Just two new releases this week, but that’s okay. Looking ahead at the calendar, next Friday begins a cinematic onslaught that keeps right on going until the end of the year. Not that every single upcoming film is going to be worth the time, but every week, there’s at least one film opening that I’m excited to see. Even if only half are as good as expected, it’s going to be one hell of a run, one worth slogging through Tyler Perry and another Paranormal Activity this week.
I’m fairly certain Perry has reached some sort of government-sanctioned quota on the number of films he’s allowed to direct in a five-year period. But he’s gone nearly four months without being on the screen, so he had to let someone else take the reins of Alex Cross to get his fix. Cross is the character played by Morgan Freeman in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider, so either this is a prequel, a reboot, or Cross is actually Doctor Who. Perry doesn’t really strike me as the hard-bitten detective type; it’s hard to shake the image of him in his Madea get-up. Come to think of it, this might have been a more entertaining movie if it had been Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Alex Cross. Drag up Freeman as Madea’s grandmother and just print the money.
So Paranormal Activity 4 is pretty much going to take the weekend by default. It’s close to Halloween, and the franchise is baffling in its popularity. Of course, the similar Sinister is still out there, and the reigning box office champ from last week, but Paranormal has the brand name that should push it over the top. This one is a sequel to the second film, even though it’s the fourth film, because the third film was a prequel, and making a sequel to that would just mean making the first one all over again. Oh, who am I kidding, that’s what they’ve been doing anyway. Which means if you didn’t like any of the previous entries, it’s easy to stay away, and if you did like them, well hey, more of the same. Enjoy.
And that’s it. As for me, I’m going to finally get around to seeing Argo, and probably knock out some more James Bond movies in anticipation of Skyfall in a few weeks. I’ve already gone through On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (not really on board with the reputation it’s gained of late as the great forgotten Bond movie), Moonraker (only the existence of A View to a Kill keeps this from being Moore’s worst Bond) and Diamonds Are Forever (this is the great forgotten Bond movie). I hope I’m not setting myself up for disappointment if Skyfall isn’t amazing. But there’s so much other good stuff coming down the pipe, the disappointment won’t last for long.