There are a lot of movies releasing this month and next that look damn good but that I probably won’t be able to see in the western Kentucky town where I live. It isn’t because Kentucky is some podunk, backwoods expanse of tobacco loving bourbon drunk horsefuckers–Kentucky is not that–it’s because I live in a small town with one movie theatre that’ll make more money off flicks about white football players, love & cooking, and inoffensive animation. There’s nothing wrong with this. I am not complaining about it. I’m simply saying that other than Star Wars: The Force Awakens, I’m going to have to travel to see quality movies.
The first movie I’m really looking forward to is one that I just learned existed. In the Heart of the Sea is the story of the whaling ship Essex which was the inspiration for Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick. In fact, the movie is framed as a Melville being told the story and having his transcription be the draft for the novel. Cheesy but effective. As a literary geek, I squee. Ron Howard is not a good director, but when he does land a punch, it’s a solid hit. This movie will be coming out in December like Star Wars, but I’m already too eager for it.
I’m not sure how someone with a Herman Melville inspired t-shirt and tote bag managed to miss hearing about a flick about the story that inspired the novel Moby-Dick.
In fact, I’ve been contemplating buy two different Moby-Dick card games (here and here); that’s how much of a geek I am about Melville. And followed more than a few hours of @ doing its full read through of Moby-Dick on Periscope.
Another obsession of mine or rather ardent love is the film Lawrence of Arabia. I adore that movie and watch it nearly every other month. No joke. I can’t get enough of it (along with the original Star Wars, The Magnificent Seven, Hot Fuzz, Ghostbusters, Dawn of the Dead…jesus, whatever, not the point). Point is, a vast desert epic pushed through the lens of a seemingly inconsequential protagonist is something I’ll watch all day every day.
This is where Theeb comes in. I’m not sure when it will release here in the United States, but it’s already available in the UK.
Let’s be honest, I shouldn’t expect a film about a Bedouin boy circa World War I to get much traction in western Kentucky. What should get some play, though I very much doubt due to ‘accents,’ is Simon Pegg and Lake Bell’s new rom-com, Man Up.
Bell’s In a World… was brilliant, and I’ve never seen a bad Simon Pegg flick. Yes, I enjoyed Paul and Kill Me Three Times and How to Lose Friends & Alienate People and Hector & the Search for Happiness and A Fantastic Fear of Everything…deal with it. I think the chemistry between Bell and Pegg is going to be perfect. Plus, Bell has impeccable comic timing.
Finally, there’s Walter White…I mean Bryan Cranston in Trumbo, a ‘based-on-a-true-story’ film about Hollywood’s cowardice during the red scare of the McCarthy era. A blacklisted screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, stands up to xenophobic and casually fascist money-grubbing faux patriots. As a dirty Trotskyite, I’m all in.