Hello again, my geeky friends! Let me start by saying how cool it was to see some of you last Thursday night out at Regal Stonecrest 22 and Imax (my day job) for the live RiffTrax of Starship Troopers. I saw some I knew and met a few new friends for the first time.
I am proud (as a geek) to say that RiffTrax sold out one whole auditorium and they added a second one which came thisclose to selling out as well. When we all show our support for these kinds of geeky events, it always paves the way for even more geeky events in the future.
Also, while I’m talking about last week, let me also say that for some reason, I didn’t list jOBS, the bio-pic of Apple founder Steve Jobs which stars Ashton Kutcher, as being one of the films being released last weekend. I have no excuse other than it being a simple oversight on my part. The film was originally supposed to come out this past April but was pulled at the last-minute with no reason given. In mid July they announced it was coming out August 16th, but for whatever reason, it just slipped off my radar.
This weekend brings us tree major releases that all have ties to the geek world, so let’s have a word about each, shall we?
Back in October of 2004, I was working as a projectionist in Alabama and was going through a very rough time in my life. Then one Thursday I came into work to build the new films and there was a little gem in the mix that I had heard about but had no real hope of seeing on the big-screen because, while it was a huge hit in the U.K., it had only gotten a small release here in the States. The owner of the theatre I worked for decided to take a chance and book it for a week right before Halloween. That film was Shaun of the Dead.
That began my love affair with the works of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. They had begun with a brilliant show called SPACED, which lasted for two-seasons before Shaun of the Dead. The film
was a loving deconstruction of the zombie film genre. It did with ease something that almost no American film has ever been able to do: it was a comedy but it was also a real zombie film. People really died. There were real stakes and there were real laughs.
Their next film, HOT FUZZ, which came out in 2007, was a loving deconstruction of every over-the-top action film ever made from the 1980’s through the 2000’s. Imagine Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, and Bad Boys combined and set in a tiny english village. If you’re not smiling thinking about that, then you probably are not the target audience for The World’s End.
Director Edgar Wright has joking called this the final film in their Blood and Ice Creme trilogy and I can only hope this isn’t the last time they work together. They do stellar work on their own, but they do seem to bring out the absolute best in each other, as well as co-star Nick Frost.
As with their previous films, it’s best to go in knowing as little about the film as possible. There are certain filmmakers I trust enough to just go in blind and let them tell me a story. The official synopsis says that it is the story of five friends who attempt to finish an epic pub-crawl they failed to finish twenty-years ago. The final pub is called The World’s End and along the way they begin to realize that something is amiss in their quiet little town and this night might actually be the end of the world.
Joining Pegg and Frost on this epic quest are Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine.
Some theaters are playing a marathon of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End tonight, but as of this writing no Charlotte theaters are taking part in that.
The World’s End does begin showings tonight at 8pm at select theaters.
OPENS FRIDAY EVERYWHERE.
YOU’RE NEXT (R 93 Minutes)
This one is an oddity. It’s being billed and sold as a horror/thriller but I have heard from some reliable sources that it is something of a pitch-black comedy as well.
A wealthy family is spending the weekend at their country estate for a family reunion when ax-wielding killers descend on the house and start picking them off one at a time.
The killers are all wearing goofy-looking animal masks while they do the killing, so I guess that’s kind of funny.
Like I said, I don’t know much about this one but it does look interesting. The most amazing thing about this film right now is that it has a 93% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
That fact alone is enough to get me in to a seat.
OPENS FRIDAY EVERYWHERE.
Okay, here we go again. I love Harry Potter and The Hunger Games as much as the next person, but their success has led to what seems to be a never-ending string of knock-offs.
I know the trailers and the posters make a point of telling us in large font that it is based on the world-wide bestselling series, but the poster for Beautiful Creatures and Percy Jackson said the same thing.
I haven’t heard of the books but the story does seem familiar enough. A chosen one must rise above her challenges and what she thought she knew about life to embrace her destiny and save the world because right now, the fate of humanity hangs by a thread.
I have no doubt that the books are bestsellers because that is a great story. Unfortunately it’s a story that has been told way too many times. Epic music cues aside, nothing in the trailer tells me this version of the story has anything new to bring to the table.
It is, however, bringing it in both 3D and IMAX 3D.
OPENED WEDNESDAY IN 2D, RealD 3D and IMAX 3D.
That just about does it for this week, but join me next week when we all jump up and down and squee with joy about the
New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber One Direction concert film.
Sorry, they all sort-of run together after a while.
Until next time, Keep the Projector Threaded.