Monday, August 14, 2006

Movies this Year

It's now August and I have yet to see a 2006 release that I really liked. Probably the closest was THE ANT BULLY, but that's pushing it. And STRANGERS WITH CANDY, but I worked on that so I can't count it.

I usually see about 60-70 movies a year in the theater. However, most of those I see during "awards season" (November - February) regardless of when the films were released. I've probably only seen about 20 movies so far this year. Since most of the "critically praised" films will be screening later for consideration, I've seen mostly the pop films. But even they seem particularly bad this year. MIAMI VICE was really, really awful. M:I 3 was terrible. PIRATES would have been enjoyable if they had kept the silly mood of the first movie and the film was half the length.

Usually there are at least a couple of summer pop films that I'm looking forward to. There are several docs I'm interested in seeing, including AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH. I also still haven't seen CARS.

I didn't really notice how bad the films were until I looked at a listing of this year's box office. Box Office Mojo has pretty useful listings, including estimated budgets on many films, so you can see just how badly the films are really doing.

I must admit a passing interest in SNAKES ON A PLANE.

The Dodgers won again, 5 in a row! 16 out of 17. Nomar got a 2-run homer and 3 RBI.
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