Despite having pre-ordered IMAX tickets for this Saturday a long time ago, on a whim I decided to attend a midnight screening last night. Luckily for me, the theater by my place was using all 16 screens and the IMAX at the same time for midnight Batman viewing. So it was easy to get a last-minute ticket. Based on Fandango, I think 12 of the screens and the IMAX completely sold out (including a 3:30 AM IMAX screening [yeesh]). And most people were shoveling overpriced popcorn down their gullets, drinking overpriced sodas by the gallon, and I even saw some people eating overpriced movie theater hot dogs (why?). So in other words, Batman is going to make a lot of theater owners very happy this weekend.
Premise: A smarmy pretty boy named The Kid meets a young entrepreneur named Mike. Turns out he’s actually a magician by the name of Magic Mike and The Kid becomes his apprentice. Pretty soon they are touring the country doing cool magic tricks like sawing each other in half and making it appear as if they are levitating. Needless to say, a lot of kids had pretty awesome birthday parties because of those two guys. Best family film of the year.
We all have those TV shows that we love to watch every week, and those TV shows that are so terrible we refuse to watch them. But what about the middle? I tried to think up a list of the shows that I didn’t feel great about or bad about, shows that just hover around that line. They all offer up just enough to keep me watching, but they don’t do enough for me to consider them a favorite. Some shows, like modern era Simpsons, would possibly fall into this category. Except I don’t watch that anymore, so it doesn’t make the list. The Office, a show that has gone slightly downhill with every season, I thought would make this list… But then I thought about it more, and with Nard Dog as manager and Nellie being one of the worst characters on TV, I actually *hate* The Office now. So it doesn’t make the list.
Actually it was kind of hard to think of the shows that just float under the radar of good or bad. I pretty much just had to go through my DVR and look for the shows on the list that made me go “Oh yeah, I watch that, don’t I?”.
So here’s my list of the most “Eh” shows that I watch on TV (only shows currently in existence, otherwise Twin Peaks and That 70s Show would have made the list):
I still remember my first encounter with Tenacious D. It was 2001, I was 17 years old and a senior in high school. My dad had joined a CD club for some reason (holy crap, remember CD clubs?), and after he picked out a bunch of stuff for himself, he had one or two spots left over for me, to get to his 15 Free CDs or whatever it was at the time. Never having heard of Tenacious D, or even knowing that Jack Black was in the band, I ordered the debut CD on a whim based off the fact that nothing else in the order brochure seemed even remotely worthy to my awful teenage taste in music. Flash forward to when the CD arrived in the mail. I listened to it twice all the way through the first night I had it. Probably listened to it all the way through the next night too. And again that weekend. And again two dozen more times before I would get my high school diploma. And it kept staying funny/awesome all through college. I would annoyingly quote the entire Drive-Thru sketch word-for-word. It was pretty much a perfect album. Then I sought out their HBO show. Then I started downloading bootleg live tracks. I don’t know where it is now, but somewhere in my parents house is the Official Tenacious D Cum Rag, unicorn and all. I went to Pick of Destiny opening weekend in theaters (I LIKED IT), and in a time of digital downloads, I still ordered the Deluxe CD version of the Pick of Destiny soundtrack, which came with a bonus T-shirt, Tarot cards, and a replica Satan pick. I may have given their latest album a lukewarm review, but it has plenty of moments of greatness, here and there. I liked it more than I disliked it. One thing I had never done in all my years of D fandom, though, was see them live. Until this past weekend…
Well, The Amazing Spider-Man ended up being as much of a departure from the Sam Raimi Spidey trilogy as I expected. Tobey Maguire’s series was crazy and fun, almost on a cartoonish level. The Andrew Garfield entry was remarkably less comic, but full of unsuspecting levels of heart and emotion. I think both Spider-Man films have their values and work in their own ways. Frankly, I’m just happy that the new Spider-Man movie didn’t completely suck.