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Winston Churchill’s Prime Spot in History

On May 10, 1940 — nearly eight decades ago — Winston Churchill became the Prime Minister of Great Britain by succeeding Neville Chamberlain. The world was never the same and we all look back with reverence for the hard work and vision of Prime Minister Churchill and his work alongside the Allies to heroically win World War II.

Gary Oldman brilliantly portrayed Winston Churchill in the film ‘Darkest Hour.’ It was a great movie. But there is still nothing better than the real deal himself. And with that introduction, here is a short video with footage from 1940 of Winston Churchill and his then new war cabinet.

Winston Churchill is an excellent example of the right person serving in the right position at the right time. And we are eternally grateful for Winston Churchill, whose tenure as Prime Minister of Great Britain cemented his prime spot in history.

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Jeff Daniels + Paul Giamatti + Guy Pearce + Sienna Miller + Mark Strong +

Paul Rudd?

Apparently, yes. What’s more is that the affable Paul Rudd may have taken the right role for transitioning into a dramatic role.

While the ending shot subtly suggests that Mr. Rudd may not have completely escaped into this serious story, without seeing the full film, it’s tough to write his effort off as a dramatic role in name only. There are some comedic actors who can seamlessly transition into a variety of characters akin to Daniel Day-Lewis. Can everyone’s best friend extend his range all the way back to the 1940s?

Totes magotes We’ll have to wait and see if people will love it, man.

The Catcher Was a Spy arrives in movie theaters on July 19, 2018.

DC Comics Phones the Home of Steven Spielberg

Did he answer?

The iconic filmmaker is tackling his first DC Comics property, the World War II action-adventure hero Blackhawk.

Spielberg, along with his Amblin Entertainment, will produce Blackhawk for Warner Bros. and is developing it as a directing vehicle, the studio announced Tuesday. The move reteams him with the studio behind his latest tentpole, Ready Player One.

David Koepp, who has worked with Spielberg writing the blockbusters Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, War of the Worlds and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, is penning the script.
–Borys Kit, “Steven Spielberg Tackling DC Comics Movie ‘Blackhawk,'” The Hollywood Reporter

DC Comics officially has all bragging rights concerning its cinematic director’s club. Of course, there’s Richard Donner. And now Steven Spielberg. Following the massively successful Ready Player One, Mr. Spielberg will be embracing the superhero genre seen throughout the aforementioned film for the first time in his illustrious filmmaking career.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is not small news. Particularly with the recent struggles for DC’s movies, signing Steven Spielberg is a game-changer.

While I’ve always wanted Mr. Spielberg to direct a new Superman film and/or trilogy with his team at Amblin, he is perfectly suited for the DC Comics character and story based during World War II. Having already tackled this war in a couple different lights, fans of movies and great storytelling–not just DC Comic fans–should be excited.

Steven Spielberg has proven he can do virtual reality motion-capture at a brilliant level, as well as gritty realism whilst subtly interweaving movie magic that hits a crashing crescendo by the end of the third act with a signature-impact that lasts a lifetime.

DC Comics has allied themselves with the right movie director.

P.S. Check out the Amblin logo below. Notice anything ‘super’ about it? 

Amblin Entertainment - LOGO

Just saying. 

Dunkirk’s Darkest Hour

Have two highly-acclaimed films ever been so perfectly matched as accompanying entities?

This year, Christopher Nolan’s gritty on-the-beach dramatization of the historically necessary evacuation of hundreds of thousands of British soldiers in Dunkirk was hailed as an incredible war movie unlike any other. You were on the beach, you were in the air and you felt the literal and metaphorical claustrophobia of what seemed like inevitable demise closing in. It was a matter-of-fact story that took audiences into the living hell of British and French soldiers under deadly German air attacks.

Also this year, just weeks ago, Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour was hailed as an engaging peek into the life of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Faced with the end of the British armed forces, Western civilization, and the world in domino fashion by Germany in World War II,  Mr. Oldman’s metamorphosis into Mr. Churchill was a masterclass in acting brilliance. To put it briefly, Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour was an ordinary man who, through cigars, booze, unlikely confidants, ingenuity, courage and his wife, was able to lead the rescue of soldiers struggling for their lives on the beaches of Dunkirk in a matter-of-fact manner on the silver screen.

Movie fans should see both films, both for historic and cinematic purposes. But what if you could see them interwoven together in an epic trailer?

While Gary Oldman has all but sealed up a forthcoming season of Best Actor awards for his performance as Winston Churchill, there’s an argument for cinematic history to be made with regards to the Best Picture of 2017:

Dunkirk + Darkest Hour.

The Academy will likely not comply. Regardless, history is eternally thankful for the ordinary heroes showcased in both films.