On our latest Flashback in Time Tour, we visit the year 2009, where Angels (and a few Demons) were roaming, the stars were trekking, a museum came alive at night and Reynolds and Bullock were proposing the funniest things! Everyone was feeling pretty Up courtesy of Hollywood’s pre-summer entertainment. Before “Transforming” to modern movie times, I hope you enjoy this trip back in Storytime…
Meg the Movie Buff Goes to Hollywood
2009 Early Summer Movie Guide
Originally Published in the Sun by the Sea May/June 2009 edition
Discovering Angels & Demons are more likely to display their soft side when surrounded by sapphire skies and sandy beaches, the Transformers: forgo Revenge of the Fallen and settle in for a long-overdue seaside break from combat. Finding the best road to Terminator Salvation involves salty air combined with movie-style popcorn, the comic book crusaders turned beach battlers formulate The Proposal to salvage an extended stay by the sea, with enough movies to last through springtime and beyond!
Before extending yourself to the nearest popcorn-filled movie theater, please check your local listings for release date changes.
The story of Captain Kirk, Spock (Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto) and the USS Enterprise crew begins before they took that bold Star Trek (opens May 8th) leading where no man (beach bum or bathing beauty) had boldly gone before.
The Da Vinci Code prequel finds symbologist Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) in Rome consorting with Angels & Demons (opens May 15th) alongside a striking Italian scientist (Ayelet Zurer) while trying to thwart a terrorist operation aimed at the Vatican (and wishing they’d chosen an educational lighthouse tour instead).
John Connor and Marcus Wright (Christian Bale, Sam Worthington) are in search of some Terminator Salvation (opens May 22nd) and some Waterpark relaxation as they fight to save civilization.
During a Night at the Museum: museum favorites Jedediah and Octavius (Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan), bored with endless rounds of nighttime miniature golf, are suddenly shipped off, resulting in a Battle of the Smithsonian (opens May 22nd) as security guard Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) once again rides to the rescue.
After spending a lifetime dreaming of traveling to South America, 78-year-old Carl (voice of Edward Asner) ties thousands of balloons to his home, lifting him high Up (opens May 29th), far above the highest Ferris Wheel, on a wild, animated adventure alongside an 8-year old stowaway (voice of Jordan Nagai).
A space-time vortex sucks up a scientist (Will Ferrell), his research assistant (Anna Friel) and an unusual survivalist (Danny McBride) into the Land of the Lost (opens June 5th) where they discover extraordinary creatures living their own Tilt-A-Whirl adventure. Inspired by the 1970s Saturday morning television show.
A businessman (Eddie Murphy) with a distressing career and no time for de-stressing Carousel rides learns to Imagine That (opens June 12th) the world is a happier place inside his daughter’s comforting make-believe world. Also stars Thomas Haden Church.
To prevent deportation, a Canadian publishing executive (Sandra Bullock) forces The Proposal (opens June 12th) on her mortified assistant (Ryan Reynolds), who’d much rather spend his days off surfing.
An oddball (Larry David) falls in love with a much-younger woman (Evan Rachel Woods) and tries dealing with Whatever Works (opens June 19th) as they attempt to blend their lives in their rollercoaster relationship.
The Transformers: (fight for) Revenge of the Fallen (opens June 26th) as they struggle to uphold humanity while discovering their mysterious beginnings and still finding time for several uplifting trips on the Sea Dragon. Stars Shia LeBeouf, Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel.
Enjoying a Star(ry) Trek through our sandy shores, our cast of shore-loving characters Imagine That a Night at the Museum spent watching an un-shore-like Battle of the Smithsonian results in a Sunsational journey, soaring way, way Up beyond the ocean-less Land of the Lost. After a brief stay, they eventually find their imaginative way and return to the sanctuary of their seaside movie theater. Sinking deep into their movie seats, they are reminded that Whatever Works in the land of light entertainment works best when combined with large doses of suntan lotion, dark Hollywood sunglasses and dazzling Wildwood sunshine!🍿🍿