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LOOK! UP IN THE SKY! IT'S A BIRD! IT'S A PLANE! IT'S...sorry we don't have a closer for this joke.
If you're gonna see a movie in this town, there really is no better place to do that than at Mann's Chinese Theater. They've had a digital projection system for awhile now, the sound is great, and the experience is just incomparable. Now we know people will wave their Arclights and their The Bridges in our face, but to them we say, "Bite us."
Last night we caught a sold out showing of SUPERMAN, and we have to admit, we freaking loved it. While we still miss Chris Reeve, Brandon Routh was pretty damned good (especially as Clark Kent) in a hard role to fill. Kevin Spacey was a great Lex Luthor, not quite capturing Gene Hackman's cynicism, but still chewing up the screen. Sam Huntington as Jimmy Olsen literally stole every scene he was in, which is tough to do in a flick like this, and Frank Langella was a decent Perry White...although we missed Jackie Cooper's growling. The best cameo was Glenn Ford, appearing in a photo on Martha Kent's mantel as Jonathan Kent. We miss ya, Glenn. Still, what's funny in that many ways, the old John Williams score is the star of this film. Between that and the Raiders of the Lost Ark theme, no one has ever nailed a movie theme like good ol' John. Color us inspired.
Almost better than the theme was the fact that this movie helped wash the horrible tastes of Superman III and Superman IV out of our mouths. Nice work, Mr. Singer.
While we may not believe a man can fly, we sure want to try it ourselves.