By George Rose
November 18, 2009
Welcome to Take Five, your weekly list of five random movie recommendations. Most people don't have time to watch five movies in a week. Most people don't even have five minutes to take a break and relax. Take Five is here to quicken your search for reliable entertainment (or at least movies that I deem entertaining) so you can enjoy what little free time you have. And really, who reading this article doesn't want to spend their free time watching movies? It's not like you're on sports Web site.
If you were, you'd be looking up football statistics because baseball is over. Basically, sports are lame again and it's time to concentrate on Hollywood. And what wonderful timing! The holiday season is now in full swing after a soft debut from A Christmas Carol. 2012 was released this past weekend and, big shock, it made a lot of money. Did it blow the lid off the box office? No, but $65 million sure is enough to say people are interested in going to the movies again. It's really not that impressive, though, since Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow made just as much several years ago, but it's enough to remind everyone that the wasteland known as Fall is over.
If 2012 isn't enough to prove that, then give it a few more days. In case you haven't heard (and really, you should walk into traffic right now if you haven't), The Twilight Saga's New Moon comes out this weekend. 2012 was a great way to break into winter, but New Moon is going to be the blockbuster event of the season. Oh, you think that title belongs to Avatar? If the well-known story of A Christmas Carol can't bring in the big bucks with 3-D motion capture technology on an IMAX screen, and names like Robert Zemeckis and Jim Carrey attached, why is anyone expecting massive breakout success for the unknown property of Avatar? James Cameron really isn't Hollywood's savior. Sure, Titanic is the "#1 movie of all time, but that title really belongs to Gone With the Wind when you factor in inflation. Also, James Cameron is a douchebag. Karma will catch up to him. He's due for a relative failure at some point. Are people forgetting the real Hollywood savior? Stephen Spielberg has countless more hits than Cameron, and even Spielberg has a few tanks under his belt. Nobody is guaranteed a hit and, aside from Cameron's name, there really isn't much to sell Avatar on. Frankly, I'm more excited for its video game.
It doesn't matter, though. Avatar is a month away from release. The focus should return to, and remain on, New Moon for the next two weeks, at least. I don't know about you but I sure plan on being at the midnight release. Then again, I see most event films at the midnight screening if one is offered. It doesn't matter how awful the movie could be; simply put, midnight shows bring out the best in the audience. If the audience is having fun, the experience will be fun. I'll have just as much fun making fun of how bad Avatar is at the midnight show as I will cheering with Team Edward (that's right, I went there) this Thursday at New Moon's premiere.