Popcorn: 3 Movies I'm Going to See Regardless

Popcorn: 3 Movies I'm Going to See Regardless

We're entering something of a slumpy season for movies. The Christmas rush is over and the summer blockbusters are six months away at least. During this period of slow trickle a few flicks come out that don't seem to have much umph behind them, but they might be fun anyway. Here are three movies I intend to see this season, even if they don't have very tempting prospects. Underworld: Rise of the Lycans This is one of those cases like the Star Wars prequels or the Matrix series. I've seen the first two, so I'm going to see this one. Of all the movies on this list, the new Underworld seems like the least necessary. The first in the series was pretty good for an action/horror flick. At the very least it had style. Despite any legal conflicts with White Wolf Games about intellectual property, Sony Pictures churned out Evolutions to little fanfare. Apparently it made enough money to justify a full theater release for the third in the series. Evolutions had half the punch of the original and the writing was thinner than star Kate Beckinsale. Now with Beckinsale out of the picture, it's up to recurring stars Bill Nighy and Michael Sheen to carry this supernatural romp. If it weren't for Nighy and Sheen, I'd have to skip this one. I like me some vampires, but even I have my limits for weak scripts and bad acting. Nighy is a delight in every single role I've ever seen him play and Sheen is a capable Shakespearean. On the off chance the two of them have some excellent screen moments, this might just be worth it beyond the computer effects. Watchmen I've never been much of a comic book reader. Still, every fanboy in the country has had nothing but good things to say about Alan Moore's masterpiece series. I can't say I've been all that thrilled about the previews. The costumes look a bit ridiculous and the visuals already seem a touch dated. On top of all of this, I'm suffering from a bit of superhero fatigue, as I'm sure a lot of people are after last summer. This one is a bit of a toss up. Aside from Billy Crudup, the cast is a bit bland with TV actors and small-timers from decades past. This could either help or hurt the film. Too many adaptations, from comics or other sources, get smothered by the presence of their big name stars. Then again, the ensemble of small-screeners might spend too much time getting used to their makeup and rubber suits to push this movie past amateur territory. On the off chance there's something spectacular here, I'll give Watchmen a try. Star Trek I used to scoff universally at reboots, but then so many of them turned out well. Because I never had much interest in the original series, or for that matter any of its many offshoots, I don't harbor any nerd rage over the recent revamping of Star Trek. Aside from Chris Pine, who plays none other than James T. Kirk, I'm excited about the cast. It'll be good to see Zachary Quinto outside of Heroes because he really does deserve better, Simon Pegg is always excellent, and I honestly believe Karl Urban doesn't get as much attention as he should. As long as Pine doesn't give a wooden performance, this movie just might work. The same goes for any concerns about flashy visuals and ham-fisted writing. See you all at the movies... maybe.