Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Idol Thoughts (Finale)...

As you prepare to spend two hours this evening to find out something that could be told to you in 5 seconds, I figured I'd hop in and save you the headache. David Cook wins. I've been telling anyone who would listen for weeks that Archuletta is guaranteed 2nd place, no matter how the performances shake out week to week. Why? He has enough fans to get him there no matter how bad he does and he has enough haters that find him annoying that would make sure whoever is in the final 2 with him will win. I have to say I'm glad it's DC. As the only contestant this year to have a drop jaw amazing performance, it's nice to see the right guy win. Yes, I know, Simon said it was a knockout for Archuletta and everyone seems to think Cook was off his game, but I'll repeat, it doesn't matter. I've said from the beginning that there was something off about the Archuletta kid and as amazing vocalist as he is, more and more people have found themselves hoping he doesn't win. Cook will win, and I bet you don't hear Ryan even say it was close tonight.

On another note, I also need to say that I am glad DC chose to do all new stuff last night. Doing a repeat has always seemed to me to be pretty lame and pandering, and I was glad he said so.

So now there is no need for you to be nervous tonight, no need to sit through two hours of filler, I'll kill the suspense right now, David Cook will win and I'm thrilled.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Summer Movie Preview (#1)...

#1 Wall-E

So why is Wall-E the movie I am most anticipating this summer? 5 letters P-I-X-A-R. Not only have those guys never made a bad movie, they've never even made a mediocre one. Their success rate is 8 for 8 (18 for 18 if you count the short films, and I just might) which I'm fairly certain equals 100%. Not only that but it is directed by Andrew Stanton, whose other film happens to be my favorite Pixar flic of the bunch, "Finding Nemo". The point is there is no movie company working today (or for that matter ever) that I trust as completely to deliver fun, depth, and quality every time out of the gate. They have never let me down, and I don't imagine Wall-E will be the first time they do.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Summer Movie Preview (#2)...

#2 The Dark Night

We've come a long way since Micheal Keaton uttered "I'm Batman" almost 20 years ago (yes 20, two decades, feel old yet?) and I've never been as into the Batman thing as I am now. Most of this is due to the amazing gifts of Christopher Nolan (ref. "Momento"/"Prestige") whose direction of the last Batman movie gave it an amazing sinister momentum that was at the same time beautiful and damaging. He has also found his actor of choice in Christian Bale, whom I have loved since "Newsies" and "Swing Kids" (Check out Swing Kids for a pre-House, Robert Sean Leonard as well, and yes, I did just admit to liking those two movies.) Bale who was Nolanized first in "The Prestige" made the turn to Batman brilliantly, and I can't wait to see what happens next. Add to this the foreseeable genius of Heath Ledger's last full role and I'm absolutely pumped about my next Gothamy jaunt.

By the way, have you seen this yet?

Obviously intentional but pretty amazing nonetheless.

#1 tomorrow, and it should be pretty obvious by this point.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Summer Movie Preview (#3)...

#3 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Sing with me. Duh, du-du-duuuuuuuh, Duh, du-duuuuuuuh; Duh, du-du-duuuuuuuuh, Duh, du-duh-duh-duh.

Do I really have to explain this one?

#2 tomorrow and it bears a Prestige-ous pedigree.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Summer Movie Preview (#4)...

#4 The X Files: I Want to Believe

This is a no brainier, my wife and I used to have an X-Files themed room in our home, for Skinner's sake. I cataloged every episode on VHS (remember those, kids?) and have almost every card in the official Collectible Card Game (Yes, Drew, I know, you want to play again, we will dig them out next time your up). The point is, week after week, the adventures of Mulder and Scully owned me, and it was painful to see how the series fumbled towards the end (A lesson for LOST, who has locked in their finale date to avoid the same fate). I love the idea that these movies can come out every few years and maybe restore some of the faded glory of one of the greatest shows of all time.

#3 is next, and the Hoosier state will be proud.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Summer Movie Preview (#5)...

#5 The Happening

Seeing M. Night's latest as only my 5th most anticipated film of the year should surely indicate that this summer was designed for me. I'm not among those who feel like Shammy has lost the touch, I considered "Lady in the Water" to be an amazing piece of work. The only reason he is down this low is that somehow there are 4 other movies that I'm even more excited to see. The degree of seperation between 5 and 1 this summer is very small. It's almost as if there are five movies that tie for most anticipated film for me, all five of which puch my anticipation meter to the breaking point. It's quite a summer in store for us. As for this individual film, the trailer absolutely captivated me. I think Mark Wahlberg is a great actor and the concept looks as compelling and creepy as ever. Night has solidified his place as one of the greatest directors of all time, and I'm on board to experience his visions wherever they lead.

I know you've been instructed otherwise, but you can trust me, #4 is out there next.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Summer Movie Preview (#6)...

#6 Prince Caspian

The good news is that Caspian looks like it will be another faithful and beautiful adaptation of a Narnian Chronicle. The bad news is that it might be the last. I knew when they started that it was a long shot that we would see all seven hit the big screen (Would it even be possible to do "The Last Battle"?) but I was hoping they would at least get to "The Magician's Nephew". I can only hope that enough people will be interested in this to make the Box Office pull large enough to continue the series. Whatever the case, the previews to Prince Caspian make it look even better than TLTWATW, and I'm pumped to see the world come to life once again. Bring on REEPICHEEP!

#5 is next, with a twist.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Summer Movie Preview (#7)...

#7 Iron Man

I guess it's not really fair to call this one of my most anticipated films of the summer anymore, since I've already seen it. So forgive me if this is more review than preview, but this film was a blast. I used to be a huge Robert Downey Jr. fan back in the days of Only You, US Marshalls, Chaplin, and the incredibly underrated "Heart and Souls". It's good to see him back in the mainstream with his wit and charm still intact. Of course, it doesn't hurt that he is playing such a super cool character and that they followed the Spiderman school of filmaking milking every seen for humor and fun. Wife of Dice and myself had a great time at this flick (even with the knucklehead kid having full conversations on his cellie a couple seats down), and I can't wait for the next one. It may have only been number 7 anticipated, but having seen it now, I have a hunch it may be higher than that in my year end ratings.

#6 tomorrow, and it's the only one on the list with a Switchfoot tune over the credits.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Summer Movie Preview (#8)...

#8 Hancock

Moving through my most anticipated movies for the summer we come to Will Smith, a man who made the 4th of July his own 12 years ago with ID4, gave it back with Wild Wild West, and now looks to re-inhabit the vacated premises. I have to admit Hancock caught me completely off guard. I saw the first preview for it only a few weeks ago and was pretty floored by how much fun it looks like. Big Willie has done the special effects thing recently with "I Am Legend" and the fun thing recently with "Hitch" but he hasn't combined his killer sense of humor with eye candy summer splendor in a long while, and I must say, it's a one two punch I'm really looking forward to seeing back where it belongs, 4th of July weekend.

#7 tomorrow, and it will stretch the meaning of the word preview.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Summer Movie Preview (#9)...

Before we get to the official list don't forget to vote in this month's poll for which movie I should make my 10th most anticipated of the summer. Remember, I only get to see 10 so make it count.

Keep in mind that this is counting down in order of anticipation, not necessarily how good they will be. To do that I would have to see into the future and I haven't quite mastered that yet (I did have Chinese food tonight though, but my fortune cookie somehow had nothing to do with the quality of upcoming motion pictures, hmm, maybe next time.)

#9 Hellboy II: The Golden Army

I'm pumped to see Red back in action again as the first movie did only so so at the box office and I wasn't sure if the sequel would actually get off the ground. Now I know as a fine upstanding Christian I shouldn't be allowed to like anything with the word Hell in it (although I think exceptions may have already been made for Hellman's Mayonnaise) but the character of Heckboy is one of the most lovable and compelling beings I've been drawn into. This probably has a lot to do with the fact that I identify with him as a fellow big guy that people assume is up to no good, when really me and helly have hearts of gold. Plus this world is absolutely gorgeous as envisioned by one of the best eyes directing today, Guillermo del Toro. Speaking of which, if you need another reason to see this, GDT will be soon directing the next Lord of the Rings... I mean Hobbit movies, so it will give you a chance to get to know his style a bit.

#8 comes your way next, and it involves a movie star who is returning to a time that he once called his own.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Summer Movie Preview. (You Choose #10)..

With Iron Man guitar riffing his way into theaters tomorrow I figured I'd better get going on making my 10 movie choices for the summer. Every year it's the same old story, plenty of great movies coming out and due to budgetary purposes I get to chose 10 that I actually get to see on the big screen. This year is even more crazy with almost 20 movies coming out between now and August that I want to see. After eliminating those that I don't have to see on a big screen (sorry, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2, and no I'm not kidding) I managed to cut the list down to 15, meaning I'm still five over my limit. I've managed to pick nine but I just can't cut locate the last one in the six remaining. So here's the plan. I'll let you decide. For the next 4 weeks I'll have a poll up here at rollin' asking which of the final six movies you think I should catch in all it's hugeness. I'll abide by whatever you chose, and the other 5 will just have to wait for DVD glory.

Here in, alphabetical order, are your six choices with some pros and cons as I see them.

Get Smart - (Pros) Should be the funniest movie of the summer. I absolutely love the TV Show and it looks like they are keeping the feel pretty faithful. (Cons) Not sure it's one that I have to see big. Could dissolve into infantile humor instead of the corny, quirky humor I prefer.

Incredible Hulk - (Pros) Edward Norton is a genius. The effects look incredible. No Hulk Dogs in this one. It's a comic book movie, ya dig? (Cons) Norton hasn't really done the action thing before. The first one was dreadful.

Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D - (Pros) It's in 3D. It's in 3D. It's in 3D. (Cons) The 3D looks ultra gimmicky which I hate (use it as a tool ,not a gimmick, please! see Beowulf as reference) Brandon Fraser may just be phoning it in.

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor - (Pros) Love the other Mummy movies (see penchant for corny, quirky humor mentioned above). Lots of eye candy. (Cons) Indiana Jones will probably put it in it's place. Brandon Fraser may just be phoning it in.

Speed Racer - (Pros) The visuals in the trailer look astonishing. Mind bending racing action. (Cons) I never watched the original cartoon. John Goodman's character freaks me out.

Star Wars: Clone Wars - (Pros) Uh... IT'S STAR WARS. (Cons) Well, it's not really Star Wars.

Over the next 9 days I'll post in order of anticipation the other 9 films I plan on catching in the next 4 months (feel free to guess them in the comments), until then, get to voting, I need to know what number 10 will be!