Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “The Mummy”!

I’ve been stoked for the start of the Universal Monsters Universe ever since I first heard about it.  So I’m just as stoked to share passes for the Baltimore screening of The Mummy, Universal’s first film in what I hope will be a long, awesome, series of glorious monster madness.  Synopsis!

Thought safely entombed in a tomb deep beneath the unforgiving desert, an ancient princess whose destiny was unjustly taken from her is awakened in our current day, bringing with her malevolence grown over millennia and terrors that defy human comprehension.
From the sweeping sands of the Middle East through hidden labyrinths under modern-day London, The Mummy brings a surprising intensity and balance of wonder and thrills in an imaginative new take that ushers in a new world of gods and monsters.

So, ready for monster mayhem?  ME TOO.  Let’s do this!
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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”

Ready to get your spandex on, peoples?  Because I’ve got passes for Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie!  And yeah, it should be good, since epic is in the title, right?  (Seriously, the trailer looks like a lot of goofy family fun…) Synopsis!

Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series, and boasting an A-list cast of comedy superstars headed by Kevin Hart and Ed Helms, DreamWorks Animation brings audiences the long-awaited global movie event, Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie. This raucously subversive comedy for the entire family tells the story of two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

Kevin Hart.  Ed Helms. C’mon y’all.  Ready to get your Big Panties on?  Let’s go!

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TrailerWatch: the newest “Spider-Man: Homecoming” trailer brings gadgets and gags

“You’ve gotta get better at this part of the job.”

I often battle with myself over trailers.  I want to watch them, but I don’t want to get all spoiled and stuff.  But with Marvel, I can’t help myself.  And this new trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming is pretty freakin’ sweet. Synopsis!

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Does Petey have a Jarvis-like A.I.?  AWWW YEAH.  This should be fun – and that’s not even me getting stoked about the Abbott & Costello vibe I’m getting from Tony Stark and Peter Parker…heck, even the new poster is straight-up Iron Man. Everybody’s favorite web-slinger hit theaters July 7th, 2017.


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Elsewhere/Wayback Review(s): John Denver’s Greatest Hits 1967 — 1973, Back Home Again and Rhymes & Reasons

While this is a review I penned back in 2005, you can read the newly re-issued review RIGHT HERE at Green Man Review!

Admit it. John Denver soothes. You know it; I know it. Songs like “Calypso” and “Rocky Mountain High” don’t just draw you in, they paint a picture of brighter places and quieter times. And I’m not just saying that because I grew up listening to him sing with Muppets. For me, John Denver carved out a niche between Ziggy Stardust and The Ramones, and I was happy to have his calm, gentle voice brighten my summer vacations and guide me through the changing face of rock during the seventies and early eighties. Even when it was cool to dismiss soft rock, I just couldn’t bring myself to turn away from his music. Now, RCA/Legacy has reissued three of John’s earlier albums, stripping them down to their bare essence. And with a few brief exceptions, the CDs are all the better for it.
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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “WONDER WOMAN”!

Ready to channel your inner warrior?  Of course you are – you’re a freakin’ badass, darlin. Well pull up your boots and shine your bracers up, because I’ve got passes for the Baltimore screening of Wonder Woman! Synopsis!

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior.  Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat.  Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Grab your magic lasso and let’s do this!

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TrailerWatch: “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” gives us aliens, punks, and of course – punk aliens!

I’ve heard about this movie thanks to the seemingly nonstop schedule Nicole Kidman has at Cannes this year.  But now that I’ve seen these trailers, I’m dying to see more.  Synopsis!

A funny and unique love story, How to Talk to Girls at Parties focuses on Enn, a shy teenage punk rocker in 1970s suburban London, and his two closest friends, Vic and John.  One night they all sneak into a party where they meet a group of intensely attractive, otherworldly girls; at first they think they’re from a cult, but eventually come to realize the girls are literally from another world—outer space. Starring Elle Fanning, Alex Sharp, Nicole Kidman, Ruth Wilson, and Matt Lucas. Directed by John Cameron Mitchell

Oh, and did I mention that this film is based on the 2006 short story by Neil Gaiman?  The one that won the Locus Award for Best Short Story in 2007?  YEAH I’M IN.

Let’s hope How to Talk to Girls at Parties lands in our neighborhood multiplex very, VERY soon!

(Sorry for the linkdump below; apparently WordPress hates Facebook embeds…but clicky on ’em for the full-screen trailers.  Trust me, you’ll want to see ’em!)

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Elsewhere Review: Eleanor Wasserberg’s Foxlowe

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“Tomorrow I’ll show you a secret.”

I’m a sucker for a utopia-but-not-really story.  From The Dark Secret of Harvest Home to Red Rising, there’s just something about a tale that digs into the dark underbelly of what was once a beautiful set of ideals.  With echoes of We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Atonement, and a touch of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village, Wasserberg’s debut novel takes a look at a Utopian communal “family”, and lets us see what happens when things unravel.

And unravel they do.  From the first page, where our young narrator Green takes us by the hand and leads us into the halls of Foxlowe, we sense that all isn’t daisy chains and kumbaya.  Wasserberg’s beautifully descriptive prose lulls readers into a false sense of security, one she yanks out from under them with ease. Her way with gently slipping in descriptions of abuse, mistreatment and not-so-benign neglect creep into Green’s narration, slowly but surely. Continue reading

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