Opening 10-10-2019 In Theaters: Jexi, Gemini Man, Addam’s Family

Coming to theaters starting 10-10-19

As mentioned before, I try to avoid reading advance reviews, but can’t seem to avoid seeing the early Rotten Tomatoes critic score for movies opening for the coming weekend:

The critic early reviews are unflattering for Gemini Man, the strange looking Will Smith doppelganger action movie. I’m usually not in sync with the Rotten Tomatoes “pro” critics anyway, see Rambo: Last Blood and Ad Astra, so I’m not going to let these early negative reviews influence me.

Gemini Man trailer

I’ve seen this Gemini Man trailer more than any other in the last month. Hollywood is trying to pump us up big time here. Still, I watch this and think, “hmm, it looks OK.” I’m just not that excited. Maybe a 5 out of 10 on anticipation scale. I hope this movie has some good hooks and more than what’s shown in the trailer for action and blows me away. Nervous anticipation you might call this.

There aren’t any tomatometer scores in yet for Jexi or Addam’s Family, so let’s check them out.

Jexi’s synopsis:

Phil (Adam Devine) has a major dependency issue — he’s addicted to his phone. He has no friends, he has a job writing pop culture “Top 10” lists, and his love life is non-existent. But his Facebook status is about to change. When he is forced to upgrade his phone, the latest model comes with an unexpected feature… Jexi (Rose Byrne) — an A.I. life coach, virtual assistant and cheerleader.

Is it just me, or does this story sound similar to Her ⭐️⭐️⭐️½  starring Joaquin Phoenix? I wonder how many of these A.I computers will tell you how to live movies we’re going to see getting made? I know A.I is getting better, but the technology being this realistic is about as close as Star Trek’s famous transporter. Still, I’m not burned out by these type movies yet, so looking forward to watching this. Maybe it will be at least one I watch tomorrow.

Jexi (2019) trailer

I’m 4 out of 10 for anticipation seeing Jexi, Am thinking this will not be as funny as I want it to be. I’d rather see a great comedy than another drama like Her. But I’m keeping an open mind.

As for Addam’s Family? Didn’t realize this was going to be animated until very recently. For some reason — maybe it was just wishful thinking — I had hoped this would be live action. Not that I’m hating on animated films, but I just don’t get all that excited about most of them. Now, if they would go back to some of the Japanese and/or more adult-oriented animated films like Speed Racer, Heavy Metal, Beavis & Butthead Do America⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, The Simpsons Movie, etc, now these animated films I look most forward to seeing.,

The Addam’s Family (2019) trailer

Hmm, this trailer makes me about 2 out of 10 want to see this movie. Just not that excited or interested, but again, I’m going to go in and hope to be thoroughly entertained. The Peanut Butter Falcon trailers underwhelmed me, and yet that turned out to be our #1 movie in August 2019.

How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 10-10-19 movies?

  1. Gemini Man – 5 /10
  2. Jexi – 4/10
  3. Addam’s Family – 2 / 10

Never know exactly how I’ll feel until after seeing the movie for the first time, but have a sinking suspicion that Jexi might turn out to be my unexpected favorite of the three, but I’m rooting for Gemini Man to be more entertaining than my gut is telling me it will be.

Regardless how entertaining these films turn out to be, Thursday is my favorite movie theater watching day of the week!

Are you looking forward to watching any of these three movies? If so, which one?

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.

PREVIEW – JUDY

Who doesn’t love the magical “Over The Rainbow” by the immortal Judy Garland. Her voice is as magical as the first time I saw her singing in The Wizard Of Oz, a movie as timeless as the song.

Can you believe that was first released in 1939?!?! That is 80 years ago and it’s still my favorite ever musical and easily in my top 10 films of all time. It’s just one of the greatest films ever made, period. And I’m not a fan of musicals.

The whole black and white Kansas and then switches to color in Oz… just such an awe-inspiring film. I need to rewatch this again soon so I can be a child all over again. It’s that powerful. Without Judy Garland in that film, it’s not the same and, sadly, her treatment during the filming appeared to be something out of a horror film (or not).

So, what do we know and don’t know about JUDY the film:

  • Renee Zellweger, age 50, spent two hours in the makeup chair transforming into Judy Garland
  • Zellweger has been singing in movies for over 20 years and, yes, she is taking on the daunting task of covering Judy Garland on such seminal tracks as “Over The Rainbow”
  • Rupert Goold directs. He is best known for extensive directing the stage.
  • Film is based on Peter Quilter’s musical “End Of The Rainbow” which primarily covers the one year before Garland’s death at age 47 (!!!!) in 1969 where she played a series of sold-out shows.
  • Zellweger tried to reach out to Liza Minnelli, Garland’s daughter, for research in the role via a mutual friend, but was unsuccessful
  • Liza Minnelli has released a statement on her Facebook that says she “does not sanction” this film about her mother.
  • Zellweger spent two years with Judy in her head, listening to music, preparing for this role and it brought her repeatedly to tears

And just for a cool article aside, the believed to be last living actor — and she was merely an extra — that was in The Wizard of Oz, 98 year old Meredythe Glass, opines what it was really like hearing the amazing Judy Garland sing:

Meredythe Glass was just another green lady from Oz. As she quietly chatted and laughed with her fellow Oz residents, their faces smeared with greasepaint to stand out under the harsh studio lights, this “beautiful music” began. Judy Garland started singing “Over the Rainbow,” and the Oz residents fell silent. Everyone fell silent. And when it was over, the applause was deafening. “It would not stop,” said Glass.

Judy Garland died at age 47, and would be 97 years old if she were still alive today, just about the age of Meredythe Glass. Imagine what more music, movies and magic we could have had if she had lived?

We’ll have to settle for dreaming what lies over the rainbow … and arrives in theaters everywhere September 27.

PREVIEW – Terminator: Dark Fate

Terminator: Dark Fate hits theaters November 1, 2019

What we do and don’t know so far about Terminator: Dark Fate is being piecemeal teased out through various sources:

  • James Cameron returned to produce and made screenplay edits. He did not write the screenplay or direct, however, and did not even show up during any of the shooting.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton are returning to their iconic roles, but might not be main cast (??? I sure hope both get at least decent amounts of screen time. Will not be excited about extended cameo roles if that’s what we see, but the trailers make it look like they will have decent screen time)
  • Will take place in timeline after T2: Judgment Day, Cameron’s last film in the series. None of the other sequels, reboots, TV, etc will be canon.
  • John Connor does not seem to be a central character in the plot, but Edward Furlong will also return.
  • Kyle Reese? Unknown.
  • Will be Rated R — yay!
  • Guns N’ Roses rumored to be adding possibly brand new music — or existing — to the film. “You Could Be Mine” was catchy part of T2: Judgment Day. This, if it turns out to be true, is awesome.
  • Directed by Deadpool’s Tim Miller. (I am so hoping Dark Fate does not choose the sardonic wit character path of Deadpool). Cameron assured his ex-wife Linda Hamilton that it is in “capable hands.” We’ll soon find out.

Saw the most detailed trailer preview during IT: Chapter Two on Friday. You can watch two trailers on the Rotten Tomatoes Dark Fate page which also provides a juicy movie teaser. Or, if you’re going to see the IT sequel, you’ll see it then. It was my favorite trailer so far because I got the best sense of what the film might be like. Does it spoil the film? No. Here is the Rotten Tomatoes movie info verbatim:

“When Skynet sends a powerful new Terminator from the future in order to terminate Dani Ramos, a hybrid cyborg human and her friends, Sarah Connor teams up with the original T-800 Terminator to fight the new threat and save the future once and for all. “

This has all teased me to the point of wanting to watch Dark Fate. The last few Terminator movies I’ve not been this excited about seeing, so mission accomplished. Simply having Arnold return was not enough to do anything because he just looks old and tired (he is, of course), but this pre-movie buzz feels different.

So, I’m looking forward to seeing this in the theater along with Rambo Last Blood later this month and soon Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining.

I’m curious how many others are looking forward to see Dark Fate or other new movies coming to theaters this fall?