SURPRISE: Joker Comes out on Top with 11 Nominations(Photo by Niko Tavernise/© 2019 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved. TM & © DC Comics)We all knew it was going to be a good morning for Joker, with noms for Best Actor and Best Picture guaranteed, but few thought it was going to be this good. The movie won the day with 11 nominations, more than any other film, including Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Sam Mendes’ 1917, and Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, which each picked up 10. Where Joker really made up its numbers was in earning nods in a number of categories where it was considered an outside chance rather than a lock: Best Production Design, Best Film Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Sound Editing, and Best Director for Todd Phillips.SNUB: Jennifer Lopez and The Farewell s Shuzhen Zhao Miss Out(Photo by JA, Priscilla Grant/Everett Collection)Be kind to J-Lo fans today, who may require the comforting warmth of a luxury fur coat after the multi-hyphenate was left off the Best Supporting Actress list – maybe the biggest single snub of this year’s Oscar nominations. Lopez was widely favored in the category for her performance as exotic dancer Ramona in Hustlers, with many pegging her as the likely winner come February. She had racked up wins all season and was mounting a killer campaign. The category was generally one of the most surprising, with The Farewell actress Shuzhen Zhao, who won hearts as Nai Nai in Lulu Wang’s The Farewell, also snubbed, and Kathy Bates and Florence Pugh, considered slight dark horses, managing to squeeze in.SURPRISE: Kathy Bates Shakes Up the Supporting Actress Noms(Photo by Claire Folger/©Warner Bros.)J-Lo’s loss is Kathy Bates’ gain. (There’s a sentence we never thought we’d be writing.) But the huge snub of Jennifer Lopez in the Best Supporting Actress race opened up the door for an outside contender, and Kathy Bates – whose performance as the title character’s mom in Richard Jewell has been widely lauded by critics – beat out other hopefuls Annette Bening (The Report), Da’Vine Joy Randolph (Dolemite Is My Name), and the ladies of Parasite to take her place in the field. Interesting side note: Kathy Bates won Best Actress in 1991 and the next year handed Best Actor to Anthony Hopkins – both winning for playing different kinds of psychopaths. Could they both take out Supporting Actor this year, for very different roles?SNUB: Put Your Bets on Adam Sandler? You Just Lost Big.(Photo by A24)With Uncut Gems racing to become A24’s biggest box officer earner ever, and Adam Sandler racking up critics groups awards over the last month, you might have thought he was looking good for his first-ever Oscar nomination. Alas, it was not to be for the Sandman, with The Two Popes Jonathan Pryce taking what was con亚博链接买球We’re one week away from the release of John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum, and the reactions have been very promising. Now the first crop of reviews have arrived online, and the third installment of the Keanu Reeves-led action franchise is being called the best one yet, coming out of the gate with an even higher Tomatometer score of 96%! Even if you question all the violence, you have to admire the technical quality of the action filmmaking involved. And by the end, you won’t just be wanting more John Wick but also spinoffs of the other characters.Here’s what the critics are saying about John Wick: Chapter 3 Parabellum:How does Chapter 3 compare to the first two?It’s the best film of the franchise so far, even surpassing the first film. Mike Ryan, UproxxHands down, the most giddily brutal and bananas film in the series to date. Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment WeeklyEverything about John Wick: Chapter 3 is better than Chapter 2, from the fantastic cinematography to the editing and the score. Edward Douglas, The BeatThe choreography by far surpasses anything done in JW1 and it will make you forget JW2 altogether. Karen Han, PolygonParabellum also has the distinction of being the silliest of the John Wick movies; it’s like watching the live-action adaptation of a cartoon. Peter Debruge, VarietyMisses the greatness of Chapter 2 because of a convoluted last act and underdeveloped supporting characters. Brian Truitt, USA TodayDoes the praise go even further than the John Wick series?The year’s best action film, and if anything comes along and surpasses it I shall kneel before the filmmakers and pledge my fealty. Sean Mulvihill, fanboynation.comIf you were to ask someone what the greatest action movie ever made was, and they said ‘the first thirty minutes of John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum,” they’d have a point. William Bibbiani, Bloody DisgustingWith John Wick 3, Reeves has finally made another action movie on par with The Matrix. Edward Douglas, The Beat(Photo by Summit Entertainment / courtesy Everett Collection)So, the action scenes are good, then?Every fight scene here is a sumptuous martial arts infused treat, in which we get a taste of fight-styles from all over the planet, executed by masters of those styles. Sherin Nicole, idobi.com
ead, this competition is starting to feel like the first matchup between Godzilla and King Kong in King Kong vs. Godzilla, in which King Kong brought rocks to an atomic heat ray fight.Godzilla’s deeper bench once again proved to be the game changer, as low-rated movies like Godzilla (1998), Godzilla: The Planet Eater (2019), and Godzilla’s Revenge (1971), were offset by beloved films like Shin Godzilla (2016), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and Godzilla vs. Biollante (1989). What’s slightly surprising is that Peter Jackson s King Kong has a 50% Audience Score, and only Kong: Skull Island (2017) and King Kong (1933) have scores above 65%. There’s not much audience love for Kong, but based on the 72.6% Audience Score average for the MonsterVerse films in general and early critical buzz for Godzilla vs. Kong, it’s possible that both of the big fellas could add another solid Audience Score to their tallies.Godzilla: 2 Kong: 0Round 3 Box OfficeKing Kong: 0 million average (4 films)Godzilla: 2 million average (4 films)Highest grossing: King Kong (2005), 0 millionLowest grossing: King Kong Lives, million(Photo by (c)Universal courtesy Everett Collection)We have ourselves a match! This round was difficult to tally because the majority of Godzilla and Kong films did not have reliable box office data. This meant we had to stick with domestic earnings for the eight films that received wide theatrical releases. It’s nice that the two were finally on a level playing field, and that allowed Kong to pull the victory.The win in this round wasn’t a fluke, as the Kong Big Three” King Kong (1976), King Kong (2005), and Kong: Skull Island pulled in over 0 million domestically (adjusted for inflation). The 0 million total easily bests the 0 million that Godzilla (1998), Godzilla (2014), and Godzilla: King of the Monsters grossed in the United States. The lone highlight for the Godzilla squad is that its lowest-grossing film, Godzilla 2000, earned a million dollar box office which was more than the million that King Kong Lives grossed.Godzilla: 2 Kong: 1Round 4 Screen TimeKing Kong: 22.1% of runtime on average (8 films)Godzilla: 14% of runtime on average(32 films)Film with most screen time: King Kong Lives, 33.6%Film with least screen time: Invasion of Astro-Monster, 6%(Photo by ©DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group courtesy Everett Collection)We broke this round up into percentages of screen time. If a monster is on-screen for 30 minutes of a 100-minute film, it means they’re on-screen for 30% of the film’s running time. If we simply added up screen time it wouldn’t be fair as Godzilla has been in many more movies. So, we found and utilized some very reliable sources and prior Rotten Tomatoes editorials to come up with our numbers (the latter also explains why more on-screen time is better in monster movies).Godzilla and Kong’s first films gave us a clear clue as to who would be victorious in this round. In 1933, King Kong ran amok for 18 of the film s 125 minutes. In comparison, Godzilla was only on-screen for eight minutes of his 98-minute debut in 1954. Then, in 1962 when they battled, King Kong appeared for 16 minutes while Godzilla only popped up for nine. Historically, Kong has always enjoyed more screen time, and the trend continues in the MonsterVerse, as Kong is on-screen for 14 minutes in Kong: Skull Island, while Godzilla can only be seen for 22 combined minutes in Godzilla (10) and Godzilla: King of the Monsters (12). Kong wins!Godzilla: 2 Kong: 2Round 5 Property DestructionKing Kong: Estimated .5 billion (adjusted for inflation) The destruction of Atami Castle was very expensive. Also, trains aren’t cheap. Throw in damage (or destruction) to theaters, cars, helicopters, the city of Atami in general, tanks, streets and sidewalks, trolleys, and airplanes, and you have easily over billion in damages.Godzilla: We don t even know where to begin He has destroyed numerous cities, including Tokyo multiple times. The submarine he destroyed in Godzilla (1998) is worth 0 million alone. Dwayne Johnson and his 13 trillion in damage would be jealous.(Photo by ©Warner Bross. Pictures)Between Tokyo, San Francisco, Hawaii, New York City, Fukuoka, Tokai, Osaka, Yokohama, Nagoya, Paris, Kyoto, Tateyama and about a dozen other cities, Godzilla has done his best to keep construction crews working around the world. His worldwide tussles and rampages have caused trillions of dollars in damage, as multiple cities, bridges, and skyscrapers have had to be rebuilt (multiple times). On top of destroying cities, Godzilla has also laid waste to expensive Antarctic laboratories, nuclear submarines, and iconic bridges that cost billions to build. Every time Godzilla takes a step, he leaves a massive footprint in the concrete, which is impressively costly in itself. The trillions of dollars in repairs are no exaggeration, as analysts suggest that just one attack on Tokyo would cost up to 5 billion in damages.While vastly mismatched here, though, King Kong is no slouch, as he’s wrecked his fair share of buildings and helicopters. His battle with Mechani-Kong in King Kong Escapes wreaked havoc on Tokyo, as skyscrapers, houses, and other buildings were flattened. Also, his destruction of the Atami Castle in King Kong vs. Godzilla cost a lot of money, as Japanese castles can cost up to 6 million to build. Let’s not forget that he’s caused a ton of damage in New York City on multiple occasions, as he’s left skyscrapers in need of repair and cable cars flattened. So, while he hasn’t come anywhere near Godzilla in regards to destruction, he has nothing to feel bad about. He’s smashed a lot of things, too.Godzilla: 3 Kong: 2Round 6 Most Impressive VictoryKing Kong: Godzilla in King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)Godzilla: Gigan, Zilla, Kumonga, Kamakuras, Rodan, King Caesar, Anguirus, Ebirah, Hedorah, and Keizer Ghidorah in Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)(Photo by Everett Collection)Despite the fact that Godzilla has battled dozens of monsters and won, King Kong gets the point here for actually defeating Godzilla in King Kong vs. Godzilla. What makes Kong’s win impressive is that he got the win away from home against a larger, stronger opponent. Not only that, he was drugged before the fight to make his transportation easier, which means he was probably drowsy and dehydrated after the long journey. Do yourself a favor and watch the original fight. It’s a legit bunkhouse brawl that features the two monsters rolling in the dirt and winging sloppy punches at each other — it’s beautiful.It’s worth noting that Godzilla has the greatest bragging rights here because of what he did in Godzilla: Final Wars. The 2004 film features him defeating Gigan, Zilla, Kumonga, Kamacuras, Rodan, King Caesar, Anguirus, Ebirah, Hedorah, and Keizer Ghidorah. Godzilla ran through a who’s-who of monsters, and the movie ended with him pulverising Keizer Ghidorah with the deluxe version of his red spiral atomic breath.Kong’s victories against Mechani-Kong, the skullcrawlers, dinosaurs, water creatures, and snakes are all super impressive, and he deserves to win this round for the upset he pulled on Godzilla. That said, Godzilla knows that what he accomplished in Final Wars is legendary, and we don t think he ll lose any sleep over this one.Godzilla: 3 Kong: 3Tiebreaker Lightning RoundBest Fight: King Kong vs. the Tyrannosaurus Rex in King Kong (1933)(Photo by Everett Collection)You might be thinking we’re joking, but the Kong vs. T-Rex brawl in King Kong is a legendary piece of work — and it features the first time Kong is seen fighting anything. Also, props to Kong for landing a sweet single-leg takedown during the fight. It’s actually quite realistic, and still looks great today.Godzilla: 3 Kong: 4Better Evolution: Godzilla(Photo by ©New World courtesy Everett Collection)Kong has always been something of a sympathetic, misunderstood character, but since his first appearance in 1954, Godzilla has gradually progressed from angry irradiated sea monster to Earth’s protector. Not bad, and his turnaround wins him the round easily.Godzilla: 4 Kong: 4Best Villain: Godzilla Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster (Photo by ©Warner Bros.)We know that the humans in King Kong are horrible, and their greed leads to the death of Kong (many times in the various films). However, no human is as villainous as Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster, who made his first appearance in the 1964 film Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster. Ghidorah is the ultimate villain because it would destroy the world and laugh about it while Godzilla lies defeated at its feet. It’s an easy win, and it seals the deal for Godzilla.Godzilla: 5 Kong: 4Godzilla Wins!There you have it! After a grueling battle, Godzilla emerges victorious and wins the decision. Will the new film mirror these results? Could it change the outcome? We ll just have to wait and see.Godzilla vs. Kong is in theaters and on HBO Max on March 31, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
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8.59.4 2月喜迎ck Stewart in the upcoming untitled series that will explore the next chapter of Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jean-Luc Picard.Live From New York (Photo by Universal Pictures)NBC announced that Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson, and Paul Rudd are the final three Saturday Night Live hosts for the sketch comedy series’ current 44th season. Former cast member Sandler will return to the show to host for the very first time on May 4, with musical guest Shawn Mendes; Thompson will make her debut on May 11, with musical guests the Jonas Brothers; and Rudd will close out the season on May 17 with musical guest DJ Khaled.And the Peabody Awards Go To…(Photo by BBC America)The winners of the 78th annual Peabody Awards, which honor excellence in broadcasting and electronic media, were announced this week. TV recipients include Barry, Pose, The Good Place, Killing Eve, The Americans, The End of the F ing World, Hannah Gadsby s Nanette, Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj, Random Acts of Flyness, and Steven Universe.On the documentary side, PBS cleaned up with six out of the eight programs honored. They include HBO’s A Dangerous Son, a view into the myriad challenges parents face when raising children with mental health issues; Hulu’s Minding the Gap, the Oscar-nominated film about generational abuse and growing up as told through the eyes of a group of midwestern skateboarders; and PBS’ entries: Independent Lens: Dolores, an exhilarating portrait of activist and community organizer Dolores Huerta; Independent Lens: The Judge, a profile the Middle East’s first female Sharia law judge, Kholoud Faqih; Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, a tribute to the essayist, journalist, playwright, and fearless advocate for social justice; POV: The Apology, a portrait of the personal journeys of three “comfort women” forced into institutionalized sexual slavery during World War II; Frontline: The Facebook Dilemma, an in-depth investigation into the Silicon Valley giant; and The Jazz Ambassadors, look at the important contribution of jazz music and musicians to Cold War diplomacy, American race relations, emerging black identities, and newly independent developing nations around the world.From Stage to Screen with Ryan MurphyRyan Murphy is bringing another recent Broadway hit to Netflix: The Boys in the Band. The mega-producer announced last week that he’s bringing current show The Prom to the streaming service for a “movie event,” and this week he revealed that he’s also reuniting the cast of 2018’s The Boys in the Band over the summer for a film. View this post on Instagram Last summer, THE BOYS IN THE BAND were on Broadway, breaking house records at The Booth. THIS summer, The Boys In the Band will be filming a Netflix movie event. The incomparable Joe Mantello, who directed the Broadway revival, will direct the film adaptation. The Broadway cast of BOYS was so important to me, and as equally groundbreaking as Mart Crowley s seminal work. Everyone in the cast was out and proud and feeling so blessed to mark the 50th anniversary of Mart s landmark play. The entire Broadway cast will reprise their roles in the film. I can t wait to be on set with Joe and Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Matt Bomer, Charlie Carver, Robin de Jesus, Tuc Watkins, Michael Benjamin Washington and Brian Hutchison. I will be producing the film with David Stone and Ned Martel. Look for THE BOYS on Netflix in 2020.A post shared by Ryan Murphy (@mrrpmurphy) on Apr 17, 2019 at 10:46am PDT
(Photo by Weinstein Company/Courtesy Everett Collection)All Kevin Smith Movies RankedThe story of Kevin Smith making his first movie starts out like the story of most indie filmmakers following a dream in the 80s and 90s: Maxing out credit cards, risking financial ruin all in sheer tyranny of belief that the majorly groundbreaking screenplay you wrote is your ticket into the business. Smith s story ends differently than most: He actually made it. Twas the right time, right place (unlike all those contractors on the Death Star) for Smith s Clerks. Audiences and studios alike were hungry for outsider voices, and the guy from New Jersey holding a scuzzy black-and-white comedy was as outsidery as you can get. Released the same October week in 1994 as Pulp Fiction, Clerks set a new high for those aiming low, and thus the American independent movement of the 90s was born.Smith s next movie, Mallrats, showed he was serious about giving voice to pop culture nerds, slackers, and stoners, throwing more references to movies and more reverence to comic books, to the point of roping in Stan Lee as a sage, secondary character. Smith had his most promising leap forward in writing and direction with Chasing Amy, and then took on a more aggressive front against the status quo with the iconoclastic Dogma. The organized religion send-up featured a growing cadre of stars willing to yuk it up in Smith s unified Askewniverse (like Matt Damon, Salma Hayek, Alan Rickman, and Chris Rock), with Jason Mewes and Smith himself as Jay and Silent Bob a consistent, comedy presence. (Check out our oral history of Jay and Silent bob with Smith.)The two characters were upgraded to lead status with Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, before Smith returned to his roots in Jersey Girl and Clerks II. With the Judd Apatow style changing the comedy landscape, Smith stuck his own thumb into the pie, mixing extreme raunchiness and sweet sincerity in Zack and Miri Make a Porno.The 2010s began with Cop Out, a failed stab at Hollywood big-budget action filmmaking, and an experience Smith now openly derides. Red State just edged by with enough critics for a Fresh rating, and would begin a 3-movie string operating in horror. Tusk has its defenders. Yoga Hosers definitely does not. For his latest, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, Smith hit the streets, doing roadshow screenings with Q As city by city. Not only did that bring together his fans in community, but also played up Smith s strengths as a world-class raconteur, whose gift of gab has helped him create an empire of podcasts and review shows, overshadowing his directing career in recent years. His next movie is horror-comedy Killroy Was Here, scheduled for a 2020 Fall release. Before then, take a look back on all Kevin Smith movies ranked by Tomatometer!
Miriam Shor I loved The Muppet Show growing up. I remember my father and I literally falling off our chairs with laughter. I cried the day Jim Henson died. That was a special show. Also, as both a freak and a geek from Detroit, Michigan, Freaks and Geeks has a special place in my heart. James Roday If I were to answer as my elementary school self, I d say ALF and it wouldn t be close. There were seasons of SNL that were truly inspired and the stuff of legend. However my answer is the short-lived and massively under-appreciated Sports Night. I have watched more episodes of Sports Center than any other show by an embarrassing margin, so the marriage of a format I knew so well with Sorkin at the peak of his powers and a dream cast translates to the comedy series box set I own. …The ensemble fit together like the kind of puzzle that you frame once you finish it. I think. I don t really do puzzles. Incidentally, Jeremy and Natalie are probably my favorite TV couple of all time. Taran Killam
(Photo by Chuck Zlotnick © Marvel Studios 2019)Larson Is Just as Awed By Captain Marvel as the Fans Are. I don t feel nervous. I ve like found a way to keep my head down. I also find the character so inspiring that whenever I feel nervous and scared, I can turn to her and I m like, No, I got this. And that feels really awesome. I feel like I have the same awe… that a lot of her fans do. So, hopefully, that sort of bleeds through into this. But, we don t know what s gonna happen, right? Like, we don t know how the movie s going to be or how the movie will be received. It s not worth it to build it up into anything. This is the same thing that I ve always been doing. And there are things about her that I think are revolutionary and I, along with Marvel and Ryan and Anna and everybody on this crew, really want to make sure that that stuff gets out there. And, to me, that s all that it is, you know? Female screenwriters were crucial to telling the story. It was all written by women. I didn t realize how vital that [was] until I read it for the first time and realized little things, like We gotta get that woman, which is not in the script. But if a man had written it, generally I d see, We ve gotta get that girl. They re just slight things, and I realized it changed the way I viewed myself. I was like, Oh my God. I m a woman. You don t realize that you re slowly conditioned in these ways. I ve struggled my whole life, in particular, because I m an actor, of always being in relation to something, always through a lens. Through somebody else s lens. And the beauty of this is that there have been so many women involved in the making of it that I don t feel like I ve had to fight as much, because I felt understood from the beginning. And that s just a wonderful thing that Marvel understood innately. They knew… if you re gonna tell this story, you gotta make sure that it s really embedded in everything. It has to be in the script. It has to be in the direction. It has to be in the wardrobe. It has to be in every part of it, you know? That it speaks to us. We re allowed to see our personal hidden secret language. I m sure there are movies for you guys like, Whoa! That s like so true to my experience. [I] just know we ve never had that. (Photo by Chuck Zlotnick ©Marvel Studios)She went to NASA And learned from real female fighter pilots. One of the biggest inspirations was going to the NASA Air Force base and getting to talk with the female fighter pilots there. They re just the coolest, and just this great combination of really confident but super humble. Not boastful. You just feel the power being with them. And they re hyper-intelligent and just badasses. They became a huge piece of [her] like Oh, this is Carol.' She Stayed Off Social Media After Photos Leaked Of Her In the Suit. Usually if I know the paparazzi on set, I m like, Cool! I m not going on social media for a couple of days. It s not helpful. She s Been In Spandex for a Year – And Jim Carrey Knows It. There was a weird moment last week here on the lot. I was wearing the green suit, and in here it s like being in a casino. It s just dark and you lose track of time, and I was like, Oh my God, I ve gotta get out of here. Is it still light out? And I open that big door and I stumbled out and I was like blinking trying to adjust to the light and Jim Carrey drove by. [Laughing] And looked at me, and I looked at him, and we just stared at each other as he drove by and I was like, Huh. And I went about my day. I do get some weird looks, but at this point, I ve been wearing it so much that I feel sort of normal at this point. Cause up until this point, I was just training, so I ve basically just been in spandex for the last year. (Photo by Chuck Zlotnick ©Marvel Studios)She Relished Getting Physically Strong to Portray Carol. I knew I was doing an action movie and I was going to have to do stunts and I didn t know what that was, but I knew that a movie like this was going to feel like a triathlon, and I wanted to be ready for it. I wanted to be as prepared as possible so I wasn t fighting being fatigued or my body hurting. A huge part of her is her strength. If I could go through that experience. I would get closer to her. Even just you standing there can feel really strong rather than acting strong. I was truly an introvert with asthma for this film, so I had a lot of work to do. I started to fall in love with the way my body was changing and transforming. It was the first time I felt like I was making my body work for me. In the past I was more interested in my body never being part of a conversation. To me it felt like objectification, and I just wanted to be a brain, so I ve only cared about reading books and understanding words and anything that involved my body just felt like it made me itchy. But this was an opportunity for me to take it back and make my body mine. She was kinda tricked into doing her own stunts. I started doing the stunts. I started doing crazy stunts that people were like, Oh, by the way, no one does that. No one really wanted to tell me that that was the case, because they were like, I don t know why she s doing this, but it s cool. It was ignorance, more than anything else, but now I ve found it really empowering. I do want to say that I had two amazing stunt doubles in this who were super helpful and are doing a lot, cause I can t be on the second unit at the same time as being on first unit. But I did do a lot of it, and I will continue to do a lot of it. And I think watching this movie and knowing that I put in nine months of real hard work, three months of [which] were like four and a half hours of training a day. I was training for a marathon. Seeing this movie, I think it would mean so much more to me knowing that there was that type of dedication put into it. That it s not just CGI, or it s Girls are strong with CGI. It s Girls are strong.' (Photo by Marco Grob ©Marvel Studios )The Marvel 10-year class photo was just as epic as it looked. It s a weird time to enter this [universe]. I m entering it at the 10-year point. I m entering at this pivotal time where everybody s coming together. And so it s a very surreal experience to be brought into this family and you feel it. I [could] feel it that day, feel the history, feel the love, feel how much time these people have spent together. I was just really grateful that they were so generous and so excited about me joining it, and open to answer my questions. I brought a book with me and had them all sign it by giving me superhero advice. I mean, most of them are just really practical, like Don t forget to drink water. And a lot of them too are just like, You don t need my advice.' Captain Marvel Is a Good Time – But It Will Leave You Thinking. I had a meeting with Marvel. They [said] wanted to make a big feminist movie. And I remember going home being like, S , am I gonna do this? Like, it s kind of everything that I ve wanted. I don t do movies based upon any hidden agenda other than I just want more representation and I wanna do what I can to bring more representation. I know my limitations and I know that I m just one white girl and I m trying to do as much as I can within the framework of my body. I ve grown. I ve noticed that these movies, and the Marvel movies in particular, they have so much meaning in them. They mean so much. You can have a great time and just enjoy it for having a great time. But you can also be left with some really deep philosophical questions. That combo is really powerful. The idea that we can make something that was thought-provoking and entertaining, that was gonna be seen all over the world is like, [blows lips]. You know? (Photo by © Marvel Studios)The one thing she can reveal about Captain Marvel s character? She s unapologetic. I love that she s unapologetic. She s not apologizing for her strength, [even] as a human in the Air Force. She s never trying to shrink herself because of who she is. She can t even be somebody else if she wanted to. She can t. She can t be contained. My whole life I ve wanted to know it what it d be like not to see myself through other people s eyes but just through me alone. Like, do I need to go live in the woods alone? [Laughs] Like, what do I do? Now, I m learning that, actually, it is all of us together that make life and make the experience. But she is just herself, cannot be contained, and is pretty awesome. It means that she s wild. That s part of what I love. Captain Marvel is in theaters everywhere March 8, 2019.
There weren t any La La Land/Moonlight moments, nor were there any outrageous oversights. There were, however, a few surprise winners — Zendaya’s trophy for Euphoria (complete with breathless, excited acceptance speech) especially — making the show a little more exciting than sure thing after sure thing winning.Actually, even the non-winners had memorable moments: Ramy Youssef posted a video of a hazmat-suited PA waving through his window after he lost his category to Eugene Levy, proving those Kia commercials weren t completely kidding; they really did bring Emmy trophies to the homes of nominees — in the Los Angeles area, at least.when you lose the emmy pic.twitter.com/ECkbGcoHBA ramy youssef (@ramy) September 21, 2020But the biggest moments of the show included historic wins, essential workers, and literal fire. Read up on all the winners here, and read on for the biggest moments from the 72nd Emmy Awards.1. FIRE!(Photo by ABC/Image Group LA)Award show openings are difficult in the best of circumstances, let alone when they re produced virtually from an empty basketball arena in the middle of a global pandemic. And while Kimmel s joke monologue started weird — why wasn t he acknowledging that all of the celebrity reaction shots were from old ceremonies? — once he finally did, and introduced all of the technological feats the producers were performing in order to bring this remotely produced live TV show to air, things went much smoother. Well, except for the first award presentation — after bringing out pal Jennifer Aniston to assist, the duo s Covid-precaution bit ended with Kimmel dousing the winner s envelope in Lysol and lighting it on fire. Aniston swiftly blasted a fire extinguisher on the mini inferno, but the kindling proved to be a little TOO good — she had to blast it an extra two times when the flames continued to burn. We could hear nervous stage direction coming from off camera.Related: 2020 Emmy Winners: Your Full List of Winners from the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards2. SCHITT S SWEEPThe rise of Schitt s Creek from niche cable network Canadian import to Netflix hit to Emmys sweep is one even the writers of the kindhearted, optimistic sitcom might not have scripted. But the series arc — culminating in a sweep of all seven major categories (series, all four main acting categories, writing, and directing) — is ultra satisfying for a show that championed acceptance and heart above all else. The closest other shows have come to achieving this feat is Taxi s five wins (out of six noms) in 1981, and All in the Family s six wins (out of seven) in 1972.With Catherine O Hara, Eugene Levy, Dan Levy and Annie Murphy winning their #Emmys tonight, that means our little Canadian show is the first comedy OR drama to ~ever~ sweep all four acting categories, and that is absolutely wild 🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/fEUnaLoDBr Schitt s Creek (@SchittsCreek) September 21, 2020Catherine O Hara and Levy getting some richly deserved TV accolades was satisfying enough, but their TV children Annie Murphy and Dan Levy, too? Even better. Plus, the emotion shared between Eugene and Dan, co-creators and real-life father and son, was so genuine you could feel the love through the screen. In fact, the show s remote celebration in Canada was filled with joy, with every cast and crew member in attendance getting emotional as the show continued to take home awards.3. BLACK HOLLYWOOD MAKES HISTORYAnthony Anderson was at the Staples Center to perform a whole bit with Kimmel about how this year s Emmys in particular were the blackest yet — about 34 percent of this year s nominees were Black — and what a shame it was that he and his cohort were not able to celebrate together. Although Anderson didn t win himself, Regina King’s expected win (wearing a shirt that paid tribute to Breonna Taylor) kicked off a successful night for Watchmen (her costar Yahya Abdul-Mateen II took home a trophy, as did the show itself and its writing); Uzo Aduba beat several Hollywood heavy-hitters for Mrs. America while also in a Breonna Taylor shirt; and Disney star–turned–prestige cable ingenue Zendaya s Drama Actress win for Euphoria was perhaps the biggest upset of the night. Her win makes her the second Black actress in 72 years of Emmys history to win in that category, following Viola Davis.And let s not forget Oprah and Chris Rock introducing Tyler Perry, the recipient of this year s Governor s Award, who was present at the Staples Center to accept his trophy in person (and deliver a moving speech about perseverance and his grandmother s quilt).4. SPACE!The existence of award shows is essentially a way for Hollywood to pat themselves on the back, and there was plenty of that in this show. But the producers also managed to pay tribute to essential workers and people doing incredibly important jobs in this time, including doctors, nurses, teachers, mail carriers, UPS guys, and even astronauts. Commander Christopher Cassidy filmed a segment from the International Space Station, though Jeremy Irons was nowhere in sight.5. FRIENDS REUNION(Photo by ABC)Sorry, HBO Max — that long-awaited Friends reunion (pushed a couple times now due to Covid) will be overshadowed by Aniston, Courteney Cox, and Lisa Kudrow popping into a Zoom frame together for a bit about them living together and watching the Emmys. It was a cute moment, especially since the three women are clearly IRL friends and looked radiant as they hung out together. Jason Bateman, whose random appearances was a running gag in the show and who is known to hang out with the Friends gang, was there too.What were your favorite Emmys moments? Share in the comments below!
With literally hundreds of films released in any given calendar year, not even professional critics who watch movies for a living can catch everything that comes down the pipe. As for general audiences, there are countless movies that open in just a few theaters in the biggest markets (i.e. Los Angeles and New York) before transitioning unceremoniously to home video, eluding the notice of most casual moviegoers entirely. Luckily, the staff at RT are here to offer up some recommendations for films we personally loved that quite possibly came and went from your local theater or never arrived at all without much fanfare. Maybe you re familiar with some of these and simply never got around to seeing them, or maybe this is the first time you ve heard of them; either way, there s a good chance you ll find something new and interesting in our list of compelling 2019 limited releases below.The Biggest Little Farm (2018) 91%It s difficult to describe the documentary The Biggest Little Farm without feeling as though you’re pitching a quirky sitcom: John and Molly Chester are an adorable married couple living in Los Angeles who, sick of the urban grind, decide to hatch a manic scheme: they’ll sink their savings into starting a farm! What the film offers, though, is a beautifully woven story of a family investing not merely money, but also their faith literally into the ground as they slowly construct a 213-acre biodynamic farm. Apricot Lane Farms was founded on a holistic approach, meaning every element on the property serves a connective purpose in the entire farm’s growth and survival (for example, the animals’ manure nurtures the soil, which then sustains the ground plants that feed their sheep, and so forth). Spanning an eight-year timeline, The Biggest Little Farm allows us an intimate look at the complex ecosystem at a working farm, depicting the high points – adorable animals, of course, including the marvelous Emma the pig – but also the low, such as the ongoing struggle with natural hardships and the impact of climate change on the Chesters’ utopian vision. Although it wanders into too-cute territory at times, The Biggest Little Farm is, at its core, an inspired look at the impact of humans purposely learning to coexist with nature. The perseverance and sincere aim of the Chesters is a heartening reminder that if we don’t give up on the Earth, she won’t give up on us. Jenny JedinyAvailable on: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduFast Color (2018) 81%Julia Hart s Fast Color deserves your attention. The multigenerational family drama about a black woman with unexplainable powers played in just 25 theaters this year and had almost no marketing to speak of, but still managed to be one of the most poignant looks at the superhero narrative in the last decade. Instead of going bigger, Fast Color made everything smaller, keeping the stakes to the realm of the family, and exploring how the vast possibilities presented by superhuman abilities might be exploited in a dying world. Lorainne Toussiant and Gugu Mbatha-Raw give incredible performances as Bo and Ruth, an estranged mother and daughter bonded by trauma and their love of Ruth s daughter Lila (Saniyya Sidney). This Certified Fresh original film is a nuanced take on responsibility, guilt, and grief, effectively built inside a genre we all know and love. Cate YoungAvailable on: Amazon Prime, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduGreener Grass (2019) 81%Welcome to a twisted vision of American suburbia as if there s any other interesting kind in the movies. Greener Grass takes a pillowy sledgehammer to the trappings of upper-middle-class home life to a repellent extreme. There s courtesy : Neighbors spend minutes at four-way stop signs, imploring everyone else to go first. There s looking good : Everyone unnecessarily wears braces. There s jealousy : A woman puts a soccer ball under her dress for the pregnancy attention, and then gives so-called birth to it later. There s being disappointed in your kids : A dad thinks his son is a loser until his problem is solved after he falls in a pool and turns into a golden retriever. And there s being neighborly : A woman gives her friend her newborn baby for the hell of it of course, there s the matter of what happens when she wants it back Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe pull off triple duty as stars, writers, directors, the Tim and Eric of this placid, candy-coated nightmare. Comedies of this head-scratching and disgusting variety often fall under the direction of men, and they re normally repulsive to look at and listen to from the top down. That s their, uh, charm. But DeBoer and Luebbe use a more fanciful touch: The sets are carefully arranged and presented, the colors pop, and there isn t really the threat of imminent violence which of course makes this demonic comedy of manners all the more pressurized and chaotic. Alex VoAvailable on: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, VuduHer Smell (2018) 84%I love Alex Ross Perry movies, but I’ve never been sure whether or not the writer-director has much love for people. Gifted at writing memorably vicious put-downs and mining agonizing tension from passive aggression, the indie filmmaker has made a name for himself with caustic chamber pieces about acerbic characters who are confronted by their own narcissism, only to emerge from the tumult even more misanthropic than before. Not so with Her Smell, the enfant terrible’s most redemptive film yet. Elisabeth Moss stars as tempestuous rocker Becky Something, whose abuse of her body and all of those within her proximity blazes a steady march towards self-immolation in the film’s first half. The slow-motion train wreck gives way to shaky optimism as Becky slowly rebuilds her life, haunted by past mistakes. This marks the director and star’s third collaboration, and Moss is astonishing as a musical dynamo who is too enthralled by the demons raging inside her mind to ever consider the damage she is wreaking upon colleagues and family. Her Smell is not just a vehicle for one of this generation’s greatest actresses, however; the ensemble is rich with some of the year’s best performances, from Agyness Deyn as a bandmate at the end of her rope to Eric Stoltz’s indefatigably patient manager. Perry’s evident affection for punk rock also infuses the set-pieces which are almost exclusively confined to green rooms and recording studios with an anarchic energy. Her Smell is an exhausting and rewarding testament to Moss’ power as a performer and evidence that Perry may be developing a soft spot for people after all. Rob FowlerAvailable on: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduHigh Life (2018) 82%The last few years, we have been gifted with a glut of space films that have taken great pains to explore the way humans love and find meaning in the galaxy, but none will disgust and mystify you the way that Claire Denis’ High Life will. Anchored by an arresting performance from Robert Pattinson and haunting work from Juliette Binoche, the film follows a group of prisoners sent on a space mission to explore a black hole and jumps back in forth in time filling us in on how its passengers were taken out. Denis dismisses the sleek and lavish looks of films like 2014’s Interstellar or this year’s Ad Astra in favor of a minimalist design, and unlike those films, High Life chooses to retain its focus inward on the existential dread that pervades those aboard. In space, no one can hear you cry? Denis explores what really lies underneath the surface of human nature with poetic rigor. High Life is angry. It’s ugly. But it’s beautiful and even hopeful. You will see nothing else like this, and its hypnotic allure will draw you in and never let go. Daisy GonzalezAvailable on: Amazon Prime, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduThe Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) 92%Change is inevitable, but that doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. The Last Black Man in San Francisco deftly captures the uncomfortable truths of change, both environmental and internal. The story follows Jimmie (Jimmie Fails) and his best friend Mont (Jonathan Majors) as they attempt to save the most precious thing in San Francisco: the house Jimmie’s grandfather built with his own two hands, now unlovingly left to rot by its new owners. Though his methods are not always… by the book, Jimmie is determined to do whatever he can to ensure the home of his dreams and the dreams of his forefathers aren t lost to the endlessly hungry monster that is gentrification. It’s a story of love and devotion, obsession and mythology, and above all, how difficult and disorienting change can be. It’s a familiar message to many living in quickly changing metropolitan areas: As money moves in, places once sacred are quickly consumed and repurposed for the new tenants. The Last Black Man in San Francisco explores the feeling of that change with poise, beauty, and of course, a lot of heartache. Visually, the film is stunning; shots are composed like paintings, with rich light bouncing off of deep saturation to create tableaus that look like oil paintings come to life. Fails and Majors’ easy chemistry and charming idiosyncrasies make it easy to root for them, even when they make questionable choices, while Rob Richert and Joe Talbot’s script gives them plenty to play with and surrounds them with an equally compelling cast of characters. But more than anything, The Last Black Man in San Francisco captures the beauty and suffering that is watching something you love die and become something entirely new, for better or worse. Haña Lucero-ColinAvailable on: Amazon Prime, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduLittle Woods (2018) 95%Enjoying debut films tends to be an exercise in forgiveness. They re made with limited resources, yet are under tremendous pressure to strive for perfection. They need to stand out long after the festival buzz has died down and hopefully become a career stepping stone for the filmmaker. As far as premiere films go, Little Woods definitely has a leg up, with stars Tessa Thompson, Lily James, and Lance Reddick. However, the film ends up being a showcase for filmmaker and native New Yorker Nia DaCosta s poised voice as she puts forth a tense, emotionally honest look at what it means to be a woman living in rural poverty. Little Woods sometimes brushes up against romanticizing said poverty. The grit, rust, and long stretches of road at times feel poetic, rather than a harsh reality, but that s almost unavoidable with DaCosta s use of the gorgeous scenery that surrounds the film. The environment is a constant reminder that just outside of truck stops, fracking sites, and homeless encampments are natural riches the characters are rarely able to enjoy. Like Frozen River and Winter s Bone, these wide open spaces are both awe-inspiring and threatening. Tessa Thompson s Ollie and Lily James Deb are facing homelessness and an unwanted pregnancy unless Ollie manages to make some quick cash smuggling prescription pills across the Canadian border. However, Ollie is still on probation from a previous drug-running charge. Part heist and part rural noir, the film is still, at its core, an evocative, moving, family drama. If all this doesn t make you want to see Little Woods, maybe this will: DaCosta s been tapped to direct the upcoming Candyman reboot produced by Jordan Peele. Sara AtaiiyanAvailable on: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduLuce (2019) 90%In 2018, director Julius Onah gave us The Cloverfield Paradox, which came in at 19% on the Tomatometer; in 2019, he released Luce, which stunned at Sundance and went on to land at a Certified Fresh 93% – and just happens to be one of my favorite films of the year. Talk about a turnaround. Luce did well enough at the specialty box office when it was released in September, and has earned three Independent Spirit Award nominations – for Onah, for Kelvin Harrison Jr., who plays the titular overachieving high school student, and for Octavia Spencer, who plays the teacher who sees something off in him. Yet it confounds me that this complex drama (almost a thriller, in some ways) isn’t lighting up awards seasons and top 10 lists. Based on a play by J.C. Lee, who also wrote the screenplay, the story centers on teenaged Luce, a star athlete and student, who was adopted as a young child after spending his early years in war-torn Eritrea; when his teacher brings a troubling essay he’s written to the attention of his adoptive parents (a harrowed and perfectly cast Tim Roth and Naomi Watts), they’re forced to wonder if their son is as perfect – and level-headed – as he seems. It’s the kind of set-up that could get silly if overplayed by any of the actors or oversteered by the director, but the work here is subtle, the audience left to guess at the truth and various motivations. Harrison Jr., who many will have seen in Waves this year, is great as the terrify-er/charmer at the movie’s center, and Octavia Spencer gives one of the best supporting performances of any man or woman on screen this year as the teacher who seems to see him for what he is. Seriously: Nominate her. It’s a small story, contained, and at times it can’t shake off its stage roots, but it’s also somehow big and bold and about everything happening in America right now. Onah didn’t need to go to space to make his mark – he found liftoff in a drab suburban high school. Joel MearesAvailable on: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduThe Nightingale (2018) 86%Jennifer Kent followed up her critically acclaimed horror film The Babadook (Certified Fresh at 98%) with this war story set in 1825 colonial Australia. Aisling Franciosi (Game of Thrones) plays Clare, an abused convict who has served out her seven-year sentence and is desperate to be free of her overseer, Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin) of the British military. When her husband Aidan (Michael Sheasby) retaliates for Hawkins refusal to release Clare, Hawkins and his men commit atrocities against her and her small family. Left for dead, Clare then finds herself on the road to vengeance, chasing the lieutenant and his men north, where Hawkins hopes to secure a promotion. Clare faces more brutalities along the road, with Aboriginal tracker Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) as the reluctant guide and unwilling protector of the traumatized and hostile young woman. A limited release in the States, the harrowing film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, won several festival and critics awards, and took six Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards, including best film, screenplay, direction, lead actress, supporting actress, and casting. The Nightingale is also Certified Fresh at 87% on the Tomatometer with 220 reviews. “Jennifer Kent s The Nightingale is a film that bruises the soul,” wrote critic Clarisse Loughrey of the UK’s Independent. “One of the most powerful films yet seen about the country s colonial foundation and the cruelties that were an indelible part of it,” Sydney Morning Herald critic Sandra Hall wrote. Rolling Stone’s Pete Travers praised Franciosi: In Jennifer Kent s pulverizing revenge tale, Aisling Franciosi delivers a tour de force as an Australian woman determined to put a stake through the heart of toxic masculinity. You won t know what hit you. Debbie DayAvailable on: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, VuduEsto no es BerlÃn (2019) 82%Director Hari Sama’s This is Not Berlin is a coming-of-age story through the lens of 1980s Mexico City’s underground arts scene. It follows 17-year-old Carlos (Xabiani Ponce de León) as he falls in love with punk music, discovers drugs, explores his sexuality, shaves himself an undercut, sheds his shame, and challenges the world around him. When the film begins, Carlos is quiet, the least inclined of his classmates to engage in violent brawls, despite the fact that his masculinity appears to depend on it. When he discovers a space filled with eyeliner and protest art, he’s all-in. And the rest of the film sees him navigating his place in that space, where his talents as an engineer can be leveraged to amplify his voice. Carlos’ transformation is beautiful, and Sama’s direction places us right there with him through every peak and valley. This is Not Berlin paints a gritty, deeply felt portrait of teenage angst — the pressures, the temptations, the desire to be understood and heard by the world. Sophie-Marie PrimeAvailable on: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduVillains (2019) 85%Writer-directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen s darkly comedic third feature is exactly the kind of oddball treat I tend to seek out when I m exhausted from heavy Oscar contenders and numb from blockbuster pyrotechnics. It s a fairly contained cat-and-mouse game of a thriller that makes the most of its dedicated cast, who all get individual moments to shine and look like they re having a blast with their characters. The setup isn t especially revolutionary: Petty criminals Mickey and Jules (Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe from It and It Follows no relation) break into what looks like an ordinary house in search of a getaway vehicle, only to be confronted by the homeowners, George and Gloria (Jeffrey Donovan and Kyra Sedgwick), a disturbed married couple who just happen to have a young girl chained up in their basement. The tables quickly turn, before they turn again, and then again, but the moments in between are populated by off-kilter humor and little touches that almost almost make you root for everyone involved, particularly thanks to a quartet of no-holds-barred performances. It s not the most subversive thriller, nor is it without a handful of predictable moments, but it s just weird enough, funny enough, and vicious enough to scratch multiple itches for me. Plus, Jeffrey Donovan s George, with his lazy drawl and mannered affectations, is the most charming psychopath this side of Ted Bundy, and he is just so much fun to watch. Ryan FujitaniAvailable on: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduLike this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.Thumbnail image: LD Entertainment, IFC Films, A24 Of course, the Client’s real aims are yet to be discovered, but from the nature of the asset, we can speculate. Either this branch of the Imperial Remnant is after control of the Force or they seek to use the asset’s natural longevity to keep their sense of order alive across centuries. Sadly, Herzog, nor any other member of the cast, could speak to the implications of The Mandalorian’s assignment.Nonetheless, Herzog said the story introduces a “new mythology” to fans and people, like him, who are coming fresh to the Star Wars galaxy. “Not very often in the cultural history we have had new mythologies. We have had it in ancient Greek mythology, we had it in antiquity, and very rarely are [there] moments where new mythologies are evolving. And I find it very significant. And it is also full of fantasy, full of fever dreams, full of new characters that you haven t expected. So it s a wonderful possibility for filmmaking.”Was That Jodo Kast?(Photo by Twentieth Century Fox)Moments after the first episode went live on Disney+, eagle-eyed viewers spotted several Mandalorians in Beskar Steel armor lurking in the shadows of the encampment the Mandalorian visits to drop off his cut of recent bounties and the first ingot of Beskar Steel he accepted from the Imperial client. One warrior in particular, seemed to closely resemble Star Wars’s previous iconic Mandalorian, Boba Fett. The mix of green and yellow on his armor seemed striking familiar. But as we always hope to see Expanded Universe character Jodo Kast — a bounty hunter who pretended to be Boba Fett in the years immediately following Return of the Jedi — make his way onto the show, we’re inclined to believe he may be the Mando in question. Then again, would a group of Mandalorians desperate to rebuild their culture tolerate a phony in their midst?The possibility of Kast appearing may seem slight, but back on both Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, Filoni found ways to bring discarded EU characters like Admiral Thrawn and planets like Malachor back into the story or, at least, the galaxy’s history. And Favreau’s gleeful inclusions of