Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Nirvana ‘Incesticide’

I’ve just finished my workout and here I sit listening to Nirvana with nothing really to write. But again, we’ll try out the exercise about writing whatever comes to mind.

‘King Kong’ opens today at theaters across the country. Are you excited about this?

My personal feelings go both ways. Yes, I want to see it because I love the original and the 1976 remake wasn’t so bad either.

On the other hand, this remake has Peter Jackson as it’s director and I’m just not thrilled about that.

Please keep in mind that this is my own personal opinion… Jackson is a fine director but I’m not really a fan of anything that he’s done. Lets take the ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy for an example, or as I call it, three DVDs made for the perfect nap.

I reluctantly agreed to accompany Sean Whitley and his family to see the first one at the second run theater that used to be at the Quaker Village Shopping Center. The theater was packed with folks sporting various characters from the ‘Star Wars’ pictures on their T-shirts. Perhaps my mind is cloudy after the workout, but I recall a woman dressed up as a Starship Captain from ‘Star Trek’ in the crowd too.

Within the first 20 minutes of the film, I was getting extremely bored and contemplated sleeping, but I stuck it out a little longer. The movie didn’t pick-up any steam for me. There were all these magical creatures and other things relating to geek-dom and my eyes grew too heavy for me to hold them open any longer.

I woke up and considered leaving the theater. I have NEVER walked out and left a movie in my life, but this ‘Lord of the Rings’ crap was too much for me. I was seated third from the right on my row with about a dozen more seats on my left. I couldn’t go left and I couldn’t go right. Why? Because Sean and his wife were seated on my right and they’re both bigger than me and I’m a big guy. It would cause a big ruckus and distraction for all the geeks around us if I left. So, I toughed it out and sat, watched, and slept through the rest of the movie.

I kept looking at my watch and begged deep from within myself for the flick to end. I suffered in silence until the credits started rolling.

Do you remember those Skittles commercials where magical beings are traipsing around while they’re being rained upon by sugarcoated candies? That’s what ‘Lord of the Rings’ was like for me, a three-hour Skittles commercial.

That’s what I’m afraid of with this new ‘King Kong’ remake. I’m terrified that it’s going to be boring and I just heard from Mark Burger (Winston-Salem Journal movie reviewer) that it runs over 3 hours.

Can’t this Peter Jackson geek make anything 2 hours or less? Jesus Chrysler Dodge!

I don’t know if I can get it watched before going to work, but I have ‘The Island’ sitting on my entertainment center waiting for me. I just got it today from Netflix.

I’ll tell you all about later.

2 comments:

  1. I have watched zero minutes of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. However, I feel like one of the remaining humans in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers and the LOTR people are closing in fast. Must lay low. Avoid detection.

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  2. Christine10:02 AM

    I watched all 3 movies, in the constant hope that there would be a shining moment when all the elements would come together and I'd suddenly 'get it.' The epiphany never came. As when I tried to read the books over the years (and never got past page 20 or so), the nonsensical names for people, places and things just refused to implant themselves into my brain and register.

    So I enjoyed the imagery and followed the story with only a little more success than I'd have watching a foreign-language film without subtitles. In the end, the only feeling I came away with was there were 11 hours of my life I was never getting back.

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