Five for the Fifth: MARCH 2016 Edition

Welcome to FlixChatter’s primary blog series! As is customary for this monthly feature, I get to post five random news item/observation/poster, etc. and then turn it over to you to share your take on that given topic. You can see the previous five-for-the-fifth posts here.

1. Ok let’s start off with the casting news that’s likely still on everyone’s minds. I know it must be on my pal Ted S.’s mind as he’s a huge fan of of the book, right Ted? The forever-in-the-works adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower finally has casting in place: Idris Elba will play the gunslinger Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey will play the villainous Man in Black.


King himself has confirmed the casting:

I know there’ll be fuss about the race thing just like when Elba played Norse god Heimdall in Thor, but I personally think Elba’s one of those actors that can pull off ANY role, regardless of what skin color the character’s supposed to be. But I haven’t read the book so I don’t know if he’d actually fit the character of Roland in terms of personality, etc.

So what do y’all think about this casting news? 

2. Now, a lot of you already know I’m currently into British actor Sam Riley. I’ve also been obsessing over Pride and Prejudice and Zombies where he played a charming but dangerous Mr. Darcy [the only Darcy I ever hyperventilate over 😉 ]. If it’s still playing in theaters near me, I’d gladly go again for a third time!

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This epic fight that takes place after Mr. Darcy’s first proposal scene is nothing short of epic. Riley and Lily James have such a scorching chemistry, and they’re now my favorite Lizzie & Darcy. It’ll definitely make it to my top 10 favorite scenes I’d watch over and over again from 2016… and beyond!

So tell me, which film(s) you’ve seen more than once in the theater this year? Feel free to share your favorite scene from that movie, too.

3. Last Wednesday I saw Knight of Cups… I mentioned in this post that I knew going in that the latest Terrence Malick’s film has no script. I’m still curious about it because of the cast.


Well, suffice to say, if you’ve never been into Malick’s style, I’d say best to avoid this one. It’s basically a 2-hr visual poetry set to classical music. As beautiful the visuals is, lensed by Malick’s regular, triple Oscar winner Emmanuel Lubezki. But y’know what, his cinematography work here actually made me nauseous! I had to close my eyes several times to keep from hurling. I generally like most of his films, save for Badlands and To The Wonder which I haven’t seen yet. But I’m kind of put off by this one that I don’t think I want to watch ANY film without a script ever again. Heh, screenwriters exist for a reason Mr. Malick. I’m hoping his next film Weightless actually has a script, as it’s really hard to resist THIS ensemble cast!

What are your thoughts about Terrence Malick’s style? Yay or nay?

4. Per tradition, there are a couple of trailers I want to highlight today. Both are female-driven, though they couldn’t be more different in terms of genres.

Let’s start with Despite the Falling Snow, which I had been anticipating for some time. I had blogged about it when I posted about 5 new-to-me actors I’d like to see more of, as Rebecca Ferguson plays the lead in this one. It also has one of my new fave actors Sam Reid from Belle, woo hoo! There are so few romantic thrillers out there and I LOVE the premise of this. Forbidden romance set in wartime setting, with intrigue and suspense thrown in, I’m SO there. Plus it’s also directed by a woman, UK-based filmmaker Shamim Sarif.


In Cold War Moscow, a female spy steals secrets from an idealistic politician – and falls in love with him.

Now THIS is a reboot I’m actually looking forward to: GHOSTBUSTERS! This is likely to be one of Summer’s biggest hits. I LOVE the female cast, it just looks like such a hoot. This will be Melissa McCarthy‘s fourth time with Paul Feig, after starring in Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy. I’ve only seen the last one which was a blast, and Kate McKinnon is my fave SNL cast member from the current season.

30 years after Ghostbusters took the world by storm, the beloved franchise makes its long-awaited return. Director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today.

Thoughts about either one of these trailers?

5. This month Five for the Fifth’s guest is my pal Wendell from Dell on Movies.  Blockbuster season will begin in earnest in March, starting with Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice later this month, The Jungle Book in April and Captain America: Civil War + X-Men Apocalypse in May.

Which 2016 blockbusters do you absolutely have to see and which will you skip?

Well, that’s it for the March edition of Five for the Fifth, folks. Now, please pick a question out of the five above or better yet, do ‘em all! 😀

40 thoughts on “Five for the Fifth: MARCH 2016 Edition

  1. Paul S

    I love Malick’s first 3 films, but everything he’s done since The Thin Red Line has left me cold. It took me 3 or 4 sittings to get through To the Wonder, and after reading your thoughts I think I’ll be giving Knight of Cups a miss.

    1. Hi Paul! I quite like Tree of Life but I think The Thin Red Line is still my favorite of all Malick’s work. But man, Knight of Cups is infuriating and nauseatingly s-l-o-w. I’m not sure I want to see To The Wonder now.

  2. 1. I love it. Idris Elba being an actor I can’t have enough of.
    2. Haven’t seen this film, as yet, but I’ve watched and enjoyed DEADPOOL twice this young year.
    3. I’m not a big fan of Malick, but nor am I a detractor of his style of film. Have to generate up my enthusiasm to watch his work, in other words.
    4. Didn’t about the former, but Rogue Nation made me a fan of Ms. Ferguson, so yes, I’m intrigued to see it. The latter didn’t spike my interest initially, but now that the trailer is out, and with this female cast, it’s a summer must-read for me.
    5. Must-sees: Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America: Civil War, Suicide Squad, Jason Bourne, The Nice Guys, The Conjuring 2, Free State of Jones, Finding Dory, X-Men Apocalypse (though I’m beginning to waver), and the above Ghostbusters
    Wait & See: Independence Day: Resurgence, Star Trek Beyond (a first for this old Trekker to do so, but the latest in the line have been underwhelming), The Magnificent Seven
    Skip list: The Jungle Book

    1. Hi Michael!

      Looks like we share the same sentiment about Elba, yay!

      Ahah, I think a lot of people have the same answer as you about question #2. Did your daughter see PPZ? I’m just so in love w/ that movie… and Sam Riley’s portrayal of Darcy, and I’ve seen practically ALL of Pride & Prejudice adaptations!

      Well if you’re not a Malick’s fan, I doubt Knight of Cups will change your mind.

      “Rogue Nation made me a fan of Ms. Ferguson” Yes me too! This one looks really good as she’s the lead!

      Yep, I feel the same about Independence Day sequel and Star Trek Beyond, will wait and see. I’m REALLY hoping my gut about X-Men Apocalypse is wrong and that it’ll be a great film!

        1. Ahah well, it can’t hurt! It’s surprisingly loyal to the original, and the zombies somehow fit right in. I never would’ve thought it’d work but glad that it did!

  3. 1. I don’t have issues with Elba playing Roland, my main issue is the guy directing the film. I don’t know anything about his work and the January release date sounds like the studio don’t have much faith in it. Originally it was supposed to be a summer tentpole now they’re dumping it in January? I guess I’ll just have to hope it turns out to be a good movie.

    2. I’ve only seen two movies in theater this year but I’m sure I’ll be seeing Capt. America 2 and Jason Bourne a couple of times at the theater later this year.

    3. As I’ve said earlier, Malick’s been coasting for his last couple of flicks, I don’t know if he’s getting lazy or just don’t care about telling a story anymore. I’ll rent Knight of Cups but I won’t have any high expectations for it.

    4. I’m excited to see the reboot of Ghostbusters too, heck I was never a fan of the original film but this one looks funny.

    5. I’m hesitant about Batman vs. Superman but definitely looking forward to seeing Captain America 2, Jason Bourne, Ghostbusters, Independence Day 2 and Star Trek 3.

    1. Hey Ted! I was most curious to hear your thoughts about Dark Tower casting. You’re right about the director, never even heard of him before. I didn’t realize the January release date, WTF?? That’s crazy considering the pedigree AND the cast, I mean both are considered A-listers by now w/ a ton of fans. I don’t get it.

      I have a feeling I’d see Capt. America 2 twice too, just like I did w/ Winter Soldier.

      Boy, Knight of Cups is utterly indulgent mess, there is no plot whatsoever.

      I’m not a huge fan of the original Ghostbusters either but this one looks funny.

      Well I’m gonna find out just how bad Batman vs. Superman is on March 22, can’t bring a guest unfortunately so even Ivan can’t see it w/ me 😦

      1. Apparently they changed a lot of things from the book for the film, which is a good thing since a lot of what King wrote would never work on the screen. So again I don’t have issues with them casting a black actor as Roland; I’m sure Elba would nail the part as meant for the film version. My guess is Sony probably isn’t spending too much money on the film since it’s based on the first book, which won’t require a $100mil production and there won’t be any competition in January.

        I hope Batman vs. Superman is decent but it’s not a film I’m going to see on opening weekend. I’ll wait and read your review and others before I go see it.

  4. 1. I have very little or to be accurate no knowledge of that book other that it exists but I love these two guys so I’m looking forward to it

    2. You don’t hyperventilate over Mr. Firth? 😀 I haven’t seen a movie more than once in the theater in ages. But I did watch Big Short 4 times which makes it my most rewatched movie from 2015. I love all Gosling scenes in that one – he is absolutely hysterical in the role

    3. I freaking hate it. Tree of Life is the most boring movie I’ve seen in my entire life. If I wanted to stare at nature I’d just go outside

    4. That Ferguson movie looks great. I am waiting for Ghostbusters because I adore Feig and McCarthy but I’m disappointed to say that this trailer was just embarrassing

    5. I am so bored with Marvel so X-Men and Civil War is not something I will see in cinema. I may see BvS in theater just to check out how it turned out to be

    1. Hi Margaret! I figure you’d like the casting as you love both of those actors.

      Ahah no I never did have a crush on Firth in ANY role. He actually reminds me of a friend of mine who looks a lot like him in his Darcy days and it always made me smile how others go ga-ga over him. But Sam Riley’s Darcy is so bad ass w/ his leather & Samurai, it’s like an S&M version of Jane Austen LOL

      Whoa I didn’t know you like The Big Short that much, but I actually don’t mind seeing it again but for Bale/Carrell.

      So you’ve seen Knight of Cups then? I think Tree of Life still has some kind of a semblance of a plot. Ahah yeah, I’d rather just watch a time lapse video on Vimeo, just don’t call the damn thing a movie!!

      I have a feeling most people will still see BvS just out of sheer curiosity, so even if it’s bad it’ll still make money IMO.

      1. Oh God I wouldn’t sit through Knight of Cups even if….well I would only sit through that if I was accompanied by Mr Ford and could focus my attention on him. No way I’m ever seeing a Mallick movie again

        1. Ahah well you’re very wise Margaret. I wouldn’t have paid for it, that’s for sure, but still that was 2 hrs I’d never get back. I’d only watch it if it were Sam Riley in a similar role like Bale so I could just watch his gorgeous face for the entire movie, who cares about the plot, ahah.

  5. 1. Idris Elba as a cowboy… FUCK YEAH!!!

    2. I haven’t seen a lot of new movies though I did have a re-watch of The Force Awakens earlier this year as the scene I loved the most was the lightsaber battle between Ren & Rey.

    3. Having recently re-watched To the Wonder, I’m Yay all the fucking way. People are saying that Malick is repeating himself visually and such but this is from a filmmaker who works without a safety net and knows it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Plus, it is rumored that Knight of Cups along with his previous 2 films are part of an informal yet thematic trilogy about himself in some ways. The fact that he’s working without a script is an indication of someone that is very confident in what he needs to do and create something that feels more realistic as it relates to his own experiences.

    4. I think I might want to see Despite the Snow Falling as I do like Sam Reid while I haven’t seen anything with Rebecca Ferguson. Ghostbusters, I’m for the remake. If this is the film that will allow to me laugh and have a good time with other women watching this while a bunch of nerds grumble about how it’s not like the original, blah-blah-blah. Fine, more pie for me!

    5. I’m definitely seeing Captain America: Civil War as I like what the MCU puts out though I wish it take a break every once in a while. I’m also eager to see X-Men: Apocalypse. I was interested in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice but now having heard that my boo Jena got cut out of the film for its lame rated-R cut coming soon. Well there goes whatever interest I had in thinking of seeing it so fuck Zack Snyder and fuck DC Films. They cut my boo out of the film. I’m going to castrate those motherfuckers right now.

    1. Mwahahaha, LOVE your answer for #1!

      Did you rewatch The Force Awakens in the theater? I might re-watch it later when it’s out on VOD.

      Well I generally have more tolerance for Malick’s style but Knight of Cups is just pointless and the cinematography makes me nauseous, so while I didn’t thoroughly hated it, it’s definitely my least fave of the year so far. I hope his next one is more watchable.

      So you’ve seen Sam Reid in BELLE then? I love him in that film.

      Yeah I immediately thought of you when I heard Jena Malone’s cut from the theatrical movie. I was like, oh no Steven’s gonna be so upset about this!

      1. I re-watched The Force Awakens in the theaters with my brother-in-law who had never seen it.

        I don’t think Malick’s next 2 films will be as accessible as those close to him are saying he’s deviating away from conventional narrative as it’s really about him doing something personal and experimental. I’m likely to enjoy Knight of Cups though I’m going to watch it with low expectations and maybe it will grow on me through repeated viewings.

        I was like Anger from Inside Out when I heard the news.

        1. Ah I see, wow that movie’s been around forever in the theaters!

          Well, I hope you would enjoy ‘Knight of Cups’ more than I did. I REALLY wanted to like it, I mean I LOVE that cast, but it’s really tough to like something so overly-indulgent and repetitive and pointless 😦

  6. eclecticscribe66

    1. Idris Elba and Matthew McConaghey? Yes please! I am definitely down for that. I am so tired of all the fuss over casting that crosses racial lines. Regardless of the ethnicity of a character in the source material, many roles are really race neutral. (Perhaps a black actor as a Norse god is pushing the envelope a bit, but who cares? It’s a flipping movie about Norse gods coming to Earth and acting like bad-ass super-heroes/super-villains. We’re going to be sticklers for realism??) Maybe if more people looked at most roles as race neutral, we could make real inroads in tackling the Hollywood So White phenomenon. And damn, it’s Idris Elba! Need we say more?

    2. Can’t answer that, as I rarely see movies in the theater, and I haven’t seen P & P and Zombies yet. I definitely want to see it. And whenever my husband mentions the mediocre reviews he’s seen, I tell him “F**k that, Ruth likes it!” 😉 If there’s anyone I trust on movies and Jane Austen, it’s you.

    3. I haven’t seen many of Malick’s films. But based on what I’ve seen, it’s probably worth a look for the visuals alone.

    4. My computer is hit or miss about playing videos, so I skipped the trailers, but both movies look good.

    5. Yay for Dell, one of my favorite bloggers of all time. To be honest, I’ll probably skip all of them until they come to streaming.

    1. LOVE your answer!! Yeah people need to chill, I mean comic book movies are fantastical anyway, so unless it’s a biopic then race shouldn’t matter. I think Elba would be great as Roland, even Stephen King himself approved so the rest should just pipe down.

      He…he.. well, definitely check it out when it’s out on VOD. PPZ is quite popular on Tumblr, I think even Austen fans have warmed up to this adaptation. Sam Riley is SERIOUSLY hot as Darcy, well to me anyway 🙂

      I’m curious to hear what you think of Malick’s style once you see it. You should give The Thin Red Line or Tree of Life a shot, they’re two of my faves from his work.

  7. 3: I like Malick, especially Tree of Life. The mixed reviews for Knight of Cups have me worried though and looks as if you didn’t care much for it.

    5: Blockbusters. I’m looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

    1. Hi Chris! I generally like Malick too, but Knight of Cups is extremely indulgent and even pretentious, I really wanted to like it but alas…

      I forgot Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is out later this year, yeah I’m looking fwd to that too!

  8. Hey Ruth,

    Sorry I couldn’t comment on this sooner. Life popped up on me this weekend. Thanks for allowing me to help out in some small way and, of course, for the link. As for my answers…

    1. I’m all for Idris Elba. I haven’t read the book, but I’m looking forward to whatever they come up with.

    2. I’ve not seen a movie more than once in a theater in a long time. It’s just not something I do.

    3. Nay, nay, and more nay. Dude’s movies are pretentious and boring. That’s not a winning combination, I don’t care how pretty they are.

    4. Rebecca Ferguson was very good in Rogue Nation, so I’ll definitely give this a chance. I am looking forward to the new Ghostbusters, too.

    5. My can’t misses are Captain America: Civil War and Suicide Squad. I definitely going to see Batman v. Superman, too, but it’s not a can’t miss. It’s more of a curiosity to see how badly Snyder and co. botched it. I’m gonna do my best to make it to Ghostbusters, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Jungle Book, and Finding Dory. The ones I’ll definitely skip (in the theater, at least) are: London Has Fallen, Independence Day: Resurgence.

    1. Hey there Dell! Hey it’s totally ok man, life gets in the way of blogging, just as it should be 🙂

      I think Elba is extremely charismatic and likable that he’d make any role work IMHO.

      Ah I see, well it does get to be expensive to see movies on the big screen but thankfully for me I get press screenings so I rarely pay for movies these days.

      Ahah, pretentious and boring, I think you may have a point there. He seems to make movies just for himself and his actors.

      Hey Dell, definitely skip London Has Fallen, it’s utter garbage! I’m just about to write a mini review of it.

  9. All I can say is YAY about the casting of Elba! The man is amazing, and I think he is going to be absolutely brilliant. Can’t wait to see 😀

  10. PrairieGirl

    Ha, ha, the Ghostbusters trailer had me in stitches! LOVE those gals! The classic music theme and a new (old) hearse is back… can’t wait!

  11. abbiosbiston

    Nay to Malick. I don’t think I’ll be catching any blockbusters post June with Little O about to disrupt everything!

    1. So have you seen any of Malick’s work? It seems that he’s really an acquired taste. Ah yes! Little O will bring disruptions but also plenty of joy I reckon 🙂

      1. abbiosbiston

        I’ve seen Tree of Life and managed to get halfway through The Thin Red Line before abandoning it. It all just feels very pretentious to me.

  12. The Ghostbusters trailer doesn’t look too great if I’m honest. But then the Spy trailer was bad and that turned out OK! As for Mallick, well, he’s one of my favourite directors; I love his style, so I’m really looking forward to this.

    1. I think because I like most of the cast of the new Ghostbusters I enjoyed that trailer. But yeah, let’s hope the movie itself is actually BETTER.

      Well, I hope you get more out of Knight of Cups than I did Mark, maybe I’m just not smart or soulful enough for Malick [shrug]

  13. I’ll watch Elba in ANYTHING!
    I haven’t seen anything more than once this year, since the only film I’ve seen this year is…Zootopia…but knowing the kids, I’ll probably see that again.
    Malick is hit or miss with me, but he’s generally interesting. UGH…can’t believe you don’t like Badlands!!! That is my favorite Malick.
    I still need to see the first Ghostbusters…
    I’m all in for Jungle Book…like WAY in!

    1. Elba is da bomb! May he be cast in EVERYTHING! 😀

      I need to see Zootopia soon!

      Oh you misunderstood me, my friend, I have not seen Badlands. I actually like Days of Heaven, A New World and Tree of Life to varying degrees, but just can’t get into Knight of Cups at all despite my love for Bale and Blanchett.

      Y’know it’s been ages since I saw the first Ghostbusters, but it’s a lot of fun, it’s also got a bunch of former SNL cast.

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