Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Iron Man, Revenge of the Nerds & My Top 5 Anticipated Summer Films

Two blog updates in one day. Shit!

My afternoon today was spent watching the classic film
Revenge of the Nerds, which I can now whole-heartedly endorse. A man named Ogre screaming "Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!" is reason enough for me to give it the thumbs-up.
I felt that my viewing of Revenge of the Nerds was a back-to-the-drawing-board experience after the viewing of my first summer blockbuster this year, Iron Man. A couple nights ago, I experienced John Favreau's Iron Man, the first big blockbuster film of the 2008 season. As a regular visitor to RottenTomatoes.com, I had taken notice that with 93%, Iron Man was the best reviewed movie of the year thus far.

I sat in my seat and experienced 2 hours of...good? It was good. But 93% good? I'm a very spiteful bastard, so I wasn't convinced. The film seemed to have a very healthy diet of comedic moments that all worked very well, an effective (yet drawn-out) origin story, some great performances (Downey Jr. of course) but the final act seemed thrown together with archaic simplicity.

Curse Favreau for not letting Jeff Bridges sip on a White Russian. C'mon man. Fuck it, dude let's go bowling.

Oh, and what the shit was Terrence Howard doing there for three minutes of screen time? He was in fucking Hustle & Flow!

It felt all sorts of wrong, but it was still pleasing. Perhaps I should just shut up.

I can't blame a critic for recommending this film, but I myself would recommend holding onto your cash for another blockbuster. Indiana Jones perhaps, which will probably be just as hollow but the nostalgia alone will make it worthwhile.

Today, it was back to the basics: Revenge of the Nerds. Say what you will about the quality of the film, I needed something casual with a little bit of flare; which is what Iron Man was, except wrapped up in a giant box with big bows and pretty paper on it.

And now for something completely different:


#5: The Happening
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan
I watched the trailer, and goddammit! I swore I was done with M. Night, but this movie looks effing great. I am ready to spend time with this movie, but I won't be surprised to walk out of the theatre wanting my time back. Coming out June 13th, happy birthday to me!

#4: Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Directed by Guillermo Del Toro
Guillermo Del Toro? Yes please. Ron Perlman? But of course. That plus add the fact that Del Toro said that if Hellboy 2 does enough business, the third Hellboy will see him defending the earth against 21st century Nazis. YES.

#3: Hamlet 2

Directed by Andrew Fleming (?)
The poster is pretty shitty, but watch the effing trailer anyways. If you liked Waiting For Guffman, this should fuel your hate thespians that much further. Rock me, rock me sexy Jesus. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACSlH9PSo7g

#2: Pineapple Express

Directed by David Gordon Green

I've enjoyed the majority of the past Apatow Productions films, but this one seems to be friggin' amazing. Superbad meets Fargo.

#1: The Dark Knight
Directed by Christopher Nolan


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