weekend update

black panther – wakanda forever!

Black Panther is the latest film  (18th) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This film is directed by Ryan Coogler, written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, it stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular character, with Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker and Andy Serkis. T’Challa (Black Panther) returns home to Wakanda and his leadership role is challenged due to global consequences. Continue reading

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hostiles – dark and heavy, yet amazing!

Hostiles is a western written and directed by Scott Cooper, based on a story by Donald E. Stewart. It stars Christian bale, Rosamund pike, Wes Studi, ben Foster, Stephen Lang, Jesse Plemons, Rory Cochrane, Adam Beach and Q’oriank Kilcher. It’s about a US Cavalry officer who must escort a Cheyenne chief and his family back to their home in Montana. This takes place in 1892.

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the post – spielberg’s latest

The Post is a historical drama directed by Steven Spielberg with a screenplay written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer. It stars Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Tracy Letts, Bradly Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, Matthew Rhys and David Cross. It’s about the journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who published the Pentagon Papers regarding the US government’s involvement during the Vietnam War. Continue reading

my top two movies of 2017

I’ve tried to pick two movies out of the year that were my favorites.  One tends to be the movie I’ve viewed the most, a lot of the times it’s the movie that I’ve paid to see more than once.  And the other movie is one that I just want to be recognized or pointed out. This year it simply came down to the numbers.

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jumanji: welcome to the jungle – this has fun and game(s)

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is an action adventure comedy film that serves as a sequel to Jumanji (1995), and is also a standalone movie. The film is directed by Jake Kasdan and written by Kasdan, Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Scott Rosenberg, and Jeff Pinkner, from a story by McKenna. It stars Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, Nick Jonas and Bobby Cannavale. This time it’s some time after the first movie with Robin Williams, and four teenagers are transported into the Jumanji video game playing as the characters they chose. Can they beat the game and return home? Continue reading

wonder – this generation’s “mask?”

Wonder is a drama directed by Stephen Chbosky and written by Jack Thorne, Steve Conrad, and ChboskyIt’s based on the 2012 novel of the same name by R.J. Palacio. It stars Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay. The movie follows a child with Treacher Collins syndrome (short version… deformities in facial features, eyes, ears, cheekbones…) who tries to assimilate into a school after being home-schooled. Continue reading

coco – hits all the right chords!

Coco is the latest movie from Pixar. It’s directed by Lee Unkrich and co-directed by Adrian Molina, based on an original idea by Unkrich, with a screenplay by Molina and Matthew Aldrich. The film stars Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt, Alanna Ubach, Renee Victor, Ana Ofelia Murguia and Edward James Olmos. It’s about a Mexican boy named Miguel who accidentally finds himself in the land of the dead during the holiday Dia de Muertos. It’s the first film with a nine-digit budget, with an all Latino cast that cost between $175-200 million. Continue reading

daddy’s home 2 – too much fun

Daddy’s Home 2 is the sequel to the 2015 film Daddy’s Home. This time it’s a Christmas comedy directed by Sean Anders and written by Anders and John Morris. The movie stars Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow and Mel Gibson.

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thor: ragnarok – and or roll!

Thor: Ragnarok is the third Thor film and the 17th film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ragnarok is directed by Taika Waititi, the screenplay is written by Eric Pearson and Craig Kyle and Christopher Yost. The film stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo and Anthony Hopkins. With a score by Mark Mothersbaugh.
This time around Thor has to escape from the alien planet of Sakaar and get back home to Asgard. Continue reading

blade runner 2049 – bleak never looked so good

Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel to the 1982 Blade Runner film. 2049 is directed by Denis Villeneuve it’s written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. The film stars Ryan Gosling, Ana de Armas, Sylvia Hoeks, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Lennie James, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto and Harrison Ford. This time around we’re 30 years after the original film centering around a blade runner named K who discovers something about replicants that may cause a war between them and the humans. Continue reading