It’s tough to contemplate after a summer that was, at best, erratic, but we’re now entering the biggest dead zone in the cinema calendar. The dog days of summer, late August and September are not traditional fonts of excellent films. With the exception of Looper a few years ago, I can’t remember the last time a September film factored into any “best of the year” discussion. Let’s try to remain optimistic (yes, it is completely against my nature, but it’s Friday so I’m prone to fits of shiny thinking). Here are five films, and their trailers, that may break through the September blues. Continue reading Top 5: Hopes For a Good Movie in September
Geek Tyrant ran this bit about Chris Pratt and what he’s doing with his Star-Lord costume (that he freely admits he nabbed from the set). I can’t tell you how cool it is to see that Pratt is doing this for kids. The man is a true super hero. Continue reading Chris Pratt is a True Super Hero
From Marvel and HolloweenCostumes.com, with great art by Kate Willaert, comes this group mug shot of your favorite Marvel heroes. It allows you to get an idea of where you would stand amongst them running from a scale of Howard the Duck to Groot (if you’re curious, I am the equal of either The Punisher or Nick Fury, but you probably had suspected that already).
What I love particularly is that all five of the Guardians of the Galaxy are included in this. I am no longer the John the Baptist of Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Their awesomeness has gone mainstream.
Also, if you’re primarily familiar with the Marvel Universe through the films, that’s not a misprint. Wolverine is short. Shorter than Black Widow. Hugh Jackman has made that difficult to comprehend, I know, but he really is just a wee bit bigger than Howard the Duck.
I have extreme skepticism when it comes to the trilogy JK Rowling is writing spun off of her wafer-thin book Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. She’s never written a screenplay before. She’s in Harry Potter’s world, but long before most of the characters would have lived. She HAS to make this Newt Scamander, who will be the protagonist of the series something special. A very good first step was bringing back David Yates to the Potter-fold. Yates directed more Potter films than anyone (four). A good working relationship between Rowling and the director is going to be critical because I have a feeling she’ll be a PRESENCE on the set in the way few screenwriters are. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will open November 18, 2016. Read Variety’s full-take on the return of Yates below. Continue reading David Yates Will Direct Harry Potter Spin-Off: Fantastic Beasts!