Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Searchlight Pictures to give (10) readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new horror film “Antlers”
The screening will be held on Wednesday, October 27th, at the AMC Studil 28 Theatre in Olathe, Kansas.
All you have to do is click HERE. The first (10) readers to do so will receive a pass for (2) to attend the screening. This is a first come/first serve giveaway. Once the allotted number of passes have been claimed the giveaway has ended.
Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Searchlight to give (10) readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the latest film from Wes Anderson, “The French Dispatch.”
The screening will be held on Monday, October 25th at the Screenland Armour Theatre in North Kansas City, Missouri. The film begins at 7:00 pm
To attend, just click HERE. The first (10) readers to do so will receive a pass for (2) to attend the screening. This is a first come/first serve giveaway. Once the allotted number of passes have been claimed the giveaway has ended.
Media Mikes is offering four of it’s readers the chance to win a Blu-ray copy of the film “The Water Man,” directed by and starring David Oyelowo as well as Rosario Dawson and Alfred Molina.
All you need to do is comment “Yes” below. Pretty simple! Four random entries will be chosen and they will receive a Blu-ray copy of the film. This contest ends at 12:00 a.m. (Midnight) on August 29th. Winners chosen will be notified by email. Good luck!
If you’ve never experienced the biggest (and best) Comicon in the Midwest, Media Mikes is giving you the chance to win passes to the upcoming Planet Comicon Kansas City to see first hand what all of the fuss is about!
The event, which runs from August 20th through the 22nd, is an amazing gathering of fans of all mediums together under one roof. Whether you’re an avid comic book reader, fan of a certain television program or film or have a special celebrity you’ve always wanted to meet, Planet Comicon Kansas City is the place where you can do it all.
Celebrity guests this year include William Zabka and Martin Kove from “Cobra Kai,” 70’s television icons like “The Brady Bunch” star Barry Williams and “Laverne and Shirley’s” Cindy Williams to a film legend like Paul Sorvino. As I said, a little bit of something for everyone.
Thanks to our friends at Planet Comicon Kansas City – and I call them friends since I’ve been attending since the very first show in 1999 – we are giving away FIVE admit (2) passes to both Saturday and Sunday, August 21st and 22nd.
All you have to do is let us know below what celebrity guest you’d like to see at a future show. That’s it. Leave your choice, and also note which day you want to attend – Saturday or Sunday. It’s that easy!
Five (5) random names will be chosen and they will receive passes to the event. This contest runs through Wednesday, August 18th at 10:00 pm EST. Winners will be notified by email and told how to retrieve their passes. GOOD LUCK!
For further information about the Con, including a full list of Celebrity guests and ticket information, click HERE.
Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Lionsgate to give fifteen readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film, “The Protege,” starring Michael Keaton, Maggie Q and Samuel L. Jackson.
The screening will be held on Tuesday, August 17th at the Screenland Armour Theatre in North Kansas City. The film will start at 7;00 p.m.
All you have to do to attend is click HERE. The first fifteen readers to do so will receive a pass for two to attend the screening. This is a first come/first serve giveaway. Once all allotted passes have been claimed the giveaway has ended. GOOD LUCK!
Confrontation turns deadly when the world’s most skilled assassin becomes entangled with an enigmatic killer. Catch “The Protégé,” starring Maggie Q, Michael Keaton, and Samuel L. Jackson, in theaters August 20th.
Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Searchlight Pictures to give fifteen readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film “The Night House.”
The screening will be held on Monday, August 16th at the Screenland Armour Theatre in North Kansas City and will begin at 7:00 p.m.
To go all you have to do is click HERE. The first fifteen readers to do so will receive a pass for two to attend the screening. This is a first come, first serve giveaway. Once all allotted passes have been claimed the giveaway has ended. GOOD LUCK!
THE NIGHT HOUSE
Screenland Armour 408 N. Armour Rd. Kansas City, MO 64116
Reeling from the unexpected death of her husband, Beth (Rebecca Hall) is left alone in the lakeside home he built for her. She tries as best she can to keep it together – but then nightmares come. Disturbing visions of a presence in the house calling to her, beckoning her with a ghostly allure. Against the advice of her friends, she begins digging into her husband’s belongings, yearning for answers. What she finds are secrets both strange and disturbing – a mystery she’s determined to unravel.
As summer heads into it’s last month, comic fans in Kansas City were treated to an event that was designed for THEM. And they found it this past Saturday at the Fountain City Mini-Con, held at the Lenexa Community Center in Lenexa, Kansas.
Packed wall to wall with dealers and guest artists, a non-stop throng of fans stopped by to talk comics with some of the genre’s best. Non-comic fans were impressed with the variety of dealers represented, providing the opportunity to pick up anything from t-shirts and games to the new NECA JAWS “Quint” figure (guilty).
What I loved seeing the most, and I love seeing this at every show I attend, were the youngsters under 12, many in costumes, that walked the aisles with their folks, hopefully making memories that will last a lifetime. Think I’m kidding. I’m 60 years old and my first con was “Alien Encounters” in Tampa, Florida in 1978. Yes, I was a late bloomer but I’ve more than made up for it!
If you’re kicking yourself and thinking, “damn, I missed it,” you’ll be happy to know that there will be another show on Saturday, October 23. If you’re interested in attending, please click HERE.
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt and Paul Giamatti
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
Rated: PG 13
Running time: 2 hrs 7 mins
The tale is told of the Conquistadors that sailed down the vast and dangerous river in search of the petals of a certain plant. The petals, called “The Tears of the Moon” were said to cure any ailment and reverse any curse. But of course, it’s just an old tale. Right?
Full of fun, with another winning performance by Dwayne Johnson – I think if he met me he and I would be best pals immediately – “Jungle Cruise” is the latest Disney attraction to become a feature film and, I must say, it’s pretty darn entertaining.
We are introduced to the Houghton siblings – brother MacGregor (Jack Whitehall) is every bit the prim and proper Brit he seems to be while his sister, Lily (Blunt) is the adventurer in the family, having spent a good portion of her adult life searching for the mystical petals. While looking for a boat to take them down river they meet Frank (Johnson) who is currently doing his best to avoid Nilo (Giamatti), the local bad guy. If you’ve seen “Roadhouse” think of him as the jungle version of Brad Wesley. A deal is made and the threesome head into the great unknown.
On the plus side, “Jungle Cruise” makes great use of CGI, creating a jungle, and all of its inhabitants, with amazing realism. Tigers. Spiders. Monkeys. You name it, they’re there and they look amazingly real. The cast is in great form, with Johnson happily spouting puns (we call them “dad jokes” today) whenever he gets the chance. Also well cast is Jesse Plemons, whose character, a former German army officer, is as obsessed with the petals as Lily is. He’s a little over the top, but in a good way.
My only major problem with the film is that it seemed about 30 minutes too long. You can only battle zombie pirates so long before it gets boring. If I wanted a three hour tour I’d wait for “Gilligan’s Island – the Movie,” which I’m sure will be in theatres soon!
We all, at one time or another, have heroes. Most boys have sports heroes. For the record mine are, in order, Ron Santo, Fred Lynn and Cal Ripken, Jr. I also have personal heroes…people who have inspired me by their words and deeds and have influenced my life. I have three: Robert F. Kennedy, Paralympic Gold Medal winner Nick Springer and Harry Chapin.
October 1974. My parents have split up and I’ve been sent to live with my Aunt Mildred and her family in Ohio so I can go to school without all of the emotional baggage. I rarely see my father, who is still in Chicago. Even though we were just outside of Cleveland, the radio station of choice is CKLW, broadcasting out of Detroit.
One night, listening to the radio as I went to sleep, I heard a song that resonated with me like no other song had. It was a song about a father and his relationship with his son. Dad is always gone, missing many of the young boy’s adventures as he grows up. Before he knows it, the boy is grown and now, when the father has the time, the son is too busy for him. The song was “Cats in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin and, after I went out and bought the 45, I played it over and over and over. “That’s me,” I thought to myself. “I’m the boy.”
As I got older I learned much more about Harry Chapin. Not only was he an amazing singer and songwriter, he used the pulpit his celebrity provided him to speak out on issues that concerned him, chief among them world hunger. This was a time when others, including John Lennon, were being criticized for voicing their opinions on serious issues.
June 16, 1981. I’m in the Army and have only just arrived in Germany a few days prior. I’ve been to the PX and purchased a cassette of Harry’s new album, “Sequel,” and I listen to it daily in my room. That day I was listening to Armed Forces Radio when I heard the tragic news that Harry Chapin had been killed in a car accident. Returning to my room, I did what I had done seven months earlier after the murder of John Lennon. I wept.
In the forty years since his passing, Harry Chapin has been recognized not only for his music but for his charitable work. He was also the subject of an outstanding documentary released last year entitled “Harry Chapin: When in Doubt…Do Something,” co-produced by his son, Jason. Over the years, thanks to Facebook, I’ve been able to chat with Jason occasionally, letting him know how much his father meant to me. As the anniversary of Harry Chapin’s passing approached, Jason very graciously sat down with me for a conversation about his father.
MIKE SMITH: Hello. How are you?
JASON CHAPIN: Great. How’s the Midwest?
JC: It’s great to finally connect and chat.
MS: I appreciate it. It’s a true honor to speak to you. I turned 60 last year and your dads music was very important to me so it’s great to be able to talk to you.
JC: I think music is incredible. All the time I hear stories from people – parents who enjoy sharing their music with their kids and then the kids enjoying it as well. I think music connects with people a lot deeper that say, someone reading a book or a poem or even watching a movie. It’s also great that musicians can now get themselves out there and reconnect with their fans…meet more people and build their base.
MS: How many times have you met someone that, once they learn who your father was, tell you that they feel that “Cats in the Cradle” was written just for them?
JC: (laughing) It happens all the time. A lot of times I tell them that the song was originally written as a poem by my mother. My mother and father collaborated on a lot of poetry and songwriting. After my younger brother, Josh, was born I think my father began thinking more about family and fatherhood. He wrote the song but didn’t know how the reaction would be to it until he started performing it live. And thus began the journey of a song that became very important to a lot of people who still tell me today how important it was to them. Any song that gets them to think about the importance of family is a great song.
MS: Does the song kindle any special memories for you when you hear it?
JC: Yeah. It reminds me of my parents. It reminds me of how excited my father was when it became a hit and went to #1. It also reminds me of all of the doors that opened once that happened, enabling all of the things he was able to do. I think it was, for him, a great moment in his career but I also think it was a little scary for him. He had a conversation with my uncle, Tom (NOTE: Tom Chapin is also an accomplished musician who still tours with members of Harry’s band. For those of you who grew up in the 1970s, Tom Chapin was the host of the great weekend television show “Make a Wish”) about being under the pressure to do it again (reach #1), but he was never able to do it again, though he certainly wrote a lot of great music after that.
MS: Do you have a favorite memory that you can share about your dad?
JC: I don’t have one specific memory. I have a lot of memories of playing sports with him…going to sporting events with him. And a lot of fantastic family trips. He was the kind of person who always had a lot of energy and was always looking to do things with people that were memorable. I have so many great ones but not one that really stands out.
MS: Your dad was one of the first entertainers to use his celebrity to shine a light on an important social issue – in his case World Hunger – leading him to found his WhyHunger Organization. Was helping others very important to him?
JC: Yes. He came from a very large family that was not well off and so he had a great understanding of what other families were going through. I don’t think he took his success for granted. I actually think he felt guilty about his success and wanted to give back. It was my mother who was really raising some of the issues being felt on Long Island and I think it was a challenge to my father to understand what the issues were – what the root causes were – and to use his success to try to make a difference. By coincidence, he had a radio interview with Father Bill Ayres, who had a show called “On This Rock.” They became friends and that friendship led to discussions, which led them to decide to really do something and create an organization that looked at the root causes of hunger. It was a long process but, once he started to do it – and people realized he was willing to do benefits and get involved…he was always getting requests – it was difficult for him to say “no.” Which is why he started doing around one-hundred benefit shows a year.
MS: Last year you co-produced a documentary film about your dad entitled “Harry Chapin: When In Doubt…Do Something.” How has the film been received?
JC: It’s been extremely well received. It currently has a 100% rating on RottenTomatoes – both from critics and viewers, which is really unheard of. All of the people I’ve spoken with – family and fans – say they learned a lot about him. The film really has two parts. The first concentrates on his career while the second focuses on his humanitarian efforts. Many of the fans weren’t aware of the humanitarian work that he did. I feel very fortunate that we were able to include Pat Benatar , Billy Joel and a lot of other artists sharing their thoughts not only about my father but on hunger and poverty. It has become a bigger film than I expected because it’s touched people in many different ways.
MS: The Chapin family is PACKED with musicians (Not only was Harry Chapin’s father a musician, but his brothers Steve and Tom, and most of the Chapin kids, are also quite musical). I can still remember watching Tom on “Make a Wish” as a kid. How about you? Do you play anything? Are you musically inclined?
JC: No. I took piano lessons…guitar lessons. I spent about five years playing the trumpet but it wasn’t my strength. (laughts)
MS: How can Harry’s fans, and people reading this interview, help continue Harry’s work today?
JC: Well, the organizations that were most near and dear to him, and ones that family, friends and fans have been supporting for decades, are WhyHunger, which looks at the root causes of hunger and works with other organizations around the country and across the globe, Long Island Cares, which helps hundreds of thousands of people each year and the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida which was not started by him but was named to honor him. I think my father would say that if something is important to you, take the time and learn about it and get involved. I think he would want everyone to realize that you can volunteer, which is incredibly important. You can donate, which is also incredibly important. But most of all, find some way to get involved because that’s what makes the difference.
MS: If you had to describe your dad in three words, what would they be?
JC: Hmmmmm. Three words? Caring. Committed. And Unique.
Jason, thank you so much for this. I was 14 when “Cats in the Cradle” came out and my dad was away a lot. I would listen to the song and think “that’s me…I’m the boy.” Now I’m 60. My son HAS grown up and moved away. I have grandchildren. Now I’m the dad. It’s like Harry wrote, “all my life’s a circle.”
JC: Thank you for sharing that. I think the song has helped a lot of parents become better parents and I think that it’s enriched a lot of lives, which is a tremendous tribute for a song writer.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DONATE OR VOLUNTEER TO KEEP HARRY’S DREAM ALIVE, HERE ARE LINKS TO THE ABOVE MENTIONED ORGANIZATIONS:
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz
Directed by: Cate Shortland
Rated: PG 13
Running time: 2 hrs 13 mins
The expression is “timing is everything.” I say this because, while I found “Black Widow” enjoyable, it doesn’t feel as timely to me as other films in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe for those of you who don’t understand fan-speak).
Ohio. 1995. It’s another sunny day in the local park and Melina (Weisz) is enjoying the time watching her young daughters play. When they get home mom prepares dinner and they all wait for dad (David Harbour) to get home. However, the mood changes when dad announces “it’s time.” On the move again!
Full of non-stop action and some self-depreciating humor, “Black Widow” is an origin story that attempts to inform viewers where Natasha (Johansson) came from and why she defected to the Avengers.
The majority of the film takes place in 2016, after Theodore Ross (William Hurt) helped the United Nations enforce the Sokovia Accords, which basically made the Avengers outlaws, unable to do their stuff unless requested. It also requires all “enhanced” people in the United States to not only identify themselves but disclose what their enhancement is. Currently Ross is on the look for Black Widow and Captain America. And the hunt is on.
I’m doing my best to make this a SPOILER FREE review, so I won’t be going into too many details. Suffice it to say that the characters travel literally all over the world, a lot of stuff gets damaged and a lot of people got hurt. The action scenes are well designed and the script fun. But still…..
While it’s not the best film in the MCU, it certainly isn’t the worse. And that’s a good thing.
45 years ago tonight, the musical “Godspell” opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theater. It had been performed in workshops and on the road since 1971 so this year actually marks the show’s 50th Anniversary. What a great show to celebrate the return of live musical theater to Kansas City.
Most people know the show thanks to the song “Day by Day,” which was a hit on the radio in the summer of 1972, but may have never seen the show. The story basically tells the story of Jesus, from beginning to end, in song and with a surprising amount of humor. Obviously the show has been “punched up” since 1971, and jokes revolving around COVID, Netflix and the Kardashians hit their mark. There’s even a brief mention of one of the “other” biblical musicals, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” which, along with “Jesus Christ Superstar,” completed the Biblical Musical Trifecta!,
With a musical score by Stephen Schwartz, who also created “Pippin” and “Wicked,” the show is an ensemble extravaganza, with each cast member creating their own identity. What made the show special was that every actor on stage had Kansas City roots. The entire cast was brilliant but I’d like to give special mention to Eric Geil (Jesus), Patrick Lewallen (Judas) and Shon Ruffin (Shon), whose amazing voice reminded me of the great Nell Carter.
As usual, Starlight was most accommodating to the audience, with a beautiful night to go along with a beautiful presentation. “Godspell” continues its run in Kansas City through Sunday, June 28. You can buy tickets HERE.
Quite simply, “Godspell” is a blessed return to musical theater!
Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Searchlight Pictures to give (15) readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the musical event of the summer, “Summer of Soul.”
The film, directed by Questlove, the film will screen on Tuesday, June 29th at the AMC Town Center 20 in Leawood, Kansas. The screening begins at 7:00 pm.
To attend, all you need to do is click HERE. The first 15 readers to do so will receive a pass for (2) to attend the screening. This is a first come/first serve giveaway. Once the allotted passes have been claimed the giveaway has ended. Good luck!
SUMMER OF SOUL (…OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)
In his acclaimed debut as a filmmaker, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson presents a powerful and
transporting documentary—part music film, part historical record created around an epic event that
celebrated Black history, culture and fashion. Over the course of six weeks in the summer of 1969, just
one hundred miles south of Woodstock, The Harlem Cultural Festival was filmed in Mount Morris Park
(now Marcus Garvey Park). The footage was never seen and largely forgotten–until now …
Media Mikes has teamed up with Lionsgate to give (50) of our readers and a guest not one but TWO opportunities to be among the first in Kansas City to see the new film “Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard,” starring Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson.
The first screening is this Tuesday, June 8th at the Screenland Armour Theatre in North Kansas City, Missouri.
The second screening will be held of Thursday, June 10th at the AMC Studio 28 Theatre in Olathe, Kansas.
Both screenings begin at 7:00 p.m.
All you have to do is pick the screening you want to attend and click on the links below:
I turned 60 last September and, as I get older, one of my biggest worries is that I’m going to slowly lose my faculties. As someone that loves to write and communicate, I think that would destroy me. I preface this review with that statement because that MIGHT be what’s going on in THE FATHER.
Anthony (Hopkins in an Academy Award winning performance) likes to relax in his flat, listening to music and taking occasional glances out the window. He is looked after by his daughter, Anne (Colman) and things appear to be well. Until one afternoon when Anne informs him that she will be hiring a caretaker because she is moving to Paris to be with the man she loves. At least Anthony thinks this is what she told him. Things get more puzzling when the next moment Anne’s former husband appears, but claims to be her current husband for the past eight years. What the hell is going on here?
A true psychological thriller, “The Father” is a very non-linear descent into what could either be madness or gas-lighting. Director Zeller leaves it up to the viewer to decide which it is.
The film is brilliantly acted, with, as noted earlier, Hopkins winning his second Best Actor Oscar for his performance. Colman, herself an Oscar winner – and a nominee for her work here – matches him beat for beat. Supporting work by Imogen Poots and Rufus Sewell, among others, carry the story along smoothly.
With theatres opening up to usher in another summer of fast cars and explosions, take a moment to stay home and watch “The Father.”
It was THE movie event of 1993. A movie starring the world’s biggest action star, directed by the guy who directed “Die Hard,” and featuring an amazing array of celebrity guest stars. Hell, they even launched a rocket into space with the film’s title on the side. That film was “Last Action Hero,” and, at a cost of $85 million was one of the most expensive films made at the time. Even though it made over $134 million world-wide, it was considered a dud by the bean counters in Hollywood and was not met well by critics. However, as a 32 year old movie theatre manager, I LOVED IT. Almost 30 years later, I still love it.
Danny (O’Brien) is a young boy who lives with his mother and spends most of his free time at the movies, where he has made friends with the projectionist, Nick (Robert Prosky). One of the benefits of the friendship is Danny being allowed to screen new films before they open. This night he is getting set to watch the latest Jack Slater adventure, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. Nick give Danny a “magic ticket,” goes into the booth and starts the film. But tonight is different. Danny isn’t watching the movie, he’s IN the movie.
A fun buddy comedy (even though there is 30 years age difference between the buddies), “Last Action Hero” is everything it was advertised to be, which made its poor box office in the U.S. surprising (it mad $15 million it’s opening weekend but ended up only making another $35 million before it was out of most theatres). The fun comes from the fact that Jack Slater (Arnold, of course) has never heard of Arnold Schwarzenegger. He thinks Danny is just some crazy kid who somehow ended up in the back of his car during a high speed chase.
Jack thinks Danny is delusional. A trip to the video store features a lobby display for TERMINATOR 2, but this version stars Sylvester Stallone. Introduced to another cop (F. Murray Abraham), Danny instinctively recognizes him as the guy who killed Mozart in “Amadeus.” Having never heard of the film, Slater tells the cop that Danny thinks he killed someone named Moe Zart!
The fun continues until the pair chase a baddie (Dance) back into Danny’s world, where Slater learns that you can’t punch a window without cutting yourself and you are no longer magically bulletproof.
The film is an amazing combination of action and humor and one that doesn’t live up to it’s rep. Check it out with an open mind and I think you’ll agree with me.
Both the picture and sound on this release are amazing and the film comes in a special steel case. This is a fun film I highly recommend.