Saturday, May 24, 2008


With all the buzz about new and upcoming movies, my head is swimming with thoughts and opinions about them all. I realized today it was a perfect post in the making. So here goes:

What Happens In Vegas
in theaters now

I can't wait to see this. I know it will be another cookie cutter romantic comedy, but at least it looks energetic and funny instead of limp and sappy. I'm sure it will border on obnoxious, but I'm not afraid to admit I don't care.

The Dark Knight
in theaters July 18th

This movie completely intrigues me. This new wave of Batman movies has left behind most of the corny humor that filled the old ones and taken on a darker, more intense tone. I love it. I can finally take them seriously. The latest installment, The Dark Knight, seems to live up to it's title, or at least the play on words. The few previews I've seen show The Joker, (infamously played by the late Heath Ledger, who was said to be so tormented by playing this character he stopped sleeping at night) not as a smiley-faced Jack Nicholson type, but a psychopathic freak show with a mutilated face. Basically the freakiest thing I've seen onscreen in a long time. The previews alone scare the crap out of me. I can't wait to see it.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

in theaters now

I have no idea why I am so excited to see this. Maybe it's because I have fond memories of watching the original trilogy as a family when I was young. Maybe it's because there's been so much hype about the return of Harrison Ford to the role he hasn't played in almost 20 years. I don't really know why, but I am, nonetheless. I was so pleased to see the previews looked as if they didn't stray very far from the classic format that made them so successful in the 80's. And hey, if the special effects seemed amazing back then, how great would they be now? And with the addition of Shia LeBeouf and Cate Blanchett, how can they go wrong? As long as there are no melting faces, it's sure to be a winner.

The Love Guru

in theaters June 20th

I'm already laughing just thinking about watching this. It's about time Mike Myers put something out where he wasn't wearing a cat costume or doing a voiceover for an ogre. Seriously, where did he disappear to after Austin Powers? Well, he's back, and that's all that matters. (How hilarious was he playing "Sitar Hero" on American Idol?)

Sex and the City
in theaters May 30th

How soon can I get in line to NOT see this?

Speed Racer

in theaters now

When I saw this preview I thought to myself, "That looks really weird. Even if the movie was good, I don't think I could stand watching 2 hours of that trippy, acid-laced set design." When I read the review in People, it said that not only was the movie not good--at all--but that she couldn't handle the psycho cartoon-esque set design. Hmm. Thanks, Leah. I can always count on you.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
in theaters now

This should be really good. The first one was excellent, and the special effects on the previews for Prince Caspian look amazing. The interesting part is that I will be going into this one having no clue what it's about. (I had read The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe many, many times. Never could get past the first book, though.) I can't decide if this makes it more exciting for me, or less. I guess we'll find out.

in theaters July 2nd

I am so undecided about this movie. I have a really hard time with movies that can't seem to make up their minds if they're a comedy or a serious action/adventure. I know a movie can be both, but there are some previews that try to show both sides, and that just kills it for me. In one scene he's tossing a beached whale back into the ocean, accidentally throwing it right into a boat, smashing it to pieces. Funny. In the next scene, he's Mr. Serious who has to decide if he's up for saving the world. Not funny. However, it stars Will Smith, which means I will be watching it.

The Happening

in theaters June 13th

Oh, M. Night, how you torment me so!! Why, oh why, would you go all "R" on me now?! We've had such a great run all these years, with The Sixth Sense, Signs, even The Village, which lost you many a fan but not this one. No, I stood by you and this is how you repay me? I guess now I'll never know what is happening, will I?

The Incredible Hulk
in theaters June 13th

I'm so confused. Didn't they just make this movie, back in 2003? What? Oh, that was just The Hulk? Oh, I see, it's completely different. Well, okay then, by all means, make your movie. I'm sure there's no way it's also about Bruce Banner, the man who turns into a giant green monster when he gets angry. What's that? Oh, it is? Oh, well, you can never have too many movies about the Incredible Hulk, right? I can't wait for 2013's release, The Green Incredible Hulk. Now that's one I'll be holding out for.


in theaters Dec. 12th'd that get in there?


Shayla said...

I totally agree with you on all of these movies...our movie tastes are so the same. I had no idea that M. Night's new movie is going to be R. Whatever! That just stinks.

PRP said...

Brad and I saw What Happens in Vegas and laughed out loud. It was a good time.

Ms. Kristen said...

Loved What happens in Vegas! Cute!
Predictable, but funny!
Can't wait for all the rest....too bad The Happening is rated R! I love his movies! Frustrated!

meohmyers said...

Wow! What a great line-up of movies! Looks like we better start crossing some of those off your list... :)

Jodi said...

Looks like lots of movies to watch - let me know when you want to go!! :)

Jan said...

Why do you not get paid for this? I mean, it's just jam packed with info. There is no doubt of your passion and understanding of movies. Also, if you and I were to ever go to the movies together, I bet it would cause a scene. I laugh out loud the whole time while everyone is silent. I don't care either. If its funny, I want the my tickled bone to be heard I guess.. It sounds as though you have that same tickle bone. Thanks.

Kristi said...

You are so funny. You know, you can still find out what's Happening, once it comes on on DVD. We could have a GNO chez moi and watch it on my Clearplay. BTW, I love/hate the M.Night Shalakabakamayamalan movies. I hate suspense and scaryness, but his movies are so intriguing, I wind up watching them anyway (with my knees pulled up to my chin and my fingers half covering my eyes and blocking my ears). I can't wait to see the Indiana Jones movie. I kind of want to see the old ones again before we go see this one, but I have a feeling that's not going to happen.

debsters said...

Do you take notes while watching the previews at the theater???

You have a knack for detail. I love that you've got your movie viewing lined up for the next several months. Enjoy!!!

ashley said...

Wow, what a good line up for the summer! Maybe we'll actually get to see one if we're lucky. I can't wait for Twilight!

Heather said...

I'm so bummed about M. Night too. I loved the village, it was my favorite.

There are so many good movies this summer... unlike the last few years.

Nicole said...

Vegas was good. We laughed the whole time. There are several on there that I totally have no desire to see. I can't stand being freaked out. You are brave;)

Noelle said...

love your line up. love your take on all of these movies. i NEVER see movies in the theatre to i will be waiting to see them when they come out on video. well, except twilight. of coures.

Amy J. said...

Loved your take on the Hulk movie...I think you are funnier than you give yourself credit for.

andrea said...

We just saw Prince Caspian, the first time we've been to the theater in almost a year! We weren't disappointed, it was great. Maybe you should tell me when you see "Love Guru", Barlow hates Mike Meyers and won't go with me! Luckily, I won't have to drag him to see Christian Bale... oops, I mean Dark Knight.

Lisa said...

I rarely, if ever, make it to the movie theater. But I think that Indiana Jones might just get me motivated enough to hire a sitter and set up a date night for Donald and me. I adore Harrison Ford and the Indiana Jones series. Can't wait :)

Shells said...

Okay, fine, I'll admit it. I'm looking forward to the Twilight movie too. Now, how am I going to convince my husband . . . .