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It’s a Spielberg movie.
Truly, that should be enough. If any living filmmaker has earned the assumption that every movie of theirs will be, at the very worst, worth seeing — and at the very best, a masterpiece like E.T. or Raiders of the Lost Ark — it’s Sir Stevie. And sure enough, Ready Player One is, at the very least, worth seeing. More than that, it’s the most fun movie of 2018 so far.
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Die Hard with a Vengeance, Jurassic Park III, and Mission: Impossible III were all excellent third entries, each more than making up for the problems of its weak predecessor. In all of those cases, changing directors allowed a breath of fresh air into the property the third time around — in M:I III’s case, funnily enough, from J.J. Abrams.
Abrams’ next movie would be the 2009 Star Trek reboot, a thrilling adventure that redefined the franchise — which then swiftly became stale and unimaginative in his 2012 follow-up, Star Trek Into Darkness.
Now that Abrams has jumped from warp drives to hyper drives, Justin Lin has been hired to do for Star Trek what he did for Fast & Furious movies 3-6, and he proves to be just what the series needed to once again shoot for the stars.
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Star Trek has been more inclusive and progressive than any TV/movie franchise its age or size has ever been, yet has never had an openly gay major character until now.
Hikaru Sulu, originally played by George Takei and more recently by John Chu, has been revealed to be gay in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond. But George Takei is not okay with Sulu being gay. Continue reading
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The last time Mike Myers appeared in a movie, the BP oil spill hadn’t happened yet. The last time he starred in one, George W. Bush was still president.
After an absence from movies since 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, Mike Myers has signed on to join Terminal, a “noir thriller” starring Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street).
Simon Pegg (Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation) has also joined the cast, along with Max Irons (The Host), Dexter Fletcher (Kick-Ass), and Matthew Lewis (the Harry Potter series).
Terminal follows two hitmen (Irons and Fletcher) on a deadly mission for a massive paycheque who cross paths with a woman (Robbie) who may be hiding more than she first seemed.
No details about Myers’ role have yet been revealed, nor is it known whether Terminal will mark a permanent return for Myers to the medium in which he gave the world such beloved characters as Wayne Campbell, Austin Powers, and Shrek. Odds are good, though, the character will be more like his dramatic work in 54 and Pete’s Meteor than his purely comedic roles.
Terminal is the directorial debut of Vaughn Stein, who previously worked as assistant director on World War Z and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.
During Myers’ recent absence from acting, he directed the 2013 documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon.
(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)
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In an alternate universe somewhere, Bond movies are still fun.
Don’t get me wrong; Daniel Craig’s adventures in the tux have been (mostly) great, and Skyfall ranks as one of the absolutely best 007 films, but the series lost something when it consciously forsook its trademark over-the-top spectacle and winks to the audience in favour of basically becoming a British Bourne.
Thankfully, the Mission: Impossible series, struggling after a confusing first entry and a downright awful second one, picked up Bond’s dropped baton and has run with gusto. Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation continues the streak of top-of-the-line action, unflappable charm, and insane adrenaline that its two most recent predecessors tackled with aplomb, firmly solidifying the Mission: Impossible series’ reputation as one of the most impressive action series in cinema. Continue reading