Movie Magic Magnified

Johann Wolfgang van Goethe once said, “After fifteen minutes, nobody looks at a rainbow.” He clearly had never visited the rainbow- laden land of “Oz The Great and Powerful,” unlike the moviegoers who traveled to that wizard-wonderland by way of that infamous yellow brick road, which coincidentally led way up high at the U.S. box office with $42.2 million.  “The Call” for a thrilling, female-driven film, meanwhile, was answered at #2 with $17.1 million. “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” contained little credibility to cast a spell on audiences but managed to arrive at a magical place known as #3 with $10.3 million. The big-budget “Jack the Giant Slayer” hasn’t made as giant a killing at the box office as its producers had hoped but still managed to produce $6.2 million while creating a home at #4. The “Identity Thief” continues to steal money and motion picture moments as she hides out at #5 with $4.5 million.

Can magic continue to captivate moviegoers? Will the scenery continue to shine brighter from the beginning of a golden brick road as opposed to the bottom of a beanstalk?

More importantly, what will next week bring? (I see more animation and an “Admission” fee in our future).

From seaside days to starry nights, may the week ahead lead you to the most colorful, cinematic light…


Searching for Leprechauns, Luck and a Box Office Pot of Gold

“May you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold, and at the end of all your rainbows may you find your pot of gold!” Irish Blessing

Will “Oz the Great and Powerful” continue to rule our movie court this week or will “The Call” from The “Incredible Burt Wonderstone” end his enchanting, moneymaking reign? Who will be crowned movie king, Franco, Carrey or Carell? Lest we forget, the “Spring Breakers” are in town to usher in a softer climate while having some cinematic fun in the spring sun. The man behind the curtain, however, along with his fabled cohorts, seems poised to continue waving his magic wand over movie audiences, magically transforming their black and white world into brilliant Technicolor. Will there be a pot of gold (and box-office bucks) somewhere over his rainbow?

While these Great and Powerful, not to mention Incredible characters search for color and magic in their oftentimes lackluster life, the spring-breaking boys and girls speak to the rebels among us looking for a party-hardy reality break. In the end, the audience speaks the loudest. What will they have to say?

From seaside days to starry nights, may your weekend meet with happiness, luck and a rainbow to call your own…

The Golden Road Ahead

As the sun rises over another inspired movie day, palm trees sway in the balmy breeze, leaning toward a scenic springtime filled with fantastic films. So, what’s on our entertainment tour this week? The path before us is golden, as we’re still maneuvering along the yellow brick road, finding witches, wonder and “Oz the Great and Powerful” (but strangely no Dorothy).  The “Dead Man Down” the much darker block is a victim of the crime world he lives in but can’t diminish our enthusiasm over all that’s still to come to our cinematic town.  This week alone we can expect a vacation of sorts thanks to the “Spring Breakers,” which leads to a trail of amazing movie days thanks to “The Incredible Burt Wonderston,” a magician (popular movie profession these days) who struggles beneath mystery, competition and comedy while trying to decipher between illusions and delusions. There’s nothing to fear during these “Upside Down” days, when young lovers tragically separated set out on a dangerous journey to find one another. Thanks to the miracle of the movies, even lovers torn apart can wish upon a star to find their very own happily ever after (assuming their world turns right side up).

What do you wish for this week? Time spent with disconnected lovers, Disney darlings, magicians or murderers? You can find them all magically waiting at your local movie theater…



Somewhere over the Cinematic Rainbow

This weekend (re)introduced audiences in our little movie world to that classic road, paved in brick and coated a soothing shade of gold. Following that yellow brook road after a dismal start to the year, “Oz the Great and Powerful,” in 3D special-effects style, arrived determined to shake up our fabled existence in his own prequel kind of way. The reportedly $200 million + budgeted film followed that golden road straight to #1 at the almighty U.S.and Canadian box office, finding a pot of gold equaling $80.3 million. “Jack the Giant Slayer” took a brave but giant leap down to the #2 spot with $10 million. Still stealing her share of laughs was the “Identity Thief,” running away to her #3 hiding place and finding $6.3 million waiting there. The weekend’s other new release, the action-oriented “Dead Man Down,” came to lackluster life at #4 with $5.3 million. “The Snitch” was back in the game, coming in at #5 with $5.1 million.

So, we took a trip up a beanstalk and down a yellow brick road, followed a rainbow and formed a new identity, found the Dead Man Down the block still had a little life left in him as we walked off with a weekend’s worth (and then some) of entertainment. Whew!

From seaside days to starry nights, may your week ahead be paved in a rainbow of colors and light…

Movie Magic or Mayhem?

Bringing his own brand of magic to movie theaters this weekend is the highly-anticipated Oz the Great and Powerful, striving to bring “lesser” films to their cinematic knees. Is Oz greater than Jack the Giant Slayer, who topped last week’s U.S. box office despite his less than large welcome by a discriminating audience? 21 and Over found its adult crowd less than wowed while The Last Exorcism Part II failed to bring the scare found in its predecessor, which horrified its producers more than its audience. On a positive note, the Identity Thief became the first film of 2013 to pass the $100 million mark, identifying with the movie lover in all of us.

Following a spell of “ho-hum” entertainment, how Great and Powerful will this weekend be at the local multiplex? Author Karl Germain once said, “Magic is an honest profession. A magician promises to deceive you and he does.” Will studio executives deliver deception or magical movie moments? Have they got a trick up their creative sleeves? Finally, has someone put a spell on James Franco, making enchantment out of his eccentricities?

From seaside days to starry nights, may your weekend overflow with magic and movie delight…

March Movie Madness

Following an academy-award winning season, spring has nearly sprung through Movietown, bringing with it an array of films worthy of these soft, chilly days. March is off to a great start, as Oz the Great and Powerful has followed that infamous yellow brick road to a movie theater near you. Joining his Greatness is Jack the Giant Slayer, who promises a month of giant adventures as he introduces the real world to the reel world. Within the celebratory universe, The 21 and Over crowd has found the animated child within during time spent with The Croods before exorcising the demons among them during The Last Exorcism (Part II).

Acting as The Host of sorts is The Sweeney troupe, who have promised to Love and Honor all movie goers as they keep life in movie land safe for the upcoming Spring Breakers. Working on the front entertainment lines is the argumentative G.I. Joe (who is forming a) Retaliation (2) against concession stand prices. Upon paying for his costly cherry Coke and movie-style popcorn, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone hears The Call indicating the start of coming attractions. He states to no avail that a man of his incredible talent should be let in free of charge but soon realizes it’s an Upside Down world inside the darkened theater, where everyone, incredible or not, is treated equally and must pay an Admission fee.

All in attendance realize the best Mental health break can be found inside their cozy multiplex, where the weather is always right and everything appearing on the big screen promises to satisfy even the hungriest entertainment-seeking crowd…

A Giant of a Movie Weekend?

March’s little movie men took that giant leap into movie theater darkness this weekend, determined to cast their own star-powered light. We met a Sweeney of a guy, a mommy-loving Stoker and even attended an exorcism. We were treated to a fairy-tale adaptation, yes another one, and films for those over the age of 21!

Following all that film-inspired fun, we found little Jack the Giant Slayer had climbed that infamous beanstalk to the top of the box-office charts, bringing the film, reportedly budgeted at $200 million, in at #1 with a meager $28 million. Moviegoers continued to identify with The Identity Thief , who was found hanging out at #2 with $9.7 million. On her heels were those 21 and Over, taking the R-rated party home to the #3 spot with      $9 million. Continuing the for-adults-only fun while banishing the movie demons among us was The Last Exorcism Part II, coming in at a scary #4 with $8 million. Finally, a Snitch took up residence at #5, swiping $7.7 million in box-office bucks.

Despite being considered a bleak weekend at the movies, with ticket sales down domestically for the sixth week in a row, we experienced everything from exorcisms to identity crisis, with fairy tales and family fun, there really was something for everyone!

From seaside days to starry nights, may your week contain fairytale moments and Giant entertainment…