Summer's gone ……….. How'd I miss it?!?!? Here in the relatively vanilla world of the Eastern Mid-Atlantic, Summer was hot, not just “oh, my, isn’t it sticky out” hot, but “Welcome to Satan’s sunroom” hot. And dry. Real dry. My lawn is in the 6th circle of grass hell right now. We haven’t had any measurable precipitation since June of 1855. Which amazes me, given the fact that this area, the Washington DC suburbs, is one of the most God awful humid places on the planet. It was built on a swamp ya’ know. So even though the planet Mercury got more rainfall than we did this summer, you could theoretically drown just trying to breath the air. And yet here I am, smack dab in the middle of Labor Day weekend trying to get my head wrapped around the fact that summer’s over and I feel like I missed it. I hate that.
Wasn’t it just moments ago that I was cued up to see the latest (and last) installment of the much ballyhooed Star Wars Sixillogy? Sure seems like it. And I meant to review that film here, like I usually do, but somehow the whole space time continuum thing just got away from me. In fact, those of you (bless your hearts) who’ve been checkin’ in regular have probably wondered just how long I was gonna’ leave that column banner on my home page declaring that I was gonna’ write something wonderful about Star Wars, and Web Rings. Well, I apologize about that. But let’s move on. Because I’ve let so much time pass between my last web site update and now, I’ve gotta’ streamline all the topics, especially movie comments, because it all irrelevant now. So, let’s move quickly here;
Star Wars III – I’ve never been a huge SW fan, but I’ve enjoyed most of the movies. This one was clearly the best of the second set, but still nowhere near as good as any of the first set. Does that make sense? In my opinion, Lucas had it all goin’ on in the first three (actually the second three chronologically) SW installments and the second three (uh, really the first…….oh, who gives a crap!) just never measured up. But this one, the Third one, was clearly the best.
Batman Begins – I really, really, really, really, liked this movie. Most of you know that I’m a way big Batman guy, and so this movie was clearly one of the most anticipated films on my list. Was it perfect? Hell, no. In fact, there were several parts that really disappointed me. BUT, was it the best Batman movie so far? Hell yes!! This movie finally sets up the Batman the way most fans have always wished he would be. Big, Bad, and Kick Ass!! Am I excited about the sequel?? Hell yes, again. But it’s gonna’ be so far off, 2007 or 2008, that I’m liable to have forgotten all about the good things goin’ on in this film. So that sucks in a way, but I’ll wait and hope for the best.
Fantastic Four – Not high art, and certainly not as fun and fantastic as the Spider-man films, FF is still an acceptable film for Marvel. It’s head and shoulders over The Punisher and Elecktra!! The storyline stays fairly close to the comic origin of the Fab Four, (sorry Beatles) has some great effects, and will probably make enough cash to guarantee a sequel. One of my biggest complaints? The Things brow wasn’t big enough.
Remember a few columns back when I went on a tare about a bunch of horror films comin’ out in February? Remember? I got all worked up about Hollywood totally screwing things up by not releasing horror movies in October. Is this ringin’ any bells? Well, I went out and rented ALL of these February Scary films and now I know why they were not released in October. Because if they were, they would have ruined Halloween. Heres a thumbnail review of these stinkers*;
Note: I told him so. January through March is a wasteland for the most
part. It's where the studios dump all the crap on their shelves not
good enough for Summer or Winter. Bob Weinstein, head of Dimension Films
who released Darkness was even quoted as saying "I released this
movie The Darkness last year at Christmas. It's the worst movie I've
ever seen in my life, this f****** Darkness, but it's a great slot.
The Darkness made 22 million."
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