Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Pass the Popcorn

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.

8 comments:

Dante said...

"but I was raised in the 1980's off Saturday Morning Cartoons and dreams of giant robots fighting one another."

Were the Transformers ever on Saturday mornings? They were a 5-day syndicated show. I know they weren't on the proper network-blessed Saturday Morning TV schedule. Spider-Man on the other hand, had a Saturday morning show on for a few years. I really don't care to see the Spider-Man 3 movie though after they really botched my favorite villain (Doctor Octopus) in Spider-Man 2. I'm not one of those types who gets upset that movies stray from the source material but I do wish when they did, they'd at least make it interesting.

I can't even remember the last time I watched a movie. I'm not talking about at the movie theater. I'm just speaking in general. TV is indeed most excellent these days (though I could do with a few more sitcoms). Live Free or Die Hard is really the only movie that is a must-see in my mind. I'll probably catch Transformers one of these days but probably not at the theaters. Heck, I still have Casino Royale on my to-see list.

I've really never cared for Pirates of the Carribean but I'm more of a ninja guy myself. Speaking of, they just did a most excellent ninja edition of the Mythbusters. I do keep track of the occasional sailor. Shipwreck was pretty cool. Now if they would make a GI Joe movie...

the lady said...

Best part of "Live Free or Die Hard"---Kevin Smith got another acting job. Supposedly, he does pretty well and his blog will tell you that he lived out a personal dream getting to act beside Bruce Willis (who's been tops on my list since Moonlighting days).

I forgot there lived a Harry Potter geek deep inside Cousin Pat. What would my dear SAWB say? I am constantly having to explain things to him about the movies because he refuses to read the books.

And shut your mouth about Orlando and Johnny. That be some nice eye candy for one screen!!!!

Maybe if you actually lived nearby, two friends could go to occasional movies together--novel idea, huh cousin pat...

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

I never saw a Spider-Man cartoon show, but I distinctly remember watching cartoon Transformers. Since Saturday was cartoon day, that's where my memory places them.

You know Hollywood would really screw up a GI Joe move a la Street Fighter. They just wouldn't be able to handle it.

But it would be awesome to see Ving Ramies as Roadblock, Vin Diesel as Snake Eyes....

And SAWB never actually has to deal with my HP geekdom, though if I ever show up in a Hogwarts sweater I know he's throwing me off the porch...

Leigh C. said...

Transformers seemed to be on ALL the time. And, having taken the past couple of weeks to read through all the Harry Potters, I'd have to lump "Goblet of Fire" in with "Order of the Phoenix" in that comparison with "Empire".

And now that you mention the giant robots fighting, I gotta wonder what the Left Coast would do with ron"...

Leigh C. said...

That is, "Voltron"...

Dante said...

GI Joe could be done in the right hands. Imagine Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau as Shipwreck and Bazooka, respectively of course. And if you're going to use Vin Diesel, probably best to use him in a part where he will be seen and heard. I'd think Destro would be a better choice. It's just too bad Chris Latta is dead. You'll remember him as the voices of Cobra Commander and Starscream. I really hope they don't try to resurrect Starscream for the Transformers movie.

I'm surprised all we got a few years ago after Sept 11, 2001 was that Valor vs. Venom and eventually the Sigma 6 crap. I figured they'd definitely make a movie out of a highly trained special missions force whose purpose is to defend freedom from a ruthless, terrorist organization determined to rule the world some time around then.i

Dante said...

Oh and that was a real quetion about Transformers being on on Saturday in your area. Being syndicated, the local channel can show them whenever they want. Usually the local channels didn't try to butt heads with the networks on Saturday morning. If some of them did, I find that very interesting. Most of the syndicated-content-showing channels held their best syndicated shows for Sunday morning. You would certainly find Transformers there in most markets.

the lady said...

hell cousin pat, if you show up wearing a Hogwarts sweated, i'll throw you off the porch myself. i recall a night of HP geekdom with gable, neal, etc. that i still have the mental scars from!!!!