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Blockbusters Are For Boys

I must expose myself as the nerd that I truly am (despite my swagger) and address my inner fanboy.

I am a movie buff. Growing up as an only child and an outcast, it was easy for me to escape into worlds greater than my own. Following in that same vein, this is probably why I enjoy writing so much. As far as movies go I love thrillers, biopics, a good foreign flick (and there are several), anime (in the style of American Graffiti), comedies, Spike Lee Joints, Woody Allen flicks and your occasional chick flick and even less occasionally, the black ensemble film. Just on this alone I could write a novel-length blog post, but I won't. Because despite my love for these genres of movies, I LIVE for blockbusters. Classics of this genre include Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Blade Runner

What do I mean by live? I mean driving my wife crazy because I scour the internet for upcoming movies and yell at my computer screen in awe over movie trailers for movies that won't release for at least 8 months. I then download them onto my trusty iPod and watch them, almost on a countdown, until they come out in the theaters. Now I do have some discernment over this. I don't do alien movies unless Steven Spielberg is somehow involved. And sadly, I've given up on George Lucas and his never ending business venture love affair with Star Wars.

During last year's Super Bowl my mouth fell open when they showed the Iron Man teaser. All it was was 30 seconds of quick dialogue, a couple of metal suits with rocket boots, and an exploding tank --- and I was HOOKED! And even before Heath Ledger died, I knew Dark Knight was going to be a serious movie because they used the title Dark Knight and only Batman folks will be able to feel me on that one. Daniel Craig's take on James Bond? It's the best for this particular era in time.

During this past Sunday's Super Bowl they showed more movie teasers than I've seen in previous years --- primarily because the Iron Man one worked so well last year, and maybe that $3 mil price tag had something to do with it. I don't know. Out of the trailers below only Terminator Salvation wasn't shown but I included it because it's on my list (validated merely by Christian Bale's casting in the lead role). Below is my collection of clips with the most (and least) promise for the year.

Opening August 7, 2009 is G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. I'm not too sure about this one. Marlon Wayans is in it. And Sienna Miller as the Baroness?

Making use of a not-so-creative play on words, Fast & Furious opens April 3, 2009.

On May 8, 2009 we will be treated to a complete Star Trek reboot. I'm a little scared about this even with my man Zachary Quinto (Sylar - the only Hero on Heroes who acts like a person with superpowers) as Spock.

Now for the hotness. Terminator Salvation, opening May 22, 2009. Move over Arnold. It's time for Christian.

And then my favorite of this group is Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, opening June 26, 2009. Love Michael Bay or hate him, he did a great job with the first movie (he even got the awful 80's dialogue right) and I expect the same of this one.

A few movies didn't make it to this list because they don't have trailers less than 60 seconds:

  • Watchmen, opening March 6, 2009. Based off of one of the best, most depressing graphic novels I've ever read.
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine, opening May 1, 2009. This movie looks bad-ass. Hopefully they'll get it right.
  • Harry Potter - I don't consider this a blockbuster because of my own biases, but it definitely sells tickets.
Blockbusters are for boys, but girls can watch too. Ladies if you have a man or male friends who start talking crazy about movies like these and you don't like them yourselves. Just humor them. They'll remember you when it's time to see something like, He's Just Not That Into You.

To the fellas who are into this stuff: I think Watchmen will be the movie to see this year, followed by Transformers and Terminator Salvation. I'm not yet sold on the Wolverine flick but I'll take a chance and round out my list with it.

What do you think?

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