Bradley Cooper’s best role may be as an weapons-obsessed, semi-homicidal raccoon, but the actor has put together a solid list of performances in which he is not knee-high and betailed. When Alias exploded on ABC, everyone thought Jennifer Garner was going to be the breakout star from the cast, but, over the years, Cooper has emerged as the most talented member of that fantastic ensemble cast. He’s hit or miss as a leading man, with his best solo performance undoubtedly being sniper Chris Kyle in American Sniper. Where Cooper shines is as part of an ensemble. He works best when paired with other high caliber actors (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook) and can easily do drama, comedy, or action. His achievement with Rocket is not glib praise. Cooper completely transforms his voice to play one of the MCU’s most popular characters, and manages to make a character that is silly in concept, a hysterical, often moving example of voice acting at its finest.
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To Kill a Mockingbird is rare adaptation of a literary classic that matches its source material. Harper Lee’s novel of a principled man defending an African-American accused of rape in Depression-era Mississippi was brilliantly brought to the screen over 55 years ago. It’s unfortunate that Mockingbird is as relevant now as it was when it was released in 1962. The sad paradox of the American experiment is that while our founding documents declare, as Atticus Finch does in his closing argument, that all men are created equal, the reality of American life has never achieved that ideal. All men-all people-are created equal, but they are not treated as such. Inequality and racism still exist, and no law can legislate them away. Change, if it comes, will come from the courage of decent men and women to stand up and do the right thing at the right time. That’s why the example of Atticus Finch still matters, and why his words still need to be heard today. Mockingbird is, quite simply, one of the best films of all-time, one everyone should see, and one that leaves its viewers better for having seen it. Those films are so rare. They’re not just classics; they’re treasures.
WatchMojo has a great idea for a list this week with the Top 10: Movie Villains With Justifiable Motives. The best villains believe they’re the hero of their own stories. The elite make the audience believe their actions, no matter how heinous, are justifiable. Think of the best screen villains, and you usually know why they’re doing the things they are. One of the MCU’s biggest problems until recently was a lack of motivation given to the villain. Most non-MCU comic book films focus on the villain almost to the detriment of the hero (most Batman films), but the MCU took the opposite route and poured all its character development time into the heroes. Phase 3 took a different approach and gave us more nuanced villains like Ego, Killmonger, Zemo, and even, yes, Thanos, were given a twisted logic for their crusades. WM went with The Vulture for their list, and that’s a good pick. I actually don’t have much of a problem with any of their picks: Silva from Skyfall, Syndrome from The Incredibles, Koba, Magneto, etc. I think the only flaw in the list is that it doesn’t go back any further than 1982’s Blade Runner for candidates, but I’m sure everyone can think of a few baddies who had motivation enough for some sympathy. Who would you have put on this list?
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This week brings two more sacrificial lambs against Avengers: Infinity War’s third week in theaters. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (5/11/2018): Life of the Party, Breaking In
The Predator may be the coolest science fiction creation that has never actually had a good movie (no not even the original). September (hey something is opening in September!) will see the third solo film for the hunting aliens after they spent their last two outings in wasted opportunities crossing them over with Aliens. The film is directed by Iron Man 3’s Shane Black and will star Sterling K. Brown, Jacob Tremblay and Olivia Munn. For more from Coming Soon read below. Continue reading The Predator Trailer #1 (2018) *It’s Hunting Season Again!*