Sunday, May 18, 2008

Ken Levine's Summer Movie Previews

Instead of making my own jokes about upcoming movie releases, I'll let a professional do it this time.

Ken Levine "has worked on MASH, CHEERS, FRASIER, THE SIMPSONS, WINGS, EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, BECKER, DHARMA & GREG, and has co-created his own series including ALMOST PERFECT starring Nancy Travis." He's also a fan of sports, especially baseball, and American Idol, and none of those things appeals to me. So maybe you'll appreciate a different perspective. Maybe you'll start reading his blog instead of mine. Whatever. Do what you want. LIKE I CARE.

Anyway, here's Part One and Part Two of Ken's previews. Since he is a TV comedy writer, you may want to take some of the synopses with a grain of salt.

Two of my favorites are:
GET SMART – Adaptation of the 60s Don Adams/Barbara Feldon sitcom. Now with Steve Carrell and Anne Hathaway. I’m sure it’s hilarious. Would you believe funny? Would you believe if you’ve had four tequila shooters it has its amusing moments? I know one of the writers so I’m hoping it’s the first.

and:
JOURNEY TO THE CENTER OF THE EARTH 3-D: Or for those with bad depth perception – JOURNEY TO THE WORST HEADACHE OF YOUR LIFE.

There now, wasn't that enjoyable? If you still want my two cents, feel free to read on.

I'm most looking forward to Pixar's Wall-E (June 27), which may also be the only bona fide science fiction film of the whole year--make me a liar, Fish.* Running a close second is The Dark Knight (July 18), followed by Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (May 22). And despite Mr. Levine's indifference, Hellboy II: The Golden Army (July 11) just looks like a damn lot of fun.

I'm willing to give The Incredible Hulk (June 13) the benefit of a doubt (and how many times have we heard the Avengers say that?), and Get Smart (June 20)--to paraphrase my friend Tim--might be good if it doesn't SUCK.

Finally, I'm not entirely convinced that The Happening (June 13), Hancock (July 2), or The X-Files: I Want to Believe (July 25) are really even necessary. And I am nowhere near being the target audience for Sex and the City (May 30).

* Does anyone get that this is a quote from the movie Contact? No? Okay, just checking.

~CKL
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