My Summer at the Movies

Mike Dwyer

Mike Dwyer is a former writer and contributor at Ordinary Times.

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  1. Patrick Cahalan says:

    That’s the third “surprisingly good” review I’ve heard for Battleship.

    “Dude, you like movies that have no pretense of being anything except an excuse to have 2 hours of action on the screen… this is one of those movies”.Report

  2. Mike Dwyer says:

    It’s definitely a summer movie. Big, loud and full of explosions. Visually I thought it was great though and it was neat how they worked in the actual battleship part.Report

    • DensityDuck in reply to Mike Dwyer says:

      It was sort of a reverse of “Space Battleship Yamato”. Instead of all the untrained kids who are totally inexperienced but win through sheer force of spirit, the crafty old veterans who’ve seen it all go out and use the benefit of their experience to save our bacon.Report

  3. MikeSchilling says:

    I’ve only seen two so far this summer: Brave, which I liked, though not as much as I’d hoped to going in, and Moonrise Kingdom, which I loved.Report

  4. KatherineMW says:

    Interesting that all three comic book movies made your top five. I agree that they were among the best movies this summer. Also liked Brave (good, but not great – in other words, rather disappointing for a Pixar movie) and Prometheus (despite the loads of complaints about the themes and about character stupidity, I liked the actors, the acting, the visuals and the story. And the fact that a Christian main character was portrayed positively, which is vanishingly rare these days.)

    Is the list of top five movies in order? If it is – I too preferred Amazing Spider-Man to The Dark Knight Rises. I’m interested in your thoughts on it.

    Can you add links to what reviews you’ve done of the movies you saw?Report

    • Mike Dwyer in reply to KatherineMW says:


      Prometheus would be #6 for me and I almost bumped Dark Knight to put it on there. I thought it was visually amazing and I am excited about a sequel.

      Those were not in order (probably should be). If I rdered them it would be:

      The Bourne Legacy
      The Avengers
      Dark Knight

      I haven’t done any reviews other than a spoiler-free mention of The Avengers. I loved it but a lot of the genius there was the build-up through the other movies.Report

  5. Ryan Noonan says:

    Welp, I saw four of those – Avengers, Spider-Man, Batman, Prometheus. I thought Avengers was outstanding, Batman was very good, Spider-Man was perfectly acceptable, and Prometheus was awful in the way that makes me want to shout, “I can’t even-!”, and storm out of the room.

    I’ve also recently watched Young Adult and Hugo from last year. Young Adult was one of the strangest movies I’ve ever seen, and Hugo was one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.Report

    • KatherineMW in reply to Ryan Noonan says:

      You didn’t like Hugo? Tell me, how and when did you lose your soul?Report

      • Yeah, it was twee, stilted, and almost totally impersonal. It managed the bizarre feat of being cloyingly melodramatic and sterile at the same time. The main kid was insufferable. The movie took place in Paris and everyone had a British accent. It was steampunk, which is the most evil mongrel genre in all the world. I could go on for a while, as I think it was a spectacularly bad movie, but you get the point.

        The only thing I enjoyed about it was Sacha Baron Cohen, and even his gags were cartoony and predictable.Report

        • Kimmi in reply to Ryan Noonan says:

          Girl Genius makes a fair shot at making steampunk into something passable. Check it out!Report

          • DensityDuck in reply to Kimmi says:

            Mostly because Girl Genius steampunk is “ridiculously overpromising on what Victorian-era technology could achieve”–the “satire of cyberpunk”, which is how it started in the first plate–rather than “just glue some gears on it” fashion-movement steampunk.Report

    • George Turner in reply to Ryan Noonan says:

      I watched Young Adult and thought it was great, and not just because Charlize Theron shines playing a loser. The geek’s moonshine still was worth it, along with his Mos Eisley Reserve.Report

  6. ktward says:

    I SO appreciate this post.

    Given the nature of this blog, I feel a mite conflicted in saying that. With no small amount of embarrassment, I freely admit that I might be just as enamored of film as I am of politics: I mean, I like to think that my vote and my advocacy serve a greater purpose than do my bents in movie genre.

    Anyhoo, I’m a ridiculous fan of the Alien franchise ever since the release of Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece. Cameron’s Aliens put the nails in my fandom coffin.

    So admittedly, the fact that the Space Jockey back-story is [finally!] explored had me drooling for Prometheus without much critical discernment for whatever else it might have to offer: that Scott was back and that the film promised big exciting visuals were, for moi, just tasty icing on a cake I’ve been ready to eat for nearly two dang decades.

    I can’t be sure that P ever showed down here in the metro-San Juan area.
    But if it did, it was only for a teeny sliver of time. Doesn’t surprise me: Puerto Ricans aren’t, by and large, all that into sci-fi. That I couldn’t see it on a big ole panoramic screen is a bit disappointing, yes, but it won’t stop me from buying the DVD.

    Meanwhile, the rest on your list are now solidly on my RedBox list. It’s good to know they’re worthwhile yarns. (Prior to your post, Avengers and Spiderman were totally iffy for me, leaning more towards my Skip It list along with flicks like Green Lantern and Captain America.)Report

    • Burt Likko in reply to ktward says:

      This is a blog about culture. Politics is part of our culture. But so are movies and music. No reason at all to feel guilty about liking movies as much as politics.Report

      • ktward in reply to Burt Likko says:

        Mr. Likko, you’re kind to respond.
        Re my conflictedness, I probably should have mentioned something about my tongue being located in the neighborhood of my cheek . (Mastering conversational nuance online is a skill I’ve apparently not, well, mastered.)

        My initial point, inasmuch as I had one, is that ya’ll didn’t earn your chops thanks to insights on movies and music. (That may hurt to hear, but the truth hurts sometimes. Or so I hear.)Report