September got off to a better than average start with one summer action flick and some classic monster comedy.
MAD MAX:FURY ROAD – Fans of this series will be amazed at the visuals in this return to the sun soaked apocalyptic world of Max Rokatansky. He is back (now played by Tom Hardy) and winds up in a race for his life alongside a lethal lady named Imperator Furiosa . George Miller is back in the director’s chair and he stages some amazing stunts as the film turns into one long car chase featuring auto hybrids of race cars, monster trucks , and motorcycles being operated by face painted warriors and assorted miscreants.
Sharp eyed viewers will recognize that most of the actors appeared in earlier films in the series.
THE D TRAIN – A high school reunion becomes an opportunity for one ex-student to look up and befriend the cool kid who everyone admired in this comedy. Jack Black is quite appealing as the guy who still years for the approval of the class hung(James Marsden). Lots of laughs but there is also a mature theme here about coming to terms with expectations and how time changes everything that as once important.
ABBOT AND COSTELLO MONSTER COLLECTION – The boys from New Jersey(who ruled the box office during World War 2) are featured here in four comedies that find them coming up against some of Hollywood’s most famous creatures. See them poke fun at the Invisible Man, the Mummy and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The best is “Meet Frankenstein” where they come up against Lon Chaney’s Wolfman and Bela Lugosi’s Dracula. Great stuff with plenty of their legendary routines worked into the monster plots.
TEXAS RISING – History buffs might want to take a pass on this Mini-series which traces several fierce battles that helped mold the history of the Lone Star State. There is plenty of melodrama here and it is all in good fun with a solid cast . Bill Paxton, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kris Kristofferson, Brendan Fraser, and Ray Liotta star.
Tom Doty is a columnist for The Floyd County Times.