Lindsey Cyr – Black Mass (2015)
In an starry ensemble that includes Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Adam Scott, Jesse Plemons, Joel Edgerton, and more, Dakota Johnson could’ve been lost in the shuffle of Scott Cooper’s slick-moving 2015 gangster film, Black Mass. A biopic on Whitey Bulger, one of the most violent criminals in Boston history who became an FBI informant to take down a mafia family invading his space, the movie primarily belongs to Depp’s startling performance, though Johnson’s Lindsey Cyr, the wife of Bulger, does bring out the stirring emotions of the drama’s second half.
While the first half is evocative of other, in some cases, better crime dramas from years prior, the second half propels this menacing, yet revealing, look into Bulger’s later years through Johnson’s quietly impacting performance. Even when adopting a shaky Boston accent, Johnson finds emotional honesty in her scenes.
Can you blame the studio? Years back, “funny” worked better in comic-book movies, from an audience perspective. The MCU was firing on all cylinders, with movies like Iron Man 3 sailing past the $1 billion mark. The DCEU tried to distance itself by going adult, and serious, and while that tone was embraced by dedicated fans, the movies didn’t break the bank the way that studio executives had dreamed.
However, that’s not to say she feels enthusiastic about all DC Comics properties. In the case of the Justice League, while working on a movie centered on the superhero team would allow Patty Jenkins more time with Wonder Woman, she informed Premiere that she’s just not interested in the shared universe aspect of comic book movies. She’s perfectly content working in Diana Prince’s corner of the DC universe, and having others handle the interconnectivity between the Amazon warrior and her Justice League teammates.
And wouldn’t you know, there are so many crazy stories about how Twister came together (both good and not so good) that I think everyone who’s obsessed with the movie, or at least seen it once or twice on cable, should know. So, without wasting any more time, let’s load up Dorothy, grab a bag of food from Aunt Meg’s house, and go find us some Twister facts.
The reality is that there are many at Marvel Studios, including Mark Ruffalo, who want to make a solo Hulk movie, and would love if Universal allowed for that to happen. The character arc Hulk has gotten thus far through various Marvel movies is more of a compromise compared to what Marvel would actually do with complete freedom, and in my opinion, not a great model for others to emulate.
6. Jake Johnson, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Ah, you didn’t think I’d include the animated Peter Parkers, did you? Well, he’s an integral part of the outstanding Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, even though that’s more of a Miles Morales movie. This is an alternate version of Peter, and one who is wracked with grief because he lost his true love, Mary Jane. But Johnson grows into a mentor role that fits Peter’s emotional-leader traits, and he also specializes in the sarcastic quips that are this hero’s signature.
Cindy Moon, a.k.a. Silk, is the newcomer of this bunch, having only been around since 2014. That said, in the comics, she shares a unique connection with Peter Parker, as she was bitten by the same radioactive spider that bit Peter. As a result, she gained similar spider-abilities; she’s not quite as strong as Peter, but she is faster and has a stronger Spider-sense. Cindy can also shoot webbing out of her finger tips. Cindy was trapped in a bunker for years, and while performing her superhero duties, she’s been readjusting to everyday life, something that would be interesting to explore in a movie centered on her.
Is 21 Royal worth it? Hell, I don’t know. There are already some great places to eat at Disneyland, and some special experiences that can be had while dining, and while they’re not inexpensive, they’re certainly cheaper than 21 Royal. But then, they’re not 21 Royal. And the exclusivity is part of the appeal. As somebody who is both a Disney fan and a lover of great food, this one is certainly on my bucket list. Now I just need to find 11 friends to help me cover the cost. Who’s in?
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Leave it to the internet to surprise the world with an unlikely, but very deserving fad. With quarantine racking everyone’s brains for entertainment, actor/director Stanley Tucci and his habit of making drinks at home has made the viewing public thirsty in more ways than one. And believe it or not, the venerated talent, who has probably starred in a handful of your favorite films, didn’t have a clue it would turn out this way.
The ensemble cast reunited to recreate different scenes from the film. This not only included actors like Hilary Duff, Bonnie Hunt and Piper Perabo but also some of the younger cast members, including Alyson Stoner, Kevin G. Schmidt and twins Brent and Shane Kinsman, just to name a few. And to top it all off, the video is set to Simple Plan’s “I’m Just A Kid.” You can transport yourself back to the early 2000s by watching the video down below: