Greetings, folks. It’s my favorite time of the year. As a movie lover …
Yes, that’s MOVIE lover. Not a film nut. There’s a big difference between imbibing the world of cinema and swinging down to the local IMAX 3-D.
I’m planning to go to about a dozen midnight showings this summer. I am already anticipating packing in with about 500 Trekkies to enjoy the new incarnation of the starship Enterprise crew putting on “The Wrath of Cumberbatch.” I’m looking forward to seeing Vin Diesel, the Rock, et al driving fast and furiously all over the screen. Explosions, cars defying the laws of physics, tanks going 100 miles an hour! Cars jumping through exploding planes! Dogs and cats living together!! MASS HYSTERIA!!!
Explosions, cars defying the laws of physics, tanks going 100 miles an hour! Cars jumping through exploding planes! Dogs and cats living together!! MASS HYSTERIA!!!
Woo! Got a little excited there. Yes, I don’t need to tell you how exciting summer movies are. Even the bad ones are a blast to watch in a crowd of people who are experiencing it for the first time and feeling just like you do about it. You will groan simultaneously at Ed Helms making some callback to the first Hangover movie, or you’ll all cheer as the Man of Steel makes you believe that a man can fly.
And the popcorn! THE POPCORN, PEOPLE!!!
OK, I’ll calm down.
But these are great times. Vin Diesel said to expect Oscar contention in the latest Fast & Furious movie. I believe him. And I’m not talking visual effects. I don’t think we’re expected to be blown away by the pyrotechnics of the flick. I mean, we already have high expectations for that; I’m talking screenplay. I’m talking direction. And yes, I’m talking a Best Actor nod for Vin for Fast & Furious 6. You heard it here first, folks.
The month of May already has seen the second-biggest movie opening of all time. Iron Man 3 blew the socks off the theaters right out the box, setting the stage for a fantastic summer. The Star Trek: Into Darkness previews make me wish the 23rd century would hurry up and get here, and yes, I’ll even probably catch the third and final Hangover movie in the theaters. And that’s just May!
In the meantime, there are a bunch of films that the Louisiana Film Commission should be promoting. I’ve got better versions of the Oscar contenders from last year in mind. For example:
Beasts of the Southern Wild: Tigers, Razorbacks, and Bulldogs
Les Miles (Like Les Miserables without the “serab”)