Play it Again, Hollywood
An interesting article up at Salon.com this morning that discusses the inordinate number of sequels and/or prequels to be released for the 2003, movie season. While I already knew about the two new Matrix movies, The Return of the King, Terminator 3, and X2 (X-Men 2), I wasn't aware there were so many other big budget sequels. For some reason I loved Desperado - achingly cool movie - and was surprised to see a sequel was in the works, but did we really need a sequel to The Whole Nine Yards or the prequel Exorcist: The Beginning?Hit the forums to discuss what movies you're looking forward to this year, or click the read more button for ... well more.
The article goes on to say:
Antonio Banderas reprises his gunslinging Ã‚"DesperadoÃ‚" role in Ã‚"Once Upon a Time in MexicoÃ‚"; Reese Witherspoon has a new day in court with Ã‚"Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & BlondeÃ‚"; Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson follow up Ã‚"Shanghai NoonÃ‚" with Ã‚"Shanghai KnightsÃ‚"; and Bruce Willis and Matthew Perry of Ã‚"The Whole Nine YardsÃ‚" make a new hitman comedy, Ã‚"The Whole Ten Yards.Ã‚"
There's also Ã‚"Barbershop 2,Ã‚" Ã‚"Bad Boys II,Ã‚" Ã‚"Jungle Book 2,Ã‚" Ã‚"Spy Kids 3Ã‚" and Ã‚"Scary Movie 3.Ã‚"
I've grown a bit critical of movies these days, no more or less so than I've grown of television, and very little here seems to be making me particlularly hot or bothered. As I progressed through the article, it described some "original" works (original now simply defined as not being a sequel of some kind, I suppose). Only 'The Hulk' really intrigues me from that list, but only because I have some degree of confidence in the director, and recent comic book movies have been satisfying experiences.
Here's a little more, then off to the forums with you! Or back to work, whichever.
Among big fall and holiday releases:
Mike Myers in Ã‚"Dr. Seuss' the Cat in the HatÃ‚"; Tom Cruise in Ã‚"The Last Samurai,Ã‚" about a U.S. soldier teaching modern warfare in 1870s Japan; Ã‚"Cold Mountain,Ã‚" starring Nicole Kidman in an adaptation of the best-seller set during the Civil War; the Coen brothers' battle-of-the-sexes story Ã‚"Intolerable Cruelty,Ã‚" with George Clooney; Julia Roberts as a freethinking art professor in Ã‚"Mona Lisa SmileÃ‚"; Ã‚"Out of Time,Ã‚" starring Denzel Washington as a cop troubled by a double homicide; Uma Thurman as a vengeful former assassin in Quentin Tarantino's Ã‚"Kill BillÃ‚"; and Ã‚"The Alamo,Ã‚" with Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Quaid in a new dramatization of the infamous last stand.