November 1st, 2013 — Coming this Weekend

Theater ThursdaysHello again, my fellow geeks.

November is going to be a crowded month, with at least two major films opening up every weekend and a couple of weekends giving us three. In a month like this, there are bound to be a few films that get lost. We won’t know until the end of the month which ones suffer and on a weekend like this one, the number one spot is really anyones game, even Ender’s.


ENDER’S GAME    (PG-13  115 Minutes) Enders game

Based on the 1985 award-winning novel by Orson Scott Card and featuring a twist that they are doing absolutely nothing to even attempt to hide in the trailers, this film has been in developement almost since the book was released.

Written for the screen and directed by Gavin Hood (X-Men Origins:Wolverine, Rendition) the film also features the first return to space faring science-fiction for Harrison Ford since Return of the Jedi 30 years ago.

The film has faced some controversy over the anti gay marriage views by author Orson Scott Card who is now a born again christian. Now to be clear, I do not agree with the authors views in any way but his involvement in this film pretty much starts and stops with the source material. He is listed as a producer but it is an in name only credit given as an honorarium and he had zero on set presence day-to-day. If you were to dismiss every piece of literature by people who had abhorrent views, your choices of classic books and films would be cut in half. If you are wondering which books and films I speak of, do yourself a favor and do a little research.

In any event, the film has enough bad press that it could affect box-office. The bad press has little to do with the controversy through, and more to do with the generic nature of the footage shown so far. Gavin Hood is the director behind the worst X-Men film to date and even though this film doesn’t suffer from the same low-budget feel as that film, it does feel decidedly light-weight..

I guess we’ll see how it goes once the film is released and the first wave of reviews start to hit.




LAST VEGAS    (PG-13  105 Minutes) xx1

This is the film that could be the surprise number-one film this weekend is people reject Ender and his games.

Starring the Avenger’s of sixty-something stars, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline as childhood friends who gather in Las Vegas for the wedding of one of their number and spend the weekend rehashing old rivalries and grudges, this film has been getting some surprisingly good reviews over the last few weeks.

What had once looked like a Grown-Ups level film is shaping up to be actually charming and sweet and very well done. The trailer has been getting laughs since its debut in the summer and early word is that the film has more up its sleeve than the trailers have shown.





FREE BIRDS    (PG  91 Minutes)xx

Billed as the greatest film ever about Turkey’s ever made, I am hard pressed to even think of one other film of any kind about Turkey’s so as far as I can tell, the hype (self-generated as it is by the Studio) is dead-on.

It’s an animated family film about turkey’s who go back in time to see to it that turkeys are not put on the menu at the first Thanksgiving.

Yeah. I want you to read that line again.

There’s no way this isn’t a classic, right.

The tagline reads On Nov 1st, hang on to your nuggets.

Re-read everything you’ve seen here and then decide if you want to endure this one or not. Unless you have children, I can’t imagine paying to see this.



Also opening in limited release:

ABOUT TIME     (R  123 Minutes)

A british import about a father and son who can time-travel.x

Written and Directed by Richard Curtis, the guy who made Love Actually and Pirate Radio, two films that almost defy attempts to explain them but are beloved by those who like them and despised by those who don’t.

I happen to count Love Actually as one of my favorite romantic comedies so I will be seeking this one out.

As with all things of this nature, your mileage may vary.





Well that just about does it for this week but next week, join me as we see if the God of thunder ever finds that bridge back to Padme and that one broke girl.

Until then, Keep the Projector Threaded.


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