When I saw an early screening of “Gran Turismo,” the end credits had a format logo that I haven’t seen before. Most movies will have the format logo for Dolby Cinema and/or IMAX. “Gran Turismo” had a ScreenX format logo.
What is ScreenX?
ScreenX offers a panoramic viewing experience by projecting the movie on three screens. Since I enjoyed watching “Gran Turismo” on IMAX, I saw the movie on ScreenX.
Amazon Studios released “Air” in the theaters. Their second movie to be exclusively shown in the theaters since “Late Night” in 2019. Keep in mind that “Air” isn’t about basketball in general or Michael Jordan in particular. This movie is about the marketing of a new basketball shoe that turned the sports industry upside down. If you’re not a marketing wonk, you might want to skip this movie.
Adonis Creed came to FortNite as a new skin. One player expressed confusion as why there wasn’t a Rock Balboa or Apollo Creed skin. The Adonis Creed skin is a movie tie-in to “Creed III” that is coming out this weekend.
Unlike “Creed” and “Creed II,” Rocky isn’t in the new movie. Apollo Creed got killed off in “Rocky IV” and referenced as a picture in the new movie.
Until the 50th anniversary of “Rocky” in 2026, don’t expect a Rocky or Apollo skin in FortNite any time soon.
The French government still maintain diplomatic relations with French-speaking African nations. That made them the logical choice to be the European representative at the United Nations in Geneva scene. Making the confrontation with the queen of an African nation never conquered by colonial powers even more dramatic.
The movie did make a mistake using the camouflage uniforms. The French government would have wanted “plausible deniability” if their mercenaries got caught. The uniforms should have been all black and the mercenaries should have been local people.
That would have made the link between the French government and the mercenaries less explicit.
A French journalist recently watched “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Paid close attention to the United Nations in Geneva scene. Queen Ramonda confronts the French ambassador for trying to steal vibranium from a Mali outreach center.
French Defense Minister Sebastien Lecornu tweeted on February 12, 2023:
France, a former colonial power in Africa, spent ten years defending Mali from Islamist terrorists. After a military coup against the Mali government in 2020, the French pulled their troops out in 2021. The idea that modern-day French soldiers would try to steal the resources of another nation was outrageous.
“The Core” begins with a series of unexplainable events. People with pacemakers suddenly drop dead in Boston. Pigeons crashing into buildings, vehicles, and windows in London. The space shuttle goes off course to crash land in the Los Angeles channel.
Major “Beck” Childs, played by Hillary Swank, pulls out a map to figure out the new landing coordinates. Never mind that the “flying brick” has limited maneuverability when falling out of the sky to land.
Dr. Josh Keyes, played by Aaron Eckhart, figures out what is wrong with the Earth’s core. He gives his research to the White House science adviser and gets invited to the Pentagon for a briefing.
A motley crew of scientists, astronauts, and a hacker builds an “earthship” to save the planet. We take a journey to the center of the Earth to restart the core with nuclear bombs.
The electromagnetic field around the Earth would collapse and all life burns to a crisp by solar radiation. If that sounds like a bad science fiction movie, “The Core” with Aaron Eckhart and Hillary Swank came out in 2003.
How does a 20-year-old science fiction movie stack up against today’s science news?
“Plane” with Gerard Butler and Mike Colter landed at the movie theaters. A flight from Singapore to Tokyo crash lands on a hostile island in the Philippines. The captain and a fugitive must rescue everyone from antigovernment forces.
Universal Pictures released the trailer for “Renfield” that is coming out on April 14, 2023. Renfield, played by Nicholas Hoult, tries to escape the toxic relationship with his boss. We see flashbacks of incidents that suggest his boss might not be your typical psychotic boss.
When his boss announces himself at the door, he’s invited in and reveals himself to be Dracula, played by Nicholas Cage.
Most movie trailers I’ve seen over the years have been, “Meh… maybe.” I’m really looking forward to seeing this movie. But will “Renfield” be funnier than “Love at First Bite”?