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Mowgli Trailer #1 (2018) *Witness the Darkest Telling*

I loved Disney’s The Jungle Book.  I thought it was not only better than the animated version; I thought it was better than Kipling’s book (maybe blasphemy, but there it is).  I have wondered for a long time how Andy Serkis was going to separate his take on The Jungle Book, and with the release of the first trailer for the fall film, you can clearly see this is an entirely different take.  Mowgli appears to be well-titled, because its focus is squarely on the man-cub after he’s grown to the age where Disney’s version leaves him.  I’ve always thought the animated version’s end was ridiculous because you knew five seconds after he wandered into that village after the girl that a mob was going to chase him right back out or throw him in a cage.  That’s exactly where Andy Serkis begins this trailer.  You add to that a voice cast boasting Serkis, Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Naomie Harris, and Cate Blanchett as well as the motion capture expertise that Serkis has been perfecting through the Planet of the Apes trilogy, and Mowgli just jumped to the top of my most anticipated films of the fall.  The film is set to open October 19, 2018, more from Coming Soon below. Continue reading Mowgli Trailer #1 (2018) *Witness the Darkest Telling*

In Theaters This Week (10/14/2016) – The Accountant, Max Steel, Desierto

(L to R) JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN and GAEL GARCIA BERNAL star in DESIERTO.

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.  October 14th brings three new wide releases, but nothing of the caliber still we saw in September. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (10/14/2016) – The Accountant, Max Steel, Desierto

Top 5: Directors

Film, as it is often said, is a director’s medium and it’s true.  Directors have more influence over the quality of a film than any other person involved in the process.  I picked my top five directors based on a few criteria.  They have to be still working.  They have to have directed at least three feature films.  They have to be still capable of directing a great film (in my opinion of course).  For example, Frances Ford Coppola is still alive, still occasionally working, but I don’t think he has a great film left in him.  So with those rules in mind, here are my top 5 and those just off the list.

1. Chris Nolan (Memento, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception)
Christopher Nolan

2. David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac, The Social Network)
David Fincher

3. Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom, Looper)
Rian Johnson

4. Brad Bird (Iron Giant, The Incredibles, Mission Impossible IV)
Brad Bird

5. Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings Trilogy & The Hobbit Trilogy)
Peter Jackson

Honorable Mention: JJ Abrams, James Cameron, Alfonso Cuaron,  Guillermo del Toro, and Joss Whedon

Trailer Time: Believe (2014 – NBC) Alfonso Cuaron and JJ Abrams New Series

This is the series I’ve been waiting all year for.  Don’t get me wrong, this has been one of the strongest years for new series in a long time.  Brooklyn Ninety-Nine, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Almost Human and The Blacklist have me onboard for the duration.  Abrams is involved in Almost Human, but a collaboration with Cuaron who wrote and directed the pilot and will serve as the series executive producer with Abrams?  Sign.  Me.  Up. Continue reading Trailer Time: Believe (2014 – NBC) Alfonso Cuaron and JJ Abrams New Series

Full List of Winners from the 71st Golden Globes

Golden globes

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey again hosted the pre-Oscars or as the Hollywood Foreign Press insists on calling them: The Golden Globes.  If you take the trends at the Golden Globes as your Oscar tarot cards, then your best picture race is really 12 Years as a Slave vs. American Hustle.  Acting awards have been all over the map and they remain a complete wildcard going into Oscar time.  Alfonso Cuaron is going to win Director no matter what anyone else does.  Also, “Let it Go” did not win best song and there’s a divot on my wall to prove it.  Granted I have bronchitis so it’s a small divot and not where I aimed, but a divot nontheless.

On the TV side the love was for House of Cards and Breaking Bad for drama, but the most notable outcome was that this ceremony may have saved Brooklyn Ninety-Nine, the season’s best new comedy, from cancellation by trigger-happy FOX.  It won best comedy and Andy Samberg won for best actor in a comedy and that prestige may just buy it a second season.  The full list of nominees and winners is below: Continue reading Full List of Winners from the 71st Golden Globes