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Get Ready to Play in a World in Pure Imagination

Friday is finally here.

The only thing missing is a flashback. And with a certain low-budget, independent film now in theaters, it seems fitting to feature a movie trailer about a story that takes place in the future, yet is simultaneously defined by the past.

Ready Player One is now playing in movie theaters.

P.S. Steven Spielberg has done it again! 

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Will the Second Be the Best?

The primary questions involving movie sequels to popular, well-received originals are:

Will they be fantastic? Will the sequel be a storytelling, cinematic beast in its own right? How about a little of both?

The 2016 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film adaptation of the book of the same title is the grown-up version of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series (books and movies). This new teaser trailer solidifies that dynamic while using the wizarding school of Hogwarts and one of its most prominent figures just enough to firmly connect the two virtually separate universes for fans young and old for what should be a great reveal later this year.

What’s impressive in the video above is that one of writer J.K. Rowling’s favorite directors, David Yates, appears to have taken the Crimes of Grindelwald story to the next-level. And what’s more is that this Fantastic Beasts sequel looks, yes, better than the original in this burgeoning series. Could this really happen? A movie in the modern era with a sequel better than the original?

That could be the real magic of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald when it arrives in theaters on November 16.

Winnie: The New Story

When you hear the name Winnie, what comes to mind? The Wonder Years? Hocus Pocus? Tuck Everlasting?

Actually, the most popular answer is unquestionably Winnie-the-Pooh.

Jimmy’s Daily Planet covers a myriad of topics and subjects, one of which being the latest movie trailers for films that appear to have a special “it” factor.

Enter Disney’s current project.

Considering the eternal connection between captivating books and Hollywood filmmakers, it should be no surprise that literary favorites from childhood for several generations–like Winnie-the-Pooh–receive its due in the form of silver screen treatments. Last year, the Fox Searchlight major motion picture Goodbye Christopher Robin hit theaters and received positive reviews. This year, Disney is preparing its take on the popular heartwarming character and accompanying story with the more succinct title Christopher Robin starring Ewan McGregor as the lead character.

We’ll never say goodbye to Christopher Robin or Winnie-the-Pooh as they continue to renew our childlike wonder and imagination.

P.S. I’m sensing a nieces-and-nephews day at the theater later this year…

Short Film’s Latest (& Mostly) Silent Era

“…on this day in 2006, the company that brought the world the blockbuster hits Toy Story (1995), A Bug’s Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Finding Nemo (2003) and The Incredibles (2004) was sold to the Walt Disney Company, their longtime distributor, for a staggering $7.4 billion.”
–Walt Disney announces $7.4 billion purchase of Pixar, History.com

Pixar is an ever-evolving, multi-generational animation game-changer for both in short & feature films. This animation studio, part of Walt Disney, has produced some of the greatest animated movies of all-time. Not all, of course. Let’s not be hyperbolic with no memory of the illustrious past in this industry. However, Pixar’s uniquely subtle style for five to six-minute shorts is something to marvel at with a great deal of satisfaction and happiness.

Bet you didn’t expect that director commentary in the middle of an analysis of Pixar’s animated storytelling techniques. It changes the way you view the whole video, right?

Just call it the eternal magic of movies, real and imagined.