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Aug 30, 2008

SUMMER MOVIES -- IT'S A WRAP

Summer may not technically be over, but Labor day marks the end of summer movies.

Considering how this summer started out with such a bang (IRON MAN, INDIANA JONES) and this summer was particularly huge thanks to THE DARK KNIGHT, weeks like this where the releases are below average are almost depressing. But then again, who wants to spend the last weeks of summer in a movie theater....besides me of course?

The biggest release this week is DISASTER MOVIE, from the makers of EPIC MOVIE, DATE MOVIE, MEET THE SPARTANS, etc., it looks to be another cookie cutter spoof movie that is more stupid than it is entertaining or funny...but I guess the kids like that sort of thing. I don't know how they've done it, but they've have found a way to dumb down the genre made famous by AIRPLANE, THE NAKED GUN series and TOP SECRET (all of which were INFINITELY more funny than the recent entries).

Now that summer is over, it's time to start thinking of a more serious movie season as big film festivals start as of next week (Telluride followed by Toronto then New York) which essentially is a glimpse at what we can probably expect to see nominated at next year's awards. It also means DVD collectors have to seriously start budgeting because as of 9/30 when IRON MAN comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray, it's a steady stream of big release Tuesdays right through until Christmas.