Tag Archives: Jason Isaacs

My Favorite Scene: Star Wars Rebels Season One (2015) “Kanan & Ezra vs. The Grand Inquisitor”

Star Wars: Rebels is over now.  The fourth and final season of the animated series aired earlier this year, and Dave Filoni & Co. are moving on to tell the stories leading up to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in their next series – Star Wars: Resistance.  Rebels continued the excellence begun in The Clone Wars, and the two series were largely responsible for keeping Star Wars fandom alive in the period in-between Episodes III and VII.

One of the best innovations Rebels brought to Star Wars canon was the introduction of the Inquisitors into the lore of the Empire.  While Darth Vader spearheaded the destruction of the Jedi, it was always a little far-fetched that even Vader could have wiped out the remnants of the Order with no help.  The Inquisitors were Vader’s hand in dealing with threats to the Sith monopoly on Force dominance.  The Grand Inquisitor (voiced by Jason Isaacs) was a great first “big bad” for the series, and his final showdown with Kanan and Ezra is another stellar lightsaber duel to add to the highlight reel from Filoni’s time as Star Wars Animation Czar.Star Wars: Rebels Season One

My Favorite Scene: Black Hawk Down (2001) “We Have a Black Hawk Down”

Time Killers will know that I’ve been psyched/scared about Ridley Scott adapting The Martian (opening Friday) for months.  The Martian is one of the best books I’ve read in recent years, and I’ve been fairly vocal that I think Ridley has lost it.  I’m thrilled by the advance reviews, though and I can’t wait to see it.  When he’s on, Ridley is on par with any director in Hollywood.  Most people consider his best film to be Alien, and I might agree, but you could make a strong argument for 2001’s Black Hawk Down.
Black Hawk Down

If you’ve never read Mark Bowden’s harrowing account of a mission to take out a warlord in Sudan gone horribly wrong, I could not recommend it more.  Ridley perfectly captured the claustrophobic charnel house that Mogadishu turned into for these soldiers.  The cast is stellar, the cinematography is the best in any Scott film and why it was overlooked for more critical acclaim is a complete mystery to me.  This is a perfect film, and one of the best war movies ever made.  If Scott can bring this sort of game to The Martian, man, we’re in for a treat.
Black Hawk Down

Trailer Time: Fury International Trailer #1 (2014) Brad Pitt WW2 Drama

If you asked me to guess Best Picture right now, based on gut feeling, trailers and how the Academy works, I’d say Fury is the front-runner.  Not only does it have Brad Pitt killing Nazis (which worked out gangbusters in Inglorious Basterds), it has a solid director in David Ayer, strong supporting cast (Shia LeBeouf notwithstanding) and the trailers have looked phenomenal.  The release date for the film was recently pushed up a month to free it from the Thanksgiving logjam, so we’ll see if I’m right when it hits theaters on October 17, 2014.  Synopsis below

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Fury, David Ayer, Brad Pitt

Trailer Time: Fury (2014) and First Poster from Brad Pitt’s World War II Film

This is one to watch for the fall (when hopefully good movies will begin to show themselves again).  Fury is a David Ayer-directed, World War II tank drama.  In addition to Brad Pitt, the cast includes Shia LeBeouf (presumably pre-retirement), Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs and Michael Pena.  Fury will release November 14, 2014.  Synopsis below

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Fury, David Ayer, Brad Pitt