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Trailer Time: Collateral Beauty Trailer #1 (2016) *A Matter of Life and Death*

Collateral Beauty stars Will Smith as a man in the aftermath of an unspeakable tragedy.  His way of coping of it is by writing letters.  Not to the deceased.  They tell you to do that in grief counseling and sometimes it helps.  Smith is writing letters to Death, Love, and Time.  And mailing them.  This has his friends understandably concerned, but not as concerned as Smith when Death (Helen Mirren) shows up with one of his letters in hand. Continue reading Trailer Time: Collateral Beauty Trailer #1 (2016) *A Matter of Life and Death*

My Favorite Scene: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Season 4 (1994) “How Come He Don’t Want Me?”

With Will Smith atop the box office in a summer blockbuster again in Suicide Squad, it’s almost hard to remember that he started as a rapper.  Will Smith’s “Fresh Prince” persona was given a sitcom by NBC in 1990 in which he essentially played himself, taken in by rich relatives in Bel-Air, CA, after he started getting into trouble living with his mother in Philadelphia.  The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air exploded into popularity because Will Smith wasn’t just a rapper who could act a little, he was and remains a charisma bomb capable of both amazing comic timing and tear-jerking dramatic depths.

Nowhere in the series is this more on display during the fourth season, when Will’s absentee father (played by the great Ben Vereen) shows up suddenly in Will’s life after having missed most of it.  Will gets excited, bonds with his father who wants to take him on a trip, all the while under the skeptical gaze of his uncle (the late James Avery).  Sure enough, Will’s father tries to make an unnoticed exit again, but this time he faces the wrath of Uncle Phil and his son, who after he leaves gives one of the best, most heartbreaking rants in  TV history.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Will Smith, James Avery

Movie Review: Suicide Squad (2016) *Does DC Turn it Around?*

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Since its stunning first trailer appeared last year, this movie looked like a slam-dunk for DC.  After Batman vs. Superman’s negative reaction, Suicide Squad was still there to stem the tide.  That’s why it has been so disheartening to hear negative review after negative review slam the film.  I went in with an open-mind, and I’m going to offer as spoiler-free a review as I can.  Suicide Squad is the best DC film (live or animated) this year.  That’s not to say I just gave it a huge compliment.  This is a film that has clearly been tampered with last-minute, suffers from some really dodgy CGI, and a key performance that drags the movie down.  In many ways it feels like two films; the first and second hour.  Ultimately, this is an extremely flawed film, but there are some fantastic performances and enough DC fan candy to make it worthwhile, but there’s an amazing film buried in all of this that got completely butchered in the editing room and in reshoots (The Hollywood Reporter two days ago did a big piece on the behind the scenes drama; click here to read). Continue reading Movie Review: Suicide Squad (2016) *Does DC Turn it Around?*

In Theaters This Week (8/5/2016) – Suicide Squad, Nine Lives, The Little Prince, and THE OLYMPICS!

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Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week.  August 5th signals the end of the summer blockbuster season with Suicide Squad, which looks like another disappointment.  Netflix is releasing a critically-acclaimed animated version of The Little Prince.  There’s also a Kevin Spacey movie where he’s turned into a cat.  All in all, The 2016 Summer Olympics are probably your best bet if you have any interest in sport at all. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (8/5/2016) – Suicide Squad, Nine Lives, The Little Prince, and THE OLYMPICS!

Trailer Time: Suicide Squad Trailer #3 (2016) *Third Time the Charm for DC?*

Oh, DC.  Sigh, you’re getting a bit of a reality check this year so far, aren’t you?  You’re rebooting your comic universe (shhh no words, you’re rebooting it again no matter what you call it) for the second time in five years, and your grim and gritty review-proof Batman vs. Superman just got knocked out of first place at the box office by a Melissa McCarthy (BADLY REVIEWED) comedy in its third weekend.  What made grim and gritty work so well in Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy was that it was written and directed by CHRIS NOLAN.  Now your third film in the DCCU – Suicide Squad – set between Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman, has a ton of undue pressure on it and you’ve sent it back for major reshoots to lighten the tone.  Of a movie called SUICIDE Squad.  WB cannot leave things alone, cannot stop corporate tinkering.  They’re the anti-Disney.  They will not be able to make this thing work without doing what they’ll never do: hire someone to run it.  The closest thing they have to that is Zach Snyder and he’s a large part of the reason you’re in the mess you’re in….but you haven’t fired him yet.  It’d be funny if these weren’t great characters deserving of the kind of treatment they get on The CW in the three series there which have been DCU’s greatest successes outside of TDK.

Margot Robbie, Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn

How much of the reshooting the new trailer reflects, who knows?  It does feature a lot more on Joker and Batman to complement Harley, who was carrying the marketing pretty nicely on her own.  I liked Ben Affleck as Batman, so his inclusion doesn’t bother me.  Heck I liked Henry Cavill as Superman.  The problem was Zach Snyder and David Goyer’s script for BvS, not the cast (except Jesse Eisenberg, who I better never see again in a comic book movie).  Will the tinkering ruin the aesthetic that David Ayer’s film had going that had fans so excited?  We’ll have to wait until August to find out, but if WB ruins this one, their films are just going to become noise that hurts the whole genre.  For what it’s worth, this is my least favorite of the trailers for the film.

Joker, Jared Leto, Suicide Squad

It feels good to be bad…Assemble a team of the world’s most dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains, provide them with the most powerful arsenal at the government’s disposal, and send them off on a mission to defeat an enigmatic, insuperable entity. U.S. intelligence officer Amanda Waller has determined only a secretly convened group of disparate, despicable individuals with next to nothing to lose will do. However, once they realize they weren’t picked to succeed but chosen for their patent culpability when they inevitably fail, will the Suicide Squad resolve to die trying, or decide it’s every man for himself?

The movie hits theaters on August 5, 2016.