Hello movie lovers, and a special hello to those of you who have emailed me and asked if “Gildshire Movie Guide” is going to be released in book form. The answer is, “Not at this time,” but we are in preliminary negotiations with Pixar to make “Gildshire Movie Guide” into a major motion picture. Guess how many Gildshire points we’ll give that one? Forget Rotten Tomatoes. We will own the world!
This week we have a movie about an irrational man, and another movie about a man who takes on the characteristics of an ant…because that isn’t the least bit irrational.
1. Ant-Man: Professional thief Scott Lang wants to turn his life around and follow the straight and narrow. But first… Comic favorite Paul Rudd plays the role of Ant-Man with tongue planted firmly enough in cheek to make this one tolerable even for those who aren’t ga-ga over superhero flicks. Besides, Michael Douglas at his sinister best isn’t going to happen forever. Rotten Tomatoes 72, Gildshire 3.7
2. Trainwreck: Little by little comedienne Amy Schumer is becoming the Queen of all media. She is hilarious in the most popular Comedy Central show on the air, and she tears it up on every late-night talk show. In Trainwreck, the irrepressible Schumer milks more content from a rom-com plot than one would think possible. As with all Judd Apatow movies, this one isn’t for the young or the faint of heart. But it is for most everyone else. Rotten Tomatoes 89, Gildshire 4.3
3. Mr. Holmes: Sherlock Holmes movies are a niche group, but this one has some of the poignancy and heartfelt drama to carry it beyond the whodunit crowd. An aging Holmes (played by the incomparable Ian McKellen) relies on his fading memory and a young friend to solve his final case. In an entertaining subplot, he also sets out to correct the errors which are a part of his legacy. Rotten Tomatoes 83, Gildshire 4.4
4. The Stanford Prison Experiment: It all depends on what kind of time at the movies you want to have. On the one hand, “Trainwreck.” On the other, the taut psychological true story of the 1971 Stanford prison experiment. Stanford students pretty much randomly selected to be either prisoners or guards. Humanity and societal mores leave the room. The story is frightening and all too true to life in a country becoming increasingly polarized. Rotten Tomatoes 82, Gildshire, a reluctant but necessary 4.9.
5. Irrational Man: Since we just brought up the subject of polarizing, let’s talk about Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Allen. Together they make a movie about a despairing college professor who finds hope at a small college. Parker Posey and the fetching Emma Stone both have a hand. Gildshire admits to a lean toward Woody Allen movies. Rotten Tomatoes 41, Gildshire 4.0
That’s the lineup as summer truly kicks in down South and in the Midwest. How about an Icee and a movie?