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
Then 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