December 20th, 2013 — Coming this Weekend

Theater ThursdaysHello again my fellow geeks.

Work is crazy right now and I am still dealing with an upper respiratory infection that has turned into bronchitis, so I am going to have to make this short and sweet. I know everyone is getting ready for the big holiday and Hollywood is no different. They are giving us four of their shiniest presents this weekend and much like four gifts under a Christmas tree, they are not all of equal value, but at least they are all very different.

 

ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES          (PG-13   119 Minutes)z5

It has been almost 10 years since the first film came out of nowhere and became a cult classic film. The trailers look pretty good for this one and I have to admit, I have laughed a lot at the different scenes I’ve seen, but the fact remains that it has been a decade since the first film came out.  This film probably should have come out five years ago.

Also, comedy is a very tricky thing to make a sequel out of. Think of the greatest comedies you can remember seeing in your lifetime. Now, think about how many of them were sequels. It’s hard right? Caddyshack 2. Ghostbusters 2. Beverly Hills Cop 2. The Hangover 2. Those are just the bad ones I can remember right off the top of my head. The thing that all of those films have in common is that they suck.

There is always a chance that this film will escape that curse and I really hope it does, but I will be going into this one with very low expectations and I would advise you to do the same. That way, maybe we’ll be surprised.

NOW PLAYING AT THEATERS EVERYWHERE.

 

 

AMERICAN HUSTLE           (R     137 Minutes)

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I saw most of this film at a special screening we had at the theater this past week and it is a knockout. I can’t wait to go back and watch the whole thing again.

Writer and Director David O. Russell’s follow-up to last years Silver Linings Playbook is a powerhouse of star power and pure filmmaking brilliance.

Based loosely on the AbScam stings of the late 70’s and early 80’s (go to Wikipedia and read about the real thing…it is a crazy read) this film stars an almost unrecognizable Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Renner in a fast paced, wickedly funny and brutally sharp film about set-ups, double crosses and awful 70’s style choices.

It is thrilling to watch a world-class filmmaker at the top of his game.

See it.

OPENS FRIDAY AT THEATERS EVERYWHERE.

 

 

SAVING MR. BANKS.         (PG-13   125 Minutes)

 

Tom Hanks stars as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson stars as P.L. Travers, the authorz2 of Mary Poppins in this family friendly film about the difficulty Walt had in getting Travers to let him make the film of Mary Poppins that we all remember seeing when we were young.

That fact….we all remember seeing the film when we were young….kind of spoils the ending here. The ending is a foregone conclusion.

Hanks is all charm though, so this should be an easy watch. And if you’re anything like me, seeing the behind the scenes work that went into the making of a classic is interesting enough to hold your attention, even knowing how the story ends.

The reviews have been mixed on this, but this is one of those times when I’m going to ignore them and go and see for myself.

OPENS FRIDAY AT THEATERS EVERYWHERE.

 

 

WALKING WITH DINOSAURS 3D             (PG   87 Minutes)z1

 

This one is the real question mark. Based on the trailers, it looks like something that should be shown on the Discovery Channel or something like that.

It’s aimed at kids and the visuals look great, but I’m not sure what the point is, really.

For me, everything that needed to be said about Dinosaurs has already been said in The Land Before Time.

OPENS FRIDAY AT THEATERS EVERYWHERE.

 

 

Well, that just about does it for this week, but join me next week when we get to open our presents from both Martin Scorsese and Ben Stiller.

Until next time, Keep the Projector Threaded.

 

 

 

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