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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Ultimate Geek Fu Thinks About Going to the Movies

With the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1, another holiday movie season is upon us. There are a lot of movies, including the one I've just mentioned, vying for the average geek's movie dollars.

Let's start with latest Harry Potter movie. Is anyone else tired of these things? I mean, this will be the seventh Potter movie in nine year. That's one heck of a lot of Hogwarts and rules-breaking-to-save-the-world on Harry's part. A big group of people are going to see this on Friday and I'll probably go along, but I just can't build up any real excitement for it.

Megamind is another one that's already out. As an old superhero fan, I find myself curious about this one despite its unoriginal-sounding villain-as-hero plot. With all the other stuff coming out, though, it may get pushed back until it comes out on DVD.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson does Vin Diesel doing Rambo in Faster. From the previews, it looks to be a blood-soaked, take-the-law-into-your-own-hands revenge fantasy. I guess it was only a matter of time before he got tired of being the Tooth Fairy. I'll pass.

In what may be the last of the Disney "princess" movies, Tangled brings a Disneyfied version of Rapunzel to big screen. Word is that Disney held this one back while upping the action content in the hopes of getting boys interested in seeing the movie. Even if it doesn't work, Disney has already announced that they're going to be doing more action-oriented movies because boys like those and girls no longer want to be princesses. (God help us all, little girls apparently want to be "cool" and "hot.") I generally like Disney animated movies (Chicken Little and A Christmas Carol excepted), so Audrey and I will go see this one. I expect the Boy will avoid it like the plague.

The Warrior's Way looks like a combination of a Chinese "wire fu" fantasy action movie and a western. The one preview I've seen intrigued me and the alliterative combination of swords and six-guns could be fun. If the Boy is interested, I suspect we'll find time to catch this in the theaters.

Defying expectations, the third Narnia movie, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, was actually made and will hit theaters on December 10. I've enjoyed the previous two movies well enough to plan to see this one in the theaters, too. It helps that the Boy is interested, as well.

On December 17, the geek-out movie of this Christmas season hits theaters. Featuring some of the original cast and vastly superior special effects, Tron: Legacy is probably the most anticipated movie on this list; at least by geeks, anyway. Twenty-eight years after the original confused the heck out of everyone but us geeks and several years after the first footage was shown at ComicCom, the full movie will finally hit the big screen. Lightcycles? Cyberspace? Video games? What's not to like? The Boy and I will definitely be there.

Did I miss any movies all true geeks should be planning to see? And what about you? Are you getting tired of Harry Potter? Did you see the original Tron in the theaters and can't wait for the sequel? What movies are you looking forward to this season?

Let the arguments begin!
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