(Photo by Dimension Films/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.)Every Halloween Movie RankedFor Laurie Strode, it s been a long road back to Haddonfield. After surviving the original night of terror against Michael Myers in the original 1977 Halloween, she has entered the slipstream of alternate timelines, at points lighting him on fire, decapitating him, or getting thrown off a roof by him. Meanwhile, other Halloween movies have her institutionalized, or shot dead by the police. One even ignores her existence completely, offering annoying TV commercial jingles and magic Stonehenge rocks in her place. (That was Halloween III: Season of the Witch by the way.)2018 s reboot-continuation Halloween was Certified Fresh, so of course Myers is back for Halloween Kills before the trilogy will end with, er, Halloween Ends. No matter which style or version your prefer in the franchise, we re ranking every Halloween movie made and sorting them by Tomatometer!亚博首页官网导读：最近很多玩家都在关注德西汉堡店这款手游，想知道具体的公测时间，德西汉堡店会经过封测、删档内测、不删档测试到最终的公测等几个测试阶段，才会正式上线德西汉堡店安卓或iOS版本，有很多玩家就会问小编德西汉堡店什么时候公测，究竟什么时候出呢？今天小编就为大家提供如何快速地知道德西汉堡店开放下载和公测的时间，你就可以最快知道德西汉堡店公测时间了！
(Photo by @ Warner Bros. )We are so quick to brand something as “bad” based on cursory contexts. Take, for example, prisoners: as far as society goes, these are the undesirables among us. The baddest of seeds. They are irredeemable, and should be treated thusly.Not so, says Paddington the bear, the star of the year s best reviewed movie, Paddington 2 (still Certified Fresh at 100%, all these months later). And in a time when so much hate is being bandied about the world, a children’s film decided to forget all that and take a different route, becoming a better movie for it. Because of all the things to love about Paddington Brown and his adventures around Londontown in his successful sequel, the ripple effect of radical kindness is perhaps most profound of all. Because, really, Paddington 2 is a story about the re-humanization of Knuckles McGinty.Sure, yes, okay: Paddington 2 is also about everyone’s favorite bear from Darkest Peru, finding himself in quite an unjust pickle after trying to buy his Aunt Lucy a 100th birthday present, but that’s just the premise in which we meet our hero’s journeyman, Knuckles. A bearded wall of a man played with gruff, curmudgeon-y excellence by Brendan Gleeson, Knuckles—or Nuckel’s, as his tattoos suggest—is in charge of the prison’s kitchen, much to the fearful chagrin of its residents. You see, he serves a sort of gloopy mess for every meal, and isn’t all that kindly about it, either. He’s got a short fuse, and he “doesn’t do nothing for no one for nothing,” likely after years of neglect from the world outside and around him. He distrusts everyone, even sweet and naïve little Paddington. “After you,” the polite bear insists before entering the kitchen. “Why, so you can stab me in the back?!” Knuckles has utilized his distrust as a shield, allowing his insecurity to reign terror upon the other inmates. And so the cycle continues.(Photo by @ Warner Bros. )But Paddington finds a way to cut through: with empowerment and love. Sure, Knuckles resists at first, calling Paddington B. Brown “gullible and mushy-brained,” but by being shown kindness and compassion in spite of it, our hero not only gains a new friend and life skill, he is given the capacity to show kindness to others. And that begets so much more for himself and the other prisoners. “There’s a strange, warm tingling in my tum-tum,” Knuckles admits to Paddington at one point. I think that s called pride,” the bear responds, as we watch the prison become less inhospitable – and the tension, in spite of their circumstances, evaporates. True to hero’s journey form, Knuckles does fall back on hold habits for a slip. They plan to break out Paddington and clear his name…only to have it all be a ruse. An escape! Time to flee the country, leave the rule of law behind! Paddington, feeling betrayed, stays behind as he watches Knuckles and his other friends take flight, determined to do what’s right.(Photo by @ Warner Bros. )But Knuckles is now a man changed. And when faced with the reality that his friend Paddington was in real danger, a change of heart appears. Knowing that assisting would surely mean they would be caught, Knuckles turns that plane around and – in the nick of time – saves Paddington’s life. There are plenty of down-on-their-luck, jaded people out there like Knuckles, because the world never showed them much kindness – let alone gave them an opportunity – and they assumed their lot was already assigned in life. When you’re repeatedly beat down, who can really blame some mistakes? But when shown compassion and selflessness, when given an opportunity to surprise even himself, Knuckles was able to do that himself. And what was the result? A commuted sentence and a second chance – with some very good marmalade-making skills to move forward with. It’s like the warden’s bedtime story said: And it turned out the monster wasn t such a monster after all.”
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As television milestones go, it’s tough to top being on the air not just for a period of years but a period of decades. On December 17, Matt Groening’s deathless satirical masterpiece will achieve the remarkable feat of being on the air for three decades. Three decades! Thirty years! That’s real good.The Simpsons has helped define the comic sensibility of multiple generations of irreverent, pop-culture savvy smart-asses. Its run was first ground-breaking in its eviscerating and dark yet emotionally grounded look at the greed and cynicism at the heart of American society, and then record-breaking in the show’s unprecedented commercial success and staggering longevity.These 30 essential episodes of the preeminent American pop-culture institution illustrate the comedic perfection of the show during its glorious, radiant prime, and then the long, slow, inevitable slide in quality and relevance that followed. But it s worth noting that while we may not be in the Golden Age, the series still does hit hard – and funny – on occasion, so you will find some more recent eps in this list.Let us know your favorite Simpsons episodes in the comments.1. Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire in The Simpsons: Season 1 (1989) 100%You never forget your first time! Accordingly, The Simpsons opened on a painfully relatable note of paralyzing Yuletide economic uncertainty with a special Christmas episode that finds Homer desperate to provide a merry Christmas for his family after being denied a holiday bonus. “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” goes to audaciously dark places for the introductory episode of a cartoon pitched at families. It climaxes with Homer going with his son and alcoholic friend Barney to the racetrack, where he gambles away his money, yet still manages to deliver the requisite happy, or at least bittersweet, ending. From the very beginning, The Simpsons wasn’t just very funny. It was also emotionally real and grounded.2. Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish in The Simpsons: Season 2 (1990) 100%Classic episodes like “Two Cars in Every Garage and Three Eyes on Every Fish” helped establish sinister arch-capitalist and power plant owner Montgomery Burns as a standout supporting player of tremendous depth and surprising complexity. He’s a figure of biblical, almost Satanic evil but also an oddly sympathetic figure when his God-like status is threatened. Burns is poignantly, unexpectedly human here after the discovery of a three-eyed mutated fish causes a government crackdown on the power plant and inspires the evil mogul to run for governor to protect his interests.3. Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington in The Simpsons: Season 3 (1991) 100%(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)“Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington” adroitly typecasts Lisa as its pure-hearted Mr. Smith surrogate in a savagely satirical evisceration of political corruption, patriotic hokum, and the terminally mild song stylings of Mark Russell. As the show’s unyielding paragon of integrity, Lisa is a natural choice to earnestly inhabit the well-worn archetype of the idealistic innocent who uncovers the seedy underbelly of American politics. Lisa is an inherently political little muckraker and “Mr. Lisa Goes to Washington” ranks amongst her finest half hours.4. Homer at the Bat in The Simpsons: Season 3 (1991) 100%If you were a sports fan at the time, “Homer at the Bat” was no mere television episode: It was a seismic cultural event that brought together the best in entertainment and sports in a riotous riff on The Natural. In “Homer at the Bat,” a magic bat transforms Homer into a dinger-smacking dynamo before Mr. Burns hires a team of major league ringers to help him win a million-dollar bet on a company softball game with a fellow mogul. You don’t need to be a baseball fan to find “Homer at the Bat” hilarious, but it does help.5. A Streetcar Named Marge in The Simpsons: Season 4 (1992) 100%The perpetually long-suffering Marge gets an opportunity to not only express but sing her pain when she’s cast as Blanche Du Bois opposite a disconcertingly shredded Ned Flanders in a musical version of A Streetcar Named Desire that replaces the tragic melodrama of the original with something peppier and more upbeat. Marge’s onstage drama mirrors her offstage frustrations, which lends the episode surprising emotional weight.6. Marge vs. The Monorail in The Simpsons: Season 4 (1992) 100%(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)Before he rose to talk show fame, Conan O’Brien wrote his way into The Simpsons history with “Marge Vs. The Monorail.” It’s an instant classic parody of The Music Man with Phil Hartman perfectly cast as its Harold Hill figure, a charismatic flim-flam man with a song on his lips and a scam in his heart who bamboozles the gullible people of Springfield into buying a monorail that causes the problems he promises it will solve.7. I Love Lisa in The Simpsons: Season 4 (1992) 100%It’s impossible not to feel poor Ralph Wiggum’s precocious romantic heartbreak when Lisa Simpson humiliates him after he publicly professes his love for her in this painfully hilarious and just plain painful exploration of puppy love gone awry. Watch closely and you can pinpoint the exact moment “I Love Lisa” rips the audience’s heart in half. Who knew Lisa could be such a heartbreaker and Ralph such a convincing tragic romantic hero?8. Last Exit to Springfield in The Simpsons: Season 4 (1992) 100%To fans of classic The Simpsons, the words “Lisa needs braces” must always be answered with “Dental plan?” and vice versa thanks to “Last Exit to Springfield. The episode pitted a deeply overmatched Homer against Mr. Burns in a labor-versus-owner skirmish that develops unexpectedly high, personal stakes that sees Homer’s dim-wittedness facing off against his family and co-workers’ needs.9. Krusty Gets Kancelled in The Simpsons: Season 4 (1992) 100%The stars REALLY come for poor Krusty after his place in children’s hearts is taken by sadistic dummy Gabbo. “Krusty Gets Kancelled” would make it into the pantheon of all-time great episodes on the basis of a guest voice roster that includes Johnny Carson, Elizabeth Taylor, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers alone, but it offers an embarrassment of riches even without a ridiculously stacked guest lineup.10. Cape Feare in The Simpsons: Season 5 (1993) 100%(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)Kelsey Grammer’s sonorously duplicitous sidekick-turned-serial attempted murderer, Sideshow Bob, proved himself a worthy antagonist to Bart Simpson by slipping into the role of a vengeance-crazed ex-con in a Cape Fear spoof that contains the legendary sequence where the frustrated clown steps on a rake nine times – a gag that’s funny, then unfunny, then brutal, then hilarious all over again.11. Rosebud in The Simpsons: Season 5 (1993) 100%The Simpsons’ famous love for Citizen Kane, and pop culture pastiche in general. reaches a glorious crescendo with “Rosebud, which re-imagines Charles Foster Kane’s iconic nostalgia for the sled of his youth as miserly Mr. Burns similarly pining for a clumsily symbolic totem of childhood innocence, a ratty teddy bear that Maggie comes to own. “Rosebud” humanized a monster by exposing the child within.12. Itchy and Scratchy Land in The Simpsons: Season 6 (1994) 100%When FOX tried to appease censors by eliminating Itchy Scratchy, a duo that exists for the sake of gratuitous violence, The Simpsons impishly protested with the most uncompromisingly brutal Itchy Scratchy episode of all time. “Itchy and Scratchy Land” ratcheted the bloodshed up to hyperbolic and hilarious levels in a gut-buster that riffs merrily on Disney Land, Westworld, and Jurassic Park.13. Treehouse of Horror V in The Simpsons: Season 6 (1994) 100%(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp.)The Treehouse of Horror, The Simpsons’ beloved annual Halloween ramble through treasured terror tales past, was never darker or more hilarious than in this fifth entry that focused on adults murderously terrorizing children. First Homer convincingly inhabits the murderous mind of Jack Torrance in a non legally-actionable parody of The Shining called “The Shinning.” Then Homer ruins things for civilization by futzing around with the timeline before a final segment finds teachers and lunch ladies enjoying a new “miracle meat” made of students that gives a deliciously literal meaning to “Eat my shorts.”14. Who Shot Mr Burns? Parts 1 and 2 in The Simpsons: Season 6 (1994) 100% and The Simpsons: Season 7 (1995) 100%The Simpsons delved into the pulse-pounding world of cliffhangers with “Who Shot Mr. Burns?”, a high-profile, much buzzed-about two-part parody of Dallas’ 1980 ratings bonanza “Who Shot J.R?”. Like the earlier pop-culture phenomenon, “Who Shot Mr. Burns?” focused on the shooting of a mogul so cartoonishly evil that just about anyone with a pulse who has interacted with them has reason to wish them dead.
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1.30.8 1月喜迎Best-Reviewed Movie 2018: United KingdomThe U.K. s vibrant film industry has given us some of the most exciting cinema in recent memory, and this year was no exception. Representing the best of the films either produced or filmed there is a family-friendly adventure that opened early in the year and holds onto its rare 100% on the Tomatometer even to this day.The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2018. Scores might change over time.« Previous Category Next Category »
One of the first scenes in P-Valley shows a scantily clad woman on a pole — but she’s not gyrating or enticing some horny onlookers in the audience. No, this woman – Mercedes, star Brandee Evans’ queen bee of The Pynk strip club – is backstage mocking one of the patrons she so easily cons into parting with his hard-earned cash.After performing show-stopping routines all night, she is also sore and tired.Starz series P-Valley centers on exotic dancers in the swampy Mississippi Delta, and — make no mistake — nudity and sex scenes definitely occur. But the show is less about tantalizing and twerking and more about the talented (and often voiceless) women who work hard to make it look like they can fulfill sexual fantasies while barely breaking a sweat.And it s getting rave reviews for its efforts. P-Valley blends the profane, the sacred, and the politics of the almighty dollar to tell engrossing stories about Black women on the margins who use their bodies to keep families and communities afloat. It s also one of the year s best new shows, TV Guide s Malcolm Venable wrote about the first season, which is currently Fresh on the Tomatometer at 100% with 10 reviews.Series creator Katori Hall told Rotten Tomatoes that one of the intentions of her show was to explore the female gaze.“We have inherited this huge box of hyper-sexualized images of women,” said Hall, who made a point of only hiring female directors for the eight-episode first season. But on P-Valley, Hall said, “we were just adamant that all sexuality was going to be in service to plot, and it was always going to be a reflection of characters in the world.”(Photo by Starz)Hall adapted the drama from her play, P y Valley, which uses the missing letters of that title. The show’s opening credits also show the full title, but Hall said that they are officially using this “little, clean nickname” because that will make it easier for things like billboards and TV listings. Hall developed the play s story by conducting research and interviews in visits to more than 40 strip clubs over a span of six years. She met the female performers and was able to “really get behind the scenes with them — not only at the club, but [be] really interested in their lives. I ve met their husbands, their sons, their daughters, and really got to know them on an intimate level.”“When people think of the strip club, they don t think of a theatrical experience,” Hall added. “They don t think of strength. They just think of exploitation, and we wanted to show there s flight in this space, and there s also falling in this space. And there is a dance between exploitation and liberation.”The opening credits song, which Hall wrote with Memphis rapper Jucee Froot — and which Froot performs — includes taunting lines like “we make falling on the sky look easy,” but also “green on the floor/money talk/can you hear me?”The show features a predominately Black cast, which is authentic to what Hall experienced in these clubs during her research, but may look different to viewers in other parts of the world.Series star Evans explained: “On P-Valley, we’re showing you the Southern style; we’re showing you the Black experience in the South. So you’re going to hear people say ‘that’s not how we are’ and that’s OK. But that’s how this is. In the South. In the Black club. This is what’s truly going on, and I hope that you look beyond the ladies on the pole and on the stage and go, What’s in their heart?’”(Photo by © Starz)Beyond the dancing, a mysterious new girl, Autumn Night (Elarica Johnson) joins The Pynk s ranks, and another plot involves talk of a shady corporate takeover. An LGBTQIA love story centers on Nicco Annan’s Uncle Clifford, the Pynk’s madam who identifies as gender fluid, uses “she/her” pronouns, and knows how to rock some eyeliner and heels. This character could easily have become a stereotype with one false step, but Hall said she and the other writers made a point of grounding her by showing how she reacts in various environments — be it as a mom, a pimp, a savvy business person, or simply a comforting friend.“It’s this very kaleidoscopic lens that we re viewing this character from,” she said. “That’s why Uncle Clifford feels like this fully fleshed-out human being instead of this walking stereotype with the hair and nails. We actually see when the hair and nails come off.”Uncle Clifford is just one of many ways the show is fighting preconceived prejudices – and not just from potential audiences. Although star Evans taught a dance class called Hip Hop in Heels, which was meant to help inspire confidence in its women attendees, she told Rotten Tomatoes that exotic dancing was a whole other matter, and she had to learn to twerk for the part. She eventually did almost all of her own stunts and dances in the show.(Photo by Starz)Evans is also a preacher’s daughter from Memphis. She remembers tentatively telling the wife of her current pastor about the part, worried she’d be shunned by her community. Instead, the other woman excitedly asked for the show’s time and channel.Evans’ Mercedes, however, does not have such a positive experience with the church. P-Valley discusses the character’s relationship with her mother, Patrice (Harriett D. Foy), who has found Jesus in her later years. Patrice dreams of her turn at the pulpit, just as Mercedes dreams of leaving the pole behind to open a gym where she can build out her other business as a cheerleading coach. Although the two women do not see eye-to-eye, P-Valley argues that they have a similar ability to hustle.“The church is held up because it is this patriarchal system, and the fact that you have this woman who really wants to have her own business and be on her pulpit,” Hall explained. “Juxtapose that with Mercedes. She wants to be with her own studio; on her own stage. They’re actually striving for the same thing, just in two completely different worlds.”Hall added that though many women have to struggle to break into most arenas, “this show really demonstrates that you can be a woman of high moral regard in one space, but you re still gonna struggle as much, if not more than, the woman that you look down upon.”
(Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.)Now at the halfway point, Loki’s third episode offers a number of new questions, while giving our Loki (Tom Hiddleston) a new sparring partner. But just who is this variant? Are the comic book nods just another distraction from the God of Mischief? And was last week s time bomb really just a misdirection from the Variant s true goal? Let s take a look at this week s episode and see if we can t suss out some good answers to these questions.Spoiler Alert: The following reveals details of the third episode of Loki season 1. Stop here if you have not watched Lamentis. Speculation includes information from Marvel comic books and may also be considered spoilers to some.Is Sylvie a Loki Variant?(Photo by Marvel Studios)Despite spending an hour with Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), we re still unsure if she s a variant of Loki or something else entirely. To be fair, she self-identifies as a variant, but nevertheless continues to claim that she is something different. Also, we couldn t help but notice she explains her power and not her past when Loki asks for a token of trust.The name she s chosen to use is an obvious nod to Sylvie Lushton, a Marvel Comics character introduced in 2009 who also goes by the name of Enchantress — not be confused with Amora, the earlier Marvel Enchantress, or DC Comics Enchantress, June Moone, played by Cara Delevingne in Suicide Squad. Although an average young woman from Oklahoma, Sylvie s fortunes changed when Asgardia, a modernized version of Asgard its people used after the fall of their homerealm, settled in a geosynchronous orbit above her hometown. She soon developed powers of her own, which, it turned out, were gifted to her by Loki for some unknown purpose. When he later explain himself, Loki says she is merely a whim because he wondered what would happen if a human suspected they were Asgardian. Also, Loki seemed to enjoy the fact she was susceptible to dashed hopes.(Photo by Marvel Studios)Favoring green clothing and blonde hair, the Marvel Cinematic Universe Sylvie certainly resembles the Marvel Comics version (particularly after she abandons the horns during the fight on the train), but diverts in a couple of key ways. For one, a brief shot in episode 2 refers to her as Sylvie Laufeydottir, indicating she is indeed a Loki variant who presented as female very early in her existence. From what little she offers Loki on the train, we also get the impression she did not have much of a family either in Jotunheim or Asgard; she refers to memories of her mother as something out of a dream. Second, her primary power appears to be something Loki terms as an enchantment. As she later explains, she gets into people s memories via physical contact and begins a dance within them to get what she wants. But, as she mentions, the other person is also in control. Sort of. This differs wildly from Sylvie Luston s varied suite of powers.Also, we can t help but notice she instinctively chooses to fight whenever a conflict presents itself.All of which should add up to Sylvie not being Loki; in fact, there s still room for her to be a variant of Amora or even Sylvie Lushton. Hell, we ll even throw in the possibility of Angela for good measure. But we re still not inclined to go in this direction yet because Loki lies; therefore, everything Sylvie has said so far could just as easily be a lie.But then there s the reference to being on a mission and sticking with it even above her natural hedonistic tendencies. Is it possible her years-long effort to assault the Time-Keepers is, in fact, someone else s scheme?Margaritas Pour from a Hunter s Memories(Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.)Last week, Hunter C-20 (Sasha Lane) kept saying it s all real, which led us to believe Sylvie somehow revealed to her that she was not created by the Time-Keepers but was, really, a variant press-ganged into working on their behalf.This appears to be true as she tells Loki she dug into C-20 s memories from before she worked for the TVA in order to get the location of the Time-Keepers special elevator. While we are keeping the Loki tendency to lie in mind, that we actually see Sylvie using C-20 s memories of margaritas leads us to believe this is, in fact, the truth. Also, it s just narrative satisfying for Loki to discover everything Miss Minutes (Tara Strong) told him about TVA history is a lie.If the Time-Keepers have been forcing variants into their service, what is their true aim? One option is the simple preservation of their own existence by manipulating the timeline. If we accept the multiversal war as a truth within their larger lie, it is possible they were destined to lose and use the Sacred Timeline as a means of forestalling their defeat. But even within that, there is some ambiguity about their intentions as the stated goal of avoiding another war could still be benevolent. Then again, co-opting variants and robbing them of their memories hardly sounds like something impossibly powerful but benevolent beings would do.Well, presuming they even really exist and are not part of a massive con perpetrated by Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) and, potentially, Kang (Jonathan Majors).And since we re talking about the Time-Keepers, was Sylvie s time-bomb really just a means of distracting enough of the TVA to get to them? The bomb seemingly caused enough havoc as to upend the Sacred Timeline entirely — which would be as worthy an objective as actually killing the Time-Keepers themselves. Hopefully, we ll learn more about the bomb s effects next week.The Variants Encounter the Mysteries of Lamentis-1(Photo by Marvel Studios)Most of the episode takes place on the soon-to-be destroyed Lamentis-1. The name Lamentis is a relatively obscure pull as a similar world appeared in exactly one Marvel Comic — Annihilation: Conquest Prologue #1. As part of the 2007 Marvel event storyline, Annihilation, it sees the techno-organic Phalanx forming a barrier along the edges of Kree-controlled space. Lamentis is an outworld on the extreme edge of their borders, so Quasar — already there on a mission — sees the shockwave as it passes the planet on its way to the border.The actual Annihilation story features Annihilus, a perennial Fantastic Four foe, attempting to expand his empire by reaching into the positive matter universe and using the negative-charge counterpart to the Power Cosmic (something we ll talk about another time). But by the point of Annihilation: Conquest Prologue #1, he had been defeated and was recuperating in the safety of the Negative Zone, a realm which may matter to the eventual Fantastic Four film.With the comic book mentioning Annihulus and featuring both the Phanalax and Quasar (and the Spaceknights for that matter), invoking the planet Lamentis in this episode could indicate some future happenings in the MCU. The Phalanx, for example, is generally associated with the X-Men. But as with everything else on Loki, it could be also be a master class in misdirection.But there are some questions worth asking about Lamentis-1 and how it relates to the MCU. Is it in Kree-space? None of the humanoids we saw in the episode were blue, the general skin tone of the Kree in the MCU. But being blue is not a requirement to be Kree and nothing says Lamentis has to be a Kree colony for it to be controlled by the Kree — well, presuming the Kree treaty with the Nova Corps still stands in 2077. If it s not Kree at all, then from where do all the humanoids Loki and Sylvie encounter originate? Is the show suggesting Earthers will be out among the stars in few decades? Granted, that is possible in the MCU with all the aliens and alien tech known to the world.Since Sylvie can only hide in naturally occurring cataclysms, we know no force purposely brought destruction to Lamentis-1, but the end of the Ark sure looked purposeful. Is it possible the Time-Keepers (or something else) were playing some long game to keep any survivors from escaping that world? Love Is a Dagger (Photo by Marvel Studios)While Loki s metaphor for love is not as profound as he thinks, it does lead to an interesting new wrinkle about the character — love isn t really something he s familiar with. Sure, there is the familial love Frigga (Rene Russo) showed him throughout her life, but that s clearly not the sort of thing he or Sylvie were discussing. Thanks to his experiences, if not his nature, Loki cannot perceive romantic love as anything other than a long con or, indeed, a weapon. And though he indicates some short affairs — he also self-identifies as bisexual — the notion of a predominately aromatic protagonist is definitely appealing. In the middle of Marvel Studios most technically ambitious hour of television yet, it almost makes sense to declare it will also take romantic stakes off the table for the character going forward. No one, say a Doctor Doom or Annihilus, can ever threaten the life of Loki s version of Jane Foster or Luke Cage. That person does not exist.It would definitely be a bold storytelling choice considering how important romantic stakes tend to be in television shows, but it is also possible this episode s discussion of romantic love is merely winding-up for a punchline about Loki loving himself. Well, provided Sylvie is a Loki variant.Is an Old Loki in the Wind?(Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.)As we ve now have a tradition of highlighting characters who could appear in Loki s future, this week s candidate is a future Loki. Appearing in the Loki: Agent of Asgard series as King Loki or Old Loki, this variant comes from a future where Earth is in ashes thanks to his scheming, but Thor ascended to the throne of Asgard and ushered in an era of peace among the other Realms. In the early part of the series, Old Loki stated to the ruling triumvirate of Asgardia, the All-Mother, that he merely wished to bring about this era of peace sooner by forcing his younger self to accept the villainous path. The All-Mother agreed to assist even as they locked him up in Asgardia s dungeon.His existence — and his ability to work around the All-Mother s Loki-proof prison cell — brings us back to Sylvie s mission. Is she acting on orders from Loki s future self? Did he create her to appear as a Loki variant to the TVA? And, if so, is all of this just really part of his infinitely-long game to get control of the Time-Keepers power?(Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Disney)To a certain extent, it is more likely than Kang revealing himself. Some already believe Richard E. Grant (pictured) — whose first appearance is expected in next week s episode and who appeared as General Pryde in Disney film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker — will emerge as Old Loki and the true mastermind behind these events, motivated by the moment his younger self realized the power of the TVA was stronger than the Infinity Stones.It is a good hypothesis as it keeps things squarely on Loki and the series examination of his nature. Indeed, Agent of Asgard pondered on this, too. The title character rebelled against his presumed role as villain while Old Loki reveled in it. This may yet prove to be the central conflict of the series should Gra
So it wasn’t even close. The legend of John Wick only grew this weekend when it took the presumption of a tight battle for the top spot and turned it into a franchise growth that Lionsgate can be proud of. The Endgame crowd delivered a bit less than expected this weekend but with Wick’s foot firmly on the pedal this weekend, the Avengers never had a chance. King of the Crop: John Wick Unleashed With Million Debut(Photo by Summit Entertainment)Since 2016, Lionsgate has only had two films open over million (one of them being John Wick: Chapter Two) and another five open over million. They also have not had a 0 million grosser since Wonder in 2017 and only had one movie (Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral) gross a total higher than what John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum made this weekend: million and another million internationally. Not bad for a film series with humble beginnings whose original film grossed all of million domestic. JW3 is the second-highest 3-day opening of Keanu Reeves’ career. While The Matrix Reloaded is the highest with .7 million, the third chapter of that notable series (The Matrix Revolutions) opened on Wednesday and had .8 million in its first three days and a first weekend of .4 million. This is a success story all around for the actor, the studio and the filmmakers.Rotten Returns: The Sun Sets On WB As Star Joins Weakest Wide Openings(Photo by Warner Bros. / courtesy Everett Collection)There is no other way to describe The Sun Is Also A Star’s numbers this week than rotten. Warner Bros. did not seem to do much for the film marketing-wise and only got the film released in 2,073 theaters. That is the lowest wide launch for the studio since 2012’s Cloud Atlas opened in 2,008 theaters. The .6 million estimate for Sun ranks down there with Almost Heroes (.83 million), Lucky You (.71), Grind (.51), The Adventures of Pluto Nash (.18), Major League: Back to the Minors (.08) and the Zac Efron DJ film, We Are Your Friends (.76) for WB lows on films opening in over 2,000 theaters.The Top Ten And Beyond: Endgame Still Eyeing The All-Time Record(Photo by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / © Marvel Studios / courtesy Everett Collection)So where is Avengers: Endgame after four weeks? At 0 million it is now officially the second-highest grossing film of all-time both domestically. Worldwide, it sits at .61 billion still chasing down Avatar’s .78 billion with just 3 million to go. However it has fallen off of The Force Awakens’ pace by million and all of a sudden falling back to just the 11th best fourth weekend of all-time, it is pretty guaranteed at this point that J.J. Abrams’ film will remain the all-time domestic champion.Pokemon Detective Pikachu finds itself on similar ground with Hotel Transylvania 3 which had .7 million after its second weekend of wide release. Adam Sandler’s animated sequel made .7 million that weekend while the Pikachu made .8 million and stands at million. That suggests the 0 million production is headed somewhere around 7 million domestic. It has made 6 million worldwide to date.The rest of the Top Ten is a sad place. Not just with dogs dying over and over in A Dog’s Journey, but the numbers for the sequel are just not up to Universal’s expectations. They had a surprise little hit with A Dog’s Purpose which opened to .2 million in January 2017 and finished with .5 million domestic and 5 million worldwide. Journey opened to just million and is going to have to stretch hard to reach million. Maybe even million. And it just gets more depressing from there. Any movie making more than the Certified Fresh bomb Long Shot on this list has been critically reviled, like STX’s double failure of UglyDolls (.2 million/30%) and Poms ( million/32%). And for the third straight week The Intruder ( million/29%) managed to beat the Charlize Theron/Seth Rogen comedy. Looks as if The Hustle (.1 million/15%) is going to outgross it too.This Time Last Year: Deadpool Continued The Summer Superhero Dominance(Photo by 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved./courtesy Everett Collection)Audiences substituted one group of superheroes for another when Deadpool 2 took over the top spot from the Avengers with a 5.5 million start. Avengers: Infinity War fell to second place and was just short of 0 million. Book Club started much better than Poms did last week, opening in third with .5 million. Finally, the controversial family film, Show Dogs, opened to just million and was later edited to remove its offensive take on consent. The Top Ten films grossed an impressive 0.4 million but they averaged a dismal 50.4% on the Tomatometer. This year’s Top Ten grossed an estimated 1.8 million and averaged 53.4%.On the Vine: Disney Tries To Avoid Another Dumbo Will Booksmart’s Critical Support Be Enough?(Photo by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures / courtesy Everett Collection)Disney hopes to avoid another Memorial Day disappointment with their second live-action remake of 2019 with Aladdin. Can Will Smith replace the memory of Robin Williams or will the film go the way of Dumbo? Meanwhile, James Gunn is producing the bizarro Superman tale, Brightburn, a horror film about an intergalactic child using his powers for evil. Finally there is Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, Booksmart, which drew raves at SXSW this year (still a perfect 100% on the Tomatometer). But can the already struggling United Artists Releasing partnership between Annapurna, MGM and Orion successfully get the word out or will this be doomed to discovery after it leaves theaters?The Full Top 10: May 17-19John Wick: Chapter 3 -- Parabellum (2019) 89% – .02 million (.02 million total)Avengers: Endgame (2019) 94% – .41 million (0.80 million total)PokÃ©mon Detective Pikachu (2019) 68% – .81 million (.00 million total)A Dog's Journey (2019) 51% – .00 million (.00 million total)The Hustle (2019) 14% – .08 million (.14 million total)The Intruder (2019) 33% – .02 million (.05 million total)Long Shot (2019) 81% – .40 million (.7 million total)The Sun Is Also a Star (2019) 52% – .60 million (.60 million total)Poms (2019) 36% – .09 million (.01 million total)UglyDolls (2019) 28% – .60 million (.24 million total) ven sort of hesitate to use the word “bad” ― you make choices that aren t necessarily going to provide you with a lifelong relationship.But I do think they have an immediate connection with each other, and that happens in life, too, and for me, the priest is flawed and he definitely is very conflicted, and I believe he is also very much in love.Sometimes people of the church are depicted as asexual or that they re not interested in or have no thoughts or feelings of intimacy regarding sex, and that just can t be true, because that s not true for any human. We all have a relationship with sex. And love. Even if you re asexual, you still have a sort of attitude towards it. I think that s a very interesting thing from my perspective about what actually do you do? What do you do with your sexuality?(Photo by Steve Schofield/Amazon Prime)Scott (cont.): I think sometimes in drama, we re told what we re supposed to feel because we make these sort of cartoonish characters, and I think the reason that Fleabag is unique, is that we don t. Sometimes they do things that are cruel and selfish, and sometimes they re very vulnerable, and sometimes powerful. And sometimes they re abusive and sometimes they re incredibly loving and kind. And that suggestion is in us all.I think it s a sort of lack of judgment and the fact that we can do that through comedy makes it special.The Priest is obviously so conflicted, and he has a problem with alcohol. Was that built in before he met her, or is that something he recently adopted?Scott: His relationship with alcohol is not healthy. It was sort of important not to overstate that in a sense ―let the audience do some work ― but I definitely think he has a longstanding unhealthy relationship with alcohol, like a lot of people.(Photo by Steve Schofield/Amazon Prime)I m going to be careful about spoilers, because the relationship is built on these very special moments, but the first fox talk,” I think, might also be the first time he asked her, “Where d you go?” when she breaks the fourth wall and looks at the audience. Did you guys talk about what her behavior in that moment would look like to him?Scott: The most important thing was, it s a deep connection. I think it shows how connected he is to her. I think they re both quite solitary characters, and Fleabag s friend is the audience and the relationship with the audience is sometimes helpful and sometimes destructive, and sometimes a way of just avoiding a life and relieving power. And the fact that he s able to see that, and solely him — he s the only character who can see that — speaks to me, not just as sort of exciting television or kind of convention, but just the idea that he, he sees her, he sees all of her, and he wants it from when they first spoke, he wants to talk about this extraordinary love. For my money, I feel like, they almost love each other right from the get go. I think they are definitely intrigued by each other and that sort of deepens, and I think they don t really know what it is. Like a lot of us when we first meet somebody that you connect to and you think, Well, is it love, or is it insanity?The café scene is also a very special moment. It was so real and very intense. First, does he see her behavior as mental illness? And is that tension built into the writing or is it something that gets fleshed out when you re working the scene?Scott: It s built to a certain degree into the writing. Phoebe and I have got a great chemistry going, and so I think we just sort of saw what happens on that day. Phoebe s very playful in that sense, in the relationship At the beginning and certainly in that scene, it really genuinely is what it is Where are you going? I don t think he knows, but it s like What is it that you re doing? And I think we can all sort of relate to that to a certain degree. When people are, to a certain degree are unknowable, and you go, “What is that thing? What is that look on your face?”Because the idea of playing with the format of breaking fourth wall is so exciting — I find it really exciting that that s developed in the second series There s a sort of metaphysical sort of vibe in the second series of pictures falling off walls and foxes following you at night A little bit like love, it s completely unknowable if you re serious, and so it s hard to answer those questions. And the only thing we really do is to dramatize the question, rather than try to nail them down too much, because that then it becomes less interesting drama.(Photo by Steve Schofield/Amazon Prime)Speaking of the storytelling, the fox detail of the story is the kind of quirky detail that you don t see very often in film and in television. What are your thoughts on the writing for this series?Scott: I think the writing is extraordinary. I think somebody s hair looking amazing the day of their mum s funeral, or somebody wearing really tight jeans to the funeral, or a fox trying to break into a toilet, and you know, partnered with scenes about death and loss and pain, I think it s just so extraordinary, that she writes with such flair and such imagination and boldness, that s really a thing that I want to watch on TV. And to be part of it is really exciting ― it s original and audacious storytelling. And that has to start with the writing, and I think she s not afraid of the grand gesture and to push the boundaries of how we tell our stories. And I think that s why people really respond to her work, because, juxtaposed to that, is a great sense of humanity, fun, and a kind of kindness. I m truly in awe of her imagination, really.Fleabag season 2 is now streaming on on Amazon Prime.