Within the war movie genre, the American Civil War hasn’t beget as many classics as World War II or Vietnam. One indisputable classic, however, is Glory, the powerful 1989 film based on a true story about one of the first all-black volunteer regiments in the Union Army. Denzel Washington won his first Oscar for this movie. You may recall the scene where his character, Trip — the defiant slave turned soldier turned AWOL shoe-hunter — tries to keep a stiff upper lip but starts leaking tears as he’s whipped across his back, which already bears the scars of a runaway slave.
This year, at an AFI tribute to Washington, Michael B. Jordan cited those scars as the inspiration for Killmonger’s in Black Panther. Glory is a film where a similar transference of legacy can be felt in the actors’ performances. Bolstered by one of the all-time great film scores (composed by the late James Horner and featuring the Harlem Boys Choir), it’s a movie that seeks to pass the generational torch, putting viewers in touch with the past so that its forgotten sacrifices can help light the way forward to a better tomorrow for all.
Seeing “Old Glory,” the flag, wave in Glory, the film, as Americans fight other Americans on the battlefield at Antietam Creek certainly hits close to home in 2019, when the country feels less united than ever, up a different kind of creek. With HBO’s Watchmen having recently drawn attention to the Tulsa Race Massacre, Glory offers another indelible screen depiction of an important episode in American history. Rewatching it on its thirtieth anniversary, here at the tail end of the 2010s, is an emotional experience: at once humbling and cathartic and inspiring all over again.
Joel Coen‘s take on Macbeth already has Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand as stars, and now it might add another heavy-hitter into the mix. Brendan Gleeson, known for his work in Paddington 2 and some other movies that aren’t Paddington 2, is said to be in talks to join the A24 movie based on the play by a hot up-and-comer named William Shakespeare. The project has Coen going solo for the first time, working without brother Ethan Coen.
Edward Zwick‘s Civil War dramaGlory is turning 30 this year, and the film will march back into theaters to mark the occasion. Fathom Events, Sony Pictures, and Turner Classic Movies, have partnered to show Glory on 600 movie screens around the U.S. on two select days. The screenings will feature pre- and post-film commentary that delves deeper into the production.
Joel Coen, one-half of the Coen Brothers, is going solo to bring a new version of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth to the big screen. That’s exciting enough on its own, but it gets better. Denzel Washington is in talks to play Macbeth, and frequent Coen collaborator (and Joel Coen’s wife) Frances McDormand will also star as Lady Macbeth. Super indie studio A24 will distribute.
Denzel Washington has played a lot of cops in his career, and now he’s set to do it again. Washington will star in the cop thriller Little Things, from a script by John Lee Hancock (TheHighwaymen). The acclaimed actor will play a deputy sheriff who teams up with a detective in order to track down a serial killer. As is often the case with cops hunting killers, Washington’s character has some dark secrets from his past that he must deal with. More on the Little Things movie below.
Denzel Washington has found his next directorial project, and he’s bringing in a heavy-hitter to star. Michael B. Jordan will play the lead in the Washington-directed Journal for Jordan, based on the memoir by Dana Canedy. Canedy’s book told the story of the love affair between herself and First Sergeant Charles Monroe King. King began writing a journal for his son Jordan while deployed, but was killed during the war in Iraq.
If we’re lucky, Antoine Fuqua and Denzel Washington will make Equalizermovies until the end of days. In a sea of +100 million dollar franchises, Fuqua and Washington are making a series unlike any other in major theaters right now. No franchise star today is as hard-hitting, violent, and as well-spoken as Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), whose eloquent threats and promises of vengeance are as crowd-pleasing as his fighting skills.
But don’t call this Equalizer series a franchise or blockbuster to Fuqua, because he’s more interested in telling a good standalone story than making a sequel that’s really just a bit more of the same. Like Washington, Fuqua had opportunities to make prequels and sequels, for both Training Day and Olympus Has Fallen, but they never made sense to him. The world of Robert McCall, on the other hand, was rich enough for the filmmaker to continue to McCall’s journey.
Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with the always passionate Fuqua to discuss The Equalizer 2, working with Denzel Washington for the fourth time, Miami Vice, and even his fond memory of working with Prince.
Next week brings Denzel Washington back to the big screen in badass mode for The Equalizer 2. The sequel finds the Oscar-winning actor returning as Robert McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. However, the wrong people still cross his path, and he ends up delivering some good old fashioned street justice to those who can’t help but wrong others. Two new Equalizer 2 clips have just surfaced showing us what the titular vigilante is dealing with this time. Read More »
Thanks to Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, and Incredibles 2 superheroes have dominated the summer box office so far. But when July rolls around, the vigilantes and spies will have their day. Tom Cruise is coming back as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible – Fallout and Denzel Washington will also be back in the franchise that is becoming his own Mission: Impossible series.
The Equalizer 2 brings the return of Danzel Washington as Robert McCall, a man who fights against injustice whenever he sees it. And as a Lyft driver, he comes into contact with some pretty shady characters, as you’ll see in the new Equalizer 2 trailer. Read More »
The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, a video remembers the life and career of Anthony Bourdain after the famous chef and travel host took his own life last week. Plus, Stephen Colbert takes aim at the hateful fanboys who are ruining Star Wars for the rest of us, and Denzel Washington auditions some familiar faces in sports to be the next Equalizer.
First up, The New York Times put together this profile that illustrates perfectly why people loved Anthony Bourdain so much. He wasn’t just a TV personality who loved food and traveling. He was someone who helped us connect to the rest of the world and realize that we’re not so different from each other.
Stephen Colbert and his staff at The Late Show were annoyed with the news that Star Wars: The Last Jedi actress Kelly Marie Tran felt the need to leave Instagram due to hateful fanboys harassing her online. So they created this trailer to put them in their place and tell them to grow up. For more, listen to our special podcast episode about it.
Finally, during the NBA Finals, Denzel Washington and Sony Pictures took the time to have some of the NBA’s biggest stars (and even some from the WNBA) audition to become the next star of The Equalizer franchise. It should come as no surprise that these athletes aren’t the best actors, but this is still a fun gag.