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Movie Magic Is a Fantastic Beast

Movies don’t always deliver movie magic. It’s just a reality.

Some are easy to predict such a fate from the basic premise and/or cast and director. Some promise an extraordinary cinematic experience in a trailer teaser followed by a series of full-length trailers spread out across a couple of months and then disappoint.

However, some deliver with unforgettable grandeur because of the writing, the director, and the cast.

Ladies and gentlemen, it appears that by some wizarding magic within the broader movie-magic construct is occurring with the forthcoming film ‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.’

Prediction: ‘The Crimes of Grindelwald’ will surpass ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.’

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I’d Kill to Ride the Orient-Express

“Flashback Friday” is a thing in American culture.

But what about “Flash-Forward Friday”?

Murder on the Orient Express was a very well-received 20th century novel by Agatha Christie. In part, that praise may be the result of the stunning views and luxurious cabins that make up a train ride on and along the Orient-Express.

Breathtakingly beautiful.

Returning to Ms. Christie’s literary prowess, some may argue that her engaging mystery is a giant in the realm of crime fiction. And the reason the aforementioned category “crime fiction” is not limited to books in the previous sentence is because, as it’s turning out, Murder on the Orient Express is looking more and more like a thrilling cinematic ride in its own right.

Slated for theatrical release on November 10, 2017, the film’s cast (Kenneth Branagh, Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Josh Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Willem Dafoe) is preparing audiences for unrestrained (ironic, yes, I know) chaos this November that can only be matched by our own wild and crazy Thanksgiving dinners.

Here’s an early Thanksgiving treat: A second helping of sorts for Murder on the Orient Express in the form of its second (and recently released) trailer.  

Should I read the book or just wait and see the movie?

Reading is fun, that’s true. However, if I read the book before seeing the film and, thereby, discover all the entertaining spoilers, would I go mental? To that I might say, duh.

That never-ending, fundamental conundrum continues to (metaphorically) kill book and movie lovers. The back-and-forth book vs. movie debate will never reveal its definitive killer and victim (of sorts) to the end of providing a standardized answer in every person’s case…

unlike a certain train full of fascinatingly suspicious passengers.

All Aboard & No One Ignored

The whole “murder thing” aside, the Orient Express looks like the quality of train Sheldon Cooper would enjoy.

Murder on the Orient Express will hit movie theaters this November.

The vibe of this film is a fun, yet sinister murder mystery with as many twists-and-turns as a train is structurally able to endure. And the star-studded cast (Johnny Depp, Daisy Ridley, Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Pfeiffer, Judi Dench, Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Leslie Odom Jr. and Josh Gad) has the potential to elevate a standard whodunit to a clever and surprising edge of your seat cinematic puzzle.

One guarantee for Murder on the Orient Express:

This film will be a character-driven thrill ride.

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.