February 21st, 2014 — Digging out, Reconnecting and Back in the Game!

Theater ThursdaysHello again, my fellow geeks!

If you are anywhere in the Southern United States, you are aware that last week, just about the time I was about to start writing the new article, we were hit in the Charlotte area, with almost a full foot of snow and another half-inch of ice. It was the most snow I’ve seen here in the eight-years I’ve lived in the area and the most snow I’ve seen south of the Mason-Dixie line since March of 1993.

Thank the powers that be, we never lost power at my place but we did lose our cable television and with it, all internet connection. By the time the connection was restored, I was knee-deep in work as just about everyone who lives in Charlotte came to the theater last weekend. We were buried first under snow and then under a mountain of people.

I am glad to say that the snow is gone, just a distant memory now, and work has slowed down a little and I can get back into the game of writing this important column for you fine geeks and geekettes.

What I didn’t get to write about last week was the arrival of the new ROBOCOP, which wasn’t as bad as it could have been and was even entertaining here and there if you were able to forget the 1987 masterpiece that it is rebooting. I will say this, it is now the 2nd best Robocop film after the first one. It is light-years better than the sequels and the short-lived television series. (remember that?)

I also didn’t get to write about the remakes of ENDLESS LOVE and ABOUT LAST NIGHT. All things considered, last weekend was an 80’s reboot bonanza. Every single wide release film last week was a remake of a 1980’s film. That has to be some kind of record, right?

This week brings us another mixed bag at the movies. We have Kevin Costner starring in the new McG film (just typing that name makes me embarrassed) that was written by Luc Besson. It’s called 3 DAYS TO KILL and puts Costner back in a starring role as an ex-CIA assassin brought back for the infamous “One last job”. I will be honest, I don’t know much about this one, but the cast and the writer has me at least mildly interested.

The other major film this weekend is the newest film from Director Paul W.S. Anderson, the historical (don’t snicker) disaster film POMPEII in 3D. I have seen the trailer for this one and each time I see it, it looks more and more dumb. Unlike some…okay, most critics, I don’t actively hate Anderson. I happen to enjoy the Resident Evil films for what they are and I still think Event Horizon is a creepy, tight little fun house film. When he makes these kinds of films though…things get a little wonky.

His last Historical type film, the remake of The 3 Musketeers, was a goofy fiasco that is better forgotten. I am afraid this film falls closer to that mis-fire than Event Horizon or even the better Resident Evil films.

But, at least it’s in 3D!

With both of these new releases, they are having special showings starting on Thursday night at 10pm because you want to be the first person on your block to see ancient Pompeii be buried under ash and fire, right? Plus, did I mention it’s in 3D?!

Well that just about does it for this week, but come back next week when we join Qui Gon Jin as he goes undercover as an Air Marshall when his daughter is once again…Taken! What’s that? This is a different movie, you say? Hmmm….are you sure?

Anyway, we’ll figure it out next week, right here at the same bat time, same bat channel. Barring another snow storm, that is.

Until next time, Keep the Projector Threaded.