The first Creed was a boxing film that was so good that even a non-boxing fan like me could enjoy it!
Will the second Creed be as effective? It’s hard to say. Michael B. Jordan is returning. Sylvester Stallone is returning. You know who isn’t returning? Ryan Coogler. And while Jordan and Stallone were both a huge part of Creed‘s success, Ryan Coogler’s contribution — as both a director and a writer — cannot be underestimated.
Creed II is based on a screenplay by Stallone. (Reportedly, Stallone came close to directing it as well, before hiring Steve Caple, Jr. for the job.) This time, Adonis Creed battles the son of the man who killed his father. Apparently, Rocky survived the illness that was threatening his life in the first Creed because he’s back and once again offering up punch-drunk advice.
Will the second Creed live up to the first? It’s hard to say but the trailer certainly looks effective. Creed II will be released on November 21st. While I don’t think anyone is expecting Creed II to be an Oscar contender, the film could potentially help Michael B. Jordan’s supporting actor campaign for his role in Black Panther. And if Creed II is a failure …. well, who knows?
No, not really. Judging from the trailer that just dropped today, Mary Poppins Returns appears to be a throw back to the type of films that Disney was known for before they became associated with Star Wars and the MCU. Emily Blunt takes over the role of Mary Poppins, who returns so that she can continue to raise the Banks children.
This is the type of film that’s either going to be amazingly charming or incredibly unbearable. I’m going to hope for charming. Director Rob Marshall has got an uneven record. On the one hand, he did great work when he directed Chicago and Into the Woods. On the other hand, he also directed Nine.
By the way, this is the only movie that Meryl Streep has got scheduled for release this year. So, if she’s going to get her annual Oscar nomination, it will be for playing Topsy, who is described as being an “eccentric cousin.” Aren’t all cousins eccentric?
Today, everyone else is talking about the fact that Henry Cavill will not be playing Superman in any future DC films but all I care about is the fact that the trailer for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs has been released!
This is the latest film from the Coen Brothers. It’s a western. Originally, it was going to be a miniseries but apparently, the Coens decided that it worked better as a movie so they edited the anthology together. It’s six stories about death in the old west and it will soon be available on Netflix!
Somewhere on this site, I once posted my opinion that Uwe Boll was the worst director of all time.
That, of course, was many years ago and I posted that before watching Ulli Lommel’s Zodiac movie. At the time that I posted that, Boll was mostly known for directing movies that were based on a video games. A little bit later, Boll would get political and direct films like Assault of Wall Street and that led to some critics saying that perhaps Boll wasn’t as bad as they thought he was.
Myself, I stand by my original claim. Uwe Boll was the worst director of all time. I say was because he’s apparently retired from filmmaking. Before he retired — and this is actually really neat — he challenged some of his fiercest internet detractors to a boxing match. Many of them accepted, not realizing that Boll was an accomplished boxer before he became a director. Say what you will about Boll’s films but I imagine that, by literally beating the crap out of some of his critics, he got to live every director’s dream.
Anyway, there’s a documentary coming out about Uwe Boll. It’s called Fuck You All: The Uwe Boll Story. I may or I may not see it. Here’s the trailer!
As a director, Jason Reitman has had a tough few years. After directing two best picture nominees — Junoand Up in the Air — and one film that should have been nominated (Young Adult), Reitman stumbled a bit with both Labor Day and Men, Women, & Children.
However, this year, it appears that he may be making a bit of a comeback. Earlier this year, he reunited with Charlize Theron for Tully and directed her to some of the best reviews that she’s gotten in a while. (The critical reaction to his directing was a bit more mixed.) Now, with The Front Runner, Reitman is returning to screen just in time for the Oscar season.
The Front Runner is a film about a presidential candidate (Hugh Jackman) who gets wrapped up in a scandal. Jackman has been getting some Oscar buzz. To be honest, most films about political campaigns tend to fall flat, largely because filmmakers always seem to get too caught up in their own biases to actually craft a compelling film. (Remember The Ides of March?) Hopefully, this film won’t get bogged down in ideology because I’d like Reitman’s comeback to continue.
And a few of you are going crazy over the remake of Suspiria.
But, for me, the movie that I’m most looking forward to seeing is Orson Welles’s The Other Side of the Wind!
That’s right. After a 40-year production period that saw the death of almost everyone involved with the film (including director Orson Welles and star John Huston), The Other Side of the Wind is finally going to be released! It’ll be premiering on Netflix on November 2nd and it better get a helluva an Oscar campaign.
Yesterday was James Baldwin’s birthday so it was also the perfect day to release the trailer for Barry Jenkins’s upcoming film, If Beale Street Could Talk. If Beale Street Could Talk is based on a 1974 novel by Baldwin.
Jenkins, of course, previously directed Moonlight, which won the Oscar for best picture. Interestingly enough, Moonlight defeated Damien Chazelle’s La La Land for the prize. This year, not only is Jenkins back but so is Chazelle with First Man.
So, could we be looking at another Jenkins vs Chazelle Oscar race? Maybe. Who knows, to be honest? That is what a lot of people are hoping for, of course. Jenkins vs. Chazelle: The Rematch!
Check out the trailer and try to guess what will happen for yourself!