This may have been the summer of the super hero – but one of
those super heroes definitely fell short compared to the others.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ starring Andrew Garfield and Emma
Stone, got decent reviews and fan reaction. It just never really got any buzz
At the beginning of the summer it was all about ‘The
Avengers.’ By the end of summer it was all about ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’
‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ debuted in between the two and
raked in almost $700 million worldwide – on an estimated $230 million budget.
When you compare it to its two counterparts, though, that’s not actually very
While a sequel to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ has been green
lit, I would imagine that movie producers are going to try and debut it far
away from ‘The Avengers’ next time around.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ hits DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday –
so fans that didn’t get a chance to see it in theaters this summer will have
another chance this week.
The other notable DVD debuts are the 11th season
of ‘Law & Order’ and the ‘Paradise Lost’ Trilogy. For those not in the
know, ‘Paradise Lost’ is the three-part documentary series that follows the
West Memphis Three – a trio of teenage boys that were incarcerated for 20 years
for killing three young boys. DNA evidence essentially exonerates the three
accused – and they’ve since been freed from prison.
While the men were still in jail, the documentaries had a
certain urgency about them. Now, the only people I think that will be
interested are true crime buffs and Johnny Depp fans.
There are several of those ‘Real Housewives’ shows debuting
this week – but I don’t really care so you’re on your own to find information
The only decent show debuting this week is USA’s always
entertaining ‘Burn Notice,’ which is currently in its sixth season.
‘Burn Notice’ is one of those shows that never seems to get
old because it manages to mix drama and comedy in an effective manger. The show’s
heroes have taken hits, but they still have each other – and a lot of laughs.
It’s a decent week in music.
Aging rock stars Aerosmith debut ‘Music From Another
Dimension,’ which contains 15 new songs. The deluxe CD has 18 songs – and
includes a special DVD.
Infomercial queen Dionne Warwick unveils ‘Now,’ which is
essentially 12 songs that she’s already released. People listen to her for the
Ne-Yo releases ‘Red,’ an acronym for Realizing Every Dream,
on Tuesday. It features 17 songs – including a collaboration with Calvin
Finally, Public Enemy can boast one of the greatest titles
ever – ‘Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp.’ The CD has 11
songs. Ironically, this isn’t the group’s
only CD release of the day. They are also debuting ‘The Evil Empire of
Everything,’ which features 13 new songs – including one about the Trayvon
The big release of the week is obviously Halo 4. That’s all
any guy can talk about. Any guy with a controller permanently imprinted to his
hand, that is.
Still, the gaming franchise has proven popular. Personally,
I’m looking forward to next week’s offering a lot more – but I’ll do something
separate on that later in the week.
War game buffs also have ‘History Legends of War: Patton’ to
play with. The game unites console strategy gaming and a bevy of planes and
tanks most people that play video games have never laid eyes on.
The final game of interest this week is ‘NASCAR The Game: Inside
Line.’ Yeah, this is pretty much a
driving game. You can fully customize practice, qualifying and race sessions
and combine them with fast paced side by side racing.
Finally, there’s really only one movie of interest hitting
theaters this week and it’s the new James Bond outing ‘Skyfall.’
I know James Bond is a big thing to a lot of people – but I
don’t get the appeal. It doesn’t matter who is playing the character, I just
can’t make myself interested in the franchise.
This outing brings back Daniel Craig as Bond and pairs him
with Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Albert Finney and the always
droll Judi Dench.
‘Skyfall’ tells the story of how Bond's loyalty to M is
tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must
track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.
At least Dench appears to be getting a lot of screen time.
The film hits IMAX theaters Thursday night and everywhere
else on Thursday.
What do you think? What are you looking forward to the most