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My Favorite Scene: About Time (2013) “The Family Secret”

Every family has secrets.  Every family has traits that are passed down from fathers to sons.  Most families do not require a father-son chat on the nature of inherited time travel.  Tim’s (Domhnall Gleeson) is an exception.  On his 21st birthday, he inherits a gift that all the male members of his family have, his father (Bill Nighy) explains: he can, in fact, travel back in time.  It is one of my favorite father-son chats in film history because while it is about as something as bizarre as the time travel, it contains the awkwardness and general generational incredulity that is at the heart of most father-son bonds (or lack thereof).  About Time is a slightly science fictiony love story, but at its heart, it’s about family, the moments that begin and end them, and more than anything the bond between fathers and sons and how it changes and evolves as we age.  It’s a funny, touching, and seriously underrated film that if you haven’t seen-I couldn’t recommend more.

Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson in About Time

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Rachel McAdams’s 10 Best Movies

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Rachel McAdams will probably spend the rest of her career trying to shed The Notebook, but she’s doing a pretty good job.  The film that made her a star also gave her a slight reputation as a serious actress; the kind the gets consigned to rom coms for the rest of their career (Meg Ryan Syndrome).  McAdams has bucked hard against that preconception of her, turning in excellent dramatic work in State of Play, True Detective, and her Oscar-nominated turn in Spotlight.  She’s a gifted comedienne and extremely likable in films like Game Night and Morning Glory.  Those dual gifts are on full display i my favorite film of her’s (Spotlight is better, but you don’t really watch it on a lark): the very underrated About Time.  She’s also joined Doctor Strange’s corner of the MCU and Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes franchises in recurring roles. Continue reading Rachel McAdams’s 10 Best Movies

Movie Review: Game Night (2018) *Best Comedy in YEARS*

Rachel McAdams and Jason Bateman in Game Night
When we’re kids, we hang at our friends’ houses.  When we’re teenagers and young adults, we date.  When you end up married, be-kidded, mortgaged, and shackled to a cubicle all day, you live for game nights.  Humans need to play.  It’s part of who we are.  Game Night takes suburban warfare via board games, which happens in homes everywhere on a regular basis, and gives it a brilliant, absurd kick into the stratosphere.  The result is one of the best comedies in recent memory, not just for its constantly hysterical script, but for the ingenuity and deftness of the plot in which its mayhem takes place. Continue reading Movie Review: Game Night (2018) *Best Comedy in YEARS*

Game Night Trailer #1 (2018) *Game Night Gets Taken Up a Notch….or Five*

Max and Annie’s weekly game night gets kicked up a notch when Max’s brother Brooks arranges a murder mystery party — complete with fake thugs and federal agents. So when Brooks gets kidnapped, it’s all supposed to be part of the game. As the competitors set out to solve the case, they start to learn that neither the game nor Brooks are what they seem to be. The friends soon find themselves in over their heads as each twist leads to another unexpected turn over the course of one chaotic night.

Game Night is scheduled for a March 2, 2018, release date.
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My Favorite Scene: Doctor Strange (2016) “The Ancient One vs. Kaecilius”

With issue #15 (Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) hitting theaters in 48 hours, last night I rewatched issue #14 to get back in the Marvel mood.  Doctor Strange is one of my favorite of the origin story movies.  It’s such a simple, linear tale, but it almost has to be with the trippiness of the MCU’s mystical universe finally unveiled.  The film wastes no time showing you how different magic is in the MCU than in other universes by opening the film with Tilda Swinton’s Ancient One fighting her rogue disciple Kaecilius (Mads Mikkelsen) in a New York that’s shifting while they fight like it was being operated by a bemused entity with a really cool kaleidoscope handy.  This reality-shifting of Marvel’s capitol city was my favorite part of the film, taken to even greater heights later when Mordo and Strange are running from Kaecilius and his zealots.

Marvel has said that the MCU is going to be very different post-Avengers 4.  It may not work on the “phase” system.  It may be just an interconnected universe without a strict plot through line.  However it shakes out, Stephen Strange is going to be a big part of how it looks, and I can’t wait for the sequel now that we all know the players and the ground rules.  Since Strange 2 is at least three years away, remember you’ll be seeing him in November’s Thor: Ragnarok and in Avengers: Infinity War.  Seeing him interact with some of the established heroes is going to be a blast.  I especially want to see this moment recreated from the comics.
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