Hey there, true believers! This week’s “In Theaters Now” involves the animated film “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse,” the most recent attempt to translate Spider-man to the big screen. Does it work? Does it fail? More importantly, if he’s got the powers of spider, why do his webs come out of his wrists? Shouldn’t they come out of a more . . . abdominal region? And if he “does whatever a spider can”, doesn’t that mean he should catch thieves, cocoon them in his web for a while, and then eat them? Wow, that would be a REALLY different movie . . . [Spoilers: at no time does Spider-man eat any of his criminal foes. At least . . . not on screen . . . ].
Robin Hood, Robin Hood/Riding through the glen
Robin Hood, Robin Hood/With his band of men
Ah, the glorious story of Robin Hood, told so many times in literature, song, and film. And here’s yet another interpretation, another in our series of “In Theaters Now” discussions. Starring Taron Egerton, Jamie Foxx and a bunch of other unfortunates, I mean actors. So does this one earn a place in the canon? Will it make us forget such classics portrayals as those of Errol Flynn, Patrick Bergen, Bugs Bunny, and Daffy Duck? Give a listen and find out!
Hallo there, my little droogies! While we didn’t take a break for Thanksgiving, we are taking one this week. Just for this episode, promise! We’ll be back next week with meanderings, musings, and . . . um, marmosets. Yes, in our next series we’ll be focusing exclusively on the sprawling sub-genre of films that prominently feature marmosets. That’s what we’ll be doing. I’m totally not completely lying about this and I’m certainly not going to pretend next week that I never said this. Cough.
Please do join us next week!