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I finally got to see Marvel’s Black Panther a couple of days ago so I’ll throw my thoughts out there. There are some minor spoilers in this review in case you haven’t seen the film and want to remain spoiler-free, although most of what I have to say below you can figure out from the trailer.

Black Panther is one of the few films to get a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes’ famed Tomatometer. I would give it 4 stars out of 5, my quibbles with it to be explained below.

First, it is a movie applauded for a lot of good reasons – a majority black cast, starring Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, Lupita Nyong’o and Angela Bassett; and a black director (and co-writer), Ryan Coogler. The setting is the fictional African country of Wakanda. The plot is this: the King of Wakanda has died, and T’Challa, his son, is set to take over, if he can defeat any challengers in hand-to-hand combat. He has the advantage of having taken a potion made from a flower that gives him superhuman strength. Or it’s supposed to, anyway. This is where one of my quibbles comes in – if he has this strength why is it he tends to get the crap beaten out of him more than once?

Anyway, T’Challa becomes King of Wakanda, which is not the third-world country the outside world thinks it is, but is in fact very technologically advanced. Some of its people believe they should share their knowledge with the rest of the planet, others are wary of what will happen to their country if they do. As it is, they are largely left alone, with (almost) no one outside of Wakanda the wiser as to what is really happening in their country.

Their other big advantage outside of technology is vibranium, an element that is used, among other things, to make Black Panther’s spiffy suit bulletproof. Wakanda has managed to keep this to themselves with the exception of the devious Ulysses Klaue (Andy Serkis), an arms trader and one of the two main baddies in the film (the other one being Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan)). Martin Freeman shows up as a CIA guy trying to take down Klaue (shades of Bilbo meeting Gollum)!

There are some very fierce female badasses in this one, as T’Challa’s guards (led by Danai Gurira as Okoye) are all female and definitely not to be messed with.

The visuals are all pretty amazing, as you would expect from a Marvel film. I will be surprised if it doesn’t garner some awards for costume and/or set design, not to mention special effects.

My other main quibble about the film is that T’Challa doesn’t spend enough time as Black Panther for me. Overall, however, it’s a small quibble for what is otherwise a groundbreaking Marvel movie. That Marvel made this movie with an almost entirely black cast and a black director, with the political themes it has, well, that is in and of itself a very big deal. But it should not be forgotten that now 95-year old Stan Lee (who yes, does have a cameo in this film), and the late Jack Kirby wrote the original Black Panther comic back in 1965, only one year after the Civil Rights Act was passed. Kudos to them for having the vision to create a black superhero, not on some distant planet but right here on Earth.

Below is a trailer:


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Here’s the spot for Avengers: Infinity War that was shown during the Super Bowl. You can see the film on May 4th:


And finally, after much waiting, here is a teaser trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story. This is supposed to be Han’s origin story, but I just can’t get into Alden Ehrenreich as Han. Maybe I’ll just call him Fred. It’s Fred Solo, Han’s brother or something.

Anyway, here’s that trailer – the film is out May 25th:

#AvengersInfinityWar #HanSolo #StarWars

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Here’s a little featurette from Marvel on the upcoming Black Panther.  Star Chadwick Boseman, director Ryan Coogler, Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Stan Lee (co-creator of the character) talk about the film. It will be out in theaters on February 16th.


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The full trailer for Avengers: Infinity War has finally arrived!

The plot is simple – the powerful Thanos (Josh Brolin) wants to rule the cosmos by obtaining all six Infinity Stones.  Our superheroes are going to attempt to stop him.  Among them: Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), and The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).  Alongside are the Guardians of the Galaxy Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Nebula (Karen Gillan), Drax (Dave Bautista), Groot (Vin Diesel), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff).  Paul Bettany makes his first appearance as Vision, Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther, and Elizabeth Olsen is Scarlet Witch.  There are more, but you get the idea – Marvel is throwing a lot of superheroes at the problem!

Here’s the trailer – enjoy:

The film will be released on May 4, 2018.

#InfinityWar #ChrisEvans #BenedictCumberbatch #TomHiddleston

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Yes, I was able to sneak in a viewing today of Thor: Ragnarok.  Chris Hemsworth is back as Thor, with Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, a.k.a. The Hulk, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Benedict Cumberbatch as The Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange.

Direction is by Taika Waititi, who seems to have taken a page out of James Gunn’s book and laid the comedy on pretty thick.   Not even the very villainous Hela is above cracking at least one joke.

And Cate Blanchett’s Hela is definitely one of the best things about this film.  Also in that category: the too short but funny bit with Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange; the cameo by Stan Lee; Hiddleston’s Loki, and the use of Led Zeppelin’s The Immigrant Song.

If I have a gripe about it at all I thought there was too much time spent with the Grandmaster.  After all, it was Hela who was really wreaking havoc on Asgard and I don’t think there was enough screen time spent with her and Thor together.  But despite that, I’d say that if you liked the other Thor films you’ll like this one.

And yes, you will have to sit through the credits for a couple of scenes, one of which comes shortly after the end of the film and the other after the names of the thousands and thousands of people it takes to put together a film with this much CGI.  But stick it out, it’ll be worth it.

Below is a trailer – enjoy:

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There’s a new Thor: Ragnarok trailer out.  ‘Nuff said – here it is:

And here’s a fun little featurette:

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Fall is coming, and with it the anticipated premieres of some television shows that will hopefully get us out of the late summer doldrums.  There hasn’t been much going on in the theater.  I did see The Hitman’s Bodyguard, but didn’t end up reviewing it.  (Long story short: if you really need to go to the movies it’s OK, but the scene stealer in that film is Salma Hayek.)

Anyway, below are some series (and mini-series) I’m looking forward to or that I thought you might be.  Hit the Calendar page also for other upcoming dates of interest.  Entertainment Weekly has a comprehensive list here.

Outlander – Starz – Sunday, Sept. 10

Star Trek: Discovery – CBS All Access – Sunday, Sept. 24; Netflix will show the series outside of the U.S. and Canada, including the U.K., the day after it airs here

The Voice – NBC – Monday, Sept. 25/Tuesday, Sept. 26

Lethal Weapon – Fox – Tuesday, Sept. 26

LiarSundance Wednesday, Sept. 27, ITV Monday, Sept. 11

The Blacklist – NBC – Wednesday, Sept. 27

Will & Grace – NBC – Thursday, Sept. 28

Marvel’s Inhumans – ABC – Friday, Sept. 29

Poldark series 3 – PBS Masterpiece – Sunday, Oct. 1

Marvel’s Runaways – Hulu – Tuesday, Nov. 21

#Fall2017TV #LethalWeapon #StarTrekDiscovery

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Yes, someone in the crowd at Hall H filmed the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War and it has leaked online.  I don’t post footage unless it’s been officially released by Marvel for sharing, so if you want to see it you’ll have to Google it for yourself.  I suspect Marvel will be putting it out there soon since it’s leaked anyway.  This is the same footage that was shown at Disney’s D23 a few days ago.

In the meantime, ScreenRant has helpfully given us a rundown of what’s in the trailer here, if you want to know.

Footage for Black Panther was also released, but it has also not been loaded online yet.  ScreenRant‘s description of that trailer is here.  Below is the teaser trailer that was officially released last month.  Love the suit.  That is something that could have gone so wrong but Marvel got it right.  Black Panther stars Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman.  It will be released on February 16th.

#InfinityWar #BlackPanther

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At San Diego Comic-Con Marvel unveiled a new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok.  It stars Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Jeff Goldblum as the Grandmaster (brother of the Collector), Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk and Cate Blanchett as Hela.

The film debuts October 27th in the U.K. and November 3rd in the U.S.

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Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn announced via Twitter that he would be returning to write and direct the third installment of the franchise.

In the meantime, Vol. 2 will be arriving on May 5th, and tickets are already on sale.  It’s tracking to have a huge opening, so fair warning that you may want to preorder your tix.

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Marvel released the second trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

We see Elizabeth Debicki as Ayesha and Kurt Russell as Ego, Star-Lord’s dad.

And of course, we get more of pint-sized scene stealer Baby Groot. One can never have enough Baby Groot!

The song is The Chain from Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors. If director James Gunn ever decides to quit making films I have a sneaking suspicion he could get a gig as a DJ somewhere…

Enjoy!


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Some snippets of news for your Friday…

To absolutely no one’s surprise, Fox has given Lethal Weapon a renewal for season 2.  If you haven’t been watching this show you’re missing out.  And if someone doesn’t give Clayne Crawford some kind of award then there’s something wrong somewhere.  He’s done an incredible job all year taking on a very difficult role.  Love the rest of the cast also.

To almost everyone’s surprise, NBC has given Days Of Our Lives a renewal for its 52nd season.  Low ratings, Megyn Kelly and writing team shakeups notwithstanding, there will be more sand flowing through the hourglass!  While I only check in on my old soap occasionally, I would be very sad to see it go.  It’s like that old teddy bear in the box stuffed in the back of a closet… you may not look at it often, but you know it’s there if you want to.

Benedict Cumberbatch has another new project coming up, and surprisingly, this one is for the BBC and PBS’ Masterpiece.  According to Deadline, he will star as Stephen Lewis in The Child In Time, adapting the novel by Ian McEwan.  Benedict will also executive produce under his SunnyMarch TV banner.  The plot revolves around Lewis and his wife, and the difficulties they face after their daughter goes missing.

Benedict is filming The Current War, where he plays Thomas Edison to Michael Shannon’s George Westinghouse.  He’ll also be putting on the Cloak of Levitation again in Thor: Ragnarok and the sequel to Doctor Strange.  One busy man.

If you’re a Dan Stevens fan (and you’ve forgiven him for leaving Downton Abbey) then you can catch him in FX’s Legion as David Haller.  This is one of the more obscure X-Men characters.  The role is a big departure for Stevens from Downton and his upcoming princely role in the live-action Beauty and the Beast.

#LethalWeapon #DaysOfOurLives #TheCurrentWar #BenedictCumberbatch #LegionFX #DanStevens

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La La Land has tied with All About Eve and Titanic for the most Oscar nominations at 14.  The musical/romance film was nominated for Best Picture, Best Actress (Emma Stone), Best Actor (Ryan Gosling), and pretty much everything else it was eligible for.

The other Best Picture nominees were Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, Moonlight, Lion and Manchester By The Sea.

Joining Stone in the Best Actress category are Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Isabelle Huppert (Elle), Ruth Negga (Loving), and Natalie Portman (Jackie).

Best Actor nominees are Gosling, Casey Affleck (Manchester By The Sea), Andrew Garfield (Hacksaw Ridge), Viggo Mortensen (Captain Fantastic), and Denzel Washington (Fences).

The nominees for Animated Feature Film include Moana, Kubo and the Two Strings, My Life as a Zucchini, The Red Turtle and Zootopia.

Deadpool was unfortunately shut out, even in the technical categories.  Doctor Strange received a nomination for Best Visual Effects.  Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was also nominated in that category as well as for Sound Mixing.

You can see a list of all the nominees here on the official website.

Congratulations to all!

#Oscars #DoctorStrange #LaLaLand

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Marvel and Funko have released a short called Spellbound, starring the God of Mischief, Loki; Spider-Man, and Iron Man.

Enjoy.


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Marvel has released the second trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which comes out in May.

If nothing else this trailer proves that once babies are out of their pot and mobile, they’re extremely dangerous.

#GuardiansOfTheGalaxy #GotGVol2

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