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Never Met a Zombi I Didn’t Like…

Does anyone care about THE CLONE WARS, TROPIC THUNDER feels like a must see, I still don’t get SETH ROGEN as THE GREEN HORNET and what about THE DARK KNIGHT as BEST PICTURE!

I have to admit I’m curious to see how the new STAR WARS: THE CLONE WARS animated feature performs at the box-office when it opens on Friday. While I’m sure there will be some Star Wars fanatics that would pay to see a blank screen for two hours as long as the opening John Williams theme music is played I have absolutely no interest in this movie and have no plans whatsoever to see it.

I have a strong gut feeling that TROPIC THUNDER will have a very big five-day opening when it hits theaters this Wednesday. DreamWorks has done a great job marketing this edgy comedy that certainly feels original. Ben Stiller, Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr., hot off Iron Man, will make this one a must see movie among the masses thirsting for a good comedy!

Based on the reaction of the audience I saw PINEAPPLE EXPRESS with on Saturday night I’d say that word of mouth will be somewhat lukewarm. One-third of the people in attendance at my theater started walking out about five minutes before the film ended. Upon leaving, most of the crowd was saying it wasn’t funny enough and I have to agree. I’m starting to really wonder what SETH ROGEN is planning on doing with THE GREEN HORNET. He has written the script himself and will play the lead. Hey, I like Seth Rogen but I just don’t get his involvement in that project.

With 441.6 mill already under its utility belt in four weeks of release one has to wonder if THE DARK KNIGHT will get a best picture nomination. I say YES. Certainly it deserves to be on merit alone and I also think it’s bad for the industry as a whole if a film with this type of popularity among the general public is not recognized. I still believe if director Chris Nolan had cut 15 or 20 minutes out of the Two-Face storyline in the last half hour, leaving its wrap-up for the third film, he would have had a bonafide masterpiece on his hands. If it had been slightly trimmed down I feel it would have ensured not only a nomination but would have had a real punchers chance of actually winning. Still, if the Academy can give all three overrated LORD OF THE RINGS films best picture nods (with the 3rd entry, Return of the King, winning) they certainly can shine some love on the best superhero movie ever made. I’m starting to become more confident it will happen. If so, it will certainly boost the ratings of the award telecast since a strong rooting interest form the general public is always fun. This was the case in 1997 when TITANIC brought home ten golden statues and deservedly so! Ratings for that telecast went through the roof.


August 12, 2008 - Posted by | And Beyond - Trailers & News

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