April 11th, 2014 — Yes, I know how to read a calendar.

Theater ThursdaysHello again, my fellow geeks.

As you may be able to tell, this column is coming to you two days late. As I stated above, yes I can read a calendar, I did my best to get this done and ready to go by the appointed time, but time, as it does at times, got away from me and work got in the way, as it is wont to do and…well, you get the idea.

The only reason I am not more contrite about it is that, after last week and the brilliant shot to the head that was Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the offerings by Hollywood this week were a little, shall we say, lacking?

There are two big releases this week. The first up is RIO 2  (PG  101 Minutes) which is the sequel to the harmless 2010 film about a small blue bird who can’t fly who gets kidnapped in a foriegn Country and the adventures he gets into during his time away. I will freely admit that I went to the original film on a Saturday and sat through it and laughed like a small child who has seen Bugs Bunny for the first time. I don’t know, maybe it was just the exact right time to see the flick, or maybe I had such low expectations that I was surprised at how good the film was, I don’t know. The only thing I can tell you is that I had a blast with the first film.

Based on my fondness for the original, I will watch the second film. I don’t know if it will have the same impact on me, I hope so. I can’t tell you how good it feels to get lost in laughter. That is such a wonderful feeling to have. I always hope for that release and that endorphin kick.

The second film this week is DRAFT DAY  (PG-13  109 Minutes) which has to be the 37th film this year starring Kevin Costner. I am kidding. Slightly. This film stars Costner as the General Manager of the Cleveland Browns as he attempts to get the right player on the titular Draft Day of the title.

These kinds of films are for a very specific audience. That’s not a bad thing. It’s not a good thing. It is just a basic fact. There are hundreds of millions of people in the Country who eat, sleep, walk and talk football and their team winning or losing a given game will either make their week or ruin it. I know people like that. I work with people like that. I am slightly confused by people like that, but I’m sure they are confused by alot of the stuff I love and talk about too, so to each his own.

If this film is for you, have fun and enjoy. Based on the reviews for this one, I might give it a look at some point, but I’m in no hurry.

Also playing in the area, OCCULUS  (R 91 Minutes) a horror film starring Amy Pond and Kara Thrace….I mean, Karen Gillian and Katee Sackoff. That fact in and of itself is almost enough to get me into the theater for this one. Almost.

Lastly, we have in very limited release, The Raid 2  (R  148 Minutes) which is a sequel to the original film from 2012 and has been hailed as one of the greatest action films ever made. Those are big words, but based on the breathtaking original, I am willing to give it a shot. If it is half as good as that one, it will be the best film to come out this weekend. I believe it is playing an exclusive engagement at Regal Stonecrest 22 and IMAX, which happens to be my theater, so come by and say hello. This is one I plan to see.

Well, that just about does it for this week, but join me next week when we find out what happens when you cross Captain Jack and the Lawnmower man.

Until then, Keep the Projector Threaded.

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