We made a list recently of our next six Trailers Without Pity movies, a task we'd neglected until we had exhausted our last 12-week-old list. We gazed upon the list of summer bonanzas -- action, comedy, super-hero drama (check, check, check) -- among them, we had this odd-duck movie with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. It's due out in just a month and except for a few commercials, this movie has almost no buzz.
The press site: barren of even a smattering of images that might flesh out our idea of this movie.
Tell me if you can figure this trailer out. While I'm sure the production values will be high and the movie will be professional in its format output, I don't know if I see a movie that humans want to consume in there. Maybe I'm off and this will made $100 million+ in its first weekend, but my gut, the one that also likes gourmet donuts, tells me this will not come to pass.
If there is buzz on this movie, it's anti-buzz, the kind that comes from a flying attention-hungry vampire insect, one that is not striped in black and yellow, but in the very colors whose lack of pigment cause you to turn away, bored.
Couple of recent things -- I had a story in Saturday's paper about Nurture My Child, a service that helps parents navigate the world of day cares, nannies other child-care options. This started out as a Masters of Their Domains, but then we did away with that feature after a long run and it wasn't really about the Web site. So instead, it ran as a Raising Austin column.
I turned 35 last week, which was a little weird. I've got some loose ends to tie up before summer, like moving this site over to Wordpress, getting Lilly potty trained and making some decisions about some summer writing projects. Nothing earth-shattering. I'm still really happy at work, really happy with the freelance stuff I'm doing (Trailers w/o Pity, NPR, etc...) and really have no complaints. It's a strange state to be in.
I'm going to an online journalism symposium at UT this week, which I hope will re-inspire me. It's not that I'm in a rut, but I feel like I can see a rut down the road and I need to try to do some new things before I get there on my work blog and probably around here, too.