Monday, July 21, 2008


I see 1 or maybe 2 movies a year. By seeing a movie, I mean going to a traditional movie theater to see a movie. This year I had to miss the eBay summer movie. That's where eBay takes over a local cineplex, and watch a movie. This year it was the new Indiana Jones movie. Last year, it was The Simpsons.

So by missing the eBay movie, it seemed likely that I would see no movies this summer. Instead, I have seen three. Amazing. Being such an obvious connoisseur, I thought I would share my opinions.

The Hulk -- I was a little skeptical of Ed Norton, and very skeptical of Liv Tyler ... but it was pretty good. Norton was good. Tyler was not convincing as a scientist, sorry. Even worse, she wasn't really that attractive in the movie either. Was her acting good? I'm no good at making such determinations. Still, pretty good.

Iron Man -- I love comic book movies, obviously. The Hulk was good, but Iron Man was much better. Its faithfulness to the mythology was excellent. Obviously Robert Downey, Jr. was the perfect person to play Tony Stark. I really hope that future installments tap into the Stark the Drunk + Rhodey as Iron Man, as it seemed to hint at during the movie.

Wall E -- I took my kids to see this. I was a little nervous about my youngest son, Raymond. He is 2 1/2 years old, and very lively, so I wasn't sure if he would make it through the movie. I will never know if my worries were warranted to or not, as he fell asleep about 20 minutes into the movie. My 4 year old, Michael, Jr. absolutely loved it, and so did I. It is easily the best Pixar movie, and that is really saying a lot.

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