How do you balance the safety of the few versus obligations to the many? Should the sins of the past be buried or brought to light? How can a good man be a good king? Black Panther is not just another comic book film or an enjoyable MCU installment. Director Ryan Coogler has established in T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) a complex, layered, admirable monarch. Black Panther transcends being “just another comic book movie” in the way Wonder Woman did last year. It’s culturally relevant, brilliantly imaginative, groundbreaking, challenging, and in its 18th installment the Marvel Cinematic Universe has produced its best film yet. Continue reading Movie Review: Black Panther (2018) *All Hail The King!!!*
Every other month, we take a look at a movie from the Internet Movie Database’s List of the TOP 250 FILMS OF ALL-TIME. These are movies that transcend a simple “My Favorite Scene” column. These are movies that are hard to just pry five gems from, but we do and examine the film overall. We’re on our fifteenth installment in this series. Click on the link here to check out previous installments from #1 The Shawshank Redemption to #14 Inception.
In planned trilogies, middle chapters are the trickiest. They don’t have a beginning or an end. They tend to be the darkest night before the dawn of the finale, but it’s possible to go too dark. You can lose the momentum of your opening and set up narrative hurdles for the finale that are impossible to overcome. A perfect bridge movie is rare, and with the possible exception of The Empire Strikes Back, the best one ever made is The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. Continue reading Top 5: Scenes from The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers (IMDB Top 250 #15)
Andy Serkis has to be given enormous credit. It isn’t many (if any other) actors who can say they invented an entirely new way to act. Serkis is the pioneer of motion capture acting, used before in film, but never to deliver the kind of performance the Serkis astounded audiences with when he brought Gollum to the big screen in The Lord of the Rings. Continuing to develop, pioneer, and teach others in the use of the technique, Serkis went on to embody King Kong, Star Wars enigma Supreme Leader Snoke, and create in Caesar for the new Planet of the Apes trilogy a character that surpassed even Gollum in emotional depth and nuance. This type of acting is becoming so common that it needs an Oscar category all its own, and Serkis long should have received a special recognition Academy Award for taking technology and using it to enhance acting not mask or diminish it. He’s one of the most exciting actors that no one gives full credit to, but nearly everyone knows the characters he brings to life, and they’ll live on as long as movies do.
Black Panther is one of the most complicated characters in the Marvel Universe. He’s a monarch to the most isolated and technologically advanced nation on earth. He’s a religious leader. He’s a super hero to the outside world, and he’s the bearer of a mantle that stretches back to the founding of his nation. Avengers: Infinity War showed us how pivotal Wakanda is going to be to the fight against Thanos on Earth, and I’m so pleased that they’ve gone all out again, creating another unique corner of the Marvel Universe for us to discover even when we’re going to be 18 films into the epic. Black Panther’s two international trailers have a lot of additional footage, and the film itself will release February 16, 2018. Continue reading Black Panther International Trailers #1 & 2 (2018) “The King of Wakanda is Here!”
Black Panther is one of the most complicated characters in the Marvel Universe. He’s a monarch to the most isolated and technologically advanced nation on earth. He’s a religious leader. He’s a super hero to the outside world, and he’s the bearer of a mantle that stretches back to the founding of his nation. Captain America: Civil War only gave us a glimpse at T’Challa’s burden. The first trailer for the film introduced Wakanda, but the second gives us more of an idea of the plot, introduces the dynamic between T’Challa and his sister, his mother, and his American liaison (Martin Freeman). It also re-establishes Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaw, the film’s villain that was set up waaaaay back in Avengers: Age of Ultron and T’Challa’s main rival: Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan). This film is going to blow people’s minds. Having Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther as the lead-ins to Infinity War was a brilliant idea. But then, it’s Marvel. It’s what we’ve come to expect. Continue reading Black Panther Trailer #2 (2018) “Wakanda Forever!!!”