I like reading Jeffrey Wells' blog Hollywood-Elsewhere. His tastes may be a bit more highbrow than mine are, but he calls it as he sees it and doesn't shy away from being cranky and irritable (just like myself). He was looking ahead to 2011 at the theaters and it looks like he is ready to throw up at all the populist popcorn fare that is due to be rolled out. Here's a sample of what he had to say:
Read down the popcorn list and it's like...please God, lemme outta here. Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage, The Green Hornet, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, Cedar Rapids, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, Rango, Take Me Home Tonight, Happythankyoumoreplease, Battle: Los Angeles, Mars Needs Moms!, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules, Your Highness, Ceremony, Scream 4, Thor, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, The Hangover 2, Kung Fu Panda 2, X-Men: First Class Beginners, Super 8, Green Lantern, Cars 2, Rise of the Apes, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II, Captain America: The First Avenger, Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World, Fright Night, Final Destination 5, The Thing, Footloose, The Three Musketeers, Paranormal Activity 3, Tower Heist, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Happy Feet 2 in 3-D, etc.
I'm looking at this lineup, too, and I can't say I'm impressed, either. Another Transformers movie?! Good lord. Well, at least Megan Fox isn't going to be in it this time.
Surely, though, they can't be all bad -- I'm at least intrigued by The Green Hornet. But that flick rolls out in January, and January movies tend to be nothing but crap. And I'm also worried about the Hangover sequel. The first movie was good, but I worry the sequel won't live up to the original. I worry they crammed all their good material into the first movie and that this sequel is just going to be a lame attempt by the studio to make some money.Actually, a lot of these movies look like they are going to be exactly that.
Oh, well. Happy New Year, anyway.