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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*

Ant-Man On-the-Set Gallery #1 (17 Photos)

Ant-Man opens July 17, 2015, and filming of the first film of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe began this week.  Courtesy of Super Hero Hype, here are 17 photos to scrutinize for deep meaning and hidden Waldoes (not really).

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.  Continue reading Ant-Man On-the-Set Gallery #1 (17 Photos)

First Photo From the Set of Ant-Man

Ant-Man, Paul Rudd
Director Peyton Reed started filming Ant-Man yesterday and we already have our first picture from the set.  There’s nothing too dramatic as Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is looking beat-up and ratty, probably pre-ant.

The original Ant-Man, Hank Pym, will be played by Michael Douglas and his daughter, Hope Van Dyne (why did they change it from Janet?), will be played by Evangeline Lilly.  Also returning to the MCU will be Mad Men’s John Slattery who will be playing Howard Stark (I’m supposing in a flashback to Pym’s days).  Slattery last played Tony’s dad in Iron Man 2.  The official synopsis is below.  This one has a lot of skepticism to overcome.  Ant-Man opens July 17, 2015.

Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
Ant-Man

My Favorite Scene: Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) “Gust’s Tirade”

Heading into weeks now after the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman and it’s just still surreal that he’s no longer with us.  Such a classic, larger-than-life presence on the screen; a true movie star whose career was so full and yet so far from finished.  Hoffman turned in a number of performances that were astonishing, but my favorite role of his was that of Gust Avrakatos in Charlie Wilson’s War. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) “Gust’s Tirade”