So I went to my local theater to watch the latest Tom Cruise movie, Oblivion.
The movie wasn't half bad though I wasn't really expecting much out of it other than some interesting visuals and a half decent sci-fi story.
This might actually be the first movie that I have seen in 2013. I admit that when I read an article claiming that ticket sales for movies were down in the US because of the recession I was perplexed. The only reason they aren't getting my money so far this year is because they really have released anything that wasn't a complete turd missile. The only reason I wanted to see this one is because it looked vaguely interesting, not because I am a huge Tom Cruise fan. Cruise will be Cruise in every damn movie he is in because that is where the money is at. He puts himself out there ever so often to retain his street cred as a real actor (Born on the 4th of July, Magnolia, Tropic Thunder) but usually he is just Tom Cruise. Which is fine, he seems like a nice enough guy if you leave out Scientology. The real reason I watched this is because it looked great visually and there isn't shit else out that I want to watch really other than The Place Behind the Pines. It is that time of the year were all the good movies that you've been told about are getting ready for their final approach. Iron Man 3, Star Trek Into the Darkness, Superman, Pacific Rim etc etc etc. Why something good can't come out between Jan-March is a mystery.
Speaking of movies, the trailers before this were so truly terrible for the most part I don't even know what to say about them. The only good one was the Star Trek: Into The Darkness which I have been trying to avoid because I want to be surprised about what happens without the trailer answering all the riddles immediately. So I spent 2 minutes with my eyes and ears closed going NANANANANA. The other decent trailer was Man of Steel besides that it was FUCKKKKKKK!
One film trailer was basically Men in Black except replace aliens with ghosts and the change the casting around. So now you have Ryan Reynolds as Will Smith and Jeff Bridges playing Tommy Lee Jones and they have to save the world of the living from ghosts. Even the ghosts looks strangely like the ugly ass aliens from MiB, twelve eyes and big and lurking. The only thing I can see it has going for it is Jeff Bridges but even he seems to be playing the same character from True Grit.
Another was a buddy cop film except with Sandra Bullock playing the uptight one and the chic from Bridemaids playing the sloppy I've had it up to here with your rules type. I really miss Riggs and Murtaugh.
The worst of course has to have been another, yes another Fast and Furious movie. I think it is number 6 but to be honest I have only actually watched the first one and that was on purpose way way back in the 90's. It was terrible then but now after gone through the blender 5 more times I can't even imagine how weak and shitty it is. There was a time kids, way back in the day, when we thought Vin Diesel was going to be a great actor. He worked hard, made, starred and directed an indie film. Got some good cred in a little known movie called Pitch Black and Speilberg put him in Saving Private Ryan because of it. Then he started making action movies, shit like Fast and The Furious and XXX and he quickly disappeared into the shit mist. Now he holds on to a shadow of his former self being in sequels to movies he starred in a decade ago.
Lastly there was a preview for a movie about magicians...seriously. Honestly I don't give a damn about a magician movie unless it starred Will Arnett but I don't know, I might give it a try because it is also a heist movie also it has Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman in it. So why not?