The Silver Bullet ~ Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Synopsis: The story follows a family moving to a small town, where they learn more about who they are and the secrets of the town itself.

Release Date:  July 10, 2020

Thoughts: In 2016, Paul Feig tried to do something different in continuing/rebooting the Ghostbusters franchise.  Reducing that effort to just being the ‘female Ghostbusters’ seems entirely reductive so I’ll tread carefully and say that the movie didn’t work and not because of any gender switching that happened.  It failed to capture the tone of the original films and, more than that, didn’t capitalize on the talents of it’s skilled stars – instead choosing to forcefully make them work in roles they weren’t suited for.  Unfortunately, it fed the hungry bellies of the haters already poised to take it down.

Unwilling to give up on a reboot of their precious franchise so easily, Sony pivoted in a rather clever way by enlisting Jason Reitman (Labor Day), the son of original co-writer/director Ivan Reitman (Kindergarten Cop), to write and direct a true sequel to the original films and our first look at the highly anticipated summer 2020 film has arrived.  Let me say, there’s a point in this two and a half minute trailer where a little tingle started deep in my spine and quickly rose through the top of my head like an exaggerated thermometer in one of those Bugs Bunny cartoons.  I get the feeling Reitman, having grown up around this world, is the right person to take the reins on this series and with the rumored return of many of the original stars (who showed up in the 2016 movie but mostly as different characters) I’m truly happy to this resurrected again.

Golden Globe Nominations 2020

Happy Golden Globe nomination day to you!

Started in 1944 and given by some 93 members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association to celebrate excellence in film and television, The Golden Globe Awards is always a fun award show to look forward to.  Their nominations tend toward the light (and with ample booze served during the evening the stars are fairly “loose” as the night goes on) and though they’ve gotten in better alignment with their more serious parallel award shows, there are always a few head scratching nominations they manage to pull out.

The nominations for the 2020 Golden Globes to recognize the achievements for the movies released in 2019 were announced this morning and the full of list of nominees can be found here.  Many of the categories went as expected, though as always it was the musical/comedy nominations that managed to slip in several “Ok, that was interesting” selections.  My personal WTH nominee has got to be Cate Blanchett for Where’d You Go, Bernadette.  She was just fine in an otherwise pallid movie that came and went with barely a ripple this summer.  What the nominations showed more than anything is that the race is going to come down to a war between The Irishman, Marriage Story, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to claim the top prize…but don’t count out Parasite and the yet to be released 1917 from chipping strongholds of those early frontrunners.

Free Screening ~ 1917

Hello!

One of the very best movies of the year is set for limited release later in December and won’t be opening in Minnesota until January 10th…but we lucky Minnesotans have a special opportunity to see an advanced screening of 1917 on Wednesday, December 11 at Marcus Oakdale Cinema.

Visit this sign-up link: 1917 Free Screening (https://forms.gle/jTtcbAgNkybRyENT7) to request a screening pass.  You’ll receive information back with details on the screening — make sure to spread the word!

Here’s a special tip from The MN Movie Man — arrive early to get the best seat.  These advance screenings often have a line to get in and are overbooked to ensure capacity.  This is one movie you should try to avoid seeing from the front row on the far left if you don’t have to 🙂

Here’s the official information: From the director of Skyfall, 1917 is a World War 1 epic telling the story of a heroic and impossible mission undertaken by two British soldiers.

I saw the movie last week and while my full review isn’t quite ready for publication, I can tell you it’s going to finish high in my Best of the Year list.  It’s already been nominated for a number of critics awards and you can expect it to receive love from the Golden Globes and Oscars when they announce their nominations in a few weeks.  This is a great opportunity to see the movie before anyone else does — definitely do go!