Today is my birthday (one year left before the big 3-0) and my amazing wife hooked it up with my first Blu Ray player. Along with it came Watchmen, Coraline, and Miami Vice. BIG TIME! Can't wait to set it up tonight.
I've got some DVD reviews coming up for Notorious (very solid) and Waltz with Bashir (an uncompromising masterwork).
Also, I'll be doing some sort of summer movie wrap up over the next few weeks with reactions to all of movies I caught these last few months. There are still some flicks of serious (and less serious) interest over the next few weeks, including: (500) Days of Summer, Funny People, G.I. Joe, District 9, Julie & Julia, Inglorious Basterds, Away We Go, G-Force, Thirst, The Time Traveler's Wife, and The Final Destination: 3-D.
And not that it really matters, but after taking his normal critical beating, Michael Bay is once again laughing all the way to the bank as his latest effort (and magnum opus), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, has amassed (as of today) $381 million, landing it at #9 all-time domestic. It'll probably eek its way to $400 million domestic. Its worldwide total stands at $796 million, so look for it top top off at roughly $850 million worldwide when all is said and done. I bring this up not because I personally care, but because I find it so funny that Bay pretty much automatically summons hate from his critics (in many cases probably sight unseen) and yet, his movies always DESTROY the box office. It's yet another instance of "critics" being incredibly out-of-step with the general populace. And it's not just the dumb-fun-popcorn-movies; I could list any number of smaller, more challenging films that critics have dismissed as garbage but that people have warmly embraced.
It's all about enjoying yourself and having fun. Life's too short and too unpredictable to always be bitching about something, especially something as intrinsically fun as movies.