January 30th, 2014 — Better late than never!

Theater ThursdaysHello again, my fellow geeks.

I have no way of knowing what time you are reading this and what time you usually read this column every week, but since May of 2013 when I re-started this column on a weekly basis, it has always gone live at 8am sharp every Thursday.  That streak was broken today. I am hoping to have this up and ready for your rabid enjoyment by 9pm. which is only 13 hours late.

I won’t bore you with details but lets just say that events conspired against me and my efforts to have the column ready in a timely manner.  Oh well, as the subject line says above, better late than never, right? Right??

If you live in the greater Charlotte area or anywhere in the surrounding outlier areas, you know that Winter arrived this week and it arrived with a vengeance. After several false starts this winter, we finally had our first snowfall and ice event this week and even though it was here and gone within 14 hours, the local newscasts tried their best to make it an event that we will remember for decades to come. As someone who has spent many years in the north and even three-years in Canada, I wasn’t all that worried. It was pretty for a few hours though. I hope everyone was warm and safe.

This weekend is both the last weekend of January and the first weekend of February, which is actually kind of odd. It is also Super Bowl weekend, which for Hollywood is the single slowest weekend of the year in the movie business.  Last weekend didn’t set the world on fire by any means, but this weekend, the theaters will be ghost towns. If sports aren’t your thing, this would be a great weekend to catch up on some of the films you may have missed.  You will have the theaters almost all to yourselves.

Hollywood is using the weekend and it’s built-in lowered expectations to dump a couple of films that it doesn’t have any faith in.

The first of these films is LABOR DAY  (PG-13 111 Minutes) which is the new film from Juno director Jason Reitman. It stars Kate Winslet as a single mother who along with her son, is sort-of kidnapped by escaped convict Josh Brolin over, you guessed it, Labor Day weekend 1987. Kate’s character has a lot of emotional issues and Josh’s character is a sweet guy who starts to really care for her and her kid and over the course of the film, both Kate and her son start to fall in love with the convict as well. If all this sounds a little too cute and unlikely, then you may have the same problems with the film that festival audiences did last fall. The fact that the film is being dumped on a slow weekend should tell you everything you need to know.

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The second film is THAT AWKWARD MOMENT  (R  94 Minutes). The official synopsis says this is the story of three single friends who find themselves in that situation we’ve all found ourselves in: when we have to ask where is this relationship going?  It is a hard R rated comedy and it stars Zac Efron and Michael B Jordan and I don’t really know anything about it. It might be brilliant and fall-down funny, but aside from the fact that it is being dumped this weekend, it has something going against it in my opinion: It’s called That Awkward Moment, which is a play on what could be my least favorite slang/hip/irritating addition to the english language in the last 5 years. You’ve been warned.

 

Something that is also being released this weekend is a Sing-a-Long edition of FROZEN. That’s right, they are releasing the film that has the words to the songs being sung on-screen so you and the audience can sing right along with the film as it plays. I’m sure that will be far funnier than anything happening in the film with that awkward and annoying title and it could be the chance for you to show your girlfriend or boyfriend that killer voice you’ve been hiding.

Well friends, that just about does it for this week but join me next week when we will discuss the long-awaited LEGO MOVIE, which will be opening next weekend along with George Clooney’s delayed The Monuments Men. All things considered, this could and should be the last weekend where we are getting the films Hollywood has no faith in and start getting the films where their faith turns out to be misplaced.

As always, Keep the Projector Threaded.

 

 

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