It's August. My birth month. 2010. And Hollywood has gone insane!
I've seen quite a few films this summer, a little perk of my latest job, working at a movie theatre. And now that I've seen what Hollywood has to offer for this the most popular of film seasons, I've gotta say my piece.
Studios, you need to get your shit together. In the year of such a wonderful film as Inception,
I know, I know, what I'm saying is unlikely. And probably (hopefully) it won't ever happen, but producers/execs/artists of all walks need to seriously pick their heads up and open their eyes. If the current system is indeed failing us, we need to shift gears and adapt to the growing world. So there is a potential and very hopeful outlook from what this summer has been. Perhaps people will wake up... have to. And new, interesting ideas will be explored like never before. Perhaps this summer is the summer that will open the doors to art.
And yes, I do think MacGruber is art. Now you're gonna laugh and maybe stop reading this post, but please don't... hear me out. The film was funny. In a totally despicable kind of way, but it forced me to laugh (and believe me, I had to be forced). It was clever and over the top and incredibly disgusting in both physical and mental ways. And if you don't want to feel disgusted by a movie then this probably isn't for you, but I live by the idea that film as an expression should allow me to feel every emotion. And MacGruber gives me a taste of an emotion I am rare to feel, schadenfreude. It is art like a Salvador Dali is art.
I just came back from seeing Salt... and when I say "came back" I mean like I was abducted by aliens and don't know what happened to me for that 2 hour block. In some ways I think I really liked it, but in others... in others I really truly and seriously do not know. This is a film that is promised a sequel simply because it exists... and am I happy about this? But Angelina is a true money maker and this movie did well enough and one of my favorite actors is in this (Chiwetel Ejiofor)...
Inception was so wonderful to watch. And I will watch it again (many times) because Christopher Nolan doesn't know how to make a bad movie. And maybe, and hopefully studios will take a lesson from its originality rather than placing the blame of its success just on Nolan and his Batman franchise. That being said, it may be the only actually original "big" film of this summer.
The Kids Are All Right was good... but still a small flick and I will jump passed it along with Cyrus, Please Give, and Harry Brown. All smaller films that happened to make my viewing list because they passed through my movie house.
Hey what's this? More sequels? I didn't see Sex and the City 2 because I am a guy and I still have my pride... but (maybe worse) I did see Eclipse... I'm sorry, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, because teenage girls don't remember the names of their favorite books. But none-the-less, this was trash. If you read my blog you probably already knew that or know that or whatever and this doesn't deserve any more of my attention. I gave it two hours of my life and those are two hours I will never ever see again.
So what about the kids movies? Um... playing now is Cats and Dogs 2... this is a sequel to a film that came out at least ten years ago and the target audience was not even alive to see that one in theatres... so who decided this deserved to be serialized?
Despicable Me was fun, sure... but there wasn't a whole lot to it. Which is fine for a kids film sometimes. In this case it was a success (at least in my book). But if Despicable Me was a success, The Sorcerer's Apprentice was certainly a failure. Just as I begin to hope Disney (under new management) will stop making pointlessly horrible films that go nowhere, this movie doesn't surprise me. Now now, calm down.
But M. Night Shyamalan may have finally shot off his last toe (lol) with The Last Airbender. That movie sucked, plain and simple. So I watched the source material and was pleasantly surprised. It was a very solid kids program and at times hinted at greater things. But still, this movie sucked.
And a week before? Jonah Hex was literally just as bad if not worse.
But back to kids movies... Shrek Forever After wasn't as bad as Shrek the Third... but that's not saying anything. This was a pointless waste of time.
The Karate Kid was alright... but this was also just a remake of a far superior and believable movie. That's alright, it gets away with being okay.
a funky review about this right after I screened the thing.
Changing gears, Iron Man 2, Predators, both okay sequels. The A-Team, an okay remake. Robin Hood, a piss poor attempt at changing something into something it definitely never should have been... and also unoriginal. But The Prince of Persia was still worse. As was Alice In Wonderland.
The Losers was... okay... I guess.
God even get Him To the Greek was based on characters from Forgetting Sarah Marshall. I mean, are you getting my point here, because I feel liking I'm hitting a dead horse over the head repeatedly with a soldering iron
There were other movies this summer, like Knight and Day (okay) and Splice(never ever see this movie, but read my post on it) and Killers (the god awful copy cat Knight and Day)... but they just don't really matter.
Here's the thing that scares me... I'm excited for Tron Legacy and The Hobbit (if it ever happens) and At The Mountains of Madness... but there are already advertisements for The Smurfs (oh no oh no) which may have been the worst decision in filmmaking history