Whenever I'm casting about for an idea, I like to go back and see what I wrote about at the same time last year. 99% of the the time it results in absolutely nothing ("Oh wow, another Wolverine column!"), but every once and awhile it's something that I was setting up as a yearly event. So luckily, when I dug through the archives, I discovered The Girls of Summer 2008 and it's boyish companion. "Hooray! I did mean to continue this!"

So, 2009! I think we can all agree it was a pretty lackluster one for the blockbusters. The summer kicked off with a mutant whimper in X-Men Origins: Wolverine while it perked up with a Star Trekand UP, most of the things we were super excited about just didn't meet our expectations. I have to confess here that I honestly forgot to see Terminator: Salvation (actually, I was stood up for it), refused to see Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, and the disasters of daily life have prevented me from seeing G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. But, I feel safe on judging the latter when it comes to this kind of prize going purely on Twitter buzz, so let's just get right to it and discuss the girls of the season. Just to keep things relatively short, I'm sticking to the pulpy, genre-oriented flicks as opposed to the Julie and Julia or Public Enemies offerings, though they're worth noting as well.