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Best of Summer 09?

May. 1, 2009by: Mike Sampson

There are a lot of movies to see over the course of a summer. So teh best thing for me to do is to try and prioritize. What do I want to see the most? What am I most looking forward to?

So I compiled a list of 10 movies that I'm looking forward to most this summer. These are not guaranteed to be the greatest movies of the summer or even the movies you're looking forward to the most. But if God came down and told me I could only see 10 movies this summer, this is what I'd pick.

What about you? What would your picks be? After you read through my picks, I encourage you to post your own lists below. In a summer this jam-packed with entertainment, where do you draw the line? What 10 movies do you HAVE to see this summer?

Honorable Mention - X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE, FUNNY PEOPLE, LAND OF THE LOST, GI JOE: THE RISE OF COBRA, MOON, 500 DAYS OF SUMMER

10. THE HANGOVER

I've had my share of hangovers before and none of them were particularly funny. Most of them involved long showers, cold bottles of Gatorade and repeated promises to never, ever drink again. But this summer's comedy THE HANGOVER looks to be less headaches and dry heaves and more Diana Ross (yes that was a "Sweet Love Hangover" reference). Warner Bros. was so high on the film they've put a sequel on the fast-track already. And if a multibillion dollar corporation says it's good, they wouldn't lie right?!

9. DISTRICT 9

I'm going out on a limb here with a movie we don't even know all that much about other than an expansive viral campaign that dates back to last year's Comic-Con. We know it has aliens living on Earth, Peter Jackson producing and...

8. BRUNO

The first time I saw an extended clip from BORAT (the now infamous hotel wrestling scene), I laughed so hard I almost pissed myself. I've been assured by people who've seen BRUNO that Sacha Baron Cohen's next film is at least that funny, if not funnier. So does that mean I could actually piss my pants this time? Someone get me some Depends stat!

7. DRAG ME TO HELL

Some movies like to hide from the spotlight. They get embargoed and delayed and are kept in a vault until opening day. Other films, like DRAG ME TO HELL, are put out there for all to see. Universal has showed some major balls and confidence in the film by holding early screenings for both the press and public. They brought the film to SXSW and have been having numerous word-of-mouth screenings since. It's a gamble, but only if your film sucks. As you might expect, Sam Raimi's return to horror hasn't disappointed anyone yet and word-of-mouth is spreading faster than Swine Flu.

6. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

I include this on the list despite "I want meh scalps!" or "one of the must curious line readings in recent memory." I can't say that everything I've seen out of BASTERDS is blowing me away but it's Tarantino, it's WWII, it's Nazi-killin and it's...Mike Myers? OK, just focus on the first three things.

5. STAR TREK

About a year ago if you had asked me whether STAR TREK would've made my "most anticipated" list and I would have laughed and laughed and laughed and after I was done laughing I would've slapped you clear across the face. I've never seen an episode of "Star Trek" in any of its televised iterations and have watched THE WRATH OF KHAN only because people wouldn't stop shutting up about how I've never seen it (full disclosure: it was actually pretty good). But JJ Abrams has revealed a mystery more mysterious than if the Smoke Monster and Cloverfield had a baby: How did he get this movie in my Top 5? You tricky bastard you.

4. PUBLIC ENEMIES

With all the explosions, spaceships, aliens and overall genreism on display in the rest of my list, it's time for something a little straight forward. A Michael Mann crime drama. It doesn't hurt that Johnny Depp and Christian Bale headline a damn impressive cast. d

3. UP

This might be considered cheating since I've already seen half of this movie already but it left me so damn hungry for the 2nd half, I just tried to take a bit out of the poster (uck, pulpy). While MONSTERS VS. ALIENS might've been a 3-D success in the monetary sense, UP should be the film that helps catapult the format into critical respectability.

2. TERMINATOR SALVATION

While I have TERMINATOR SALVATION as the runner-up on this list, it's also the biggest gamble. There's been extremely little in word-of-mouth and while it could be awesome, it could also suck balls. And while GI JOE sucking balls would be unfortunate, it a) wouldn't surprise me and b) wouldn't be that much of a waste. To have a Christian Bale-led TERMINATOR movie (that really should be as cool as a cucumber) suck would reeeaaally suck. Either way, I'll be there.

1. TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN

As Liz Lemon would say, "uh DOY..." Was there really any doubt that TRANSFORMERS would be atop the list. With my rampant bonerisms over the first movie's robot porn aesthetic, the sequel has done nothing but up the ante. And in a summer full of pretenders, TRANSFORMERS has proved it's the real deal: a must-see summer event we haven't seen in a long time. Bring it, Bay!

Source: JoBlo.com

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11:30AM on 05/01/2009
Good list, Mike. Mine is somewhat similar except take out The Hangover and District 9 and replace em' with Harry Potter 6 and Angels & Demons.
Good list, Mike. Mine is somewhat similar except take out The Hangover and District 9 and replace em' with Harry Potter 6 and Angels & Demons.
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11:39AM on 05/01/2009
did joblo.com make a summer movie list because I'm having trouble remembering any movie past Transformers and Terminator. Can someone point me in a direction to a list of movies?
did joblo.com make a summer movie list because I'm having trouble remembering any movie past Transformers and Terminator. Can someone point me in a direction to a list of movies?
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11:43AM on 05/01/2009
For me, replace Hangover with Harry Potter 6 and then bump it up to #3. After that last trailer how can this NOT be on your list??
For me, replace Hangover with Harry Potter 6 and then bump it up to #3. After that last trailer how can this NOT be on your list??
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11:57AM on 05/01/2009

I cant even pic 10

I'll see Transformers and Wolverine. I am hoping they are at least enjoyable. Nothing else coming out this summer is interesting to me.
I'll see Transformers and Wolverine. I am hoping they are at least enjoyable. Nothing else coming out this summer is interesting to me.
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12:22PM on 05/01/2009

i like the list...

Id switch transformers and terminator... besides that a good list
Id switch transformers and terminator... besides that a good list
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2:07PM on 05/01/2009
Probably and hopefully the best Bay movie ever. All his movies so far still had too few Bay moments... This probably/hopefully will have Bay every single frame.
Terminator will be cool too, but nothing (at all) compared to Bay's visual masterpiece. (Though the color look of Terminator is really cool, thank god they could stick with that although it's a mainstream movie)
Probably and hopefully the best Bay movie ever. All his movies so far still had too few Bay moments... This probably/hopefully will have Bay every single frame.
Terminator will be cool too, but nothing (at all) compared to Bay's visual masterpiece. (Though the color look of Terminator is really cool, thank god they could stick with that although it's a mainstream movie)
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4:29PM on 05/01/2009
Nice list. This was an interesting idea, so I decided to make one too.

10) Wolverine- I've been hearing bad word of mouth and I haven't watched the pirated copy. I'm curious to see the movie though and hope it's at least an okay summer popcorn flick.

9) Public Enemies- Johnny Depp is cool, Christian Bale is my favorite actor although I haven't liked any of his movies since '06. And I think the oscar voters made the wrong choice when they gave Marion Cotillard best actress over Ellen
Nice list. This was an interesting idea, so I decided to make one too.

10) Wolverine- I've been hearing bad word of mouth and I haven't watched the pirated copy. I'm curious to see the movie though and hope it's at least an okay summer popcorn flick.

9) Public Enemies- Johnny Depp is cool, Christian Bale is my favorite actor although I haven't liked any of his movies since '06. And I think the oscar voters made the wrong choice when they gave Marion Cotillard best actress over Ellen Page, but I won't hold it against her.

8) Whatever Works- Woody Allen movie with Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood. Should be funny.

7) Terminator: Salvation- Again, I hope this is finally a Bale movie I like. And Bryce Dallas Howard is a very good actress, so I'm glad she's in this.

6) Inglorious Bastards- The trailer looked very amusing. I hated Death Proof but like all of QT's other movies.

5) GI Joe- Sienna Miller as Baroness is the main reason for me to see this. She is towards the very top of my list of favorite actresses. She was phenomenal in Factory Girl and Interview. Not to say this will be nearly as good, but it seems like a fun role for her.

4) Halloween 2- I'm a fan of Rob Zombie, The Devil's Rejects being my favorite movie he's made. I really like his style of directing and his writing is always entertaining.

3) When in Rome- I am a huge Kristen Bell fan but I feel everything she's been in post-Veronica Mars has been crap. The behind the scenes footage for this movie made it look promising.

2) Julie and Julia- Amy Adams is an excellent actress. And this trailer was hilarious. And the last movie she did with Meryl Streep was a 5/5 for me, so I definitely want to see this one.

1) Drag Me to Hell- This movie seems excellent, I f#cking loved the footage I've seen from it, in particular the parking garage scene. Sam Raimi is best suited to these types of movies. I was disappointed to see Ellen Page drop out of this but luckily they replaced her with another one of my favorite actresses, Alison Lohman.
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5:05PM on 05/01/2009
My most anticipated is Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by far.
My most anticipated is Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by far.
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5:22PM on 05/01/2009
Not a bad list but replace Terminator Salvation with The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.
Not a bad list but replace Terminator Salvation with The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3.
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7:46PM on 05/01/2009

???

WHERE'S FRICKIN POTTER????!!!
WHERE'S FRICKIN POTTER????!!!
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8:41PM on 05/01/2009
I like the list! I wouldn't change anything on there, except I think I would add Potter and Angels & Demons. So i guess that would make a 12 list.... that doesn't work, but it's going to have to.
I like the list! I wouldn't change anything on there, except I think I would add Potter and Angels & Demons. So i guess that would make a 12 list.... that doesn't work, but it's going to have to.
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9:13PM on 05/01/2009
TF2 number 1. Jesus christ!! Come on, i cant wait for it to come out, be number one for a week and fade the fuck out. Lets get real for a moment.
TF2 number 1. Jesus christ!! Come on, i cant wait for it to come out, be number one for a week and fade the fuck out. Lets get real for a moment.
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3:33AM on 05/04/2009

DRAG ME TO HELL in this list?

I see how this guys (Mike Sampson) movie choices are easily deteriorating slowly. Seriously, Drag Me To Hell looks like another bad attempt like Boogeyman was a couple of years back, the trailer alone for Drag Me To Hell is a great [link] moment.
I see how this guys (Mike Sampson) movie choices are easily deteriorating slowly. Seriously, Drag Me To Hell looks like another bad attempt like Boogeyman was a couple of years back, the trailer alone for Drag Me To Hell is a great [link] moment.
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