For people who actually give a damn about movies beyond some kind of statistical horse-race (really, guys - when did moviegoing become fucking Fantasy Football?) watching boxoffice numbers is usually one of the most depressing things you can do. Which is why I rarely engage with it, save for circumstances like this weekend where the sociological implications carry a measure of interest. In any case, The Numbers are in...
Worthless, artless pandering to the lowest common-denominator "guy movie" (and the worst action film not featuring a badly-designed transforming robot)? #1.
Worthless, artless pandering to the lowest common-denominator "chick flick?" #2.
Something brilliant, genuinely-inspired and one of MAYBE three movies from Summer 2010 that will actually MATTER a year (or even three months) from now? #4. Behind fucking "The Other Guys."
Yeah, yeah, I know. Already assured cult status, huge on DVD, remember-what-happened-for-Fight-Club-and-Fear&Loathing, etc. And take solace in the "big picture" that this wouldn't have even gotten MADE five years ago. All true.
But, still... "The Expendables?" Really? Humanity, sometimes you really just disgust me ;)