Wow, what a summer. I've laughed, I've cried, I've seen The Dark Knight far too many times for someone who thought it was good but flawed. And I've learned so much.
This is the first part in a series this week of random musings on the Summer of '08.
If you don't have a supernatural superpowers, this is America, being independently wealthy works just fine.
Blackface, smoking pot, and illegal wiretapping are all fine, but suggesting people are getting too fat and will need an adorable robot to save them will ignite massive controversy.
The Wachowski's may, in fact, be completely insane.
This year's Hulk is better than Ang Lee's Hulk. Never mind that the critical response is the same and the box office is worse... somehow it's apparently better.
A movie can be made where Jason Bateman and Charlize Theron play spouses, and a character has a hook for a hand, yet not be the Arrested Development movie.
M. Night Shyamalan may, in fact, be completely insane.
Brendan Frazer can have 2 movies in the Box Office top 10 at the same time and it will not bring on Armageddon.
And just when you think studios have learned that movies geared toward women or families can make money, something comes around to make the Male, 13-35 years old, king again. Nothing changes... not really.
This Summer We Loved:
Robert Downey Jr. x2.
The Dark Knight.
Colin Farrel (because we didn't see In Bruges when it was in theaters).
What's happened to Woody Allen's career.
This Summer We Hated:
What's become of M. Night Shyamalan's career.
What's become of Mike Myers's career.
People who loved The Dark Knight.
The idea that Maria Bello can replace Rachel Wiesz.