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Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

— Gone With The Wind (1940)

I’m using Letterboxd to keep track of the movies watched and provide short reviews with ratings. These are my opinion only and don’t expect everybody else on the internet to agree (or disagree), but would love to discuss more about movies and TV. Started this blog so that I could explore the theater-watching experience, TV, movies, movie lists and other features that Letterboxd doesn’t (yet?) make available (why can’t we blog through there?). Also to explore the Regal Unlimited Plan (member since August 2019), streaming video channels and TV without cable. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates.

Win $10,000 Remixing Terminator: Dark Fate Trailer

Adobe is teaming up with a movie trailer remix contest Sept 16 – Oct 7, 2019

Enter this cool Terminator: Dark Fate trailer remix contest and win the grand prize of $10,000, one year Adobe Creative Cloud membership and a private screening for up to 50 people. Also, there is a prize for video editors under age 24 of $2,000 and two runner-up prizes of $1,000 each.

Gotta love creative contests like these. I’m not very good at video editing, so doubtful I’ll be entering, but it’s an exciting contest. Good luck to all who enter!

(Sidenote: Speaking of Terminator: Dark Fate (PREVIEW) and videos. My son, Joel and I discussed how Terminator: Dark Fate could be in the same league as the other two James Cameron Terminator flicks. This is raw, unedited footage and the audio is definitely more worthy than the video, as we’re just driving around and recorded this, so I will probably replace with an edited version later)

Can Terminator: Dark Fate possibly be as good as T1 and T2?

Does IT: Chapter Two Stay #1 Its Third Week At The Box Office?

Top 10 September 13-15, 2019 via Box Office Mojo

NEWS — IT: Chapter Two ⭐️⭐️½ as of this writing is on top of the sales charts. via Box Office Mojo:

With an estimated $40.7 million, WB and New Line’s It: Chapter Two topped the weekend for the second week in a row, dipping just -55% compared to its opening weekend and pushing the film’s domestic cume over $153 million after ten days in release. In addition to that, the horror sequel added another $47 million internationally this weekend for a global tally that now stands at $323.3 million.

The IT franchise now has made over a billion dollars. Will Rambo: Last Blood, Ad Astra and Downtown Abbey take down IT this third weekend for IT? I’m guessing yes, what do you think? Personally, I think it will go down like this:

  1. Ad Astra (The Brad Pitt fan appeal)
  2. Rambo: First Blood
  3. It: Chapter Two
  4. Downtown Abbey – Maybe others reading are more excited about this one. A lot of prediction sites (see below) are claiming this will be #1.

Here’s an idea: if you want to put your guess up against others in a fun, free movie-game, check out …

Fantasy Movie League lets you play a game on your phone and/or computer for FREE where you can compete against others guessing which movies will be top at the box office. Have fun!

Movie-related Things To Do In Las Vegas

Sunny weather for our trip to Las Vegas

We are celebrating our 30th Anniversary in Las Vegas this week, I’m compiling the following movie-related things to do in Las Vegas:

  1. Play at least one spin of every movie-related slot machine type seen.
  2. Visit the Cinnebar Palace Station and try one of their tasty dinner menu items, while watching a movie.
  3. Watch at least one 4DX movie. The Red Rock shows 4DX movies. Maybe Rambo: Last Blood will have a 4DX showing on Thursday? Think this would be a cool movie to see in 4DX.
  4. Visit the MGM Casino and view their movie-related props and items
  5. Visit the famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop from the hit TV show Pawn Stars

If we think of more, we’ll add to the list. Feel free to use the comments if you can think of any more.

Just Say, “Hell No!” To Rambo Prequel

Google images search for ‘rambo’ sells action film, not high school drama

On the week of releasing the fifth and presumably final Rambo: Last Blood (PREVIEW) and Rambo’s home city of Bowie Arizona declaring September 18 Rambo Day, Sylvester Stallone is floating the possibility of a Rambo prequel, telling Screenrant:

I always thought of Rambo when he was 16 or 17 – I hope they can do the prequel – he was the best person you could find. He was the captain of the team; he was the most popular kid in school; super athlete. He was like Jim Thorpe, and the war is what changed him. If you saw him before, he was like the perfect guy.

Relax, nobody is financing this crazy idea … yet.

Ok, I absolutely hate this idea. Hate, hate, hate. Prequels suck. Seriously, can anybody name a prequel that does not suck? Don’t get me started on Star Wars (looking at you, George Lucas). Here’s the main problem with prequels:

Everybody knows what happens next.

The whole point of holding a viewer’s (movie) or reader’s (book) interest is not knowing what happens next. Spoilers suck because you know what happens. Is there anything more spoiler than knowing what happens next to Rambo? He becomes a one man killing machine. What can be more interesting in that character’s creative arc than knowing that?

How b-o-r-i-n-g is the idea of seeing a teen John Rambo in his formulative years going to his high school prom? Falling in love, captain of the football team, yadda, yadda, when you could see him with a machine gun blowing away countless enemy insurgents? I’d rather see Rambo being Rambo than Rambo meets Peggy Sue Got Married.

Don’t ruin John Rambo’s character with some lame, dramatic prequel, please. Just a terrible, no horrible idea. I am all for dramas, but not when it comes to changing the genre of an action movie to a Lifetime movie of the week.

PREVIEW – Rambo: Last Blood

Most current trailer for Rambo: Last Blood

With less than a week to go before the final (?) Rambo movie (read my review of First Blood – the film that started it all) is released, here is what we do and don’t know in and around this film:

  • This will be the fifth film in the franchise and Stallone has indicated if this film does well, he will play Rambo again. Keep in mind that Stallone is 73 years old and last played Rambo in 2008 at age 62. An 80+ year old Rambo? Not sure many would be interested in that unless it is more a role like he played in Creed, a passing of the torch type role. Then again, sequels can be put together within a year or two, and Stallone is in good physical shape for a man his age.
  • John Rambo is now chilling in Arizona, but some sort of Mexican cartel kidnapping story will spring him back into action. Wikipedia will reveal, er, spoil more of the plot, if you want to visit there. I’m imaging a Peppermint-like tale of Rambo vengeance wrath about to unfold. Yes, we’ve seen this type of storyline before, but Rambo is one of the best at enacting revenge.
  • Rotten Tomatoes movie info: “Now, Rambo must confront his past and unearth his ruthless combat skills to exact revenge in a final mission. A deadly journey of vengeance, RAMBO: LAST BLOOD marks the last chapter of the legendary series.”
  • Colonel Sam Trautman (played by Richard Crenna), who was not in the last Rambo (2008) will almost certainly not be in this one, other than flashbacks or voice reminders (as in the trailer above). Crenna died in 2003. Trautman was the primary focus of Rambo’s call back to action in Rambo III. (Screenrant curious explores how an alternate ending to Rambo III would not have held up today) I liken Crenna’s absence a little bit like having no Mickey or Apollo in the Rocky films.
  • Speaking of the cast, nobody is returning from any prior film except for Stallone.
  • Stallone goes through the evolution of Rambo’s character saying, “In every film, Rambo never goes home, he goes out to the jungle or Afghanistan. In the new one, he does come home, but in a way, he never arrives. He’s there, but he’s not. That’s what the whole story is built around. As soon as he walks outside his door, he has no more control. The world controls you,”
  • Cinemablend is predicting an anemic Tomatometer score of 39%, “it looks like they are going out with a bang. I can’t imagine critics love it, but I don’t suspect that’s really the point.” Agreed. In most cases the combined audience reviews more accurate represent my opinion than the pros.
  • If you’re lucky enough to be near an Alamo Drafthouse location (thanks Slashfilm for compiling a complete list of locations), they are running a Rambo marathon leading up to and including Rambo: Last Blood. Me? This week I’ll rewatch the Rambo movies that I own on streaming and/or DVD and Blu-Ray to further whet my appetite.

Want even more Rambo & Stallone? Sure, we both do! Here’s some more websites/blogs/etc posts:

We’ll find out who draws first blood this time in Rambo: Last Blood when it opens in theaters on September 20.

10 New Movies Coming Fall 2019 Ranked By Interest

10 movies coming to theaters in the next 90 days on my Leterrboxd watchlist

Above pictured are the 10 movies I’m most looking forward to seeing. Am ranking them below based on most interested to least interested, this isn’t how I think the ranking of best to worst will turn out:

  1. Rambo: Last Blood (September 20) – PREVIEW– Want to see this one mostly to check out the experience in 4DX, not because I think it has the potential to be the best one on this list. Hope we can make it happen this week.
  2. Terminator: Dark Fate (November 1) – PREVIEW– Can James Cameron catch lightning in a bottle a third time? He isn’t directing, and Arnold and Linda Hamilton are seniors, so I’m not sure. Definitely very curious how this will do. I’ve been disappointed by everything since T2, so hoping the magic returns for this one.
  3. Judy (September 27) – PREVIEW– this could be a real tearjerker, but I’ve been a fan of Judy Garland since the first time I saw The Wizard of Oz.
  4. Doctor Sleep (November 8) – I often am disappointed by film sequels and books with sequels haven’t historically been much fun to watch either, but if anybody can write a sequel that’s good, it’s Stephen King. But will the screen adaption do the book justice?. I’m reading this on the Kindle to prepare for the movie and to see if even the book is something I enjoy. Wish this was coming out on Halloween. That is the best time to see a horror film based on a Stephen King novel.
  5. Joker (October 4) – A movie based on a comic book villain? I’m really digging this idea. The Joker is just such a cool antagonist. This has me really curious where this idea will lead.
  6. A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood (November 22) – Tom Hanks in any picture is something I’m interested in watching. He seems to very rarely miss on whatever film he’s in and the subject matter for this one — Mister Rogers – seems to be right in his wheelhouse. Yes, bring this on.
  7. Ad Astra (September 20) – Have been intrigued by the preview trailers in the theater for this space sci-fi flick starring Brad Pitt. Seems like something I would enjoy.
  8. Charlie’s Angels (November 1) – Elizabeth Banks has been in some good movies that I enjoyed, so looking forward to this only because the original source material I liked and I think she might have a curious and less salacious take on what was once known as “jiggle TV..” Most reboots that have come out I’ve pretty much hated, so I have one eye squinted on this one. Optimistic and suspicious.
  9. Villains (September 20) – Kara wants to see this one. I don’t know much about it, but that’s why it is here, because she doesn’t actually tell me she wants to see very many movies.
  10. Last Christmas (November 15) – OK, so this one is 60 days or so away, but it’s closer to our favorite time of year: Christmas. We both enjoy Christmas movies. This one may or may not be a dud, but it’s on here to remind that 60 days from now we will be closer to Christmas mode. Usually around Thanksgiving that kicks in. Can expect a bunch more Christmas flicks the next time I do this list.

Almost made it to the list above (in no particular order):

  • Abominable (September 27) – preview interesting, but animated films usually don’t get me super excited.
  • Lucy In The Sky (October 4) – preview, summary and trailer.
  • Gemini Man (October 4) – have seen a ton of previews for this one. Curious.
  • The Addams Family (October 11) – only interested because source TV material is good.

Goal is to see everything above in the theater and probably other films coming soon not mentioned above. It will be interesting to look back and on this post and see how much they were enjoyed compared to preview interest level. Am curious what others are looking forward to seeing?

Now Reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Bought Doctor Sleep for Kindle Fire to read before seeing the movie

Recharged my Kindle Fire and purchased Doctor Sleep by Stephen King for $9.99 + tax in preparation for the upcoming sequel film to The Shining.

I’m going to try and get the novel read first before seeing the film adaption. I read and greatly enjoyed The Shining many years ago and that is also on my Kindle, just in case I want to go back and re-read that too.

Doctor Sleep opens in theaters November 8.