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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Ultimate Geek Fu

Trailer Park
I didn't actually check the time, but it seemed like last weekend's showing of John Carter was preceded by a full half-hour of trailers for other movies. Sitting there watching them with Karen and The Kid, in a dark and almost-deserted theater, we had a wonderful opportunity to play focus group, or more accurately Mystery Science Theater 3000. The verdicts?

Karen can't wait to see Mirror Mirror this coming weekend. The Kid, for some inexplicable reason, is really excited about Battleship; I don't know where I went wrong. There were the usual couple of other forgettables—not including Wrath of the Titans, I want to add. As much as I thought the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans was unnecessary, too long, and too loud, it was a much better movie than I expected and a lot of fun to watch, so I'll go along for the ride on the sequel. Somewhere down the line I expect it will wear out its welcome—Crash of the Titans? Rash of the Titans? Just how long can we string this one out? Titans vs Terminators seems like a natural. Sam Worthington can do the Mike Myers "Austin Powers" thing and play both leads.

Also as usual, there was not so much as a whisper about the one movie that's coming out this Spring that I really want to see: Iron Sky.

But for our little focus group, the highlight of the Coming Attractions was the trailer for The Avengers. Oh, talk about total nerdvana! Thor, Iron Man, Captain America, and the Incredible Hulk, together at last! Scripted and directed by Joss Whedon! (Okay, so that means that Buffy—er, River—er, Black Widow will have a role all out of proportion to her importance, but never mind that now.) At the end of the trailer, both Karen and The Kid turned to me and asked, "We're going to see that one, right?"


So how about you? Are there any movies coming up in the next few weeks that you are really looking forward to seeing?

Let the arguments begin.
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