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You know how they say April showers bring May flowers? That saying is accurate enough, but I think it’s more appropriate to say that April showers bring May blockbuster movies!!!!!!$$$$$

Starting with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, this summer is looking to be no different.  There are so many big ones that Wolverine flew completely below my radar.  Star Trek is the one that’s going to get the biggest attention from me, I think, because it’s always really cool to have a Trek picture on the big screen.  Even if it’s as terrible as Nemesis.

Here’s the list of major blockbusters coming out this year:

May 1: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

May 8:  Star Trek

May 15: Angels & Demons (sequel, I guess, to The DaVinci Code)

May 21: Terminator Salvation (hoping for the best, expecting mediocrity)

May 22: Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (looking forward to this, liked the first one)

May 29: Drag Me To Hell (I believe this is a Sam Raimi horror picture, and it looks appropriately ridiculous)

June 24: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (did people really hate the first movie?  The one that was only supposed to be an action movie with a loose plot?  Really?  Definitely seeing this one)

July 1: Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (there’s three of these already?)

July 15: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (gotta be among one of the bigger ones!)

August 7: G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra (okay seriously…why didn’t anyone tell me this was coming?)

August 14: The Time Traveler’s Wife (it’s got time travel, gotta be good)

August 28: Final Destination: Death Trip 3D (I don’t think this even needs a comment)

October 16: Where the Wild Things Are (I know, not technically a summer blockbuster, but a very big movie nonetheless)

October 23: Astro Boy (see above)

*sigh* my wallet will take a beating I think.

This is an expanded review from Quick n’ Dirty Movie Reviews

Spider-Man is one of those movies that I didn’t particularly like when I first saw it opening night in the theatres, but eventually grew on me on future viewings.   There are just some little things in there that makes me really enjoy it every time I see it now.

I can’t even remember why I didn’t initially like the movie – but the reason I do like it is because it really captures the campy feel of the comic book movie that something like Spider-Man should have.  Batman Begins and The Dark Knight should have that dark feeling – I mean Batman is a pretty brooding guy.  But Spider-Man is full of crazy villains (I mean you’ve got mutating lizards, space aliens, and a crazy hunter) that probably wouldn’t work well in a serious setting.

The other really great thing about the first Spider-Man movie is the editing and pace of the film.  You can tell a lot of work went into shaping this movie.  It doesn’t feel like it’s running too long (and actually, at 121 minutes this is the shortest of the three), and the story is straightforward and easy to follow.  It goes from Point A to B to C without deviating.

With such a rich history and multitude of backstory re-tellings, this movie needed to be strict with its story telling.  I think it says a lot when you can feel Peter Parker’s awkwardness around Mary-Jane through high school when the movie spends all of 20 minutes in that time frame.  As Peter learns of his new powers (and the responsibilities that come with it), he’s thrust into the real world where he has to learn about different priorities and responsibilities.

But there’s other things that make me enjoy the movie when watched in retrospect, after having seen the two sequels.  Remember that part in Spider-Man 3 where he poses by the American flag?  Well, check out the final scene in Spider-Man.  Pretty similar, I think!

Overall, this movie is well-produced and works with the vast array of source material efficiently.  If you haven’t seen it, where have you been for the past 7 years?

That’s what new service LendAround proposes.  I found out about this service from a post on Lifehacker, which makes the service sound really promising.  You make a list of the DVDs you own, and lend to people around the world (or the US only, I’m not clear on that yet); and then you can borrow from other people as well.  It’s sort of like a free Netflix.

Unfortunately I see a few issues about this service.  For one thing, can’t you already borrow DVDs from the library?  I’m sure this is the case, at least at my own branch.  However my main issue is the that of theft.  What kind of system is in place to prevent someone from borrowing your DVD and never sending it back?

Sure you could harass them by e-mail and report them to the website, but really couldn’t they just use a temporary e-mail and suffer a fate that doesn’t affect them in the least?  Namely, they get banned.  Then they might find a way around the ban and get back on and steal more DVDs.

I don’t know.  I really don’t mind lending movies to my friends who live in the same city, but I would be really hesitant about lending to a complete stranger.  It’s bad enough that I’m still missing Bubba Ho Tep from a friend who moved to Ireland (she’s coming back soon) that I lent at least two years ago…I wouldn’t want to lose my movies to someone potentially across the country.

What do you think?

Almost 60 years anyway.  Probably closer to 50, I’m not sure.  Check out Attack of the Movies! where blogger Matt goes back to 1950 to review one science fiction movie from each year leading up to present day.  The blog is updated weekly, and he’s already into 1951 – so hurry over before you’re too far past the 50’s!

I like this blog because it’s well-written, and I enjoy sci-fi movies myself.  On top of that, Matt is exposing the movies that aren’t so well-known.  For instance, rather than reviewing 1951’s The Day The Earth Stood Still, he opted for Flight To Mars.  Unfortunately, however, Flight To Mars is apparently not a good movie.

I find Matt to be very well-versed in movie knowledge and he certainly shows it in his reviews.  Like I said above, he writes well too, and makes his reviews very accessible.

If you’re looking for some different movies to watch, Attack of the Movies! might point you in the direction of a hidden gem.

So in the last couple of days, this blog has been receiving quite a large number of hits – 87 today, alone.  Most of it seems to have come from image searches for Rise Against – Appeal to Reason; I really only mentioned the album in passing, so I’m hoping people came to my site and browsed around after finding the album art.

Today’s post is just bits and pieces:

– Fellow Ontario residents!  Keep your eyes open for a missing wallaby – his name is Wendell.

– Do you remember years back when Smarties had a contest revolving around “stolen” red Smarties?  Seems the Halloween candies have fallen victim; of the three mini-boxes I’ve had this year, I have only come across one red Smartie.  Strange!

– So November is looking like awesome movie season has returned for 2008.  Some highlights out this month: Bernie Mac’s last movie Soul Men, Role Models, Quantum of Solace (aka 007), Bolt (for the kids), and big-budget Australia (at least I think it’s big-budget – Baz Luhrman is the director).  Man I could go on.  But I won’t.

I meant to write this up Friday or Saturday, while the movie was still very much fresh in my mind.  However, it doesn’t matter, since it was good enough for me to still remember it (and subsequently re-enjoy it if you will) a few days later.  It’s a perfect movie to review on this blog since it deals with music.

I will admit, I really didn’t recognize 90% of the music in Nick and Norah (spoiler warning in link!  It goes to Wikipedia).  In fact, while the movie was about a group of kids trying to find a Where’s Fluffy? concert in New York, and that Michael Cera’s character was in a band, and he was really good at making playlists, music wasn’t really the true heart of the story.

It provides a vehicle to move it forward, but it’s really a great story about a couple of kids who realize they like each other, and not their respective previous lovers.  Which, when you think about it, makes sense.  The movie is based on a book of the same name written by David Levithan (co-written by Rachel Cahn).  It should follow that character is the heart of the movie.

I found it very enjoyable and would watch it again, no question.  Don’t be fooled by the trailers (which make the movie seem like it is a standard teen comedy a la Superbad) – it is good quality stuff.  One thing though – I definitely get the vibe that the movie is trying to pick off the success of Juno – the title font is a dead giveaway of that.