December 31st, 2005

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Four reasons why the month of May will be interesting in 2006

May seems to be the most interesting month for movies
for four reasons;

The entertaining and intelligent "X Men" series will
return in May with a new director, Palm Beach's own
Bret Ratner. The original ensemble cast returns with
new characters, most notably the Beast as portrayed by
former Pompano Beach resident Kelsey Grammer.

Ron Howard directs Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou and Alfred
Molina in Dan Brown's controversial best selling
novel, "The DaVinci Code." Sadly, this film has
already made more money than Ron Howard’s excellent
“Cinderella Man.”

“MI3” or “Mission Impossible Part 3” features
character actor Philip Seymour Hoffman as the master
villain. Gossip has it that in this caper, the
villainous Hoffman forces two gun Tommy Cruise take
his Ritalin. Just a rumor.

While on musical theatre sabbatical, Rob Dawson will
present a three-week free historical presentation
about the history of the American movie musicals
called “May Monday Musicals at the Main Library.”
This lecture and presentation will feature the
cinematic genius of Busby Berkeley, Steven Sondheim
and Rob Fosse.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Clint and Sly direct again in 2006

Sylvester Stallone visits his signature character in
"Rocky Balboa," minus his dearly departed Adrian
(Talia Shire). This is a film that will age many from
my generation because it has been 30 years since the
original academy award winning "Rocky." If this film
is a success, expect Steven Spielberg, George Lucas
and Harrison Ford to reunite for "Indiana Jones and
his Lost Dentures."

Apparently impervious to aging, Director Clint
Eastwood reteams with “Million Dollar Baby”
screenwriter Paul Haggis for "Flags of our Fathers," a
film about the famous flag bearers from Iwo Jima.
Eastwood is also shooting the same movie, again, this
time from the perspective of the Japanese soldiers who
defended the sands of Iwo Jima in 1945.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

What to look forward to in 2006 and what to look away from....

It has been my experience that movies are released in
both good and bad waves. Since Hurricane Wilma, most
motion pictures have been fun to watch and hopefully
the drought of bad movies has ended. In the next few
weeks, local audiences will finally see movies in
limited released in Los Angeles and New York.

“The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada” is a modern
day western, which is directed by and stars Tommy Lee
Jones. This contender for the Oscars looks at a
wrongful death and Rio Grande border patrols.

Directed by Terrence Malick, "The New World" is about
America's first successful English speaking colony.
This Oscar contender stars Christian Bale, Christopher
Plummer, Colin Farrell as Captain John Smith and
introduces 15 year old German actress Q'Orianka
Kilcher as Pocahontas.

Expect more remakes of 1970 horror movies that should
not be remade, the original was enough. Expect more
action adventures based on video games, wasn't the
failure of "Doom" enough? How many times can we watch
planet earth being destroyed? Doesn’t matter,
“Resident Evil 3,” “Scary Movie 4” and “The Hills Have
Eyes” remake will be unleashed sometime in 2006.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Florida Film Festival Outlook

While the Palm Beach International Film Festival
resumes its 11 Anniversary in late April, Delray
Beach will inaugurate their own film festival in early
March. The Guest of Honor is Roger Corman, a man who
directed over 100 movies and never lost a dime.
Ironically it is as a bit actor in two of his
prodigy’s movies, that Corman participated in two
Oscar winning best pictures classics – "The Silence of
the Lambs" and "The Godfather Part II."

Thanks to Gregory von Hausch’s heroic efforts, the
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival survived
Wilma to celebrate a 20-year anniversary. It is too
bad that the closing films like the self indulgent
“Berkeley” had to pander to the
misery-loves-company-crowd. On both the consumer and
production ends of the movie business, these Woodstock
Whiners have alienated many mainstream ticket buyers
from seeing potentially good movies like “Aurora
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Films in Review 2005

In the Preston Sturges classic, “Sullivan’s Travels,”
Joel McCrae plays screenwriter “Sully” Sullivan bent
on creating an artistic masterpiece. Given his
artistic sensitivity, Sully feels compelled to write
movies that presents a world indulged in misery,
degradation and the loss of the spirit. After
traveling the United States during the Depression, the
screenwriter learns that the gift of the movies is
escapism, especially when one has the gift to make an
audience laugh. If only modern Hollywood executives
and independent film makers can learn this lesson,
maybe people will return to the movie theaters again
to share this great communal experience.

The Fort Lauderdale Museum of Discovery IMAX Theatre
can evidence this argument. Per screen average, the
IMAX Theatre had a phenomenal success with both their
documentaries and feature length movies this year. In
2004, "The Polar Express" was pronounced a box office
bomb in mainstream movies, but on the 60-foot Imax
screen in 3 D, the Tom Hanks Robert Zemeckis film has
been a consistent sell out for the 2004 and 2005
holiday seasons.

This list of top ten movies represent movies that
helped me escape wars, rumor of wars, famine,
tsunamis, hurricanes, bureaucratic terrorism and
whiney news broadcasters who are convinced that the
sky will fall. There is no particular order except
reversed alphabetical;

War of the Worlds

Walk the Line

King Kong

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Frank Miller's Sin City

Finding Home

Cinderella Man

Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania

Honorable mention:
“Uncle Nino” "The Woodsman" "Shopgirl" "Million Dollar
Baby" "Hostage" "The Interpreter"” The Fantastic
Four" "Crash" "Capote” ""Batman Begins"

Perhaps if the local film festivals and
studio executives can affirm life instead of criticize
a culture that celebrates life, 2006 can be a golden
year for the motion picture industry.