Saturday, May 12, 2007

Movies, movies everywhere

Zodiac is at the dollar theater here in town, and I am bound and determined to get to it. I missed it in its initial run (as I think most people did) but it did intrigue me. It has all the right ingredients for me - a serial killer, late 60's/early 70's period piece and favorably reviewed psychological drama. I guess it just never intrigued me enough to plunk down 8 dollars for it. A dollar and a half is a completely different story, however. I'll see just about anything for that price - and based on some of the movies I've seen there (i.e. Robots, Silent Hill) that is pretty much the truth. So hopefully, at some point in the day tomorrow, I'll make it out there for that.

We met up with Caryle and Kathy today in Des Moines, and apparently they all went to see Spiderman 3 last night. Of the four of them that went, not a one gave it a good review. That was the final nail in the coffin for that movie for me - if I see it in the theater at all it'll be at the dollar theater. From the sounds of it, what the first two Spiderman movies did right, this one does all wrong. And that's too bad, because there really isn't a better comic book movie than Spiderman 2. I loved that movie so much when it came out - but I'd already been thinking of taking a pass on this one based on the exceptionally negative reviews I've read and heard.

And 28 Weeks Later came out this weekend. It's a zombie movie (well, sort of - zombie purists don't think so) so you know I'll eventually see it, and the only thing keeping me from going right away is the fact that IT'S ONLY 91 MINUTES LONG!! If I'm going to pay 8 bucks for a movie, it has GOT to keep me in the theater longer than that. I will probably see it at some point, but that is just a lot of money to spend.

There was a time when Heidi and I went to about everything that came out - now it has to be a very special movie for us to go see it in the theater. Part of it is because I simply cannot stand how rude people are in theaters these days - talking through the whole movie with no regard for the people sitting around them is the worst part in my book. I think it has a lot to do with the home video generation - people just always think that they're at home and they can do a MST3K commentary with no repercussions to anyone else. I'm not even that excited for the next Harry Potter movie - mostly because I really didn't like the 5th book at all - but because I know that the audience will be awful! I know that's just heresy to not be excited for that movie, but it's true.

And while we're on the subject of heresy, I really couldn't possibly care less how Harry Potter ends. Honestly, someone could just tell me and save me the trouble of reading the book and I'd be fine with it. I'm with Heidi - I'm convinced she's going to screw it up anyway.

I'll be sure to post a mini-review of Zodiac once I see it.


Anonymous said...

The real low for me was a substantial section of the movie when Peter Parker was manipulated by the black Spidey suit to behave like a total jerk. His appearance changed slightly and Jeff pointed out that 'ol Petey was walking around looking just like k.d. lang. And he was right! We found ourselves with a constant craving for the idiocy to end.

Paul said...

its interesting - i didn't care for the first two movies at all, but loved the third. how bizarre.

i miss our emails Dan!! I must do better in future :)

Aunt Phetamine said...

I went to see "Good Night and Good Luck" in the theatre and ended up "shushing" four older women in the row behind me. They had all come in from the 'burbs, I'm sure, and had absolutely no respect for anybody else. Grr.

In other (related)news, I caught the end of "Shaun of the Dead" yesterday afternoon on Comedy Central for its Mother's Day programming, and now I HAVE to rent it to see the beginning.

As always,
Aunt Phetamine