Escobar: Paradise Lost is premiering this week in a limited run, despite the first trailers being released almost a year ago. It’s a fictionalized portrayal on Pablo Escobar, an infamous Colombian drug lord, from the perspective of Nick, an ex-pat surfer who falls in loves with Escobar’s niece. It appears to be nearly entirely fictionalized, but that doesn’t mean the movie won’t be interesting (some reviews are very promising).
I’ll most likely watch this once it’s On-Demand or on Netflix. If you want to learn about the real Pablo Escobar, I recommend watching the ESPN documentary The Two Escobars, which is streaming on Netflix.
After making the rounds on the film festival circuit, Sons of Ben: The Movie will make its Philadelphia premiere. I have a soft spot for sports documentaries, so I’m excited about this one. It follows a group of local soccer fans who banded together to bring an MLS team to the city. It was a new phenomenon back in 2006, and now we have the Philadelphia Union to cheer on. (Meanwhile, David Beckham and Miami soccer fans are still looking for a stadium site for the city’s next soccer team. One day.)
If you’re interested in attending the Sons of Ben premiere firsthand, tickets are still available for the film screening and after-party here.
Spring might be creeping up on us, but real talk, I’m ready for summer: hours of sunshine and playing the Beach Boys on repeat. So hearing about a Brian Wilson biopic was already exciting. A Brian Wilson biopic starring Paul Dano, who I’ve loved since I was 15 and saw Little Miss Sunshine? Now I’m all in. The movie also stars John Cusack and Elizabeth Banks.
P.S. If you can’t get “God Only Knows” out of your head after watching the trailer, watch this epic music video from BBC: