Category Archives: Actors

‘The Father’: Yeah, Anthony Hopkins Deserved the Oscar

I’ve seen two more Oscar-winning films this past week so I thought I’d share my reviews of them. Enjoy!

The Imitation Game

The True Story of The Imitation Game | Time

A couple of days ago I decided to watch The Imitation Game, a biographical film about mathematical genius Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his collaboration with MI6 during World War II which led to his creation of what is technically the world’s first computer. Unsurprisingly, Cumberbatch, who earned his first Oscar nomination for the role, did an incredible job. Despite having my reservations about this film, it turned out to be far better than I would’ve imagined.

What made it more compelling as a story was the non-explicit yet the truthful depiction of Turing as a homosexual during a time when being gay resulted in a prison sentence. The constant thru line of his true self being alluded to yet hidden away provided more meaning to the film’s title, The Imitation Game, and added an extra layer of depth the movie surely needed.

Keira Knightley also did a tremendous job in the film, garnering a deserved Oscar nomination for her role as Turing’s best friend.

All in all, the film wasn’t the best biographical film I’ve seen (that still belongs to Malcolm X which Denzel Washington should’ve won Best Actor for, by the way) but it was a good one. I’ll give it 91 out of 100 and 4 out of 5 stars.

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I Watched ’The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’ and It Made Me Cry a Lot

Before I begin this review I must let you know, Benedict Cumberbatch is my favorite actor. Every time he’s making a new movie or show I am intrigued and so when I heard of one of his latest films, The Electrical of Louis Wain, the biopic of a famous British painter who brought cats to life in extraordinary ways.

Well, this film was far better than I expected. I had heard the buzz a few months back when it was debuting at the film festivals but it still took some time for me to finally check it out. I’m glad I did.

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain - Rotten Tomatoes

This movie is remarkable in its ability to transport you into a whole other world and with Benedict Cumberbatch’s incredible acting leading the way the film became one I will not soon forget.

To my great surprise, the film was more sentimental than I could’ve possibly imagined. I found myself crying profusely on a number of occasions and when the film concluded I was in a puddle of my own tears.

Yes, Cumberbatch deserves an Oscar this year. The work he puts into every role he plays is mind-boggling. He can transform from a young, genius detective in Sherlock to a fire-breathing dragon in The Hobbit to a cape-wearing superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and so much more. His level of range is phenomenal and even though I haven’t seen The Power of the Dog yet…I’m rooting for him over Will Smith for Best Actor. He’s an absolute master at his craft and there aren’t many actors like him anymore.

Oh geez, this has turned into a Cumberbatch appreciation post. All in all, The Electrical of Louis Wain is a surprisingly fantastic film and I highly recommend it.

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Did Angelina Jolie Confirm That We’re Getting an ‘Eternals’ Prequel?!

Last Friday the world was introduced to an ensemble of new superheroes called the Eternals. The film was regarded harshly by critics and met with growing enthusiasm among casual viewers and now the film’s writers are beginning to speak out.

They have begun sharing some ideas for a sequel and have even alluded to a prequel which would be on Disney+. Apparently it would be an episodic piece following certain Eternals and their impact on humanity/history. One such episode would feature Thena and her time in Greece which would undoubtedly lead to Athena’s legend being born.

And apparently, Angelina Jolie herself confirmed the prequel idea.

This actually sounds awesome and even though I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t happen the thought is definitely exhilarating.

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‘The Harder They Fall’ Isn’t Anything Special but It Is a Refreshing Change of Pace

I’m one of those African-American young women who love Westerns. In fact, I’ve loved them ever since I was a kid. Gunsmoke is one of my favorite shows of all time alongside Avatar: The Last Airbender and Sherlock and if I find a Western film I’m watching it because I absolutely love this genre.

Of course, I haven’t seen all of the great Westerns, but I’m finding more every year and it is a rewarding experience.

Now Netflix has given me something I always wanted to see but was never given; a Western starring Black cowboys. When I saw the trailer for The Harder They Fall I knew for a fact I was going to watch it. And when it dropped yesterday on Netflix I sat down with my sister, who’s also a Western fan, and we watched the two-hour and ten-minute film.

Netflix Western Movie 'The Harder They Fall': Coming to Netflix in November  2021 - What's on Netflix

First off, The Harder They Fall is not an instant classic; it’s a mediocre Netflix cowboy flick whose shining brilliance is assembling a Black cast that brought flavor to a story that was very bland. Regina King was the undoubted MVP of the film. She imbued every scene with a sense of power that had me whooping and cheering for her, reminding us why she’s the only actor in the cast who has an Oscar.

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I’m Still Not Over ‘Dune’

Some are calling Dune a “masterpiece.” I cannot say it’s a masterpiece because as of right now, it’s incomplete. What I can say is it’s incredibly cinematic; a jaw-dropping achievement in the art of epic movie making. It’s been a while since I’ve watched a film with this much scale. A film designed for the biggest screen possible so the movie can absolutely overwhelm your senses for two and a half hours straight.

For the first hour of the film, I remember thinking to myself on many occasions, “This is fire.” After seeing the first film, which is handled with such wanton confusion despite its dizzying amount of exposition, I could see the similarities being ironed out, allowing for a much smoother process of a storyline. In fact, as I watched the film’s first half play out, the movie itself felt very much like a book happening onscreen.

The screenplay is phenomenal, moving along at its own pace as Villeneuve’s otherworldly vision of Dune came to life along with Hans Zimmer’s mesmerizing score that I’m listening to at this very moment while I write this.

Like I said before, this is no masterpiece but wow was I impressed. I found myself also appreciating it far more than the last three Star Wars movies (The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and The Rise of Skywalker.) Star Wars has become such a phenomenon that people have become lazy with the material, providing generic looks at a franchise that is, in essence, as epic as Dune. Filmmakers, however, have turned Star Wars into a joke; a tale for children with cool lightsabers that make awesome noises and the simply bland heroes-versus-villains tales that keep being told over and over again in unimaginative ways.

I miss looking at Star Wars and feeling like the directors actually care about giving us something epic to look at. Not just ideas that will be crafted into a wave of new toys (like the Sith Troopers) or a new ride at a Disney theme park (like Rise of the Resistance.)

I also haven’t been this blown away by a cast too. Despite the wave of A-listers that joined this movie they don’t feel out of place. In fact, Villeneuve gives them new lanes to shine in. He utilizes every actor for their personal strengths and uses them to perfection.

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Well, Agatha Harkness Is Getting Her Own Spinoff Series

WandaVision is the Disney+ series that started the year off and while the series was met with confusion and bewilderment it was also met with more than a little intrigue. The series ended up far better than I could’ve ever thought and it garnered a lot of love from the fandom thanks to its unique perspective of what a superhero show could be. And the breakout star of the series was Kathryn Hahn’s Agatha Harkness, a hilarious witch who’s lived for hundreds of years seeking more and more power.

WandaVision: Kathryn Hahn's Agatha Harkness getting her own spinoff at  Disney+

Thankfully Agatha wasn’t killed off in the series and I instantly knew we would be seeing her again, sooner rather than later. Now, today, it’s been reported that Agatha Harkness has a spinoff series in development. It’s described as a “dark comedy” and will have Jac Schaeffer, who was the lead writer and executive producer of WandaVision, returning to write and executive produce the series.

Considering that we’re roughly a month away from Disney+ Day, it makes sense that we’re starting to hear about new Marvel projects in the works and I’m very, very excited to learn more.

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