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The Dream Cast of the ‘Knives Out’ Sequel

Since Netflix made a deal with Rian Johnson and bought his two Knives Out sequels yesterday for roughly $450 million I thought it would be perfect timing to revisit my dream cast for the sequel. Enjoy!

Scarlet Johansson

Scarlett Johansson in The Black Dahlia (2006)

Scarlet Johansson has become a world-renown actress with her various roles on the big screen, namely her stepping into the limelight as Black Widow for over a decade. I can imagine her playing a beautiful femme fatale that leaves you constantly wondering if she’s the culprit behind the murder. Continue reading The Dream Cast of the ‘Knives Out’ Sequel

Movie Review Flashback: ‘Jojo Rabbit’ Is Another Taika Waititi Must-Watch

There are two writer/directors that are making waves in both blockbuster films and thoughtful Oscar-buzz worthy movies. They are Taika Waititi and Rian Johnson.

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In 2017, Waititi and Johnson got a chance to share their writing chops with blockbuster movies that moved the particular stories in bold new directions. Waitit helped direct and steer the third Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok, in a direction that was both brilliant and very entertaining. Thor, whose first two previous movies are considered on the bottom of totem pole in the MCU desperately needed an upgrade and Waititi’s vision gave him a story worth caring about while allowing Chris Hemsworth to let his comedic chops shine.

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‘Black Widow’ Gets Another Major Delay

Yes. Black Widow is getting yet another delayed release date and this one, oh this one is a doozy. It was announced yesterday that the film would not theaters until May! of 2021.

I am so sad. I miss Marvel Studios’ films so much, I really miss these characters and I was really looking forward to seeing Black Widow on the big screen this year but it looks like we won’t be getting that now will we?

And now, because of this delay, we will not be getting Shang-Chi and the Master of the Ten Rings until July 9, 2021 and Eternals will arrive next November, pushing the releases of Spider-Man 3, and Thor: Love and Thunder to 2022.

It’s a blow to the heart, seriously. Yes, we’re getting WandaVision this year, probably still in December, but just knowing that we won’t get to feel the joy of seeing a Marvel Studios on the big screen this year is actually kind of devastating for me. I really wanted to see more about this Taskmaster fellow and how this movie will help elevate Black Widow’s conclusion in Endgame.

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A Movie Ranking: Scarlett Johansson (Updated)

The last time I wrote this post I hadn’t seen Ghost in the ShellJojo Rabbit, and Marriage Story. So, with no further delay, let me update this list.

13. Ghost in the Shell

Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell (2017)

To be fair, I haven’t seen this movie all the way through but I did see enough of it and it is pretty terrible. It’s cultural appropriation on steroids (the character that she plays is supposed to be Asian and even has an Asian mother!) The bodysuit is so flesh-colored and tight that it honestly feels like you’re watching Johansson traipse through a movie naked, minus the explicit lady parts. This was just not my style.

12. Lucy

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy (2014)

From Luc Besson, the mind behind the critically-acclaimed wonder, The Professional, comes Lucy, the story of a normal American woman who, by accident, is exposed to a drug that slowly opens 100% of her brain.

The first third of the movie was actually pretty entertaining but with a story as complex as the idea of a human possessing that much knowledge and power, the film turned south real fast. But hey, you should check it out.

12. Iron Man 2

Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 2 (2010)

Scarlet Johansson’s debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was nothing short of exciting and it wouldn’t be long before she would become a fan favorite.

11. The Jungle Book

Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, Ben Kingsley, Giancarlo Esposito, Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong'o, and Neel Sethi in The Jungle Book (2016)

Voicing the wise snake of the jungle, Kaa, The Jungle Book is a delightful remake of a Disney classic.

10. Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Avengers: Age of Ultron is pretty good but compared to these next six films it pales in comparison.

9. The Avengers

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Scarlet Johansson’s second dive into the MCU was even better as she became the hero we didn’t get to see in full detail in Iron Man 2.

8. Captain America: Civil War

Scarlett Johansson in Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War was the film that turned Black Widow from Avenger to a leader. Gone was the flirtiness that partly dominated her story replaced with a steely resolve to have to make the right choice. This version of Black Widow is the one we’ll see in greater detail next summer with Black Widow and I couldn’t be more excited.

7. The Prestige

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An amazing movie from beginning to end, The Prestige is unlike any film you’ll ever watch and Scarlet Johansson’s Olivia Wenscombe is the puzzle piece that brings it all together. However, it is a tad bit confusing and it would be easy to lose interest because it takes its own time to establish the mystery.

6. Marriage Story

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I just watched this the other day and I was thrilled to discover it lived up to the hype. The film was perfectly written, balancing humor with real-life problems that brought a sense of moroseness to the movie that never ceased. Scarlett Johansson tried to garner an Oscar win for her role in this film but ultimately, it wasn’t even her strongest performance last year. I’ll get to that performance later. But, this was a great movie that left me very satisfied.

4. Jojo Rabbit

Sam Rockwell, Taika Waititi, Scarlett Johansson, Stephen Merchant, Alfie Allen, Rebel Wilson, Thomasin McKenzie, and Roman Griffin Davis in Jojo Rabbit (2019)

When I learned that Jojo Rabbit, a comedy written and directed by Taika Waititi, was actually getting a bunch of praise I wanted to see it. I finally watched it the other week and I LOVED IT! It was darkly comedic and yet it was so striking in its assessment of the Nazis and their evil beliefs, as well as vilifying hatred that still lingers to this day.

Scarlett Johansson received her second Oscar nomination for her supporting role in this movie and if not for Laura Dern’s impeccable portrayal of Johansson’s lawyer in Marriage Story she could’ve won.

3. Avengers: Endgame

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While Black Widow’s role in Avengers: Endgame was much smaller than I expected it doesn’t take away from the impact she had on the story or the MCU overall. Without her sacrifice, The Avengers would not have been able to defeat Thanos, and while it was a sad turn of events for such a beloved character it was the right choice made by the Russo Brothers and the writers of the film, Christopher Markus and Stephen Mcfeely.

2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Scarlett Johansson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

This film was the first time we got to see the spotlight placed on Black Widow and it was fascinating. We got to grasp a deeper side to Natasha Romanoff that had only been sparsely touched in The Avengers and it made her character that much more interesting. Plus, we got to see her in super-spy mode and it was awesome! This was the movie that made me love Black Widow.

1. Avengers: Infinity War

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Honestly, is this even a surprise? Avengers: Infinity War is my favorite Marvel movie and, subsequently, this is my favorite role of Black Widow’s as well. The new hairdo, the awesome new outfit, and the stern-no-nonsense persona, Black Widow shined in Infinity War in ways that I hope will be replicated in the Black Widow movie.

So, there you have it, folks! My updated movie ranking of Scarlet Johansson.

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Counting Down my 20 Favorite Trailers: #16-‘Black Widow’

I’m so ready for Black Widow and it was this final trailer that did it. Here it is.

I didn’t know if I was going to like this movie and who knows, maybe it’s kind of bad that it took me three trailers and several tv spots to legitimately want to see this film but Marvel Studios know what works and this trailer worked wonders.

We get to see a bunch of Black Widows, we get to see Taskmaster looking like the coolest villain in the MCU with his special set of skills, and we get to see Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff) in the spotlight which is fun.

I’m really excited to see what surprises this story has in store and if it took this long for us to get to see this movie I’m sure it’s going to be a whole lot of fun. Woo! Did I say I’m excited?

What movie trailer will be in the magical #15 spot? I can’t wait to show you.

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‘Jojo Rabbit’ Is Another Taika Waititi Must-Watch

There are two writer/directors that are making waves in both blockbuster films and thoughtful Oscar-buzz worthy movies. They are Taika Waititi and Rian Johnson.

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In 2017, Waititi and Johnson got a chance to share their writing chops with blockbuster movies that moved the particular stories in bold new directions. Waitit helped direct and steer the third Thor movie, Thor: Ragnarok, in a direction that was both brilliant and very entertaining. Thor, whose first two previous movies are considered on the bottom of totem pole in the MCU desperately needed an upgrade and Waititi’s vision gave him a story worth caring about while allowing Chris Hemsworth to let his comedic chops shine.

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Rian Johnson did the same thing with The Last Jedi but unlike Thor: Ragnarok which would ultimately receive critical acclaim from critics and fans alike The Last Jedi was met with a barrage of searing vitriol as the Star Wars fandom was split straight down the middle. Some fans thought it was a moment of masterful storytelling. Others felt like their entire childhood had been sent into flames before their very eyes, culminating in a movie that was just too upsetting to handle.

And then last year, Taika and Rian would return with brand new films set to an entirely different tone. Waititi would release Jojo Rabbit, a dark comedy about a ten-year-old Nazi enthusiast whose imaginary best friend is Adolf Hitler and Johnson would make Knives Out, a film that’s considered to be one of the best whodunnit flicks of all time with its masterful twists and turns.

Both filmmakers know the importance of a good yet simple setting and perfect casting but only one film, despite both being nominated for Oscar nominations, brought home its writer/director an Oscar win and that was Jojo Rabbit, and for good reason.

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Waititi bluntly throws in the faces of all that watch this film the sheer stupidity of hatred and how it corrupts otherwise good and decent people, turning them into monsters for no reason whatsoever.

Jojo, the protagonist of the story, loves everything about the Nazis and thinks that Jews are the worst creations on the planet, because that is what he has been taught, but when he discovers a Jew girl secretly living in the attic of his house his entire world changes.

It’s a brilliantly written, perfectly crafted story that takes its time to build to the climactic end. I’m not going to lie. I found myself crying quite a bit in the last thirty minutes of the movie.

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One of the film’s six Oscar nominations went to Scarlet Johansson and I have to say, she totally deserved it. She portrays Jojo’s mother with such sureness that she feels like a perfectly written character who brings a lot of heart to the story. There is one particular scene that probably garnered her the nomination in the first place that comes to mind when I think of how great of a job she did in this movie.

No, Jojo Rabbit definitely didn’t deserve the big win which is of course Best Picture but it deserves its nomination for such an honor because it is that good. Its dark comedy fills the movie with that classic Waititi humor but the seriousness of the story’s subject matter reminds you over and over again that even though you may laugh it isn’t funny.

I’m going to give this movie a solid 97 out 100 and 4.5 out of 5 stars. It’s not the best movie I’ve seen but it is way better than I expected and it deserves all the praise it can get. I can’t wait to see what Taika Waititi can do with Thor: Love and Thunder and the new Star Wars movie which he will write and direct.

It’s going to be fun, brilliant, and masterful.

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