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Emma Thompson’s 10 Best Movies

Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson, over a career of 35 years of excellence in movies and television has proven herself one of the most reliably outstanding actresses of the last half-century.  She’s had two boom periods in her film career: when she burst onto the scene after several years in BBC series, she was a mainstay at awards shows in the early-mid 1990’s with Howard’s End, Sense and Sensibility (which she both wrote and starred in), In the Name of the Father, and a number of other projects.  She’s in the midst of a career renaissance now as part of the juggernaut that is the live action Beauty & the Beast remake, was the worst Divination professor in Wizarding World history in the Harry Potter films, and starred as the creator of Mary Poppins in Saving Mr. Banks.

My two favorite performances of Thompson’s; however, showcase her darker, cynical sense of humor.  Stranger Than Fiction has to be one of the most criminally overlooked films of the 21st Century, and if you have a day to recover from it, watching her wickedly funny and devastating adaptation of the stage play Wit for HBO will leave you in awe of Thompson’s talent.   Continue reading Emma Thompson’s 10 Best Movies

In Theaters This Week (3/17/2017): Life, Power Rangers, CHiPS

Life

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.  Week 4 of the MONTH OF MADNESS brings an intriguing science fiction epic and two really unappealing updates of old TV series (TIME TO SEE LOGAN OR BEAUTY AND THE BEAST AGAIN!). Continue reading In Theaters This Week (3/17/2017): Life, Power Rangers, CHiPS

Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017) “Tale Told Nearly As Well As Last Time”

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast was the most critically acclaimed animated Disney feature since Snow White, so the live-action turn was going to get incredible scrutiny even before Jon Favreau made a better Jungle Book than either the Disney animated film or the Kipling books.  So whomever followed that was going to have a high bar to clear or even match, and when it was followed by Beauty and the Beast, the early praise and jaw-dropping trailers we’d been seeing for nearly a year have experienced a load of critical backlash in the last month.  It IS a very difficult movie to review and compare to the original, but this is not the 70% film Rotten Tomatoes currently rates it at.  While this live action version of Beauty and the Beast does not reach the perfection of the 1991 film, it is the second fantastic musical we’ve had released for the screen in three months (at some point I may have to stop saying I hate musicals).  While comparisons can’t be avoided, and there are some pitfalls, Beauty and the Beast continues a stream of quality re-imaginings of Disney’s animated works, presenting an absolutely gorgeous, moving, film. Continue reading Movie Review: Beauty and the Beast (2017) “Tale Told Nearly As Well As Last Time”

In Theaters This Week (3/17/2017): Beauty and the Beast, The Belko Experiment, Trainspotting 2

Ewan McGregor, Trainspotting 2

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.  Week 3 of MARCH MADNESS has the biggest film of the month and two EXTREMELY polar opposite bits of counter programming for those of you who aren’t staying home to watch the actual March Madness. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (3/17/2017): Beauty and the Beast, The Belko Experiment, Trainspotting 2

My Favorite Scene: Beauty and the Beast (1991) “Ballroom Scene”

Tomorrow, Beauty and the Beast’s live-action adaptation will hit screens.  Last year, Jon Favreau performed a miracle with The Jungle Book‘s adaptation to the point where that film is now probably the definitive telling of Kipling’s stories.  I’m holding out hope, but the reviews seem to indicate that will not be the case with Beauty and the Beast.  The 1991 film is the only animated film to ever be nominated for Best Picture (and likely to remain so since a Best Animated Film category was created shortly after).  It’s my second favorite of the animated canon behind only Sleeping Beauty.  It’s quite simply everything that has made Disney animation something that has captured the child within the world over since Snow White first premiered in 1938.  It’s magic. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Beauty and the Beast (1991) “Ballroom Scene”