Feb 26, 2020
by Don Gibble
We lived history last month when “Parasite” won best picture at the Academy Awards. It was the first time a foreign film won in that category. As you remember, I predicted “1917” would win best picture. I'm rarely wrong. I was right on all acting categories. I was very happy Brad Pitt won his first acting Oscar for “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood”. I was definitely happy that Joaquin Phoenix won his first Oscar for“Joker”. I also predicted that Renee Zellweger would win for “Judy” and Laura Dern would win for “Marriage Story”. For those of you who haven't seen ”Parasite” yet you have a chance to see it at the Reading Theaters in Rohnert Park. It is still showing there.
Opening March 6th is Pixar's new movie, “Onward” starring the voices of Chris Pratt and Tom Holland. Set in a suburban fantasy world, the movie introduces two teenage brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is still a little magic out there.
Also opening March 6th is “Spenser Confidential” starring one of my favorite actors, Mark Wahlberg. It's about an ex-felon who returns to Boston's criminal underworld to unravel a twisted murder conspiracy.
Also opening March 6th is “The Way Back” starring Ben Affleck. Jack Cunningham (Affleck) once had a life filled with promise. In high school, he was a basketball phenom with a full university scholarship when suddenly he walked away from the game. This one can bring Affleck back to A list films.
Opening March 13th is “Big Time Adolescence” starring my favorite actor from “Saturday Night Live”, Pete Davidson. It's about a suburban teenager who comes of age under the destructive guidance of his best friend, an aimless college dropout.
Opening March 18th is “A Quiet Place 2” starring Emily Blunt. Following the deadly events at home, the Abbott family must now face the terrors of the outside world as they continue their fight for survival in silence.
Opening March 25th is “Mulan” starring Jet Li and Jason Scott Lee. When the emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders. Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father.
My favorite film festival, Sonoma International Film Festival, runs from March 25 to March 29. Movies to look out for are “She's in Portland” starring Tommy Dewey and Francois Arnaud. Showing March 26th at the Sebastiani Theater at 630pm and “The Artist's Wife” starring Bruce Dern, Lena Olin and icon Stefanie Powers who hasn't appeared in a studio film since “Herbie Rides Again” in 1974! She is a young 77 years old and I can't wait to see her in this movie. Showing at the Sebastiani Theater March 28th at 715pm. Go to sonomafilmfest.org for more information. You will thank me when you do.
For my live theater fans there is “Sweeney Todd” at 6th Street Playhouse. For you Johnny Depp fans out there, you will have seen the movie version. The theater version is much better. It runs from March 6 to April 5. Go to 6thstreetplayhouse.com for more information. On March 5 is International Women's Day 2020, The Majesty of Women. It celebrates 100 years since the ratification of women's right to vote. It's only $25 for the chance to meet some incredible speakers including Lynell Green and Debra Shine. It will be held at the Foxtail Golf Club in Rohnert Park. Call 707 244 3077 for tickets.
I rarely talk about television because there is so much bad television out there, but I have to admit I am loving the new season of “The Voice”. EGOT winner John Legend is very fun to watch. If you have a guilty pleasure email it to me, firstname.lastname@example.org See you at the movies!
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