While most films don’t excite me, the one time of year I do get excited is when my Tri-Cities rock-climbing fans from the InterMountain Alpine Club (I-MAC) send me the annual Reel Rock release.
The excitement is for two reasons. The first, it gives me access to thrills I’ll never experience. I’m scared to death of heights, and mountain climbing will never be on my bucket list. The second reason is how well these films are shot and edited. This is always mind-boggling stuff.
Reel Rock 11 is different than previous efforts. Missing are some of the regular climbers you’ve seen in past releases. This year’s feature looks at two up-and-coming teens who are blowing minds. Also on tap is a funny sequence about two guys who spent four years trying to scale a specific crack on a cliff face. The third story involves a famed explorer and how he weaves exploring and fatherhood together.
Story No. 4 follows a young woman for a year, and the last looks at four guys who sail fiords near Greenland looking for challenging climbs.
The cinematography and editing is — as always — stunning. You have to go a long way to find action sequence and real-life characters more unique than those of a Reel Rock production. But this one — alas — isn’t as compelling as some in the past.
The Kennewick Community Education You vs. Mr. Movie class has been rescheduled for Dec. 2 and 3. You don’t have to live in Kennewick to participate http://bit.ly/MrMovie_Dec2.
Reel Rock 11
Stars: Ashima Shiraishi, Will Stanhope, Matt Segal, Brette Harrington, Kai Lightner, Mike Libecki and the Wild Bunch
Mr. Movie rating: 4 stars
Not rated but probably PG-13. It plays at 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Battelle Auditorium in Richland.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen.
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it’s your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don’t bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.