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Aug. 28, 2009by:

Another summer gone. We wait for these movies for months and months and the summer finally gets here and BOOM! it feels like it's over in a heartbeat. Where'd the time go? It's probably still stuck somewhere in the interminable last act of TRANSFORMERS but now is a good time to reflect on the summer past.

This summer ended quite similarly to how it began. A beloved and iconic character trotted out for another pointless sequel. Michael Myers meet Wolverine. But while the summer went in like a lamb and right back out like a lamb, the in-between was, lucky for film fans, filled with lions.

For genre fans, this was a particularly fulfilling summer. While WOLVERINE and HALLOWEEN 2 were surely disappointing, there were plenty of other options to please us. If you were looking for a big-budget action origin movie, STAR TREK was there to pick you up and dust you off. If you wanted some good old-fashioned scares, DRAG ME TO HELL was the perfect vintage horror flick for you. If YEAR ONE made you cringe, THE HANGOVER was there to double you over with some belly laughs. If TRANSFORMERS 2 made you want to quit watching movies all together, GI JOE was there to prove that toy movies can still be fun.

To take a look back at the best of what this summer had to offer, we asked our three critics, JimmyO, Chris Bumbray and Jenna Busch to give us their Top Five Movies from this summer. I also threw in my Top 5 as a little added bonus. There are some obvious choices, some surprises and, sadly, no DANCE FLICK. Maybe next year Wayans Bros.

Chris Bumbray's Top 5

5. UP - An absolutely beautiful film from Pixar- which sets the bar even higher for a company thats produced nothing but quality year after year. Im counting the days until TOY STORY 3

4. STAR TREK - J.J Abrams TREK re-boot is all us fanboys hoped for, and then some! What BATMAN BEGINS was to BATMAN, and CASINO ROYALE was to James Bond, this is to STAR TREK- a reboot of a franchise that was dead, dead, DEAD! It did the impossible- it made TREK cool again.

3. THE HURT LOCKER - I still dont understand how a film like G.I JOE can open with over $50 Million, yet THE HURT LOCKER had to crawl to a $10 Million gross. Ive been pushing this film for months- ever since I saw it at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal, and I stand by my statement that its the best American War film since SAVING PRIVATE RYAN.

2. DISTRICT 9 - The big sleeper of the summer. 97% Fresh at Rotten Tomatoes for a reason people- if you havent checked it out already, I strongly urge you to do so

1. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS - As I said in my initial review a month ago- f*** I love this movie, and I still do.

Jenna Busch's Top 5

5. DRAG ME TO HELL - Sam Raimi wounded my soul with SPIDER-MAN 3. How would the man who gave me so much joy with THE EVIL DEAD and the first two web slinger flicks do this to me? Yes. I take things a bit too personally. But not only did he redeem himself with DRAG ME TO HELL, he scared the crap out of me. I am now terrified of buttons and gypsies, and I'll never look at a stapler the same way again. A happy return to Raimi's past glory, DRAG ME TO HELL brought back what's been missing from horror lately. Pure, gross-out, squealy, screamy, jump-out-of-your-seat-and-grab-your-sweetie fun.

4. UP - Rarely does going to see a film require tissues...at least for me. And I'm not a pretty crier, so I'm glad I had my sunglasses along. First UP destroyed me with the most weep-worthy scene since Bambi's mother died, and then made me laugh so hard at a bird and a dog that I'm still quoting the film. (I apologize to everyone I've tortured with my Dug impressions since May.) Gorgeous animation, excellent writing and a Doberman with a squeaky voice. Pixar has outdone themselves and I can't wait to see what they do next.

3. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS - Absolutely the best of Tarantino's lot, and happily, deliciously, unapologetically violent. I found myself wanting to clap every time something quintessentially Quentin appeared on the screen. (But unlike the assholes with cell phones and tuna sandwiches that unfailingly sit next to me at movies, I'm not that rude.) With amazing performances from Mlanie Laurent and Christoph Waltz, Brad Pitt's joyfully ridiculous accent and the final scene in the movie theater, which in my humble opinion, is one of the coolest sequences ever, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS left me as satisfied as a giant bowl of cheese and noodles.

2. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE - The best of the franchise. And six movies in, that's saying something. David Yates pulled some great performances out of the kids, (Rupert Grint looks like he's well on his way to a long comedic career.) Even knowing the ending, I was on the edge of my seat. And lets face it, deep down, most of us really want to be wizards and cheer at a Quidditch match. Gryffindor Forever!

1. TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN - OK. I'm kidding. I hated it. And most of you totally disagree with me, if the box office numbers and the lack of brand new Michael Bay jokes are to be believed. I guess no one minds abandoned plot lines, magical bandages that appear out of nowhere...

But I do have something strange on my best of summer list. WATCHMEN. No, I'm serious this time. I'm not talking about the one I saw in the theater. I gave that a 6/10, as all of you who sent me hate mail know. I mean WATCHMEN: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT which is finally out on DVD and Blu-ray. If that version had been released in theaters (with a warning to pee before the film) I would have given it an 8.5/10. I know Zack Snyder had to cut it down, but what they left out covered almost all of my complaints. Hollis Mason's death not only connected the beginning Minute Men sequence to the rest of the film, but it was heartbreakingly beautiful. I would have taken back everything I said about Malin Ackerman's miscasting if they had left her performance intact. Mr. Snyder, if this is the film you wanted us to see, I hope the powers that be keep their damn dirty hands off your work forever more.

JimmyO's Top 5

5. IT MIGHT GET LOUD - You have three unique guitarist getting together to talk shop and play. There was something insanely entertaining about seeing Jack White, Jimmy Page and U2s The Edge together. From the opening moments as Jack White puts together a bizarre contraption that makes for an electric guitar to the final collaboration between the three musicians, it was simply a wonderful movie going experience.

4. GRACE - Paul Solets debut feature explores many human frailties. From fears of childbirth to the lost connection of mother to child. While it may seem to be more of a dark drama, it certainly gets nasty as Jordan Ladd does anything and everything to keep her (undead?) baby safe. While this kind of horror may not work for everybody, it certainly worked for me. A gruesome yet beautiful chiller that jumped from a very limited theatrical run straight to DVD.

3. STAR TREK - J.J. Abrams reinvigorated the franchise with a fun story, a terrific cast and a whole lot of goodness that made for one of the most entertaining movies so far this year. While all the actors were quite good, it was Karl Urban who stole the show as Bones and rest of the crew kept the humor and thrills tight. Easily, the best in the franchise next to STAR TREK II: THE WRATH OF KHAN.

2. INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS - Quentin Tarantinos latest is packed full of entertainment. With Oscar-worthy performances from Christoph Waltz and Melanie Laurent, this is a thrilling flick. One that is as much about the beauty and the power of film as it is about the joy of a bunch of Jewish American soldiers Killin Nazis. I cant wait to see it again. Propaganda? Maybe. Fun as hell? Absolutely!

1. UP - Still holding on to my top spot this year is the undeniably beautiful UP. An utterly powerful little film that is as much heartbreaking as it is funny. I hope that with the changes coming for the next Academy Awards, this finds a place as part of the Best Picture nominees. They dont get much better than this.

Mike Sampson's Top 5

5. STAR TREK - Not being a Trekkie of any caliber before seeing this movie, I went in with my expectations tucked somewhere in my sneakers. I had never seen a single episode of any "Trek" series and only saw WRATH OF KHAN once a few years back. But guess what? It didn't matter. It could've been "Rainbow Brite" for all I care. The scary part? This was just the origin story. Just wait till Abrams and crew really get rolling.

4. DRAG ME TO HELL - I'm still baffled as to how this underperformed at the box-office. People always claim to want "real horror" and Sam Raimi delivers (and then some) and audiences stay home. Maybe this was just more of an October movie and shouldn't have been released in the summer. But that's not Raimi's fault. The movie was equal parts scary, funny, gross and shocking with a climax that left my jaw on the theater floor.

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS - Originally not on my Top 5, the more I thought about BASTERDS, the more I realized I really did love it. It's ability to slowly build suspense and tension reminded me a lot of another summer war movie, THE HURT LOCKER, for which it's tied at 3rd on my list. While everyone is rightly praising Christoph Waltz (who is brilliant), let us not overlook Melanie Laurent who is equally as brilliant as the vengeful Shoshana. Their showdown over a strudel was pure genius.

3 (tie). THE HURT LOCKER - The smartest action movie of the summer went up against quite possibly the dumbest movie of the year (TRANSFORMERS 2) and failed at the box-office. Mainstream critics were pissed that younger audiences weren't going to the film. Forget about all that drama and just enjoy a film that gives new meaning to the cliche "on the edge of your seat."

2. DISTRICT 9 - The only film on this list that actually had me cheering in my seat. DISTRICT 9 reminds us that fun and smart aren't mutually exclusive properties for a movie. Yes you can be about something and still entertain the hell out of people in a genre movie. An ORIGINAL genre movie. No sequel, no remake, no book adaptation here. Amazing FX, great performances and the introduction of a great new director in Neill Blomkamp.

1. UP - The less said about my reaction to the first 10 minutes of UP, the better. Let's just say it was really dusty in that movie theater. After that tragically beautiful beginning, the movie settles into a lighter rhythm that just happens to be Pixar's funniest film to date. Combine that with some adventure, gorgeous visuals and more emotion than we get out of 95% of live action films and we get the very best film this summer.

Source: JoBlo.com

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8:54PM on 08/30/2009
5. Woverine
4. Harry Potter
3. Star Trek
2. UP
1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
5. Woverine
4. Harry Potter
3. Star Trek
2. UP
1. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
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8:43PM on 08/30/2009

What, no Hangover?!?!?

Seriously, the funniest movie in years, and not only does it NOT make any of the writers' lists. But is absent from the majority of the Schmoe's lists as well. Put the Tarantino Kool-Aid down kids, seriously.
Seriously, the funniest movie in years, and not only does it NOT make any of the writers' lists. But is absent from the majority of the Schmoe's lists as well. Put the Tarantino Kool-Aid down kids, seriously.
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8:03PM on 08/30/2009
Here's my favorite summer movies.

5. Orphan
4. Up
3. Moon
2. Drag Me To Hell
1. Star Trek

I'm one of the few people that didn't actually like The Hurt Locker. I didn't fully understand why the director/writer decided to abandon the body bomb sub plot midway through the movie. I really wanted the main character to have continued his pursuit of killer of that little boy.
Here's my favorite summer movies.

5. Orphan
4. Up
3. Moon
2. Drag Me To Hell
1. Star Trek

I'm one of the few people that didn't actually like The Hurt Locker. I didn't fully understand why the director/writer decided to abandon the body bomb sub plot midway through the movie. I really wanted the main character to have continued his pursuit of killer of that little boy.
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7:33PM on 08/30/2009
i always find it bizarre that everytime a QT movie comes out, people practically fall asleep watching it, and then after they see it everyone is like "wasn't it fucking awesome man?!" and slowly you convince yourself it was awesome. seriously, inglorious basterds has several great scenes, the rest is utterly boring and drawn out.
i always find it bizarre that everytime a QT movie comes out, people practically fall asleep watching it, and then after they see it everyone is like "wasn't it fucking awesome man?!" and slowly you convince yourself it was awesome. seriously, inglorious basterds has several great scenes, the rest is utterly boring and drawn out.
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3:55PM on 08/30/2009
5) Drag Me To Hell
4) District 9
3) Star Trek
2) Up
1) Inglorious Basterds
Honorable Mention: Harry Potter 6

Have yet to see The Hurt Locker, Moon, and 500 Days of Summer
5) Drag Me To Hell
4) District 9
3) Star Trek
2) Up
1) Inglorious Basterds
Honorable Mention: Harry Potter 6

Have yet to see The Hurt Locker, Moon, and 500 Days of Summer
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3:53PM on 08/30/2009
5 Away We Go
4 Star Trek
3 (500) Days of Summer
2 Inglorious Basterds
1 Harry Potter and the HBP
5 Away We Go
4 Star Trek
3 (500) Days of Summer
2 Inglorious Basterds
1 Harry Potter and the HBP
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3:07PM on 08/30/2009

Most Anticipated summer movies of 2010

5. Iron Man 2
4. Robin Hood
3. Grown Ups
2. A-Team
1. Toy Story 3
5. Iron Man 2
4. Robin Hood
3. Grown Ups
2. A-Team
1. Toy Story 3
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3:00PM on 08/30/2009
5) The Hangover
4) The Hurt Locker
3) Star Trek
2) District 9
1) Moon
5) The Hangover
4) The Hurt Locker
3) Star Trek
2) District 9
1) Moon
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2:28PM on 08/30/2009
1) The Hurt Locker
2) Moon
3) Up
3) District 9 / Inglorious Basterds
5) Humpday / Funny People (minus the last 45 minutes of Leslie Mann)

HONORABLE MENTION: Away We Go, Drag Me to Hell, Public Enemies
1) The Hurt Locker
2) Moon
3) Up
3) District 9 / Inglorious Basterds
5) Humpday / Funny People (minus the last 45 minutes of Leslie Mann)

HONORABLE MENTION: Away We Go, Drag Me to Hell, Public Enemies
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2:57PM on 08/30/2009
I'm glad that you appreciated Funny People. That movie kind of felt forgotten
I'm glad that you appreciated Funny People. That movie kind of felt forgotten
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2:09PM on 08/30/2009
5)Star Trek
4)Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen (idc what anyone says i enjoyed that movie)
3) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
2) District 9
1) Inglourious Basterds

If this list would have been my top 10 it would have had: Up, The Hangover, The Hurt Locker, GI Joe, and Terminator Salvation
5)Star Trek
4)Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen (idc what anyone says i enjoyed that movie)
3) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
2) District 9
1) Inglourious Basterds

If this list would have been my top 10 it would have had: Up, The Hangover, The Hurt Locker, GI Joe, and Terminator Salvation
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12:51PM on 08/30/2009
My Top Five

5.) The Hurt Locker
4.) Star Trek
3.) Up
2.) District 9
1.) Inglourious Basterds

Honorable Mentions: Drag Me to Hell, The Hangover, Public Enemies

Still need to see Moon
My Top Five

5.) The Hurt Locker
4.) Star Trek
3.) Up
2.) District 9
1.) Inglourious Basterds

Honorable Mentions: Drag Me to Hell, The Hangover, Public Enemies

Still need to see Moon
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12:50PM on 08/30/2009

Best Of Summer 09

3) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
2) The Hangover
1) Inglorious Basterds

I don't get all the high praise for District 9... i was so pumped for the movie and saw it at midnight, and was kinda disappointed... dont get me wrong i enjoyed the movie and the fx were awesome, but i just dont see it as one of the best movies to come out recently... on the other side i cant remember a time i had as much fun as i did when i went to see basterds on opening night... and i've watched the
3) Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
2) The Hangover
1) Inglorious Basterds

I don't get all the high praise for District 9... i was so pumped for the movie and saw it at midnight, and was kinda disappointed... dont get me wrong i enjoyed the movie and the fx were awesome, but i just dont see it as one of the best movies to come out recently... on the other side i cant remember a time i had as much fun as i did when i went to see basterds on opening night... and i've watched the hangover probably close to 10 times this summer
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12:45PM on 08/30/2009
1.) District 9
2.) Star Trek
3.) The Hurt Locker
4.) Inglourious Basterds/Public Enemies
5.) The Hangover

I'm rather ashamed to say that I missed Up. And I haven't been able to see Moon or 500 Days of Summer, sadly. Wider release, please?
1.) District 9
2.) Star Trek
3.) The Hurt Locker
4.) Inglourious Basterds/Public Enemies
5.) The Hangover

I'm rather ashamed to say that I missed Up. And I haven't been able to see Moon or 500 Days of Summer, sadly. Wider release, please?
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11:25AM on 08/30/2009

Top 5

1.District 9
2.The Hangover
3.Inglourious Basterds
4.Transformers 2
5.Star Trek
1.District 9
2.The Hangover
3.Inglourious Basterds
4.Transformers 2
5.Star Trek
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11:09AM on 08/30/2009

My Top 5

1) District 9
2)Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
3)Terminator: Salvation
4)Star Trek
5)Up
1) District 9
2)Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
3)Terminator: Salvation
4)Star Trek
5)Up
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8:51AM on 08/30/2009
1.District 9
2.The Hangover
3.The Hurt Locker
4.Star Trek
5.Up
1.District 9
2.The Hangover
3.The Hurt Locker
4.Star Trek
5.Up
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8:37AM on 08/30/2009

Mostly good lists, but..........

Drag Me to Hell and Inglorius Basterds SUCKED! I cannot belive the amount of praise these flicks are getting. I like QT and Raimi too, but these movies were just not good at all.
Drag Me to Hell and Inglorius Basterds SUCKED! I cannot belive the amount of praise these flicks are getting. I like QT and Raimi too, but these movies were just not good at all.
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7:07AM on 08/30/2009
My Top 5 of the summer:

1. Up
2. My Sister's Keeper
3. Terminator Salvation
4. District 9
5. Ghosts of Girlfriend's Past

Runner-ups: Public Enemies, The Hurt Locker, Star Trek, The Answer Man and The Ugly Truth.

A pretty good summer IMO.
My Top 5 of the summer:

1. Up
2. My Sister's Keeper
3. Terminator Salvation
4. District 9
5. Ghosts of Girlfriend's Past

Runner-ups: Public Enemies, The Hurt Locker, Star Trek, The Answer Man and The Ugly Truth.

A pretty good summer IMO.
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1:27AM on 08/30/2009
5. Drag Me To Hell
4. Moon
3. Inglorious Basterds
2. (500) Days of Summer
1. Star Trek
5. Drag Me To Hell
4. Moon
3. Inglorious Basterds
2. (500) Days of Summer
1. Star Trek
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12:30AM on 08/30/2009
5.The Hangover
4.Inglorious Basterds
3.The Hurt Locker
2.District 9
1.Star Trek
5.The Hangover
4.Inglorious Basterds
3.The Hurt Locker
2.District 9
1.Star Trek
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11:34PM on 08/29/2009

1. Star Trek
2. Inglorious Basterds
3. District 9
4. The Hangover
5. UP

1. Star Trek
2. Inglorious Basterds
3. District 9
4. The Hangover
5. UP
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11:15PM on 08/29/2009

My Top 5

1. Inglourious Basterds
2.(Tie)In the Loop
2.(Tie) The Hangover
4. Star Trek
5. G.I. Joe

In the Loop was the funniest satire I have seen since Doctor Strangelove.
1. Inglourious Basterds
2.(Tie)In the Loop
2.(Tie) The Hangover
4. Star Trek
5. G.I. Joe

In the Loop was the funniest satire I have seen since Doctor Strangelove.
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10:54PM on 08/29/2009

My favorites

1. Inglourious Basterds
2. The Hangover
3. Up
4. Star Trek
5. G.I. Joe

Overrated = The Hurt Locker/ District 9/ Harry Potter
1. Inglourious Basterds
2. The Hangover
3. Up
4. Star Trek
5. G.I. Joe

Overrated = The Hurt Locker/ District 9/ Harry Potter
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9:29PM on 08/29/2009

Tough to pick just 5 but here we go:

1) Up
2) District 9
3) Moon
4) Harry Potter HBP
5) Inglourious Basterds
Tied for 6th: Star Trek, Ponyo, Drag Me To Hell, In The Loop
need to see: The Hurt Locker
1) Up
2) District 9
3) Moon
4) Harry Potter HBP
5) Inglourious Basterds
Tied for 6th: Star Trek, Ponyo, Drag Me To Hell, In The Loop
need to see: The Hurt Locker
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8:37PM on 08/29/2009

Mike Sampson: District 9

I TOTALLY Agree with him suggesting that District 9 is his number 2 pick. Although I am tempted to say number 1 as it was that good. However, I'd love to see a SMART trilogy or atleast sequel to the movie. I will admit that generally I am the one who says keep the movie the way it is with no sequel but in this case I'd really make an exception. :)
I TOTALLY Agree with him suggesting that District 9 is his number 2 pick. Although I am tempted to say number 1 as it was that good. However, I'd love to see a SMART trilogy or atleast sequel to the movie. I will admit that generally I am the one who says keep the movie the way it is with no sequel but in this case I'd really make an exception. :)
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8:36PM on 08/29/2009
5)Up
4)Star Trek
3)The Hurt Locker
2)500 Days of Summer
1)Inglourious Basterds/ District 9
5)Up
4)Star Trek
3)The Hurt Locker
2)500 Days of Summer
1)Inglourious Basterds/ District 9
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8:02PM on 08/29/2009

Noice

1) Up
2) Inglourious Basterds
3) District 9
4) Star Trek
5) Drag Me to Hell

Up is not only this year's best, it's Pixar's best, and maybe one of the best films ever made. My #'s 2-4 are really interchangeable spot-wise... I love all three. And I'd probably put watchmen at #5, if one would consider that a "summer movie". Still haven't seen Hangover.
1) Up
2) Inglourious Basterds
3) District 9
4) Star Trek
5) Drag Me to Hell

Up is not only this year's best, it's Pixar's best, and maybe one of the best films ever made. My #'s 2-4 are really interchangeable spot-wise... I love all three. And I'd probably put watchmen at #5, if one would consider that a "summer movie". Still haven't seen Hangover.
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7:28PM on 08/29/2009
Not one mention of 'The Hangover'?
Not one mention of 'The Hangover'?
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6:55PM on 08/29/2009

TOP FIVE:

5. Bruno
4. Thirst
3. Star Trek
2. District 9
1. Inglorious Basterds

Don't get me wrong. Up is great. But not Pixar's best, I don't really understand all the praise. Did anyone on this site see Thirst? Best vampire flick since Let The Right One In. I hope Michael Bay doesn't let me down again, like he did this summer.
5. Bruno
4. Thirst
3. Star Trek
2. District 9
1. Inglorious Basterds

Don't get me wrong. Up is great. But not Pixar's best, I don't really understand all the praise. Did anyone on this site see Thirst? Best vampire flick since Let The Right One In. I hope Michael Bay doesn't let me down again, like he did this summer.
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8:42PM on 08/29/2009
Up made me cry and NOTHING EVER does that. :) And Twilight made me hate vampires...just kidding, but really. No fangs?
Up made me cry and NOTHING EVER does that. :) And Twilight made me hate vampires...just kidding, but really. No fangs?
6:38PM on 08/29/2009

My summer

5.The Hangover
4.Star Trek
3.The Hurt Locker
2.District 9
1.Inglorius Basterds
5.The Hangover
4.Star Trek
3.The Hurt Locker
2.District 9
1.Inglorius Basterds
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4:23PM on 08/29/2009

My "Summer"y of Summer

Summer was great but not for the reasons that you would think.

First we started off with Wolverine (A movie that we ALL saw weeks before it came out). It turned out to be pretty shitty. Then we got to J.J Abram's apology letter for the Star Wars Prequels with Star Trek, redeeming everything shitty and boring about the franchise. Mcg gave us Blue balls with Terminator: Box Office Whore. And two two greats, Drag Me to Hell( made me shit and piss my pants at the same time) and Up (made me cry
Summer was great but not for the reasons that you would think.

First we started off with Wolverine (A movie that we ALL saw weeks before it came out). It turned out to be pretty shitty. Then we got to J.J Abram's apology letter for the Star Wars Prequels with Star Trek, redeeming everything shitty and boring about the franchise. Mcg gave us Blue balls with Terminator: Box Office Whore. And two two greats, Drag Me to Hell( made me shit and piss my pants at the same time) and Up (made me cry like a virgin).

Then We get to the shittiest Month of all, June. We got Will Ferrel being a Jackass in front of a green screen in Land of The lost. We got to see a Mclovin cameo in a land before time dipshit comedy in Year One. We saw John Travolta looking like one of the Village people in Pelham 123. And last but not least we saw the ubershit of shit in Transformers 2. What can I say that hasn't already been said? Oh wait "HOW THE FUCK WAS THAT GIRL A TRANSFORMER!!!?" But I digress, not all was bad, we at least saw James Cameron's hot ex wife do The Hurt Locker which was fucking amazing. I hope it's an Oscar Contender and that it shuns Avatar to death

July wasn't as bad as June but nevertheless, still shitty. On the funny side we saw Bruno pour champagnme out of a guy's asshole in Bruno. We saw be kind rewind version of Goodfellas with Public enemies. We saw Richard Gere's butt buddies in G-Force. We saw Daniel Radcliffe keep pretending he's not gay in HP 6, and we saw the most succesful animated movie of all time... Ice Age 3?

But I assure you August was the bees knees. District 9 kicked all sorts of ass in that movie,Inglorious Basterds made me love subtitles and David Bowie, and GI Joe proved to be... not entirely awful. This summer was great because the movies that you didn't expect to be good actually were and they kicked the high expectation movie's asses with a fucking bat.


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2:19PM on 08/29/2009

What the Hell?

I'm glad to see some of you are giving props to Drag Me to Hell. Definitely one of my faves from this summer. Just a fucking great movie-going experience, bar none, though I DO regret not seeing "Up"...

5. Moon
4. Star Trek
3. District 9
2. Drag Me to Hell
1. Inglourious Basterds
I'm glad to see some of you are giving props to Drag Me to Hell. Definitely one of my faves from this summer. Just a fucking great movie-going experience, bar none, though I DO regret not seeing "Up"...

5. Moon
4. Star Trek
3. District 9
2. Drag Me to Hell
1. Inglourious Basterds
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2:11PM on 08/29/2009
1. Inglourious Basterds
2. Moon
3. District 9
4. Star Trek
5. The Hangover
1. Inglourious Basterds
2. Moon
3. District 9
4. Star Trek
5. The Hangover
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2:00PM on 08/29/2009
Not one mention of 'The Hangover'?
Not one mention of 'The Hangover'?
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1:57PM on 08/29/2009
5: The Hurt Locker
4: Antichrist
3: Up
2: District 9
1: Inglorious Basterds
5: The Hurt Locker
4: Antichrist
3: Up
2: District 9
1: Inglorious Basterds
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1:52PM on 08/29/2009
5: The Hurt Locker
4: Antichrist
3: Up
2: District 9
1: Inglorious Basterds
5: The Hurt Locker
4: Antichrist
3: Up
2: District 9
1: Inglorious Basterds
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12:53PM on 08/29/2009
Mine Is:

1. Drag Me to Hell
2. The Hurt Locker
3. Star Trek
4. District 9
5. Inglourious Basterds
Mine Is:

1. Drag Me to Hell
2. The Hurt Locker
3. Star Trek
4. District 9
5. Inglourious Basterds
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12:09PM on 08/29/2009

Hurt Locker

Why are you blaming us for not seeing Hurt Locker? Why don't you blame the studio for not advertising it. I wouldn't know what it was if it wasn't for you guys reviewing it. I mean, it just came to my towns theater last week. I plan on seeing it, but don't blame the audience for not showing up to a movie that I bet 90% of America hasn't heard of.
Why are you blaming us for not seeing Hurt Locker? Why don't you blame the studio for not advertising it. I wouldn't know what it was if it wasn't for you guys reviewing it. I mean, it just came to my towns theater last week. I plan on seeing it, but don't blame the audience for not showing up to a movie that I bet 90% of America hasn't heard of.
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12:15PM on 08/30/2009
As someone who is supposed to like movies, you are also supposed to be aware of what is coming out, big release or not ...
As someone who is supposed to like movies, you are also supposed to be aware of what is coming out, big release or not ...
11:15AM on 08/29/2009
hah kinda figured all of the lists would be similar seeing as there were only 6 or 7 good movies this summer. All of the good ones were so good it's kinda hard to place them in a specific spot!! But here goes!

5. Up
4. Star Trek
3.(500) Days of Summer
2. Inglourious Basterds
1. District 9
hah kinda figured all of the lists would be similar seeing as there were only 6 or 7 good movies this summer. All of the good ones were so good it's kinda hard to place them in a specific spot!! But here goes!

5. Up
4. Star Trek
3.(500) Days of Summer
2. Inglourious Basterds
1. District 9
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9:47AM on 08/29/2009
I'm still waiting to see 'G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra,' 'District 9,' and 'Inglorious Basterds' before I say what's in my top five.
I'm still waiting to see 'G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra,' 'District 9,' and 'Inglorious Basterds' before I say what's in my top five.
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4:14AM on 08/29/2009

yes!

Jenna Busch - excellent honorable mention on the watchmen director's cut! It's like a completely different movie then the theater version and twice as good! I've had OCD with that dvd since I got it and with good reason!

Only movies I can remember actually enjoying this summer were Star Trek, The Hangover and District 9. Transformers 2 wasn't bad but in a "I don't have to use my brain" type of way. Havent seen basterds or Hurt locker yet, but definitely will.
Jenna Busch - excellent honorable mention on the watchmen director's cut! It's like a completely different movie then the theater version and twice as good! I've had OCD with that dvd since I got it and with good reason!

Only movies I can remember actually enjoying this summer were Star Trek, The Hangover and District 9. Transformers 2 wasn't bad but in a "I don't have to use my brain" type of way. Havent seen basterds or Hurt locker yet, but definitely will.
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8:44PM on 08/29/2009
I'm glad you agree. :) It really blew my mind. I wouldn't have gotten all those death threats if THAT was what they showed in the theater.
I'm glad you agree. :) It really blew my mind. I wouldn't have gotten all those death threats if THAT was what they showed in the theater.
2:12AM on 08/29/2009

(500) Days of Summer

Good lists, but my favorite movie of the summer (and the year...so far) is easily "500 Days of Summer". The movie was incredible, everything from the cast down to the music and setting. Just a really "honest" movie about love, life, and loss. Can't wait for the dvd.
Good lists, but my favorite movie of the summer (and the year...so far) is easily "500 Days of Summer". The movie was incredible, everything from the cast down to the music and setting. Just a really "honest" movie about love, life, and loss. Can't wait for the dvd.
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2:10AM on 08/29/2009
Good lists, but my favorite movie of the summer (and the year...so far) is easily "500 Days of Summer". The movie was incredible, everything was perfect to the cast down to the music and setting. Just a really "honest" movie about love, life, and loss. Can't wait for the dvd.
Good lists, but my favorite movie of the summer (and the year...so far) is easily "500 Days of Summer". The movie was incredible, everything was perfect to the cast down to the music and setting. Just a really "honest" movie about love, life, and loss. Can't wait for the dvd.
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1:19AM on 08/29/2009

Great Lists

Okay, so I don't agree with all of them, but that's the point, right? However, I was impressed that everyone here called out my fave of the summer: Disney/Pixar's Up. That is such an incredible flick, even for Pixar.

And as for HP6, I agree the last sequence with Snape could have been better handled, but that was my only quibble with a fine adaptation. Yates did a great job.
Okay, so I don't agree with all of them, but that's the point, right? However, I was impressed that everyone here called out my fave of the summer: Disney/Pixar's Up. That is such an incredible flick, even for Pixar.

And as for HP6, I agree the last sequence with Snape could have been better handled, but that was my only quibble with a fine adaptation. Yates did a great job.
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1:19AM on 08/29/2009

What the hell "Inglourious Basterds?" why ?

I cannot understand what the fuss is about "Inglourious Basterds" it's mediocre w/a couple great performances. Nevermind it's about as historically accurate as we landing on the moon 500 years ago. Yes I know it's not supposed to be, but c'mon. Want to see a truly good film, See "Downfall." I usually understand why people love certain films, but man I'm completely lost why everyone is loving "Basterds."
I cannot understand what the fuss is about "Inglourious Basterds" it's mediocre w/a couple great performances. Nevermind it's about as historically accurate as we landing on the moon 500 years ago. Yes I know it's not supposed to be, but c'mon. Want to see a truly good film, See "Downfall." I usually understand why people love certain films, but man I'm completely lost why everyone is loving "Basterds."
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8:41AM on 08/29/2009
You are right. You dont understand. Your arguments about Basterds are irrelevant.
You are right. You dont understand. Your arguments about Basterds are irrelevant.
11:17AM on 08/29/2009
Hey, different people have different opinions. That is why some people love Basterds. So stop trying to argue against it, no one is gonna change their mind because of your incessant attempt to bash it.
Hey, different people have different opinions. That is why some people love Basterds. So stop trying to argue against it, no one is gonna change their mind because of your incessant attempt to bash it.
1:09AM on 08/29/2009

Finally...

saw a "summer movie". So now, at this time, Drag Me To Hell is my fave flick of the summer. :)
saw a "summer movie". So now, at this time, Drag Me To Hell is my fave flick of the summer. :)
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12:22AM on 08/29/2009
This was a good year for intelligent summer movies.
my list
1. Inglorious Basterds
2. District 9
3. The Hurt Locker
4. Everything else...
This was a good year for intelligent summer movies.
my list
1. Inglorious Basterds
2. District 9
3. The Hurt Locker
4. Everything else...
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10:00PM on 08/28/2009
I like the lists, but Moon would definitely have a spot on my list.

Inglourious Basterds
Moon
Star Trek
(500) Days of Summer
The Hurt Locker
I like the lists, but Moon would definitely have a spot on my list.

Inglourious Basterds
Moon
Star Trek
(500) Days of Summer
The Hurt Locker
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9:39PM on 08/28/2009

MY TOP FIVE

STAR TREK
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
THE HANGOVER
DISTRICT 9
HARRY POTTER & THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE
STAR TREK
INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS
THE HANGOVER
DISTRICT 9
HARRY POTTER & THE HALF BLOOD PRINCE
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7:48PM on 08/28/2009

Balboa6

So you're gonna sit there with a straight face and tell me that starting the movie with a pointless subway scene where we learn that girls think Harry is hot is a better way to open the movie than Dumbeldore going to the Dursley's to pick Harry up?

You're gonna tell me that "who's in love with who?" and "will Ron and Hermione ever hook up?" is more important than learning about the origins of Voldemort?

You really think it was a good idea to cut Dumbeldore's funeral so we could have a
So you're gonna sit there with a straight face and tell me that starting the movie with a pointless subway scene where we learn that girls think Harry is hot is a better way to open the movie than Dumbeldore going to the Dursley's to pick Harry up?

You're gonna tell me that "who's in love with who?" and "will Ron and Hermione ever hook up?" is more important than learning about the origins of Voldemort?

You really think it was a good idea to cut Dumbeldore's funeral so we could have a FREAKING POINTLESS scene where some death eaters burn down the Weasley's house? What did that scene do for the story? Nothing! It served no purpose at all whatsoever.

And who are you to say that "the vast majority of those who read the book" think Yates' adaptation was spot on? What a ridiculous claim. You can't possibly know that. Nobody can.

I'd be willing to bet my life savings that Rowling is furious with the movie.

And I'm sorry, but Lord of the Rings was written a long time ago and it shows. The story is amazing, but to make it work on film it had to be cut up and changed the way it was.

Again, I'm not complaining about Yates making cuts. I'm complaining about what he CHOSE to cut, CHOSE to leave in, and CHOSE to add.

For someone who hasn't read the books, Half Blood Prince is a great flick. But that's all Rowling's doing. She gave Yates so much to work with. The tragedy is in what the movie COULD have been.
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7:09PM on 08/28/2009
ccapel, the vast majority of those who read the book, think David Yates' adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was spot on. Nothing crucial was taken out. What cracks me up about people like you is you nitpick the Harry Potter adaptations to no end and then praise the Lord of the Rings trilogy. What a fucking joke. I love both Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, but the LOTR adaptations were highly inferior to those of the HP series. The changes, cuts, etc made to LOTR were
ccapel, the vast majority of those who read the book, think David Yates' adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince was spot on. Nothing crucial was taken out. What cracks me up about people like you is you nitpick the Harry Potter adaptations to no end and then praise the Lord of the Rings trilogy. What a fucking joke. I love both Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings, but the LOTR adaptations were highly inferior to those of the HP series. The changes, cuts, etc made to LOTR were absolutely staggering.
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7:08PM on 08/28/2009

Skellington...

Have you read the books? If not, this conversation is pointless.

Spare me the "No movie is going to be as good as the book! You have to leave stuff out! LOL!" bullcrap.

David Yates took arguably the best book in the series and cut out everything that made it so great. Not only did he make "awkward teenage love" the centerpiece of the film, but he added his own terribly written, pointless scenes.

And if that weren't enough, he completely ruined Snape's big reveal at the end before he
Have you read the books? If not, this conversation is pointless.

Spare me the "No movie is going to be as good as the book! You have to leave stuff out! LOL!" bullcrap.

David Yates took arguably the best book in the series and cut out everything that made it so great. Not only did he make "awkward teenage love" the centerpiece of the film, but he added his own terribly written, pointless scenes.

And if that weren't enough, he completely ruined Snape's big reveal at the end before he kills Dumbledore. (note: if you haven't seen the movie don't read the previous sentence.)

Half Blood Prince could easily have been considered for a "Best Picture" Oscar in the hands of a competent director.

David Yates is an idiot. Such a travesty that the meathead gets paid millions to ruin an entire movie franchise.
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8:25PM on 08/28/2009
I havent read the book, cause I dont care about the book.

BUT, I dont need to have read them to tell you that ADAPTATION doesnt mean TRANSLATION. You want me to repeat or you'll keep babbling until you cry because a movie didnt satisfy your vision of a book, but obviously satisfied a lot of people who have read the book.
I havent read the book, cause I dont care about the book.

BUT, I dont need to have read them to tell you that ADAPTATION doesnt mean TRANSLATION. You want me to repeat or you'll keep babbling until you cry because a movie didnt satisfy your vision of a book, but obviously satisfied a lot of people who have read the book.
7:03PM on 08/28/2009

No love for hangover?

The Hangover was my favorite movie of the summer so far. so many good quotes in that movie i don't know how you can not show love for that movie. Oh look Fat Jesus.
The Hangover was my favorite movie of the summer so far. so many good quotes in that movie i don't know how you can not show love for that movie. Oh look Fat Jesus.
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5:51PM on 08/28/2009
No Hangover or 500 days of summer love...ouch
No Hangover or 500 days of summer love...ouch
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5:38PM on 08/28/2009
Jenna Busch, I officially have no respect for your opinion.

I can understand liking HP6 if you haven't read the books, but any self-respecting reader should be able to see how thoroughly Yates f**ked up that movie.

In fact, I can't think of a worse book-to-movie translation. Yates is up there with George Lucas in terms of incompetence. The guy should be bagging groceries, not making movies.

Note to self: When Jenna Busch makes a suggestion, do the complete opposite.
Jenna Busch, I officially have no respect for your opinion.

I can understand liking HP6 if you haven't read the books, but any self-respecting reader should be able to see how thoroughly Yates f**ked up that movie.

In fact, I can't think of a worse book-to-movie translation. Yates is up there with George Lucas in terms of incompetence. The guy should be bagging groceries, not making movies.

Note to self: When Jenna Busch makes a suggestion, do the complete opposite.
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5:51PM on 08/28/2009
You are aware that the word ADAPTATION doesnt mean TRANSLATION right ?
You are aware that the word ADAPTATION doesnt mean TRANSLATION right ?
9:01PM on 08/28/2009
Well, you certainly don't have to agree with me. That's why we have ALL the lists up. I loved it, but I understand why someone who wants a translation doesn't. No harm, no foul.

And I do actually have a suggestion for you...
Well, you certainly don't have to agree with me. That's why we have ALL the lists up. I loved it, but I understand why someone who wants a translation doesn't. No harm, no foul.

And I do actually have a suggestion for you...
5:26PM on 08/28/2009
Any list with Transformers 2 has no credibility.

TOP 3
(500) Days of Summer
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek

Seeing The Hurt Locker tonight.
Havent seen Up and Moon yet.
Any list with Transformers 2 has no credibility.

TOP 3
(500) Days of Summer
Inglourious Basterds
Star Trek

Seeing The Hurt Locker tonight.
Havent seen Up and Moon yet.
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9:02PM on 08/28/2009
Hey Skellington...I actually put Transformers 2 on as a joke. :) The real listing was Watchmen: Director's Cut.
Hey Skellington...I actually put Transformers 2 on as a joke. :) The real listing was Watchmen: Director's Cut.
10:16PM on 08/28/2009
I know you put TF2 there as a joke, which is why my comment wasnt regarding your list, but rather some other dudes's who commented before me.
I know you put TF2 there as a joke, which is why my comment wasnt regarding your list, but rather some other dudes's who commented before me.
8:46PM on 08/29/2009
Skellington-Gotcha. :) This is what I get for reading comments after a glass of wine.
Skellington-Gotcha. :) This is what I get for reading comments after a glass of wine.
5:24PM on 08/28/2009
Yea, where is Moon on the joblo staff list?

for me? in no particular order, Star Trek, Moon, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds and District 9.
Yea, where is Moon on the joblo staff list?

for me? in no particular order, Star Trek, Moon, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds and District 9.
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5:12PM on 08/28/2009

Top 4 for Summer '09

HAVEN'T VIEWED - DRAG ME TO HELL- DISTRICT 9 OR FINAL DESTINATION 4 YET:
4.Public Enemies
3.Land Of The Lost (go ahead laugh! I liked it!)
2. Halloween 2
1. Star Trek
HAVEN'T VIEWED - DRAG ME TO HELL- DISTRICT 9 OR FINAL DESTINATION 4 YET:
4.Public Enemies
3.Land Of The Lost (go ahead laugh! I liked it!)
2. Halloween 2
1. Star Trek
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5:11PM on 08/28/2009
1.) Inglorious Basterds 2.)Star Trek 3.) Up 4.) Drag Me To Hell 5.) The Hangover
1.) Inglorious Basterds 2.)Star Trek 3.) Up 4.) Drag Me To Hell 5.) The Hangover
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5:10PM on 08/28/2009

Top 5

5. Adventureland
4. (500) Days of Summer
3. Funny People
2. The Hurt Locker
1. Inglourous Barsterds
5. Adventureland
4. (500) Days of Summer
3. Funny People
2. The Hurt Locker
1. Inglourous Barsterds
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5:02PM on 08/28/2009

Top 4

4) Transformers Revenge of The Fallen
3) Public Enemies
2) District 9
1) Star Trek
4) Transformers Revenge of The Fallen
3) Public Enemies
2) District 9
1) Star Trek
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5:02PM on 08/28/2009
UP is on everybodies list and I still have'nt seen it. I feel horrible.
UP is on everybodies list and I still have'nt seen it. I feel horrible.
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4:43PM on 08/28/2009

My Top

5) 500 days of summer
4) Inglorious Basterds
3) UP
2) Star Trek
1) District 9
5) 500 days of summer
4) Inglorious Basterds
3) UP
2) Star Trek
1) District 9
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4:33PM on 08/28/2009

My Top 5

Agree that this summer was weak. I was still able to find 5 I enjoyed (though I only enjoyed 8 overall, an all time low!).

Runners up: Moon, The Hangover, District 9

5. Bruno
4. Up
3. Hurt Locker
2. Star Trek
1. Inglourious Basterds
Agree that this summer was weak. I was still able to find 5 I enjoyed (though I only enjoyed 8 overall, an all time low!).

Runners up: Moon, The Hangover, District 9

5. Bruno
4. Up
3. Hurt Locker
2. Star Trek
1. Inglourious Basterds
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3:37PM on 08/28/2009

Top 5...

By far the weakest summer overall. Star Trek was ok, and UP was solid, but neither is Top 5 material in my book. Same goes for the rightfully absent THE HANGOVER. I haven't seen some potential gems such as MOON, 500 Days of Summer, and District 9, so I'm limited to a Top 2 for now...

1. Inglourious Basterds - Not only a great experience at the movies, but it sticks with you and gets better the more you think about it.

2. The Hurt Locker - Like Chris I saw this one almost a year ago at the
By far the weakest summer overall. Star Trek was ok, and UP was solid, but neither is Top 5 material in my book. Same goes for the rightfully absent THE HANGOVER. I haven't seen some potential gems such as MOON, 500 Days of Summer, and District 9, so I'm limited to a Top 2 for now...

1. Inglourious Basterds - Not only a great experience at the movies, but it sticks with you and gets better the more you think about it.

2. The Hurt Locker - Like Chris I saw this one almost a year ago at the FNC and it kicked ass. Great tension, great characters, great story.

A giant "fuck-you" goes out to people that not only supported but embraced films like WOLVERINE, TF2 and G.I.JOE. It's people like you that continue to justify the lazy creative process at all major studios. All of these movies would improve tenfold if you would just ignore and reject shitty product. That said, may the rest of your meals taste like fresh white-trash turds, if only to stay consistent with your incredibly low standards.
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11:08PM on 08/28/2009
Wat do you no about a good movie tf2 and G.I JOE are great movies inglourious basterds was way way to long could of cut 50 minutes of it
Wat do you no about a good movie tf2 and G.I JOE are great movies inglourious basterds was way way to long could of cut 50 minutes of it
3:07PM on 08/28/2009
Great picks for the most part (except Drag Me to Hell....OVER RATED!) but maybe the reason people didnt go see The Hurt Locker was because it was released in like, 10 screens. It was nowhere near me and I REALLY wanted to see it. Cant see movies that studios dont release wide.

Anyways, my top 5:
Bruno - SBC is genius
The Hangover - There's a reason it's the top grossing R rated comedy of all time.
Up: Pixar. Nuff said.
District 9: Holy crap.
Inglorious Basterds: QT makes yet again
Great picks for the most part (except Drag Me to Hell....OVER RATED!) but maybe the reason people didnt go see The Hurt Locker was because it was released in like, 10 screens. It was nowhere near me and I REALLY wanted to see it. Cant see movies that studios dont release wide.

Anyways, my top 5:
Bruno - SBC is genius
The Hangover - There's a reason it's the top grossing R rated comedy of all time.
Up: Pixar. Nuff said.
District 9: Holy crap.
Inglorious Basterds: QT makes yet again another of the "all time greats". Seriously, one of the best movies EVER.
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3:07PM on 08/28/2009
Apparently none of you guys saw Moon. Such a shame...

My top 5:

Star Trek, Moon, (500) Days of Summer, District 9, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS,
Apparently none of you guys saw Moon. Such a shame...

My top 5:

Star Trek, Moon, (500) Days of Summer, District 9, INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS,
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9:04PM on 08/28/2009
I actually LOVED Moon. Fantastic flick. It would be in my top ten. Duncan has great potential as a director and tons of talent. Looking forward to his next piece
I actually LOVED Moon. Fantastic flick. It would be in my top ten. Duncan has great potential as a director and tons of talent. Looking forward to his next piece
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2:51PM on 08/28/2009
REVENGE OF THE FALLEN WAS THE BEST 2009 MOVIE!!!!!!!!!
REVENGE OF THE FALLEN WAS THE BEST 2009 MOVIE!!!!!!!!!
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5:36PM on 08/28/2009
You're funny!
You're funny!
12:24PM on 08/28/2009
I would say that Star Trek and The Hurt Locker alone made this summer a classic one for movies. One film nailed the popcorn blockbuster awesomeness that we kill for in summer films. and the other absolutely floored me. for real, im gonna end up seeing hurt locker about 100 times like i have seen saving private ryan so many times.

now. Bring On Avatar!!!

also, i'm pretty excited to know that Star Trek 2 will be using the tech behind Avatar. A few years from now when all the movies being
I would say that Star Trek and The Hurt Locker alone made this summer a classic one for movies. One film nailed the popcorn blockbuster awesomeness that we kill for in summer films. and the other absolutely floored me. for real, im gonna end up seeing hurt locker about 100 times like i have seen saving private ryan so many times.

now. Bring On Avatar!!!

also, i'm pretty excited to know that Star Trek 2 will be using the tech behind Avatar. A few years from now when all the movies being planned to use the stuff pioneered by avatar come out, its going to be incredible for summer movies.
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11:38AM on 08/28/2009

Where the Fuck is...

THE HANGOVER! the best comedy of the summer and you guys show it now love, transformers over the hangover? Common, the hangover only made 260+ million dollars became highest grossing r-rated comedy of all time and none of you have it on your lists. Redonkulous
THE HANGOVER! the best comedy of the summer and you guys show it now love, transformers over the hangover? Common, the hangover only made 260+ million dollars became highest grossing r-rated comedy of all time and none of you have it on your lists. Redonkulous
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11:25AM on 08/28/2009
WHAT ABT 500 DAYS OF SUMMER IT SHOULD BE ON SOMEONES LIST!!!!!!!!!!!
WHAT ABT 500 DAYS OF SUMMER IT SHOULD BE ON SOMEONES LIST!!!!!!!!!!!
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