People notice when celebrities die, as they always get top billing on the news, and in discussions around the water cooler. But sometimes even the most jaded are taken aback at such an event. Such was the case a few weeks ago with the death of James Gandolfini at age 51. Starting in 1987 with a bit role in an unreleased film, Gandolfini worked his way through the ranks in Hollywood, playing in such films as True Romance, Get Shorty, and The Mexican, until he hit the motherlode of stardom with the role of Tony Soprano in HBO’s hit series The Sopranos. For eighty-six episodes of this dissection of a mob boss and his dysfunctional family, James Gandolfini commanded the home screen and won a Golden Globe and several Emmys for his efforts.
Back in the analog days, seeing a movie used to be so simple: you decide what you want to see, find out where it’s playing, and go see it. Choices were limited, but with a little detective work you might find something worth watching. Not all theatres played the same films at the same time.
Now with new technologies abounding, options are jumping at us from all corners of the media. Even watching movies on a three-inch iPhone or a ten-inch iPad doesn’t seem quite so hateful when you’re stuck in an airport with nothing better to do.
Larry Thomas has a review of the new sequel Red 2, starring Helen Mirren, Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and an all-star cast.
If you saw the original Red a couple of years ago, which I did and really liked a lot, then here’s all you need to know about Red 2, and if you saw, and enjoyed, the original Red you already know that was Bruce Willis who has refrained from killing anyone, John Malkovich as his loony associate who’s still just as paranoid as before, and the girl is the sinfully delightful Mary-Louise Parker. In the first film, she was a customer service representative who became entwined in Willis’ espionage past. And present. And now knows she loves the excitement and the action of such skullduggery and shenanigans, and wants to be a part of it.
It’s summertime, and like most of us, you are probably looking for some new and different things to do during your vacation time. Consider a nearby road trip in search of films that you may not be able to see locally. There are four cities each within a couple of hours driving time with cinematic distractions to interest and entertain you.