I don't go to see a lot of movies at the theatre. Never really have. Matter of fact, I rarely even know what movies are playing during any time of the year. I have no idea what is a box office smash right now, for example.
Mainly this is because Hollywood, despite all their flashiness and faux-political involvement, just hasn't impressed me overall. I kept going to movies for years, hoping to be entertained, and just paying for the privilige of paying extra for coca-cola. With all the new CGI technology, I still miss the good ole days of Batman, Robocop, the original Star Wars, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?. The Nightmare Before Christmas was a tour de force of good movie making, and Armageddon was amazing to watch in the theatres. But so many other disappointments left me bitter (new Star Wars, Underworld(s), Pearl Harbor), and finding better things to do than go to the movies (like doing laundry). And, honestly, TV has been so good in the past years (Rescue Me, the Sheild, Battlestar Galactica, Nip/Tuck, South Park, the Chappelle Show, House....) that watching DVD's was almost exclusively related to 20 hour storylines that movies just could not match up with.
But this summer is different. My geeky life will force me to act against my own economic well being, and throw down some cabbage just to see a bunch of movies in the theatre. I'm so excited, I can barely believe it.
First on deck is Live Free or Die Hard, coming out in late June. Bruce Willis action movies are awesome, and I loved the Die Hard series. Something big is gonna get blowed up and a lot of smack will be talked.
The Transformers comes out on July 4th. Spider-Man 11 or whatever may be cool, but I was raised in the 1980's off Saturday Morning Cartoons and dreams of giant robots fighting one another.
Then, a little over a week later, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is out, and I will be well prepped because the last book in the series will already have been released. OotP was my favorite book, so far, because it was so dark and reminded me of "Empire Strikes Back," which is like, the highest compliment I can give a work of fiction. Plus, the cats that have been making the HP movies, with the exception of Chamber of Secrets, seem to know what they're doing.
But before all this will come the one movie I really want to see, the movie whose franchise is the only movie that I have paid hard earned money to see more than one time in theatres, and it is part of a franchise I will never tire of. You know me, you know what movie it is: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. That's right, a pirate movie for me. I loved the first one, I loved the second one that people hated on. I've watched them again and again. Whenever I find a place to actually stay, finally get my TV and DVD player, PotC will be the first DVD's I get and watch. I don't care that Orlando Bloom is in them, I don't care that Johnny Depp lives in France. Cannon will roar, swashes will be buckled and rum will feature prominently. Kiera Knightly will also be on screen, covered in salt water for most of the film. How you goan hate on dat?
I had to go put on my red bandana just to finish writing this. I'm ready.