I am currently suffering from Kronen retirement after the end of season 4, and (like pretty much everyone) predicts that we will see Emmy nominations for Gillian Anderson (Margaret Thatcher) and Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles). I’m also very much on board with this suggestion that Erin Doherty deserves her own Princess Anne spinoff series (please come on this asap, Netflix). She is spectacular.
I’m not quite ready to commit to a new streaming series yet, so I went to the aftermath of movies I’ve been queuing up for; I tried to get in The Queen’s Gambit but honestly I do not get hype about the movie, the dialogue is so clumsy. I even went so far as to open an actual physical book yesterday (lol) before I restarted season 1
Some great new trailers this week and a few secondary trailers / teasers for highly anticipated movies whose theatrical debut was derailed by the coronavirus pandemic.
One night in Miami
Oscar / Emmy / Golden Globe winner Regina King makes her film debut as a director One night in Miami, an adaptation of Kemp Powers’ 2013 game of the same name. It tells the fictional story of a meeting between Muhammed Ali (Jimi, then still known as Cassius Clay), Jim Brown, Sam Cooke and Malcolm X, when they meet after Ali’s 1964 fight against Sonny Liston. Powers also wrote the manuscript. The film creates huge Academy Awards buzz (with a powerhouse like King at the helm, of course) and has already received praise from critics at the Toronto and Venice Film Festivals. Leslie Odom Jr., Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree and Aldis Hodge star. One night in Miami will hit theaters on Christmas Day and debut on Amazon Prime Video on January 15th.
In a future dystopia, Viola (Daisy Ridley) crashes on a planet of men affected by something called “Noise” that makes all their thoughts visible. All the other women are dead or we’re told (I mean, I’ve seen more than one future dystopian sci-fi flick in my life). Based on the trilogy of books by Patrick Ness, Chaos Walking also plays Tom Holland, Mads Mikkelsen, Nick Jonas and David Oyelowo. It is expected in theaters on January 22nd.
Wonder Woman 1984
Warner Bros. announced it last week Wonder Woman 1984 would be released in theaters and on HBO Max on December 25, and we got a new “main” trailer to bend over with new glimpses of Diana, Steve and Kristen Wiig’s Cheetah (“I want to be an apex predator” just on, girl).
Not all movies are about a future dystopia or superhero, boys! Melissa McCarthy plays a role in this very greasy comedy about a woman who has to prove to an AI (expressed by James Corden) who is thinking of destroying the Earth that humanity is worth saving. Girrrrl, good luck. Bobby Cannavale and Bryan Tyree Henry also play (and I was especially pleased to see Sam Richardson, the funniest person from Veep cast not named Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Superintelligence coming to HBO Max on November 26th.
See, I can not stop the tide of Christmas movies, so just settle down and accept them for the next few weeks. This one looks pretty cute, with Jillian Bell as the fairy godmother in training Eleanor. She is trying to help a 40-year-old single mother who as a child wanted a child who was not met. Isla Fisher and Jane Curtin (yessss) also play Godmother, coming to Disney Plus on December 4th.
Justice League: Director’s Cut
The first full-length teaser of the Zack Snyder cut off Justice League shows us Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Superman, Cyborg and The Flash with Leonard Cohen’s version of “Hallelujah” playing – which feels a little too slow for an action movie? I watched the trailer at 1.5 speed and with all due respect to the late, big Mr. Cohen, it seemed a better fit. You know the background of Snyder Cut; it hits HBO Max in 2021.