TV News – Cush Jumbo Discusses The Good Fight

In our current climate, a great political TV show and/or film can be a great way to highlight important issues in a dramatically powerful way that resonates with television critics and audiences. The Good Fight, a spin-off/sequel to The Good Wife, may be this show given how well received it has been since its premiere in 2017. Cush Jumbo, who plays Lucca Quinn in this television series, gave an interview to Collider about The Good Fight.

Cush Jumbo

Cush Jumbo said this on what it means to be on a show that features women and people of colour in major roles:

It’s something that has been significant since we began the spin-off. The very fact that this show is based in an African American law firm has never been done before on television. Diane Lockhart was in the minority, when we began the show in that firm.”

It was a new direction. And to come to work every day and have all these black background milling around to make our law firm, as an actor of color, that’s a really unusual make-up of a set, so you can’t help but notice it […] As the show has gone on, the Kings have just kept on recruiting the best talent they could.”

The regular cast that we’ve ended up with is just the regular cast that we’ve ended up with, and it just so happens to reflect society, which I think is incredible […] The Kings’ starting point is always just to have the best actors that they can have. I want to be in the best show on television, and I want to do the best work that I can do.”

And none of us wants any of that to do with the way we look or who we are, but it also should be commented on and should be talked about because we’re one of the only shows doing it. They’re not all talk. They actually are doing it, so you can’t help but notice it. You can’t help but be proud of it.”

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Film News – O’Shea Jackson Discusses Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla was a very polarising film but that has done nothing to dampen the excitement there is for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. One of the cast members of this Godzilla sequel is O’Shea Jackson and, in an interview with Collider, he had the opportunity to discuss Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters

Here is what O’Shea Jackson had to say on his fandom for Godzilla prior to joining the cast for Godzilla: King of the Monsters and how it heavily influenced his decision to be a part of this movie:

Well, that’s the whole reason I got the part. Whether it’s the Hanna Barbara cartoon or that weird Ferris Bueller one, I love all Godzillas. I love Godzilla.”

I got the call right after Straight Outta Compton, and I was like I have to. Certain things you feel destined for. And Godzilla’s only happening because of the little kid version of O’Shea. Before Straight Outta Compton I was asked to list my five heroes, and Godzilla was one of them. Reporters constantly ask to list my five heroes and Godzilla’s one of them.”

So I’m loving it. I got to touch his skin the other day. It was a pretty big moment for me. So that’s as close as I’ll ever get. So it’s been fun. Taking pictures of the set – I mean, legally taking pictures of the set, and just having a ball on the biggest monster pay-per-view ever.”

O’Shea Jackson also gave his opinion on what, at the time of the interview, he believed was the coolest scene in the film:

Just to speak as a Godzilla fan for a minute, there’s no way in the world Ghidorah is supposed to be in the second movie, and I’m in it? I’m losing my mind, like anytime Ghidorah gets mentioned, I’m like, ‘No way. No way! He’s going down. He’s not going up’.”

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Film News – Harry Shum Jr On Crazy Rich Asians Sequel

Crazy Rich Asians was a film released in 2018 that was highly celebrated by both film critics and general audiences. Due to its success from a critical and financial perspective, a sequel to this movie being given the green-light was never in doubt. Harry Shum Jr. was one of the stars of Crazy Rich Asians and, in an interview with Collider, he had the opportunity to speak about the Crazy Rich Asians 2.

Crazy Rich Asians 2

Here is what Harry Shum Jr. had to say on what he personally knows about Crazy Rich Asians 2:

Yeah, we’ve had small conversations on the idea of it. We had conversations, even before I did the movie. That character was designed to be a cameo, in the first film, because he didn’t want to muddy the waters with so much to explore.”

It was important to see Rachel and Nick’s story, and let that be the center of it. It was a gamble. He said, ‘Look, there’s a cameo. I can’t promise anything. If it does well, the idea is that we’ll explore that.’ So, from me being friends with him for a long time, I was like, ‘Yeah, of course.’ It’s such an incredible thing that the movie has done so well and has made a cultural stamp, even with just romantic comedy status.”

It’s a really meaningful film, and I know that they are looking to tell that story, as well, but there’s still some time before that happens. I know the character in the books, and that’s what excited me. The stuff that happens in the books can hopefully be carried over or adapted, so we’ll see.”

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Mission: Impossible – Fallout (Film Review) – It’s Great, But It Had The Potential To Be Exceptional

Mission: Impossible – Fallout is an action film produced, written and directed by Christopher McQuarrie. This is the second Mission: Impossible film that has had Christopher McQuarrie in the director’s chair and it is a movie that serves as being the sixth instalment in the Mission: Impossible franchise as well as a sequel to Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.

Tom Cruise reprises his iconic role as Ethan Hunt in Fallout and he is part of a cast where Simon Pegg, Michelle Monaghan, Ving Rhames, Sean Harris, Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson all reprise their roles from previous movies in this franchise. Vanessa Kirby, Angela Bassett and Henry Cavill are the newcomers to the cast. The story of Fallout centres on Ethan Hunt and his team who must deal with the interference of August Walker (Henry Cavill), a CIA assassin who has been tasked to monitor Hunt and his team after a failed mission.

My Expectations For Mission: Impossible – Fallout

For me, the Mission: Impossible franchise starts with Mission: Impossible 3. The first Mission: Impossible and Mission: Impossible 2 are pretty bad films in my opinion and I completely disregard them. However, I think every movie after those two in this franchise gets progressively better in quality. Indeed, I believe that the pinnacle of this series is Rogue Nation which was such a fun, entertaining action film. In terms of pure entertainment, I like Mission: Impossible 3, really like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and love Rogue Nation.

As you can imagine, my hopes and expectations for Fallout were incredibly high. Indeed, some of the reviews stated that this was not only the best instalment in the franchise but one of the best action movies ever made. This praise really made me excited to see the film. If Fallout was able to top Rogue Nation, I would be ecstatic as I would have seen one of the best films of 2018 so far.

My Thoughts On Mission: Impossible – Fallout

For me, while this is one of a number of great films I have seen so far in 2018, Fallout is not better than Rogue Nation. But, I do prefer it over Ghost Protocol and it gets really close to being the best film in this franchise. From an entertainment standpoint, I had an absolute great time watching Fallout from beginning to end. Clearly, a Mission: Impossible movie is going to heavily rely on action to keep its audience entertained and I would contest that the action and cinematography in Fallout are the best that we have ever seen in this franchise.

Simon Pegg as Benji, Rebecca Ferguson as Ilsa Faust, Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt and Ving Rhames as Luther in Mission Impossible Fallout

Visually, the film is gripping and the fight choreography and action set-pieces are beautifully shot and executed to their fullest potential. Story-wise, Fallout also gives us what I would probably consider to be the most layered plot so far in this franchise which I really appreciated as it made the movie compelling. Performance-wise, everyone in the cast delivers. While there are a couple of clunky-lines of dialogue scattered throughout Fallout, this is more of a minor script nit-pick rather than a cast problem.

Tom Cruise is, as always, great as Ethan Hunt and Hunt is humanised in this film when it comes to his relationships which was good to see from a dramatic perspective. I loved the expanded role that Ving Rhames had in Fallout and a scene he had with Rebecca Ferguson was a particular highlight in this regard. Ferguson herself, just like in Rogue Nation, is exceptional and Simon Pegg is a great focal point for the majority of the humour in Fallout.

A Great Movie That Could Have Been Exceptional

All of the things listed above make Fallout a great film and just behind Rogue Nation as my second favourite movie in the Mission: Impossible franchise. However, it could have been so much better than it was. Sadly, Fallout has the same problem as every movie in this franchise; I was never made to feel as though the characters were in any real danger or that there were any real consequences.

Henry Cavill as August Walker in Mission Impossible Fallout

What made this even more painful was the fact that there are times when Fallout has glorious chances to subvert, glorious chances to go dark and bold in its narrative. But, it goes the other way every single time and the entire opening of the film is a prime example of this which really bummed me out. It made me longing for Fallout to have more consequences but it fails in this regard. The movie is what you expect when it comes to the overall final outcome which is a shame.

Still, that major gripe is the only one I have. Fallout is, overall, a great film that could have been amazing but Fallout is absolutely worth your time at the cinema. All I hope for the future of this franchise is that the storyline in the next film subverts what you would expect from a Mission: Impossible film when it comes to the outcome of its story.

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T2 Trainspotting (Film Review) – Deep and Nostalgic

T2 Trainspotting is a black comedy directed by Danny Boyle. In this film, we are reunited with the ensemble cast of the original Trainspotting consisting of Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewan McGregor. This sequel takes place 20 years after the events of Trainspotting which saw Renton (Ewan McGregor) betraying his friends and running off with the money from a drug deal. Renton now returns to Edinburgh, Scotland and has to deal with the consequences of his actions and repair old relationships.

My Knowledge and Expectation of T2 Trainspotting

The original Trainspotting is considered by many to be a British classic and there was a lot of expectation surrounding this sequel considering how revered the original is and how long it has been since the original was released. Myself, I did not have these high expectations as I do not consider Trainspotting to be the classic that everyone proclaims it to be. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a really good film but I don’t love it so, going into T2 Trainspotting, I was not expecting much from the sequel.

Jonny Lee Miller and Ewan McGregor in T2 Trainspotting

My Thoughts on T2 Trainspotting

I am pretty glad I went in with such measured expectations because I really liked T2 Trainspotting. In fact, I think I might prefer it to the original Trainspotting. The reason why I feel this way is because T2 Trainspotting is a much deeper film than the original. For me, the original Trainspotting is a fun film that touches on some interesting themes such as urban poverty. In T2 Trainspotting, poignant themes and issues such as regret, growing old, clinging on to the past and nostalgia are purposefully interwoven into the story and become central to the narrative.

This is done to such great effect that characters such as Begbie (Robert Carlyle) and Spud (Ewen Bremner) become more layered and sympathetic. In addition to the depth and the character development, the humour in this film is just as good as it was in the original. Certain scenes had me laughing to such a degree that it probably freaked out the people around me who were also watching T2 Trainspotting. Still, I didn’t care.

Robert Carlyle in T2 Trainspotting

My only issue with the T2 Trainspotting is that it is a bit slow in parts and the film could have been trimmed to improve the flow and pacing. However, considering that I harboured feelings that this film would have had more issues before I watched it, this was not a big deal.

I honestly feel that this film is better than the original Trainspotting as it is a deeper film that deals with themes that are central to the story while still having the humour that made the original so entertaining. If you are a fan of the original Trainspotting, then I implore you to watch T2 Trainspotting as soon as you can. I feel that it will widely resonate with people of various ages and backgrounds.