Category Archives: Books

Goodbye Christopher Robin Trailer #2 (2017) “It’s All Rather Inexplicable, Isn’t It? YES!”

It’s easy to dismiss the Winnie the Pooh books as fluff, and in modern incarnations for kids they’re often presented that way, but they’re absolutely brilliant.  Goodbye Christopher Robin, directed by Simon Curtis, and starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie, tells the story of A.A. Milne’s creation of the Hundred-Acre Woods and the inhabitants therein.  The second trailer oudoes the first, keeping the father/son relationship (his son was really named Christopher Robin), but also underscoring the effect WWI had on Pooh just as the same war had on Tolkien’s writings.  Perhaps the only good things to come out of that useless bloodbath.  The Pooh stories are simple fun as a child, but read as an adult, you begin to understand that Milne’s Woods are the mindscape of his own child and each character within represents an aspect of his own personality.  This reminded me a bit of Finding Neverland, and if it can meet that bar, then it will have succeeded without qualification.  Goodbye Christopher Robin opens October 29, 2017.

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Goodbye Christopher Robin Poster

Rebel in the Rye Trailer #1 (2017) “Imagine a Book You’d Want to Read; Then Go Write It!”

*Text from Coming Soon
Rebel in the Rye is the story of the life and mind of the legendary and secretive author J.D. Salinger. Through his rebellious youth, the bloody front lines of World War II, enduring great love and terrible loss, a life of rejection to the pages of The New Yorker, and the PTSD-fueled writer’s block that led to the birth of his iconic book “The Catcher in the Rye.”

The cast includes Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max: Fury RoadX-Men: Days of Futures Past), Kevin Spacey (House of CardsAmerican Beauty), Sarah Paulson (American Horror StoryCarol), Brian D’Arcy James (SpotlightMozart in the Jungle), Victor Garber (SicarioMilk), Zoey Deutch (Before I FallWhy Him?) and Hope Davis (American CrimeReal Steel).

Written and Directed by Danny Strong and adapted from Kenneth Slawenski’s biography, “J.D. Salinger: A Life,” Rebel in the Rye is financed by Black Label Media with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill producing alongside Academy Award winner Bruce Cohen, Jason Shuman, and Strong.

The film is set to open on September 15, 2017.
Rebel in the Rye

My Favorite Scene: Game of Thrones Season 6 (2016) “The Light of the Seven”

Game of Thrones’ sixth season was probably the strongest, offering up nothing but epic payoff as the show begins to do what George R.R. Martin clearly never will: finish the story.  Martin’s sixth book is still nowhere in sight, and he had another planned after that. I’m willing to bet the sixth book eventually comes out, but I’d be surprised if he actually ever finished the series.  HBO has done too good a job for him.  Now they’re looking at four different avenues of prequel series for after GoT is finished, and Westeros is certainly deep enough in lore to support ONE (not all four are going to get greenlit).  The seventh season and eighth season are going to be a split finale for the show, with eight episodes this year and seven episodes in 2018 (maybe 2019 now as they are apparently ballooning to feature-length). Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Game of Thrones Season 6 (2016) “The Light of the Seven”

Goodbye Christopher Robin Trailer #1 (2017) “We’re Having Fun AND Writing a Book”

It’s easy to dismiss the Winnie the Pooh books as fluff, and in modern incarnations for kids they’re often presented that way, but they’re absolutely brilliant.  Goodbye Christopher Robin, directed by Simon Curtis, and starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie, tells the story of A.A. Milne’s creation of the Hundred-Acre Woods and the inhabitants therein.  The first trailer is a bit precious, but this is clearly a father and son story, as the stories that Milne told his son (who was actually named Christopher Robin) slowly evolved into a brilliant series of adventures.  They’re just fun stories as a child, but read as an adult, you begin to understand that Milne’s Woods are the mindscape of his own child and each character within represents an aspect of his own personality.  This reminded me a bit of Finding Neverland, and if it can meet that bar, then it will have succeeded without qualification.  Goodbye Christopher Robin opens October 29, 2017.  official synopsis below.

GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN gives a rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Along with his mother Daphne (Margot Robbie), and his nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald), Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family?

Goodbye Christopher Robin Poster

May the Fourth Be With You! Happy Star Wars Day 2017!!!

May the Fourth Be With You, Yoda

“May the Fourth be with you!”
“And also with you!”
If you can have this exchange with someone today, this person is someone to not ignore the other 364 days of the year.  Today is, of COURSE, the greatest unofficial holiday on the calendar: Star Wars Day!  Not Cinco de Mayo eve, but a celebration of the greatest fictional universe and the state of that fictional universe has never been stronger.  Star Wars never really went away, but it hasn’t been mainstream cool like this since the Original Trilogy in the early 1980’s.  We’ve had two outstanding films from Disney that have established enough good will and confidence in the franchise’s future that they’re not pushing The Last Jedi the way they did Rogue One and The Force Awakens.  They know we’re on-board.  What they are consistently doing is making sure the EU is promoting upcoming projects and is living up to the quality standards they’ve established for films.  Novels, Comics,TV Shows, Video Games; all of it ties back to strengthening the brand as a whole and supporting the films.  So we know what lies at the end of the 2017, but that’s far from the only Star Wars projects to look forward to while we count the days to TLJ. Continue reading May the Fourth Be With You! Happy Star Wars Day 2017!!!