A one-minute review of “Godzilla VS. Kong”, the long-awaited sequel to “Kong: Skull Island” and “Godzilla: King of The Monsters”. This rock ’em-sock ’em battle of the Titans on the big screen doesn’t disappoint. Especially with the three-way battle in Hong Kong at the end. The two human storylines explained things with mixed results. I saw this movie in Dolby where the ass-shaking seats rocked from the epic battles. This is best kaiju movie ever.
A one-minute review of “Nobody” from the producer and the writer of the John Wick movies. Bob Odenkirk plays Hutch Mansell, a husband who fails to defend his family during a home invasion. The bullets start flying in this quest for personal redemption.
A one-minute review of “The Courier,” a Cold War movie about the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis from the British perspective. Benedict Cumberbatch stars as a reluctant salesman recruited by the MI6 and the CIA. He travels to Moscow to meet a Soviet official wants to prevent a nuclear war by leaking classified documents to the West.
The last movie I saw at the Capitol Drive-In in San Jose, CA, was The Black Stallion Returns in 1983. My baby niece and I were sitting in the front seats while my brother and his wife were making out in the backseat. Family values in the 1980s. On Christmas Eve last month, I saw Monster Hunter at the West Wind Capitol Drive-In. As the French would say, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”Read more “Monster Hunter At The West Wind Capitol Drive-In”
Indoor movies theaters reopened their doors in Silicon Valley last month. I’ve wondered how long they would stay open before the coronavirus pandemic got worse. That question got answered this week. Most California counties returned to the restrictive purple tier. Movie theaters are once more closed to the public. I saw three movies in three weeks: Tenet, Goldfinger, and Freaky. What was it like to watch each movie inside a theater during the pandemic?Read more “3 Movies I Saw Before Indoor Theaters Closed Again”
Over the last three months, I made five videos about drive-ins and movie theaters. A constant theme that ties them all together was the rescheduling of “Tenet,” “Mulan,” and, recently, “Bill & Ted Face The Music.” Just when you think the studios finished rearranging the schedules, they reschedule everything again. Will the studios stick to newest release dates or reschedule everything all over again?Read more “Final Release Dates for Tenet, Mulan, Bill & Ted Face The Music”
Universal Studios simultaneously released “Trolls World Tour” in theaters and for premium video-on-demand (VOD) last April. AMC Theaters retaliated by banning Universal movies from their 11,000+ screens. The banning of a studio by a theater chain had no immediate impact with most theaters closed for the coronavirus pandemic.
That was three months ago.
Orion Pictures announced a simultaneous release of “Bill and Ted Face The Music” to theaters and for premium video-on-demand last week. None of the theater chains cried foul and threaten retaliation like they did for “Trolls World Tour.” AMC and Universal Studios announced earlier this week a deal that could change the way movies are release to theaters and for premium video-on-demand.Read more “AMC Theaters VS Universal Studios Video On Demand Deal”
As I pointed out in my previous video, movie theaters throughout the United States will probably reopen in mid-July for the release of Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and Disney’s Mulan. Quite a few things have changed since then.
- Two weeks ago AMC Theatres announced that they will reopen most theaters throughout the United States and the world by July 15, 2020.
- Tenet rescheduled from July 15th to July 31st to give Mulan the honors of opening first on July 24th.
- And then the coronavirus pandemic got worse in the United States, as confirmed cases surged in Arizona, Florida, and Texas.
Not surprisingly, Tenet rescheduled to August 15th, Mulan rescheduled to August 21st, and AMC delayed their reopening to July 30th. Will movie theaters still reopen this summer?Read more “Will Movie Theaters Still Reopen This Summer?”
The last movie I saw before the shelter-in-place order took effect in California was “Bloodshot” starring Vin Diesel. With people already staying away from the movie theaters, two-dozen people watched the Saturday afternoon IMAX showing in their own row for proper social distancing. Since then I missed going out to the movies every weekend to break up the week-to-week grind. Every day in Silicon Valley is Christmas morning with few people walking about and cars on the street.
If only there was an alternative for watching movies at the movie theaters. Silicon Valley still has a drive-in movie theater called the Capitol Drive-In in San Jose. The chain that operates that location is West Wind Drive-In, which has its Sacramento, CA, and Glendale, AZ, locations open for business during the pandemic. Other regional drive-ins in the U.S. are also open for business.
Will drive-in movie theaters make a comeback for today’s social distancing?Read more “Will Drive-In Movie Theaters Make A Comeback?”
Have you ever noticed how some reviewers post a review of a forthcoming movie just days before it opens to the general public? Yet they never disclose how they got free tickets to see a preview screening.
- Are they sleeping with the teenagers behind the concession stand at the movie theater?
- Do they know someone who is waiting tables to make it big in Hollywood?
- Are they taking cash payments from the movie studios?
Last Spring I saw two movies, Disney’s “Aladdin” and Amazon Studios’ “Late Night”, in free preview screenings. I slept with no teenagers, I know no one in Hollywood, and took no cash payments. I did accept free tickets from two third-party websites, See It First and Gofobo, that anyone can sign up for.Read more “See It First Vs. Gofobo For Free Movie Preview Tickets”