Tag Archives: guy pearce

Mary Queen of Scots Trailer #1 (2018) *Born to Fight. Born to Power.*

*Text from Coming Soon
Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

The cast also includes Jack Lowden (Dunkirk, England is Mine), Joe Alwyn (The Sense of an Ending, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk), Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen, Line of Duty), Gemma Chan (Captain Marvel), Ismael Cordova (The Catch), Ian Hart (The Terror), Adrian Lester (Riviera), James McArdle (Star Wars: The Force Awakens), and Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey, Me Before You). Also featuring in the cast are David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) and Guy Pearce (Memento, LA Confidential, The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert).

Josie Rourke, artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse, makes her feature directorial debut on the movie. The producers of Mary, Queen of Scots are Working Title co-chairs Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, and Debra Hayward, all Academy Award nominees as producers of Best Picture Oscar nominee Les Misérables.

Beau Willimon, an Academy Award nominee for The Ides of March and Emmy Award nominee for House of Cards, has written the screenplay adaptation. Mary, Queen of Scots is based on John Guy’s acclaimed biography My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots.

Mary, Queen of Scots is set for release on December 7, 2018.

Saorise Ronan in Mary Queen of Scots

My Favorite Scene: Iron Man 3 (2013) “Air Force One Rescue”

Through 17 films, I would only count one MCU film as a disappointment (though some are certainly better than others) and that’s Iron Man 3.  The only thing that has kept me from loathing the film more than I do was the Marvel One-Shot (I really miss those) that they did “All Hail the King” in which they fixed the film’s biggest blunder: making The Mandarin, Iron Man’s only good villain, into a complete joke.

Aside from The Mandarin debacle, Iron Man 3’s main problem is that it butchers Warren Ellis’ classic Extremis storyline, doesn’t do anything to advance Tony’s character other than blow up all his stuff, which he starts rebuilding before the credits finish, and the film generally stands outside of the MCU’s storyline.  That’s fine for a lot of films, but Iron Man has been the backbone of the MCU since he started it, and to waste his last solo film was unforgivable.

There are two things about IM3 that are good enough that the film ekes out a positive rating (post-All Hail the King): Tony & Harley and the plane rescue sequence.  I honestly could’ve done with a whole film of just Tony and that kid hanging out in Tennessee, but the film’s best sequence is a mid-air rescue of 13 free falling passengers after Air Force One is compromised.  It’s an amazing F/X sequence, a great use of JARVIS, and some very creative problem solving by Tony.  Would that the rest of the film had lived up to it.

Iron Man 3

Movie Review: Alien Covenant (2017) “Some Things Should Remain a Mystery”

 

MV5BMTU2NzMwMjc3NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDExMDU5MDI@._V1_SX1500_CR0,0,1500,999_AL_

Here’s my advice to you: if you’re going to go see Alien: Covenant in the theater and you have not watched Prometheus since it came out, you will be vastly better informed if you give yourself a refresher course.  Now, if you hated Prometheus, that’s going to be a problem, because Alien: Covenant picks up 14 years after those events and the end of Prometheus spawns by far the most interesting parts of Covenant.  The quick and dirty of my opinion on Covenant, because I am going to have to get into spoiler territory a bit, is that I think two episodes into Ridley Scott’s demystification of the origins of the xenomorphs have convinced me the entire endeavor is a mistake.  Sometimes things become a lot less interesting the more you know about them (Wolverine’s origin should still be a mystery, for example).  Prometheus was gorgeous, dreamed big, was massively flawed, but was admirable in its ambition.  Covenant provides answers….eventually, but is criminally boring in getting to them with 75% of Prometheus‘ budget (no one will be calling this film “gorgeous”).  It’s not Aliens 3 or Resurrection….but, honestly, it’s not even Prometheus. Continue reading Movie Review: Alien Covenant (2017) “Some Things Should Remain a Mystery”

Trailer Time: Alien Covenant Trailer #2 (2017) “Paying the Xenomorphs a Visit”

I was not hugely impressed by the first Alien: Covenant trailer, and I thought Prometheus was a beautiful mess, so it’s a relief that the second trailer for the sixth film in the ALIEN saga (not counting AvPs) looks like a massive improvement.  We all know going to the xenomorphs homeworld is going to end even more badly than going to the builders’ homeworld did in Prometheus.  The only question is are qetting the Ridley Scott who knocked The Martian out of the park or are we getting his doppleganger who made movies under his name for ten years before that?  Refreshingly a movie not in March, Alien: Covenant is sandwiched in-between Guardians 2 and Pirates 5 in mid-May 2017.
Continue reading Trailer Time: Alien Covenant Trailer #2 (2017) “Paying the Xenomorphs a Visit”

Title: Alien Covenant Trailer #1 (2017) “Run”

After the, shall we say, polarizing Prometheus, Ridley Scott has returned for the sixth film in the Alien franchise; a promised return to the xenomorths and horror that made the first two films science fiction classics.  Entitled Alien: Covenant, the film will be following Prometheus‘ ending, and Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Guy Pearce are returning.  FOX has been releasing promo photos all week that show familiar looking locales, and this first trailer (which be warned is red band) runs Christmas red.  Look at the photos released this week below and catch the official synopsis.  Alien: Covenant will open May 17, 2017. Continue reading Title: Alien Covenant Trailer #1 (2017) “Run”