No Formal “In Theaters” Column This Week

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Ok, here’s the deal: I’m not writing an In Theaters column this week for the simple reason that Hollywood is not releasing a single movie in wide release for a HOLIDAY WEEKEND.  This will, I predict, leave the numbers lower, but the rankings much the same from last weekend, and make The Hitman’s Bodyguard the most underwhelming three-time box office champ in the history of cinema, winning two of these weekends with under $10 million.  If Hollywood wants to turn around its dismal box office for the year, abandoning and entire six week period seems daft, and why in the world would they assume that no one would go see a good film if it came out on Labor Day weekend?  People will always turn out for a good movie, they just have to MAKE one.  Sully debuted during this time last year and did extremely well, and August has been dominated in the past by a good film released at the beginning of the month.  If a chucklehead like me can figure this out, it boggles my mind that people make millions of dollars to sit around and NOT figure it out.  A good Labor Day weekend to all (just not at the movies…..for what it’s worth the third season of Narcos will go up on Netflix at midnight tonight).

“Make Your Life Spectacular” – Robin Williams In Memoriam: 3 Years Later

Hard as it is to believe, this month marks three years since Robin Williams’ left us.  Doing this blog, I write about a lot of celebrity deaths, but in the time that I’ve been doing it, and in my life really, the death of Robin Williams hit me like I’d lost a family member.  Good times and bad, the man had a boundless joy running through him in such volume that you weren’t sure if it was going to actually make it to his mouth or go bursting out his ears.  All that being said, his suicide didn’t surprise me, it just made me profoundly sad.  People look at funny people like Robin and think how happy they must be, but humor doesn’t come from happiness; humor is the best bad way to cope with deep pain.  The theory being that if you can’t escape your own demons and be happy yourself, maybe you can bring a smile to someone else’s face.  I think Williams was happy when he was making others happy, but the need to be ON all the time and to do that must have been tremendously exhausting.  I miss him, like I miss a friend gone on before, and this video from Goalcast which manages to take his graduation speech from Jack (NOT one of his better movies) and marry it to a beautiful montage of his career, is just beautiful.  I think it’s the way he’d want to be remembered.  Then if you find yourself tearing up after the first one, check out this interview with Craig Ferguson a few years before his death and you’ll remember the joy of just watching the man talk.  We miss you Robin, and thank you.

Life is Strange: Before the Storm Achievement List (2017- Xbox, Playstation)

The prequel to the surprise hit Life is Strange, Life is Strange: Before the Storm takes place several years before the events of the first game and offers more backstory on the protagonists of that game, while offering mysteries of its own.  Life is Strange: Before the Storm hits stores today for Xbox One, PC, and Playstation 4.  Achievement list, as always, courtesy of the peerless xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Life is Strange: Before the Storm Achievement List (2017- Xbox, Playstation)

Mark Felt Trailer #1 (2017) *The Man Who Brought Down the White House*

For decades, one of the biggest secrets in the world was “Who was Deep Throat”: the confidential informant for The Washington Post’s Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward during the Watergate scandal that would eventually end the presidency of Richard Nixon.  It wasn’t until 2005 that the mysterious figure (played as a shadowy men in All the President’s Men by Hal Holbrook) was revealed to be Mark Felt, the second-highest ranking member of the FBI.  Felt’s story now comes to the big screen with Liam Neeson in the title role.  Also starring Martin Csokas, Michael C. Hall, and Diane Lane, Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House is set to open in theaters on September 29, 2017.
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Movie Review: Sleight (2017) *Magic Makes Good Movies*

Jacob Lattimore in Sleight

Movies are magic, and-as a rule-magic generally makes for good movies.  The wizardly kind is fun, but also is the stage and street magic.  Films that find a clever way to incorporate that sort of stagecraft and trickery into larger stories have a soft spot with me.  Sleight was a film that intrigued me when I saw the trailer, and now that it’s out on video, I checked it out, and it’s always nice to be pleasantly surprised.  Written and directed by J.D. Dillard, Sleight is a film you definitely need to check out. Continue reading Movie Review: Sleight (2017) *Magic Makes Good Movies*