austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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You can imagine wherever there's trouble

Other thoughts as far as trailers go: It took me a while to figure out where the commercial for the G I Joe movie was going since there didn't seem to be a whole lot that was visually distinctive or memorable about it to me. It seemed to me just to be yet another action/thriller thing until finally something cued me in to the idea that it was a new G I Joe movie. The trailer also made me realize that I hadn't seen the first G I Joe live-action movie when it came out a couple of years ago. Afterwards, somewhere deep into the commercial for Night At The Museum II: Museum Boogaloo I realized there hadn't been a first live-action G I Joe movie a couple of years ago. This was the first one now. I think. I'm pretty sure there wasn't one. Or am I wrong? I don't really know.

Not helping me out here is the commercial came in the midst of a progression of trailers for sequels, including Transformers 2, the aforementioned Night At The Museum 2, and Terminator VII: The Final Frontier or whatever they're up to by now. Among all these sequels how am I supposed to keep track of the one that's technically an original production according to some standards which overlook the cartoon we watched twenty years ago, and ignored ten years ago, and the comic book we stopped reading when they tried fitting the Serpentor stuff into print too? In any case I imagine this new movie isn't going to feature the extended transformation of the whiny Cobra Commander into a big, whiny cobra at the hands of the secret arctic pre-human civilization of biogenetic supermasters.

The other remaining trailer was for Year One, striving desperately to make a caveman movie that makes fun of something or other. Won't be seeing that either. As Roger Ebert noted long ago, there's really no caveman movies that aren't self-spoofing anyway, so there's no need to go to any effort to make fun of them.

Trivia: The share of Uganda's population living in poverty fell from 56 percent of the roughly twenty-million people in 1992 to 35 percent in 2000. Source: The World's Banker, Sebastian Mallaby.

Currently Reading: Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City's Most Unwanted Inhabitants, Robert Sullivan.

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