My friend Shaz did a summer movie wrapup so I’m totally stealing the idea for my blog.
(picture by Amanda Turnage from possibly my favorite 2010 movie, and one of my all-time favorite movies ever)
So last year I watched a whopping total of
8 7 movies in theatres. Eight. Seven. That’s seems rather pathetic (and now I’m even more pathetic with my realization). So this year I want to at least beat that.
In case you were curious, last year I saw:
- Black Swan
- The King’s Speech
The Secret of Kells(wait a sec; I just realized I watched this in 2009, even though it was listed as 2010…)
- How to Train Your Dragon (3D)
- Resident Evil: Afterlife (3D)
- Iron Man 2
- Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
- Easy A
I didn’t see a ton of the MUST SEE movies, for some reason: Toy Story 3, Inception, Harry Potter 7.1… it was pretty weird. I could’ve easily seen double the movies.
Of those I saw, the only 2 I really didn’t care for were Black Swan (too weird) and Resident Evil (just… awful… although good 3D). Everything else was pretty darn amazing.
Last year was also the explosion of 3D which I wish would go and die in a fire already so that I can watch movies again without getting 1) dizzy and 2) tired of holding the glasses in place over my real glasses.
This year, I’d like to try and make a decent effort of seeing at least some of the must-sees. Here’s what I’ve managed to haul my lazy carcass to so far:
- Bridesmaids–HILARIOUS. Saw this with G. Super crude, but still so damn funny. Used my $9 coupon from LivingSocial, which is amazing–2 tickets for $9 TOTAL. Can’t beat that!
- Thor–All right for a comic book movie. No chemistry at all between Thor and Natalie Portman. Asgard looked kinda cool. Saw this during Fanime with Fongus and G.
- Captain America–Really good for a comic book movie. Right up there with Iron Man 1. Plus Steve Rogers was really easy to like (and with Chris Evans playing him, really easy to look at). Not all arrogant like Tony Stark or Hal Jordan, y’know? Much more interesting love interest, too. Plus a period piece, being set in WW2 and all. Saw this with G and Des.
- Our Idiot Brother–Another one of our movies with the $9 coupon. Sort of a feel-good family comedy… but rated R due to male nudity. And not good kind of male nudity. Really really bad male nudity. *shudder* Still, a cute movie, and Paul Rudd is an adorable bearded hippie. Again, saw with G.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2–A nice wrapup to the series. Some holes, some weird things, but overall a good movie and a good end. Snape FINALLY got to shine with a heart-wrenching scene with Lily Potter; really was my favorite scene in all the movies. Seen with Manders, Hanners, Shaz, Fongus, and G.
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes–The surprise of the summer. NOBODY wanted to see this movie. Everyone just groaned and threw up their hands. BUT… it actually was pretty darn good. Except it was rated PG13 and totally felt like it. It needed to be an R movie, really badly. They did a really good job with the apes, too. Frieda Pinto though was completely wasted as a character. She did/added absolutely nothing. Spontaneous viewing with G, P, A, and M.
- Adjustment Bureau (getting from Netflix next week)
- Source Code (getting from Netflix next week)
- Fast Five (I so want to see this, really badly. The Rock? YES PLEASE)
- Jane Eyre (’cause I’m a girl and an English major)
- Sucker Punch (HAHAHA, yeah right, hell no, I’m not a 13 year old boy)
- X-Men First Class (damn G for seeing it w/o me)
- Super 8 (just to see what’s up)
- Green Lantern (sigh… I really really wanted this to be good, but the reviews were so, so awful. I realize Hal Jordan has issues, but apparently they made him into the biggest douchebag in the universe)
Want to see (upcoming):
- Detective Dee (seeing this weekend with Des; looks FABULOUS. The trailer had a guy jump kicking a DEER. I do love over the top Chinese martial arts movies. And it’s by Tsui Hark who does my beloved Once Upon a Time in China movies)
- 50-50 (…maybe. Unsure. Has JGL, but also Seth Rogen. Could go either way)
- What’s Your Number (romcom with more Chris Evans hotness. Has some girl in it, too, I’m guessing, but who cares!)
- In Time (great cast, looks actiony suspenseful, and so far is the only trailer that has totally caught my interest)
- Muppets (it’s the Muppets!)
Looking at last year compared to this year, so far nothing has really blown me away. Last year, HTTYD and Scott Pilgrim were totally “OMG” movies. So far, there have not been any of those. Movies I like, definitely, but no “OMG”-worthy ones.
Detective Dee, you’re up next to try an OMG me. You have a good chance with the whole deer thing going on. Please try your best.
(not covering movies I watched this year on DVD, but I have seen Edward Norton’s The Incredible Hulk, which was pretty decent, and I really really liked how they did the whole origin story in the intro. I also liked all the nods to fans–Samson, The Leader, “Hulk smash!” etc. And I saw HP 7.1, which G and M thought was dead boring, but I didn’t mind too much. Although compared to 7.2, it was maybe a tad boring.)
(since this is technically a book blog, I am currently re-reading the Harry Dresden series by Jim Butcher so I can read the newest one. My memory is sad, so I have to re-read all the books so I can remember what the hell happened. I’m up to book 5 so far)