Green Lantern

Green Lantern

Wow. They actually made a Green Lantern movie. I’m pretty biased about it – I enjoyed it. However, I can completely understand the criticism it received. It’s not a great movie, and since it didn’t do terribly well at the box office I wonder if we’ll ever see a sequel, but I’m glad I finally got to see the Green Lantern in action using his powers. Now that I’ve seen the Green Lantern movie, I have officially seen every movie I’ve ever wished to get made. Everything else from here on in is a bonus.

Cowboys & Aliens

Cowboys & Aliens

I can’t help but look at this film as the movie that was made by Jon Favreau instead of Iron Man 3, and on that criteria I’m left a little disappointed. It’s probably not remotely as simple as that, and taken on its own, Cowboys & Aliens is okay… but it’s nothing particular special and will likely be forgotten in a few months by anyone who watches it.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

The trailers for this movie made it look awful. However this movie is great. A big surprise to me, but this was probably the best film of the US Blockbuster Summer season this year. The nuanced performance of the CG ape is astoundingly good. It’s surprisingly smart, well paced and really interesting.

Portal 2

Portal 2

The original was a great puzzle game, and this one steps it up another notch. With a decent narrative this time it was good fun and a nice mind bending. The additional of the online co-op was the icing on the cake.

Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger

I never thought they would ever make a movie about Captain America. I never thought that his All-Americaness would resonate with the international audience. However, they made a movie all right, and yeah, it’s pretty good. A smart move setting it in World War 2, at least in the West, everyone liked the US back then so it’s less in your face seeing the Americana stuff. Chris Evans is surprisingly good playing Cap, and doing so completely differently to his Human Torch persona from Fantastic Four. A nice setup at the end for The Avengers movie too.