When ‘Prometheus’ hit theaters this summer – fans had high
Would this signify a triumphant return for the ‘Alien’
franchise? Was this even really an ‘Alien’ prequel?
Unfortunately, a lot of those hopes were dashed.
I was one of the few people that really liked the movie. I
found what it lacked in scares it more than made up for in philosophy.
Other people didn’t see it that way.
Truthfully, my only quibble with ‘Prometheus’ was the woman
they cast as the lead – Noomi Rapace. I liked everything else about the movie.
Still, despite everything I just said, I will not be adding ‘Prometheus’
to my movie library when it comes out on Blu-Ray and DVD on Tuesday.
Why? I just don’t think it’s endlessly re-watchable.
I enjoyed it the first time, don’t get me wrong. I just have
no interest in seeing it again. Oh, and it is definitely an 'Alien' prequel.
So, what else is coming out this week?
On Blu-Ray and DVD, ‘Rock of Ages’ and ‘The Raven’ both
debut on Tuesday.
‘Rock of Ages’ was a high budget film that flopped. Starring
Alec Baldwin, Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta Jones, ‘Rock of Ages’ was supposed
to tilt the musical genre on its ear. Instead, it came and went from theaters
so fast most people didn’t even know it made a stopover there.
On the flip side, ‘The Raven’ was a relatively low-budget
film that also flopped. This time, a killer is using the works of Edgar Allen
Poe to commit murders. A cop, played by John Cusack, is trying to stop him. The
only thing I can say nice about this movie is that Brendan Gleeson is in it –
and I doubt he’s enough to save it.
There’s not a lot of great music hitting the shelves this
The biggest is probably Kiss’ new album, ‘Monster.’ The
12-song record will probably be popular with people over 40. People under 40?
They’re going to be wondering why these old guys are decked out in face paint
and playing instruments instead of going to a Raiders game.
Speaking of old-timers, Rick Springfield is releasing ‘Songs
for the End of the World’ Tuesday. This record has 12-titles – and I can’t find
one person that is honestly excited about this who doesn’t watch ‘General
Hospital’ on a regular basis.
Finally, The Wallflowers are releasing ‘Glad All Over’ – an 11-song
compilation that isn’t exactly lighting up the charts.
I finally might have found a game that will propel me to
upgrade my old-school Xbox 360 so I can use a Kinect. I’m talking about ‘Harry
Potter for Kinect.’
This game allows you to create your own character and follow
it through the ‘Harry Potter’ world – including having your wand choose you at
Ollivanders and lasting until the final battle with Voldemort. There are
minigames, casting challenges and potions problems that have to be solved along
the way as well.
Also debuting Tuesday is assassin game ‘Dishonored,’ war
game ‘XCOM: Enemy Unknown’ and ‘Just Dance 4.’
The pickings for movies on Friday are a little slim.
The first is Ben Affleck’s ‘Argo,’ which is a true story
about six Americans that find shelter with the Canadian ambassador during the
Iranian revolution and have to find a “kooky” way to get out of the country
alive. The movie is actually getting rave reviews – it just doesn’t seem like
my cup of tea.
For those that like juvenile humor, Kevin James and Salma
Hayek star in ‘Here Comes the Boom,’ the story of a biology teacher who wants
to be a martial arts fighter. Yeah, it has dud written all over it.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aaron Paul, and Octavia Spencer are
in the indie ‘Smashed,’ about a hard-partying couple that see their world shift
and change when the wife decides to get sober.
Finally, the only movie I’m even considering seeing is Colin
Farrell’s ‘Seven Psychopaths.’ This is the story of several oddball friends
that start stealing dogs and then returning them for the reward money. They make
the mistake of stealing a local mobster's dog – and, of course, hilarity ensues.
Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken also star.
What do you think? What are you interested in this week?