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August Pick Flix

July 30, 2008

Fresh from all the hoopla that is the San Diego Comic-Con, it’s time to take a look at the Pick Flix of August — the movies that I want to see, think I might want to see, and what will probably wait until DVD or DirecTV.

Pineapple Express (August 8 ) — Lazy stoner Dale Denton has only one reason to visit his equally lazy dealer Saul Silver: to purchase weed, specifically, a rare new strain called Pineapple Express. But when Dale becomes the only witness to a murder by a crooked cop and the city’s most dangerous drug lord, he panics and dumps his roach of Pineapple Express at the scene.

Two words — Seth Rogan. That’s all that’s needed to make sure that my girlfriends sees to it that we see this movie. And, to be honest, I’m a Seth Rogan fan — he’s a likable guy that tends to play likable characters, even if they might not be great role models. The trailers for this film have been amusing, and the song that they use — “Paper Planes” by M.I.A — with the borrowed Clash track is damn catchy and has sucked me in. This will be one flick that I’ll catch in the theater.

Star Wars: The Clone War (August 15) — On the front lines of an intergalactic struggle between good and evil, fans young and old will join such favorite characters as Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala, along with brand-new heroes like Anakin’s padawan learner, Ahsoka. Sinister villains–led by Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous–are poised to rule the galaxy.

This chapter of the Star Wars lore takes place between Episode II and Episode III. The release of the feature film kicks off an all-new animated television series also called Star Wars: The Clone Wars. What better way to fix the mistakes of two-dimensional acting and story of the second film than creating a 3D-looking animated movie to serve as a band-aid to affix over the boo boo. This looks like it’ll be entertaining eye-candy, to say the least, and will probably be best served on the big screen with a state of the art sound system. I’ll go check this flick out solo during the mid-week after the crowds have died.

Tropic Thunder (August 15) — A group of self-absorbed actors set out to make the most expensive war film. But after ballooning costs force the studio to cancel the movie, the frustrated director refuses to stop shooting, leading his cast into the jungles of Southeast Asia, where they encounter real bad guys.

This is probably the first Ben Stiller movie that I’ve ever eagerly anticipated. The flicks in which he has starred in have never really done anything for me, though he’s been fine in supporting roles when the spotlight wasn’t shining on him directly throughout the entire film. I hear this flick is worth it just for the “unrecognizable” Tom Cruise cameo — though this may more likely end up a DVD rental as opposed to actually humping it to the cineplex to see. If there’s real good word of mouth I might make the hump.

Death Race (August 22) — Terminal Island, New York: 2020. Overcrowding in the U.S. penal system has reached a breaking point. Prisons have been turned over to a monolithic Weyland Corporation, which sees jails full of thugs as an opportunity for televised sport. Adrenalized inmates, a global audience hungry for violence and a spectacular, enclosed arena come together to form the ‘Death Race’,

This movie can be either knock it out of the park — or be a complete swing and a miss. Not sure if I want to risk the eight plus dollar admission and twelve plus dollar popcorn and a coke — for a total of twenty plus dollars — on the chance of the latter. I’ll probably wait for DirecTV for this flick.

And, that wraps up the August Pick Flix, and the summer blockbuster season as well. Stay tuned for what’s in store for September.