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Peter T Chattaway

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  1. FWIW, it was just announced today that this film will be getting a series of "event" screenings in six Canadian theatres for one week only, beginning April 12. The theatres in question are in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Mississauga, Toronto and Montreal. So apparently this film is not getting a regular release here -- this will probably be one of those things where it shows only once or twice a day, and at different times on different days, or something like that.
  2. FWIW, it was just announced today that this film will be getting a Canadian release on April 12 -- one week after the American release.
  3. Saw it. Liked it. Can't recall if I've ever seen the original film. The new film felt *familiar* in a few places, but only in the vaguest of ways, and I couldn't remember seeing any specific scenes before. I wondered sometimes if the song choices were a little on-the-nose, but then, people do tend to listen to songs that express what they're feeling, etc. It just hit me that Julianne Moore and John Turturro were both in The Big Lebowski over two decades ago.
  4. Incidentally, I mention these points (about the 1941 climax and the 2019 first-act twist, etc.) because I think I heard some discussion before I saw the film about how it "pads" the story in order to double the running time... but the change to the script is really a lot more profound than that, a lot more basically *structural* than that. It's not like the new film follows the same narrative beats as the original film but kills more time between them. Instead, the new film fundamentally reimagines what the story is *about*, or what *kind* of story it is.
  5. Nick Alexander wrote: : So, in other words, if you want to watch a quality Disney live action remake, but only have forty minutes to spare, you can leave after 40 minutes. #expensivebutcool I wouldn't go *that* far. The first 40 minutes of this film are sufficiently different from the original film (no talking animals, and way too many talking humans, for one thing) that I wouldn't call it a "quality Disney live action remake" even on *that* level. I did think it was interesting that the new movie treated the happy ending to the original film as merely the end of the first act in this film, though. (I forget what Syd Field and other screenwriting "experts" might have called it, but they often talk about how there has to be a major plot twist about half an hour into the movie -- so basically the new movie turns the climax of the original film into that half-hour plot twist.) But oh, so dark. The chaos when Mrs Jumbo tries to protect Dumbo doesn't just bring down the circus tent, it *kills* somebody (admittedly, somebody who looks ugly and is mean and is basically someone the audience has been conditioned to hate, but still). And then Mrs Jumbo has to be saved from someone who wants to kill her and make shoes from her skin.
  6. So basically, the original movie has been squished down to the first 40 minutes (or less) of this movie, and the remaining 80 minutes of this movie are a sort of sequel to the original movie, in which Dumbo's ability to fly attracts The Wrong Sort of Attention. And Michael Keaton is basically playing Disney CEO Bob Iger: a greedy capitalist showman who buys out the competition and then lays everybody off. It's funny how this film came out so soon after the completion of Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox.
  7. Curiously, this film does not seem to have a Canadian release date yet. I'm vaguely reminded of how that Thurgood Marshall biopic from a couple years back never got released here either.
  8. From the directors of I Can Only Imagine and the studio that made The Shack, the first installment of a new Bible-movie trilogy. Links to our threads on the Erwin brothers' previous films Moms' Night Out (2014), Woodlawn (2015), Steve McQueen: American Icon (2017) and I Can Only Imagine (2018). We don't seem to have a thread on October Baby (2011).
  9. Compared to the international trailers, the American one has less feminism and God talk and more politics and more of an emphasis on Mary's personal closeness to Jesus.
  10. Peter T Chattaway

    Us

    Andrew wrote: : I still think Rod Serling is a fairer comparison, but he may prove better than that. That's fascinating, because some of Shyamalan's movies were basically Twilight Zone rip-offs themselves. (And now Peele is actually rebooting The Twilight Zone...) Evan C wrote: : Walter Chaw has already compared Peele to Shyamalan and compared Us to The Happening. Interesting! Though I was thinking more of Signs-era Shyamalan, because Signs was a huge box-office and critical hit that I thought was kinda stupid, so the fact that I'm out of step with the majority on Us was reminding me of how I was once out of step with the majority on Signs. By The Happening, pretty much everyone had soured on Shyamalan.
  11. Darrel Manson wrote: : There are no talking animals at all. (There is a visual Timothy Q Mouse, however.) Sigh. And apparently they found a way to make this movie *twice as long* as the original film. So basically this movie will have almost nothing in common with the original movie. : I wonder if anyone else has seen this yet . . . The movie doesn't screen for media here until Wednesday night, and since it opens less than 24 hours later and I have another preview to see on Wednesday anyway (of a movie that doesn't open for a few weeks), I'm waiting until it opens on Thursday. For whatever that's worth.
  12. FWIW, my two bits on the first two episodes.
  13. Peter T Chattaway

    Us

    I'm afraid I didn't get into this one. It was weird reading a review that said the humour didn't *detract* from the horror but felt like a natural response to it, since I know that I certainly felt, as I was watching the film, that the humour detracted from the horror (which was never all *that* horrifying to begin with). And the way other people in the theatre were laughing at those points made me think that they hadn't been sold on the horror either -- but I could have been misreading that. Frankly, I find myself wondering how long it will be before we dub Jordan Peele the new M. Night Shyamalan -- and not in a good way. Lupita Nyong'o is definitely superb, though, no question about that.
  14. Now starring Michael B. Jordan.
  15. Just a quick note to say that Captain Marvel (co-directed by a man and a woman) is now the 2nd-highest-grossing film co-directed by a woman overseas and worldwide (behind Frozen, which was also co-directed by a man and a woman), and it is now the top-grossing live-action film (co-)directed by a woman overseas and worldwide (previous champs: Mamma Mia! overseas and Wonder Woman worldwide, each of which was directed by a woman, solo, without any male co-directors). Captain Marvel still ranks behind Wonder Woman in North America.
  16. I saw it with one of my 13-year-olds, who liked it, though I couldn't help thinking that its pro-diversity, anti-division message was very much located in a story that climaxes with the violent destruction of a demonized "other" (and a female "other", at that). But it was a fun yarn in any case. For whatever that's worth.
  17. The movie has a title now. And it's coming out November 1, thirty-five years and six days after the original movie came out.
  18. Coming (finally!) to American theatres April 12. Don't know about Canadian theatres. https://www.patheos.com/blogs/filmchat/2019/03/mary-magdalene-is-finally-coming-to-american-theatres.html
  19. Links to our threads on Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Captain Marvel (2019), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), The Eternals (2020), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021), Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) and Blade (in development). Also, links to our threads on the TV series Agents of SHIELD (2013-present), Agent Carter (2015-2016), Daredevil (2015-2018) and Inhumans (2017), plus our general thread on the various Netflix shows, including Daredevil but also Jessica Jones (2015-2019), Luke Cage (2016-2018), Iron Fist (2017-2018), The Defenders (2017) and The Punisher (2017-2018). We don't seem to have threads on Runaways (2017-present) or Cloak & Dagger (2018-present).  Links to our threads on Cate Shortland's previous films Somersault (2004) and Lore (2012). We don't appear to have a thread on Berlin Syndrome (2017). - - - Florence Pugh in Talks to Join Scarlett Johansson in 'Black Widow' Rising actress Florence Pugh is in talks to star opposite Scarlett Johansson in Black Widow, Marvel’s stand-alone feature on the Avengers heroine. Cate Shortland, the Australian filmmaker perhaps best known for the Nazi drama Lore, is directing the project, which is scheduled to shoot in June in London. Plot details are being kept behind the Iron Curtain, but it will be an internationally set story centering on Natasha Romanoff, a spy and assassin who grew up being trained by the KGB before breaking from their grasp and becoming an agent of SHIELD and Avenger. Pugh will play a spy on the same level as Romanoff, likely her moral opposite. Jac Schaeffer wrote the most recent draft for Black Widow. . . . The Hollywood Reporter, March 18
  20. Links to our threads on Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), Ant-Man (2015), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), Captain Marvel (2019), Avengers: Endgame (2019), Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019), Black Widow (2020), The Eternals (2020), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021), Thor: Love and Thunder (2021) and Blade (in development). Also, links to our threads on the TV series Agents of SHIELD (2013-present), Agent Carter (2015-2016), Daredevil (2015-2018) and Inhumans (2017), plus our general thread on the various Netflix shows, including Daredevil but also Jessica Jones (2015-2019), Luke Cage (2016-2018), Iron Fist (2017-2018), The Defenders (2017) and The Punisher (2017-2018). We don't seem to have threads on Runaways (2017-present) or Cloak & Dagger (2018-present). Links to our threads on Cretton's previous films Short Term 12 (2013) and Just Mercy (2020). We don't seem to have threads on I Am Not a Hipster (2012) or The Glass Castle (2017). - - - Destin Daniel Cretton Marvel’s Choice To Direct ‘Shang-Chi’ EXCLUSIVE: Marvel Studios is setting Destin Daniel Cretton to direct Shang-Chi, its first superhero movie tentpole franchise with an Asian protagonist. Cretton is directing Just Mercy, a film he wrote that stars Brie Larson and Michael B. Jordan. This is in keeping with the studio’s goal to take Shang-Chi in a direction like Black Panther and populate it with Asian-American talent. When Deadline first revealed the project late last year, the studio had set Chinese-American scribe Dave Callaham to write the screenplay. . . . Callaham has strong credentials in the superhero and franchise-building realms and his own experiences as a Chinese-American will inform the Shang-Chi movie mythology. His recent work includes co-writing with Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns the upcoming DC Warner Bros sequel Wonder Woman 1984, and he is writing Sony’s animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2. He also wrote initial drafts of Zombieland 2, which began production in January, and created and produced Amazon’s recent action comedy series Jean-Claude Van Johnson, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Callaham also created the Expendables franchise as well as the story for Legendary’s Godzilla reboot. Shang-Chi first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December 1973, hatched by Steve Englehart and Jim Starlin. The script will modernize the hero to avoid stereotypes that many comic characters of that era were saddled with. The comic launched around the time that Enter the Dragon became a global sensation and martial arts films raged. . . . Deadline.com, March 13
  21. Storyboards from an abandoned animated adaptation of The Magician's Nephew in the early 1980s.
  22. Links to our threads on Shrek 2 (2004), Shrek the Third (2007), Shrek Forever After (2010), Puss in Boots (2011) and Shrek 5 (in development), as well as the Shrek Broadway musical. ‘Spider-Verse’ Director Bob Persichetti Will Helm ‘Puss In Boots 2’ Persichetti, an industry veteran who started at Disney back when they did hand-drawn animation in the 1990s, is no stranger to the world of Puss in Boots. He was head of story on the original film, and also voiced the film’s Ohhh Cat. Illumination’s Latifa Ouaou, who produced the first Puss in Boots, will return in the same role for this new installment, and will oversee development on behalf of producer Chris Meledandri and Illumination, which, like DWA, is a subsidiary of Comcast-NBCUniversal. Cartoon Brew, February 27
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