Ho hum! Halloween’s over and now begins the slow slide into commercial madness as stores everywhere try to shame us into buying overpriced nonsense for people we don’t care about… just kidding. But isn’t it fun shaming folks into buying us overpriced things we really don’t need? Yaayy capitalism! Thanks to which, we also have Hillary, The Donald, and our great movie industry 🙂 Let’s see what’s opening in theaters this weekend!
Recommendations for this weekend? DOCTOR STRANGE. No—I’m not shilling for those fools in Hollywood. In fact I’ve nothing to gain from this shining, sweeping verdict of mine on yet another Marvel flick, but your happiness. Benedict Cumberbatch is in fact all that in this kaleidoscopic stunner from Scott Derrickson, a director whose specialty has been the paranormal.
Cumberbatch breathes glorious life into comic book neurosurgeon Stephen Strange, who, thanks to texting while driving his lovely Huracan, loses the use of his hands. Now without the tools he needs to earn that multimillion-dollar salary, he’s determined to compensate—and compensate he does, with the help of the Ancient One (a brilliant Tilda Swinton—so brilliant that you’ll forget about how she in no way looks like an Asian monk). I won’t spoil it any further. Suffice to say that Strange’s Eastern learnings lead to some kickass confrontations in this dimension and beyond. Chiwetel Ejiofor also stars as the Ancient One’s sidekick, and Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius, her good disciple gone bad. Be sure to see STRANGE in 3-D. Also, stick around through the credits! You’ll be glad you did. Here’s the trailer:
Guess who’s back? That’s right, our favorite Hollywood nutcase with anger management (and other) issues. Mel Gibson directs the heart-wrenching story of Private First Class Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), the first conscientious objector to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. If war stories are your thing, ditch Dr. Strange. This 14-year project of Mel’s is actually that good.
We first see Doss as a boy in Lynchburg, Virginia: his father (Hugo Weaving), crushed by his experiences in WW1, forbids his sons to ever serve. Since he’s a complete a*hole, they end up enlisting right after Pearl Harbor. Disgusted and enraged at Desmond’s refusal to use weapons (due to his religion), fellow recruits and higher-ups do everything they can to push him out of service—to no avail. Doss ends up going to Japan as a medic. The US plan behind the taking of Okinawa was to use the island as a base for invading Japan. What Doss’ battalion did not expect was fierce (guerilla) resistance from Japanese soldiers living there. One of the worst parts was the ascension of a 350-foot escarpment (the Maeda Escarpment), here called Hacksaw Ridge. As our troops began to fall, they were ordered to retreat, but Doss stayed to recover the wounded. He saved seventy-five lives that day (May 5th, 1945—Sabbath for Seventh Day Adventists), and his battalion accomplished their goal. Warning—this movie is not for the faint-hearted. Here’s the trailer:
Alrighty then! Tell me what you think, and see you at the movies!