Saturday, August 22, 2009

Must-see films so far this summer

Here are my current recommendations based on the films I have seen so far this summer - and what a summer it's been, with some of the best movies ever in my opinion! I've listed them in their Thailand release date order, which is pretty much the same as the US release date order:

Star Trek - the best Star Trek ever, and for me that's saying something because I love all the different old Star Trek TV series and movies!

Terminator Salvation (a.k.a. Terminator 4) - the best Terminator since the original 1984 movie. And the 1991 first sequel. Basically, watch this one and those two, and forget about the third one.

Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian - more fun, and funnier, than the first one.

UP - Pixar are complete geniuses and they set the standard by which all other CG cartoon movies are rightly judged. Enough said.

Land of the Lost - don't believe any of the bad reviews, it's actually very funny and is obviously a parody, a fact that seems to have been missed by the so-called professional critics. Doh!

The Hangover - comedy as it should be, i.e. really funny.

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen - a fantastic non-stop mega mecha action movie, and now one of my favourite movies of all time! No brains required, just enjoy it for what it is. Jetfire's my name!

Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs - a slightly daft concept but a really good family movie.

Moon - sci-fi as it should be, i.e. clever, thought-provoking and totally believable.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - essential viewing, if only because it's part 6 of the utterly compelling saga.

Ponyo - a traditional cartoon fairy tale, Japanese style.

Inglourious Basterds - Tarantino. Pitt. Job done.

It's quite an eclectic list, I know, but I really enjoyed seeing each one of them, chiefly because they did what I require all movies to do for me - make me forget about real life and thoroughly entertain me. You can watch trailers for most of the above movies here:, and you can play free online games based on many of them here:

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