The following was requested by Culture Fly. I filled in for the regular column writer.
Hey, y’all. Stephen is still in Toronto so I’m filling in once again. This weekend at the movies joins the nostalgia trend and brings the late nineties and early noughties into 2016.
Okay, let’s start with Bridget Jones’s Baby. After a tumultuous relationship with Mark Darcy (Colin Firth), Bridget is single again. But, being Bridget, single life isn’t easy and she ends up sleeping with Jack (Patrick Dempsey) and Mark around the same time. Then, she ends up pregnant. Who is the father? Sharon Maguire, who skipped The Edge of Reason, returns to direct, and whilst Hugh Grant is absent, Dempsey looks like a good foil for Firth. Expect this one to be like being hugged by a warm fleecy blanket. Oh, it’s good to see Bridget back.
Something that probably won’t be like a warm fleecy blanket is the latest instalment of The Blair Witch franchise. Simple titled Blair Witch, the film presents more lost footage of film students being picked off one by one in the woods. Directed by Adam Wingard, this direct sequel to the 1999 movie uses cheap modern filmmaking tools — DRONES! — to open up the original’s narrative. As my brother, who doesn’t even know what The Blair Witch Project is, said after watching the trailer: “That look’s bloody terrifying.”
If there’s a common theme running through this week’s releases, walking in the woods might be it. Taika Waititi’s The Hunt for the Wilderpeople is FINALLY being released this weekend. Playing like a live-action Up, Wilderpeoplefeatures a grumpy Sam Neill, the best kind of Sam Neill, teaming up with newcomer Julian Dennison for a madcap adventure. The film is critically acclaimed and looks hilarious.
Be sure to also check out Ron Howard’s Beatles documentary The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years and if you missed its theatrical release make sure to catch the subversive and surprisingly feminist Bad Neighbours 2 on your home-entertainment system of choice now.