Monday, January 31, 2011
But then I'll remember that a lot of people I know - people who would not normally like this film - liked it. Then I'll think, "Yeah, but THEY went into it not expecting to like it! So if I go in thinking I'll enjoy it..."
And thus, I will enter into a cycle of cyclicality. A Carousel of Expectations, if you will.
My thoughts on this movie will remain SO ambivalent and in flux - yo-yo-ing up and down - that it will be merely a matter of chance and random luck if I actually enjoy this film at all. (The same kind of luck you experience when jumping onto a real moving carousel and find that you've been skewered in the back by the horn of the one wooden, ride-on unicorn that most of those rides include, for the more "fantasy-minded" of children. (e.g., "Wow, there was such little chance of this happening and yet my spleen is now a kabob.")
Look, people. This is a lose/lose situation for me, anyway. If I don't like it, well: a) Everyone'll just say "You don't like anything, Jeff" and make my heart hurt because I realize my friends believe I am dead inside or b) I'll still have wasted 100 minutes of my life.
But, as I've always said that, "I don't like 'those kinds' of movies", and I DO like it, I'm a traitor to my own mind.
So, in the end, no matter if I like this movie or not, whenever in conversation the subject of this movie come up, I will be forced to say, "The Hangover? Nah. I never saw it."
FINAL PREVIEW SCORE (A to F): D+
BUY IT: The Hangover at Amazon
Friday, January 28, 2011
So, I'll try and adjust my mindset - to be ready for the worst. In the back of my mind, I will be saying "this won't end well", but will still have an even deeper hope that I am wrong. (I won't be.)
Also taking place in my brain will be the effort to reconcile the events in the book with the filmed version from 1962 - even though I saw that version over 20 years ago and don't remember a single thing from it. "Do I remember this character?" "Do I remember the plants (for I DO remember the villains are plants!) looking as described?" "DO I remember the locations? Names? Action? No and No and then No No No will be the answers, but I'll continue to try and remember. This distraction might possibly be a disservice to the book, but I won't be able to help myself.
Even now, I have a fuzzy mental image of a washed-out, too-blue too-green frame of film of someONE running from someTHING. Therefore, I will read this book in the faded colors of a 60's sci-fi B-movie. So that's pretty cool.
FINAL PREVIEW SCORE (A to F): A-
BUY IT: The Day of the Triffids at Amazon
Thursday, January 27, 2011
At least once during the movie, I will turn to my wife and say, "I'm really glad that Milla Jovovich decided to embrace being an action movie star." I might then try to equate her to a young Sigourney Weaver. I might, then, launch into a "bit" about how weird "Sigourney" is, as a name. (Though I will only do so if it is a slow part of the film. But, c'mon! Look at that poster over there ---> Does that look like the poster of a film which will go more than 30 seconds without action?)
Any failings I find the movie to have, I will write off as my own fault for neglecting to see the film as the director intended: In 3D.
FINAL PREVIEW SCORE (A to F): B+
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
More footage leaked. More boring, dull visuals were offered. This lead me to suspect the story would be equally dull. but i was at least going to give it a chance. Jeff Bridges can't be all bad. I offered this altered opinion forth. It wasn't good enough. More anger from friends. More fruit thrown. I was pantsed.
Tron will live up to my expectations. And i'll throw fruit at everyone i know.
FINAL PREVIEW SCORE (A to F): D+
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