2012: cashing in with catastrophe porn

What does it say about us when a piece of shit movie like this makes $65 million its first weekend?

Or, better yet, what does it mean about our society when the astrophysicists at NASA, instead of exploring space and finding new planets for us to infect with humanity, are busy assuring stupid tea-partiers that the world isn’t going to end just because the Mayan calendar needs to be flipped?

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14 Comments

  1. Aardvark
    Posted November 15, 2009 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    Another question. Movies like GI Joe also pack them in at the theaters. But movies like The Good Soldier hardly bring in anyone to places like the Michigan Theater, even though GI Joe is pure fantasy, and The Good Soldier is absolute reality. Why isn’t the story of real war more “exciting” than fake war?

  2. Me
    Posted November 16, 2009 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    I mostly just watch Patrick Swayze movies, because I can always count on them to be real life true stories.
    You know, like Ghost, Point Break, Next of Kin….
    Anyway, they say truth is stranger than fiction, which scares the hell out of me.
    I kind of miss The A-Team on TV.
    Have you ever pissed in your radiator like they did in Red Dawn? I am thinking of trying it, but I can’t get my car to overheat.

  3. Posted November 16, 2009 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    I get that people want escapism and good scare. What rubbed me wrong about this was the scale – the tens of millions of people dying, the cars driving off of overpasses with families inside, the twin towers crashing down, as the little plane flies between them. The shout-out to 9/11 was unmistakable. And it pissed me off. It’s amazing how far we’ve come as a country over the past 10 years. Now we can see people leaping from burning towers as good clean fun. Maybe that’s a good thing, right?

  4. Edwardo
    Posted November 16, 2009 at 9:25 am | Permalink

    Having just watched Towering Inferno this weekend (on my deathbed), it’s weird seeing this trailer. Body count appears to be following Moore’s Law.

  5. Posted November 16, 2009 at 9:33 am | Permalink

    Sorry Mark, people have to die in disaster movies, the more the better. That’s why Deep Impact is so much better than Armageddon.

  6. Andy C
    Posted November 16, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    We can’t afford a mine shaft gap!

  7. Tarp
    Posted November 16, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    It’s fun to watch that and pretend Cusak is still his character from Say Anything, only like 20 years in the future.

    If they called it Say Anything II, I probably would have watched it.

  8. Posted November 16, 2009 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    Let’s get together once 2012 is out on DVD and make a mash-up, Tarp.

  9. Me
    Posted November 17, 2009 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    So, I guess Edwardo is dead by the time I write this? I am sorry to hear that. I didn’t even know you were sick.

  10. Max
    Posted November 17, 2009 at 6:51 am | Permalink

    It may have one of the shittiest plots in a movie since Edward Penishands, but those explosions are pretty sexy.

  11. Ed
    Posted November 17, 2009 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Don’t talk shit about Edward Penishands. That’s some of Cusak’s best work.

  12. Robert
    Posted November 17, 2009 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    I’m disappointed that they waste so much of the production budget on writing a story and paying recognizable actors. That’s millions more that could have gone into CGI.

  13. Dan
    Posted November 18, 2009 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    The History Channel is advertising WWII in HD this week. The ad makes it sound like a summer action blockbuster. I’m glad I can now experience the horror of WWII from the comfort of my living room in HD.

  14. Posted November 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t think it was possible, but someone’s topped 2012.

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