Davis: Abrams in Spielberg footsteps

A few years ago, I thought M. Night Shyamalan was going to be the next Steven Spielberg.

  • Jun. 10, 2011 5:00 a.m.

A few years ago, I thought M. Night Shyamalan was going to be the next Steven Spielberg.

I was wrong.

The next Spielberg is J.J. Abrams.

Abrams has already proved that he is a talented writer, producer and director on both TV (Felicity, Alias, Lost & Fringe) and in movies (Mission: Impossible III, Cloverfield, Start Trek & Morning Glory) but his latest project is produced with the master himself.

Super 8 is from the minds of both Abrams and Spielberg, who collaborated in a storytelling committee to come up with the story for the film.

Abrams wrote the script and directed, with Spielberg serving as producer.

The most interesting part about their collaboration is how secretive they have been about the story. It is set in the summer of 1979, when a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident.

Shortly after, unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town, and the local deputy tries to uncover the truth—something more terrifying than any of them could have imagined.

We know that there is something big and non-human in the story, but what it is exactly we will not find out until we see the movie.

Abrams used a similar campaign when promoting Cloverfield, but that influence comes from Spielberg, who kept the look of the dinosaurs a secret when promoting Jurassic Park and used similar techniques when promoting Jaws and E.T.

The idea is not to give the entire movie away in the previews, so therefore I am not even going to speculate what to expect other than it is going to be a fun summer popcorn movie.

Super 8 is rated PG with a warning of violence, frightening scenes and coarse language.

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is based on Megan McDonald’s series of books about the humorous adventures of third grader Judy Moody.

While her friends all head off to exotic summer camps, bummed-out Judy (Jordana Beatty) is stuck in town to face a boring summer with only her friend Frank and her little brother Stink for company. However, when her Aunt Opal (Heather Graham) comes to visit, the summer takes an unexpectedly adventurous turn.

Clearly for the younger crowd, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer is rated general.  And if you have wondered what has happened to Jaleel White, who played Urkel on Family Matters, look for him in Judy Moody.

Rick Davis is the manager of the Capitol Theatre in West Kelowna.

 

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