By Lukas Eggen

Now that the summer movie season is all done and gone, I thought long and hard about what my favorite film of the summer was. This may not be a perfect list because I didn’t get the opportunity to see a lot of the independent films released, so this list will only include the major studio films.

Biggest surprise: World War Z. I am a huge fan of the book and, when compared to how compelling and the surprising amount of depth the book contains, the movie is a disappointment. But as a zombie action flick, this one surpassed my expectations. Through all the troubles it had during its production, this one had bomb written all over it. But it was actually a pretty darn good movie.

Biggest disappointment: I’d have to say Star Trek Into Darkness or Elysium. I loved J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, but the sequel just lacked the fun and charm. I also loved District 9, but director Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium wasn’t nearly as thrilling and was surprisingly predictable.

Best comedy: Tough one for me. But I’ll go with The World’s End. Writer/driector Edgar Wright and star Simon Pegg are in top form here and ranks right up with Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead.

Best animated film: Second-straight year I didn’t feel there was an animated classic in the bunch. But, Despicable Me 2 wins this one, mainly because it kept most of the charm from the original.

And finally my best film of the summer is…I’m going to cheat and choose two. The first is The Conjuring. James Wan estabslished himself as today’s top horror director and without the use of any blood and gore (ironic given the fact that he created the Saw franchise). But The Conjuring is a genuinely creepy, expertly crafted horror film. I’m not a huge fan of horror films, but this one is one I would definitely pay to see again.

And my other choice, which was my clear choice until The Conjuring, was Fast and Furious 6. Yes, it’s a dumb action film. Yes the action is rediculous and things like physics don’t really apply to the characters. But for me, there’s nothing like a fun, exciting and funny summer action blockbuster and this one delivered in spades. From car chases featuring a tank to an epic final fight sequenence, this was the definition of a summer action blockbuser done perfectly.

If you largely stayed away from the movies during the summer, most of these films should hit home video around the holidays. And if you’re looking for a well-rounded experience from this past summer’s offerings, for my money, you can’t go wrong with these films.

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