fairly 'meh' summer for flicks. To me, I was highly disappointed in Transformers 2, Terminator Salvation, and Wolverine. I'm sure Harry Potter will be freakin' awesome, and after that, really the only other movies this summer I really want to see are Ice Age and Halloween 2. And it's not like they're going to be movie of the year or anything either.

utopianz14
06-28-09, 05:45 PM
Yeah, any year that has both Gladiator and Meet The Parents is automatically one of the worst possible years for film.
And any year that has both In the Mood for Love and Yi Yi is automatically one of the best possible years for film.

The paradox is mind-blowing!

tylergfoster
06-28-09, 05:53 PM
I don't like The Grinch much, except for the part where he's throwing jury duty notices in people's mailboxes and the singing of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", but -- and this is going to get me huge flak -- I do have The Cat in the Hat because it represents some of the most stunning production design I've ever seen in a movie. The plot is negligible and it's really not a good adaptation of the book, but nearly every second of the movie, with the exception of some bad CGI near the end, is a visual feast.

Not that this has much to do with this thread, I just wanted to add another unpopular opinion to the discussion. :)

I wasn't into movies in 1994 or 1999, the two years of late where we arguably had non-stop awesomeness hitting theaters. I'm waiting for another year like that. I guess I thought 2007 was fairly good, though: Grindhouse (really two good movies), Sunshine, Superbad, Hot Fuzz, Black Snake Moan and some sequels I liked (Live Free or Die Hard, 28 Weeks Later, The Bourne Ultimatum), not to mention other stuff I'm certainly forgetting to list.

Solid Snake
06-28-09, 06:05 PM
Eh, quite frankly, I probably don't. But I definitely don't love every movie I see (movies like Bruno or the Hangover don't interest me at all), but I do seem to like a lot more movies than the general population here.

And the reason that i said How the Grinch Stole Christmas is one of Jim Carrey's best, is because I enjoyed it and he was so into the role that when I see it I don't see Jim Carrey, I see the grinch. I do really like his other movies though (The Truman Show, 23, Cable Guy, Yes Man, etc.)

And to MinLSshaw, you're right, wiith the exception of The Grinch (and I know I'm in the extreme minority with that one) and Gladiator, I don't consider any of those movie the best of all time, but their not all terrible. The post I quoted asked to find one good movie out of that list, and I think their were several good, not necessarily great, movies on that list.

Personally Carrey's best work to me was in Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind

Arthur Dent
06-28-09, 06:16 PM
I don't like The Grinch much, except for the part where he's throwing jury duty notices in people's mailboxes and the singing of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch", but -- and this is going to get me huge flak -- I do have The Cat in the Hat because it represents some of the most stunning production design I've ever seen in a movie. The plot is negligible and it's really not a good adaptation of the book, but nearly every second of the movie, with the exception of some bad CGI near the end, is a visual feast.

Not that this has much to do with this thread, I just wanted to add another unpopular opinion to the discussion. :)

I wasn't into movies in 1994 or 1999, the two years of late where we arguably had non-stop awesomeness hitting theaters. I'm waiting for another year like that. I guess I thought 2007 was fairly good, though: Grindhouse (really two good movies), Sunshine, Superbad, Hot Fuzz, Black Snake Moan and some sequels I liked (Live Free or Die Hard, 28 Weeks Later, The Bourne Ultimatum), not to mention other stuff I'm certainly forgetting to list.
2007 was a very fine year: Zodiac, There Will Be Blood, No Country For Old Men, Sweeney Todd, Persepolis, Ratatouille, 3:10 to Yuma, The Lookout, Superbad, Hot Fuzz, and some fun-but-mediocre films.

Disneyboy
06-28-09, 06:30 PM
Personally Carrey's best work to me was in Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind

That's one that I haven't seen yet, but I'll have to check it out.

Tarantino
06-28-09, 08:58 PM
2000 was not a very good year.

These are the top grossers:

1 Mission: Impossible II Paramount $546,388,105 $215,409,889 $26,373,540 $13,164,272 2 Gladiator DreamWorks / Universal $457,640,427 $187,705,427 $47,775,542 $18,466,914
3 Cast Away DreamWorks / Fox $429,632,142 $233,632,142 $2,166,719 $11,594,722
4 What Women Want Paramount $374,111,707 $182,811,707 $24,660,636 $11,689,023
5 Dinosaur Disney $349,822,765 $137,748,063 — —
6 How the Grinch Stole Christmas Universal $345,141,403 $260,044,825 $21,925,287 $4,376,924
7 Meet the Parents Universal $330,444,045 $166,244,045 $21,360,088 $11,549,612
8 The Perfect Storm Warner Bros. $328,718,434 $182,618,434 — —
9 X-Men Fox $296,339,527 $157,299,717 $22,186,479 $6,481,541
10 What Lies Beneath

Between all these you can cobble maybe one decent movie?

Here's what I remember seeing in the theatre:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
The Ninth Gate
Traffic
The Perfect Storm
X-Men
The Gift
The Legend of Drunken Master
The Original Kings of Comedy
What Lies Beneath
Boiler Room
The Beach
Gladiator
American Psycho
Mission: Impossible II
Charlie's Angels
The Tigger Movie
Final Destination
Unbreakable
Cast Away
Chocolat
The Cell
Dinosaur
Dude, Where's My Car?
Urban Legends: Final Cut
Nurse Betty
Battlefield Earth
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

Looking at that list, I only liked American Psycho, Gladiator, Final Destination and Meet The Parents. The rest I thought were mediocre (Traffic, Boiler Room, X-Men), or thought were shit (Crouching Tiger, MI:2, Cast Away). The others I just didn't see because of a lack of interest.

2000 was a bad year for movies.

= J

Matthew Chmiel
06-28-09, 09:40 PM
I disagree with 2000 only on the aspects of Almost Famous (what happens to be my favorite film of all time).

Just looking at the top fifty highest grossing films that year, I enjoyed:

X-Men
Traffic
Remember the Titans
Chicken Run
Unbreakable
U-571
Road Trip
Bring It On
The Cell
Fantasia 2000

So I only enjoyed 20% of the top fifty highest grossing films, but there are years of more recent where I can't even get close to that (i.e. 2002, 2003; but the films in the top fifty during 2002 were of a "higher quality" than those ten just listed).

AnonomusBob15
06-28-09, 10:06 PM
Cast Away never gets any love. I think it's the best big budget picture of 2000 and one of the few times I loved a universally hated ending.

RichC2
06-29-09, 07:56 AM
2000 wasn't that bad, had quite a few memorable features and some are all time favorites.

Really enjoyed Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and don't really get the source of hate for it other than some odd critical hype.

That said, the movies I enjoyed in 2000 were: Requiem for a Dream, The Cell (enjoyed it at the time), Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, American Psycho, Boiler Room, Final Destination, Unbreakable, Nurse Betty, High Fidelity, State and Main, The Emperor's new Groove, Chicken Run, George Washington (arguable since it didn't get a reasonable release til 2001), O Brother Where Art Thou?, Gladiator, Frequency, Shanghai Noon, Pitch Black, Meet The Parents, and Tigerland.

They weren't all great movies, but they were enjoyable when I saw em. I can think of quite a few worse years than that.

Ash Ketchum
06-29-09, 10:22 AM
Wow, looking at all these lists of films from 2000 reminds me of how bad a film year that was. The only ones I liked on these lists are MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE II and UNBREAKABLE. CROUCHING TIGER was an interesting film and important for enabling a wave of Hong Kong and Chinese films to be released in the U.S., but it was a pale echo of the "wu-xia" films it was emulating. LEGEND OF DRUNKEN MASTER was better seen in its Cantonese language original version, DRUNKEN MASTER II, released in Hong Kong in 1994, which I saw on the big screen back in '95, so I discount the dubbed 2000 release. One of Jackie's best, btw. The original, that is. Which was a sequel to Jackie's DRUNKEN MASTER (1978).

PopcornTreeCt
06-29-09, 11:18 AM
Almost Famous is one of the best movies of the decade. Therefore 2000 is not a bad year. Not too mention a little known film titled Memento.

tylergfoster
06-29-09, 12:19 PM
2007 was a very fine year: Zodiac, There Will Be Blood, No Country For Old Men, Sweeney Todd, Persepolis, Ratatouille, 3:10 to Yuma, The Lookout, Superbad, Hot Fuzz, and some fun-but-mediocre films.Aghh, how could I forget TWBB and No Country?

RichC2
06-29-09, 12:44 PM
I forgot all the good in 2007 due to how bad the big summer movies were, hahah.

Michael Corvin
06-29-09, 03:30 PM
What an awful movie. I remember wanting to hang myself after seeing it.

I would agree with you but it seems my brain has done the work for me. I can't recall a single frame of film, but I know I saw it in the theater on a date. My brain must have put a noose on that memory and strangled the life out of it.

Almost Famous is one of the best movies of the decade. Therefore 2000 is not a bad year. Not too mention a little known film titled Memento.

My absolute two favorite films from this decade, however as pointed out Memento didn't hit the US until 2001.

RichC2
06-29-09, 08:30 PM
I would agree with you but it seems my brain has done the work for me. I can't recall a single frame of film, but I know I saw it in the theater on a date. My brain must have put a noose on that memory and strangled the life out of it.



My absolute two favorite films from this decade, however as pointed out Memento didn't hit the US until 2001.

Memento was 2000/2001's "Taken" ... if you know what I mean. But yeah you're correct.

Giles
06-29-09, 09:38 PM
I forgot the US saw a delayed release of 'Memento' considering I saw the film in London in 2000

JACOB
06-30-09, 05:17 AM
this summer suffered from the writers strike. which is why harry potter got pushed back. I do agree that it has been a sucky summer.. worse then 1988 and 1991.
I have only seen 3 movies: star trek, t4, and up. I did like watchmen very much.
Jacob

RichC2
06-30-09, 07:24 AM
this summer suffered from the writers strike. which is why harry potter got pushed back. I do agree that it has been a sucky summer.. worse then 1988 and 1991.
I have only seen 3 movies: star trek, t4, and up. I did like watchmen very much.
Jacob

I'm pretty sure that isn't why Potter got pushed back. (Filming ended on May 17th, 2008).

Disneyboy
06-30-09, 07:31 AM
I'm pretty sure that isn't why Potter got pushed back. (Filming ended on May 17th, 2008).

No, it actually was as a result of the writer's strike. Even though Potter was finished filming, several other movies that were set to release this summer got delayed because of the writers strike. With fewer competitors, WB saw an opportunity and delayed HBP until this summer.

RichC2
06-30-09, 07:35 AM
True enough, all financial strategy for the books more so than absolute profit.

maingon
06-30-09, 03:18 PM
nope, I liked all the movies I seen this year except for Wolverine. I thought Terminator was really good. Transformers was alot of fun, Star Trek was good though lacking in the action department, Watchmen was pretty good, I think the extended cut will be better, but I loved

The Hangover
Up
I love you man'
Taken
etc


I like popcorn movies. I don't tend to agree with Critics that much. I still think There Will Be Blood is one of the worst movies I ever seen.

chris_sc77
06-30-09, 05:34 PM
I like popcorn movies. I don't tend to agree with Critics that much. I still think There Will Be Blood is one of the worst movies I ever seen.

:down:-ohbfrank- :banned:

wm lopez
06-30-09, 06:28 PM
Isn't LAND OF THE LOST the only bomb so far this summer?
If so that's not a bad summer.

chris_sc77
06-30-09, 09:35 PM
Imagine That is a HUGE bomb.
Drag Me to Hell can ONLY be looked at as a disappointment.

The Antipodean
06-30-09, 10:31 PM
Drag Me to Hell can ONLY be looked at as a disappointment.

Unless of course you're looking at it from a creative or artistic angle, in my book it's a huge success.

RichC2
06-30-09, 11:47 PM
Imagine That is a HUGE bomb.
Drag Me to Hell can ONLY be looked at as a disappointment.

Imagine That was a huge bomb. I don't see how DMTH can be considered a disappointment though, a $30m making $40m in theaters so it can be released on DVD in time for Halloween doesn't seem all that bad to me.

That said, neither Imagine That nor Drag Me To Hell were expected to be huge. Neither was a "Summer" picture by traditional terms.

Land of the Lost was a bomb, Terminator: Salvation was a disappointment, though.

golden_rod
06-30-09, 11:52 PM
Drag Me to Hell can ONLY be looked at as a disappointment.

A low-budget horror flick that made over $40 million domestically and will clean up on home video can ONLY be looked at as a success.

TheKing
07-01-09, 12:22 AM
this summer suffered from the writers strike. which is why harry potter got pushed back. I do agree that it has been a sucky summer.. worse then 1988 and 1991.
I have only seen 3 movies: star trek, t4, and up. I did like watchmen very much.
Jacob

'88 and '91 were both pretty damn good. Maybe not as good as '89, but I don't think '89 will probably ever be touched in terms of quality week in and week out.

Now you wanna talk about stinkers, what about 1987? The top grossing film of that year was Three Men And A Baby.

Solid Snake
07-01-09, 01:09 AM
Drag me to Hell made Worldwide: $57,321,858 that's a good haul for a horror film in May. And like someone said..the DVD of it will kick even more ass.