Rubado column: August movie roundup; 'Jungle Cruise,' 'Pig' and 'Reminiscence'

The following is an opinion column written by an Echo Press editorial staff member. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press.

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Jared Rubado

I did one of these columns about a month ago where I touched on a lot of things in Hollywood that didn't necessarily warrant an entire column, but I thought were important enough to mention.

I think this can be an excellent way to briefly discuss movies and news that you might have interests in but don't take priority over more significant titles in theaters. Whenever I feel that it's necessary, I'll do one of these roundups. Here's mine for the month of August:

'Jungle Cruise' a typical Rock movie

I don't think Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been in a great movie ever. His catalog is filled with copy-and-paste movies that never take risks significant enough to legitimize his acting chops.

The Rock is arguably the most recognizable person on the planet right now. He's one of the highest-grossing actors ever, with brand deals that pay more than handsomely. Everything he has is deserved, but it doesn't mean his movies are worth watching.

"Jungle Cruise" is fine. It's a nothing kids movie that isn't going to knock your socks off. I think The Rock's best film is the Jumanji reboot from 2017. I was hoping it could recapture some of that magic with Emily Blunt, who is a phenomenal actress. It just didn't, and I think there are more kid's movies on the horizon that can be more fun for the whole family.


You're not going to have a bad time at "Jungle Cruise," but if you're not a frequent theater goer, save it for a different movie.

Nicolas Cage is back in 'Pig'

I love Nicolas Cage, but his filmography is all over the place. I find it more fun watching some of his middle-tier movies than his great ones. But he's been in a lot of really bad films as well. But if there's one thing you can say about him, he has a ton of range.

"Pig" is being propped up as one of the best movies of the year. This wasn't a theater release, and it's only available for rent online. It's a 92-minute film about a guy who loses his beloved pig and goes on a cat-and-mouse chase to find it. I have no idea how this is going to be one of the best movies of the year with that synopsis, but I've been dying to see this movie.

This could be the movie that really kicks off the Oscar buzz part of the movie season. For many reasons, this year's crop of films has been relatively weak. That was to be expected, but now the tides are turning. Studios are starting to release good projects ahead of awards season.

'Reminiscence' a snoozer

I don't understand the love Hugh Jackman gets. Outside of "Logan" and "The Prestige," his career has been highly underwhelming to me.

He was cast in a mind-bending thriller called "Reminiscence," which is streaming on HBO Max and in theaters. I couldn't have been more bored by this movie. Christopher Nolan's "Inception" is everything "Reminiscence" wishes it could be. The worst part is it's almost two and a half hours.

"Reminiscence" is about a guy that provides a service that can allow people to relive any memory of theirs. He falls in love with a client but discovers that she's a dangerous criminal through her memories. "Reminiscence" is about untangling this plot while attempting to throw a punch with the ending. I think the concept is interesting, but the execution wasn't there.

'Spider-Man: No Way Home' trailer does numbers

If you're sick and tired of hearing about superhero movies, I'm sorry to tell you that it's not getting easier for you.


Sony released its "Spider-Man: No Way Home" teaser trailer on Monday night, and it's already one of the most viewed teaser trailers ever. In 24 hours, it amassed 355.5 million views globally on various platforms. To put it in perspective, "Avengers: Endgame," the second-highest grossing movie of all time, received 289 million views.

No, this does not mean that Spider-Man will pass Avengers or Avatar for the highest-grossing movie ever. But it likely cracks the top 10 while in a pandemic. This could be a great omen for theaters moving forward.

Jared Rubado is the sports editor for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and the Perham Focus. He moved to the area in September of 2021 after covering sports for the Alexandria Echo Press for nearly three years. Jared graduated from the University of Augustana in 2018 with degrees in journalism and sports managment.
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The following is an opinion column written by an Echo Press editorial staff member. It does not necessarily reflect the views of the Echo Press.