Monday, January 21, 2008

Blue Monday

According to experts, today is the most depressing day of the year. Chock it up to Christmas bills, nasty weather, failed resolutions, and low motivation. So make sure you do something nice for yourself today. The good news is, it shouldn't get any worse from here... *in bed.

*"In bed" is what my family adds to the end of sentences, namely fortune cookies and horoscopes, to make them more interesting. But we've also been known to use them to make light of potentially jinxing words. I'd hate for my "famous last words" to be something about life getting better and than I get hit by a manure truck or something. How shitty. Literally.


Godzilla, only a million times better. I was a bit nervous going into this movie due to all the signs warning of possible motion sickness. The film was recorded using hand cameras so it would feel more realistic, and I've been known to get dizzy watching these kinds of films. Fortunately, despite the neck-aching angles, the movie itself was so captivating that I never once felt like leaving. In fact, the people around us were actually sitting on the edge of their seats. More than once I turned to Hoop and exclaimed, "I can't believe how cool this is!" The guys at Bad Robot, also the producers of Lost, are absolutely genius. There are those who criticize this movie as being a "9/11 Thrill Ride". To them I say, pffft. You wouldn't know a good film if it came out of the water and bit your head off. Hoop and I give this movie five out of five sporks.

Golden Compass:
After reading the book and seeing the movie, I'm STILL not sure what the hype was all about. As far as fantasies go, this story rates about average at best. All the characters seem a bit unlikeable and the mysteries, even when finally unraveled, are confusing and sloppily connected. The graphics in the movie were magnificent, but the action was slow and the ending cut off without any solid conclusion. The biggest issue I had with this film though was that it advertised as if it were a family movie. It wasn't. In one scene an animal gets its jaw knocked clean off. The children behind me promptly burst into tears as one man in the back shouted, "What the fuck?!" Overall, Hoop and I give this movie two out of five sporks.

Movies On The Horizon!
Iron Man - May 2nd
Speed Racer - May 9th
Chronicles Of Narnia (Prince Caspian) - May 16th
Indiana Jones (Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull) - May 22nd
Incredible Hulk - June 13th
Hellboy 2 - July 11th
Mummy (Tomb Of The Dragon) - August 1st
Punisher (War Zone) - September 12th
Where The Wild Things Are - October 3rd
City Of Ember - October 10th
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - November 21st
Halo - Late 2008
Smurfs - Late 2008
Terminator 4 - Late 2008



At 21 January, 2008, Blogger Spamboy said...

I give this post four out of five sporks. In bed.

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger Penelope Anne said...

Thanks for the review on Cloverfield, we have all been curious about it here in the Bear household. Blue Monday, aren't they bed.

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger Jen said...

Today HAS been a bad day. I even cried at how bad it is turning out to be. I don't cry much. *in bed.

Your movie reviews made me smile - okay Cloverfield did - Golden Compass just made me more bleh. The husband promises me a movie tomorrow! I know which one I am picking. . . .

P.S. I know I have yet to say thank you for the Golden Spork - you don't know what that means to me being one of the chosen by YOU!

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger Sparkling Red said...

There's going to be a Smurfs movie? That makes Blue Monday seem not so bad after all. Especially if it's Smurf blue.

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger gr said...

Most depressing day of the year? Not if you happen to like both the Giants and the Patriots! Feeling somewhat buoyant today....

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger mamatulip said...


There's a Smurfs movie coming out? In bed?

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger Alli said...

I agree. Everyone needs to do something good for themselves today!!

Thanks for the movie reviews. We were going to see Cloverfield this past weekend, but in our usual manner, we didn't get around to it. BUT now I have to go see it!!! And I have no interest in reading or seeing Golden Compass...due to the underlying meanings in the stories. I am glad that I am not missing much by not seeing it.

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger geenalyn said...'s my oldest niece's bday...guess she has a crappy bed

I got sick well nauseous really watching blair witch, i'm afraid to see cloverfield.

And dude i love the smurfs!!

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger Mouse said...

Thanks for the reviews.. especially the one on Golden Compass. I was thinking of taking my son to see it after I read some reviews but I'll steer clear of it now.
I hate those movies done like personal recordings.. they make me absolutely nausiated as well. I'm really sensitive to motion though and really can't play computer or Playstation type games either.

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger R.E.H. said...

Oh my Lord! The new Indiana Jones movie is coming May 22nd??? I really have to start paying attention to new releases again!

I absolutely LOVE the Indiana Jones films of the past.

And a Smurf movie? Will it be animated, or are they going to use real actors (wouldn't that be freakin' hilarious... or not!)

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger Jay said...

All you have to do is go to J.J. Abrams' IMDB page and you will see all the really awesome stuff he has done ... in bed.

He's also got the latest Star Trek movie coming out this summer.

I wonder how many of those "late summer" movies are being held up by the writer's strike?

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger Pamer said...

yeah...crazy day... really bad.
I wake up and it's minus 29 degrees C outside and although I had plugged my car in last night, it still wouldn't start..frozen solid. I call for a taxi and I guess it was bad for everyone cuz the dispatcher says minimum 1 hour wait. So I start walking to work hoping that i can catch a bus or something...remember, it's still -29C. I finally get to work 45 minutes later, resembling a bed.

Thank god it's only 7 days til we go to the caribbean

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger Chelle Y. said...

I am looking forward to the new "Narnia" movie and "Harry Potter."

We do that "in bed" thing too. :)

At 21 January, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, yes! I'd forgotten that today was designated the most depressing day of the year. Glad I got that over with. It actually wasn't too bad. Glad to hear it can only get better from tomorrow on!

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger fiwa said...

Strangely, this was a better day for me than most, in bed.

Thanks for the reviews - I love when you do those. Cloverfield sounds good, and I'm not even an action adventure kinda girl. I will save my money on Golden Compass and wait for that to come on cable. Some of those movies on the horizon scare me though. Where the wild things are, and Smurf? I see the potential for really fucking up something good there. We shall see.

Hope you have a good week!

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger Chris said...

Oh, it's been too long since I used that little bit of fortune cookie fun.

No way am I going to Cloverfield. Good grief, I barely made it through Blair Witch Project.

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger Tory said...

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You've been tagged, come by my blog and add your name to the fun.
Take care

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger meno said...

We ALWAYS add "in bed" to the end of our fortune cookie fortunes. Even my 17 year old does it. Makes them much better.

"You will have much good luck" -in bed.

"You will learn an important lesson" - in bed.

At 21 January, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love Indiana Jones! I saw that Karen Allen is in this one. Great addition! Thanks for the heads up!

At 21 January, 2008, Blogger Katie said...

Thanks for the list! I'm pretty out of it I guess, but I did know there was a new Indiana Jones. But not Narnia, which I am very excited about! The trailer was awesome.

Have you read "Inkheart" by Cornelia Funke? If you haven't I think you'd like it. It's pretty long, but I think I stayed up all night once to read it. She also wrote "The Thief Lord" and "Dragon Rider" - both great. My point here is that I just saw that Inkheart is being made into a movie, too, with Brendan Fraser, Helen Mirren, and Andy Serkis. That will be another really good one.

At 21 January, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

DEFFINATELY going to see Cloverfeild now! And wow... Where the wild things are? How cool is it that they're making a movie of that?! Can't wait for that one! Annd the next Narnia. Love your movie reviews :)

At 22 January, 2008, Blogger Orhan Kahn said...

I recall listening to NPR this time last year when I heard that this was the most depressing day of the year; oddly enough I was stoned out of my head and just as miserable to boot after a recent break up. It is amazing how much a year can change a person, nothing bad to report, 'cept maybe the sudden rash of mini-pimples my right cheek is experiencing.

There are those who criticize this movie as being a "9/11 Thrill Ride".

Wtf?? Some people are just idiots.

At 22 January, 2008, Blogger janet said...

i might see cloverfield, but the poor hubby gets sick watching a merry-go-round. *in bed.

At 22 January, 2008, Blogger Tawcan said...

OMG they're making

1. Incredible Hulk
2. Mummy
3. Smurfs
4. Terminator 4

Looks like I'll have to avoid movie theatres for a bit.

At 22 January, 2008, Blogger Peggy said...

I was going to go see The Golden Compass to see if it caused me to lose my faith. The protesters did a better job of promoting it than any trailer I saw.

Looking forward to what you've produced for the WWC.

At 22 January, 2008, Blogger Doc said...

It's terrible that the most depressing day of the year was also a holiday... Oh and thanks for the Cloverfield review!

At 22 January, 2008, Blogger gr said...

Tink, I got the triangle and I got the envy in bed. With pictures in bed!

At 22 January, 2008, Blogger Terri said...

wow; I love, love, love your list of upcoming movies, there are several on that list that I look forward to seeing. I think now I'm going to check out cloverfield because of your review. I had heard it wasn't that great, but I love movies like that so I'll check it out. I am a very busy mother of three tho so it may have to wait until dvd (phooey).

At 22 January, 2008, Blogger captain corky said...

I can't wait for Speed Racer. It looks good. I'm looking forward to Harry Potter too, and don't forget Iron Man starring Robert Downey Jr. I hope he doesn't blow it.

At 22 January, 2008, Blogger Christy said...

I have been hearing great things about Cloverfield. Ima going to have to go see it. Sounds like you have a bunch-o movies on your radar. Movies round here cost $10/person so I normally wait until they come out on bed.

At 22 January, 2008, Blogger Carly said...

It's the most depressing day and MLK Jr. day all in one? Something about that seems, um, wrong.

At 22 January, 2008, Blogger carymc said...

What about Patch Adams 2? I'm still waiting. Been far too long.

Instead of "in bed," add "up my ass" to your sentences. "I'd love to see 'There Will Be Blood'.. up my ass!"

At 22 January, 2008, Blogger Newt said...

I'm a tad chicken on the cloverfield movie - I get motion sick in elevators. Sigh........
But I only hear good things about it.

I'm almost done with #3 in the Golden Compass series. I'm totally fascinated by the religious ideas in it.

At 22 January, 2008, Blogger mrspao said...

I liked the first Pullman book but thought the other two weren't as good. I don't like the sound of that child bursting into tears - I'm surprised the censors let that through.

At 23 January, 2008, Blogger rudecactus said...

Cloverfield looks great. I really want to see it.

At 29 January, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is a "where the wild things are" AND a "smurf" movie??!?! where the hell have I been? I cant believe the fact that the first Hulk was FUCKING AWFUL didnt stop them from making a big budget sequel.

At 29 January, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you already know how I felt about Cloverfield lol


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