The LEGO Movie was one of the best surprises I’ve had at the movies this decade. It combined a wildly inventive animation style with a script that had laughs and feels in it for anyone from 1 to 100. Future LEGO installments haven’t been able to touch the magic of the original, and the sequel arrives early next year after a number of rewrites. While the original voice cast returns, original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller are only producers this time and the final script is only based on a story idea of theirs.
Everything is not awesome in Bricksburg. Five years after Taco Tuesday, our heroes are in a post-apocalyptic DUPLO-created nightmare. The first trailer for the sequel has some laughs and made me smile, but I’m honestly a more than a little worried that without Lord & Miller running this show it’s going to be hard to recapture the magic of the first film. The LEGO Movie 2 will open in February 2019. More from Coming Soon below. Continue reading The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part Trailer #1 (2019) *They Come in Pieces*
The Post has everything going for it. It has the best actor and actress of the last 40 years in Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The best composer of all-time in John Williams. A veteran director of serious subjects and blockbusters in the legendary Steven Spielberg. All coming together around an issue that is more relevant today than it has been at any time since the Pentagon Papers incident. Since the beginning of the current administration the issue of news, fake news, “alternative facts”, and what the media can publish and who can publish it has been front and center nightly. So how, with all this going for it, is The Post is a dull, muddled mess?
Continue reading Movie Review: The Post (2017) *Spielberg Fumbles a Golden Opportunity*
Before The Washington Post and Watergate brought the Nixon administration down, they faced an issue just as daunting when, in 1971, they found themselves in possession of thousands of classified documents on the Vietnam War. If the name Ben Bradlee sounds familiar to you, its because Jason Robards won an Oscar for playing the Post’s editor in the classic All the President’s Men. Stepping into his shoes would be daunting, but if you’re going to have an actor do it, you want Tom Hanks. He’ll be teaming with director Steven Spielberg for the fifth time, and while I’ve had my issues with Spielberg in the last 15 years, none of his collaborations with Hanks have ever been less than stellar. If that weren’t enough, Meryl Streep will be playing the Post’s owner Katharine Graham. In a time where the media has never been more important as the nation’s Fourth Estate, this film and the issues it will examine feel worthy of bringing together arguably the greatest actor, actress, and director of our age. The Post will open December 22, 2017. For the official synopsis, read below. Continue reading The Post Trailer #1 (2017) “If The Government Wins, The Washington Post Will Cease to Exist.”
Fans of the adventures of Greendale Community College may rejoice. If you felt like the fourth season of the show lost its way entirely, that was due to the heart and soul of Community, creator and showrunner Dan Harmon, having been fired after season three. I was almost sad when Community was renewed for a fifth season because what was once the most original and hysterical sitcom on TV had become just a bizarre parody of itself. Now I cannot wait and must immediately locate my Troy & Abed In the Morning Mug to off-set the fact I’m writing this at 5 a.m. Coming Soon’s coverage of the RETURN and Harmon’s confirmation Tweet below:
It was just over a year ago that series creator Dan Harmon was replaced as showrunner on NBC’s cult hit “Community” following a public dispute with cast member Chevy Chase. Since Chase will not be returning for the recently-announced fifth season, rumors have persisted for some time that Harmon might be reinstated as showrunner.
“Yes yes yes!” Harmon posted this morning on his Twitter feed. ” I’m back I’m back I’m back. You can thank @joelmchale.”
The 13-episode fourth season featured David Guarascio and Moses Port (“Just Shoot Me”) as the series’ co-showrunners and executive producers. Although Harmon was listed as a “consulting producer,” he made it clear that the title was in name only.
Starring Joel McHale, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie, Danny Pudi, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong, “Community” appears to have outlasted its own “darkest timeline” and the odds are looking better than ever that it might actually live up to the fandom’s goal of “six seasons and a movie.”