Just Getting Started Trailer #1 (2017) “Do You Men Hear Yourselves?” “Why….Should We?”

Just Getting Started is an action comedy in the vein of Midnight Run about an ex-FBI agent (Jones) and an ex-mob lawyer in the witness protection program (Freeman) having to put aside their petty rivalry on the golf course to fend off a mob hit.

You can never dismiss a Morgan Freeman movie out-of-hand.  Paired with Tommy Lee Jones, this looks like it could be fun under the direction of Ron Shelton (Tin Cup, Bull Durham), Just Getting Started is scheduled for a December 8, 2017 release.

Morgan Freeman, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rene Russo in Just Getting Started

DC Shows on The CW: Trailers & Premiere Dates for the 2017-2018 Season (Arrow, Black Lightning, Flash, Legends, and Supergirl)

Black Lightning

No matter how topsy turvy the DCEU has been, the DCU on The CW has been a model for how super hero shows can translate to TV.  I’m not a fan of Supergirl, but Legends of Tomorrow drastically improved last year, and a fifth show is being added to the line-up this fall: Black Lightning.  Comic Con was so busy that I wasn’t able to put up the trailers for the new fall seasons for the DC-CWverse, but here are each show’s premiere date followed by the trailers for each. Continue reading DC Shows on The CW: Trailers & Premiere Dates for the 2017-2018 Season (Arrow, Black Lightning, Flash, Legends, and Supergirl)

My Favorite Scene: Amistad (1997) “Adams Before the Court”

Among Spielberg’s “important” films, Amistad isn’t the home run that Saving Private Ryan or Schindler’s List is, but it’s still a powerful film and one with an incredible ensemble cast anchored by Anthony Hopkins in an Oscar-nominated performance as former President John Quincy Adams.

In today’s political climate, it’s hard to imagine, but after Adams lost his bid for re-election as President, he ended up running for Congress and returned to the House of Representatives (the only former President to do so) and government service.  There, he was enlisted to represent the “cargo” of the slave ship La Amistad before the US Supreme Court.  The Africans enslaved by the ship, had escaped the hold and slain their captors before being apprehended when their ship arrived in America.  The 1839 case hinged on whether this was a matter of kidnapped human beings rising up and shaking off their chains or human cargo that should be returned to its “owners”.  Hopkins arguing on their behalf before the court with a ten-minute dissertation on freedom is one of the most riveting monologues and pieces of acting I’ve ever seen.  Hannibal Lecter’s introduction may be the most obvious best scene of Hopkins’ career, but this is every bit as good.

Amistad Poster