12 July 2022
Tuesday, 16 August, begins the opportunity to hear the classic movie catchphrase, "Bond, James Bond," over and over on the big screen in commemoration of the film franchise's 60th anniversary. Every Tuesday and Thursday night between then and 10 November, the James Bond movies will be shown in the order they were released, from 1962's "Dr. No" all they way up to 2021's "No Time to Die," as part of the Classics @ The Cinema programming.
The series also includes 1983's non-EON Productions film, "Never Say Never Again," which featured the return – and final appearance – of Sean Connery as 007.
All of the Bond films will be shown in the large VIP auditorium and the $21 price of admission includes a small popcorn.
"Thor: Love and Thunder" brings back Taika Waititi where he should be – in the driver’s seat. Waititi directed the film and wrote the screenplay from the story by Jennifer Kaytin Robinson…and of course returns with his brilliant voice work as Korg.
The film picks up after "Avengers: Endgame" where Thor is retired (gods can do that, right?). Unfortunately, his peace is interrupted by Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who as you may have guessed is on a mission to kill all of the gods.
Thor enlists Valkyrie, Korg and Jane Foster (now Mighty Thor) to go to battle with Gorr before it is too late. In true Marvel fashion, "Thor: Love and Thunder" weaves in other characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including some of the crew from Guardians of the Galaxy, but will we see Gamora? You will have to watch to find out. "Thor: Love and Thunder" opens at Camana Bay Theatre on 8 July.
Kids Club in July features one of my all-time favourite Disney Pixar films, "Up." I will admit, the first five minutes brings me to tears, but Carl’s transformation from lonely widower to engaged stand-in grandfather figure is worth the initial heartache. Directors and writers Pete Docter and Bob Peterson deliver an adventure full of spectacular views and poignant commentary on the human condition. "Up" can be seen 23 and 30 July.
Before the James Bond extravaganza begins, don’t miss the chance to see the 1976 Martin Scorsese classic, "Taxi Driver." The film stars Robert De Niro as broken Vietnam vet Travis Bickle, who becomes a vigilante who goes on a violent killing spree, which renders him a hero. With Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd and Harvey Keitel rounding out the cast, "Taxi Driver" is a classic that is not to be missed by cinemagoers. You can see "Taxi Driver" on 19 July.
This article was originally published in the July/August 2022 print edition of Camana Bay Times.