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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Ultimate Geek Fu

Ah, late May. The garden is growing; the trees are leafed out; both Summer and my cottonwood pollen allergies are in their full glory. As we head into the Memorial Day weekend we note that this traditionally has been the start of both the summer vacation and summer movie blockbuster seasons, but The Movie I Promised Not To Write About Again has kinda blown that idea out of the water. I expect that next year the summer movie blockbuster season will begin shortly after Easter.

But that's in the future. For now, this year, this coming weekend: what will you be doing? Sparing a few minutes to observe the nominal purpose of this holiday? I hope so. Taking off for the weekend to the cabin or the beach, to spend a few days offline? I wish I was. Taking in a movie?

Most likely.

So what's on your want-to-see list for the near future? Men in Black 3 opens this weekend, as does Chernobyl Diaries and OC87: The Obsessive Compulsive, Major Depression, Bipolar, Asperger's Movie. (Ooh, sounds like can't miss material.) Pirates and Dark Shadows are still around, and Battleship may yet be, although the initial returns are calling it a flop that may eclipse John Carter. (Ouch!)

Looking a few weeks further out, we've got Snow White and The Huntsman, Piranha 3DD (no, that's not a typo; it means just what you think it means), Battlefield America -- "A young businessman hires an instructor to turn a group of misfit kids into a team on the underground dance competition circuit." -- the underground. dance. competition. circuit. Somehow, I think I'll be able to contain my excitement.

Prometheus, for which I will be there on opening weekend. Ridley Scott's new movie is not merely a prequel to Alien but a descendant of Blade Runner? Count me in.

After that: Brave looks promising. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter looks...

And of course, we all can't wait to see G.I. Joe: Retaliation, in which Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson completes his transformation into a four-inch-high plastic action figure.

How about you? What movies are you looking forward to seeing this summer?

Let the arguments begin...

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