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My Latest Obesession: Geek Movies of Summer 2011

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Geek Movies

This summer has been a geek’s dream in terms of movie selection. Every month, there was something out that fed my inner geek and kept me going to the movies. Usually there are only a handful of geek movies in the summer, but this year Hollywood collectively opened the floodgates and presented the public with a deluge (relatively speaking) of geek-centric movies (hooray!). Here’s a listing of what I saw this summer and what I loved about it:

What I Loved:

Thor: I confess, I’m a DC girl. I read X-Men and Spider-Man for a bit when I was younger, but I don’t really know much about the other characters in the Marvel firmament. I know about Thor as a Norse god, but that’s about it. This movie was so much fun, I saw it twice. I was completely enthralled with Asgard as a world – and kudos to Kenneth Branagh for directing this more as a Shakespearean drama, not a typical comic movie. I can’t wait to see Loki and Thor in the upcoming Avengers movie.

X-Men First Class: Two words: Michael Fassbender.

Transformers – Dark Side of the Moon: Hey, I love conspiracy theories about landing on the moon; it’s even better when it has to do with a cartoon I used to watch when I was little. I went into this just wanting to be entertained, as the second half of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen lost me for a bit. But I was pleasantly surprised by the ride that I was taken on (no pun intended). The franchise survives without Megan Fox, and Shia still runs around screaming for half of it. Good times.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II: I’ve already discussed my love of this film in a previous obsession, but it’s still worth mentioning. It was a very worthy conclusion to a much-beloved franchise.

Captain America: Just like Thor, Marvel is doing something very right with their origin stories, especially around the Avengers franchise. You can’t help but love Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) for his dedication and desire to defend his country against the Nazis. The recreation of the world of WWII through the lens of a comic book world was very successful. My only gripe was that Captain America wasn’t actually released during July 4th weekend (how did that happen?!). Regardless of it’s release date, I can’t wait to see what he’ll do in the modern world next year in The Avengers.

Attack the Block: This was my last Geek movie of the summer, and it was a great one to go out on.  A group of teens in south London have to defend their block from an alien invasion. Great music, great script, great dialogue and enough things that jump out at you during unexpected moments to get your heart going once you’ve had a really good laugh at the events unfolding. Go see this one!

What I Wanted to Love:

Green Lantern: I think I would have enjoyed this movie a lot more if it had happened earlier in the summer movie bonanza. After seeing Thor and X-Men: First Class, I started getting really nervous about this movie, since it didn’t look like it was going to be at the same level as those two in terms of story and character development. I’m a big Hal Jordan fan and a big Ryan Reynolds fan, but he wasn’t quite right for the role. As a DC and GL fan, I really, really wanted to believe in this movie, but it just didn’t have the heart I was looking for.

Cowboys and Aliens: On paper, this movie sounds perfect. Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford dressed up as Cowboys, fighting aliens. Who doesn’t want to see that? I didn’t hate this movie, I just really wanted it to be so much more. Parts of it were quite enjoyable, but as a whole, it fell a little flat.

What I Missed:

Super 8: Most of my geek friends saw Super 8 and they all absolutely loved it and told me to go see it, but I missed catching it on the big screen. I actually tried to watch it this weekend, so I could write about it for this column, but the only place in the Bay Area that still had it in theaters was down in Cupertino. Sorry, not going to happen. Netflix, you’re up!

Pirates of the Caribbean – On Stranger Tides: I loved the Pirates franchise when it started, but after the first two movies, I just lost interest.

Conan the Barbarian: Honestly, I didn’t really want to see this adaptation. There wasn’t much about it that really grabbed me and Schwarzenegger will always be Conan to me. I loved Game of Thrones, so the barbarian I will always picture Jason Momoa as will be Khal Drogo.

Until next week (and my next obsession)!

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