The Peanut Butter Falcon is the story of a young man with down syndrome who dreams of becoming a pro wrestler. The simple dream leads to a timeless adventure that harks back to the literature of Mark Twain. Set to the backdrop of the American south, the story tells of Zak (played by Zachary Gottsagen), who yearns to live the pro wrestling life- the start of which, is at wrestling school far away. Along the way he meets Shia LeBeouf’s Tyler, a crook with a heart of gold who takes Zak under his wing and promises him that he will get him to that wrestling school.
As they tackle the many difficulties and pressures they face on their journey, we find the bond between the two hard to break. The Peanut Butter Falcon co-stars Dakota Johnson, Bruce Dern, and Jon Bernthal in supporting roles, while former wrestling legends Mick Foley and Jake “The Snake” Roberts feature.
The film’s official release describes the film as;
“A modern Mark Twain style adventure story … [about] a young man with Down syndrome, who runs away from a residential nursing home to follow his dream of attending the professional wrestling school of his idol, The Salt Water Redneck (Thomas Haden Church). A strange turn of events pairs him on the road with Tyler (LaBeouf), a small time outlaw on the run, who becomes Zak’s unlikely coach and ally. Together they wind through deltas, elude capture, drink whisky, find God, catch fish, and convince Eleanor (Johnson), a kind nursing home employee charged with Zak’s return, to join them on their journey.”
The film received positive reviews when it previewed at this year’s SXSW Festival, with the Hollywood Reporter praising the performances, notably that of LeBeouf’s. Who apparently isn’t so shouty these days.
The Peanut Butter Falcon was directed by Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz, based off a screenplay they wrote and is being distributed by Roadside Attractions. It premiered at SXSW and will open in select cinemas in the United States August 9th.
American excellence and Top Gun theme return to Top Gun: Maverick
The return of old school American excellence and exceptionalism
What is old is new again, and as the current trends would dictate, still much better. An ageless Tom Cruise returns to helm Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the 1986 classic. The long awaited sequel sees Cruise return as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, 34 years after the original. Now a flight instructor, Maverick is tasked to train and teach the son of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (played by Anthony Edwards in the original). Goose’s son is played by Miles Teller in the sequel, and rounds out a cast that features a Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, and a returning Val Kilmer.
The official blurb details the plot;
“Top Gun: Maverick takes place 34 years after the events of the original film and pits legendary Captain Peter “Maverick” Mitchell as the new flight instructor of Top Gun, in which he guides Bradley, Goose’s son, who seeks to become an aviator much as his father was.”
Top Gun: Maverick is directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) and is being released by Paramount Pictures. It is set to hit cinemas June 26th, 2020.
What’s got me excited? The return of Maverick and Iceman, the return of old school American excellence and exceptionalism, the return of that Top Gun anthem (“Danger Zone” is nice and all, but that anthem…), and the return of fighter jets. Give us all the fighter jets. (After seeing the original, I remember visiting my nearest bookstore to find any book they had about fighter jets. I found one, it just had pictures and stats. But what more could a 7-year-old want?)
Jay and Silent Bob return for Reboot
“Ladies, Ladies, Ladies, Jay and Silent Bob are in the hizzouse!”
Generation X’s most famed slackers are back. Jay and Silent Bob make their big-screen return in the upcoming Kevin Smith movie Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. The film follows the exploits of Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) as they try to stop a remake of the Chronic and Bluntman movie- which was based on a comic book…. based on their likeness.
The film is the eighth film in Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse and follows up 2006’s Clerks II. The last time Jay and Silent Bob headlined a movie was in 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which was about Jay and Silent Bob travelling to Hollywood to stop studios from making a Bluntman and Chronic movie… wait, what? Yes, as Kevin Smith has stated, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is; “literally the same movie all over again”.
That’s OK. We love Jay and Silent Bob, and it’ll be better than the Lion King reboot.
Returning to reprise their roles from previous Kevin Smith films are Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Joey Lauren Adams, Brian O’Halloran and Jason Lee.
The film opens in cinemas October 15th and both Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith are taking the film on the road. They will be hosting screenings and Q+A sessions across the US starting in October. You can check out details and buy tickets from the Reboot Roadshow website.
I am thrilled that my childhood is alive and well. Snoochie boo… you know the drill. Check out the NSFW redband trailer.