The yearly Pixar movie comes out this week and it looks fantastic. Inside Out is currently at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and most critics are saying it’s one of the best Pixar movies yet. Meanwhile, Dope looks like a fun and thought-provoking film about a group of geeks in the inner-city faced with a big problem. The clue is the title.
Dinosaurs of more than one sort are featured in this week’s new movies. We’ve got the re-animated type in Jurassic World and the musical type in the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy. And since it’s the summer there are a couple movie series happening. The Nickelodeon just kicked off their Southern Gothic Series and Regal Cinemas has their family-oriented Summer Movie Express.
Perhaps it was trying compensate for that George Orwell book, but 1984 was arguably one of the bestyearsever when it comes to movies and pop culture. Not only did our movie of the week Ghostbusters come out, 1984 saw the release of such classics as Temple of Doom, Gremlins and The Karate Kid. In addition to movies, so many 80’s things were at their prime. MTV, skateboarding, BMX and breakdancing. Cyndi Lauper. The space shuttle, the olympics in LA, world’s fairs. The original Macintosh came out in 1984, although I was spending hours playing the Ghostbusters game on my Commodore 64. All in all, it was a glorious time to be 9 years old.
So I’m happy that I’ll be able to take my 8 and 11 year old kids to see this in the theater tonight, so they’ll be able to get maybe a little taste of 1984.
If that’s not enough for you, The Big Mo drive-in in Monetta is showing all TRIPLE features this weekend. On one of their three screens you can catch American Graffiti, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Rocky Horror Picture Show back to back to back. Whoa.
While this is our movie of the week, it’s probably going to be the movie of the summer for the rest of the country (world?). But seriously, it’s getting really good reviews (currently at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and 77% on Metacritic) and it has a machine-gun toting raccoon.
What looks good about it is that while most Marvel movies have a lot of jokes and winking at the camera, it always seems to be added as a way to punch it up, as opposed to trying to make a funny movie from the get-go. Another great thing about this it’s written by Nicole Perlman, the first woman to write a Marvel movie.