Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Smooth Sailing for Pirates

For the third week in a row Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest has topped the box office. Has earned 321 million already and on the way became the fastest movie to shatter the 300 million barrier. Its 16 days eclipsed the previous best of 17 by Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith.

Even though its box office is slowly declining the other movies simply haven't been good enough to knock it from its perch.

The lacklustre Lady in the Water shows that former wunderkind M. Night Shyamalan is steadily losing if not lost his touch. Still not sure what to do with the hour of my life I have up my sleeve after I walked out of Signs.

Believe you me, something has to be pretty bad for me to walk out of a movie and I have only done it once before with Outbreak but Signs was simply atrocious.

Everything else - You, Me and Dupree, Clerks II, My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Little Man are all good for a couple of
laughs but just the same assembly-line of fluff that comes out of Hollywood where the trailer is as good as the movie except 100 minutes shorter.

Superman Returns did well but wasn't the smash hit that everyone was hoping it would be and The Devil Wears Prada has probably been the only film to match expectations and has even resulted in the book going back to the top of the New York Times Best Sellers List (Paperback Fiction).

Anything out there which looks remotely interesting?
Possibly Little Miss Sunshine which has had good reviews, the new Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen movie about NASCAR, Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, the over-hyped Snakes on a Plane. But when about four new movies come out every week you would hope that there is something good in the midst of it all.


Blogger Pragmatician said...

Seems like a nice selection this summer, the problem with movies nowadays is that the trailer shows the best scenes, in fact the only good scenes, the rest is just filler up.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wanna see Ricky Bobby !! Personally, I'm waiting for Zodiac, out in December.

12:40 PM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

Prag - Very true. What have you seen recently that you really liked?

Anon - I would have thought as much. What about Empty City which is Adam Sandler's next project?

1:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice cast, though it seems that Punch Drunk Love may have Adam's only successful drama. He should stick to what he does best.

1:21 PM  
Blogger Dot Co Dot Il said...

Anon - True, doesn't feel like a real Adam Sandler movie if Rob Schneider isn't in it.

1:32 PM  

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