Trailer Time: Finding Dory Trailer #3 (2016) *Just Keep Swimming…*

Finding Dory is nearly upon us.  Disney, which I’m pretty sure is going to take a rare bath on Alice Through the Looking-Glass, will regain its creepy death grip on the top of the box office with Pixar’s sequel to Finding Nemo.  Dory has recalled she has a family and sets off with her clown fish accomplices to find them.  Hijinks ensue.  I really am rooting for this.  The Good Dinosaur was so awful that I need a Pixar home run to get back on their side (especially since Cars 3 is looming).  Andrew Stanton has never made a bad animated film, and Ellen DeGeneres’ Dory is one of my three favorite Pixar characters so I’ll be there when the film opens June 17, 2016.
Finding Dory

Trailer Time: Free State of Jones Trailer #2 (2016) *McConaughey Leads a Rebellion in a Rebellion*

STX Entertainment has just brought online a new Free State of Jones movie trailer and, in the player below, you can take a look at the upcoming Civil War action drama, starring Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar, Dallas Buyers Club). There are also several new Free State of Jones movie stills, all of which can be found in the gallery viewer at the bottom of this page.

Written and directed by four-time Oscar nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), the Free State of Jones movie offers an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy. Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.

The film co-stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beyond the Lights), Keri Russell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) and Mahershala Ali (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, “House of Cards”). The film is being produced by Scott Stuber (Ted, Safe House) through his Blue Grass Films shingle, with Jon Kilik (Foxcatcher, The Hunger Games) producing through his Jon Kilik Productions, and Ross producing through his Larger Than Life Productions.

STX Entertainment will release the movie nationwide on June 24.

*All text from Coming Soon
Matthew McConaughey, The Free State of Jones

 

My Favorite Scene: X-Men – First Class (2011) “The Point Between Rage and Serenity”

The heart of the X-Men films has always been the relationship between Xavier and Magneto.  It seemed impossibly that anyone could top the Stewart/McKellan dynamic of two friends turned enemies at the end of their long battle, but Matthew Vaughan’s brilliant X-Men: First Class made sure that the heart of series would still beat strong.  First Class is my second favorite of the series and that they got actors of Oscar caliber again in James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender to portray Xavier and Magneto cemented the series and gave it new life (new life I’m afraid DOFP muddled and Apocalypse will destroy).

James McAvoy, Charles Xavier, Michael Fassbender, Magneto, X-Men: First Class

From that very first scene after the concentration camp in the first film, you get a wonderful scene with Stewart and McKellan that so elegantly sets up their dynamic.  You can tell they’re adversaries, but in that, and in all their interactions to come, their was a hint of sadness; of friendship and brotherhood lost.  X-Men: First Class gave us the foundation on which that bond was built and the tragic events that set them on different paths forever.

Magneto, X-Men:First Class, Michael Fassbender

I had a really hard time choosing one scene from this film.  I could have watched an entire film of Magneto: Nazi Hunter.  His two displays of power in Cuba in lifting the sub and manipulating the missiles and the events leading to Charles’ paralysis all could have made it.  But I chose this quiet scene.  I think it shows you why there’s always a grain of love between Charles and Erik no matter how heated the exchanges.  It’s a beautifully written and acted scene and one of the tiny gems in a film that make every other film in the series more profound.  I wish Matthew Vaughan were directing the next X-film.  Singer seems tangled up between the casts and the convoluted continuity and Vaughn cut through all that to the heart of what makes the X-Men work.  It’s a shame we only got one film from him in the series.
Magneto Professor X, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender