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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…

Virtual Reality’s Impending Prize

We’re one day closer to March 29, 2018, with a brand new trailer…

Ready Player One has the challenge of following a highly-acclaimed book, but with one minor advantage:

Its director is Steven Spielberg.

The VR-centric story set in a dystopian future in Columbus, OH-IO splits time between the real world and an imaginative pop culture-rich virtual reality. The latter is filled with familiar throwbacks to iconic video games, music, and cinematic masterpieces in their own rights (ie-Back to the Future and Jurassic Park, to name just a couple). While this virtual reality purposely appears surreal, VR’s increasing role in modern society seems inevitable once a few codes are cracked for taking this experience mainstream in the coming years and decades.

Is this good? Bad? Somewhere in between? Time will ultimately tell with our ever-evolving relationship and fluid connectivity with deeply personal customizable technology. Regardless, a monstrous, life-altering prize awaits in the third act of Ready Player One.

However, will virtual reality lead society to an equally grand and illustrious prize down the road? Will currently living in Columbus, Ohio offer an exclusive key to this future?

There are just so many real questions to ponder…

maybe this is where virtual answers come into play?


The Ride of Our Lives Is Coming Soon

Ready. Set. Come with me

Released today by Warner Bros. Pictures, this newest look into the virtual mega world of the forthcoming Steven Spielberg film (based on the book of the same title by fellow Ohioan Ernest Cline) Ready Player One is being set-up as a spectacularly fun (and prescient?) experience at the movies starting March 29.

While I’ve explored this story’s prescient virtual reality dynamic more extensively in past blog posts, it’s important to be ever-cognizant of pop-culture’s impact and strange acumen at foretelling the future. These cinematic visions can seem surreal in the moment. And yet, when one of these occasional visions comes true, the everlasting magic of cinematic storytelling gets stronger. As seen above, it appears that a healthy combination of strength and imagination are necessities in the places portrayed in Ready Player One.

Where our virtual world and real-life collide for a transformative impact.

P.S. “Pure Imagination” as the background song? Absolute perfection.