I’d like you all to think I’m some high cultured guy who enjoys award-winning television shows, classic literature and perfectly-crafted independent films that attempt to speak to your heart and make you think. While it’s true I do enjoy all of those to some extent, I realized about halfway through Live Free or Die Hard (known for the remainder of blog posts about it as Die Hard 4) that if I had to choose any one movie genre to spend my time watching, it would most likely be action movies. Sure, comedies are great, but there’s nothing sadder than a joke that doesn’t catch, and while it’s great when massive, sprawling epics of either character or politics end up reverberating with you for weeks after, but when they don’t, you just wasted a whole lot of time.
I think deep down, the majority of
As much as I enjoyed Transformers, I think Die Hard 4 was better. It had the built-in advantage of needing limited exposition – no need to establish John McClane as bad-ass, just a few minutes on how the family and work situations are – before it kicked things off. Rob agreed that it was awesome, but also called it something like the most over-the-top movie he’s ever seen, which I think is kind of a stretch, although the scene with a big-rig dueling with a F35 fighter jet on a bunch of highway ramps would probably beg to differ. Bruce Willis morphs into a Stone Cold John Wayne American hero, and it’s nice to see, with all of the mishandlings of “Born in the
As far as the details for Transformers, it definitely runs a little long and you can actually see the struggle between Steven Spielberg wanting to tell a story and establish characters while his erstwhile director,
After an ugly, bloated, sequelriffic May, the summer movie season has really turned around since Knocked Up kicked off June. If you’re at all interested in action movies, both of these movies have got nothing but great reviews from anyone I’ve talked to. Sean sent me an e-mail today that simply contained “AH-SUM” as the text in an e-mailed entitled “All Hail Megatron!”. Tim texted me last night the same sentiments, implying that Transformers was maybe the greatest movie he’s ever seen. You’re win-win with both of them, but if you’re just picking one (why would you do that?), I’d take Die Hard 4, although nothing in that movie holds a candle to Megan Fox.
So if we’re putting together a Summer Movie Awards – and mind you, this is a work in progress – it would look something like this (of movies released, I still need to see Ratatouille and Sicko, and as if it were necessary, Fantastic Four 2 and Evan Almighty, plus there are loads of others to come out.)
Best Summer Movie
Live Free or Die Hard
Pirates of the
Best Actor in a Summer Movie
Bruce Willis, Live Free or Die Hard
Johnny Depp, Pirates of the
Seth Rogen, Knocked Up
Shia LeBeouf, Transformers
Best Actress in a Summer Movie
Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up
Keira Knightley, Pirates of the
Best Supporting Actor in a Summer Movie
Geoffrey Rush, Pirates of the
Justin Long, Live Free or Die Hard
Paul Rudd, Knocked Up
Josh Duhamel, Transformers
Best Supporting Actress in a Summer Movie
Megan Fox, Transformers
Leslie Mann, Knocked Up
I’d like to include some Ocean’s Thirteen people, but to really focus on one is kind of difficult as it was certainly an ensemble effort. This is obviously very rushed, very premature and very flexible to all sorts of change by the time mid-August rolls around and the polls close.
One of the underrated aspects of the Fourth of July, especially when it’s nice out and everyone is justifiably outside, is that you get some sweet television marathons. I didn’t realize until far too late that
As far as Monk goes, it appears that the newborn brother of Tony Shaloub and the also-great Psych, Burn Notice, is a hit. I’ve yet to set the Tivo and catch up on it, but I don’t need to tell you that a
I still can’t get over how scary this picture is, and if it’s bad for me, imagine how the crazies feel. Can you imagine what the religious right would do if it had to choose between a Mormon and a Clinton?
Disappointing ends to both Inferno 3 and Reunited: Real World
The worst part about the last few weeks is
I’ll leave you with this. Don’t ask questions, just enjoy:
And after you’re done with that, why not enjoy one of the greatest host entrances this side of Legends of the Hidden Temple.