So far this year movies,in particular summer movies are uninspiring.

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  1. Jeff Adams

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    I do have to admit, I have not seen a lot of movies this year, probably due to the lack of interest. But from the ones I have seen there are only a few that have stood out. The three that I thought were spectacular movies were earlier this year. The Passion of the Christ,The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless mind and Kill Bill 2. What fabulous films those were. Since then I have not been too excited about the films coming out. For some reason I had in my head that The Bourne Supremacy was coming out this weekend. Some of that excitement came back but then I got let dow again seeing that it comes out next weekend and the only thing I have to look forward to this weekend is I-Robot. I'll just have to see that because I like Will Smith summer action movies. So I'll force myself to see it even though I don't think it looks all that good.
    So of the summer films that I have seen these are the only ones that will make my dvd list to purchase. And none of them are anything that special.

    1. Shrek2
    2. Spiderman2
    3. Two Brothers
    4. Harry Potter
    5. Troy
    6. The Day After Tomorrow[/list=1]

      By this time last year there were so many films that I saw that IMO were some of the best movies I have ever seen. There is no way I can even com close to saying that this summer. Anyway, who else thinks that this years summer movies are not that great?
     
  2. Holadem

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    What would those be?

    This is funny, because there has been a similar thread every single summer I have been here... Heck, it's what prompted Edwin to start the alternative film thread.

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  3. Michael Reuben

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    And there's already been one for this summer:

    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=199852

    My own list of films I've seen this summer and would like to add to my DVD collection looks a bit different (and yes, I've seen most of the films on Jeff Adams' list):

    1. [*]Baadassss![*]Coffee and Cigarettes[*]Control Room[*]The Five Obstructions[*]De-Lovely[/list=1]
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  4. Jeff Adams

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    I'll start with the films that I thought were very good and the next list will be films that I enjoyed very much.
    1. Seabiscuit
    2. Open Range
    3. Finding Nemo
    4. The Hulk
    5. Pirates of the Caribbean
    6. The Italian Job
    7. Terminator 3
    8. Bad Boys 2[/list=1]
      1. Matrix Reloaded
      2. Whale Rider[/list=1]
     
  5. Jeff Adams

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    I messed up, T-3 and BB2 was supposed to be on the other list, by all means I do think those two were great movies, but I did enjoy them. I was also going to add Matchstick Men and Underworld to the list but I think those came out later. Maybe Aug or Sept.
     
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    This is what happens when I try to work and type at the same time. I meant to say I DO NOT think those two were great movies.
     
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    You CAN edit your posts, you know [​IMG]

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  8. Jeff Adams

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    I know. I am not with it today, I'm tired, have a cold and am hungover. I should not party during the week.
     
  9. JonZ

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    This has been a pretty lame year for movies.

    Passion Of The Christ [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    EuroTrip [​IMG]
    The Butterfly Effect [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    The Lady Killers [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2
    Eternal Sunshine... [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Man On Fire [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2 (Lowered becuase of unneeded flashy camera work)
    Kill Bill Vol 2 [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Hellboy [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    HP& POA [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Fahrenheit 911 [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Spiderman 2 [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] 1/2

    So Spidey and Ladykillers are at the top of my list for this year so far.

    Films like The Dreamers [​IMG] [​IMG] 3/4 and Twilight Samurai [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]got US distrubition in 2004 but where released elsewhere earlier.
     
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    Some are not too bad(better than last summer sequels), but again there are nothing special, [​IMG]orgettable: is the word
     
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    Heck, I think it's been a great year.

    The Passion of the Christ, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Man on Fire, and Spidey are all exceptional films.

    Harry Potter 3 was pretty special. And I enjoyed The Chronicles of Riddick and Hellboy - happy they got made.

    That still leaves The Bourne Supremacy, Michael Mann's Collateral, The Incredibles, Bridget Jones, Oceans Twelve, plus a few I know I am forgetting.

    Good year for me so far.

    Take care,
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    Yeah, seriously, we got through this on every movie site every year. By this time next ear people will be referring to pider-Man 2 as a classic, King Arthur as a brave effort, Anchorman as genius, Troy as gorgeous, and Van Helsing as "charming", talking about how Hollywood has hit a new low.
     
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    Anti Rubber Frog rant deleted.
     
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    No offense, but this attitude is what causes so many mediocre movies to become huge hits.
     
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    I'm sorry, this year has been awesome for films.

    In the first half of the year, some of the good films we got included:
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Fahrenheit 9/11
    Girl Next Door
    Jersey Girl
    Kill Bill: Volume Two
    Super Size Me
    Butterfly Effect
    Dawn of the Dead
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Saved!
    Stark Raving Mad
    Terminal
    Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
    Broken Lizard's Club Dread
    Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
    Eurotrip
    Intermission
    Napoleon Dynamite
    Spider-Man 2
    Touching the Void
    Troy
    United States of Leland

    [​IMG] You just need to widen your horizons.
     
  16. Arman

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    I'm not really sure but if at least half in my long list of much anticipated "must-see" indie/foreign and even a few Hollywood films (refer to my 2004 haven't seen list below) get at least an A- from me, it is very possible that so far, the overall quality of 2004 films (compared to the same period in each of the last 4 years) is just as good or inspiring.

    [Oopps! If you are only talking about (un)inspiring mainstream Hollywood films only, yeah, I'm in the wrong thread. [​IMG]]

    My 2003 vs. 2004 Film Viewing Experience (Jan. 01 thru July 17)

    Number of 2003 films that received final grades of A+ or A or A- from me = 18:
    2003 Films, Date Seen
    City of God, 04/13/03
    Raising Victor Vargas, 05/25/03
    The Son [seen this one after its DVD release last May 2004]
    Irreversible [seen after its DVD release late last year]
    Finding Nemo, 05/31/03
    Gerry [seen in DVD last Dec 2003]
    The Man On The Train, 06/08/03
    He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not, 06/07/03
    Whale Rider, 06/28/03
    Nowhere in Africa, 04/11/03
    Manito, 07/03/03
    Swimming Pool, 07/03/03
    The Hulk, 06/20/03
    Respiro, 06/28/03
    At The First Breath of Wind, 06/08/03 [seen in Atlanta Film Festival]
    28 Days Later, 07/01/03
    Russian Ark, 07/10/03
    Blue Car, 06/30/03

    Have'nt seen: Ten, Lilya 4-Ever

    Got passing grades [B+, B, B-]:
    L' Auberge Espagnole, 06/07/03
    Better Luck Tomorrow, 05/03/03
    Down With Love, 05/23/03
    Friday Night, 07/02/03
    Phone Booth, 04/04/03
    Identity, 04/26/03
    Pirates of The Carribean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, 07/11/03
    Together, 07/01/03
    Capturing The Friedmans, 06/28/03
    Winged Migration, 06/28/03
    Bend It Like Beckham, 04/12/03
    The Recruit, 01/31/03
    Spellbound, 06/07/03
    Spider, 05/09/03
    Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, 07/15/03
    X2: X-Men United, 05/03/03
    Sweet Sixteen, 06/07/03
    Lost In La Mancha, 05/23/03
    Cinemania, 06/08/03
    Seabiscuit, 07/26/03
    May, 07/19/03
    The Dancer Upstairs, 05/28/03
    The Italian Job, 05/31/03
    Bruce Almighty, 05/23/03
    A Mighty Wind, 05/23/03
    Jet Lag, 07/09/03
    The Eye, 06/28/03

    [A+, A, A-] = 10 (out of 40 seen ... I missed a lot of mainstream and indie films this year)
    Bon Voyage
    Dogville
    The Dreamers
    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
    Fahrenheit 9/11
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    Hero (Ying Xiong, also known as Jet Li's Hero)
    Kill Bill: Volume 2
    The Passion Of The Christ
    Touching The Void

    Have'nt seen (metacritic score): Before Sunset (88), The Agronomist (80), Broken Wings (73), The Corporation (70), Distant (76), Control Room (74), Coffee and Cigarettes (64), Bukowski: Born into This (73), Crimson God (76), The Five Obstructions (79), I'm Not Scared (71), Maria Full of Grace (83), The Mother (71), The Return (79), Riding Giants (80), The Saddest Music in the World (77), Since Otar Left (82), The Story of the Weeping Camel (78), Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter ... Spring (82), This So Called Disaster (73), The Time of the Wolf (74), Blind Swordsman: The Zatoichi (73), The Door in the Floor (68), Carandiru (68), A Tale of Two Sisters, Hellboy (70), Father and Son (65)

    [B+, B, B-] (25/40 got at least passing grades)
    50 First Dates
    Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer
    Eurotrip
    Good bye, Lenin!
    Infernal Affairs (Wu jian dao)
    Intermission
    Japanese Story
    Osama
    Saved!
    Shaolin Soccer (Siu lam juk kau)
    Shrek 2
    Spartan
    Spider-Man 2 (B+/A-)
    Super-Size Me
    Welcome To Mooseport
     
  17. Jeff Adams

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    I came to my senses and even though I like Will Smith, I'll be waiting for the dvd. [​IMG]
     
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    Yep, you got it. I really meant this thread to be for Hollywood mainstream films. And as my topic indicated, primarily summer films. I know there have been some good ones earlier in the year, but no Hollywood blockbuster movies I have seen this summer is outstanding. Don't get me wrong,there have been some that have entertained me and the 6 that I have listed I enjoyed very much and will add to my dvd collection but nothing has struck me as a wow, Academy Award type of film. I did miss The Terminal and can't wait for that one to come out.
    And I also wanted to add, that I am still looking forward to a few more movies this "SUMMER"
    1. The Bourne Supremacy
    2. The Village
    3. Alien vs Predator
    4. Hero[/list=1]
     
  19. DustinLC

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    Yeah, this kind of thread is sort of meaningless. It always end up being list the movies you like this year and the ones you dislike. It's all a matter of taste. I thought this year was much better than last year and we're only half way through the summer.
     
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    You've hit upon a little unintentional irony here. You shouldn't be looking for Academy Award winning summer blockbusters. If you want award worthy films, hit the indie market. If you want summer popcorn fare, expect more spectacle than plot.
     

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