Hey all! It’s been a while since I’ve blogged, sorry about that!
I have been busy working prep on a new project, more on that later!
But tonight I am very excited about the 4th annual 12 HOURS OF TERROR at the Capitol Theater tonight !
This years line up features: EVIL DEAD (1981), FROM BEYOND, CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON 3D, CHRISTINE, KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE, STREET TRASH -Plus a surprise film!
I’ll try to have a wrap up tomorrow!
Very rarely am I available to attend preview/advanced screenings but to my delight I was able to see PRISONERS the other night.
The premise is pretty straightforward initially, the daughters of two neighbors go missing during their Thanksgiving get together.
Initially it is suspected that a mentally challenged neighbor is the kidnapper but he is quickly released from jail much to the chagrin of the families.
Keller ( Hugh Jackman) decides to take matters in his own hands when he feels betrayed by the police.
There is much here I don’t want to spoil because giving away too much might ruin the movie for you.
This is a moody ( most of the film is shot in rain or snow) film but yet it has some surprising bits of humor here and there.
While I’ve seen some critics hail this as a masterpiece, I will say I had a few issues with the third act, when the kidnapper is revealed. Its not necessarily who it is that i took issue with but the reasoning behind the characters actions somewhat hit a weird note for me. Also I felt it was a film that could have easily been tightened up a bit. But this is a well made and beautiful looking film (cinematography by Roger Deakins is great )with impressive performances.
Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhall give very good performances respectively. Jackman has an intense fiery role as a father on the edge looking for his daughter. Gyllenhall has this cool demeanor as the detective assigned to the case.
With this film, the fall season is finally upon us (summer was pretty lousy) and this raises the bar!
Cedar Lee is celebrating the 25th Anniversary of playing THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW this month!
In fact this month only, they are playing the film every Saturday at midnight, instead of just the first weekend of the month.
I must admit, I have never been the biggest fan of the movie, but having seen the film at the Cedar Lee once before, it is truly a unique and fun experience.
They are selling these cool anniversay shirts as well for only $12. I got one yesterday as a collectors item!
Had the chance to see it again but decided to go see CLUE, which was playing in honor of ROCKY HORROR, because it features Tim Curry!
But since it is playing every weekend this month, I have decided to give ROCKY HORROR another shot!
Here’s to another 25 years at the Cedar Lee!
This month has been a very busy one for myself, as I have gotten work on yet another film shooting in the city. Due to some social networking stipulations that crew member’s had to sign early on, I cannot discuss much about the project now. But what I can say is that we are three weeks into the shoot and have one more week to go!
My thoughts (and for the record these are just my thoughts) are the film will quickly go into post production with the hope of getting a slot at Sundance, Tribeca, or SXSW.
The movie has been described as Mary Poppins meets Tarantino, so hopefully that gives you a little of the vibe its going for. I will say though challenging at times, it has been a fun shoot and I have learned a lot.
This has been a game changer for me this summer, at one point I was about to give up the notion of working on films but I believe through hard work and patience, things have finally paid off. If this summer ends up just being a fluke, I can walk away with the honor of having worked on 3 movies back to back to back in my hometown.
Though I have been busy, I rewarded myself with a midnight movie of the latest Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg/Nick Frost film THE WORLD’S END (*** 1/2 out of ****)
In a summer in which I’ve felt quite a few of the films have been a letdown, TWE was anything but. Part nostalgic comedy, part sci-fi, but its a combination that makes for easily one of the most entertaining and fast paced comedies this year.
It all begins with 5 friends who tried to tackle the infamous “golden mile”, which is the goal of hitting 12 pubs and ultimately ending at the last stop: The World’s End. They ended up hitting 9 and each friend went their separate ways.
Flash forward 20 years and Gary (played by Pegg) wants to get the gang together to try it one more time. Will they succeed? Well I don’t want to give it away but in the first hour, the laughs come quick and often.
Towards the end the sci-fi element takes hold and their also seemed to be some sort of “message” to the film, but it really didn’t throw off the momentum of the film.
It’s a shame that this is the last of the trilogy of films the trio have teamed up on, but here is hoping they will make another feature together.
I will be back soon with a review of Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, The Spectacular Now, Kick Ass 2, and others of course!