Friday, June 13, 2008

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Weekend Gibberish

Fridays are exciting for two reasons: movies and paychecks. Unfortunately, it's still the first week, which means I won't be getting my paycheck until next week. Also unfortunately, the only movies out today are The Incredible Hulk and The Happening.

It's hard for me to get excited about anything Hulk-related. Nothing interests me about him. Not the Jekyll-Hyde aspect, not the smash aspect, not the potential-character-study aspect. Nothing. But then, I've never been a huge superhero fan. I love Batman, but some claim he's as much a superhero as the Phantom or the Shadow. (Isn't Phantom a superhero, though?) I also have an okay number of Spider-Man comics, and if you don't like X-Men, then fuck you. But other than that, I never kept up with Marvel lore or DC mythos. Iron Man was a great ride, but I counted it as an all-star action epic rather than a superhero flick.

As for The Happening, well, come on. The trailers are cringe-inducing. Everyone seems to be sticking to one expression. The first time around, I was intrigued. The more I see, though, the more irritated I become. I think it's when they finally put in the line, "There appears to be an event happening." Does anyone else think that sentence sounds a little dumb? Almost like a parody of suspense-movie dialogue. The fact that's delivered by Cameron doesn't help.

If I have to choose between the two, I'm saying The Happening. I've all of Shyamalan's films since The Sixth Sense, and only The Village really disappointed me; even then, the premise, if not the execution, was interesting, and it had William Hurt. He is also the only thing that will get me to see The Incredible Hulk.

I'm just waiting for Get Smart next week.

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