Hi, again movie buffs! It’s January 12-14 and time for another edition of your favorite movie previews. Did you enjoy the Golden Globe Awards? We were pleased with some of the results and dismayed with some of the others. They should just let Gildshire decide, along with our readers. That way, the best of the best will receive their due. Of course, “Airplane” would set the record for awards won, too. I guess that’s why they let the Hollywood Foreign Press Association tackle the Golden Globes. At any rate, we have four movies on the docket with Rotten Tomatoes fresh/rotten numbers. Do we always agree with Rotten Tomatoes? Certainly not! We think the lady having carnal knowledge of the fish was weird and creepy. The Cold War stuff was good. Interspecies bathtub cuddling? Not so much Let’s see what the slate looks like for the weekend of January 12-14.
The Post, Rated PG-13 for language and brief war violence. Back in the 40s and 50s, there was an expression used by movie executives and film publications alike. “Boffo box office!” Those were can’t miss hit shows. A Humphrey Bogart movie, for example. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were boffo box office. Later, Elizabeth Taylor or John Wayne could lay claim. Today, either Meryl Streep or Tom Hanks is boffo box office. To have them in the same movie, and directed by Steven Spielberg, is something greater than the sum of its parts! It’s…BOFFORIFFIC, BABY! “The Post” is the true story of the Washington Post’s leadership role in uncovering truths the government hid about the Vietnam War. It co-stars Alison Brie and Carrie Coon and is the Gildshire Movie of the Fortnight because Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep. Rotten Tomatoes 87, Gildshire 5.0.
Paddington 2, Rated PG for mild rude humor. Adorable Paddington Bear is back with more adorable fun, led by his own adorable English accent. Paddington has been around for many a moon, but his movie franchise has turned into a very successful franchise in just the last several years. This one will do very well, though it makes my teeth hurt. It stars the voice talents of Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Brendan Gleeson, and Hugh Bonneville. Rotten Tomatoes 100, Gildshire 3.8.
The Commuter, Rated PG-13 for some intense action/violence, and language. There was a time in Liam Neeson’s career when he played a variety of roles. He was heroic in Shindler’s List and romantic in Leap of Faith. However, since 2010 he has pretty much just kicked ass. Now, don’t get me wrong, because he’s great at what he does. The quivering lip, the rage-filled eyes, the spat accent. All good stuff, but I miss the acting range that made him great. The Commuter is more of the same and will appeal to a certain demographic. In it, Neeson must uncover the identity of a passenger who doesn’t belong on the train and who has bad intentions for the other passengers. It co-stars Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, and Jonathan Banks. Rotten Tomatoes 58, Gildshire 3.0.
The Insult (L’insulte), Rated R for language and some violent images. The day-to-day struggle in the Middle East rages onward, more powerful today than ever before. Battle lines from birth. Wars erupt over policy writ large. Sometimes, however, conflict fires ignite from the smallest spark. That’s the backdrop of this powerful movie. The dialog is Arabic, the subtitles are in English and the themes are Universal. It stars Kamel El Basha, Adel Karam, Camille Salameh, and Diamond Bou Abboud. Rotten Tomatoes 94, Gildshire 4.6.
That’s all for the weekend of January 12-14. Enjoy the weekend of shows and, since we won’t be together again until after the holiday, Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Some holidays are about eating, drinking, and merrymaking. Others have a deeper meaning as we ponder what it means to live in community.
Drive safely, and try the newest creations at a concession stand near you. The 1.5-pound pretzel has my name all over it. Yummy.