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Movies: Lost City of Z on DVD; Fast Times Ridgemont High on big screen

Posted on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 2:44 pm



By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

They don’t make movies like The Lost City of Z anymore.

Well they finally did earlier this year, and of course, it proved to be a box office disappointment. Which is probably why they don’t make them like this anymore.

But now everyone gets a chance to see this fine historical drama, based on the true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnan), who set out to discover evidence of a previously unknown advanced civilization in the jungles of South America.

Beautifully filmed, and with a rousing sense of adventure, writer/director James Gray has created one of the first epic films of the 21st century worth watching, and worth watching more than once.

This is a leisurely-paced film (at 141 minutes) that spends time looking at the British Empire when it was at the height of its power. Fawcett was just a young British officer in 1905, and soon sets off to lead a survey party in the Amazon rainforests of Brazil and Bolivia. Upon his return it is his wife who tells him of text she found about a city hidden in the Amazon jungle.

And thus begins his first journey, which he barely survives. But he returns (but not before the horrors of World War I) and further adventures in the Amazon that includes his son in his search for the lost civilization.

The Lost City of Z also stars Robert Pattinson, Siena Miller and Tom Holland.

The Lost City of Z is available on Digital HD, Blu-ray/DVD combo Pack, Blu-Ray, DVD and VOD. Bonus material includes feature film commentary by director Gray and three featurettes: Adventures in the Jungle, From Novel to Screen and Expedition Journal.

Planet of the Apes

This week’s big theatrical release is War for the Planet of the Apes (opening Friday). You can get the inside scoop on the movie from director Matt Reeves on the FandangoNow app, Fandango’s VOD service. He revealed his top influences including “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back.”

His description of his top five battle epics that inspired his ‘War’ can be found here:

Fast Times at Ridgemont High

What classic high school comedy film is celebrating 35 years with a big screen appearance later this month?

Why that’s positively gnarly.

Yes, Fast Times at Ridgemont High is celebrating the Big 35 (which means the senior class is now 52 or 53 years old.

Spicoli is back ordering pizza in class (that’s Sean Penn winner of two Academy Awards, as the perpetually stoned surfer dude) and the rest of his class in a film deemed so significant of its time the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress in 2005.

Based on the book by Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), who also wrote the screenplay, this also marked the film debut of Amy Heckerling.

Also starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Phoebe Cates, Ray Walston and Judge Reinhold, the film also marked early appearances by several actors who later become stars including Nicolas Cage, Forest Whitaker, Eric Stoltz and Anthony Edwards.

Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a Fathom Events/TCM Big Screen Classics presentation and will be shown at select theaters nationwide July 30 and Aug. 2. Screenings are at 2 and 7 p.m. both days.

Area theaters include Disney Springs 24, Pointe Orlando Stadium 20 and Cinemark Festival Bay.

For a list of more theaters and ticket information go to

Discount Movies and Games

If you’re always on the hunt for movie and gaming bargains, Redbox has a new option. The popular retail box brand is now offering big discounts on used movies and games.

They can be purchased on the Redbox website at the following locations:



Movies/games are only available for purchase at selection locations; however, they can be reserved online in advance. Prices vary depending on location.

Next week’s free Kid Fest movies at the Enzian are Arctic Tale (Tuesday at 3 p.m.) and Explorers (Wednesday a 3 p.m.).

This is the 10th anniversary for Arctic Tale, a story about Nanu, a polar bear cub, and Seela, a young walrus, who live and grow to maturity in the frozen wilderness of the North, where the tundra has been a haven to their kind for countless generations. Now Nanu, Seela and the rest of the Arctic’s wildlife experience the diminishment of their environment, as global warming literally melts the ice beneath them.

Explorers, from 1995, stars Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix is a sci-fi tale, directed by Joe Dante. Rated PG.

Admission to both films is free for everyone. No table reservations can be made for either film.

Also on the Enzian screening schedule next week is a special event showing of Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads concert movie, Stop Making Sense, filmed at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood in 1983. The movie will be shown Wednesday at 9:30 p.m.