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.
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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I’ve seen a growing number of musicals over the years. Most are pretty good but there are some that are legitimately terrible; namely Into the Woods and In the Heights. However, the new Amazon Studios Cinderella film is honestly the worst musical I have ever seen.
It’s so bad that I was wincing the entire time I watched it, and that was only twenty-five minutes of the film. I was trying to watch it long enough to see Billy Porter’s genderless Godmother and to see why the heck James Corden was in it but I couldn’t even make it that far.
I was honestly surprised Amazon Studios would release a film so bad to the public. The CGI on Cinderella’s mice were clearly unfinished. The acting from everyone involved, even the seasoned veterans like Idina Menzel and Pierce Brosnan, felt either cringe-worthy bad or unbearably stilted. The songs were terrible and to include remixed versions of “Rhythm Nation” or “Material Girl” was just next-level egregious.
I love the latest wave of diversity in media but this musical felt like it was stuffing every progressive cliche down our throats and it was SO ANNOYING!
All in all, do yourself a favor and don’t watch this movie. It’s honestly that bad.
This movie gets a resounding F.
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P.S. (And can this finally be Hollywood’s last attempt to placate James Corden’s yearning to be a musical mogul. Every musical he touches turns to sludge.)
Okay, I’m going to try and act like a person in control and not get too hyped over an image that has no bearing on the story, acting, or overall series at all BUT…the first image for Amazon’s billion-dollar The Lord of the Rings series has been released and well, take a look.
This image is literally stunning. A work of art that I can only link to something as beautiful and jaw-dropping as the world of Middle-Earth. Is this our first look at Númenor, the island where the Dunedain, Aragon’s ancestors, originated from? Or is this the Elven capital Lindon, where it’s been rumored that the series will debut for audiences for the first time?
Ah, I don’t know what we’re looking at or who that is in the picture (I’m going to guess it’s Galadriel considering that I think the series will be featuring a young Galadriel played by Morfydd Clark) but she looks like an elf from the beautiful dress she’s wearing. (!!!!!)
All in all, if this image is anything to go by, and considering all of the secrecy surrounding the series’ filming, we finally may have another addition to this world as brilliant and as incredible as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy twenty years ago. Now that’s something I thought I’d never say again.
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Ever since it was announced that One Night in Miami, a film that sees four of the greatest African-American legends in history–Malcolm X, Mohammed Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke together for one night in Miami–was Regina King’s directorial debut this movie has been getting Oscar buzz and now that it’s out on Amazon Prime Video I decided to give it a look myself.
I’ve seen two other Oscar buzz films so far. Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods and Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 and I have to say, I think One Night in Miami is my favorite film of the three movies so far.
Every few months I check on the progress of The Lord of the Rings Amazon series which is still scheduled to arrive sometime in 2021 and a cast has been created for the show filled to the brim with actors and actresses I have never seen before. However, there was one actor that stood out, that being Morfydd Clark.
Morfydd Clark. Red Carpet arrivals for the 2017 Critic’s Circle Film Awards at The May Fair Hotel. 22 January 2017. London, UK.
The series will transpire during the Second Age of Middle-Earth, meaning we may get a firsthand account of how Sauron created the One Ring and the incredible battle that transpired thereafter involving elves and men against Sauron’s mighty army. While the cast hired for the show is mostly for roles unheard of in The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit trilogies there was one familiar name among the bunch.
It appears that this actress, Morfydd Clark, will be portraying a young Galadriel in the series, which could be really exciting. Of course, we’ve supposedly seen a younger Galadriel in the opening narration of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring but that doesn’t matter because we saw Ian Holm as a young Bilbo in that film as well but, unsurprisingly, Peter Jackson recast the character with Martin Freeman bringing young Bilbo Baggins to life in The Hobbit Trilogy.
Honestly, this is exciting news and I truly hope this The Lord of the Rings series becomes the next Game of Thrones/The Mandalorian craze that’ll have fans clamoring for more.
How do you feel about the casting decision for a young Galadriel? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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If you didn’t know, Amazon is preparing to create their own version of Game of Thrones with a Lord of the Rings television series that’s set to premiere sometime next year and rumors for the show have begun to start circling. One of the rumors was that Amazon is trying to get Peter Jackson to helm the new show as either a director or an executive producer which I feel the show will definitely need to feel credible to us viewers who might want to watch it. But now the latest rumor surrounding the show is that it will focus on a young Aragorn…which could and couldn’t be a great idea.
One of the reasons why The Lord of the Rings Trilogy were so great is because the characters were so memorable and engaging and Aragorn was one of those characters. People, including me, loved Aragorn’s journey in the films and the interesting thing about him is he has had quite the adventures because of his long age. In The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies there was a reference towards a young Aragorn who was already a ranger at that time. Legolas was then told by his father, King Thranduil, to seek out the young ranger, for he was someone he wanted his son to know.
This show would be a fabulous way to explore that unknown past of Aragorn and maybe provide some cameos from Legolas, Elrond, Arwen, and Gandalf along the way. We’d get to see new lands, new villains, new obstacles for him to face, and through it all we should definitely feel the presence of Sauron lingering in the background. That could be quite awesome if written correctly.