Comic Con 2012 in San Diego will be starting tomorrow, July 12th, and it's an event that I tend to just be happy living vicariously through the people who actually attend. Back in the day, a decade ago or so, Comic Con was really for the FANS to go there and be a part of a geek/fanboy-girl convention of like minds wholly infatuated with all things related to the genre of comics. But then Hollywood studios saw it as an opportunity to introduce in very special previews to a very select crowd, future comic themed films and TV productions. Toss in some cool A and B list stars on the panel and for autograph sessions, and you have a new community that you have a unique opportunity to wine and dine and gauge their interests for future marketing schemes. In summation, it's a zoo at CC, and every year it gets crazier and crazier because the fanatic fan attendance grows larger and larger. And this is because the newest fans, started to attend just in the past couple of years due to the higher profile of CC because of certain film franchise's fanbase. And as per the sad news of the car accident death of a Twilight fan yesterday, who has been waiting in line, outside of the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) since Sunday, to get a good seat at the Twilight panel four days later, this just demonstrates how devoted some of these fans are. To suspend life for many days to sit in line, days before the actual convention begins. Sigh. Life is too short for such crazed devotion, but that is par for the course in the mindset of many CC attendees. I have been to the SDCC for an exhibit myself, and the place is gigantic, but I think I would be too overwhelmed to attend for Comic Con, let alone be able to afford it. San Diego ain't cheap. Anway, I look forward to reporting about what's happening at CC the rest of this week.
Edited to Add:
I had a mini Jason Statham marathon this weekend. Most of his films are corny but fun to watch, and these other two films continue in that vein.
Blitz (2011) is about a homicidal cop killer played by an excellent scene stealing Aiden Gillen, who kills cops in London in a most brutal and bold fashion, as if it were a hobby. Jason Statham is in his comfort zone of playing a smart ass, do things my way rogue cop. And Paddy Considine is a seemingly straight laced lieutenant from the posh West London police station, doing time in Southern London to help catch the lunatic cop killer. Because I love British crime drama, this is an entertaining film to kill some time and watch Jason in action. 7.5/10.
Killer Elite (2011) is another Jason Statham film which co-stars Clive Owen and Robert DeNiro. It takes place in the 1980s about a special secret British Ops group where a peer is kidnapped and held hostage by a Shiek to avenge the assassination of his sons. Jason has to kill the men responsible for the men's deaths and then his friend will be released. This is based on a true story and this espionage film shows you just how corrupt and backstabbish all governments are in the pursuit of their share of oil from the Middle East. It's pretty good - 8/10.