Most of you that know me well know I am a movie geek. My friends usually start a conversation about movies with "how is this movie?" rather than "have you seen this movie yet?" I don't get around as much as I did, but I still see myself a flick or two when they come around. Last week began the onslaught of summer movie mayhem. From now until August, every single week has something that I must see. I write this now cuz I am still on a high from this week's arrival (more on that later).
ch-Check. Saw it twice. Marvel does it AGAIN! One of the best comic book movies ever created, in my opinion. Not only are the special effects and action scenes inevitably amazing, it has a very modern and compelling story, GREAT acting, and its also hilarious. (Director John Favreau directed Elf among other things). Yes, it is as good as it seems. If you haven't seen it yet, I don't think you should be my friend until you do. I usually don't give official ratings, but if I did, I'd give it 5/5 Iron Men.
Whew! I just got back from this one and boy are my arms tired! Ba-HA! I have noticed this movie is not getting great reviews. Why? Because all those official critics sitting behind a bland mahogany desk in a room with no sunshine have not sat and watched saturday morning cartoons, specifically Japanese cartoons, through their whole childhood (and into adulthood for some of us). They never had a childhood, they didn't kick it old school. Fan of the series or not, if you enjoy the over the top bombast of most things Japanese, this live-action anime will have your heart racing. I suppose it might be too much for SOME of you...but I absolutely loved it. Its only possible flaw is that it was slightly long, but I didn't notice much with how fast paced it was. I literally cheered when Speed would win (I mean...or does he lose? Ahem...), and after the flick was over I stood up and burst into Nihongo with my fist in the air. "Kore kara mo IKUZO!" 4.5/5 chimps in suits. (This movie got me so Japanisized I think I shall finally make a list of my fav Japanese music artists...stay tuned!)
And here is the forcast until August...
next week - Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Week 4 - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Week 5 - Sex & the City (I have an obsessed wife...)
week 1 - Kung Fu Panda
week 2 - The Happening, The Incredible Hulk
week 3 - Get Smart
week 4 - Wall-E, Wanted
week 1 - Hancock
week 2 - Hellboy 2: the Golden Army
week 3 - The Dark Knight
week 4 - Step Brothers, X-Files: I Want to Believe
Am I a nerd or what? And proud of it! And these don't include the myriad of limited release films I probably won't get to see (for example The Fall) and the few in August (Star Wars Clone Wars). If'n any o' ya's wants to party harty with us at these films, you are welcome to join the festifications.
On a fun side note, today I saw cousin Dave and his wife Karen and met their chubbalub, Eli. Twas good to catch up and remember old school times (like...semi trucks? I have pictures...)
To be continued...