The Last Weekend Of August Sees Small Releases + Action Movie Classic
So the last weekend of August is usually a pretty quiet one - the summer's winding down, most of the big movies have already been released and studios are gearing up for the fall and Oscar season. This weekend does see the release of a couple of smaller movies, the first of which is called Birth of the Dragon, a biopic about legendary martial arts actor Bruce Lee. The film is set in 1960s San Francisco and shows the young Lee and it builds to his well-known showdown with kung fu master Wong Jack Man. I'm a fan of Lee's from movies like Enter the Dragon and Way of the Dragon, so I'm kinda interested in this movie, although I've heard it's a pretty standard narrative that doesn't do much new. Still, the fight scenes are supposed to be pretty cool, and that might be all you need for something like this.
Another smaller movie out this weekend is Ingrid Goes West, a new comedy starring Aubrey Plaza and Elizabeth Olsen. The movie pitches itself as a social media satire and follows Aubrey Plaza as an online stalker who becomes obsessed with Elizabeth Olsen, playing an Instagram celebrity. I'm hearing it's really sharp, really funny, kind of a riff on Single White Female, and contains some of Aubrey Plaza's best work (if you haven't seen her on the FX series Legion from earlier this year, you gotta, because she is doing some next level stuff in that one.)
Finally, this weekend also sees the wide release of a movie called Good Time, which I've been hearing great things about for a while now. It's a crime thriller starring Robert Pattinson, in which he has to save his younger brother after a botched bank robbery lands him in prison. I've heard it's gritty and weird and some are comparing it to early Scorsese movies, and that's good enough for me.
And hey, if you don't want to see something new, this weekend will also see the theatrical rerelease of one of the greatest action movies ever made, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, this time in 3D. We wouldn't even be in the 3D boom we've seen over the last decade without James Cameron, so I'm interested in seeing how he can fit the format to one of his classics. But my pick for the week is probably Good Time, with Ingrid Goes West as a close second. I'm Meat Sandwich and until next time we'll Meat at the Movies.