When I think of a movie that’s done multiple sequels, the first one that comes to mind is “Rocky.” After that, there’s “Star Wars,” and it’s now forthcoming follow-ups; the “Star Trek” franchise; Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and “Hobbit” prequel flicks; “Mission Impossible” (MI5 out 7/31); “Godzilla” movies and “The Fast and the Furious.”
At the age of 22, Luc Besson released his first short film “L’avant dernier,” (translation: Next to Last) in which he also appeared. It starred Jean Reno, an actor that he would work with repeatedly in future films. Besson’s new film “Lucy” starring Scarlet Johansen hits theaters across the country this week, and it’s nowhere near ‘next to last’, on Luc’s list of movies.
Holy Summer Blockbusters! Universal’s “The Purge” will lead the box office this weekend for raking in the dough. The film studio is riding high right now, as “Fast & Furious 6” topped the box office last week, making it number-one two weeks in a row! I just knew “After Earth” would take the top spot, since ‘Furious’ was released for Memorial Day Weekend… WRONG!
Movies adapted from the writings of Philip Kindred Dick are always depicted through fantasy, steeped in conspiracy. It’s the art of film encompassing what we love most about movies and why we rely on them for momentary escapism. So far, 10 major motion pictures have been brought to life based on the writings of Philip K. Dick. Eleven and 12 are on the way; 13 and 14 are in the wings; and other writings by the author have been sold.
This past June marked the third anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death. As his birthday approaches I’m reminded that I still miss him. He wasn’t a relative, but I grew up with him throughout my life. I don’t believe you ever stop missing the ones you love, you just learn to live with it.