You know its the Summer when I get out to the theater four times in on month! Woo hoo!
First up was post-apocalyptic science fiction epic (?) OBLIVION starring Tom Cruise. I'm not a big fan of Cruise as a person- I find his Scientology belief system far too idiotic to take seriously- but as a film star I think he can be quite compelling. Such is the case here in which we watch him functioning as the male half of a couple in charge of overseeing a vast section of the ruined future Earth. The twist is that he is overseeing the final destruction of the planet's oceans for use as fuel to take the remaining humans to a new home. He seems content with his lot in life spending his last days on his home planet with his beloved wife (?) until we see that he has a secret little hideaway where he wallows in relics from the past. And his curiosity about the planet bound remnants of the alien species responsible for Earth's destruction might be dangerous to him and his lady.
A number of science fiction fans are lauding this as a true classic of the genre and although I think its very good I'm not sure it reaches that status. Its a very well produced movie and I was impressed on several levels but its not in the 2001, SOYLENT GREEN or GATTACA category of the best of the best.
OBLIVION (2013)- 8
IRON MAN 3 (2013)- 8
THE CURSE OF THE DOLL PEOPLE (1970)- 3 (English dub is a mess)
A DRAGONFLY FOR EACH CORPSE (1974)- 7 (rewatch)
AIR HAWKS (1935)- 6 (death ray/mad scientist melodrama)
KILMA - QUEEN OF THE JUNGLE (1975)- 6 (not bad jungle girl film with Naschy)
JOHN DIES AT THE END (2012)- 8 (very fun!)
TRESPASS (2012)- 4 (if I'd know this was directed by Joel Schumacher I would have avoided it)
THE FAST & THE FURIOUS 6 (2013)- 7 (silly but highly entertaining action outing)
TRACKMAN (2007)- 4 (Russian slasher)
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS (2013)- 5
DUNE (1984)- 6 (rewatch) (still just a Cliff Notes version)
THE RAID: REDEMPTION (2011)- 8 (great action film)FUTUREWORLD (1976)- 5 (rewatch) (Not terrible but not very good either)