I got to go see "Shrek 3" with my family last night (I'm now 100000 (base 2) years old, w00t) and was soundly unimpressed. Bah. Not enough action, not enough character, not enough coherence, not enough snap to the jokes. Already saw "Spider-Man 3", and enjoyed it, but I agree with Sam Raimi that the studio shouldn't have made him use Venom this time around. It was good, but would have been better with just Sandman and Goblin. And the early reviews for "Pirates of the Carribbean 3" aren't being too kind, either. Blockbuster trilogies are getting so predictable it's sad. 1=good, 2=great, 3=WTF happened. Remember "X-Men 3"? Sucked hard, and I'm not even sure it would have been better with Brian Singer on board. "Matrix 3" wasn't bad, but no one was overwhelmed, either. Only two notable recent exceptions come to mind: "The Lord of the Rings", which was designed more like one movie than a trilogy anyway; and the "Star Wars" prequels, which only went from bad to worse to worst. In a summer like this, we can only look forward to the new stuff. "Transformers" cometh in early July, and "Ratatouille" opens just one week before it. Transfans, it's now quite likely that people will remember "Transformers" as the only blockbuster of this summer that was worth watching. If only I could get truly excited about "Stardust", but I already know what to expect from any summer movie that opens in August.