Summer Springs Forward

May is here, which means that summer has officially started. Well, as far as Hollywood is concerned, summer has arrived.

According to astronomers and “¦ um “¦ nature, summer doesn’t start until June 21 or so. According to the kids these days, it doesn’t start until school is over for the year. And by the rules that Hollywood was playing with until just recently, the summer movie season started around Memorial Day.

These past few years, what with Spidey 3, Iron Man, Star Trek, and Thor all coming out in early May, they’ve opened up the summer movie duration to the wee weeks of May. This year, that trend continues with the rip-roaring superhero blowout movie, The Avengers.

I shouldn’t have to tell you about this film. With the stars of half the previously mentioned movies in it, and the other half rumored to have roles in the sequels, I figure you at least know about the Avengers movie. It’s good. Go see it.

I’ve already talked about all these superhero movies. Not in a negative way, mind you. I love me some superheroes. I used to collect comics. (When I say “used to,” I mean I stopped last month “¦ er, last month-ish.)

[pullquote]I was raised on the lore of the four-color from the time I was knee-high to a grasshopper. I could tell you things about Bruce Wayne and Bruce Banner that would curl your toes.[/pullquote]

I was raised on the lore of the four-color from the time I was knee-high to a grasshopper. I could tell you things about Bruce Wayne and Bruce Banner that would curl your toes.

And the illustrated medium isn’t home to just the types who put on spandex and try to save the world. Hollywood already has dived into a plethora of tales that have nothing to do with heat vision, utility belts, or mutant powers but have come from what my great-aunt would have called “funny books”: A History of Violence, Road to Perdition, 300, and Ghost World, all of these based on graphic novels and none of them breaking the laws of physics “” for the most part, anyway. I recommend all of those, though some are a little violent. Well, all of them except Ghost World.


On an unrelated note, which 81-year-old do you think would win in a fight: Clint Eastwood or William Shatner? Yeah, me too.

Stop the Presses! Bâton Rouge, the Movie!!??!!

OK, I was in the middle of writing this article and I was doing a search involving the capital city, the place we all know and love. (Seriously, I do love it here, though oftentimes I feel I know this city not at all “¦ but I digress.)

I just found out there’s a film called Bâton Rouge. Not surprisingly, it’s in French. It came out in 1985! How am I just finding out about this?

This is my homework for next time. I’ve got to watch this movie. If you get a chance, let me know where to find it. I’m starting from scratch here.

All this time I was thinking that Back to the Future was the greatest movie to come out in 1985 while this little potential prize has been sitting under my proverbial nose this whole time. Travesty!

Bored Games

I’m actually a little surprised that I’ve heard a good thing or two about Battleship. Granted, they’re all about Liam Neeson. He can look cool even in a problematic movie like Wrath of the Titans, though. I mean, after Taken, if someone said that he was going to be in a movie called Watching Paint Dry, I’d at least give it the benefit of the doubt. But a movie based on a board game that involves the repetition of numbers and letters and people saying “hit” or “miss,” with the occasional “You sank my battleship!” doesn’t exactly sound thrilling.

Thankfully, it looks like the filmmakers deviated from the source material just a little bit. I don’t know if it’ll be another Clue, but at the very least, there’ll be lots of ‘splosions!


That’s it for me. I’ll see you in 30 with my book report on Bâton Rouge, the movie!

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