By George Rose
January 27, 2010
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.
Given the state of the current film industry – by which I mean Avatar's disturbing world domination and The Rock releasing yet another brain-deteriorating family film – I'd say you might actually be better off on a sports Web site. I mean, after all, the Super Bowl is in less than two weeks and apparently it's between two extremely deserving teams. That's what my athletic brother says, anyway. As far as this writer is concerned, the Super Bowl is only good for the advertisements. I studied them plenty while going to college for marketing and have always enjoyed the extended movie trailer commercials for the upcoming summer slate. It also helps that there's usually finger-food around to occupy my attention when the game is on. And beer, that helps too.
But I could never turn my back on the movie industry, even when it isn't necessarily going my way. Half of sports fans end up miserable after a game anyway (because, you know, one team usually loses), so why shouldn't Hollywood work in a similar fashion? Someone is always going to end up disappointed – audiences, the distributor, competitors, critics, etc. – and the only thing I can do to help continue enjoying the game is to be a good sport about it. As much as it bothers me, Avatar may win the Super Bowl... I mean Oscars. If it does, I'll shake James Cameron's hand, congratulate him on a game well played, and then talk crap about him behind his back. Hey, it's hard being a good sport! But at least I'm doing to my best to act the part, and that's what Hollywood is all about.