Back to the Future 25th Anniversary / Secretariat / Hereafter
Thursday Oct 21st, 2010
Tonight was cheap movie night for me. Here is Atlanta there is a cool movie theater that plays cheap movies for $1.75. On Tuesday nights movies are only $.75 cents. Here is a link to that theater: http://www.zvents.com/marietta-ga/venues/show/42218-picture-show-entertainment
It’s a great way to see recent movie theater hits at cheap prices. It’s one of those theaters that you pay for your movie ticket at the concession stand. Tonight I decided to see The Expendables (2010) again. It’s a good action film with a great cast. I was only expecting to see a few people show up on a Thursday night. But I took a head count and notices that over 30 people were in attendance. Not bad and the crowd was into it. Good popcorn movie.
Saturday October 23rd, 2010
Secretariat (2010) starring Diane Lane, John Malkovich, Nelsan Ellis and Dylan Walsh. Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown. This movie is a real crowd pleaser. You don’t have to be a horseracing fan to enjoy this film. This film is based on the true story of the last Triple Crown winner. The acting was great especially by Diane Lane who plays the famous owner of Secretariat Penny Chenery Tweedy and John Malkovich who played the horse trainer who comes out of retirement. However one of my favorite roles was played by actor Nelsan Ellis who plays the horse handler that spent the most time with the famous horse Secretariat. Nelsan Ellis is a great actor that can also bee seen as the character Lafayette Reynolds in the great Vampire TV show True Blood. I got a chance to meet Nelsan Ellis at DragonCon last month. I got his autograph and got a chance to chat him up. He’s a very cool guy and nice too. Secretariat is beautifully shot too. The sound editing stood out too especially during the horse racing scenes. This is a good movie that most people will enjoy. Do yourself a favor and check it out.
So it’s the 25th anniversary of the release of Back to the Future (1985) starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson and Crispin Glover. In 1985, Doc Brown invents time travel; in 1955, Marty McFly accidentally prevents his parents from meeting, putting his own existence at stake. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of this film the movie is being shown twice to coincide with the time that Marty McFly travels in time. So I went to the 12:30 pm showing. There was a great crowd of about 40 to 50 people in the small theater it was showing. Before the movie started the theater staff did some Back To The Future trivia questions for prizes. I won the first question which was: “ What did Marty McFly’s mother think his name was in 1955?’ Answer: Calvin Klein. I won a free drink and soda. Woo hoo! The movie was great to see on the big screen again after all of these years. The movie-looked great too cause of the new digital treatment the film got. I would love to see the 2nd and third one on the big screen too. Maybe I will get my chance.
The last film I saw today was Hereafter (2010) Directed by: Clint Eastwood. Starring Matt Damon, Jay Mohr, Cécile De France. This is a drama centered on three people — a blue-collar American, a French journalist and a London schoolboy — who are touched by death in different ways. Clint Eastwood usually can’t miss when it comes to his directed movies, until now. His last films like Invictus, Gran Torino and Changeling were very good films. But this movie was a boring piece of crap. Boring, boring oh and did I mention boring? The only exciting thing and worth seeing scene in this film was the first 10 minutes of the film. There was a great tsunami scene that was filmed that introduced one of the main characters played by Cécile De France. This movie was so boring that I really wanted to leave before the movie ended, but felt compelled to stay to the end to see what happened. Do yourself a favor and see Jackass 3D or Red instead.
All right, that’s it for now. More movie nerdness coming soon. Please stay tuned.
– Spartan Phoenix
Total movies seen in the theater to date since February 1st 2010: 142
- February 2010: Movies Seen: 12
- March 2010: Movies Seen: 14
- April 2010: Movies Seen: 16
- May 2010: Movies Seen: 18
- June 2010: Movies Seen: 19
- July 2010: Movies Seen: 14
- August 2010: Movies Seen: 21
- September 2010: Movies Seen: 17
- October 2010: Movies Seen: 11