Sunday, April 02, 2006

Ahh, movie weekends.

Scrat - Ice Age 2I went with a friend to watch Ice Age 2 yesterday afternoon. I had, I must admit, somewhat low expectations of this one just because the first one was well-done enough to be hard-to-follow. But regardless of what Roger Ebert says, I enjoyed it. Sure, it's not as original as the first one (it is a sequel to an animated feature after all), but it had me laughing out loud at times, so in my book that means success. It has the standard fare of little kids' stuff plus some funny, subtle adult stuff (right from the beginning). The scenes featuring Scrat, the little sabre-toothed squirrel, are terrific and the story itself is not too bad. As Ebert points out, none of the characters ever seem to eat, and how the meat eaters could possibly survive if everyone in the animal kingdom (with the exception of the fish) just gets along so swimmingly (pun intended) is a mystery. But hey, again it's an animated movie, and I can live with it. I own the first film on DVD, and I'll be buying this one, too when it comes out. If for no other reason, just because there's bound to be more Scrat scenes in the extras.

Simpsons Homer BartBefore the feature film started, though, along came a surprise trailer (or "preview" for those of you who prefer that term) for "The Simpsons Movie, coming to the screen, July 27, 2007." Woah, cool. I had to do a second take - 2007? Okay, okay I can wait - but like Homer says, "Oh oh, we better get started!" Supposedly (according to The Hollywood Reporter, anyhow) the trailer will also air tonight prior to the Sunday evening Simpsons episode on FOX (which means it will be posted all over the Internet by the time the first commercial break is over). I just hope the hype doesn't create expectations that can't possibly be met. Note that "simpsonsmovie.com" is registered to 20th Century Fox but there's no web site attached to that address as of this writing. And by the way, on a related note, if you have not seen the "real-people" version of the Simpsons TV show intro you can go here - and you can compare the cartoon version and the live version side by side here. Rumor has it, too, that the live-action version will appear on the Simpsons TV show tonight. Either that or this is all one big April Fools joke. Hope not.

King KongFinally, on Friday I bought a copy of King Kong on DVD and took it home, where we loaded it up and gave it a run at blowing out  the speakers in my home theater. The speakers survived that attack, but it sure is amazing what incredible sound and special visual effects we get from movie makers these days - and in our own homes too boot. I remember when Dolby ProLogic surround was way cool - and now it sounds like oatmeal. It makes me wonder what's next. And DVDs sure are coming out more and more quickly these days. Didn't we just watch King Kong in theaters? Anyhow, it's worth the purchase if you liked the movie or if you want something to stress test that audio system with heavy bass and loud growls with lots of dynamic range.



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Sunday, April 02, 2006 9:47:27 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Monday, April 03, 2006 3:05:36 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
A "Simpsons" movie? I'm hesitant, but I'll hold out hope ...
Tuesday, October 24, 2006 6:09:09 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
hi i wanna watch the movie
adel
Sunday, November 04, 2007 11:29:52 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
i love wachting simpsons movie and simpsons on sky one. i hope you get this comment?
Sunday, November 04, 2007 11:36:54 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
homer you are almots geting killed in simpsons.madge you always do the right thing in simpsons.
Sunday, November 04, 2007 11:41:09 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
lisa you are the smartest kid in spingfiedle.
and madge you are to bossy and a stick and stuipd woman and a jack ass
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 12:32:05 PM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
hi i hate tha simpsons it ges realy anyoying stop it
emily
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