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"Black Widow"

So the way it works is there are very few films I watch before they open. For some reason I make time for special films. Once Upon A time in Hollywood was one. Pig, well is another one. I came in early Thursday and got to watch it. Way better than the post midnight screening of Once Upon A time in Hollywood. So Pig did not get the 3:00 Am "drunk" email that Hollywood got. All I can say is it is a really good film (freaking great) and was honored that Neon let me open it on the break. It is such a great film that even the worst review on quality score site metatcritic gave it a 60 and said to watch it. So yes, great film and I want to thank you folks for supporting this film.

Hollywood has always built it’s films on formulas. Back in the 30s and 40s they signed actors to contracts and controlled their carrers. It was a rare event to have talent have much of a say in anything. The studios had a formula and it worked. Think of it as John Wayne and the B westerns. As Hollywood has matured, the current thrust has been IP. Intellectual Property is the current formule. It's stuff they own and they exploit it in their films. So we have 2 films at the Odem this week, Black Widow, a Marvel IP film and Pig, an Independent film from a first time directory with an original script that has come out of nowhere. Probably forgot to say a Oscar winner in Nicolas Cage,as the lead. All of those moving parts has all the smart people in Hollywood gushing about Pig.

As a heads up about the writer director director Michael Sarnoski not a lot of information out there. I can't get any real info on the internet other than someone with the same name went to Yale. That in itself make this film noteworthy. Add in a great performance by an Oscar winning actor on the down low and it all makes for incredible cinema. The crazy thing is my Grandpa Cha has a Wikipedia page and he died in 1965 and Michael Sarnoski has a really great film and there is really no background on the net. So yes, Michael Sarnoski is a name to remember in his debut with Pig. The industry is in love with Pig because it is not rehashed IP and has come out with a great original story . Critics love something new and original. It's the way they roll.

Pig is a film you need to pay attention to because the director does not spoon feed us with the smaller details. That's our job as the viewer to understand why a legendary Chef has been holed up for 15 years in the forest around Portland (there is no wilderness around Portland LOL). Melancholy is the tone of Robin Feld (Nic Cage) character and watching the film it's easy to see why he has left the city and his career in Portland. He suffered a loss he could not deal with and just checked out. The reality is this is not John Wick with a Pig. Robin loved the Pig and is willing to do anything to get back to the cabin in the woods. Don't come and expect for it all to be laid out for you like a "hollywood blockbuster". Pig is the kind of film the evokes discussion on what we remember from the film. Without a doubt Michael Sarnoski is a name we will all become familiar with as he gets financing, gets a wikipedia page and makes more great films.

Black Widow broke a record this week with the largest crash at the Box office from it's opening weekend for a Marvel Film. The 67% decline has theater owners up in arms and Movie theater trade group blasted Disney for releasing ‘Black Widow’ in theaters and streaming at same time What a change from the prior week. We are booking Mat Damon’s new film Stillwater and Jungle Cruise for July 30th!

And a special thanks for all the folks that come on in and just hang for a beer or food!.

Ted and Keri
If you click on the movie posters the trailers will pop up so you can get an idea about these great films we are trying to book here at the Odem.
"Black Widow"

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It has been a while since we have had a Marvel film to show. Not since "Spiderman" in July of 2019. Here we go Scarlet Johansen and "Black Widow". A solid 82% and certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes! Black Widow Review:Scarlett Johansson's superspy leads a smart thriller with a family twist

At birth the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanova) is given to the KGB, which grooms her to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action moves to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative.
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Big thumbs up from Ted!

Nicolas Cage's new film looks like a winner. It opened on Rotten Tomatoes at 94% and now sits at 96%. On Metacritic it's moved to a Must See from 75% to 85%.Pig is so much richer and stranger than the Nicolas Cage revenge thriller it appears to be This is much more than a movie where Nic Cage hunts down the men who kidnapped his beloved hog AVClub

Pig is brought to you by Neon the distributer that brought us "Parasite" and "Apollo 11". This film has a lot of buzz and was filmed here in Oregon. Academy Award Winner Nicolas Cage stars as a former chef living off the grid and collecting truffles with his prize pig. It also stars Adam Arkin and Alex Wolf. The arly reviews are in and is sitting at 96% on Rotten Tomatoes so it looks like a good one.
Opens July 30th
Preview July 29th
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Unemployed roughneck Bill Baker (Academy Award® winner Matt Damon) travels from Oklahoma to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter Allison (Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin). Imprisoned for a murder she claims she did not commit. Allison seizes on a new tip that could exonerate her and presses Bill to engage her legal team But Bill eager to prove his worth and regain his daughters trust, takes matters into his own hands. He is quickly stymied by language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system until he meets French actress Virginie (Camille Cottin), mother to eight-year-old Maya (Lilou Siauvaud). Together, these unlikely allies embark on a journey of discovery, truth, love and liberation.
Preview July 29th
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Join fan favorites Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt for the adventure of a lifetime on Disney's JUNGLE CRUISE, a rollicking thrill-ride down the Amazon with wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff and intrepid researcher Dr. Lily Houghton. Lily travels from London, England to the Amazon jungle and enlists Frank's questionable services to guide her downriver on La Quila--his ramshackle-but-charming boat. Lily is determined to uncover an ancient tree with unparalleled healing abilities--possessing the power to change the future of medicine. Thrust on this epic quest together, the unlikely duo encounters innumerable dangers and supernatural forces, all lurking in the deceptive beauty of the lush rainforest. But as the secrets of the lost tree unfold, the stakes reach even higher for Lily and Frank and their fate--and mankind's--hangs in the balance.
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