Every Black Panther Easter Egg!!!

Mr. Sunday Movies has compiled every possible Black Panther Easter Egg, reference, and connection to MCU films past and present.  He also analyzes the post-credits scenes and their implications so it goes without saying that if you are one of the 12 people in the world who have not traveled to Wakanda, DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO!  There’s an extremely good breakdown of how the film characters compare to their comic counterparts, some background on the actors, speculation for Avengers: Infinity War, and fun tidbits like the interrogation scene between Ross (Martin Freeman) and Klaue (Andy Serkis) was the first time the actors had been on screen together since their “Riddles in the Dark” encounter in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  If you, like me, have now seen Black Panther multiple times, this is a great way to revisit the minutiae of the film, and we’re only a month and a half away from more Black Panther when Avengers: Infinity War now opens on April 28th!
Chadwick Boseman in Black Panther

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Trailer #1 (2018) *Who Will Stand Against the Darkness?*

At the end of the first film, the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald (Depp) was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander (Redmayne). But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings.

In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore (Law) enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Here’s a breakdown of the photo:

Pictured from left to right: Jude Law plays a young Albus Dumbledore, taking on the mantle of one of J.K. Rowling’s most beloved characters; Ezra Miller makes a return as the enigmatic Credence, whose fate was unknown at the end of the first film; Claudia Kim appears as a Maledictus, the carrier of a blood curse that destines her ultimately to transform into a beast; Zoe Kravitz plays Leta Lestrange, who had once been close to Newt Scamander but is now engaged to his brother; Callum Turner joins the cast as Newt’s older brother, Theseus Scamander, a celebrated war hero and the Head of the Auror Office at the British Ministry of Magic; Katherine Waterston returns as Tina Goldstein, who has been reinstated as an Auror for MACUSA; Eddie Redmayne stars again as wizarding world Magizoologist Newt Scamander, who has now gained fame in the wizarding world as the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them; Dan Fogler reprises the role of the only No-Maj in the group, Jacob Kowalski; Alison Sudol reprises the part of Tina’s free-spirited sister, Queenie Goldstein, a Legilimens who can read minds; and Johnny Depp returns as the powerful Dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is being directed by David Yates, from a screenplay by J.K. Rowling, and produced by David Heyman. The film Opens in theaters November 16, 2018.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Poster

My Favorite Scene: Breaking Bad Season 2 (2009) “Cause and Effect”

Bryan Cranston and Krysten Ritter in Breaking Bad Season 2
“For want of a nail the shoe was lost. For want of a shoe the horse was lost. For want of a horse the rider was lost. For want of a rider the message was lost. For want of a message the battle was lost. For want of a battle the kingdom was lost. And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.”

You could have an extremely entertaining argument over exactly when in Breaking Bad Walter White stopped being a decent man in a bad situation making extraordinarily bad decisions and became an evil person.  For me, the point of no return for Walt occurs both in the second season’s finale, but also brilliantly teased out over the course of the entire second season.  Through the whole season you kept getting expanding clues that we were headed toward a calamity….then it became more clear that calamity was a plane crash…but it wasn’t until the finale that it became clear that Walt’s decision not to save his partner’s girlfriend (Krysten Ritter) from her drug overdose was not only a clear case of murder by inaction, but would cause a chain of events that would cost hundreds of people their lives.

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Top 10: Batman Animated Movies

In the endless debate over “Who is the best Batman?” a strong case can be made for someone most people have never seen: Kevin Conroy.  Conroy has been the voice of Batman since Batman: The Animated Series in the 1990s, though all subsequent appearances of the character in the various Justice League series, and in the majority of Batman’s animated films (beginning with Batman: Mask of the Phantasm in 1993).  Conroy also voiced the character in the Batman Arkham video games, without a doubt, the best comic book video games ever made.

IGN has put together a list of the best of Batman’s animated exploits (most of which have been voiced by Conroy), and his batting average in animation is at least as good (if not much better) than his success rate in live-action films.  My favorites are Phantasm, Sub-Zero, and Under the Red Hood, but which of Batman’s animated adventures are your favorites?  What did you think of IGN’s list?

Batman: The Animated Series

Rachel McAdams’s 10 Best Movies

Rachel McAdams

Rachel McAdams will probably spend the rest of her career trying to shed The Notebook, but she’s doing a pretty good job.  The film that made her a star also gave her a slight reputation as a serious actress; the kind the gets consigned to rom coms for the rest of their career (Meg Ryan Syndrome).  McAdams has bucked hard against that preconception of her, turning in excellent dramatic work in State of Play, True Detective, and her Oscar-nominated turn in Spotlight.  She’s a gifted comedienne and extremely likable in films like Game Night and Morning Glory.  Those dual gifts are on full display i my favorite film of her’s (Spotlight is better, but you don’t really watch it on a lark): the very underrated About Time.  She’s also joined Doctor Strange’s corner of the MCU and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes franchises in recurring roles. Continue reading Rachel McAdams’s 10 Best Movies

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