To think The Hobbit wouldn’t have been the hit it already is or have the opening weekend it had would be nuts. For whatever reason, it’s not resonating with critics, with one even daring to mention the unthinkable of prequels, Star Wars. That’s like jinxing Picaso from ever painting again. Getting $84 million is such an achievement that it makes this upcoming box office weekend even harder to predict because. Before last weekend, I would have said The Hobbit had an outside shot to be the #1 movie at the box office in its second weekend, but ultimately not able to beat out Jack Reacher. Now? I’m not as sure of Tom Cruise’s prospects.
I’m not an Archer fan, it’s a little too alt-comedy for me, the kind of thing that belongs on Adult Swim at a harmless time like 1 a.m. instead of taking up valuable FX scheduling real estate. But I know there are some readers who are fans so this I’ll make sure to tell you the show is doing a four-city live tour to promote the season premiere of the show in January, and two of those four cities are Philly (Jan. 11 at the TLA) and New York City (Jan. 12 at the Irving). Although it looks like both of them are sold out, proving that yeah, there are Archer fans out there.
Believe it or not, we’re only a couple weeks away from the Iron Man 3 hype machine out in full force. It’s not starting until May 3, but after the glut of Christmas movies, there just isn’t that much in the way of major movies coming out until the third Iron Man. We’re talking about Jack the Giant Slayer (March 1), Oz: The Great and Powerful (March 8 ) and GI Joe 2 (March 29) as the only things even close to big name movies. That is going to leave the road clear for Marvel to do what it does best — hype the everlasting snot out of one of its movies. It’s part of the allure of having that first weekend in May to itself, it gets to own the first four months of the year.
There is just no in between with the new Wolverine movie. It’s either going to be fantastic, or it’s going to ruin the character forever, with no possibility of making another movie because of intense fan backlash. I’m pushing for the former. It would be really brutal to see Wolverine, one of the five greatest comic book characters ever, have such a brutal epic fail and just fall apart so sequentially brutal since the first X-Men. Even if the movie is a failure, Hugh Jackman probably will have at least one more go-around as Wolverine in the Days of Future Past movie in 2014 with a chance to redeem himself.
You’ve got enough to worry about in the Man of Steel trailer without asking silly questions like, “Why is Superman unconscious at the beginning of the trailer when he’s supposed to be impervious to everything???” We geeks have evolved. We’re not supposed to be asking stupid questions like that anymore. That sounds like the question the Star Trek guy asked William Shatner in the famous SNL skit. Maybe we should worry about getting yet another Superman origin story when we got that in the first movie, in the second movie, and one big, long origin story played out over nine seasons of Smallville. This isn’t bothering anyone else?
Did someone say Star Trek? Sure did!The new Star Trek trailer went online earlier and it’s not bad. It probably moved my interest level from “not” to “somewhat curious.” There’s no way I’d see it in the theaters, but now I’d probably spend two hours of my life watching it on Blu-ray. I didn’t care for the first, the whole time-jumping thing sent it straight off a cliff for me. It’s not that I didn’t understand it, I did. I just didn’t think it worked in the scheme, presentation or long-term planning of the franchise. Other than that, I don’t know if I even remember one thing that happened other than the whole love triangle thing. So you’d have to do something special to get me even remotely interested in the second one. I guess they did. And I’m not a Star Trek person, at all, nor am I a Chris Pine fan. I don’t know why he’s being stuffed down our throats, I just know I’m annoyed by it. TRAILER GRADE: B+
When did I miss the memo that they were making a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots movie? Wait, it’s actually called Pacific Rim? It looks cool enough and all, but this is setting up like another Battleship, which was just another Transformers. You’ve got your good-looking, up-and-coming star (Jax!), your comic relief (Charlie Day) and your robots. Lots and lots of robots. Then more robots. Although I hope it’s somehow explained in the movie how mankind can just all of a sudden come up with this great idea of making human robot bodies with a day or two of some kind of alien invasion. And why they didn’t let Jax finally have his British accent, especially when Idris Elba gets to use his. And, please, don’t let Ron Perlman be Jax’s dad in this, too. That will just be weird. TRAILER GRADE: C