The New Face of Wonder, Meant to Inspire Us All

Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson.

Now that I have your attention, prepare yourself for the reality that they are your parents. Well, not literally your reality, but that these two are parents in the cinematic reality for the new film Wonder. The two acclaimed actors, for similar and different reasons, play the part of parents to a young boy (Jacob Tremblay).

Quick note: The casting of Wonder is incredible.

From the trailer (seen below), the characters portrayed by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson have a young son who has endured scarring plastic surgery that resulted in an improved, yet still slightly disfigured face.

In other words, the son is different.

And in elementary school (and middle school…and high school…and so on…), people who act and appear differently face challenges that can paralyze all things social. For anybody who has felt or feels that way, Lionsgate Movies has produced a film that will inspire new wonder to your world.

This movie is set to take off into a heartwarming galaxy when it hits theaters this November.

Before Making a Move, Check for a Mate to Help

Aside from a chalkboard with Chinese algebra, chess may be the hardest board to read.

Like most kids in 1993, Searching for Bobby Fischer had a profound effect on me in terms of how gritty films could translate into cinematic works of art. Then there was this new game called chess. And chess is a wonderful game. At the exact moment you think you’ve mastered it, you quickly realize there’s an entirely new playbook to be learned. Unlike other games, chess requires a relentless mind in ways that equally generates adrenaline and emotional bursts of insanity. The case study for this type of intoxicating paranoia is, fittingly enough, the legendary Bobby Fischer.

See the 2014 film Pawn Sacrifice starring Tobey Maguire as the aforementioned Mr. Fischer.

In the spirit of attempting to climb into the mindset of a brilliant, world-class chess player, the easiest path may be for a brilliant, world-class chess player to climb into our head.

The following video will explain.

Seeing myriad moves that lead to success that few people in the world can envision is truly a gift.

What’s his hourly rate?

Happy Monday

As with most sports, the athletic activity is merely the vehicle for the pursuit of something much, much larger.

And there are few individual rivalries in sports, at least in recent memory, that compare to the boundless intensity of tennis greats John McEnroe and Björn Borg. Team sports is another story, but regarding two men who competed against each other in high-stakes competitions, the tension between these legends was, well, legendary.

Quick question: Have you ever wished there was a modern day movie about this rivalry? Good news, you’re in luck.

Only “coming soon”? No exact date? You can’t be serious!

Just kidding.

I don’t subscribe to Mr. McEnroe‘s unbridled expressive tendencies, but the hope is a release date will be revealed soon. It will be fascinating to discover what this rivalry was really about

Have a Better Week Than Last Week.

The Deppths of a Salesman

Quick question: Have you ever bought pens over the phone?

Famed character acting savant Johnny Depp is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. He’s currently promoting the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. If any of the previous movies in the Disney franchise are any indication, Dead Men Tell No Tales should be a wild, fun movie adventure. And, as part of the film’s promotional tour, Mr. Depp stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! (which isn’t live, but that’s for another day) and revealed his not-so-Hollywood, yet also very Hollywood beginning in Los Angeles.

This living man tells no false tales.