Mr. Movie

Not normal cinema: Films so rare they may not be on DVD

Both Regal’s Columbia Mall 8 and the Carmike 12 have been experimenting to give you a different movie experience.

Regal has been doing a flashback series on Thursdays featuring films such as Top Gun, Back to the Future, Pulp Fiction and next Thursday is Joel and Ethan Coen’s 1998 hit The Big Lebowski.

The Coen classic features the usual mix of twisted plot and characters. With a world-class cast that includes Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, and others, and that features Bill Murray with the best comb-over this side of Donald Trump, some consider it one of the best ever of its species.

I wouldn’t go that far but it is a real treat. Catch it next Thursday night, March 12.

Speaking of treats, on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Carmike is showing Remarkable Power one of a series of almost straight-to-DVD film series that started this week and ends in April. The first film Remarkable Power has much in common with films like those done by the Coen brothers. It stars a bunch of excellent no-name actors and is anchored by Tom Arnold (who helped produce) and Kevin Nealon of Saturday Night Live fame.

The film takes a bunch of characters whose separate lives intersect in murder, mayhem and the mystery is how a missing body fits into it all. I laughed all the way through and definitely recommend this one if you have a free Saturday afternoon or evening.

Carmike’s second film in the series starts on Monday and is All Along. It’s a bit above TV plot packed into a short movie about a dumpy accountant turning 40 who has a daydreaming problem. At times the film is interesting but it never quite hits on all cylinders. Unlike the Regal flashback and “Remarkable Power,” this one is definitely for days or an evening when you absolutely have zero to do.