Support Your Seasonal Blockbuster: 2.19
Alright, so the majority of you who vocalized your opinion of the premiere post were not so sassified with me. That's all well and good, but for now, I'm running the show, so you'll just have to put up with me for today.
I will (attempt to) talk briefly on something that I, as an anal film critic, am not generally very fond of: The Blockbuster. Not the chain of video rental stores that censors their material (yes, Blockbuster censors all the movies they rent out - now, get Netflix), but the Hollywood kind.
I have this friend that works in an extremely overpriced candy store in Manhattan. It is frequented by celebrity types, rich-ass tourists, and spoiled children truant from their private schools. They shill out color-specific bags of M&Ms at 100X the cost of buying in bulk and paying illegal immigrants to separate them into crystal bowls.
It's a lot like big production companies and their shoddy attempts to lure us back into theaters to see movies they spend hundreds of millions of dollars making and marketing and merchandising. These movies generally suck and they proliferate the idea that directors like Michael Bay are a catch, and that's just stupid. It's no wonder summer box office sales are lower than they've been in 20 years. People are catching on.
However, once in a blue moon, something great comes along and saves their sorry asses. Movies like "Batman" and the upcoming King Kong present the viewing audience with more than the incentive of making Big Hollywood a crapton of money. They are truly spectacles. They are something that needs to be seen on the big screen. And you should love them, because they are truly awesome. Most of the time, I side with the indies, but sometimes, big money = big fun. Embrace your inner geek, and find some love for the rarely spectacular seasonal blockbuster. But choose wisely, and try to never appreciate a Michael Bay movie.