Weekly Round-Up #1: 9/16-9/22
Part of the joy and challenge of studying and writing about film and media is that in order to be up to date you must always keep an eye on what is happening in the industry. These days that can mean anything from reading up on the newest rumors around media mergers or keeping tabs on the hottest titles coming out of festival, to watching the buzziest trailers so you can be in on the cultural conversation. As a result, I find myself watching and reading all sorts of things during the week, and wanting to share them with those who I know are interested in the same things.
In our conversations around what new aspects to add to Portland Film Review, Jane, Nathan, and I decided a sort of weekly compilation of things that excited, annoyed, or fascinated us in the film world could be a fun addition. So, what follows below is the first entry in this new series of “Weekly Round-Up.” The idea is that whoever is in charge of it for the week, which will rotate dependent on which author has published a review that week, will put together a newsletter of sorts with tidbits from the week. Let us know what you think of it!
New Trailer: Mary Poppins Returns
Like many generations of kids, I fell in love with the original Mary Poppins (1964). Julie Andrews and Dick van Dyke danced and sang through a wonderland of filmmaking. When I started taking piano lessons “A Spoonful of Sugar” was an early addition to my repertoire. So, when word of a sequel starring Emily Blunt started sneaking out, I was excited but reserved. I think Emily Blunt is an incredible actress, but could anyone walk in Julie’s shoes? The first teaser left me hopeful, and then when this full trailer dropped earlier this week I found myself tingling and with a tear in my eye. With nods to the original animation and a tone perfectly in line with all I loved as kid, and Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda gliding effortlessly into the former stations of Andrews and van Dyke, this movie is high on my list of ones to look forward to.
Video Clip: Claire Foy wins an Emmy for The Crown
I had put off watching Netflix’s The Crown (2016-) because I knew once I began watching it I wouldn’t be able to stop. So, naturally, when a Nor’easter kept my parents and I in the house for a few days during last Christmas break we decided to give in and watch it. Four days and 12 episodes later we had finished the first season and gotten into the second. A self-admitted Anglophile, part of my love for the show is simply it’s subject, but beyond that it is remarkable television, turning the story of the Royal Family into a Gothic drama not far removed from Rebecca (1940). At its core though is the remarkable performance by Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, a performance that saw its bow with the end of season two as there will be a time jump and recasting that will place the crown on Olivia Colman’s head. Resultantly, Foy only had one last shot at winning a much deserved Emmy for Best Actress in a Drama at this week’s Emmy Awards, a shot that turned into a win in a category bursting with talent.
Industry News: Cary Fukunaga signed to direct Bond 25
For anyone who has been following the development of Bond 25, slated to be Daniel Craig’s last appearance as the titular spy, it has been far from a smooth path. It began when Craig stated he would rather “slash his wrists” than play Bond again, an issue remedied when he was offered a $25 million pay day for one last go. Then came the issue of finding a director with Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015) director Sam Mendes on the outs, which seemed to be fixed when Danny Boyle signed on. Yet, after ‘creative differences,’ Boyle exited and the project was once again without a director. The news this week is that Cary Fukunaga of True Detective (2014-) season one directorial fame has signed on to direct. As a huge fan of Fukunaga’s work on True Detective, this announcement peaked my interest. I thought Skyfall marked a new high for the Bond franchise, a bar that was far from met by Spectre. I would love to see Craig exit the role with one final great Bond movie, and Richard Newby makes a compelling case in the The Hollywood Reporter for why Fukunaga could make that a possibility.