“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” was the first of three movies I saw during Thanksgiving weekend.
The new Netflix movie is a sequel to “Knives Out” that came out in 2019. “Glass Onion” had a one-week run in theaters before it starts streaming on Friday, December 23, 2022. For a limited release movie, making $15 million US on 650 screens was quite amazing.
Why did “Glass Onion” only run for one week in the theaters? The answer might surprise you.
“Avatar” came back into movie theaters during the recent blockbuster drought. One of the available formats was IMAX 3D. That was both a surprise and not a surprise. A surprise because I can’t remember the last 3D movie I ever saw. Not a surprise because “Avatar” ushered in modern 3D in 2009.
When “Wakanda Forever” came out last week, several showings were in IMAX 3D and Real 3D. That was a surprise and I saw the movie in IMAX 3D.
Between “Bullet Train” in August and “Wakanda Forever” in November, the theaters had a blockbuster drought. The studios scheduled no blockbuster movies for the last three months due to COVID-19. The new movies that did come out didn’t break $100 million US on opening weekend. The theaters showed old blockbusters and new non-blockbusters to fill out the schedule.
Here are the nine movies that I saw during the blockbuster drought.
“Julie & Julia” author, Julie Powell, passed away from a cardiac arrest at age 49. She started a blog on Salon called the Julie/Julia Project in 2002. Her goal was to cook all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in one year.
Will Michael Myers return after the end of “Halloween Ends”?
If you’ve seen the movie, there’s no way in hell that he can return for another movie. Unless the next movie is set in Hell with Jason and Freddie. A “Halloween,” “Friday the 13th,” and “Nightmare on Elm Street” crossover is unlikely to happen.
The new movie is Jamie Lee Curtis’s last “Halloween” movie. The series could reboot with a different cast like it did for the two Rob Zombie movies in the late 2000s. The final scene of “Halloween Ends” hints at a possible sequel without Michael Myers.
That depends on whether the boogieman was inside the man or the mask.
When I was growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, my father’s truck radio got only two stations: country and talk.
Country was Radio KEEN on 1370 AM in San Jose that shut down after 40 years in 1993. The land underneath the transmission tower became more valuable than the station itself. Radio KEEN folded its cards and walked away with the money.
Talk was KGO Radio on 810 AM in San Francisco that shut down after 80 years last week. The station owner, Cumulus Media, shut down talk without warning and hinted that a new format was coming. The station reopened as “The Spread: The Bay’s Best Bet on Sports.”
I find the timing for the switch to sports gambling somewhat curious. The November ballot has two propositions, 26 and 27, to expand gambling in California.
The Bay Area Glass Institute (BAGI) held their annual Glass Pumpkin Festival at Santana Row (San Jose, CA) from Friday, October 7, through Sunday, October 9, 2022. This montage video features numerous glass pumpkins, acorns, and witches for sale.
When I saw #BoycottWomanKing trending on Twitter, I wanted to see “The Woman King” even more. Whenever someone on social media tells you to boycott a movie, you should probably see the movie. You might be missing out on something special. “The Woman King” is less about the slave trade and more about the bonds of love.
“Dirty Harry” with Clint Eastwood was a controversial movie when it came out in 1971. A homicide detective takes the law into his own hands to stop a serial killer who got off on a legal technicality.
A different scene from that movie inspired a real life kidnapping five years later. The serial killer hijacks a school bus with the driver and children on board to get away from Dirty Harry. The school bus crashes inside the entrance to a rock quarry.
The Chowchilla kidnapping was—and still is—the largest kidnapping in U.S. history.
Why is that kidnapping still relevant today? The third and final kidnapper got paroled from prison and came out $100 million US richer than he went in.