Previews of Coming Attractions May 9, 2008
So, in the theaters this weekend are a Live action version of "Speed Racer" (which has a few people I know excited--we'll see if it makes a dent in "Iron Man's" numbers), the latest from David Mamet called "Redbelt"--a martial arts movie (of sorts) starring Chiwetel Ojiofor (his presence alone makes it worth seeing), "Son of Rambow"--a Brit film about a kid so taken with a pirated copy of "First Blood" that he decides he's going to film a prequel (it's Rated PG-13 for "reckless behavior"--like seeing the latest one, perhaps?). But, the one I'd go see, if not previously engaged, would be the "Audience Award" winner at 2006's SIFF -- "OSS117: Cairo: Nest of Spies," a continuation of sorts of a series of James Bond knock-off films from the 60's (there were a lot of those) that, from the clips I've seen, manages to nail the look and feel of Terence Young's early Bond films--for laughs. Far subtler (and more sustained) than the Austin Powers "Flint" clones, it's been called the best spoof-comedy since Peter Sellers started playing Inspector Clouseau.
Coming up on LNTAM, we'll dust off a couple of "Olde Reviews"-written away back by this reviewer in 1976 (Sadly, his tastes have not changed much), we'll take a look at a very famous scene from a very famous movie that's on most folks' Top Ten Lists (if it's not holding down the Number One spot), a wonderful article by a guest-writer who comes to grips with a movie from his childhood that haunts him to this day, as well as some surprises, and, who knows, maybe a review of a new movie (or two).