Hello there, ladies and gents! Are we ready for spring? Hey I guess that silly groundhog was wrong! Thank the universe. So clean out that office, the closets, whatever, throw out your old stuff and get ready for new stuff… that you’ll toss next year, so don’t get too attached to it 🙂 More importantly, let’s examine what’s in theaters to herald this precursor weekend to that most anticipated of all seasons!
Are there any among you who think that PARADISE LOST would’ve made a much better title than the generic ALIEN: COVENANT ? Pat yourself on the back because you’re in excellent company 🙂 Anyhow, if you’re looking for something to distract yourself with while you wait for Sir Ridley Scott, LIFE may fit the bill. Maybe. It’s an ALIEN knock-off, set on a spacestation, that takes its visual cues from GRAVITY. The international cast is a relief to see, the monster is a microbe from Mars, and the acting is competent. Some are better than others, e.g., Jake Gyllenhaal. Nice score, excellent CGI, and the one-liners from Ryan Reynolds will please Deadpool fans… although, I doubt that particular category will turn out in droves to see a scifi flick. Ryan isn’t that popular, is he? Enlighten me! And while you’re at it, thank those self-same Deadpool writers for the otherwise crappy dialogue and lack of depth. Here’s the trailer:
If you’re looking for a campy flick based on the 1993 Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, you may be a tad disappointed. Oh yes, Rita Repulsa is there, along with her monster, as are our teen misfits in colorful suits doing what they need to in order to save Angel Grove from Rita. The CGI is acceptable, as is the action, even if the dialogue is at times horribly clichéd. Also, Bill Hader and Bryan Cranston are part of the ensemble. But! The film’s emphasis is ethics and doing what’s right. Like, giving up selfish goals for the greater good, growing up, and such (boring?) things. The chance to showcase the first LGBTQ superhero has also been snagged. Consequently, Elizabeth Banks, the only one whose performance belongs in a reboot faithful to the TV show, seems almost out of place. Is focusing on interpersonal relationships and emotional story arcs a $105-million-dollar mistake on the part of the filmmakers? Or did they hit just the right note of charmingly silly? Tell me. Here’s the trailer:
Honestly, I was surprised at the uproar against this remake of CHiPS. The CHP has a disclaimer right up top that says they do not endorse the flick. Like, at all. Larry Powell has said the movie’s a soft-porn version of the TV show. I suppose I can see how it would upset some. I mean, if your inspiration for joining the police force was a 1977 TV show set to disco music, well then, yeah, you’d be hopping mad. The rest of you, simply exercise your adult sense of humor, as Erik Estrada has wisely suggested, and you’ll have a good laugh as you watch mismatched police officers Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) and Frank “Ponch” Poncherello (Michael Pena) accidentally blow up property, cause crashes, and even shoot the wrong people. Here’s the trailer:
And that’s it for me. Tweet me! And see y’all at the movies!