A bonus “My Favorite Scene” this week as I try to catch up on the backlog of posts, and because Disney has apparently stopped trying to play whack-a-mole with the army of determined Star Wars fans trying to put this scene up on the Internet. If you have yet to see Rogue One….well, then we here have no pity for you, this scene alone was worth the price of multiple admissions. In Rogue One, more than in any SW film, we got to see Vader in the suit in his prime, and the result was both horrifying and awesome. Continue reading Vader Unleashed: The Final Scene From Rogue One!!!
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”
This Friday, King Kong will return to movie theaters for the first time since Peter Jackson’s bloated misfire. Coming off The Lord of the Rings, Jackson could have done whatever he wanted with a blank check, and he blew it on a 3-hour plus retelling of cinema’s most famous ape. It honestly was a case of someone who loves the material, loving it to death. We don’t even get on the boat to Skull Island until over an hour into the picture, and every crew member is not as interesting as the members of the Fellowship of the Ring, but they sure got the screen time. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: King Kong (2005) “Kong vs. T-Rexes”
It’s just as well that Marvel killed off their version of Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron, because Evan Peters’ version of the mutant speedster just puts Aaron Taylor-Johnson to shame. After stealing X-Men: Days of Future Past, which was a good movie, Evan Peters takes the mess that was X-Men: Apocalypse and using his speed and ADD (as well as his love for animals), saves the inhabitants of Xavier Mansion during its destruction. The scene took a month to film, but it was completely worth it. If there is no Quicksilver showcase in X-Men: New Mutants, I may boycott the movie. That, or Deadpool 2, will be the next film in Fox’s Mutantverse after Friday’s Logan brings Wolverine’s saga to a close. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) “Quicksilver’s Sweet Dreams”
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s theatrical cut is a mess. It doesn’t even make coherent sense. The R-Rated cut does make sense, and improves the film, but doesn’t fix the underlying problem that Warner Brothers put too much into a film that only needed Batman and Superman. They begin it beautifully. They pull an absolute masterstroke by taking one of the biggest criticisms of Man of Steel (the mass collateral damage during the film’s climactic battle between Superman and Zod), and placing Bruce Wayne right in the middle of it. He watches as the fight between the Kryptonians claims the Metropolis branch of Wayne Enterprises and holds a new orphan in his arms as he balefully glares up at what caused all of it. THAT WAS ALL THEY NEEDED. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2015) “Bruce in the Battle of Metropolis”