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Beauty and the Beast Blu Ray Special Features and Release Date Details!!!

 

Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson, Belle, Beast

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

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”

Trailer Time: Beauty and the Beast Trailer #2 (2017) *Final Invitation*

This is just stunning.  The teaser and the two trailers for this film have been clinics on how to sell a film to an audience.  The only criticism I can lay is I can’t imagine that any other rendition of the original Beauty and the Beast anthem that’s played over this trailer can equal the original, but so much looks so good that I’m going into this expecting something very special.  Beauty and the Beast opens March 17, 2017. Continue reading Trailer Time: Beauty and the Beast Trailer #2 (2017) *Final Invitation*

Trailer Time: Beauty and the Beast Trailer #1 (2017) *Be Our Guest*

Well, no sooner than I said earlier today that we should be getting a full trailer for Beauty and the Beast soon, and it appears!  This is just stunning.  So true to the animated film (my second favorite of Disney’s), and every touch seems right.  Unlike The Jungle Book, this should be a musical, and in Alan Menken’s hands, with this cast, and Oscar-winning director Bill Condon…I think it may just give Mowgli and crew a run for their money. Continue reading Trailer Time: Beauty and the Beast Trailer #1 (2017) *Be Our Guest*