March 7th, 2014 — 2014: Rise of a Column!

Theater ThursdaysHello again, my fellow geeks.

They are calling for sleet tonight and there is the slimmest chance of snow this weekend. To that I say No thank you! Please go away!! I don’t know about my readers, but I am plain sick and tired of Winter and ready for Spring with each and every fibre of my being.

What better way to dream about Spring and the promise of Summer than to watch sweaty men battle other sweaty men in the bloodiest and goriest way possible? I submit that there is NO better way, so without further ado, we welcome  300: Rise of an Empire  ( R  102 Minutes).  This is a film that was supposed to come out last August, but was pushed back to this weekend because, as the producers said at the time, it’s better to experience the glory of 300, the sequel, on the same weekend that the original came out 8 years ago.

It’s kind of hard to believe that it’s been that long since we first heard Gerard Butler scream This is Sparta!! the phrase that has been repeated, mocked and copied more times than can be counted, but it indeed has.

I would have said that 8 years is too long a time between films, but on Monday night we had an advanced screening of the film at Stonecrest (hello again, Danny!) and I watched about 40 minutes of the film over the course of the evening and I gotta say, it was strangely nice to return to the wacked-out, crazy, green screened, slow-motion, beautiful world of Ancient Greece.

And as I said last week, Eva Green is straight up amazing in this film. She is so good that it’s almost a shame that she is the villain and s such, we know her eventual outcome. Or DO WE?   *Cue the music sting! 

One thing I will say, having only seen about a third of the film, just based on what I saw, it is a lot more violent than the first film. I know that seems impossible, but trust me, it is. I may do a full review when I actually see the whole thing, but I did like what I saw.

The other wide release this week is the long-awaited (that was sarcasm by the way) big-screen version of Mr. Peabody and Sherman (PG  92 Minutes) which will appeal to people my age and older and maybe a little younger, but I am fairly sure that kids today have little to no knowledge of.

I have seen the trailers and a few promotional things and I have to admit, it does look pretty clever and I did laugh a few times, but I don’t know how much interest there will be for the young ones. On the other hand, there hasn’t been a kids film in several weeks so it may actually do pretty good. If it is indeed clever and as sharp as the old cartoons were, it could hang around for a while and become an actual hit.  If it’s too sharp though, it will die quickly and become a cult hit in a few years.

In limited release this week is The Grand Budapest Hotel  (R  99 Minutes) which is the new film from director Wes Anderson.  I don’t know much about the film, but it has gotten glowing reviews from the festivals it has played over the last couple of months. I am hit and miss with Wes Anderson. I love some of his stuff and am almost repulsed by other films. I don’t know where this film fits in for me, but I will defiantly be watching it to find out.  There is one thing Wes Anderson is not, and that is boring. He has his own style and way of framing shots and you can usually tell just by a few brief scenes in a trailer that it is a Wes Anderson film and this is no different. It most defiantly looks like a Wes Anderson film.

Well that just about does it for this week, but join me next week when we take a ride with Jesse Pinkman in Need for Speed and spend some time with that girl we used to be friends with, Veronica Mars. (If you know that show, you will love that reference)

Until then, Keep the Projector Threaded.