“Honest Trailers: A Quiet Place”

“Monopoly sucks and will get you killed in the apocalypse.”

Oh god how I love Honest Trailers.  But this one gets two big (quiet) thumbs up from me, because 1) the video addresses how any kind of bodily function will get you killed, and 2) ASL Guy steps in to sign along.  Yeah dig it baby!  But shhh…

 

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Posters for “Mary Queen of Scots” show Mary and Elizabeth ready for battle

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(Collage made with FotoJet)

I love historical drama!  And let’s face it, when we’re talking real historical drama, the Mary/Elizabeth rivalry is definitely high drama. So I can’t wait to see how Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie do Mary and Elizabeth!

These posters look fantastic, and I love the colors that draw the line between the two. Here’s all the details so far, straight from the studio:

Story: “Mary Queen of Scots” explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Robbie).  Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.
Director: Josie Rourke (artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse)
Writer: Beau Willimon (“The Ides of March,” “House of Cards”), based on Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Debra Hayward
Cast:  Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, Gemma Chan, Martin Compston, Ismael Cordova, Brendan Coyle, Ian Hart, Adrian Lester, James McArdle, with David Tennant, and Guy Pearce

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Pony News: Thursday events for this year’s BronyCon!!!

Oh everypony. I’m so jealous of y’all.  Because while I’ll be recovering from foot surgery, BronyCon will be throwing down big time.  Cupcake decorating (OMGOMGOMGCUPCAKES), baseball, a mystery room, and the return of the Brony Bar Trot!

Think of me while you’re having fun.  Nah, just go have fun. Read on for the full details!

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Elsewhere Review: “Butterfinger Dark”

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I love dark chocolate. It’s something everyone knows, because I don’t mind saying so. But I think I’ve found something that has me thinking that perhaps dark chocolate has its limits. Because with Butterfinger Dark, these two great tastes don’t quite make a satisfying whole.

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Baltimore Screening Pass-palooza: “Unfriended: Dark Web”

Okay, so Unfriended was three years ago, and it hasn’t quite gotten me stoked for a re-watch yet, even though it was a fun first viewing. But the concept definitely has promise.  But perhaps with the Dark Web things will get interesting?  Synopsis!

When a 20-something finds a cache of hidden files on his new laptop, he and his friends are unwittingly thrust into the depths of the dark web.  They soon discover someone has been watching their every move and will go to unimaginable lengths to protect the dark web.

Ready? Let’s go!

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Columbia Screening Pass-palooza: “Mama Mia! Here We Go Again”!

Ready to get your musical on?  Yeah baby – it’s that time! And I’ve got passes for Mama Mia! Here We Go Again! Synopsis!

Get ready to sing and dance, laugh and love all over again. Ten years after Mamma Mia! The Movie grossed more than $600 million around the world, you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA.  With the film’s original cast returning and new additions including Lily James (Cinderella, Baby Driver), the musical comedy will open on July 20, 2018.

Reprising their roles from Mamma Mia! The Movie are Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep as Donna, Julie Walters as Rosie and Christine Baranski as Tanya.  Amanda Seyfried and Dominic Cooper reunite as Sophie and Sky, while Pierce Brosnan, Stellan Skarsgård and Oscar® winner Colin Firth return to play Sophie’s three possible dads: Sam, Bill and Harry. As the film goes back and forth in time to show how relationships forged in the past resonate in the present, James will play the role of Young Donna.  Filling the roles of Young Rosie and Young Tanya are Alexa Davies (A Brilliant Young Mind) and Jessica Keenan Wynn (Broadway’s Beautiful).  Young Sam will be played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), while Young Bill is Josh Dylan (Allied) and Young Harry is Hugh Skinner (Kill Your Friends).

Ready? Let’s go!

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“The First Purge” – fourth time’s the flop sweat

Sometimes I’m too lazy for a full-out piece. Sometimes everything I’ve got to say about a film can be summarized in a few sentences, or stream of consciousness. So herewith, a quick-n-dirty on…

Nutshell: The poster on the left tells you all you need to know about the heavy-handed messaging in First. But all the promise the prequel trailers had dies quickly under the weight of way too many cookie-cutter cliches and character stereotypes. Let’s hope the next one – and I’m sure there’ll be one – makes the series great again. Grade: D+

“What do you mean, participate?”

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