Fact verses Fiction – Mary Queen Of Scots

historical painting of the real mary queen of scots
Off with her head! (Ouch; too soon?)

I have read at least 10 books on Mary Queen of Scots, watched every documentary about her, and spent a great deal of time in Edinburgh retracing the steps of this mighty woman.

When the movie  Mary Queen of Scots was released, I knew Hollywood wasn’t going to go for accuracy; that’s just not what they do. I was prepared for some outlandish story, like maybe, Elizabeth and Mary would meet, embrace, form a two-girl show and play on Broadway. However, I was pleased to see that Hollywood only monkeyed with the whole face -to-face meeting thing, but it still worked.

Here are a few inconsistencies I noticed in 2018’s film Mary Queen of Scots:


 

  • Mary didn’t speak with a Scottish accent. Having been raised in the French Court, she spoke with a French accent.
  • Mary had hazel/brown eyes, but didn’t you love looking at Saoirse’s beautiful blue eyes?
  • The Scottish court was not as diverse as the movie implies. There were very few Africans or Asians in 16th century England, let alone in the nobility.
  • There was not a room full of male advisers when Liz signed Mary’s death warrant. The warrant was slipped in with dozens of other papers the Queen was signing at her leisure. Elizabeth was like so many other ‘business people’ that when handed a stack of papers to sign, by the time you’re near the bottom, you’ve forgotten your own name.
  • James Hepburn was a rapist, a murderer, and a real scourge on society. Even though some historians claim the marriage between Queen Mary and Bothwell was consensual, only the bride and groom know for sure. The fact that Bothwell turned tail and ran from Carberry Hill, while his little bride was surrounded by men who wished her harm, speaks volumes about his character.
  • At the beginning of the movie, a manor purporting to be Holyrood Palace was not the real Holyrood Palace.

 

There were a few other goofs, but who cares? It was a great movie.

Quiz – Mary Queen of Scots

Movie Review – Mary Queen of Scots

Quiz – Queen Elizabeth l and Mary Queen of Scots

Download the RunPee App free at Android or for iPhone

 

Full List (and comments) for the 2019 76th Annual Golden Globes Nominees & Winners

76 annual golden globes award
Who deserves to win a Golden Globe from the 2018 movies?

We’ve compiled the complete list of nominees for tonite’s (Jan 6, 2019) 76th Annual Globe Awards, and the RunPee Family added a few comments here and there. Been a long, fruitful year of movies. We’ve added links to RunPee’s own reviews where we had them (we don’t catch every limited release). Enjoy reading our opinions!

So! What are your best guesses? Are you happy about the wins? Who was robbed? Add your thoughts about 2018’s films in the comments below.

UPDATED, AFTER THE AWARDS: All winners in each category are in bold. They have boldly gone where movies should go, right? Anyway.

The full list of 2019 Golden Globes nominees [Drumroll]:

Film


 

Best Picture — Drama

Black Panther (RunPee Jilly: PLEASE let a genre superhero movie win!!! Break the ceiling now! Make Stan Lee proud! Oh, just win it!) 

BlacKkKlansman (Dan: What a funny, witty, movie. Great acting, directing, editing. It’s a strong contender for Best Picture.) 

Bohemian Rhapsody (Jilly: Why is this not a musical?)

If Beale Street Could Talk

A Star Is Born (Jilly: Second time: why is this also not a musical?)

Best Picture — Comedy or Musical

Crazy Rich Asians

The Favourite

Green Book

Mary Poppins Returns (Jilly: Certainly is the only Musical on this list.)

Vice (Jilly: This was a COMEDY?)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Drama

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born

Willem Dafoe, At Eternity’s Gate

Lucas Hedges, Boy Erased

Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody (Jilly: my pic for the prize. He WAS Freddie.)

John David Washington, BlacKkKlansman (Dan: I don’t know about this. If JDW is nominated then how can Adam Driver not be nominated as well? They played the same person. 🙂 )

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama

Glenn Close, The Wife

Lady Gaga, A Star Is Born

Nicole Kidman, Destroyer

Melissa McCarthy, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Rosamund Pike, A Private War (Jilly: the movie was disturbing, but clearly meant to be. I can’t argue with the stellar job Pike did with this challenging piece. It’s nothing like her work in Gone Girl, but I can make out certain similar touches.)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Christian Bale, Vice (Dan: Wait, what? Christian Bale was Cheney? I thought Cheney played himself in this movie.)

Lin Manuel Miranda, Mary Poppins Returns

Viggo Mortensen, Green Book

Robert Redford, The Old Man & the Gun

John C. Reilly, Stan & Ollie

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy

Emily Blunt, Mary Poppins Returns (Jilly: She really became Mary Poppins, ya’ll. Goes to show that good talent can equal a previous iconic performance, if all things come together. Also, it’s Emily Blunt! She’s on my “Can Do No Wrong” list.)

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade

Charlize Theron, Tully

Constance Wu, Crazy Rich Asians (Dan: This movie had all the markings of a cinematic Hallmark movie, but Constance’s performance really brought it up a notch, and then some.)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Mahershala Ali, Green Book

Timothée Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Adam Driver, BlacKkKlansman (Dan:  Okay, that’s what I’m talking about. Driver was superb.)

Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Sam Rockwell, Vice (Dan: Meh, just like Bush Jr., he plays second fiddle to the real talent.)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture

Amy Adams, Vice (Dan:  A strong performance. She didn’t have many dramatic scenes but did a great job with what she had.)

Claire Foy, First Man

Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk (DanaSimone:  UPDATE: Just heard Regina King got an Award for Best Supporting Actress for Beale Street…. and she made a trending speech about hiring 50 percent women from now on on her projects….here is her awesome speech.)

Emma Stone, The Favourite

Rachel Weisz, The Favourite

Best Director — Motion Picture

Bradley Cooper, A Star Is Born (Jilly: A nice directorial effort. This young man is shaping up nicely.)

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Peter Farrelly, Green Book

Spike Lee, BlacKkKlansman (Dan:  He’s got my vote.)

Adam McKay, Vice (Dan:  Adam did a great job taking a creative approach to a serious subject matter. I mean really, it takes real creativity to make a bioptic about Dick Cheney into a comedy, without turning it into a farce.)

Best Screenplay — Motion Picture

Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite

Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Adam McKay, Vice (Dan: Honestly, his directing was really good, however I think the bulk of the credit goes to Christian Bale’s performance. But this screenplay was amazing. I think this is Adam’s strongest suit.)

Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Green Book

Best Motion Picture — Animated

Incredibles 2 (Jilly: The probable winner. This adulty animated Superhero family is the one to beat. Plus, Pixar!)

Isle of Dogs  (Jilly: Isle of Dogs certainly deserves this nom. I was super surprised how sophisticated this limited release cartoon about Asian dogs was. But it had a stellar acting cast, so, maybe I should have expected it.)

Mirai (Golden Man: A sweet anime about family and heritage. Definitely an underdog. Its nomination is its award. The kind of left field movie that occasionally sneaks into the Best Animated Film category at the Oscars.)

Ralph Breaks the Internet (Jilly: This was freaking amazing too!)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Jilly: OH NOES. Let this one win. Sorry about everything I said above. Especially in 3D, this film absolutely blows the rest out of the water. One of the best movies in any medium – total A ++++.)

Best Picture — Foreign Language

Capernaum

Girl

Never Look Away

Roma

Shoplifters

Best Original Score — Motion Picture

Marco Beltrami, A Quiet Place (Jilly: WTH? This is an almost entirely silent film? Does this count as Best Anti-Score?)

Alexandre Desplat, Isle of Dogs (Jilly: Unusual score, but not a winner, I think.)

Ludwig Göransson, Black Panther (Jilly: YES! This is the kind of soundtrack scoring that transports the viewer to a new reality. This most exotic of Marvel’s soundtracks should set a standard of what we can expect in a genre film like this.. My unreserved vote.)

Justin Hurwitz, First Man (Jilly: The score was a collection of oldies hits, if I recall. Nope on this one.)

Marc Shaiman, Mary Poppins Returns (Jilly: Might be hard to beat from nostalgia factor alone. Not my choice, though.)

Best Original Song — Motion Picture

“All the Stars,” Black Panther

“Girl in the Movies,” Dumplin’

“Requiem for a Private War,” A Private War

“Revelation,” Boy Erased

“Shallow,” A Star Is Born

Television


Best Television Series — Drama

The Americans (FX)

Bodyguard (Netflix)

Homecoming (Amazon)

Killing Eve (BBC America)

Pose (FX)

Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Barry (HBO)

Kidding (Showtime)

The Good Place (NBC) (Jilly: The Good Place is a well deserved sleeper hit. The small ensemble is clearly having a great time, and so are we in watching it.)

The Kominsky Method (Netflix)

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon)

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The Alienist, TNT

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, FX

Escape at Dannemora, Showtime

Sharp Objects, HBO

A Very English Scandal, Amazon

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Stephan James, Homecoming

Richard Madden, Bodyguard

Billy Porter, Pose

Matthew Rhys, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Sandra Oh, Killing Eve

Julia Roberts, Homecoming

Keri Russell, The Americans

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Sacha Baron Cohen, Who Is America

Jim Carrey, Kidding

Michael Douglas, The Kominsky Method

Donald Glover, Atlanta

Bill Hader, Barry

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy

Kristen Bell, The Good Place (Jilly: Bell deserves this. No one but Veronica Mars herself could do a better job sleuthing this plot out.)

Candice Bergen, Murphy Brown

Alison Brie, Glow

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Debra Messing, Will & Grace (Jilly: Messing will probably win, to make up for the 30 noms her show was snubbed by over the years. I’ll be fine with that. The show did something I never thought mainstream society was ready for.)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Antonio Banderas, Genius: Picasso

Daniel Bruhl, The Alienist

Darren Criss, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Benedict Cumberbatch, Patrick Melrose

Hugh Grant, A Very English Scandal

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Amy Adams, Sharp Objects

Patricia Arquette, Escape at Dannemora

Connie Britton, Dirty John

Laura Dern, The Tale

Regina King, Seven Seconds

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alan Arkin, The Kominsky Method

Kieran Culkin, Succession

Edgar Ramirez, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Ben Whishaw, A Very English Scandal

Henry Winkler, Barry

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

Alex Borstein, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Patricia Clarkson, Sharp Objects

Penelope Cruz, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Thandie Newton, Westworld

Yvonne Strahovski, The Handmaid’s Tale

So? What say you? Go to the comments and don’t be shy. We all have our own opinions, so no one is wrong.  For example, I (RunPee Jilly) tend to like genre films/TV (sci-fi, fantasy, adventure) myself, and avoid a lot of Oscar bait. It doesn’t mean I have no taste, does it? It’s all fun. That’s what makes us go see movies, read reviews, and learn new things to watch. 

Quiz – Golden Globe Awards Trivia

Quiz – Bradley Cooper – Actor, Director, Musician

Quiz – Clint Eastwood – Actor, Director, Mayor, Musician

Quiz – Political Career of Dick Cheney

Did Rami Malek Sing In Bohemian Rhapsody?

Quiz – Golden Globe Awards Trivia

Most people will have to guess at the answers, so don’t be sad if you’re one of them; this quiz is intended to entertain you about actors, directors, and awards from Golden Globe Ceremonies over the years. 

The Golden Globe Awards

Hope you enjoyed this little quiz; I had great fun making it, and yes, I would have bombed this myself if I were not the one making it.

The Voice Actors of Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse has a great cast of voice actors. Here’s a breakdown of the actors, and movies where you might have seen them before. (Slighty spoilery; all links are to RunPee’s reviews)

Peter Parker is voiced by Chris Pine.
This is the first Spiderman we meet when the movie opens.
Chris Pine has numerous leading roles, probably most notably as Captain James T. Kirk in the recent Star Trek movies, but also Wonder Woman, etc.
Peter B. Parker is voiced by Jake Johnson. If you remember, Jake was in Jurassic World as the geek working in the operations center. He had a small part, but did a lot with it. He’s also in a really good movie called Safety Not Guaranteed. If you haven’t seen it, put it on your list. You can thank me later.

 

Miles Morales is voiced by 23 year old Shameik Moore.
Shameik has landed a few roles here and there, but this is his first blockbuster role, and he kills it.
Gwen Stacy is voiced by Hailee Steinfeld.
December 2018 has been a good month for Hailee. Not only is she the voice for Gwen, but also plays the lead in BumblebeeOh, and she turned 22 on December 11th. Go Hailee! Thumbs up from RunPee!
Uncle Aaron is voiced by Mahershala Ali.
Mahershala played Remy Danton on House of Cards, and was Dr. Don Shirley in Green Bookand has a part in the upcoming Alita: Battle Angel as Vector.
Jefferson Davis is voiced by Brian Tyree Henry.
Brian has many roles here and there, most notably in Hotel Artemis as Honolulu, and is in the 2020 release of King Kong vs Godzilla. 
Aunt May is voiced by Lily Tomlin.
Lily has been around a good long while. We’d be here a long time if I tried to list just half of her roles.
Rio Morales (Miles’ mother) is voiced by Luna Lauren Velez.
Luna has a role in Dexter as Lt. Maria LaGuerta and the show Oz as Dr. Gloria Nathan.
Mary Jane is voiced by Zoë Kravitz.
Zoë has been busy lately. She plays Leta Lestrange in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; she was the voice of Catwoman in the Lego: Batman movie, and was Angel Salvadore in X-Men: First Class.
Spider-Ham is voiced by John Mulaney.
John has done many things, but most of his work is as a writer for SNL.
Peni Parker is voiced by Kimiko Glenn.
You may know Kimiko from Orange Is the New Black
as Brook Soso.
Spider-Man Noir is voiced by Nicolas Cage.
He’s been in movies, a LOT of them, but you may not know that he was cast as Superman in an unmade movie directed by Tim Burton. I’m really not sure the world is ready for that. Okay…after these past few years I guess we probably are. I mean, how much worse can things get?
Searched high and low
but could not find
an image of Doc Ock
from Spiderverse.
#InternetFail
Doc Ock is voiced by Kathryn Hahn.
Kathryn has been in many things, such as the voice of Ericka in Hotel Transylvania 3: A Monster Vacation, Carla in Bad Moms and the sequel A Bad Mom’s Christmas.
Wilson Fisk, a.k.a. Kingpin, is voiced by Liev Schreiber.
Liev is as great an actor as his name is odd. He was Victor Creed in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and did a fantastic job as Marty Baron in the Oscar winning movie Spotlight.

Movie Review – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Movie Review – Hotel Artemis

Is Bumblebee a prequel or a reboot?

bumblebee is a quiet and yellow transformer bot
Everyone’s favorite Transformer Bot.

Prequel or reboot. Or, soft-reboot — whatever that is.  Just where does Bumblebee fit in the Transformers universe?

Officially, Bumblebee is a prequel, set in 1987. But when you watch the movie you better wear your best retcon glasses, because there’s a lot that just can’t fit with the story we already know. For instance: in the first 2007 Transformers, Sector 7 discovers the existence of Transformers (from the Beagle 2 Rover camera footage three years earlier). So, there’s that. And obviously, there’s no reference to Bumblebee’s 20 years of experience here on Earth.

[pullquote]The news is that Paramount and Hasbro would like to build a shared cinematic universe around Transformers, G.I. Joe, and maybe even pull in the Micronauts and Visionaries.[/pullquote]

This is an ongoing issue that all franchises face. It’s very easy for them to collapse under their own limitations. I’m not sure why anyone is even debating the issue. It isn’t like all the Transformer movies up to now aren’t already forgettable.  Just sweep them under the rug and start over.

All of the previous Transformer movies clearly tried to be gigantic ensemble high-stakes epics. (That’s what Michael Bay does.) [pullquote position=”right”]What Marvel taught us is it’s best to lead up to that ensemble epic with a few stories that build the foundation first.[/pullquote]

Maybe they are taking the same approach with Bumblebee, to start small and build up to an epic. We’re on-board.

Movie Review – Bumblebee

Review: Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen

Deadpool PG-13 wants to Cure Cancer with Your Movie Money

Deadpool 2 is a christmas treat -- bring it!
It’s about fighting cancer, the true villain. Fudge Cancer!

According to the Wikipedia, the PG-13 holiday special of The Deadpool Before Christmas only happened because Reynolds insisted charities should benefit. Awwww! I never knew Reynolds was secretly a sweetheart, but maybe we should have guessed it: he’s confirmed Deadpool is indeed a member of the Hogwarts House Hufflepuff, where wizards are loyal, kind, hardworking, and dedicated…and they also value justice. Sounds like a certain man in a red suit we all love. By which I mean Santa, but Deadpool qualifies too.  😉

Plus, the Hufflepuff House icon is the Badger, and we all know Honey Badger kicks some serious animal butt.

The Wikipedia says: Reynolds only agreed to support a PG-13 version of the film if a portion of the release’s profit went to charity; Fox agreed to donate $1 for every ticket purchased for the film to the Fuck Cancer charity campaign, which would be temporarily renamed “Fudge Cancer” for the fundraising tie-in. At the end of November, writer and artist Michael Vincent Bramley noted that he had pitched the exact framing device that was being used for this version of the film to Reynolds on Twitter in December 2017. Within a day, Bramley had been contacted by Reynolds to discuss the issue and said, “It seems like this may all just have been a big, insane coincidence and I’m happy to leave it at that.” 

So this is an example of a blockbuster movie you can feel good shilling out a few hard-earned clams for. Maximum effort, you know. Let’s all shout it: FUDGE CANCER!

Seen this lately? (Never corner a Hufflepuff. Not even at Christmas, because Honey Badger Don’t Care. You’re welcome.)

I’m heading out to get Peetimes for The Deadpool Before Christmas now. So  between the charity aspect and the Peetimes, there’ll be no excuse not to miss this limited edition of Deadpool 2 on the big screen!

The Deadpool Before Christmas

The Deadpool Before Christmas – A PG-13 Version: New Footage, New Film

Movie Rewatch Review – Deadpool

A Slightly More Than Casual Fan’s Reaction to Avenger 4 Trailer 1

Christopher Estrada for RunPee
Chris Estrada: RunPee’s Newest Guest Geek

Guest article by Christopher Estrada

WARNING! Spoilers ahead for Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and The Wasp, and the trailer for Avengers: End Game. 

Wow… Iron Man’s helmet really looks beaten… Because it was. And he was. Pretty severely when Thanos nearly snuffed out the life of Tony Stark. I didn’t expect Tony to survive that fight. In fact I’d prepared myself for the death of all the original team when going to see Avengers: Infinity War. But then Dr. Strange pulled the craziest rabbit out of Knowhere when he handed over the Time Stone. Thanos spares Tony and steps through a portal to Wakanda, where he snaps and turns half of us to dust. (I was spared by Thanos… [http://www.DidThanosKill.me/])

Back to the present day. We see and hear Tony power on the Iron Man helmet to record a message for Pepper Potts. He’s fairly confident his death is about a day away, drifting through the vacuum of space.

[pullquote]Gosh. Why must we be depressed even more?![/pullquote]

Cut to the Avengers’ base in Upstate New York. Cap, Black Widow, Banner, and Thor are all shown in mourning: which is normal and to be expected. They even show us a kinder, sadder side of Nebula, who lost Gamora, her adopted sister. Strange, considering she tried to kill her several times in both Volumes of  Guardians of the Galaxy.

Bruce stands before displays of Scott Lang (Ant-Man), Shuri, sister of T’Challa (Black Panther), and Peter Parker (Spider-Man). It’s not clear to me why he would be torn over the loss of Scott. As far as we know, they’ve never met. Hulk wasn’t around during Civil War, and Banner likely wasn’t hanging out with a cat burglar before going on the run before the MCU kicked off in 2008. So there is no clear connection between Bruce and Scott. Not even Hank Pym. Bruce only knows that Scott exists from brief remarks between Black Widow and Cap.

Bruce being torn over Spider-Man’s Peter Parker makes a bit of sense. He did get to see Pete in action before he was dragged into space with Tony in Infinity War, though Banner didn’t see Pete go into space. It’s a loose bond, but a bond nonetheless. Tony trusted the kid. Bruce trusts Tony, and by extension, Peter.

Thor is likely beating himself up. We see him sitting all lonesome in a gray hoodie, in a cold-looking room. His head bowed. For a split second it looks like he’s removed the prosthetic eye. But… No… He just opened that eye slower, or delayed. The God of Thunder lost half of his Asgardian refugees when Thanos attacked, seeking the Space Stone lodged inside the Tesseract. Then he lost another half of them in The Snap. So we’re down to 25% of the Asgardians we saw escape from Valhalla in Thor: Ragnarok. We can only hope that Valkyrie, Korg, and Meek are still out there somewhere.

[pullquote position=”right”]Through all of this, Steve and Nat have been talking, voicing over these clips. They’re telling us what we know, and what we felt at the end of Infinity War, and still feel today.[/pullquote]

But what really gets me through all this… is Steve’s hair. It’s perfect. Like, it doesn’t make sense in the context given. He’s depressed, in mourning. His best friend, his allies, have died in front of him. The guy he disagrees with, but respects, is lost in space, and for all Cap knows, turned to dust as well.

Why then is his hair perfectly styled? Did he wake up depressed and decide, “Hey, let me gel my hair and shave the beard before I go and talk about the end of the world with Nat?”

Does this really matter? No. It’s a movie. I get it. But still. It’s out of place to me. I mean…Natasha is another story. Her hair is a bit longer and not styled beyond a quick brushing. It flaps around quite freely. Her hair fits. But his doesn’t.

…Back to what matters…

[pullquote]Finally Nat gives Steve a small pep talk, saying that, “This is gonna work, Steve.” He looks at her and replies that he knows it will. That, “I don’t know what I’m gonna do if it doesn’t.”[/pullquote] The Avengers “A” is shown being reconstructed from dust, followed by the full Avengers title beaming over, and the sub-title, End Game, dusting.

Then Scott Lang (the Ant Man) shows up at the front gate of the compound and asks to be buzzed in.

Wait… What? Wasn’t he lost to the Quantum Realm when Thanos snapped and killed the Pyms and Hope?

Cliffhanger!

Guess we’ll have to wait for the next trailer. Unless Marvel/Disney wants to torture us and not release another trailer. Just make us wait until the movie premieres. I’ll be at an opening night showing. How ‘bout you?

_____________________________________________________________________

Christopher Estrada bio: “Take a look at my first e-book An Abducted Date. The book is available for free in all e-book formats. So anyone using a Kindle, Ipad, Tablet, Sony Reader, Nook, or Kobo e-reading device can enjoy. Also available as PDF format for reading on a computer! Read and Review!”

Avengers 4 Trailer Hints and Rumors

Mark Ruffalo Spoils Avengers 4 Title – Or Does He?

About the End Credits Scenes in Ant Man & The Wasp

Avengers 4 Endgame – First Trailer Review

Movie Review – Captain Marvel – A Pretty Good Origin Story

Avengers 4 Endgame – First Trailer Review

iron man in avengers endgame
Tony Stark, somewhere in the universe.

Oh dear Thor! I’m sitting here sobbing my heart out. I just watched the first (amazing!) trailer for Avengers 4, which finally has a title: Avengers: Endgame. It’s under three minutes long and I’m a mess. Just like I was at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. As soon as it flipped to the title card that dissolved into ASHES, the tears started, and I lost it.

As I’m sure the producers intended.

Damn them, DAMN THEM…okay, I also love them. So it’s complicated. If you’re a big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’ll be leaking from the old tear ducts too.

SPOILERS HERE for Infinity War (has anyone not seen this yet?) and the Avengers 4: Endgame trailer. (Get caught up to Infinity War with only five films.)

Here’s the first Endgame trailer, with only a few spoilers (Ant Man‘s inclusion  should be no surprise, if you paid attention to the end of Ant Man and the Wasp).

But don’t blame me if you get something in your eye while watching this. (Full Trailer Review is below video.)

Alright — let’s get to my notes:

  • I knew Tony had a ship available to him, since the Guardians flew to Titan. But with Rocket and Nebula elsewhere, Tony has to figure out 1. how to fly Star Lord’s ship and 2. how the heck to find Earth. Now it seems he’s out of food and water. Also: oxygen. He gives a last message to — who else? — Pepper Potts, who he didn’t manage to marry before hitching a ride to Titan. I’m confident he’ll work this out — he’s a genius, right? And if he asphyxiates in space, the whole Iron Man arc will implode. He’s the brains, while Cap is the heart. An ignominious death won’t satisfy. And, trust me, fans would get ugly.
  • Nooooo! That dusting logo is killing me. Remember when they did that to the title card during the end credits to Infinity War? All the feels just came rushing back.
  • Thanos’ armor is hanging like a scarecrow, perhaps at Thanos’ farm. It’s a pretty world. I wonder if anyone else is on it. There’s a castle-looking building way up on a mountain in the background.
  • We see someone strolling through fields of thistle flowers (?), brushing them with a big gloved hand. Probably Thanos. I can’t tell if the glove is the Gauntlet. Wasn’t that broken by the Snap? Black Widow voice-overs about how Thanos did what he said he’d do.
  • Cut to a wide shot of the Avenger’s compound.
  • OMG how DARE they show a picture of Peter Parker (presumed dead). TEH FEELS, THEY HAS MEEEEEEE……
  • Anyone catch Shuri on the screen just before Peter? We  know she’s been confirmed alive by the MCU producers, so it seems these are people listed as Missing and not Presumed Dead. You have to catch the right second to see this. Also, we see that Scott Lang (Ant Man) is prominently displayed.
  • Where’s Bruce Banner? Oh, there he is!! I was distracted by the cheap shot with Peter Parker. Banner’s got his hand over his face as he watches the screen of the missing. Specifically when young Peter’s face comes up. I know, Bruce, it hurts.
  • So, next. Where did Thor go? (Maybe he’s in the escape pod with Rocket, searching for Tony Stark? This would work. Also, Thor now controls the Bifrost, so he might be checking on the status of the Nine Realms. Or looking for Valkyrie and Korg. My sense is since he was so prominent in Infinity War, Endgame might feature more of Cap.)
  • Where is Nebula? Why don’t I remember where Nebula is?
  • I assume the producers are withholding Captain Marvel from any of this. Patience! 😉
  • Back to the actual trailer. We’re in the Avengers hangar deck at sunrise/set.
  • And there’s our Thor. He’s looking lost in a hoodie — you can see the bleakness in his eyes. I want to hug everyone.
  • Nebula!!! I should finish this trailer before making some of these comments. She looks like she’s on a spaceship. Maybe with Tony. I still don’t remember where she was at the end of Infinity War. I even wrote an entire article about “those left behind”, but Nebula is not on the list, so they must have shown where she was.
  • Who is the hooded sword guy?? Is that Hawkeye?
  • YES, IT IS HAWKEYE! He’s somewhere in Asia and it looks like Natasha went to find him. Which makes me think his entire family must have been dusted. He looks like a man driven insane by grief. Notice the street in China (?) is completely empty. Maybe, post-Snap, people are afraid to leave their homes. It must be an incredibly dark time across the universe. How nice for Thanos to be so happy with himself at the end of Infinity War.
  • Cap looks at an old photo. I assume Peggy Carter. He’s lost everyone who mattered to him now.
  • Captain America and Black Widow talk about the post-Snap universe. It’s grim. Cap wants to be optimistic, because the alternative is unthinkable. Cap has always been the biggest believer in truth and honor prevailing over evil, so I buy it. Black Widow has more of a cynical view of reality… but you can see she’s trying, for Cap’s sake, to salvage the situation.
  • Cut to the A4 logo, looking like the ashes reforming…but the music swells in a mighty crescendo of minor keys. Not a happy track. It’s game time.
  • Because this is Marvel, we even get an extra scene in the trailer: Ant Man waving and shouting at a security camera in front of the Avengers compound. The old van (containing the Quantum Tunnel) is right behind him. Remember, the Avengers think he’s dead. We end on a fun note of him saying basically, “Hey guys, remember me from that big airport fight? Can I come in?”  Nice. I appreciate a little lightness in this otherwise harrowing trailer.
  • We end on the A from Avengers superimposed on April, when the movie is expected to come out.

Overall, I’m super pleased this upcoming movie seems to have the real stakes we’ve waited 10 — soon 11 — years to pay off. April can’t get here soon enough. I wonder how many times I’ll watch this trailer? RunPee will do an MCU rewatch before Avengers: Endgame, and keep you updated with newly posted rewatch commentary.

Related MCU posts with our predictions: 

10 Ways Ant Man Could Escape the Quantum Realm

Once More, with Ant Man. Why him, and why now?

The 5 Movies You Need To Watch Before Infinity War

Even more: Read every RunPee article about the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Any Endgame early predictions? Leave your comments below!

 

The Deadpool Before Christmas

We’re beside ourselves with Christmas joy over this one: IT’S THE DEADPOOL BEFORE CHRISTMAS! 

What a fantastic gift for the fans. Ryan Reynolds is my new bestest friend. And then there’s Fred Savage, who’s just annoyed at the whole thing. He seriously needs to be booped on the nose. Really. Because what could be better than The Princess Bride mashed up with Deadpool?

Watch it for yourselves, little children:

You better be good this holiday season, or Deadpool will absolutely put something naughty in your stocking.

 

 

Can Dune be done? Should Dune be done? Bringing Long Books to the Screen

herbert sandworm dune
If you walk without rhythm, you won’t attract the worm.

Until the last generation, when Peter Jackson proved The Lord of the Rings could not only be made into a successful film — but be so off-the-charts good that it took home 11 Oscar Awards — it was unheard of to succeed at translating most of the great sci-fi and fantasy epics of literature to the big screen.

That’s not for lack of trying. Larry McMurtry’s  Lonesome Dove book-to-film effort was a grand feat, but it’s the mini-series scale that made it work. The book is too big and involved to be made into one cinema-length film. Nowadays it would be at least a film trilogy, but I don’t think it needs a reboot — the 1989 miniseries is already a flawless snapshot of the last gasps of the Western Expansion. So they could make a new movie with these characters, yes, but I’d say it’s time to move on and  tackle other works of genre literature. (Also, who’s going to try improve on Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duval?)

Watership Down is another epic tale in a brick-sized book, but it’s a hard sell, being entirely from the point of view of rabbits. And it’s absolutely not for children: the themes are mature and often mesmerizingly frightening. (The rabbits even have their own word for being stuck in a “mesmerizingly frightened” state — called Tharn –). The 1978 animated feature has its fans, but most people who’ve loved the book pretend the “movie” doesn’t exist. (Seriously, it’s like a long scary drug trip.) Hazel’s troop of rabbits could now be done with puppets, animatronics, or CGI — instead of animation —  but the question here is “Why?” [pullquote]We’ve seen entire CGI movies like Avatar, and they can be lush and sweeping films, but it still remains that Watership Down must be seen at rabbit-height and from rabbit-eyes. [/pullquote]It would take a very special studio or director to take that on. This is probably why nobody is chasing this particular story at the moment.

Here’s a full length video of Watership Down, if you’re curious:

In  the Post-LOTR and Harry Potter world,  the densest, longest, and most involving books can come alive on film…with inspired directing, gobs of studio money (and little studio interference), the right acting ensemble, and legions of dedicated crew members. Not to mention a crack PR team dropping hints and teaser trailers to excite the fans. (See: anything in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.)

The key to adapting epic novels to the big screen, it seems, is respecting the source story. Behind the sets, Sir Ian McKellen (as Gandalf) would pace around Peter Jackson with this LOTR novels, saying, essentially, “Peter!That’s not how Tolkien wrote it!” This is probably one of the many interconnected reasons why Lord of the Rings, previously considered unfilmable, worked so well.

[pullquote position=”right”]It’s not that a script can’t deviate from a source, but the result should clearly be recognizable from it. Book fans will be waiting for certain beats, beloved details, fantastic settings worthy of a grand story, and most of all: a faithfulness of essence to its literary origins.[/pullquote]

There’s a line between slavishly book-faithful recreations (as in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone), and movies that recalls its novel by name only (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, AKA Blade Runner, or Lynch’s Dune).

So, yes, finally. We get to Dune. It’s been tackled several times, although none were recent enough to benefit from the current seamless FX at our disposal. (Which doesn’t excuse anything at all. Look back on the practical effects of Star Wars: A New Hope, or Raiders of the Lost Ark, and tell me those films failed — they don’t.)

david lynch dune
Lynch’s Dune – looks good, tastes bad.

Lynch’s 1984 Dune remains a problem, and its not from poor effects. It’s mainly that Lynch took Herbert’s book, tore a few pages he liked from it, and threw away the rest. It’s only “Dune” because the characters have the same names, there are Fremen and there are Sandworms, and Arrakis, the desert planet, is still called Dune. Otherwise, it’s a sprawling, sometimes grotesque mess, bearing little likeness to the story they aim to tell. I admit they got to the story’s conclusion just fine, but the path to get there was completely unorthodox. I know Lynch’s Dune has its fans, so I’ll let it lie.

scy fy dune
SyFy gives Dune a try. Definitely more Herbert, but definitely still wrong.

When SyFy made Frank Herbert’s Dune (2000) into a television miniseries, you can see there were many attempts made to be faithful to the book…but Sy Fy also took liberties in the telling. The main arguments I’ve heard seem to coalesce around the casting, that the actors didn’t look like the part, or didn’t act like the part. I’d say in both versions they got Jessica right, and Chani, and Irulan, for that matter, but the men’s roles are hit or miss. I think they got a lot more right than wrong, and crafted a personable, sensible, enjoyable tale without a whisper of heart plugs.

In my grading system, I’d give Lynch’s Dune a D+. (While I thought it was overall atrocious, he got a few things right, and that’s where the + comes in.) I’d give SyFy’s Dune a nice fair B score. It crumples a little as time marches on, but at least it’s recognizably Dune. SyFy even went on to combine Dune Messiah and Children of Dune as a second mini-series, which was ambitious, welcome, and mostly effective.  That one gets a B as well; maybe a   B+ — I’d have to see it again.

jodorowksy dune
Jodorosky’s Dune. Third time’s a charm?

A lot of people mention Jodorowsky’s Dune (2013), which isn’t actually a movie. It’s more like an appetizer for a film, or a promise of Dune. You can watch the movie-length documentary for $3 on Amazon, or check out the free trailers on IMDb. However, if you watch the video, you can’t help but notice that it’s even stranger than Lynch’s version. There’s a lot of people who want to see this one picked up by the studios, but I’m not one of them. I want to see the story the way Herbert saw it in his mind’s eye.

The time is right to try Dune again, using a well-funded production studio, a director who is comfortable with an epic scale,  and detailed sets in grand desert locations. I want to see world-building. Toss in some smart humor, dynamic ensemble casting, and of course, magnificent sandworms: make me long to be a rider. [pullquote position=”left”]The movie should be a visual delight, engulfing the audience so much you’ll think you can smell the sietches, taste the spice, and feel the grit of sand, sand, sand.[/pullquote]

So, it’s exciting news that director Denis Villeneuve plans to try his hand at a multi-film Dune. He says he hopes to make Dune into the Star Wars movie he never saw. “Most of the main ideas of Star Wars are coming from Dune, so it’s going to be a challenge to [tackle] this,” Villeneuve said. “In a way, it’s Star Wars for adults. We’ll see.” (Read the Dune News page on IMDb.)

It ‘s a promising start. We’ll record the news for this Dune project as it comes along.

While you wait for the right version of Dune to thrill you, entertain yourself with Fatboy Slim’s song Weapon of Choice. The lyrics are definitely Dune-inspired, even if the setting isn’t. But watching Christopher Walken putzing  around an empty hotel is a whole lot of awesome by itself…

Which version of Dune is your favorite? Do you think it will be done right by Villeneuve?