Ever helpful, Yahoo wants me to know what the Top 10 Most Anticipated Movies of 2008 are going to be.
Yahoo doesn't tell me who's doing the anticipating, but based on the fact eight of the the ten movies are either cartoons, based on cartoons, or essentially cartoons using live human actors who thanks to the miracles of CGI and other special effects will behave like cartoons only displaying less emotional range in their acting, I'm guessing the anticipating audience doesn't include a lot of adults who love movies.
The remaining two movies are jokes, Rambo and Sex and the City. In the first case the joke is on Sylvester Stallone, in the second it's on Sarah Jessica Parker, both of whom are being tricked by producers with very cruel senses of humor that they can still play themselves as they were when they were 30.
That's fine with me. For several decades now Hollywood's main product hasn't been movies, per se; it's been two hours or so of diversion for teenage boys who need hyperkinetic physical and emotional distraction from the sad knowledge that they aren't going to get laid tonight no matter what and who will plunk down 8 to 10 dollars again and again, night after night, for the exact same distraction five or six times.
This industry finances Hollywood's hobby, making movies.
Every now and then the same product serves both ends. Yahoo's list includes what I think will be one of those, The Dark Knight, and one I hope will be, Prince Caspian.
The list itself doesn't mean anything to me. What bugs me about it though is that the geniuses who put it together apparently assume that what I want to do when I'm surfing the web is watch Television and that all I need to know about any upcoming movie I can learn from watching the trailer.
In short, the list is nothing more than ten advertisements without a real movie to watch after sitting through them.
At any rate, the list doesn't include the movie I'm most anticipating for next year, and yes, I know I'm doing what I just complained about Yahoo doing. It's the Old Get On Your High Horse Before Playing the Hypocrite Trick.