The numbers for the May edition of the 2010 Movie Project have been tabulated! 70 hours on my rear?! To play on a quip from Bridget Jones, I’m surprised my bum is not the size of Brazil. The best movie-related thing that happened last month? The unofficial first official meeting of the Little Junkies Pop Culture Club! It’s a magical club where I invite peeps to karma-karma-karma..on over to my house or to tune in on the bloggie, here, to bask in the glory of a special line-up of movies, television, magazines, etc. It’s a meeting of the junkie minds! It all started when ZRose and I wanted to have pizza…and watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Wait! Pizza, movies, turtles, turtles who love pizza…in movies! The only solution was to throw a TMNT Pizza Party (complete with homemade ninja masks, turtle brownies, green “ooze” jello, fave treats from the 90s, and booze. Oh, what a night. I even managed to freak out our pizza delivery boy as only a true mutant ninja turtle could. We watched the original TMNT trilogy, and sidenote: I love that IMDB refers to Raph, Mikey, Donny, and Leo as “a quartet of humanoid turtles.” Our next Pop Culture Club event will be better represented on the blog, as it will be official official and featuring a tricked out screening of 1966’s Batman: The Movie. Stay tuned for more info (same bat channel, of course).
As always, the listing of all the movies we saw in May is at the end of the post (after the jump). Onwards!
Movies, Genres, and Ratings
May was pretty fun for me, as a movie-goer. ZRose and I took part in our first official double feature–seeing both Iron Man and Iron Man 2 on the bigscreen courtesy of AMC Theaters. It was pretty awesome, even though we had seen Iron Man 2 the previous night (a free sneak preview). It was worth it–I love franchises, Robert Downey Jr., and superhero movies so win-win. We also started taking up retro movies playing at a local theater (Friday/Saturday at midnight, and Sunday mornings) and creds to J-Ho for the invitation. It’s really awesome to see movies in the theater that came out while you were still mastering your fine motor skills (The Goonies and The Breakfast Club), and the best part is they include old trailer packs before each film (Purple Rain!). Check out ZRose’s trailer hoedown for a full listing.
Despite the fact that we only saw 10 movies in the theater last month, here are my picks for the best and worst theatrical releases of May: Iron Man 2 and The Jailhouse, respectively. Lucky break, MacGruber, though Val Kilmer was actually pretty funny in it, it was by no means “the funniest SNL movie since Wayne’s World” (come on, Cinematical.com). Honorable mention for goodness goes to Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, which I really enjoyed even though it looked like it had a high probability for suckitude. Oh yeah, and a month free from the shackles of 3D! Woohoo! FYI: Jailhouse is an indie mystery-“thriller” starring C. Thomas Howell, that fulfilled it’s probability for suckitude:
“Small town, the American dream. A blue-collar family living the idyllic rural lifestyle. Nothing is out of place save for the lacking white picket fence – and the old JAIL that occupies the 2nd floor of their century-old home…For Seth (Howell) the worst wasn’t the criminals locked like animals in the soiled cages above his living room. It was the mortal fear in his children’s eyes, it was the piercing cold looks from his wife. It was that deep, dark creeping recognition that something had happened there, something terrible, something that would grip his soul with hundred year old hands squeezing hate from unknown depths.”
Dun-dun-duuuuuuuun! Um, not really. Ponyboy, what happened to you?!
Apparently, summuah summah summahtime means bye-bye drama and bring on the action/comedy/adventure films. Could it be–am I a tool to the mass blockbuster media? …not that there was ever any doubt.
That’s it. Short and sweet.
May Movies (in order)
Avatar (*by force)
The Back-up Plan (*funnier than expected)
The Day the Earth Stood Still
Iron Man 2 (*this one was free)
Iron Man 2
The Brothers Grimm
I Do: How to Get Married and Stay Single (*J’aime les Français)
Man With One Red Shoe
The Breakfast Club
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (*the secret of the ooze is it’s toxic)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III
Land of the Lost (*this is the 3rd time this year. We have a fever…for more Ferrell)
George of the Jungle
Tropic Thunder (*Who in the crikey fuck doesn’t love this movie?)
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (*Dibs on Prince “Dustpan”)
Music and Lyrics (*Pop! Goes my heart)
The Village (*Dibs on Joaquin)