By Tim Smith
Where are you?
Estimated: January: 2006
“. . . In all the arts, it is training that brings the art to perfection.” [Mark Twain]
. . . or “It’s starting to look like, (and) well – Christmas is over!”
This was the calendar slot where blockbuster films were traditionally released.
Well, it’s Christmas June ’22 as we will herald our return to enjoying movies in a real theater when we see the premiere of Jurassic World Dominion this weekend.
I have to admit it’s an exciting prospect.
What’s being touted as the final film in the dinosaur series, which first exploded on the big screen in 1993, directed by master narrator Steven Spielberg, and pretty loudly, if you’ve followed the franchise for the intervening 29 years, it’s a lot has been happening since the first dinosaur cloning experiments went horribly wrong.
Spoiler alert: Apparently, the creatures continue to run amok – especially not on the mainland. In fairness, the trailers suggest so.
Our visit to the movies doesn’t stop there and I know we’re already latecomers here to dance. Next up is the new Top Gun Maverick movie starring a true movie star in the classic sense, Tom Cruise.
While the early box office reveals amazing box office numbers, the trailers for his next (almost certain) megahit are even more impressive as he continues with the Mission Impossible series.
Mission Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One will be released in summer 2023. Part Two will be released in June 2024.
Set to dominate the entertainment landscape for two years, this Cruise Trifecta isn’t much fun when we can look forward to something that takes us away from the “off-screen” challenges of the world.
Takes me back to the Star Wars days of the late 70’s and early 80’s and the Harry Potter era that shaped our reading schedule and cinema-going calendar in the early 2000’s.
Before I leave the movie world and like I mentioned the original Star Wars franchise, I have to admit that I’m having trouble getting into the Disney+ series Obi-Wan-Kenobi, in which Ewan McGregor plays the title role. I’ve seen the first three episodes, they filmed six, and I had to travel to the IMDb Star Wars Movies and TV Series Chronological Order view list to see where it ended up in the timeline, so maybe that helps. Jury’s out, but only on a break.
Next September, Disney+ will air a new live-action version of Pinocchio, starring Tom Hanks as Geppetto.
With the release of the new movie about the life/career of Elvis Presley entitled “Elvis” on June 24th, 2022, which will also star Mr. Hanks as Col. Tom Parker, it’s hard to say Mr. Hanks escape present. He always seems to find a vehicle that resonates with the times we live in.
Another true movie star, and also in classic style.
Tom – and Tom, stapled resumes for all film lovers to study over and over again.
There’s a lot to see if you can juggle all that needs to be done in this time of escalating gas prices.
If it’s not one, it’s the other.
Keep smiling and stock up on popcorn at home, too.
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“Because that’s what we storytellers do — we restore order with imagination — we keep inspiring hope.” [Tom Hanks as Walt Disney: Saving Mr. Banks]
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