Here’s a bit of insight into my job, whether you want it or not.
Every Tuesday, I gather by email, phone calls and websites a list of the new releases at our local movie theaters for Thursday publication in Go&Do, our weekly Quad-City entertainment magazine.
Rave Cinemas in Davenport had three openings this weekend: “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone,” “The Call” and “The Power of Few.”
The power of what?
I checked our online content partner, Zap2It.com, for a description of the film, but nothing was listed.
After looking for a while on the Web, I finally found it. It’s not like it has a no-name cast: Christopher Walken, Christian Slater, Jesse Bradford and rapper Juvenile are among the actors.
“Religious conspiracy collides with urban crime in this mystery told from multiple perspectives” is the plot, according to its Facebook fan page.
A reviewer from Yahoo! Movies called it one of the most groundbreaking films in the past 20 years. It’s set in New Orleans, with several storylines unfolding at the same time.
Davenport is one of 17 theaters across the country to show “Few.” Most are in the Midwest and some, if not all, are Rave properties. The owners of Regal (which operates the 14-screen theater complex in Moline) and AMC, as well as Rave, were interested.
“We were kind of surprised and happy to find that some of the major chains enjoyed the film and were up for booking it,” writer-director-producer Leone Marucci said by phone from Los Angeles.
Many of the markets where the movie is showing are university towns, he said.
“This is definitely a ‘thinker’ film,” he added, with a nonlinear storyline reminiscent of “Pulp Fiction,” “Memento,” “Run Lola Run” and the Oscar-winning “Crash.”
Grassroots marketing, including having the writer-director-producer talking to midsize market newspapers, is pushing “Power of Few,” as is a greater-than-usual social media presence.
“We don’t have the budget to compete with the ‘Wizard of Oz-es’ of the world,” Marucci said. By contrast, Disney’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” opened at 3,912 locations this past weekend.
Marucci said he knew he didn’t want his film to have a direct-to-video release.
“I made it for the cinema, where you sit in a dark room and enjoy the unfolding of a story,” he said. “It’s not necessarily made for ‘at home’ ” viewing.
He called the movie a “time-bender” that requires the audience’s full attention, something that can’t be done with the distractions associated with watching a movie outside a theater.
“Our special effect is not the world blowing up or buildings falling down. It is the unfolding of the story through these multiple storylines,” he said.
All stoked up
Prolific Rock Island author Michael McCarty finds himself with two books on the final ballot for the Bram Stoker Awards, presented by the Horror Writers Association.
“Lost Girl of the Lake,” which he co-wrote with Joe McKinney, is up for best long fiction honors along with five other entries, and “I Kissed a Ghoul” is one of six titles on the ballot for best young adult book.
The Stokers, named for the “Dracula” author, will be presented in New Orleans during the middle of June.
McCarty has also completed written a sequel to the book he wrote with Davenport native and B-movie icon Linnea Quigley, a follow-up from their collaboration last year. This one is called “Return of the Scream Queen.” Book signings will begin April 20 at the Book Rack in Moline.
David Burke can be contacted at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter, @entguy1.