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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Anticipation

A peek over at Rotten Tomatoes today revealed this list of the twelve most anticipated movies. Apparently "anticipation" is an emotion best felt by 14 year old boys. Luckily I haven't grown up in the last twenty years.

1. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
2. The Dark Knight
3. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
4. Wall-E
5. Iron Man
6. The Incredible Hulk
7. Hellboy II: The Golden Army
8. Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
9. Speed Racer
10. X-Men Origins: Wolverine
11. 10,000 BC
12. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo

Despite half of these films having ridiculously long titles, I really am eagerly anticipating most of them. Particularly:
The Dark Knight: Heath Ledger's last role, plus we get to see Christian Bale reprise his role as Batman with creepy Christopher Nolan at the helm.
Iron Man: Marvel property, starring Stave It Off's fourth favorite actor Robert Downey Jr.
Hellboy II: Ron Perlman back for another round of "Aw crap!"
Prince Caspian: Less Jesus, more medieval warfare... at least in the previews. Yes, I do remember ripping the first film and saying that I didn't think this franchise would continue. I'm prepared to eat crow if this picture succeeds.
Wolverine: Huge Ackman is back in the role that made all the X-Men movies so rip-snortin'.

Less so:
10,000 BC: Cool big-budget special effects, but I'm leery of German action directors.
Speed Racer: What the hell are the Wachowski Bros. thinking?
Wall-E: Despite Yojimbo's high praise for Ratatouille, I just don't care about Pixar type stuff anymore. I'm almost starting to think that CGI should be reserved for depicting creatures like the Balrog in Lord of the Rings.
Harry Potter: Honestly, who the hell cares at this point?
Indiana Jones: This title sounds even dumber than The Temple of Doom... and that can't be a good sign.

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4 Comments:

At 2/29/2008 07:44:00 AM, Blogger lowcoolant said...

haha re: Harry Potter :)

When the first Narnia movie came out all anyone could say was "Harry Potter rip-off." Which was like calling the Beatles a "Monkees rip-off." But now that the HP hydra is in its twilight, the Narnia series can cinematically flourish without its half-blood twin siphoning all the attention.

Regarding caring about HP, I think the next movie will garner tons of attention and ticket sales, possibly moreso than the others. Since the final book has come and gone, the movies may be the last bastion of Hogwarts bliss, and the junkies will snatch up whatever they can to maintain the high before spiraling into nationwide denial and depression. (Our slide into economic recession started right after "The Deathly Hallows" was released - coincidence?)

All the muggles who wish they still had something literary to look forward to will flock to the theaters for a few precious drops of adrenaline. As for me, I just want more Bellatrix L'estrange.

 
At 2/29/2008 08:52:00 AM, Blogger Yojimbo_5 said...

No "Quantum of Solace?"
No "The Subtle Knife?" (guess that's 2009)

Everything feels like a yawn to me--"Dark Knight" needs to have focus, focus, focus--BB just fell apart in the last half-hour. Maybe he should cut it out of sequence...

HellboyII--who cares, besides Diane, that is?

Iron Man looks promising only because from the trailers it looks like RDJ is making it up as he goes along. That'll take the Marbel staleness out of it.

Speaking of staleness--another Incredible Hulk? What are they calling this: "The Good One, Hopefully?"

Somebody's looking forward to another Harold and Kumar movie? Really?

HP is just marking time 'til the last one--still the kids will turn out in droves.

Indiana Jones is an idea whose time has come...and gone. Unless they do something really whacko in the 50's setting, and stay away from "Nostalgia-wallowing," I don't have hope.

I have an editor friend who is seriously hyped about "Speed Racer" after seeing the trailer. The kid from "Into the Wild" is starring, and that is perfect casting right there.

10,000 BC held no interest for me and even less when I saw how perfect the lead cave-girl's make-up was.

I thought the first Narnia was a bit slap-dash. Maybe they'll do something more substantial with PC?

Wall-E: There you liberals go restricting things again....

Nothing sounds fun to me. I want to be surprised...not placated.

 
At 2/29/2008 02:37:00 PM, Blogger John said...

Yo Jimbo,
Batman would have been fine if they had just cut the Batmobile out of it entirely.

And just where do you think Diane picked up her appreciation for Hellboy?! Don't ever diss on Mike Mignola, Ron Perlman or Guillermo del Toro on this blog... or you'll get the horns!

 
At 3/01/2008 11:58:00 AM, Blogger Yojimbo_5 said...

The problem wasn't the Batmobile--it was the complications with the plot, and EVERYBODY having a tough time accomplishing their goals. They should have cut all the Gordon in the Batmobile stuff, and concentrated on the Batman-Ra's fight--the fact that it ends without an act that Batman purposelly doesn't accomplish should have been high-lighted and it wasn't. That's what made that sequence special, and unique--but it got lost in the pyrotechnics.

Actually, I thought the "Tumbler" chase was one of the highlights of the movie. I groaned when I first saw what the thing looked like, but that sequence was fun...and I loved the tire-sqeal sounds!

 

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