The Summer of Meh

I love summer blockbuster season. I am marginally a film critic and I do enjoy good, prestige movies. I watch innumerable independent films as well but I love a big action movie and summer is the season for those. I had high hopes this year but it has not panned out very well.

Iron Man 3: The Disneyfication of Marvel. Forget Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan, the Black Widow, and War Machine, let’s give Tony Stark a cute kid sidekick. Can we call him Short Round?

The Great Gatsby: A film adaptation of a book where the director honestly didn’t understand what the book was about.

Star Trek: Into Darkness: The plot is utter nonsense but this was a lot of fun just the same. I mean really just the same.

Fast & Furious 6: The World’s Longest Runway. I’m just saying.

Epic: Generic

After Earth: Hmm I already used Afterbirth for Asylum’s take on this film so maybe Crash & Burn. Sorry Will – people like you but are apparently not so keen on your forcing your son on us. Another nail in Shyamalan’s career.

Man of Steel: The Anti-Superman movie – way to Kryptonite the franchise yet many people enjoyed it and the sequel will feature a non-Bale Batman.

World War Z: IF you can forgive it for not having anything to do with the book (hope you enjoyed the payout Mr. Brooks) and don’t mind a PG-13 zombie movie, it was pretty intense and intelligent.

Monsters University

Monsters University: Fun but not the classic that Monsters, Inc was.

White House Down: White House Dumb, Olympus Has Fallen part Deux

The Lone Ranger: Actually Tonto – the movie would have been a lot shorter if Tonto had let him die.

Despicable Me 2

Despicable Me 2: Fun but not as good as the first PLUS I had to endure innumerable McDonald’s Happy Meals to get the toys for umm my granddaughter – yes my granddaughter wanted them.

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim: Godzilla Meets Transformers but I still love monster movies. This could have been a lot better but was a bright spot this summer.

Red 2: More nonsense from folks who did not really understand what made the first one kind of, sort of, work. Still I love watching Helen Mirren kick butt.

R.I.P.D.: Men in Black 4, only supernatural instead of science fiction and poor CGI.

Turbo: Generic Cartoon 2: Electric Boogaloo

The Wolverine:X-Men 6 minus all the X-Men save two, and one of those is dead for the whole movie. The saving grace is the post-credits scene.

This was pretty much a summer with no new ideas. Of course the twelve-year-old boy inside of me enjoyed going to all of these movies even if the half-century old man knew most of them were duds.

Best Buy $5 X-Men Blu-Rays and FREE Wolverine Tickets

I took advantage of Best Buy’s upgrade and save program recently. Turn in your old DVDs and receive a $5 coupon towards any Blu-Ray $9.99 and up. Normally I use this to pick up Blu-Rays for $5 and I try to stick to ones that have FREE movie cash on them. This week Best Buy has the X-Men films on sale for $5 (with the coupon) and they will have $10 towards the new Wolverine movie.

The WolverineI also picked up the limited edition steelbook of Scarface for $5. Not only did I get a Blu-Ray of Brian DePalma’s masterpiece of excess, with wonderful footage of my hometown of Miami but I also got a steelbook case, collector cards, and a DVD of the original Scarface (1932). I also got a bonus with one of my other movies.

Groundhog's Day

Groundhog Day came with a security sticker applied directly to the disc itself. Yikes! Now I have to make an extra trip to Best Buy this weekend. Groundhog Day is a comfort movie, one of those films I put in when my wife has had a particularly trying day. This will join Princess Bride, Grease, And Chicago in her cheer up box (once I get a replacement).