I have serious doubts about the viability of a sequel to a movie as perfect as Mary Poppins, but as far as totally teasery trailers go…..this was a nice one. I love that Dick Van Dyke is involved. I love the cast. I think if anyone can come close to Julie Andrews in today’s world, Emily Blunt has the best shot, but I’m going to be skeptical about Mary Poppins Returns until proven otherwise. Read below for more from Coming Soon.
The cast of Mary Poppins Returns includes Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train, Into the Woods), Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana), Ben Whishaw (SPECTRE), Emily Mortimer (Hugo) and Julie Walters (Harry Potter films), with Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins). In addition, Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth), and Angela Lansbury will play the Balloon Lady, a character from PL Travers’ original children’s books. Continue reading Mary Poppins Returns Teaser #1 (2018) *Another Spoonful On Its Way*
A failed businessman (Hanks) takes his idea for a holographic meeting system to Saudi Arabia in the hopes of selling it to the royal family. He’s at a crossroads, love ensues, positive music plays. It doesn’t really seem like the kind of film that should rise to Tom Hanks’ level, despite being based on the acclaimed novel by Dave Eggers. Plus, the film is being directed by Tom Twyker and the last time Hanks and Twyker worked together they made Cloud Atlas (and I swear by Thor’s hammer I don’t care what you think), which is one of the worst films ever made. A Hologram Made for the King opens April 22, 2016, and here’s REALLY hoping.
Going in to SPECTRE, I was of the opinion that Daniel Craig was the best Bond of all-time and was more worried that this might be his last film as 007 than I was about the film itself. After all, the same team behind Skyfall, probably the best Bond film of all, was back and everything we’d seen looked fantastic. Leaving SPECTRE, I have to say, even though he’s under contract for a fifth film, I hope Daniel Craig is done. SPECTRE isn’t just the biggest disappointment of 2015, it sets the Bond franchise back to its pre-Casino Royale renaissance and paints Craig’s Bond into an ending so final that it’s difficult to see how anything but another reboot is the next step. Continue reading Movie Review: SPECTRE (2015) *Bond Bombs* Spoiler Warning
By the time of Daniel Craig’s third go-round as Bond, he had already owned the role, but he hadn’t been given a legendary villain. Sam Mendes fixed that when he cast Oscar-winner Javier Bardem as Silva, and gave us-arguably-the best Bond film of them all. Skyfall tells more about Bond’s boyhood and maturation than the previous 22 films combined without actually giving him an origin story. I know they’re going deeper down the rabbit hole in SPECTRE, but I always felt Wolverine lost a lot as a character when his whole origin was neatly laid out, and I think Bond would, as well.
This really is as much Judi Dench’s picture as it is Daniel Craig’s and after six films as M, she certainly earned a co-starring role as she and Bond hunt and are hunted by Silva. Bardem is certainly flashy and over-the-top in the Bond villain tradition, but unlike most, he’s every bit as good as James, and spends most of the film beating him quite handily. There’s so much good and done right in this film that it’s hard to nail a scene as my favorite, but I love a good entrance. When you get your villain making monologues from the get-go, you know you’ve got a good one. I’m going to cheat and also stick in Silva’s reunion scene with M, because I can’t decide between the two. Bardem should have at least gotten an Oscar nomination for this film. Just brilliant.
At this point….what can you say? Aside from Episode VII, this is the “must see” movie of the rest of 2015. What is especially heartening is to hear in the last few days Daniel Craig seem to change his stance on Bond. We’ve found out he does have one more film on his contract post-SPECTRE and he has said he intends to play Bond as “long as he’s physically able”. That excites me even more for SPECTRE because it removes the slight dread factor that I might be watching the best Bond for the final time when the film opens on November 6. 2015.