By Jarrett Theberge
One of the most surprising and satisfying film trends of the late 2010s was the advent of established comedy actors turning on a dime to write and direct horror films — great horror films at that. Jordan Peele with “Get Out” and “Us,” and John Krasinsky with “A Quiet Place,” have redefined their careers with these films. Krasinsky continues to trade laughs for screams in the new decade with the second instalment of his post-apocalyptic monster story. Starring Emily Blunt and Cillian Murphy, “A Quiet Place Part II” opens at Camana Bay Cinema on 20 March.
Disney continues its live action adaptations of previously animated films and it’s been a mixed bag so far. 2017’s “Beauty and the Beast” was received well, but others such as last year’s “Dumbo” and “The Lion King” failed to impress critics. After watching the trailer for “Mulan” however, you may ask why they didn’t make a live-action version sooner. The story of a Chinese maiden who enlists herself in the military disguised as a man to defend her homeland against invaders premieres 27 March.
Before Brad Bird became one of Pixar’s best directors, he made one of the ’90s’ best animated features for Warner Bros. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jr., Vin Diesel and Cloris Leachman, “The Iron Giant” is a story about a boy who befriends a 15-metre-tall metal robot alien in 1950s New England. The film serves as a vessel for more mature themes such as the nature of having a soul. See it on 14 March.
If you are a fan of mobster films and are still bummed out that “The Irishman” didn’t get any Oscars this year, Classics at The Cinema gives you a chance to see another great gangster movie, the genre-defying masterpiece “The Godfather,” while celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at the same time. Your chance to once again see the “The Godfather” on the big screen happens with a single showing on 17 March.
To close out the month, Bruce Lee’s final film, “Enter the Dragon,” will play on 31 March.
Culture at the Cinema
It’s not easy trying to make it in show biz and if you do make it, can you stay there with your sanity intact? Noël Coward’s play, “Present Laughter,” deals with a professional comedian juggling his life while on an overseas tour. Filmed live at the Old Vic Theatre in London and rebroadcast as part of the National Theatre Live programming, it screens at Camana Bay Cinema on 21 March.
This article originally appeared in the March 2020 print edition of Camana Bay Times with the headline “Evolving from Laughs to Screams.”