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Beauty & The Beast Official Poster and More Stills Released

Emma Watson, Belle, Beauty & the Beast

Before this year’s Jungle Book, I was of the opinion that the Disney live action remakes of their animated catalog was a money grab.  The live action film division of Disney is the last bastion of the hucksterism that drove that company for the longest time.  Bombs like the Pirate sequels, The Lone Ranger, and Tomorrowland have continued to come forth from its depths while the rest of the company has become synonymous with quality.  Star Wars, Pixar, Marvel, and the resurrected animation department have made the studio the best in Hollywood, and now, after being utterly dumbfounded by how good The Jungle Book was, I look upon next year’s Beauty & the Beast as one of the first films of 2017 that is absolutely must-see.  Disney has released more stills showing the Beast, Gaston, more of Emma Watson as Belle, and while I think the Beast looks a little dodgy….I’m so in.  You’ve probably already seen the teaser a million times, but I don’t know if you’ve realized that it is shot-for-shot a remake of the teaser for the 1991 animated film.  Seeing them side-by-side and hearing Alan Menken’s haunting piano theme begin to play, you sense that this is going to be as special as our visit to the jungle was this year.  Check out the new pictures and this comparison trailer.  Beauty & the Beast will release March 17, 2017. Continue reading Beauty & The Beast Official Poster and More Stills Released

Trailer Time: Disney’s Beauty & The Beast (2017) *This Is How You Do a Teaser*

After wowing us with their live-action adaptation of The Jungle Book in 2016, next year Disney will turn its sights on Beauty & The Beast (still the only animated feature to ever be nominated for Best Picture).  The Jungle Book so blew me away that I was in on this (though 2018 and The Little Mermaid is going to seriously need to win me over).  However, this teaser trailer just bewitched me.  Elegant, haunting, showing just enough while taking you back to the Beast’s castle, showing only a glimpse of Emma Watson as Belle.  I was incredibly impressed with this teaser.  I was not the only one.

Beauty and the Beast

Beauty & the Beast broke the 24-hour viewing record for a trailer debut set by Star Wars Episode VII, being viewed online 91.8 million times since Disney uploaded it.  In another two or three years, Disney will have enough money to secede from America and become its own country (storing it all, of course, in a theatrically huge Scrooge McDuck money bin).

The cast is as stellar as The Jungle Book’s and is directed by Chicago director Bill Condon.  Joining Emma Watson as Belle are Emma Thompson, Ian McKellan, Ewan McGregor, Luke Evans, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Kline, and Dan Stevens as the Beast.  Original composer Alan Menken will return to do the music.  This looks like it could be something special.  But I think this is this the only Episode VII record the film will be breaking.  Disney’s Beauty & the Beast is scheduled for a March 17, 2017, release.
Dan Stevens, Emma Watson, Disney's Beauty and the Beast

My Favorite Scene: Captain America – The First Avenger (2011) “Grenade!”

The Marvel Cinematic Universe started eight years ago this week with the release of 2008’s Iron Man.  Fast-forward to 2016 and the first weekend in May is now Marvel Weekend.  They park a film here every year, and every year, advance an ongoing film universe that now contains four TV shows (with four more planned) and is on its 13th installment with Captain America: Civil War.  It is well on its way to becoming the most prolific (it should pass the Bond franchise for most installments in a series around 2020) and successful film franchise in history.  The cornerstone of the Marvel Universe is Captain America. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Captain America – The First Avenger (2011) “Grenade!”

My Favorite Scene: Spotlight (2015) “After Publication”

Sunday night, Spotlight was named Best Picture of 2015 by the Academy, and I’m still blown away.  It’s not often that the best picture is actually the best picture nominated.  The film is powerful and well-done.  It’s a story of journalistic investigation that can only be compared on film to All the President’s Men (click here for my review of Spotlight).  The investigation into the Catholic Chuch priest abuse scandal could have been easily exploitative or anti-Christian, and the film is neither.  It simply lays the facts out of a systematic, institutionalized streak of sin (no other word for it) in what is supposed to be a place of joy, comfort, solace and safety.

The most powerful scene, and I don’t think this will in any way ruin it for those who haven’t seen it, is the last one.  After the publication of Spotlight’s investigation, The Boston Globe was anticipating picketers, crowds and a tsunami of calls to the front desk.  The scene picks up with Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo arriving at the Globe’s offices and finishes with a gut punch that left everyone in my theater (including myself) dumbstruck.
Spotlight, Thomas McCarthy
Michael Keaton and director Tom McCarthy with the real Spotlight team.

Movie Review: Spotlight (2015) *Heart-wrenching, Important Cinema*

Spotlight, Michael Keaton, Liev Schrieber, Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo
Both the Washington DC and Los Angeles Film Critics Associations have named Spotlight the Best Picture of 2015, and – I have to tell you – after having just watched it, I think this is your Oscar-winner, as well.  2015’s fall has been the best fall for movies (even with Spectre and Hunger Games falling flat) that I can ever recall.  Spotlight is an “important” film that is actually important.  Spotlight tells the story of the 2001-2002 investigation by the Boston Globe into allegations of child abuse by Catholic priests in the Boston archdiocese.  Powerful, heartbreaking, balanced, non-exploitative, Spotlight is on par with All the President’s Men in showing journalism at its best and humanity at its worst. Continue reading Movie Review: Spotlight (2015) *Heart-wrenching, Important Cinema*