Do you even remember which films were released in January of 2007? I didn’t think so. Let me break it down for you: January is the month where Oscar-bait failures and atrociously bad comedies go to die. Think about the films that topped the box office this past January. Stomp the Yard, Epic Movie, Alpha Dog and Blood and Chocolate just to name a few. So what in the hell is Hollywood thinking when it comes to January of 2008? With scheduled releases like J.J. Abrams’ mysterious thriller 1-18-08, Michel Gondry’s Be Kind, Rewind, the long awaited Fanboys and now John Rambo as scheduled releases, it looks like Hollywood is trying to take the sting off of that time between when all the Oscar movies come out and the night when they actually receive their awards.
Our friends a JoBlo are reporting today that John Rambo, the fourth installment in the Rambo franchise will now be released on January 25, one week following 1-18-08 and Fanboys. What does this mean? Either the folks at Lionsgate are planning for this one to suck a fat one, or they are trying to be really progressive and hopeful that moviegoers will come out in force during the month of resolutions and New Year’s budgeting. Good luck with that one.
Yet, despite the failures of Januarys past, I am almost looking forward to the New Year in 2008. I can’t say that I am not looking forward to at least one film per week during the first month of the year, which is a complete 180 degree flip from last year. But then again, there is always Uwe Boll’s In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale to remind me what month it is. I guess no matter how hard they try, January will always churn out its share of turds.
On the Side: If you have not yet seen the most recent, ridiculously bloody John Rambo trailer, check it out over at FirstShowing.net.