I do not go to the movies much anymore. When I lived in College Station a year ago, going to see a movie at Cinemark cost only $3.50 for students. So, I didn’t mind going to movies that had potential to be total busts. In the Houston area, however, prices range from $9 to $12, if you want to have the 3D experience, so I am a lot more picky about what movies I choose to see in theaters.
Movie I can’t wait to go see:
Django Unchained. This movie is going to be awesome. Granted, I’ve enjoyed just about everything Tarantino has put out. This will be his ode to the spaghetti western genre, while trying to add in elements of American history he says, “we’re ashamed of”, such as treatment of slaves after their freedom.
The film is also going to have a great cast, including Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Sacha Baron Cohen, Dennis Christopher and Don Johnson. It comes out around Christmas 2012.
Movie I will not be paying $12 to go see:
Battleship. The trailer looked like it was going to be a Transformers spin-off. I kept thinking, “Okay Michael Bay, where are you going with this?” Sure enough his name never showed up in the credits. However, when the movie’s title was revealed at the end, I almost fell out of my chair. Battleship? Really?
The first mistake I think the producers made was their choice of childhood game to recreate. Without a doubt, Hungry, Hungry Hippos would have been an epic that would have changed the cinematic experience forever. Just imagine the effects and budget of Battleship, incorporated with the apocalyptic infestation of four gigantic hippopotami, destroying all that is precious to man. Two words: Blockbuster.