Friday, February 12, 2010

Top Movie Going Experiences for 1999-2009 Part II

Here's the continuation of my top movie-going experiences of the last 10 years.

  1. Casino Royale (2006) – I loved Pierce Brosnan’s run in the Bond franchise but like most people was ready for a new Bond. What made Casino Royale such an amazing movie going experience was three-fold. Daniel Craig, blonde hair or not, was amazing and owned James Bond from the first minute. Martin Campbell, who directed Goldeneye, created a believable universe for Craig’s Bond to play in. The third thing is the stunts. Some of the earlier movies of the late 90s and early 2000s relied too much on special effects, this movie’s effects were so clean and clever that if there was an cgi used it was so seamless that you don’t notice them. I remember sitting down in an empty theater with my older brother. I snuck in two Chipotle burritos in my big pocket jeans, and my brother bought the big gulp drinks and we feasted and were stuffed on action and pulled pork.
  2. Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003) – I loved the first two movies and decided to see the last one by myself and in a crowded theater. The movie was great… Definitely worthy of all the awards it got. The experience of every person in an audience marveled by what’s on the screen that they moved to a standing ovation is one I will never forget.
  3. 2012 (2009) – Ignoring my father’s complaints of Roland Emmerich having an anti-religious theme present throughout the movie I thought this movie was good plain fun. You forget about why the world is coming to an end when stuff starts falling apart at the seams. This movie sets the bar a few feet higher when it comes to the disaster movie genre.
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) – Now, there are some movie on here just for the quality of the movie, this movie movie is not a bad movie but what makes this sucha a good movie-going experience is the night I saw it. I ran into old friends at my old high school at the school’s musical and we decided to see the movie. It was a fun night and the moment Voldermort return little children gasp and my merry band of nerds cheered like it was Rocky Horror.
  5. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005) – The opinion of rereleased original trilogy and the lackluster reviews of Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones made almost every diehard Star Wars junk fear that this movie would make or break the franchise. The prospect of this movie doing irreparable harm to George Lucas and the franchise was more than enough reason for me to want to see it, but the moment the trailer was released I threw away all of those notions. It was an amazing turnaround. Amazing lightsaber duals, incredible visuals and a script that wasn’t terribly clichéd and it became my favorite Star Wars movie.

Dishonorable Mention

My Worst Movie-Going Experience of All Time

Good Luck Chuck (2007)

Let me set this story up for you. A group of classmate and I decided to see a movie over a weekend. At the time there were two big movies out in theaters that we were considering. One was Superbad. A few of us had seen it over the summer, one being me and I was all for seeing it again. The other movie was Good Luck Chuck. If you haven’t realized by now… I’m a bit of a movie buff, some would say movie snob [but I digress] and I knew that all of the talk about Good Luck Chuck was pretty bad. And they were right. I suggested we see Superbad but the majority ruled that we see Good Luck Chuck… what a terrible decision on their part. The premise was hackneyed, Dane Cook is cursed as a kid and every girl he sleeps with meets their true love after him so he makes a business out of it. There are multiple sex sequences, some bordering on cringe-worthy lengths. Some movies can be incredibly raunchy but still entertaining, there is nothing entertaining about Dane Cook sleeping with a big ugly fat woman, and seeing it in graphic detail. I felt so embarrassed, I was sitting next to a very cute girl from my class and next to her was one of my male friends from the class we kept looking at each other to see if we found it amusing. I almost got up and walked out. Raunchy for the sake of being raunchy is just sad. I wouldn’t wish seeing this movie on my worst enemy.

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