In addition to making your mornings suck less on Go 96.3’s Morning Show, Dana Wessel is our station’s resident cinephile. Think of him like Ebert, Roper and Siskel combined, but way cooler. Check out his weekly movie preview below.
Welcome back to more movie previews, you guys. Now, if you have read these before, I typically release an entire month’s worth of previews at once, but going forward I will be doing a weekly preview every Wednesday for the movies that come out that weekend. There are a lot of dull reasons behind doing it this way that I won’t bore you with. But look for a new post every Wednesday going forward.
Onto the movies!
Action Point – Johnny Knoxville and Chris Pontius.
Johnny Knoxville and fellow Jackass alum Chris Pontius (he’s the guy whose whole bit was taking his pants off and dancing in a thong) are back in what is essentially a fictional Jackass movie based on real events….if that makes any sense.
If you have never heard the legend of the legend of Action Park, the most dangerous, ill-conceived and poorly managed amusement park ever, you should probably educate yourself. This movie takes that idea (you see, they changed Park to Point) and has Johnny Knoxville play DC, an old man who tells his grandkids the story about the sh*tty, dangerous amusement park he ran back in the 1970s.
It really shouldn’t come as a shock to you that Knoxville and Pontius did their own stunts in this one. Seems a bit unnecessary at this point, but if Tom Cruise is still doing his own stunts then I guess somebody like Pontius doesn’t really have an excuse. Still, you have to wonder how these guys can even still walk at this point.
There really are two types of folks out there: those who think people getting hurt is funny and people who think people getting hurt is decidedly unfunny. This shouldn’t come as too much of a shock if you know me at all, but I think people getting hurt is very funny. I am looking forward to this movie, if for no other reason than the likeable Knoxville is working again. He really hasn’t done much since the under-appreciated Bad Grandpa in 2013. Speaking of, what is with this guy and dressing up like an old man all time? This is now the third movie where he dresses up like an old dude. I am starting to think this some sort of weird sexual thing for him at this point.
Ah, well. To each their own. It’s 2018. Whatever. Wooo Action Point! Love me a good hard-R summer comedy. This one also clocks in at a nice, breezy 82-minutes, which is the way a movie like this should be. There is no need to try to shoehorn some message into your screwball comedy in the last half-hour. Just get in, make me laugh, get me on my way.
Adrift – Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin.
This is the true story about an enchanting young couple set sail across the ocean in 1983 and live happily ever after.
Nah, just kidding. They run into a hurricane and it turns super deadly.
I am conflicted about this one, I find Shailene Woodley to be absolutely delightful. She is so talented and always brings so much to her roles. On the other hand, shipwreck movies give me an awful combination of claustrophobia and anxiety. I know it sounds stupid but I had to walk out of A Perfect Storm.
I saw an interview with Woodley and it seems like this one was a biatch to shoot. Five weeks on the water with a very seasick cast. She also had a very strict diet to replicate what the real-life ordeal Tami Oldham went through while stuck at sea. This move is based on the 1998 book by Oldham Red Sky in Mourning: A True Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sea. I went ahead and read what happens in the real-life events so I don’t have to get seasick in a movie theater, but this one definitely looks to be worth your time.
Upgrade – Logan Marshall-Green, Betty Gabriel, and Harrison Gilbertson.
This one mixes in a little bit of everything here. Some sci-fi, a bit of revenge, a whole lot of violence and looks like it could be pretty fun summer viewing.
Logan Marshall-Green (handsome devil you will recognize from Spiderman: Homecoming) plays a dude in the near-future who was left paralyzed after a mugging that killed his wife. He is approached by a creepy billionaire who wants to help him get revenge by putting a chip in his spine that turns him into a killing machine. The catch is, the billionaire can control his body like he is a robot.
Upgrade was written by Leigh Whannell who created the Saw franchise which, because of the 250 sequels, people sometimes forget was a really cool and innovative when it first came out. Early reviews of this one have been positive, just be ready for a Tarantino-like level of blood apparently.
That’s what we got this week. Stop back next week for a slate that is anchored by Ocean’s 8!