Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Planning the Year in Advance

And the movies just keep on continuing to suck. I've taken a look at the movies that are coming out this year, and all I can say is, I'm underwhelmed. Truly. Man, I remember a time, ten years ago or so, when Becca and I would be out at the movies every weekend. Now we tend to go once every four or five (though we sometimes see two in one day). Well, there are a lot of classics I can finally catch up with, at least. Here's the few movies I actually want to take the time to see in the theater. Provided the trailers don't suck.

American Dreamz: Hopefully, this satire is a lot smarter than it sounds. The Weitz Brothers did make About a Boy... though they did make In Good Company...
Charlotte's Web: Julia Roberts as the voice of Charlotte will be flat, monotone, and emotionless, but I'd like to see this done well.
Coin Locker Babies: Asia Argento AND Liv Tyler? 'Nuff said.
The Devil Wears Prada: Anne Hathaway. I adore her.
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown: The first movie was surprisingly funny, despite the lack of anyone talented in the voice cast...
Idiocracy: Mike Judge directed this SF comedy about a future where people have become dumber. Like today, only in the future.
The Last Legion: Assuming it gets a theatrical release. I'm always interested in Rome.
Meet the Robinsons: Disney's next CG film. Though I faield to see Chicken Little...
Nacho Libre: Jack Black as a Mexican wrestler. Excellent.
Open Season: The comic strip this is based on is occasionally funny. Hope it's not as bad as most DreamWorks CG movies.
Over the Hedge: Yet another CG comedy; could we try a different type of animated film?
The Passion of the Clerks: Kevin Smith sells out. Again. Yet again.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest: Loved the first one, ready for more.
She's the Man: But only because Amanda Bynes is in it.
Sin City 2: The first was incredible.
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby: Will Ferrell in a comedy about NASCAR. I'm so fucking sick of NASCAR. But I like Will Ferrell. 2005 notwithstanding...
Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny: One of my favorite albums is the Tenacious D album.
Tristan and Isolde: I know, it looks silly, but it's by Kevin Reynolds and I did love The Count of Monte Cristo.

And there's my year in advance. Saves time...

UPDATE 2007: Well, even that was hopeful. I only saw four of these movies in the theater: The Devil Wears Prada, The Passion of the Clerks (which ended up being simply--and wisely--called Clerks II), and She's the Man. The fourth was Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, which is everything that's wrong with Hollywood these days. I really wanted to go see Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny, but it came out when I was totally broke. I saw American Dreamz on DVD, and it sucked. So did Talladega Nights, and Tristan and Isolde was a misfire. I saw Over the Hedge, and it was really good. I so no longer want to see Charlotte's Web, Ice Age 2, or Nacho Libre. At some point, I'll probably see Idiocracy and Open Season. Coin Locker Babies, The Last Legion, Meet the Robinsons, and Sin City 2 got pushed back to sometime in 2007.

Yeah, um, great year at the movies...