While everyone is freaking out over the Suicide Squad trailer, I’m just going to think about a world without superheroes and supervillians…unless you count boxers.
I love Michael B. Jordan (he’s one of the second-generation stars on one of my favorite shows, Friday Night Lights), and I’m glad he’s getting a role that’s both meaty and mainstream. (You might also recognize him from the indie Fruitvale Station or the new Fantastic Four reboot.)
Also, let’s be honest, the trailer makes Michael B. and Philly look good.
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.