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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 8, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Fun with summer movies . . . or not

A task that ‘s taking up some time for me these days is getting the summer movie calendar filled in, so that I can write a seasonal preview in time for the season to kick off with “Iron Man 2” (that’s May 7, for the record). It’s a job that involves a lot of checking around with various studio and indie publicists to figure out what’s opening when — there is, unfortunately, no central source to consult for all movie releases big and small; at least, none that is accurate and specific to Seattle. For those who like to see numbers: currently my schedule shows 81 movies opening in Seattle between early May and Labor Day; a number that’s sure to grow.
Some of these are big movies (“Robin Hood,” “Inception,” “Sex and the City 2” and the like, which are easy to keep track of), but many are titles that don’t ring a bell, so off I go to look them up. And sometimes, lurking in an innocuous-looking fact sheet on a press website for a movie called “The Last Exorcism,” there will be a sentence like this:

Among other horrific things, Nell (Ashley Bell) wakes up each day covered in the blood of another butchered farm animal . . .

OK, wait a minute. That’s just one of the various horrific things? There are other things that compare to waking up covered in the blood of a butchered farm animal? Would you actually go to bed if the likelihood of such early-morning ghastliness were significant? Can you imagine how much trouble Nell has with her laundry? Will I be able to sleep tonight knowing that this possibliity exists, even if it’s only in somebody’s imagination? And that’s just one movie; I’ve got dozens to go. Wish me luck.

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