Jon Favreau talks Technological Advances at Siskel Gala

Actor-writer-director Jon Favreau was on hand Saturday night in Chicago to receive the 2019 Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award. Before accepting the award, Jon Favreau was joined in conversation by Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr.  This made for a pleasant but entertaining evening as the two went down memory lane.  The two spoke about a lot of things–including how not directing Iron Man 3 would lay the groundwork for Chef.  This is because…

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Jon Favreau talks The Lion King at Siskel Gala

Actor-writer-director Jon Favreau was on hand Saturday night in Chicago to receive the 2019 Gene Siskel Film Center Renaissance Award. With Robert Downey Jr. on hand, it’s no surprise that Iron Man would be a matter of discussion.  There were certainly other films brought up throughout the evening.  These films would include Elf, Chef, and Swingers.  The latest film to be directed by Jon Favreau is Disney’s The Lion King.  Of all the films based…

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Avengers: Endgame – The Endgame is Here

Marvel Studios’ previous films have all been leading up to Avengers: Endgame and the film is very much worth the three-hour run time. If you read nothing past the bold sentence: I laughed, cried, and cheered.  This is a film that plays to the fans and it’s going to make a butt load of money.  I can’t wait to see it again. I’m trying to avoid spoilers here so please read at your own risk.…

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Spider-Man: Homecoming: The Road to Endgame

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the best incarnation of Spider-Man on the big screen as the web-slinger joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe in his first big screen adventure. Following his brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) returns to the big screen for a new adventure.  For years, there was talk of Larry David playing the Vulture if Sam Raimi had been allowed to make a fourth Spider-Man movie.  I don’t know how…

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Iron Man 3 – The Road to Endgame

Iron Man 3 gets us back to Tony Stark’s story by largely drawing upon the “Extremis” arc so as to lend the film more of a thriller element. The film flashes back to New Year’s Eve 1999.  This is when Tony Stark first encounters Maya Hansen (Rebecca Hall).  She comes up with technology that allows for the regeneration following injuries.  It’s no surprise to see that Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) is interested in the technology…

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Iron Man 2 – The Road to Endgame

Iron Man 2 is able to build onto its predecessor from two years prior while paving the way for an expanded Marvel Cinematic Universe. The sequel takes place a few months after the events of the first film.  The world now knows Tony Stark is a superhero.  Stark himself is having some other issues to worry about such as the fact that the palladium core in the device keeping him alive is also killing him. …

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Iron Man – The Road to Endgame

Thanks to Robert Downey Jr.’s charismatic performance, Iron Man provides a fresh change to the superhero genre in a way nobody could have predicted. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) took over Stark Industries from his late father, Howard Stark.  We only see the elder Stark in photos where he looks nothing like John Slattery or Dominic Cooper.  It’s quite possible that Marvel didn’t complete casting yet for the future films so they use another person…

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Elf: 15th Anniversary Sing & Cheer Along Edition

Will Ferrell’s over-the-top performance in Elf is one of the reasons why the comedy has managed to stand the test of time. After Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) lets us in on the backstory, the Jon Favreau-directed film gets the ball rolling.  We learn that Buddy (Will Ferrell) is the first human being to set foot in the North Pole.  Unfortunately for Buddy, he doesn’t quite have the same speed as his fellow Elves.  Demoted to…

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Spider-Man: Homecoming is The Best Spider-Man Yet

Spider-Man: Homecoming is the best incarnation of Spider-Man on the big screen as the web-slinger joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe in his first big screen adventure. Following his brief appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland) returns to the big screen for a new adventure.  For years, there was talk of Larry David playing the Vulture if Sam Raimi had been allowed to make a fourth Spider-Man movie.  I don’t know how…

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The Jungle Book lives up to Walt Disney classic

The newest feature film adaptation of The Jungle Book is everything it was expected to be and so much more.  This is only the second live-action film to be produced by Disney.  The last live-action film was released in December 1994 but the animals talk this time around. It’s been a few years since the last time I watched the animated classic but there are some nice homages to the classic, including the classic songs.…

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