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Sarah's Cinema Musings: This Summer's Hits & Misses

August 3rd, 2009 9:52am EDT favorite Add to My News
The Ugly TruthOk, we are almost through the summer season of film, and I, for one, feel like I am trying to resuscitate an almost dead corpse. Sure, there were hits, good films, and technical blockbuster hits, but were they really great or just great within their summer context?

The Blockbusters


Just because a movie generates revenue at the box office does not necessarily translate into a successful well-loved film. X-Men Origins: Wolverine for instance, didn't exactly start the season off with a bang. Star Trek was loved by both fans and non-fans; something that was a bit of a worry before the release. Terminator Salvation was another flop. As were Land of the Lost and Year One. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen filled seats, mostly because there was not much else to see. Even people willing to shell out $10 a ticket came out saying they knew before sitting down that it was a poor popcorn film.

On the other end of the spectrum, there lies the sleeper blockbuster of the summer season: The Hangover. As mentioned in our Summer Preview article, this is the latest in the trend of the bro-com; the buddy entourage comedy. For those who really enjoyed the film, the sequel is in the works! Public Enemies was not necessarily a box office blockbuster but was a hit for those who were expecting a Heat-like film out of Michael Mann.

The Hangover

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The Children's Corner


Children's films are not what they used to be. This season is a great example, as audiences of all ages are flocking towards these well-crafted films. Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian was a resounding success, more than the other sequel out this summer, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Up, the saddest film since Bambi, was the second highest grossing Pixar film (the highest being Finding Nemo). Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince fizzled after making history in its first week. Once fan and filmgoer reviews came out, with a somewhat tepid response to the film, others were not inclined to go. G-Force managed to improve ticket sales, even though it is more of a solid renter film.

G-Force

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Obvious Duds


It doesn't take a rocket scientist, or Roger Ebert, to call the Code on these films. If you have seen them, than on behalf of the film industry, I apologize. They aren't worth description, so here is a quick list.

Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
Dance Flick
My Life in Ruins
The Taking of Pelham 123
Imagine That
The Proposal
I Love You Beth Cooper
The Ugly Truth

The Proposal

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Films to look forward to in August


Julie & Julia
Paper Heart
The Time Traveler's Wife
Inglourious Basterds
The Boat That Rocked

Julie & Julia

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How do you feel about the summer season of films so far? Let us know in the comments!

Sarah Lafferty
Story by Sarah Lafferty
Starpulse contributing writer

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