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Damn, Daniel’s Almost Done

Sometimes, the messenger rises above the message.

On that note, 60-year-old Daniel Day-Lewis announced a while back that he was going to retire from acting. This news was a little surprising, particularly given his age and that he still appears to be at the top of his game. Nevertheless, the trailer for his last film, Phantom Thread, recently debuted online. As mentioned in the opening, the story of this film may not necessarily excite one’s cinematic senses, but the lead actor will. Regardless, one should be interested in this forthcoming movie for a couple things:

  • Phantom Thread is the final film in the storied career of acting savant Daniel Day-Lewis. This is it.
  • Of all the films Daniel Day-Lewis could have made his swan song, why did he choose Phantom Thread?

Let’s get the first glimpse and try to decipher an early hypothesis to the second question above.

Whatever the reason for why Daniel Day-Lewis chose to leave audiences on Phantom Thread, there’s no ambiguity in the fact that he fashioned together one hell of a great career.

Book Your Ticket Now

Clint Eastwood, Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney are part of the same movie. That’s pretty much all that marketing needs to promote a film with this director and cast.

(Can you name the sitcom that Aaron Eckhart and Laura Linney guest appeared in together?)

To give you a few more details, U.S. Airways pilot Chesley Sullenberger became a household name on January 15, 2009.

“Sully,” to be more precise.

Incredibly, both jet engines on Flight 1549 became useless that January morning due to birds flying in the exact air space they shouldn’t have dared flown into. The end result was the “Miracle on the Hudson.” Having flown on dozens and dozens (and dozens) of flights domestically and internationally throughout the past 25 years, the standard announcement by the stewardess detailing the seemingly impossible event of a water landing and corresponding step-by-step guide in the pamphlet in the seat back pocket in front of us depicting passengers sliding down a slide with life vests because of an emergency water landing was burned in my mind from a very young age.

Still is, but after “Sully” maneuvered the water landing in the Hudson River alongside New York City, that seemingly impossible cautionary warning has since caused my cognitive seat back to always be in the upright position while on any flight.

Clint Eastwood’s latest directorial project tells the known story of the spectacular events of that famous landing and the surprisingly unknown story of the aftermath following Mr. Sullenberger’s heroics.

As the trailer for Sully reveals, Mr. Eastwood appears to have been precise with the facts.

Sully arrives in theaters September 9th.

Considering the evocative imagery of an airplane experiencing an emergency around NYC, the release date of September 9th is a little curious. Not a controversy, but peculiar none the less. The real landing occurred in mid-January, after all.

If any two people in Hollywood can safely resolve this potential issue before the movie lands in theaters, look no further than Clint Eastwood and Tom Hanks.

The Intersection of Comedy & Drama

Christopher Nolan is now a verb.

The director of gritty, epic dramas that are grounded in realism and groundbreaking science-fiction, yet elevated with labyrinths of mind-bending plot twists, has carved out a space of his own in the cinematic world. His style is definitive. Nolan’s innovative take on movies (honoring the past while reaching for new dimensions) has resulted in a strong following (pardon the pun).

Nolan’s latest film, Interstellar, was an operatic space epic that took adventures into the stars to another level because of its gravity in scientific theory. Along with the brilliant soundtrack by composing collaborator Hans Zimmer, Interstellar will inspire future filmmakers, composers, actors and storytellers.  

And this, surprisingly, includes fans of comedy.

We’ll never look at Mel Brooks and his movie Spaceballs the same way again…

I love it.

A Trial Listen

Steven Spielberg’s new film, Bridge of Spies, starring Tom Hanks begins its theatrical run this week.

The legendary director, who has taken us on rides through the heroics and tragedy of war to a park with genetically-engineered dinosaurs to the open sea with a supreme predator to treasure-mapped adventures, has taken his camera and storytelling expertise to the high-stakes game of negotiation.

An ordinary lawyer protecting a captured enemy of war with the American legal system as his defense during the Cold War may not sound terribly exciting, but the story (based in truth) just may lead us all to experience the movie that critics are raving about.

While the trailer looks exciting, the music takes it to another level…the Spielberg-level.

Movie soundtracks can make or break a film. In special cases, the perfect score can define a film, characters, story and/or concept.

A powerful soundtrack can bridge the gap between action and inaction…

or between staying home and going out to the theater.