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Jessica Chastain’s 10 Best Movies

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain is one of the most underutilized leading ladies in Hollywood.  I’m not sure why Chastain doesn’t get more vehicles, but when she does, she’s absolutely riveting.  She’s creating strong, complex characters in films like Molly’s Game, Zero Dark Thirty, and Miss Sloane.  She’s also been a critical part of some of the best ensembles in recent memory in The Martian, The Help, and Interstellar.  Chastain excels at creating layered characters that exude strength and vitality and her presence on the screen is the equal to any actress of her generation, so hopefully more quality opportunities will come her way as her career continues to progress. Continue reading Jessica Chastain’s 10 Best Movies

Fall 2015 Movie Preview Week-by-Week (Trailer Extravaganza!!!)

Star Wars Episode VII

Let’s not beat around the bush, this is where we’re headed.  We’re all counting the days until December 18th and a return to the Star Wars Universe.  2015 has been, thus far, a year of pleasant surprises like Ex Machina, Mad Max and Furious 7, but overall, not a fantastic year.  The dumbest thing any studio this year did was not follow Disney’s example (including Disney) and take advantage of this six week dead zone we’ve been experiencing since the release of Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation.  It’s an absolute wasteland out there and has been since the end of July.  Guardians of the Galaxy released a great film at this precise period of time last year and was the year’s top-grossing film.  You’d think someone in a suit would notice that and stop trying to cram every summer movie into May.  People get bored in August and September too. Continue reading Fall 2015 Movie Preview Week-by-Week (Trailer Extravaganza!!!)

Trailer Time: Crimson Peak Trailer #2 (2015) *Del Toro Gets Back to His Roots*

I don’t often enjoy being scared at the movies, but when I do….I watch Guillermo del Toro.  Stay frightented, my friends.

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds… and remembers.

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, she is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. Between desire and darkness, between mystery and madness, lies the truth behind Crimson Peak.
Crimson Peak, Guillermo Del Toro

Trailer Time: Crimson Peak (2015) *Del Toro Gets Back to His Roots*

Here’s one I can’t wait for: Guillermo del Toro returning to horror.  As a genre, I kind of despise horror, but del Toro transcends simple genre pigeon-holing and I’ve been a huge fan since my wife and I got to meet him at a showing of Pan’s Labyrinth.  Well, to be fair, he met about 300 of us at once, but it makes for a better telling when I exclude 298 of them.

If you haven’t seen del Toro’s early films Cronos and The Devil’s Backbone, I would strongly recommend them.  I can’t wait to see what he does with this fantastic cast and this chilling premise.  Crimson Peak opens October 16, 2015.

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.

Is Cumberbatch in Star Wars Episode VII or Not? Whither Darth Khan-Smaug?

Benedict Cumberbatch

So is Benedict Cumberbatch going to become a nerd god by playing Sherlock Holmes, Smaug, Khan Noonian Singh AND a Sith?  Yes, no, yes, no; depending on whom you talk to, but someone finally managed to ask the good Mr. Cumberbatch what’s going on.  He has dropped out of Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak (in which he was replaced by Loki, sorry, Tom Hiddleston) and he has also been mentioned in connection with the adaptation of the non-fiction book The Lost City of Z which had previously been a Brad Pitt vehicle.  

The London Telegraph cornered him at the Toronto Film Festival and he said,

“This is the simple truth. J.J. and I have worked together before. I would love to work with him again. No offer has been made. That is that. And that is that.”

“Of course I’d love to do Star Wars and work with JJ Abrams again because we had such a good time on Star Trek. But nobody has been cast and there are no offers out to anyone apart from the regulars who are returning. So that’s that rumour quashed…We’ll have to wait and see.”

Geek Tyrant had the rest of the interview and summarized: It seems the guy knows what going on with the film, confirming that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher will be coming back to reprise their roles. He also confirms that no one else has officially been cast. It certainly sounds like he’s in the mix of things, and there’s no doubt that he’s had discussions with Disney, Lucasfilm, and Abrams. He never says “No, I’m not going to be in Star Wars.” He just beats around the bush and says we’ll have to wait and see, which tells me the possibility is there, even if no official offer has been made yet.

If I had to guess, I’d say he’s still in the mix.  His response was certainly not the denial from his people early last week.  This needs to happen.  I want Darth Khan-Smaug channeling the Dark Side of The Force for several episodes.  Close the deal, Disney!