Hello again my fellow geeks. Wow, what a difference a week makes. After having a shortage of new films to write about, this weekend brings the complete opposite problem. This weekend marks the beginning of the fall film season and brings us a total of 5 new films opening. I am on a time crunch this week so I will go down the list in fairly quick order.
RUSH (R 123 Minutes)
Although he has his detractors, Director Ron Howard has a stellar track record with film. Apollo 13, Splash, Night Shift, A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man….the list just goes on and on. That’s not even taking into account his big screen versions of Dan Browns The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons.
Long story short, the man knows his way around a rousing good tale and all accounts are saying this is his best yet.
Rush tells the true life story of the friendship and rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Nicki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) during the 1976 season of F1 racing.
I am not familiar with racing of any kind, so the story is brand new to me and I am guessing most of America, but the story is one of those legendary tales in the world of F1 Racing.
Based on the trailers, the film looks amazing and I am always willing to give Ron Howard the benefit of the doubt.
OPENS EVERYWHERE ON FRIDAY.
If you have children or are one at heart, you already know this film is coming.
It has taken 4 years for the sequel to the 2009 hit to reach screens, but I have a feeling this will be worth the wait.
Based on the trailers, it does seem they are telling a brand new story and not just rehashing the original, which is a plus, but I am willing to bet that most kids (and adults) wouldn’t care if they did. The original was fresh and funny and filled with heart.
Plus…..There’s a leak in the boat!!!
(You’ll either get that or you won’t)
OPENS IN 2D AND RealD 3D EVERYWHERE ON FRIDAY.
DON JON (R 90 Minutes)
After early success as a child star on television (3rd rock from the sun) Gordon-Levitt has made a huge mark in the last several years in such diverse films as Rian Johnson’s debut, Brick as well as last falls superb Looper and Christopher Nolan’s Inception and The Dark Knight Rises.
Early word has been mixed on this film, but I am curious to see if JGL has picked up any pointers after working with some of the best director working in this generation.
The film centers on a guy addicted to porn who is trying to keep that side of his life a secret from his girlfriend, Scarlett Johanson.
I know….that last sentence doesn’t make sense to me either. If you’re with her, why would you ever look at…oh never mind.
OPENS FRIDAY IN LIMITED RELEASE.
BAGGAGE CLAIM (PG-13 96 Minutes)
The film centers on a flight attendant (Paula Patton) who tries to find a husband from the list of guys she has already dated so she doesn’t have to go to her little sisters wedding as a single woman.
I almost fell asleep writing that last paragraph, that’s how boring this all seems. When you add in her token gay best friend, you have the sparkling romantic comedy of 1994.
If this is your bag(gage) then go and have a good time.
OPENS EVERYWHERE ON FRIDAY.
METALLICA : THROUGH THE NEVER (R 93 Minutes)
It was filmed in Imax 3D with state of the art cameras and the staging on this looks amazing. It is basically a Metallica show with all the cool special effects of their past 10 tours all in the same show.
And there is also a running story involving a roadie sent on a mission during the show and how his story is an adventure that mirrors their songs…or something.
I’m just looking forward to seeing this on an Imax screen and hearing it with Imax sound, which is already almost at concert volume.
Should be awesome, and I can already imaging the One Direction boys in the next theater starting to cry and fear for their lives.
ONE WEEK EXCLUSIVE IMAX 3D ENGAGEMENT STARTS FRIDAY. OPENS EVERYWHERE NEXT WEEK.
Well that just about does it for this week but join me next week as we float through space with Sandra Bullock and try to aim ourselves towards the big blue planet ahead of us.
Until next time, Keep the Projector Threaded.