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The Curious Case (of the Movie Blackout)

Though I don’t possess much Christmas spirit (see earlier post), this year December has killed off what little bit I had left. Why? I’m choosing to remember this December as The Great Movie Blackout of 2008.

That’s because all the movies I’ve waited the entire year to see — critical darlings like “Frost/Nixon,” “Milk” and “Slumdog Millionaire” — never materialized in friendly neighborhood theaters near me, or made such a brief appearance I couldn’t get there fast enough. (And I live near Charlotte, the 19th largest city in the U.S., people!) Sigh. Well, I suppose this is one of the many perks of living in the Deep South. Great left-of-center movies don’t get released here until months after the rest of the world has forgotten about them.

So that answers the question I’m sure (not really) has been lingering as to why I’ve posted no reviews of NEW movies in, oh, weeks. I’m protesting.  It was my version of civil disobedience. It didn’t work, and I suppose now’s the time to throw in the proverbial towel.

Over the Christmas holidays, I’m hoping to catch up with “Nobel Son” (I love Alan Rickman), maybe see “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” force myself to sit through the year-long epic “Australia” and listen to Miley Cyrus sound like a 40-year-old with emphysema in “Bolt” (that’s a last resort).

However, in the meantime I have begun stockpiling my list — minus all the great films you’ll see on every other critic’s Top 10 of 2008 list — of this year’s best movies. Here are the frontrunners thus far: “The Dark Knight”; “WALL-E”; “Pineapple Express”; “Tropic Thunder”; “Iron Man”; “Sex and the City”; “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”; “The Bank Job”; “Body of Lies”; and “Changeling.” Brad Pitt’s “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” still looms on the horizon, and so does “Revolutionary Road” (but does the world really NEED another Winslet/DiCaprio rom-trag?).

And, finally, this post would not be complete if I did not give a shoutout to my friend — the one who believes he is a very witty comedian, the one who pushed me to start this blog in the first place — on this, his birthday. I will not reveal his age … except to say he is older than me. Happy b-day, Comedian, and I hope it’s a great one!