Films I do not want to see this summer:
Sex And The City 2
Why, Lord, why? As if the first film wasn't excruciating enough. And there really was no need for a second movie, except to squeeze one last chunk of cash out of the franchise. The first movie tied up all the loose storylines in a nice little bow and gave everyone the Happily Ever After the audience wanted. So why not leave it there? And yes, I have watched the first movie, but I stress that I did so under duress.
I liked the series when it began, because it was very funny...the characters were broadly-drawn caricatures who got into ridiculous situations and had lots of sex. Fair enough. But then suddenly people started taking them seriously, and wanting to be like them! And that's when it all went wrong.
I'll keep this brief, because I've already rubbished Twilight elsewhere in this blog and it would be mean to do it again. But, really, what IS all the fuss about? The movies are dull and slow, Bella is an annoying sullen brat, Edward ditto, and Jacob is just there as a piece of inappropriately fanciable jailbait ass. Where is the plot here?!
Films I DO want to see this summer:
Prince of Persia
Yes, it's based on a computer game (a version of which I think I once played a demo of many years ago on my friend's Playstation), and yes, it's made by Disney. But it's got Ben Kingsley (sorry, Sir Ben Kingsley) playing a goateed baddie and doing his very best Ming The Merciless impersonation! What more do you need? Apart from Jake Gyllenhaal, looking lovely as ever. The trailer actually looks quite impressive. Even if it turns out to be a plotless piece of shite (a la Pirates of the Caribbean 2 & 3), it certainly promises to be visually stunning.
I know nothing about this movie, except that it's written and directed by Christopher Nolan. But that's enough for me! I just watched the trailer, and I'm still none the wiser!
Films I've seen recently that blew my socks off:
Iron Man 2
It rocks. It's got Mickey Rourke as a Russian badass physicist, Sam Rockwell as a sleazy company asshole, and an AC/DC soundtrack. And Robert Downey Jr. Who is superb. As ever.
Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenius. But due to its subject matter I wouldn't be surprised if somebody tried to ban it*. Chris Morris has that effect on people.
*And surprise, surprise, there were calls to ban it! But that doesn't seem to have hampered its ratings.