I really liked the first Despicable Me a whole lot more than I thought I would. Despicable Me 2 was just a blast and boosted me into Minion Mania! Then Minions came out, and I was over the whole thing and was hoping it would all just…..aaaaand Gru has a twin brother. His name is Dru. They look like pudgier versions of the Woody Harrelson twins introduced in Now You See Me 2. That was a franchise killer. Just saying. Despicable Me 3 releases June 30, 2017.
Tomorrow, Beauty and the Beast’s live-action adaptation will hit screens. Last year, Jon Favreau performed a miracle with The Jungle Book‘s adaptation to the point where that film is now probably the definitive telling of Kipling’s stories. I’m holding out hope, but the reviews seem to indicate that will not be the case with Beauty and the Beast. The 1991 film is the only animated film to ever be nominated for Best Picture (and likely to remain so since a Best Animated Film category was created shortly after). It’s my second favorite of the animated canon behind only Sleeping Beauty. It’s quite simply everything that has made Disney animation something that has captured the child within the world over since Snow White first premiered in 1938. It’s magic. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Beauty and the Beast (1991) “Ballroom Scene”
After last August’s Suicide Squad, the next installment on DC’s road to Justice League is the Wonder Woman solo film. The third trailer for the film is the best yet, focusing on Diana’s origin and her her first journey to the world of men during World War I. I have had issues with some of the dialogue in past scripts, but this seemed much better, focuses, and this film has looked gorgeous since it was unveiled at Comic Con. It’s got a tough spot on the summer schedule surrounded by Pirates 5 and Transformers 5, but if things keep looking this good and franchise fatigue finally sets in on either the bots or Jack Sparrow, WW could carve out the beginnings of a franchise of its own. Starring Gal Gadot, Robin Wright, Chris Pine, and David Thewlis as Ares, Wonder Woman is scheduled to open June 2, 2017.