Weekend Brew 02/23/13 Celluloid Saturday

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CELLULOID SATURDAY! aka I was too busy to post yesterday!

NEW MOVIES

Dark Skies – Early review are not so good.  Another run of the mill thriller/horror movie.  Never been a big fan of horror movies, and this is no exception.  Let me know if I’m wrong on this one, but I’ll take a pass.

Snitch – The premise seems good enough.  A father, played by The Rock (Dwayne Johnson), goes undercover for the DEA to free his son after his son is on the wrong end of a drug deal and is wrongfully imprisoned.  Early reviews are not so good on this one either, and it doesn’t look like anything more than a normal Dwayne Johnson movie.

MOVIE REVIEWS

Remember how I said early reviews have not been good for Snitch?  Matt Mueller at OnMilwaukee.com calls Snitch “a dull fraud”.  Todd McCarthy has a more favorable review, albeit a lukewarm endorsement, at best.

I hadn’t heard about this film, but “Bless Me, Ultima” seems like an interesting coming of age story about a rural New Mexican boy.  I would see this over the other movies out this Friday.  Here’s a review from Christy Lemire at Yahoo! Movie News.

The Rabbit Room has a discussion on the classic movie Amadeus.  Pete Peterson explores some of the major themes addressed from the pages of Biblical theology and also asks some questions regarding the writer’s treatment of the historicity.  Good discussion and article.

James Harleman, at Cinemagogue, has a great review of the new movie, Escape From Planet Earth.  He gives it a favorable review and touches on some of the biblical allusions and redemptive themes in the narrative.

MOVIE NEWS

AP picks Argo as their Best Movie of the Year.  This seems a shoe-in to win best picture, but I still give Silver Linings Playbook a puncher’s chance.

Speaking of the the Academy Awards, Yahoo! Movie News shares some super cool historical facts about the Oscars.

OOOooooohhh!  A lightsaber class!  This might just be a tad past my nerdom, but I salute these gentlemen and ladies on their commitment to a false reality.

Empire Blog has a story with Mark Hamill on where the agreements are at with the classic Star Wars class of characters and their involvement in the new Star Wars movies.   “They’re talking to us,” Hamill says. “George Lucas wanted to know whether we’d be interested. He did say that if we didn’t want to do it, they wouldn’t cast another actor in our parts – they would write us out.”  I would rather see this than recasting them.  However, their involvement seems probable.

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