Davis: Eastwood brings us J. Edgar

At 81-years-old, Clint Eastwood is one of the most prolific filmmakers in the world.

At 81-years-old, Clint Eastwood is one of the most prolific filmmakers in the world, averaging at least one film per year.  Not only does he direct, but he also writes, produces and composes the music for most of his films.

In the case of his latest, J. Edgar, he did not write it, but does share producing credit with Hollywood heavyweights Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.

The impressive cast is lead by Leonardo DiCaprio and includes Naomi Watts, Jeffrey Donovan, Josh Lucas, Dermot Mulroney and Judi Dench.

The movie explores the public and private life of J. Edgar Hoover, the face of law enforcement in America for almost 50 years. He was one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century but behind closed doors he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career and his life.

From a consistent filmmaker who produces films that mostly gets favourable reviews from critics to one who is seemingly reviled by them.

Like Eastwood, Adam Sandler makes at least one or two films per year, serving as star, producer and even doing some writing. However, critics are so predisposed to hating his movies, they will give negative reviews based upon the previews alone.  Jack and Jill is no different and the concept of Sandler playing his own identical twin sister adds even more fuel to the fire. He plays a man successful both as a family man and as an advertising executive who dreads one event each year—the Thanksgiving visit of his identical twin sister.

Although I think this is one of the weakest concepts for a Sandler vehicle, unlike critics I will not prejudice it based upon previews alone as I have liked most of his movies.

And his fellow actors also seem to as it has always surprised me the calibre of actors that appear in his movies including Jack Nicholson, Nicole Kidman and, in Jack and Jill, Al Pacino starring as himself.

Fans of Greek mythology and/or the movie 300 will want to check out Immortals. It is the story of Theseus, a mortal man chosen by Zeus to lead the fight against the ruthless titan King Hyperion who is on a rampage across Greece to obtain a weapon that can destroy both humanity and the gods.

Hyperion is played by Mickey Rourke and Zeus is played by Luke Evans, who played Apollo in last year’s remake of Clash of the Titans.

Immortals is from the producers of 300 and is directed by Tarsem Singh, a music video and commercial director best known for his first feature film, The Cell.

With tomorrow being Remembrance Day, the Paramount will being showing a special presentation of Billy Bishop Goes to War, a feature film inspired by the life of the legendary WW I flying ace from Owen Sound.

Canadian Eric Peterson and award-winning writer-composer John Gray reprise their iconic two-man stage play that has captivated audiences for over three decades. It will be showing at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. tomorrow.

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

 

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