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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

Trailer Time: Justice League Trailer #2 *Will it Come Together?*

The first trailer for Justice League released way back last summer at Comic Con was, I thought, a positive step forward.  It had some funny moments, introduced the team, everyone looked good, and even as someone just coming off Batman vs. Superman letdown, I was liking it.  Eight months later, the second trailer….doesn’t really do much more.  Most of it is spent re-reintroducing the team, and it doesn’t clearly outline the threat or much of the plot.  It’s a lot of super-fast “moments” without context (unless you’re hopelessly geeky like me and I know that oh hey there’s Mera or that’s Barry talking to his imprisoned father).

Justice League, Batman, Ben Affleck, JK Simmons

It’s not enough to say the film is in trouble; it’s just not that impressively assembled a trailer.  NO DC HATE: I am not saying I dislike anything I’m seeing; I’m saying it was put together poorly.  Caveat for Batman/Aquaman who really just need a movie for themselves, and the four seconds I got of JK Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.  My love for Jason Mamoa’s Aquaman is reaching “I need a t-shirt” levels.  Plot synopsis below.  Justice League Part 1 is coming in November.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Gal Gadot will be reprising their roles as the DC Trinity, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in Warner Bros.‘ Justice League, and joining them are Jason Mamoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Ezra Miller as The Flash. Amber Heard is set to play Queen Mera in the film as well before moving to the solo Aquaman movie in 2018, with Willem Dafoe appearing in a mystery role, and J.K. Simmons playing Commissioner Gordon.

Directed by Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Justice League will debut in theaters on November 10, 2017.
Justice League

 

Trailer Time: Coco Trailer #1 (2017) “2017’s REAL Pixar Film”

Coco follows a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets off a chain of events relating to a century-old mystery, leading to an extraordinary family reunion.

This is pretty much the extent of what we know about Pixar’s non-Cars 3 related film of 2017.  What it has immediately in its favor….is that it is not part of the Cars franchise (for those new to the blog, I am covering Cars 3 the way any sort of media is covering the current presidential administration: there’s hyperbole, lots of facial redness, and there’s a truck involved).  It’s a part of my continuing healing process from having had to watch Cars 2.  I don’t let go of things easily.

From the trailer, it kind of seems like Ratatouille if the rat was a kid and instead of wanting to cook, he wanted to rock…..in the City of the Dead.  It ALSO has going for it, being the first film directed by Lee Unkrich since he made all of male America cry with Toy Story 3, so it is my expert opinion as a person who writes a little-read blog on moviedom….that this is your Pixar film to back this year.  Coco opens October 30, 2017.
Coco, Disney, Pixar

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

Trailer Time: Geostorm Trailer #1 (2017) *The Weather is Angry!*

Ok.  So I watched this.  Within 5 seconds I was waiting to see “FROM THE X OF INDEPENDENCE DAY”.  And sure enough, there came Dean Devlin, Roland Emmerich’s partner in using huge things to blow up huge things over over 20 years.  This is a tentpole fall release for WB, not an August dump.  This releases in October, and basically the plot is we’re controlling the weather now with satellites and the satellites get angry and start throwing weather at the Earth.  And ONLY GERARD BUTLER can stop it.  Nothing can stop me seeing this lol.