Everyone’s favorite aspect of the breakout series. Stranger Things is ready to face the King Of Monsters in 2019. Millie Bobby Brown, known for her portrayal of Eleven in the hit Netflix series, has signed on to star in Godzilla: King Of The Monsters, Legendary’s sequel to the 2014 monster flick starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen.
‘Godzilla’ [Legendary Entertainment]
‘Godzilla’ [Legendary Entertainment]
Details of the plot are being kept secret, as are character details. Michael Dougherty, the director of the horror flick Trick ‘r Treat and 2015 Christmas-themed horror film, Krampus, is directing the project which he also co-wrote the film with his writing partner on Krampus, Zach Shields.
Godzilla: King Of The Monsters will be the feature film debut for the spectacular 12-year-old Brit although she has appeared in a number of TV shows including Once Upon A Time, NCIS, Grey’s Anatomy… And of course Stranger Things, the role that earned Brown nominations for both SAG and People’s Choice awards!
Prepare For Legendary’s Own Cinematic Universe
Marvel has the Marvel Cinematic Universe, DC is chugging along with their DCEU and Universal is prepping to begin their own Universal Monsters Series with the Tom Cruise-headed, The Mummy. Now, Legendary Entertainment is set to venture into the world of the cinematic universe with their upcoming slate of giant monster movies.
King of Monsters is part of a Giant Monsters Cinematic Universe (referred to as MonsterVerse) that also includes the upcoming Kong: Skull Island. You will have to wait awhile to witness some more Godzilla action as Godzilla: King of Monsters is scheduled for release on March 22th, 2019.
In the meantime, Kong: Skull Island which centers on the origins of King Kong and stars TomHiddleston and Captain Marvel herself, Brie Larson is due to hit theaters on March 10th, 2017.
The 1998 classic You’ve Got Mail directed by the late & oh so great Nora Ephron starred Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan in their third collaboration. It tells the story of Kathleen Kelly (Ryan), a woman who wanders into an over-30 chat room on the day of her 30th birthday and goes by the username Shopgirl. There, Shopgirl meets NY152 who is a man named Joe Fox (Hanks), the man whose company is essentially destroying Kathleen’s livelihood. The film depicts the wondrous joys and immense struggles Kathleen endures as the legacy of her little Shop Around the Corner suffers a slow death until (SPOILER) she eventually must shut it all down.
You’ve Got Mail is easily one of my favourite romantic comedies of all-time. I like to refer to it as the “mashed potatoes of film.” Mashed potatoes are comfortable. Mashed potatoes make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. Mashed potatoes are safe. If they are in my present surroundings, I will stop whatever I am doing and gobble that shit up. That said, there are serious issues in the movie I do not take likely. Mostly, Joe Fox. Joe fucking Fox.
Look, it is adorable how they both are in relationships and constantly fantasize about talking to each other. I love the fact that Joe eats all the caviar off the plate like a disgusting savage (more of that in the post) but the more times I watch the movie, and trust me there have been a ton of times, the more I wonder what the hell is up with this guy. Here are just a few reasons why Joe Fox is a fantastical jerk off.
I highly recommend watching this brilliant recut trailer of the film. All I’m saying is, it is never addressed who the Rooftop Killer was…
Joe Fox Does Not Appreciate Caviar
“That caviar is a garnish!” – Kathleen Kelly
When Kathleen realizes the “F-O-X” man that appeared in her store was really Joe Fox, the man whose company is running her out of business, she approaches him like a strong, independent woman would do. She questions why Joe would take all the salt-cured fish eggs that are meant for everyone else at this party, something a caring human being would question.
Joe’s response? By shoving more caviar onto his plate.
What a monster.
Joe Fox Teases People Waiting For Their True Loves
“… The man who is coming here tonight is completely unlike you.” – Kathleen
When Joe Fox finds Kathleen at the coffee shop, he knows she is Shopgirl. He knows she is waiting for NY152. He knows she is head over heels for this mysterious entity.
How do you think he treats this woman who believes she is meeting her soul mate? By making her second guess herself as to why he hadn’t showed up yet.
Oh the two women that wandered in aren’t him? Oh the strange man dressed like Henry VIII isn’t him either? Clearly he isn’t showing up, you are shit out of luck. Kathleen gives him a harsh reality check, the first she has ever given in her life, and he pouts and walks out… Telling anybody their legacy will be futile is kind of harsh though… I’m sure he will cry about it to his adorable dog.
Joe Fox Predicts A Man’s Exact Coffee Order
“Tall… Decaf… Cappuccino!” – Joe Fox
This isn’t really related to his awfulness, I just found it interesting how in a voice over by his Cyber self, he accurately predicted a complete stranger’s exact Starbucks coffee order from the size, caffeine level and type and this man happened to order right after Shopgirl/Kathleen orders her tall, skim caramel macchiato.
Joe Fox Makes It Virtually Impossible For Kathleen To Reject Him At The End Of The Movie
“Brinkley!” – Joe Fox
At the conclusion of the film, when Kathleen finally meets her NY152, she tearfully lets out a “I wanted it to be you.”
Do you want to know why she is in tears? Kathleen is frightened for her life.
Hey, to all you stalkery humans who want your potential love interest to not immediately run away when they see you: meet up at Riverside Park, bring your adorable dog and have “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” playing while dozens of strangers are present. You know who will reject you if you do that? Nobody, that’s who.
If you rearrange the letters in that tearful declaration and listen to them backwards, she actually means “Please help me this man is going to kill me. FIGHT… FIGHT TO THE DEATH!”
The Movie Really Is Fantastic Though
Despite Joe Fox’s occasional inability to connect with other human beings, You’ve Got Mail truly is a wonderful movie. There are colourful characters, nostalgia up the wazoo and Dave Chappelle shows up too! For like three seconds, he is great.
On A Scale Of 10-11, How Much Merit Does My Joe Fox Theory Have?
It is no surprise that this year’s incredible addition to the musical genre, La La Land drew inspiration from a myriad of other iconic musicals. These include such classics ranging from Singin’ In The Rain to West Side Story, with hints of Grease sprinkled throughout and a whole lot of Fred and Ginger.
Sara Preciado decided to take these various inspirations and edit a side-by-side comparison between certain sequences in the contemporary La La Land with its classic counterparts all set to the instrumental tune of “Another Day Of Sun.” The result will make you want to spend an entire day sitting in front of your couch rocking a movie musical marathon.
Check Out The Side-By-Side Comparison Below:
How Often Are Certain References Made?
Singin’ In The Rain (1952) is, of course, one of the main inspirations/draws for La La Land because of those vibrant, beautiful colors and the fantastic chemistry between Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds. The “Lovely Night” sequence started off with a nod to Kelly’s titular dance and it particularly showcased Ryan Gosling‘s musical chops.
There are also numerous parallels with West Side Story (1961), particularly during the “Someone In The Crowd” sequence wherein Mia’s (Emma Stone) friends convince her to attend this extravagant party. Plus, the “City Of Stars” sequence where Sebastian (Gosling) is just singing along without a care in a world is just like Tony (Richard Beymer) felt singing about “Maria.”
Any fan of the musical genre who watched La La Land immediately caught on to the numerous inspired sequences that drew from the masters themselves, Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire. From the park bench scene in Shall We Dance (1937) to that hint of On The Town (1941) and that glorious Broadway Melody of 1940, we loved those talented men during the Golden Age of Hollywood and we certainly would not mind seeing more of them in the present.
Split tells the story of Kevin (James McAvoy), a man with 24 distinct personalities whose dangerously brute identity, Dennis, kidnaps three teenage girls. It also stars Betty Buckley and Anya Taylor-Joy and is directed by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable)
My Thoughts On The Characters And Story
Remember that scene in Hook when Pockets gives Peter a face-lift and says “oh THERE you are, Peter!” I want to go up to Shyamalan and declare “oh THERE you are, M. Night!” 2015’s The Visit was a great starting point for the man that brought us “What? No!” and if he keeps up this trajectory with Split and future projects, we are in for a Shyamalanaissance…
This movie simply does not work if James McAvoy is not up to task to portray such strong personalities. Not only was he terrifying at certain parts, he managed to create such distinguishable features for each identity, it was remarkable. During certain instances where one personality was attempting to be another one felt a bit muggy at times but to be fair, it is a wildly ambitious feat to attempt to achieve. I cannot sing the praises of McAvoy enough for his acting capability in Split. He portrays every identity brilliantly and plays off the other characters incredibly well. Anya Taylor-Joy of The Witch fame is fantastic and seeing those pivotal moments in her backstory interspersed throughout the film was a brilliant move. The flashbacks weren’t overused and one specific flashback just gutted me completely, I loved how each one added to her character because without them she would have just been a moody teenager. Her development was executed wonderfully and seeing the various parallels between her and Kevin truly enhanced the watch.
Haley Lu Richardson as Claire gave a pretty good performance whereas Jessica Sula could have been a bit better… By “a bit better” I mean like, a lot. Richardson and Taylor-Joy worked well off each other but unfortunately I felt Sula was on autopilot for most of it. Betty Buckley though was GREAT. I love her portrayal as Dr. Fletcher, you could truly feel the growing frustration she felt trying to convince people of the effects of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID)… For all you Netflix fans too, the guard from Orange Is The New Black and Lucas from House Of Cards appear in Split.
‘Orange Is The New Black’ | Netflix
‘House Of Cards’ | Netflix
How Were The Other Aspects To ‘Split’?
Split was probably one of my favourite movie theatre-going experiences, quite likeLights Out and Don’t Breathe last year. Since this is M. Night at his relative best, there were a few chuckles during certain instances that were meant to be humourous and other chuckles used as a defense mechanism for petrifying sequences on screen. In terms of the “horror” aspect to it, this is a genuinely scary movie. Besides the already petrifying concept that is kidnapping, Shyamalan manages to frame his camera movements so that your eye-line follows where he wants you to follow and the feeling of impending doom is absolutely imminent.
There has also been controversy regarding the depiction of mental illness in Split. Anytime mental illness is involved in a film, it is imperative to strive to not overdo it or depict it in a way that is ridiculing the person suffering from the illness and for what it’s worth, I think the depiction of DID was executed just fine. The amazing performance by McAvoy is not ridiculing the illness at all and if anything, it truly adds to the complexities of his character… Side note: there is an incredible dance sequence that I did not expect at all. If this is the positive trajectory of where Shyamalan is headed, please keep this going, Movie Gods!
If you’re looking for a psychological thriller to watch with a group of friends and want to feel genuinely terrified during certain instances, check out Split.
This Week, Let’s Visit The Illustrious Holly Golightly And Grab Some Breakfast At Tiffany’s!
Holly Golightly: I’ll tell you one thing, Fred, darling… I’d marry you for your money in a minute. Would you marry me for my money? Paul Varjak: In a minute. Holly: I guess it’s pretty lucky neither of us is rich, huh? Paul: … Yeah.
Based on the novel of the same name by Truman Capote, Breakfast At Tiffany’s follows the journey of Holly Golightly portrayed by the captivatingly brilliant Audrey Hepburn. We are introduced to this vision in black as she scarfs down on a croissant while looking lovingly at a window belonging to Tiffany & Co. You know, a typical Monday morning for many of us. Breakfast At Tiffany‘s also stars a beautifully tanned George Peppard, an incredibly racist performance by Mickey Rooney and is directed by the iconic Blake Edwards (Victor/Victoria, The Pink Panther)
Viewing This In The Theatres Is An Experience Like No Other
Tiffany’s is one of my favourite movies of all time and I was lucky enough to view it tonight at the VIP Cineplex theatre in Toronto. For those unfamiliar, the VIP theatres are 19+ and feature reclining seats, in-seat service, and they have basically been the only way I watch movies at the theatres now. They’ve spoiled me, really.
Hearing that incredible Henry Mancini score set against the backdrop of 1960s New York on a movie theatre screen while chomping down on an unhealthy brownie that was brought to me is fan… tastic! (This is also not a paid promotion… I just really like their VIP theatres)
And for those confused by my strange spelling, Canadians spell “theater” as “theatre.” Why? No idea.
Audrey Hepburn As Ms. Golightly Is Simply A Dream
Audrey Hepburn’s portrayal of this woman who harbours deep secrets and has lived through her whole existence by placing various facades on whomever she encounters could have easily come across as a vapid and selfish woman by any actress not of her calibre. Hepburn’s ability to step into a room and take it over completely while also managing to have that small-town naive look in her eyes is simply mesmerizing. I am genuinely in awe throughout the film at her sheer magnitude of a presence on screen. She receives first billing and undoubtedly owns it.
Hepburn and Peppard work fantastically well together, I enjoyed every single moment these two were on screen because I felt the adoration each respective character had for the other. The way the story progressed added another layer to their relationship and understanding of each other, particularly in Paul’s (Peppard) growing love for Holly. Since Hepburn’s performance and grasp of her character is executed so well, you want to see her succeed and thrive in her love life regardless of her belief that she needs to be wealthy in order to achieve that. Every character works to serve Holly’s story and ultimately, I love the film for that because of how much I am drawn to Holly Golightly.
Really Though… That Mickey Rooney Was All Kinds Of Crazy
With the undying love I will forever have for this movie, that performance by Mickey Rooney as Mr. Yunioshi will always make me laugh at the sheer absurdity of it. It is terribly insensitive and I’m certain any audience member today watching for the first time will understand just how different the times were… Not to excuse the blatant racism of the character, you just can’t help but laugh at the terribleness of it when a grown man in shitty makeup is shouting, “Miss-a Gorightry!” In the words of Clay Davis, sheeeeeeeeit.
Henry Mancini’s Score And Blake Edwards’ Direction Is To Die For
Mancini’s Moon River is utilized throughout the film for a number of scenes and every time I hear those first few chords, I melt. Edwards’ sequences are paired perfectly with Mancini’s score. That iconic opening scene is regarded as a classic because of its ability to express so much with not a single word of dialogue uttered in it.
We hear the opening chords to Moon River set against the sequence of a beautiful woman in black dressed to the nines, adoring the window display of one of the most affluent establishments on Earth. The hugely pronounced font displaying all those involved plusa mention of “Cat” in the character list! This movie has me hooked already and it’s only a minute in!
Please Check Out The Opening Scene Below, It Is Lovely:
So as you can tell from this entire piece, I love Breakfast At Tiffany’s and since it had been awhile since I last saw it, watching it in the theatre reminded me of all the fun this film has and the countless sequences that made me laugh aloud.
It is terribly difficult, darling to narrow it down to just one scene but since that is the point of this specific segment, I will mention the Stripper Dance scene wherein a drunk Holly and relatively distracted Paul visit a bar that I guess doubles as a strip show?
Bye Bye, Doc Golightly. The scene happened right after Holly said goodbye to Doc and declared to Paul to not take her home until she is well and drunk and well… Thankfully Paul is a man of his word.
Holly And Paul Discuss The Talents Of The Dancer. Nothing says relationship bonding like taking your prospective partner to a strip show and debating the merits of whether the woman stripping on stage is either “deeply and importantly” talented or “amusingly and superficially” talented… Not to mention HOW GREAT IS IT SEEING AUDREY HEPBURN AND GEORGE PEPPARD JUST CHILLING, WATCHING A WOMAN STRIP DANCE?!
My Favourite Line Of The Entire Film: “… Gracious! Do you think she’s handsomely paid?”
See My Favourite Scene Below:
If you’re a fan of Audrey Hepburn, gather your friends who are into older films that make you laugh and emotional at times and check out Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
Breakfast At Tiffany’s receives a Matt Damon-Having-The-Time-Of-His-Life-And-Grabbing-His-Beautiful-Nose.
Some Ticket Stub Action, If You’re Into That:
When Did I First Feel The Need To Watch Breakfast At Tiffany’s?
Fun Fact! For those interested, I used to be a huge Gossip Girl fan back when it aired in 2007 (TEN YEARS AGO?!) and there is a Tiffany’s sequence that occurred in the first season that I remember so vividly because I used to watch that fucking show incessantly. I even bought the Season 1 DVD that is… Somewhere…
Anyway, there is a sequence in Season 1, Episode 14 where Blair (Leighton Meester) is in her Holly Golightly-garb set at the conclusion of the film, looking for “Cat.” I don’t know why I liked it so much, I think it was because the thought of naming one’s cat “Cat” was just so appealing to me. After that episode, I decided “hey, maybe I should watch this movie with Audrey Hepburn because Gossip Girl referenced it… I mean, it must be good if they referenced it, right?” I always knew of the film since I was slowly getting into old Hollywood films but never took the time out to watch since we all know how busy seventh graders are.
Long winded story short, it is thanks to that sequence from the first season of Gossip Girl that got me off my butt and watching this Hepburn classic. Thanks, Jenny BLAIR!
Star Wars fans have been waiting impatiently for what title the next installment of the Skywalker Saga will hold and today, we have finally gotten our answer:
Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi
The official Star Wars twitter posted this image to their 2.75 million followers and in just under two hours, the post has been retweeted 100,000 times. Not to mention the roughly gradrillion of others that have had video responses and articles, quite like this one!
The Last Jedi is the second installment of this rebooted trilogy that consists of Episode VII, VIII and IX and combines all the brilliance of the old with the excitement and vigor of the new. The conclusion of The Force Awakens consisted of Rey (Daisy Ridley) encountering an aged and bearded Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and ever since that moment, we’ve all been clamouring to see what the hell happened next?!
Fun Fact: The Last Jedi is, interestingly enough, the first ever installment to a Star Wars live-action trilogy that does not follow the traditional four-worded title associated with those second installments. Both The Empire Strikes Back and Attack Of The Clones are the second installments of their respective trilogies and they, along with the final film, have been four-worded whereas the first installment has been three-worded.
The Original Trilogy
Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)
Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Episode VI: Return Of The Jedi (1983)
Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (2002)
Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith (2005)
The Rebooted Trilogy
Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015)
Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (2017)
Episode IX: TBA (2019)
What does this mean? I have no idea. I just thought it was an interesting decision on their part. This could be a hint of an attempt to stray away from the conventions associated with the Star Wars trilogy… If they’re going to try something new, why not start with the title and just go from there?
Maybe they are doing a complete overhaul AND THE TITLE IS ONLY THE BEGINNING?!?!?!! … Probably not.
Either way, I am excited for anything Star Wars-related so bring on that glorious galaxy far, far away, titles be damned!
Do You Think They Should Have Kept Up With The Title Tradition?
After years of fans wailing for an addition to the Terminator franchise that remotely lives up to the original 1984 classic or its phenomenal 1991 sequel, the wait is finally over. The battle between robots and Skynet is set to return home.
The Rights Are Set To Return To James Cameron In 2019
Deadline is reporting that the rights to The Terminator franchise are set to revert back to original director, James Cameron in two years, 35 years following the release of the original. Cameron will be involved in a “godfather” capacity while David Ellison, whose company Skydance co-financed Terminator Genisys, is also in the mix. Ellison retains certain rights to the brand as well and is planning on hiring to top shelf science fiction authors to figure out the next creative steps.
Tim Miller Of ‘Deadpool’ Fame Tapped To Direct
The 2016 R-rated hit, Deadpool was a surprise to all in terms of how successful the film performed in theatres, grossing over $760 million on a $58 million budget. Miller directed the Ryan Reynolds comic-book comedy and is in early talks to direct a reboot to the newly (and hopefully) invigorated franchise. Miller managed to pull off a terrific job directing Deadpool so seeing him channel his talents on a Terminator property with the help of James Cameron is just too good to be true… Please don’t be too good to be true!
It is pretty interesting reading about the rights debacle that has been taking place with The Terminator for the past couple decades.The ongoing saga goes all the way back to the early 1980s when James Cameron, who only had Piranha 2 under his professional belt at the time, “sold rights to his scripted project (The Terminator) for $1 to producer Gale Anne Hurd, with the stipulation he could not be fired as director.” This is arguably one of the greatest financial decisions ever made by a movie producer ever.
The ultimate result from this decision was the 1984 iconic sci-fi flick that introduced us to Linda Hamilton‘s Sarah Connor and Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s multitude of catchphrases. Cameron returned to both write and direct the 1991 sequel, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, a sequel that many believe actually tops the original! It really was that great.
Following T2, Cameron stayed away from the property after producers Mario Kassar and Andy Vajna beat him to the punch by purchasing the rights from Carlco‘s bankruptcy. They thought he would still participate after they bought it but Cameron probably said something like “fuck that, guys.” He did not participate in the subsequent three films (Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, Terminator Salvation and Genisys) or the short-lived TV series, The Sarah Connor Chronicles that starred Game Of Thrones‘ Lena Headey. The rights “ended up with Pacificor, which paid $29.5 million, and Megan Ellison bought them after that company floundered.” The exception to Cameron staying away was 2015’s less than stellar, Terminator Genisys wherein he reportedly stated that the film “reinvigorated and created a renaissance for the franchise.”
Regardless what occurs in the next few years, my hype levels are on another level for this reboot and I can only hope this good faith continues and doesn’t suffer one of those Hollywood-fucks-another-good-thing-up conundrum many potential films endure. Check back in with me in 2019.
Are You Guys Excited For A Potential Return To Prime ‘Terminator’?