Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey playing Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon respectively. Need I say more? Before you all get in line (trust me I will too), just listen to what I have to say first. For those who aren’t yet already convinced, Kevin Spacey is one of the greatest actors of this generation (I’m sure no one would argue this) and Michael Shannon is not that bad either (as I’m discovering) so I am curious (and excited) to see how they would handle these roles. They don’t really look like the people they’re supposed to play but I have every faith that they will both overcome this and blow us away once again. Below is a featurette for the film including some footage as well as interviews with Spacey and Shannon. Elvis & Nixon releases April 22nd, 2016.
The best reviewed movie on my site for the month of March is:
Josh Wheaton (Shane Harper) is a Christian who never thought his faith would get in the way of his higher education. As a result, he is deeply shaken when, on the first day of his Philosophy class, Professor Radisson (Kevin Sorbo) begins the semester by demanding that each of his students deny the existence of God in order to earn a passing grade. Although Josh tries his best to graciously refuse, Professor Radisson informs him that in order to continue in the class, the disagreeable student must make an air-tight argument for the defense. Should the class still remain unconvinced of God’s existence, Josh will fail, sending his entire academic future up in flames.
Better late than never!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens was a great movie which I’ve reviewed here. One reason why was the performance of Daisey Ridley as Rey. If her audition proved anything, it was that she was the perfect choice for the role. A short clip from a documentary included with the release of The Force Awakens discusses Rey’s creation, and how Ridley came to be attached to the project, and also includes a snippet of footage from one of her audition tapes. One of her audition scenes was the interrogation sequence between Rey and Kylo Ren. This was almost uncomfortable to watch, seeing her struggle and crying. It definitely wasn’t easy for her seeing that she had to do it again and again. If you would like to see more behind-the-scenes content, you can when The Force Awakens releases on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 5th, 2016.
If you’ve been following my site, I’ve talked a few times about how much of a fan I was of the film “The Conjuring” as I enjoyed watching Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga’s depiction of real-life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Yes, they are real people but I admit that I did not know anything about them (the film doesn’t really help with that either). Now I know a little more (and maybe you will too) after I came across a few old videos of them primarily in interviews talking about their past experiences. I have shared some of them below. I recommend you watch the first film and just a reminder, The Conjuring 2 releases June 10th, 2016.
If you are unsure about the movies coming out this week on DVD/Blu-Ray, maybe my reviews (if available) can help.
I don’t usually post about these kinds of movies but I thought I’d stop thinking about myself this time. If you’ve never heard about this one, it is a romance film. It’s not that I don’t like romance films (as you can tell by some of my review choices) because I’ll watch any type of movie maybe these just don’t get me up as much as others. I will say that I’ve seen trailers for this movie a few times so it is getting a little interesting to me. I know that it is based on a book which I of course have not read but I usually don’t let them influence whether or not I see a particular movie. I like the actors in this, primarily Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin, and I like most British movies so I am willing to give this one a chance. Me Before You releases June 3rd, 2016.
If you would like to read my review of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, click here. I guess the main reason I enjoyed The Force Awakens was how it reminded me of the original film trilogy, more so than the prequel trilogy. The main difference between those and The Force Awakens is that the latter actually had great characters and a story where the prequels had some bad acting and tried to distract from the lack of story with mediocre special effects. While I said that The Force Awakens reminded me of the original trilogy as there were some similarities that I noticed but I didn’t realize (I’m sure some people did) how many there actually were. Below is a video someone made a side-by-side video analysing this. I have also included another side-by-side video featuring Pixar film tributes to classic films. If you would like to see more from the creator of these videos, click here.
If you would like to read my review of Batman v Superman, please click here. Those who have seen it (I’m guessing everyone based on how much money it made on its opening weekend), know that it is not exactly a short film. It’s sometimes hard to fathom that it could possibly be any longer, but it will be with the release of an R-rated extended cut later this summer which promises more content, unseen so far from the initial release. One of those things is a deleted scene from near the end of the film (shown below) involving Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and whatever else would be considered a spoiler to the few who haven’t seen the original yet. For those who have seen the film, this does explain a few things involving Luthor. I will say that it does answer some questions for me and raises a few more. I’m personally excited for the extended cut primarily because I’m curious of what an R-rated Batman and Superman film would look like and for the extra content such as this scene. Like I said, the R-rated extended cut will be released later this summer.