Tuesday, May 22, 2007
I Put On Pants For This?
For a lot of reasons, I don't go to the movie theaters as often as I used to. But it was my friend's birthday on Sunday, so I invited the gang to see Shrek the Third and then go get a burrito for lunch afterwards.
The burrito was pretty good and I was glad to see everybody. The movie stunk.
Shrek the Third is the most popular movie in America. It took the mantle away from Spider-Man 3. Both films have had weak critical reviews. I haven't seen the new Spider-Man and I have little interest in it. If I see it at all, it will be on Netflix.
The inflation rate at the ticket counter is disgusting. It's like buying gas, when you are happy for a week when prices at the pump don't go up. Sure, you are still being gouged, but it the same rate of gouging as last week, so thank your lucky stars. The costs for making American films likewise continues to go through the roof. It wasn't so long ago a movie costing $200 million was in the running for the most expensive film ever made. Spider-Man 3, sluggish as it is, cost $500 million. Are they ever going to make that back? If it is a financial success, what are ticket prices going to be next year or the year after that?
Watching American values spread around the world, even when not accompanied by the barrel of a gun, is like watching the progress of a disease.