Though the current season hasn’t technically merged into Fall yet, it’s cold and dark and rainy and I refuse to call this thing that is happening outside Summer. So, since I’ve accepted the fact that it’s Fall, this seems like the perfect time to look back at the Summer block busters and reflect on those good and really bad movies I saw. And that one specific movie that stole my heart.. forever.
This Summer marked the first time I was in a vicinity of a cinema the entire time, I literally worked in a place where I could see the people line up for tickets! So I took full advantage of the situation and spent a good amount of off days in the cinema, watching good and maybe not so good movies. Within three months I cinema-watched 10 movies, 4 of which I loved very much and 6 that didn’t really seem worth my money. That being said, I’m full on enjoying the fact that I live in the capital now because I’m a cinema-holic!
The first big block buster movie I went to see was 22 Jump Street and that just wasn’t the best way to start off the Summer. Yes, looking back I recall all those great moments but when I start remembering the rest, I just stop thinking about it all together. When I think about movies I want to keep thinking about them, I want to remember all those little details and tiny moments, rewatch the movie and live those moments again. 22 Jump Street is not one of those movies.
Those good feelings did happened with the next movie I saw, Chef – the biggest surprise of the Summer! It was full of heart and joy, celebrated food and life without really over doing it. The best thing about it, I saw it months ago and I still remember it fondly, I’m still reminded of it every time I see good looking food and that’s exactly what a good movie is supposed to do. I feel like this movie didn’t get the kind of attention it needed, it somehow almost slipped through the cracks but it deserves so much more than that!
Another one of those enjoyable cinema experiences happened thanks to Tom Cruise because seeing him die over and over again in Edge of Tomorrow brought a smile to my face. It’s not that I dislike the guy, I’m slowly forgetting is crazed out couch jumping and religious views, but all of that is still somehwere at the back of my mind. Still, I enjoyed Tom this Summer and I enjoyed it so much that I even rewatched this movie a week ago with great enthusiasm.
I finished off June with probably the most overrated movie, scratch that, overrated franchise ever – Transformers! The newest, Age of Extinction featured a new leading man, Mark Whalberg and a new sex object, a 19 year old Nicola Peltz. I fell asleep. The only other times I accidentally fell asleep during watching a movie was when I had a really high fever and when I hadn’t slept for 30+ hours. Feel free to make your own assumptions in regards to this fact.
With Maleficent, I knew what I was getting myself into. I suspected to like certain aspects of it but I wasn’t really prepared to love the whole thing and I was right. Angelina Jolie was stunning, I’m slowly finding her more and more appealing, Sam Riley was the highlight of the movie for me but the rest, the rest just was simply alright. The biggest problem I have with Maleficent is the fact that a movie can’t solely rely on its pretty CGI and cinematography, we get it, technology can make beautiful things but there’s more and more pressure to deliver amazing stories! That, and how the hell can’t an all powerful fairy, with all that magic, feel that her wings are locked up somewhere and go into the castle to steal them back?
Alright, back to the good stuff! There’s a certain connection between me and French movies, they are almost the only non-English movies I watch and I always like them. Quantum Love (Une Rencontre) tells the most unique love story I’ve seen in years, and it is told while being on the edge of realism and fantasy and it does it beautifully. There are couple of scenes in this movie that look stunning, the vibe is all so pleasant and Sophie Marceau looks amazing! The only problem I had with this movie was the fact that Francois Cluzet looks exactly like the French version of Dustin Hoffman, and it bothers me.
Only seen two movies twice in the cinema and Guardians of the Galaxy has the honor to be the best out of those two, or the best in general because it was hands down my greatest cinema experience this year so far! I say it all in my review, there’s nothing more left to say, I love it, I love it and I love it. Also, can’t wait for the sequel!
Despite the extra special beginning to August, the three following cinema experiences didn’t even come close to what I could consider good. Sex Tape sounded pretty awful and though I do find Cameron Diaz to be rather tolerable (I know many of you don’t but that’s okay) and Jason Segal is charismatic without even trying, this just didn’t work at all. The worst thing about it is the fact that I actually enjoyed the beginning, the first half was rather tolerable and funny but then it all went to shit. Yes, I wrote shit, that’s how awful this movie was!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was just as bad, it was bad on paper, it was bad on screen, it was bad everything but since it was the only option at that time, I went for it just so I could hate it for a reason. Most disappointing of it all, Noel Fisher was such a waste for this movie and Megan Fox looked different from every angle, stop messing with your face woman!
Last but not least, I ended my Summer with Let’s Be Cops, a comedy I hoped to love the most this year and now I’m sitting here thinking that I must be the most depressing person ever because I didn’t like any of the comedies this Summer! Though, no, I’m still capable of laughing because Chris Pratt made me laugh twice with the same jokes! The problem is the actual comedies that aren’t bringing it, either the jokes are flat or the plot is too heavy, or it’s just bad all around.
Though I ended up disliking 60% of the movies I saw this Summer, I still like going to the cinema. That, and the fact that I love to walk out and look at the faces of all those other people, who look like they saw cinema magic, because it makes me feel like I know something they don’t. But it also makes me worried because when I hear another person telling me that they enjoyed Transformers: Age of Extinction, I’m going to kill somebody.