‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Review

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Goodbye Christopher Robin is a semi-biographical British family drama film starring Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, and Kelly Macdonald. The film follows noted English author and playwright A. A. Milne and his creation of, Winnie-the-Pooh, after his experiences in World War I. Milne finds inspiration for his Winnie-the-Pooh tales through his interactions with his young son Christopher Robin Milne after his family moved from the West End of London to their new country home, Cotchford Farm, in Hartfield, East Sussex. Before watching this film I assumed Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh, and the rest of the characters from the 100 Acre Wood were creations of the Walt Disney Company. I also believed that the characters were real and not imaginary, which I’m still not sure is the case in Disney’s adaptation. Needless to say, I learned a lot from watching this film. The film itself is stunning and remarkable from end to end. The costume design and set pieces are brilliantly done. It was almost as if I was gazing into a portal of the past while watching the film. The cast is great and brought so much love and drama into these real-life characters. Domhnall Gleeson does well as A. A. Milne. Affectionately called Blue by his family in the film, Gleeson portrays the WWI veteran and author as tired and longing for a sense of purpose. He has seen the horrors of war and never wants him, his family, or the world to experience it again. It is great to see Gleeson portray a father because I have never seen him in this role before. His character growth is great. In the beginning, he is not sure what being a father is and then he grows to care for his son deeply during their time together. It is also enjoyable to hear Gleeson speak in his natural accent as a proper British gentleman. Margot Robbie also turns in a good performance as Daphne de Sélincourt. While Robbie doesn’t have as much screen time as Gleeson she makes her time count. Daphne is the kind of character that you love and hate at the same time. While she genuinely cares for her husband, she rude to both him and the maid, Olive. She is very old fashioned and expects to live the lifestyle she is accustomed to. If things don’t go her way she makes it known how unhappy she is. This is a different role for Robbie to take. Normally, she plays an American character, so it is nice to see the Aussie actress take on something different. She is believable in the part almost to the point that I thought I was watching a documentary. Will Tilston plays a young Christopher Robin Milne, affectionately called Billy Moon by his family. He does a fine job capturing the innocence of a child growing up with that kind of fame. He does a great job making the audience care and become attached to him. Alex Lawther comes in late during the film as an older Christopher Robin, but packs in some great lines of his own. The standout of the film is definitely Kelly Macdonald as Olive “Nou” Rand. You love to love her and grow attached to her as you watch her raise Billy. She is like a second mom to the boy and does everything to make sure his childhood is filled with as much happiness as possible. I can see Kelly Macdonald getting a few Best Supporting Actress nods for her role in this film. I give Goodbye Christopher Robin an Excellent 10/10. Overall the film is sweet, charming, and fun to watch. It provides a lot of information into the lives of the Milne family during the creation of the world’s most favorite bear.

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‘Black Mirror’ Season 4 Images Reveal Looks Into The First Two Episodes

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Black Mirror has been a sleeper hit on Netflix since its arrival in 2016. The British sci-fi television anthology series typically centers around dark and satirical themes that are a social commentary of today’s society. More recently, episodes have ventured into the use and unanticipated consequences of futuristic technologies. Currently, none of the episodes connect, with each one taking place in its own universe. Usually, episodes are set in an alternative present timeline or the near dystopian future. We do not know when the next season of episodes will be released, but thankfully, Netflix released images from two of the upcoming episodes, “Arkangel” and “USS Callister”.

“Arkangel”

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This episode stars Rosemarie Dewitt (La La Land) and is directed by Jodie Foster (The Silence of the Lambs). “Arkangel” looks to be sticking with Black Mirror’s use and unanticipated consequences of futuristic technologies. Rosemarie Dewitt looks to be playing a mom that is using technology to control her daughter. Why her daughter needs controlling has yet to be seen, but the episode looks very interesting to say the least. This is not Jodie Foster’s first time directing for Netflix or directing sci-fi. She has directed two episodes (“Lesbian Request Denied” and “Thirsty Bird”) of Orange Is the New Black as well as an episode (“Do Not Open This Box”) of Tales from the Darkside.

“USS Callister”

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“USS Callister” looks to be Netflix’s chance to spoof the Star Trek universe. Never before has a Black Mirror episode ventured into outer space, so this should be something completely new for fans. The picture released gives us a great look at the diverse cast, including Jesse Plemmons (American Made), Cristin Milioti (How I Met Your Mother), and Jimmi Simpson (Westworld). While we don’t know the characters names, it looks like Jesse Plemmons will play the ship’s captain. In the trailer, Cristin Milioti’s character looks to be turning into yellow energy. This is possibly a tease into the plot of the episode.

Black Mirror Season 4 is due to premier on Netflix later this year.

Which upcoming episode of Black Mirror looks the most interesting to you? Leave your thoughts below.

Bond 25: Why Christopher Nolan Is The Director We Deserve And Need Right Now!

 

Nolan IMAXChristopher Nolan is what we would call a triple threat. He is an amazing writer, producer, and director. Looking at most of the films he’s been involved with over the past 15 years, all have received praise from both the critics and the fans. His movies are considered instant classics or cult classics. Bringing Nolan on to direct the next film in the James Bond franchise is, without a doubt, a slam-dunk. What Sam Mendes did with Skyfall and Spectre was great, but it is time to get a fresh take on the gentleman spy. Hiring Nolan to direct Bond 25 would benefit his career, the studios, and of course, the many fans of the series.

His Film Portfolio

Nolan TDKRChristopher Nolan has directed some great films. Both the critics and the fans enjoy his films. While some of his themes are consistent throughout his films, the films themselves are very different. He likes to work in various genres and time periods within the films he writes and directs. He started with the psychological thrillers: Memento and Insomnia. Then, he moved into the superhero genre, with The Dark Knight Trilogy, where Heath Ledger won his posthumous Academy Award for best supporting actor. Nolan had a mystery thriller in The Prestige, and then he ventured into the sci-fi realm with Inception and Interstellar. His most recent film, Dunkirk, was his first stab at a war film. A British spy film would be something new for him, and we now know that it’s something he is interested in doing, based on his interview with Playboy.

“A Bond movie, definitely…I’ve spoken to the producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson over the years. I deeply love the character, and I’m always excited to see what they do with it. Maybe one day that would work out. You’d have to be needed, if you know what I mean. It has to need reinvention; it has to need you. And they’re getting along very well.”

Academy Awards & Box Office

Nolan’s nine films have garnered a total of 26 Oscar nominations with seven wins. The Dark Knight won an academy award for best supporting actor, and best sound editing, but many thought it should have also won best picture at the 81st Academy Awards. Inception won big at the 83rd Academy Awards, taking home Oscars in the categories of cinematography, sound editing, sound mixing, and visual effects. Lastly, Interstellar took home an Academy Award for best visual effects at the 87th Academy Awards. His films have also grossed over $4.2 billion USD worldwide. He has yet to experience a “box office flop,” and at the rate he’s going, it doesn’t look like he ever will.

His Rotten Tomatoes Scores

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Speaking of critical praise, all of the films that Christopher Nolan has written or directed are certified “fresh” on Rotten Tomatoes. Clearly, he knows how to speak to both critics and fans, as there is seems to be no disconnect between the groups on rating his films. The studio needs a director like that to carry on the James Bond franchise. Many moviegoers consider a film’s score on Rotten Tomatoes before deciding to go see it in theaters. Having a director like Christopher Nolan attached to a 007 film almost guarantees a large quantity of people will go see it.

The Daniel Craig Curse

Daniel Craig is universally loved as the best James Bond since Sean Connery. Yet, his 007 films have a strange pattern of approval in that every other film is not well received. When Casino Royale came out, everyone had high praise for the film and was excited about the new franchise, but when Quantum of Solace hit theaters, it was met with lukewarm reviews. The next film in the franchise, Skyfall, hit big, being the first of the 007 films to make over $1 billion USD. The latest film, Spectre, even though it made a lot of money, unfortunately, did not hit the billion-dollar mark, and was considered unable to capitalize on its potential. If the series continues with this trend, then Bond 25 should be a well-received film. Nolan would join the franchise during the trend’s upswing, gaining more attention from superstitious fans that have been following this well-known pattern in the series.

Hopefully, Christopher Nolan will decide to make Bond 25 his next film. It will be a change for him to take on a franchise that he did not start, but I believe he could handle it. Each new film in the series is a new mission, so even though Nolan would have to adhere to some of the continuity that was set up in the previous films, he has a lot of wiggle room to make it his own. I’m sure he would want to be involved in the writing of the script to make sure some of his ideas and themes are expressed. Also, I think he would add some of his regulars, including Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Michael Caine, to the already stellar cast of the current franchise.

What are your thoughts on Christopher Nolan directing a James Bond film? Leave your thoughts below.

‘Skyfall’ Review

 

Man, who doesn’t love a good James Bond movie? I know I do! The good thing about Skyfall is that it’s a great James Bond movie. It is clearly the best one of the rebooted series and one of the best ones of the entire series. This film is, dare I say it, extraepic™. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. This was one of the best films that I had the pleasure to see this year. Right up there with The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers. Daniel Craig has his best performance yet as James Bond. We see him now as an older and experienced Bond who has grown tired of being a field agent. After being mistakenly shot on a mission he thought to be dead, but actually, he uses the time to live a life free of MI6. This is until an unseen foe begins to target M and he must return to active duty. I have to say it was great to see Bond struggle. We’ve never seen a Bond who wasn’t the best he could be. He clearly knows in the film that he is not the same man he used to be, he has lost something that made him the cold-blooded killer he was before. I can give nothing but praise to Craig as he was terrific and a treat to watch. Judi Dench was great also in her final appearance as M. The reason behind this is because of her macular degeneration. Still seeing her as the stubborn M was nice. The relationship between her character and Bond was something akin to a mother and son. It was clear how much they cared for each other even though they tried to hide it. The only sad part is that this was the last time we get to see them together on film. In possibly one of his best performances yet we get our creepy and insanely smart Bond villain Raoul Silva, played by Javier Bardem. His performance was nothing short of stunning. His character was just the villain Bond needed to make this movie great. He was a former agent of MI6 and knew all about M and what happened to Bond. He was also left to die on a mission, but through a miracle, he survived. His course for revenge was expertly planned and very well executed. The film also has other characters making their first appearances in this new series including Ms. Moneypenny, Q, and Gareth Mallory who becomes the new M. they are played by Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, and Ralph Fiennes respectively. Each of their performances were on par with the great acting this film upheld. The film also has awe-inspiring locations that look beautiful on the silver screen. The is also the first film to talk about Bond’s past and we even learn his parent’s names. This was the perfect Bond film and was enjoyable from opening to close. With its great acting, superior locations, amazing story, and funny tidbits to older Bond films I give Skyfall an Excellent 10/10!