Had a conversation with a friend recently about driving long distances and I just realized that while I do drive often, I don’t often drive very far. I think the furthest I’ve ever personally driven is I think Mountain View, which is only about 35 miles away from where I live. Obviously I’ve been to places a lot farther than that, but I was never the one behind the wheel. The only place away from the Daly City area that I can think of that I’ve driven to a lot is San Mateo, mostly because I went to CSM for all those years. I think part of the reason I don’t drive very long distances is because I drive a van and let’s face it, vans don’t get very good gas mileage. Anyways, my friend was saying that I should make it a goal to take a long road trip and I think that’s a great idea. Maybe over the summer I’ll finally take a long distance road trip… and actually be the person behind the wheel for the drive.
Cars 2 has officially as of this moment hit below 60% on RottenTomatoes! Could this be the end of the Pixar winning streak? They’ve made 11 films and they’re all certified fresh at RottenTomatoes. The first Cars was the lowest rated one at 74%, but other than that, every other film they’ve made has eclipsed the 90% mark.
Regardless of whether the movie picks up from a critical standpoint, Disney is set to do gangbusters with this film at the box office and from the toy merchandise. Cars 2 seemed like a cash grab considering most people didn’t like the original Cars, but everyone knows that Disney has made a colossal amount of money off the Cars brand name merchandising.
I am not excited at all for this new Cars film, but they did get one of my favorite actresses, Emily Mortimer, to do a voice for one of the new cars and it’s Pixar so I’ll probably end up seeing it anyway. 2011 was looking good but it’s starting to get a bit bleak after films like The Hangover Part II, Pirates 4, Green Lantern, and now Cars 2 and Bad Teacher coming out. Hopefully it’ll pick up after Transformers 3 comes out. Even if Michael Bay hasn’t had a “certified fresh” film from RottenTomatoes since The Rock in 1996, I hope it’ll deliver on the fun of the first Transformers film and not the atrocity of the second one.
Let’s see where things stand by this Friday and let’s see if Cars 2 turns out to be any good…