Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Summer Flicks

"You're a movie snob" - that's what one of my co-workers said as we discussed what's out, what's coming out this summer at the theaters. She's right, I am a snob when it comes to who gets my $8+$popcorn+$drink money. I rarely want to see a film as "escapism", because there are cheaper ways to do that with HDtv at home, or with a good book. I tend to be choosey, and want to train our kids up to be the same way, asking questions about a film's value, its message, its artistic merit and its morality (we don't go see every kids' movie that comes out - instead, we research the language and the plot points to see if it's worth seeing or not). And I'm not into every thriller or raunchy comedy that hits the screen.

All that being said, here's what I'm looking forward to seeing this summer:
  • FANTASTIC FOUR - The FF and Spider-Man were the only Marvel comics I really got into as a kid, and from the trailers this one looks like it's going to be good. Value: Family, teamwork, heroic storyline, good vs. evil, making choices, being heroic and doing the right thing because it's the right thing to do.
  • BATMAN BEGINS - After the debacle named Val Kilmer and the other one named George Clooney (I thought Michael Keaton did a really good job!), I'm looking forward o Christian Bale actually having some depth and some decent dialogue as the Dark Knight. Value: Revenge isn't all it's cracked up to be; higher calling; heroic storyline; doing right thing because it's the right thing to do.
  • CRASH - Such a huge cast, and all of them take second place to the plot, which appears to be telling us that we're connected and disconnected at such levels that we can't begin to judge beyond our own prejudices. Value: Relationships matter; don't rush to judgment; we all bleed, all hurt, all need each other.
  • MR. & MRS. SMITH - I wasn't sold on this one early on, and I'm not a Jolie fan at all. Brad Pitt has his moments when he's not the pretty boy, though, and this might make a nice date night movie later on this season. Value: Lots of guns and stuff, but mostly it looks like the couple gets it right in the end; love is thicker than heavy automatic weapons
  • THE ADVENTURES OF SHARK BOY & LAVA GIRL - Another hero movie, this one for the kids. Looks alot like SpyKids, same director, and we thoroughly enjoyed those movies. Expecting the same from this one. Value: Kids being heroic, doing the right thing; imagination, creavitivity as heroic traits.
  • HERBIE: FULLY LOADED - Probably the one movie we'll see because the kids want to see it. The originals were fun (going to rent a few on DVD before the release!), and I'm hoping this one will make us laugh in spite of the cast. Value: Anytime a Volkswagen can win a NASCAR race, that's a good thing!

    ... to be continued...


    Blogger seeker of truth said...

    I love the quote on your sidebar and will be back....looking forward to your advice on summer must sees....thanks

    1/6/05 4:08 PM  
    Blogger Rick said...

    thanks, seeker :) - and feel free to leave your own summer picks here, too!

    1/6/05 4:11 PM  
    Anonymous Krazy Celtic said...

    If it's not too early to speculate, do you have any thoughts on the Chronicles of Narnia movie this winter... is it one that you are looking forward to and would you want your kids to see it?

    1/6/05 5:29 PM  
    Blogger Rick said...

    exactly right, krazy - i'l include that in part two. and yes, kids can see it, but they have to read the book/s first :)

    1/6/05 8:38 PM  
    Blogger Scott said...

    Thanks for the Crash review. I'd heard that it was all negative with no redemptive element.

    1/6/05 9:39 PM  
    Blogger Rick said...

    thanks, scott - that might be just what i'm reading into it. i haven't seen CRASH yet, but plan to in a couple of weeks.

    1/6/05 9:44 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    jesus died for his own sins, not for mine

    1/6/05 11:40 PM  
    Blogger Rick said...

    thanks for stopping by, anonymous:

    (1) what's that got to do with summer movies?

    (2)that doesn't even make sense given what we know about Him. Jesus died for my sin and your sin, but you don't have to take Him up on it... maybe?

    2/6/05 5:23 AM  
    Blogger jen said...

    i had the soulangel link left in my blog too. it's comment spam. just delete it.

    2/6/05 10:17 PM  
    Blogger Rick said...

    naaah - even spam needs to be shown love and forgiveness...

    3/6/05 5:24 AM  

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