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So I am a movie buff. I should qualify that. I was. I haven't seen nearly as many recently as I have in the past. There have been things I've wanted to see, but sometimes life and other more pressing (and, in some cases, entertaining) matters have interceded so that it didn't happen. In the current movie-going environment, if you don't see something within two weeks of its initial release, you either hope it makes it to the second run or wait for the DVD. The latter is often a better option. Personally, I like Netflix so I don't deal with late fees and they seem to have better selection than Blockbuster. Plus, with DVD quality picture, my surround sound system, the comfort of my reclining, massaging couch, and microwave popcorn, why the hell should I pay $8 to listen to the stupid comments of the people behind me (probably on their damned cell phones)? This is probably why I've seen almost none of the Oscar-nominated films this year, despite my interest in many of them.

But this is just a long-winded way to get to the matter at hand, i.e., that I think this can be a great year for movies, and there are many I'm looking forward to. Here's a short list of some of the most anticipated:

Constantine (I know it's already out, and fans of the Hellblazer comic consider casting Keanu Reeves as sacrilege, but I'm still curious)
Cursed (Question mark, but I'm interested)
Be Cool (I loved Get Shorty, both book & movie. This should be great.)
XXX: State of the Union (I was concerned that Vin Diesel left, but the Super Bowl showed promise)
Sin City
Batman Begins (this, I think, could be the highlight of the summer)
Madagascar (the penguins in the trailer are hysterical)
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Okay, Lucas has killed the franchise, but the preview looks pretty and at least this should end it. Then I can go on with my life as if this new trilogy never happened)
The Pink Panther (I love the old Peter Sellers ones as very silly entertainment. The cast for this bodes well, and the preview looks silly, which I appreciate. It will likely make $4 at the box office.)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (if it stays true to the book, it will be great. If it doesn't, it will be godawful)
War of the Worlds (Okay, I didn't like "Minority Report" and I have visions of "Independence Day" (another godawful film) but I try to remain optimistic)

So that, briefly, are some of what I'm looking forward to. Perhaps more info than anyone needed, but I'm looking forward to watching more movies in the future.


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Feb. 22nd, 2005 11:33 am (UTC)
Madagascar is the one that we'll be seeing around here...animation wins out here. I agree on Netflix, though, its very handy having movies just appear in your mailbox. I've seen a few things now that I would have liked to see in the movies, but life gets in the way.
There's another kids movie coming out in March....I can't remember the name of it...its got characters built from nuts & bolts...looks pretty funny.
The last one you didn't mention and Owen is dying to see...The Pacifier. Not exactly a high quality film, but it looks pretty entertaining, especially for kids.
Feb. 22nd, 2005 10:35 pm (UTC)
I want to see Batman Begins, but I'm afraid. Same way I feel about Superman Returns. "PLEASE DON'T SCREW THIS UP!"

I'm also looking forward to Serinity.
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