Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Futures Market, Part 3

We began last time with a recap so eloquent, so succinct, we would refer you there rather than go through it again. Do not think us lazy: we only want what's best for you.

Babylon A.D. (Aug. 29, 2008)
Minimum Tomatometer: 75%
Vin Deasel (iD&Di: 1.0) once deterred us from seeing a film, but that was before he won our hearts with The Chronicles of Riddick. Now, at the very least, we take notice when he's in a science fiction film. What else is there to say about this movie? Not a great deal, I'm afraid: very little is known. If it can cross the 75% mark, and if we hear it's amusing, we might just go see one final film at the end of summer. Assuming we can still afford to do so.

The Fall (May 9, 2008)
Minimum Tomatometer: 80%
Every now and then the geek and the artistic align. It has, we suppose, something to do with astronomy. A year and a half ago this occurred and Pan's Labyrinth was the result. It was at once a dramatic work of art and a movie for those of us with less conventional tastes. Judging from its trailer, this may be occurring again. We set a high bar for movies such as this, and even then we tend to miss them in the excitement (it comes out, after all, on the same day as Speed Racer). But if the reviews are positive enough, and if we remember, we might just go see this one after all.

Wanted (June 27, 2008)
Minimum Tomatometer: 75%
Their are casualties in summers like this, movies we might otherwise see but will almost certainly miss. I sense Wanted is likely to be one of those movies. It is based on a comic book, though not one we've read. It looks good and is said to be good, but many other movies look so much better. Neither the property nor its original author, Mark Miller (iD&Di: .70), are enough in and of themselves to get us to the theater, and, while certainly intriguing, there are many other options that will be available. Still, if the weather's hot enough and the right reviews are positive enough, we could end up sitting in an air-conditioned theater around June 27th after all.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe (July 25, 2008)
Minimum Tomatometer: 80%
I want to want to see this movie. We are children of nineties here, and science fiction in the nineties, to some extent, was driven by these films. Paranoia and paranormal defined our generation, and we can't hear that music without reminiscing at least a little. Yet... those days have passed. As good as the show was in its heyday, it went downhill at the end. While we once charged to the TV screen every week, we ended up catching it only on occasion. Will we see this in the theater? Probably not. But as the original show taught us so well, anything is possible.

Well, there you have it. Every movie of the summer worth seeing. Except, of course, for that one we missed. Yes, there's always at least one that slips by us somehow, that we don't even know about until it's out. But, however things play out, this promises to be an entertaining, though expensive, year.

We'll see you in line for Iron Man, dear reader. It opens in just a few days....

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