I’ve noticed a lot of people doing this kind of post, so I figured, what the hell, why not do it myself.
I’ll be brief though. Very brief.
First off, there’s a number of decent movies out at the moment. If you have a chance, see Man of Steel, This Is the End (review coming soon), or Monsters University. They’re easily the best of the summer, at least from what I’ve seen.
Man of Steel isn’t for Superman purists, but that’s just like (accurately) saying The Dark Knight wasn’t for Batman purists, and Skyfall wasn’t for James Bond purists. All great, deep movies.
This Is the End, to put it simply, may be the first “apocalypse movie” that I actually liked. Let’s see Roland Emmerich attempt that kind of humor, intentionally or unintentionally. I laughed till I cried, and that’s never happened to me otherwise.
Monsters U is a damn good step up from last year’s soporific Brave, and it’s not at all what you would expect, as the prequel to a movie released twelve years ago.
I might also note that Despicable Me 2 (review coming soon), though not quite as quality a family movie as the original, was a fun time. If you wanted more of the minions in the first movie, then here they are for you.
If you can stand a predictable movie, go see The Heat (review coming soon). I honestly could not stop laughing, and Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy have great chemistry.
Same with The Internship. It’s immensely obvious, but for me (and some of my family, who saw it with me and enjoyed it quite a bit), it was a great time. In fact, it’s the “feel-good” movie of the year.
Some other honorable mentions for the summer include Star Trek Into Darkness and The Great Gatsby. If either one is playing near you, and you haven’t seen it, take your chance to do so before it’s too late. Unless you have a 3-D TV and Blu-Ray player, The Great Gatsby will mean very little on home video, and Star Trek blew my mind in IMAX.
Now onto the worst of the year.
I recently saw Safe Haven (review coming soon), hoping that Julianne Moore had finally picked a halfway decent movie. Let’s just say I didn’t get that prayer answered, and I should’ve guessed so from a 13% Rotten Tomatoes grade. It’s god-awful.
Then there’s To the Wonder. If there’s anything remotely interesting about that one, it’s that director Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life) could direct a romance not much better than Safe Haven. If you want the dictionary definition of uninteresting, there it is.
Finally, Warm Bodies. I was practically a zombie after sitting through that one. Bo-ring.