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    Seeing Some Second Run Films Really Worth Watching

    When I use the term “second run,” I got it from fellow actors and people from all walks of life in the business as it refers to a film which is not a blockbuster nor a hit.

    Two such films that are definitely worth watching are “August Rush” and “Martian Child.”

    “Martian Child” stars a complete unknown actor named Bobby Coleman who plays a young boy in an orphanage. From the onset he is convinced he is from another planet. John Cusack is an unlikely actor to play a father figure as he adopts “the Martian Child” based on the autobiographical novella by David Gerrold, who also wrote “The Trouble With Tribbles” episode of the original “Star Trek” series.

    As I’m writing this, Herman is amazed I never heard of this episode. I never watched “Star Trek” as a kid, and even as it became popular as a young adult in reruns I still didn’t care. I thought it was stupid. He insists I see it so I suppose I will.

    By the same token, another film I really enjoyed and think you guys will too is called “August Rush.” Robin Williams plays an unlikely Fagan-type character (from the musical “Oliver”) who takes under his wing a musical prodigy and renames him August Rush. Rush has been separated from his birth parents and hopes to be reunited some way through music.

    In some ways, both these movies seem like fantasy which is not my normal cup of tea. But in fact what I do like are the characterizations and relationships portrayed in both these films. Both the title roles are brilliantly portrayed by these undiscovered young actors in the title roles. I had no idea what either movie was about beforehand, though my aid Terry recommended “August Rush” to me and “Martian Child” after my other aid Kelly and I saw a trailer for it.

    Both these films fall into the category of off beat and strange movies I like such as “Bagdad Café” and “Defending Your Life.”

    I always liked romantic comedies which are very popular with women in general and not men based on the reaction of Herman to these type of films when I force him to watch them with me.

    In the same vein I don’t care for his action films. In fact, I hate them as much as he hates romantic comedies, or chick flicks as he calls them.

    And I don’t want you to view him as sexist, which he is not, he just has a different taste in films. As strongly different taste as I have.

    Interestingly, Joan Cusack, John’s sister, plays his sister in the film and is often caste in films with her brother which is unusual in casting. Oddly enough, a film with both John and Joan in it that both Herman and I liked is “Grosse Pointe Blank” which has aspects of both romantic comedy and action. Though not too mush action or I couldn’t take it.

    Let me know what you think about these films. My e-mail is spira@nycap.rr.com.

    Kathryn Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from Caroga Lake in Fulton County. Previous columns may be accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com