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John Hurt’s 10 Best Movies

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John Hurt may not be an instantly recognizable name to casual film fans, but everyone who has seen a fair number of movies has seen his work.  He was Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter series.  He was The Storyteller in Jim Henson’s wonderful and too-short-lived eponymous series.  He was nominated twice for Academy Awards in 1977 for Midnight Express, and for what is probably his most indelible performance, that of the title character in 1980’s The Elephant Man.  He was also the unfortunate victim in one of the most famous scenes in film history: the “chest burster” dinner scene in Ridley Scott’s Alien.  He brought gravitas and dignity to every project he participated in, and I always was instantly more interested in a film when his name appeared in the credits.  Hurt has an astounding 204 credits as an actor over the course of his career, rarely as the leading man.  As a result, some of the best films he was in; he was barely onscreen for more than a handful of a moments.  I would be lying if I said I’ve seen even a quarter of his filmography, but any movie he appeared in was better for his presence, and these are my ten best of those.

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Trailer Time: Iron Fist Season 1 Trailer #2 (2017 – Netflix) *The Last Defender*

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The Netflix original series Marvel’s Iron Fist is the fourth of the epic live-action adventure series (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Marvel’s Luke Cage which are now streaming, all leading up to the teaming of the main characters in Marvel’s The Defenders) to premiere only on Netflix. A fifth series, Marvel’s The Punisher, has also started filming and stars Jon Bernthal.

In Marvel’s Iron Fist, billionaire Danny Rand (Finn Jones) returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.

The Marvel’s Iron Fist cast includes Finn Jones as Danny Rand aka Iron Fist, with Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, David Wenham as Harold Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, and Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum. Marvel’s Jessica Jones star Carrie-Anne Moss will also reprise her role of lawyer Jeri Hogarth alongside Netflix’s connector between the shows, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple.

Marvel’s Iron Fist premieres with 13 episodes on Netflix on March 17, 2017 at 12:01am PT in all territories where Netflix is available.

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All the Super Bowl 51 Movie Trailers!!!

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While the Patriots may have won the most epic Super Bowl of all-time, movie fans watch the Super Bowl as much for bite-sized new trailers as the action on the field.  Last year’s Super Bowl gave us one of the best trailers of the year with a full-length Jungle Book trailer.  This year gave us Super Bowl sized trailers for Logan, Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, The Fate of the Furious, Transformers: The Last Night, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and more.  Plus, if you had any doubt Stranger Things is Netflix’s most successful series yet, the streaming giant took out a Super Bowl ad for the show’s second season.  Check out them all out below! Continue reading All the Super Bowl 51 Movie Trailers!!!

Site Note: New KT Feature-Their 10 Best

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Two years ago I wrote a monthly feature called “Latest vs. Greatest” where I would rate an actor, director, composer, etc.’s 10 latest films against their 10 greatest films as a sort of career barometer.  I also threw in a feature-length biography to boot, and though they were some of the most-read posts I’ve written, I discontinued the feature because writing them was getting to be so time consuming and expensive that I just couldn’t keep up.  I’ve been mulling over how to bring it back in some way in a simpler form, and that form will be a new, weekly column on Sundays called “Their 10 Best”.

It will be much simpler than “Latest vs. Greatest”.  I will do a brief introduction of the subject, review their career honors, and then present a simple list of what I feel are the ten best films (or TV shows) in which they have been involved.  Lists are fun; they’re great for starting movie nerd debates, and I think this better captures the spirit of what I originally wanted to do with the original column.  I will also try to keep them dynamic and updated as new films in which subjects are released and new honors are bestowed.  If a subject was previously featured in Latest vs. Greatest, I will link to that profile as well, and to make sure it’s liked, our first column will be Tom Hanks, who I DEFY you to dislike.

Note: The Latest vs. Greatest Columns will still be archived at the bottom of the Their 10 Best page since this is an evolution of that feature.
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R.I.P. Sir John Hurt (1940 – 2017) “Another Consummate Actor Leaves Us”

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We’ve lost another wonderful actor.  Sir John Hurt has passed away.  John Hurt may not be an instantly recognizable name to casual film fans, but everyone who has seen a fair number of movies has seen his work.  He was Mr. Ollivander in the Harry Potter series.  He was The Storyteller in Jim Henson’s wonderful and too-short-lived eponymous series.  He was nominated twice for Academy Awards in 1977 for Midnight Express, and for what is probably his most indelible performance, that of the title character in 1980’s The Elephant Man.  He was also the unfortunate victim in one of the most famous scenes in film history: the “chest burster” dinner scene in Ridley Scott’s Alien.  He brought gravitas and dignity to every project he participated in, and I always was instantly more interested in a film when his name appeared in the credits.  Below is a wonderful obituary of Sir John written by Liz Miller from IndieWire.  Hurt was 77. Continue reading R.I.P. Sir John Hurt (1940 – 2017) “Another Consummate Actor Leaves Us”