Category Archives: Actors

Throwback Thursday: Finishing ‘Sherlock’: A ThrillIng Ride from Beginning to End

I think Benedict Cumberbatch is my favorite actor now and it’s because of this show.

My first introduction to Cumberbatch was via Star Trek: Into Darkness where he played the villain, Khan. I remember seeing him for the first time in the trailer and thinking, “Wow, he looks cool.” My father took my sister and me to see it and while I pretty much don’t remember anything about the movie or Cumberbatch in the film his impact in the trailer, alone, struck me.

The second movie I saw that featured Cumberbatch was The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug where he voiced Smaug who, by the way, I feel is the greatest onscreen dragon of all time.

His voice rumbled through my very soul as I watched the film for the first time at an IMAX midnight showing with my family. He was, in short, amazing! He brought such a grandiosity, a sense of menace and real threat to Bilbo and the dwarves that he was one of the reasons why I still happen to enjoy The Desolation of Smaug whenever I get far enough to see the dragon.

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‘Mulan’ And All of Its Flaws

Mulan is now available free of charge to all Disney+ streamers and so I thought it would be the perfect time to revisit the film after my second viewing yesterday (I was one of those people who paid $30 to see it early) and share my thoughts with you all.

In short, as a little girl, Mulan was my favorite Disney princess. She was brave and fierce, qualities in which inspired and wowed me. When I heard they were doing a live-action version I couldn’t be more excited, especially when they chose to forego songs to make it a more epic experience. I was like, “Heck yeah, let’s do this!”

And yet now, after a few viewings, I only see the flaws in Mulan instead of the good and boy are there a lot of flaws. So, let’s get to them.

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I Finished ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ The Other Day…But Why Was It So Hard?

I’ve been trying to finish Solo: A Star Wars Story for over a year now. Here’s the drill.

The first step to watching Solo is experiencing extreme boredom. Once I am extremely bored I always manifest the idea: “I’m going to watch Solo today.” There are usually three places I end up stopping; after the train heist (which is the best part of the movie), when they reach Kessel, or during the Kessel Run. If I make it past the Kessel Run sequence I’ll finish the movie.

When I watched Solo for the first time in theaters three years ago I was pleasantly surprised. The movie was actually pretty entertaining. But after subsequent viewings I began to dislike the movie more and more.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not bad. In fact, it’s a solid Star Wars movie. But there is one common denominator that makes it a challenge to finish (and enjoy) this movie…and that is Alden Ehrenreich.

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It’s Official: Oscar Isaac Is Moon Knight

There are a lot of really cool Disney+ MCU series coming up, one of them being Moon Knight. The first official casting for the series was Ethan Hawke in an undisclosed role but there still hadn’t been an official announcement of Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector/Moon Knight…until today.

After Isaac shared a post featuring him posing in front of some Moon Knight slips from the comics it is now official that he is indeed playing the mysterious moonlit vigilante and I am excited!

I’ve seen Oscar Isaac in a bunch of movies and I’ve seen his range as an actor. His best acting performances, I felt, have been in Ex Machina and Annihilation where he really transformed as an actor and I didn’t feel like I was looking at a variation of Poe Dameron. Seeing him become a Marvel superhero is going to be a nice change of pace (and a huge upgrade from his cringe-worthy/hilarious performance as Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse) and I’m really interested in what he’ll bring to the MCU.

My personal pick for the actor to play Spector was Adam Driver who I frankly think is a far better actor than Isaac. I really thought he would be able to embrace the character in a really profound an exciting way…but Isaac got it instead and I just hope he does justice to this character whose Wiki page is fascinatingly dark. We’ll see what happens.

Do you like the idea of Oscar Isaac playing Moon Knight? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

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The Oscars Made History But They Still Didn’t Have the Guts To Go There

Well, I watched The Oscars last night and it was fun. The setting was gorgeous, the cameras used to broadcast movie’s greatest night of the year felt so immersive it almost looked like we were watching a movie, and making it personal by giving the viewer a bit of insight into the nominees was an inspired touch.

Daniel Kaluuya (Judas and the Black Messiah) and Yuh-Jung Youn (Minari) had the most memorable speeches of the evening, cursing was rampant during an Oscar song game, Glenn Close did the ‘Da Butt’ dance on live television, and Frances McNormand howled to the rafters like a wolf.

The night was a win for people of color in a bunch of categories, with two Black women making history by winning an Oscar for Best Makeup and Hairstyling for the first time in the Academy’s 93-year history. And yet, at the end of the night, with only three categories left, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture, the night took a sharp left turn.

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‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ Is an Emotional Masterpiece

Roughly half a year ago I watched Marriage Story and I absolutely loved it. It was funnier than expected and it was riveting. Plus, it felt like a really smart and well-written film. My mother said that if I liked it that I should watch Kramer vs. Kramer, the movie that essentially became the blueprint for these type of divorce dramas, so I finally got around to watching it today and boy was I engrossed.

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) | MUBI

Kramer vs. Kramer is definitely a late 1970s’ take on the story as it completely frames the wife as the villain of the story while the father is branded as the hero in little Billy (that’s their son’s) life. In a way, the same thing kind of happens in Marriage Story with Scarlett Johansson’s character becoming a bit of the villain in the story even though Adam Driver’s character is ultimately the one that destroys the marriage when he decides to cheat with a fellow co-worker.

But despite Marriage Story‘s modern spin on the classic divorce drama it doesn’t come close to the enjoyment that I felt watching Kramer vs. Kramer.

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