I watch entirely too many movies. Most years, I see every Best Picture nominee (that doesn’t have singing in it) and I also manage to mix in nearly every superhero movie, action movie, psychological drama, raunchy comedy, and dumb “found footage” horror movie. This summer, though, has been particularly terrible on the movie front.
The Conjuring: I was skeptical, and I feel like this kind of movie has been made about a hundred times in the past several years, but this was very entertaining, and actually really quite scary. The plot moved quickly, the kids were decent actors, the adults were pretty believable, Steven Tyler’s daughter wasn’t annoying, and the effects were good. Don’t miss this one when it comes out on video.
The Heat: I wanted this movie to be better than it was. It wasn’t Bridesmaids, but it wasn’t Identity Thief either. It was crude, but almost forced. Entertaining, but not enough to see in a theater. Wait for it for sure.
This is the End: This is an acquired taste. Either you can deal with the crude, crazy, inside-baseball humor, or…you’re not funny. But really, this is a movie that is probably really divisive. It’s stupid and contrived in places, but I laughed the entire time.
World War Z: Summer popcorn movie. A little predictable, not the book, and blah blah blah. I was entertained, and sometimes that is all you should expect from a summer movie.
Star Trek Into Darkness: I was more than entertained with this movie. My favorite action movie of the summer.
Now You See Me: This was a silly movie with Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, and a bunch of other people. It wasn’t terrible nor was it amazing. Decent summer popcorn movie.
The Purge: An awful piece of shit. Skip it.
Oblivion: I don’t like Tom Cruise, and this was a little bit like a live action Wall-E, but I liked it a lot anyway. Worth a few hours of your time on Blu-Ray.
The Place Beyond the Pines: The director of Blue Valentine, maybe the most depressing movie ever made, made this one about fathers and sons and the legacies we pass down. Maybe it’s because I’m a dad, and maybe because I like the people in this movie, but I really, really enjoyed this movie, right up until I didn’t. It’s too long, and one actor is terrible, but it’s a powerful movie with an interesting viewpoint.
So, yes…I’ve seen some movies this summer. Hopefully you won’t waste your time on some of them like we did.