Paul McGuire Grimes (creator of Paul’s Trip to the Movies) has a two good movies in theaters this weekend and on you can check out on Netflix.
BLADE RUNNER 2049 (theatrical release)
The future is still grim in California in 2049. Thirty years have passed since the events of the first movie, which was released in 1982. The bioengineered humans known as replicants have nearly been destroyed and the few remaining have gone into hiding by completely integrating themselves into society. There are only a handful of Blade Runners who are special members of the LAPD, specifically tasked with “retiring” these replicants. Ryan Gosling stars as K, one of the remaining Blade Runners who finds a box of bones and hair belonging to a highly sought after replicant. During the investigation into the bones, it’s determined that the replicant was pregnant shifting what was known about them. He is ordered by his superior to track down and retire the child as no trace of this news can get out. His investigation into this child has him tracking down Rick Deckard, an old retired Blade Runner who has since gone into hiding. They’re not alone as news about this child leaks and K and Deckard find themselves targets to be hunted down. It becomes a spiritual and emotional journey for K to rediscover his past and understand what he holds to be true of the present.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? Blade Runner 2049 is a visual feast for the eyes that demands to be seen in theaters.
RATING: 4.5 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US (theatrical release)
Alex Martin is a photographer and journalist desperate to fly out of Idaho and get to Denver in time for her wedding. If she doesn’t catch her flight, she will miss out on her wedding. Ben Bass is a renowned surgeon heading back to the east coast for a time-sensitive surgery. They find out that their flights are cancelled due to a heavy snowstorm coming in. She convinces him to join her as she smooth talks her way into getting a pilot to take them out on a smaller charter plane. Naturally, this is a terrible idea but they’re both desperate characters. The pilot, his dog, Alex, and Ben take off fairly easily but experience turbulence in the air. It quickly turns disastrous once the pilot has a stroke mid-air. The plane crashes and the pilot is the only one to perish. Alex, Ben, and the dog find themselves stranded in the middle of nowhere in the high altitudes of the snowy mountains. They’re complete strangers who have to rely on their survival instincts if they want to make it back home.
Is It Worth Your Trip to the Movies? By no means original, but Winslet and Elba have plenty of chemistry to keep you invested.
RATING: 3 out of 5 TICKET STUBS
GAGA: FIVE FOOT TWO (home release)
Lady Gaga is arguably known for being a massive pop star who has taken over the world due to her catchy hits and one of a kind costumes. At this stage in her career, she’s looking to redefine herself by going back to being her true confident self. Gone are the tricks, gags, and getups. Gaga: Five Foot Two takes a very personal look at her life as she records her new album “Joanne”, films American Horror Story: Roanoke, and preps for her Super Bowl Halftime show.
1. Gaga gives reasons for donning her crazy costumes in her early years. She did it to appease her label who wanted her to be a pop princess, but the costumes were her way of doing it on “her terms”
2. You get the sense she is very grateful for her career and realizes how fortunate she is in terms of having the resources available to treat her chronic pain.
3. She’s still extremely close to her family. Her mother, family, sisters, and grandma all appear. She devotes her album “Joanne” to her aunt for which it is named after.
4. She takes her career very seriously and always tries to push herself with each project. Even if you don’t like her music, you cannot deny how gifted she is with her giant voice and artistic vision
5. The Super Bowl Half Time show is a beast to put on. The documentary ends with her prepping to take the show, and it shows how meticulous Gaga is as she knows that every little detail matters in terms of costumes, staging, and the camera work.