My 10 Must See Movies of Summer 2009

My earliest memories of the movies is sweating in the summer heat of Florida on vacation and walking into a air conditioned movie theater in front of a massive shopping mall to see the original Star Wars in 1977. From them on, the months of May through August meant summer movies… blockbusters… tent pole movies… big movies…

So without any more fanfare, here are my top ten movies for Summer 2009. What are yours?

Star Trek
While Wolverine might kick off the summer blockbuster season, I’m not making special plans to see it. On the other hand, I think Star Trek will not only be the better film, but a much better repeat performer. I’m pleased with just about everything I’ve seen of the J. J. Abrams’ version. I probably know too much about the story and what might happen, but I’ve been avoiding super spoilers.

Terminator Salvation
This is the movie everyone wanted to see after seeing the original Terminator – John Connor against Skynet. While there’s another robot movie later on, this one is sure to pack a punch. If I know too much about Star Trek, I know next to nothing about Terminator Salvation other than Christian Bale stars.

I have not always seen Pixar movies in the theater. I didn’t see Cars or Ratatouille, but loved them on DVD. I didn’t miss Wall-e in theaters and I don’t plan on missing Up either. The story of an old curmudgeon floating away on a house tied to balloons doesn’t sound like much and I’ve been underwhelmed by the previews, but I won’t pass it up.

I expect this movie will be an entry in next year’s Ebertfest. It’s a moody science fiction piece that’s more 2001 than Armageddon and that probably means a low box office. I’ve also read the flick is getting a seriously low release of just the coasts which seems like a shame. I like Sam Rockwell, but I am wondering how much the Kevin Spacey-voiced computer will annoy me.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
I thought the first Transformers movie was a big pile of shit. However, it made a shit load of money and a sequel was inevitable. I also admit the first movie did give us sexy Megan Fox and featured all kinds of action even if I could not follow who was who. I can only hope everyone learned what worked and what didn’t work in the first film and brought the goods this go-around.

Public Enemies
I admit this is probably the least of the ten I’m interested in seeing. This movie hasn’t quite made a splash yet with the average movie goer even though it stars Christian Bale and John Depp. The story of John Dillinger should be intriguing enough and with the star power, I hope it works.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
My daughter was rightfully pissed the release date to this film was moved, although to be fair I think she enjoyed the movie that took its place (Twilight) about as much as any 14 year old girl can. I know what happens because I’ve read the books and the snippets of scenes I’ve seen are knocking me out. I showed the latest trailer to my kiddo and she was seriously excited.

Funny People
I saw the trailer for this and believe it will be a big hit. Sandler plays a famous comedian who has a brush with death and reassess his life. With a cast that includes Seth Rogen and Eric Bana, I think this will match up well with the big tent pole flicks. It also looks a bit heavier than most of Sandler’s work and he’s a guy who I think can take it up a notch.

GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra
I’ve said this before, this movie looks like a reimagining of Megaforce… and I’m good with that. I’m betting long time fans will opt for repeat viewings of GI Joe: Resolute than watch this more than once. I’m expecting a turn your brain off at the door joyride.

Inglourious Basterds
I have the PDF script of this on my computer somewhere. I haven’t read it yet, but I don’t really have to. I know it’s going to be awesome. Tarantino knows how to film action and this film looks like a whole lot of action. The cast looks terrific and will nicely counter-balance the frothy emptiness of GI Joe.