Sunday, February 11, 2018

THE POST: "The Press Was to Serve the Governed, Not the Governors."

Meryl Streep plays 'The Washington Post' owner Kay Graham and Tom Hanks portrays the newspaper's executive editor Ben Bradlee in THE POST.

So I finally watched Steven Spielberg's newest film The Post yesterday, and needless to say, it was very eye-opening. This movie deserves to win the Best Picture trophy at the Oscars next month for the sole fact it'll bring attention to the unfortunate reality that history is repeating itself again. But instead of a president trying to bar the media from reporting on a war in Southeast Asia that should never have taken place (and lying to the public about not being a crook, but this was never alluded to in Spielberg's film), we have a so-called leader in the White House who keeps attacking the American press for reporting on the fact that he's a traitor to our country by colluding with the Russians to win the election almost two years ago. And thinks that he's a "very stable genius."

And in case you're about to say that the Academy Awards don't bestow trophies on films for political reasons (and not just because they're well-made movies), look no further than to past Best Picture winners like Spotlight (sexual abuse in the Catholic Church) and The Hurt Locker (the Iraq War). Carry on.

Monday, February 5, 2018

The SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY Super Bowl Ad and Teaser Trailer Are Here!

Alden Ehrenreich plays a young Han Solo in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.

After months of speculation as to when Disney would begin promoting its next Star Wars movie after The Last Jedi, the company finally got the ball rolling by showing a 45-second teaser in the first quarter of the Super Bowl yesterday...and the official trailer during ABC TV's Good Morning America this morning. All I can say is...I'm a die-hard Star Wars nut, so of course I would be stoked over the newly-revealed footage!

Han Solo stares up at the Millennium Falcon in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.

The only note I have about Solo is Alden Ehrenreich's voice as Han Solo. Definitely not as gruff as that of Harrison Ford... Then again, if you're a fan of the CW TV show Supernatural like I am, you'd notice that the voices of Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki (who play Dean and Sam Winchester on the show, respectively) weren't as deep during Season 1 in 2005 as they are this year (in Season 13 of Supernatural). Of course, I'm pretty sure that this comparison probably flew over the heads of most of you reading this entry! It's all good. Just check out these screenshots of Solo's main cast and then the two trailers below. Happy Monday!

Emilia Clarke plays Qi'Ra in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.

Donald Glover plays a young Lando Calrissian in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.

Woody Harrelson plays Tobias Beckett in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.

Joonas Suotamo, who played Chewbacca in STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, reprises his role as the Wookie in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.