Nov-Dec Movie Previews by David Marsh

"One ring to rule them all,
 One ring to find them.
One ring to bring them all 
and in the darkness bind them"

2001 New Line Productions, Inc

11/21 Black Knight (2001)
12/19 Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001)
12/21 Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)
12/25 Beautiful Mind, A (2001)
1/30 Mark of the Astro-Zombies


Between now and the end of the year, I don't see a whole lot of Science Fiction and Fantasy coming into the theaters. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone arrived November 16th, and I hope that he turns out to be a good choice as warm up act for the Fellowship of the Ring a month later. Maybe the version of Lord of the Ring that should have been released in print earlier this year would have been recast as a bedtime story.

Comedian Martin Lawrence reprises Comedian Bing Crosby's role from A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in Black Knight. Sort of . It certainly a blacker comedy, if not a darker one, but it's not especially good...or recommended. I'd much rather see Army of Darkness again on DVD.

imageThen there's Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Tagline: "I can fix that." I'm looking forward to seeing this, certain that it will remind me of my own youth, fearlessly taking apart everything I could lay my hands on, determined to make it better. Sometimes they even got back together and worked. My brother always kept his toys away from me though...for fear that I'd improve them. I'm not sure this is really a smart movie to take kids to. It'll give 'em ideas, it will.   

On Christmas Day A Beautiful Mind, starring Russell Crowe as a brilliant cryptographer and mathematician, is scheduled to for a limited released (its full release will be on Jan 4rth). I've only seen the trailers, but if you're a fan of Crowe, who's done some excellent SF work, as in Virtuosity, or Neal Stephenson (Cryptonomicon), I recommend this film and its portrayal of genius and madness. 

Then it's on to the New Year, Huzzah.

And we can look forward to such gems as March of the Astro-Zombies.

 - David Marsh