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Trying To Reason With The Summer Movie Season

4/28/2008 5:14:04 AM permalink

Although I'm 30, Summer is still my favorite time of year.

I always have that snarky feeling in the back of my head that says, when in summer, I should be on vacation. It must be a holdover from high school.

I love summer, but I hate the heat. I also am increasingly restless when it comes to the "summer blockbusters," which are, shall we say, terrible.

I first started noticing that the big popular movies were also the worst back in the late 90's. There was "Independence Day." I laugh at it today. There was "Armageddon." Groan inducing it is. I was also dragged by a group of friends to see our version of "Godzilla," and couldn't help but laugh at it in the damned theater.

The trend of bad movies, it seems, is just getting more popular: "Transformers," "Spiderman," "X-Men," (pretty much any comic book movie) "Iron Man," "Speed Racer," and let's not forget anything Judd Apatow releases. And "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" was the worst of them all.

We should also include J.J. Abram's version of "Star Trek," seeing as how he's got a summer blockbuster mentality as well.

Douglas Adams once remarked about his book, "Dirk Gentley's Holistic Detective Agency," that it was so complicated to disguise the fact that there's really nothing much going on. That's precisely the same thing going on with these movies that depend on fast movement, loud sounds, and lots of colors.

There's nothing going on. And you realize that when you step outside of the theater, and realize you can't remember anything about the movie you just watched. Or, in other words, you wish you had the last 90 minutes of your life back.

Sure I sound bitter. I demand more from my entertainment. It has to last more than one viewing, or at least one viewing in some cases. The shelf life of summer movies is very, very short.

But there's always hope: "Indiana Jones" will be here soon. "Wall-E" will be here in late June. "Prince Caspian" is pretty much knocking on my door as we speak.

And, so far, that's pretty much it.

As far as the summer movie season is concerned, things could only get better. And if it doesn't, there's always the new Mario Kart game.


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