The lows and highs of 'the worst summer' for movies since 1997

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  • tholyoak Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 5, 2014 4:14 p.m.

    dogmanaut: with Disney owning Pixar, the movie being a sequel to an "official" Pixar movie, and John Lasseter being the guy in charge of the part of Disney that DisneyToon Studios falls under, I think we can safely call it a Pixar movie, even if it isn't technically. And what audience member isn't going to associate it with the Pixar movies it's related to? But it's kind of convenient for a film that doesn't do very well to not actually have the Pixar name on it.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 5, 2014 9:54 a.m.

    Article: "Maybe it’s finally time to get back to original ideas?"

    You are more likely to find originality if you wander away from the mall multiplexes and don't base viewing decisions on box office numbers. SLC is a great place to find thoughtful films if you know where to look.

    I was about to rail on the article for its total exclusion of indie fare from consideration, but in reviewing my viewing, the summer of 2014 may not be up to 2013 standards. 2013 gave us great docs like "20 Feet from Stardom" and "Blackfish", the fact-based drama "Fruitvale Station" and the exceptional "Blue Jasmine" and "In a World...". 2014 has "The Grand Budapest Hotel", the fine Polish "Ida", and the high concept "Boyhood". 2014 gave an an interesting juxtaposition of the conflict between faith and reason, approached in vastly different styles, in "Magic in the Moonlight" and "Calvary" (both still playing locally). This summer had some light but satisfying fare, like "Begin Again", "Chef", and "what If?", all refreshingly free of superheroes and CGI explosions. Don't know if 2014 was the worst since 1997, but it may not be as good as 2013.

  • dogmanaut OREM, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 10:56 p.m.

    @tholyoak -- Nope, "Planes: Fire & Rescue" is actually a DisneyToon Studios movie. That's the animation studio behind most of Disney's straight-to-DVD stuff like "Cinderella 3" and the Tinker Bell movies.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 5:26 p.m.

    the only reason I occasionally go to a movie is for an outing for my wife - she likes the popcorn and just getting to sit back and watch a movie - pretty much any movie. As far as the quality - Hollywood is basically a copy machine...the plots - the characters - the political correctness are all re-runs. Really poor excuse for entertainment in my opinion but I don't go for me.

  • tholyoak Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 4, 2014 5:00 p.m.

    Isn't Planes: Fire & Rescue a Pixar movie? Interestingly, it's the first Pixar movie my kids have not wanted to see, which goes right along with the theme of this article.

    On the other hand, you failed to mention How to Train Your Dragon 2, which my kids loved, and I have heard nothing but good from everyone else that has seen it.