(Photo by CD Projeckt Red)A long presentation consisted of video game developer CD Projekt Red s memories of building The Witcher video game series from something less connected to the books to a series squarely focused on Geralt. They also recalled their debut at the E3 video game conference and the time former US president Barack Obama offered kind words about The Witcher III: Wild Hunt.Sadly, their stroll down memory lane did not come with an announcement for a fourth mainline Witcher game. There will be a fourth game in the fullness of time, but not in the immediate future. In the meantime, the company is engaged in updating a spinoff focusing on the Gwent card game. Also, The Witcher III is getting a next-gen upgrade for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S with some new DLC featuring Geralt s costume from the Netflix series.A Witcher AR Game Will Take the Continent OutdoorsThe Witcher: Monster Slayer hopes to take Witcher fans outside. Using your phone, you ll be able to become your own Witcher, facing monsters, including a cursed Striga. The augmented-reality exploration game arrives July 21 on Android and iOS platforms.The Witcher: Blood Origin Was a No-Show(Photo by courtesy of Netflix)Despite The Witcher: Blood Origin showrunner Declan de Barra proving he knows his stuff during the trivia contest — and taking a halberd as his prize — the series itself was a no-show at WitcherCon. That s reasonable as it is still casting key roles. Just this week, both Michelle Yeoh (pictured) and Laurence O’Fuarain were said to be joining the limited series with Sophia Brown reportedly taking over the lead role Éile from Jodie Turner-Smith.Set 1200 years prior to Geralt s journeys across the Continent, Blood Origin will tell the story of the Conjunction of the Spheres and the first prototype Witcher.Henry Cavill Believes in Destiny and an Intellectual Geralt(Photo by Netflix)Since destiny is a big theme of The Witcher — the word even comes up in the Season 2 teaser — Cavill admitted to his own belief in it: Everyone has a destiny. In his concept of destiny, however, it is something one must train for. Everyone has to unlock certain skills before using that skill tree, he continued. I had to do certain things to be Geralt. I pursued it very hard, and I got the opportunity to do it. His pursuit of the role certainly has the ring of destiny. Cavill credits his father reading him fantasy stories as a child with creating a life-long interest in genre material. Fantasy is what I read, he said. When I have free time, it s fantasy books. He also said his father got him into computer games — a pastime which led to him becoming aware of The Witcher in the first place. Although, he admitted his attempt to play The Witcher II was thwarted by his day job. He was able to commit more time to The Witcher III. The world-building is just fantastic. I ve been playing it [again recently] on my [GeForce RTX] 3090, he said. The detail was extraordinary and all from Sapkowski s amazing work it is an ode to that world. Watch: Patty Jenkins on the making of Wonder Woman above.In 2019, Rotten Tomatoes turns 21, and to mark the occasion, we’re celebrating the 21 Most Memorable Moments from the movies over the last 21 years. In this special video series, we speak to the actors and filmmakers who made those moments happen, revealing behind-the-scenes details of how they came to be and diving deep into why they’ve stuck with us for so long. Once we’ve announced all 21, it will be up to you, the fans, to vote for which is the most memorable moment of all. In this episode of our ‘21 Most Memorable Moments’ series, director Patty Jenkins takes us behind the scenes of the No Man s Land sequence from 2017 s Wonder Woman.VOTE FOR THIS MOMENT IN OUR 21 MOST MEMORABLE MOVIE MOMENTS POLLTHE MOVIE: Wonder Woman (2017) 93%Wonder Woman arrived in theaters with so much weight on its shoulders that it was going to take a superhero-level effort for it to really soar. The film was the first major female-led superhero movie since 2005 s Elektra, which hadn t landed too well with critics and audiences. The new Warner Bros. film was also one of the rare big-budget superhero films with a female director – one whose background was mostly in indies (albeit one, Monster, that earned over four times its production budget at the box office and its lead actress an Oscar).The DC Extended Universe was doing big numbers at the box office, but Warner Bros. had yet to have a critical win with its answer to the MCU (the first three films of the DCEU had all been Rotten on the Tomatometer). And it was coming out during a summer when superhero fatigue was a buzzword. And yet. Director Patty Jenkins, star Gal Gadot, and the rest of the Wonder Woman team pulled it off – and then some. The movie was huge, becoming the third biggest movie of 2017 and the biggest earner so far in the DCEU at the domestic box office. On top of that, it was Certified Fresh at 93% on the Tomatometer and would be the best-reviewed comic-book movie of the year (a year that included Logan). Then there was the way it infiltrated the popular culture, a phenomenon captured in photos of young children wielding their shields and lassos and finding, in Diana from Themyscira, someone they believed in and wanted to be. Jenkins tells Rotten Tomatoes she felt the pressure to deliver – for herself as much as anyone.(Photo by Clay Enos/©Warner Bros./courtesy Everett Collection)“The fan who s like, ‘They better do a good job at that movie’ – I was that fan as much as anyone.”“I felt a huge amount of pressure [making Wonder Woman]. For the 10 years that I was talking about it, I knew that it would be a huge amount of pressure, but… I cared as much as anybody. Like, literally, the fan who s like, ‘They better do a good job at that movie’ – I was that fan as much as anyone! There was nothing I could do about it but try. In a weird way you feel the pressure and you almost don t think about it because I m now moving on to being that same audience member saying, ‘This better be as great as it could be’ every day to myself. I ve never done anything with a light attitude and therefore any additional pressure is just like, ‘What are you gonna do?’ It doesn t help and it doesn t hurt and it doesn t really change anything. So you just don t think about it too much.”THE MOMENT: No Man s Land If there was one defining moment of Wonder Woman it was the scene in which Diana, having found her way to the front lines during WWI, steps up out of the trench and into No Man s Land. It was her first big Wonder Woman reveal – that slow-motion shot of her shedding her hood and climbing the ladder still gives us chills – and a perfect distillation of Jenkins and the other filmmakers vision for a Diana, one that spoke to a 21st-century audience as she entered one of the most harrowing scenes of the 20th. The naïvety was gone and a hero was born. [It was like] Superman pulling his shirt open the first time and revealing the S . “I think that the biggest reason I was obsessed with [the scene] was really from a character place. From Diana s point of view, it is: What is the birth of a superhero? Just like Superman pulling his shirt open the first time and revealing the S, these are definitive, incredible moments, and so I knew that Wonder Woman needed an incredible moment and because we were doing her origin story, it really needed to be the moment that she made the decision to go from being a younger person who was hopeful and idealistic to one who decides to be a hero despite knowing more. And so in this story, that was what I cared about. (Photo by @ Warner Bros. Pictures) What it is to be a hero does not become clear to her until No Man s Land. “For me, what was important was that Diana wants to be a hero from day one, but what it is to be a hero does not become clear to her until No Man s Land. Not until No Man s Land does it become: No, it s messy, the world is crazy, it s confusing, it s conflicted, and doing the right thing is incredibly hard and no one will come with you. And her saying, That s what I m going to do, and stepping up over the edge is despite the fact that you can t or you shouldn t and no one will support you. That was such a powerful way for her to step into being like Wonder Woman. The shooting of it was brutal. “On our original plans, there were definitely arguments about [whether we were] really going to put Diana in a Wonder Woman costume out in the freezing cold in the winter [to shoot the No Man’s Land scene], and it s not safe, and we shouldn t do it and whatever. We had to do it — it s the only way to do it. You have to build No Man s Land. It had to be real. It was unfortunate that it also happened in the winter, but it needed to happen in the winter or it might not have looked right. The shooting of it was brutal, and it never looked or felt in the moment like what, of course, it ends up being, because it s just an awful moment [on set] with loud noises and someone standing in the wind and cold. And so in great part it was an act of faith, as I m doing every day here [shooting Wonder Woman 1984]. “I kept using the old Columbia Pictures beginning as a reference. “I kept using the old Columbia Pictures beginning – that opening title card of the woman standing with the clouds behind her – as a reference when I was making Wonder Woman. I wanted it to have this classic grandeur, and so when she came up over No Man s Land, I actually added a touch of that and that painterly grain quality in the clouds and we tinted the smoke – the smoke bombs that were going off and the explosions – so that they would have a kind of beautiful color. (Photo by Courtesy Everett Collection) I literally got them to bring all the musicians back into the studio. “We had finished the whole movie and we had scored it, and I got on the phone with everybody at the studio and all of the producers and said, ‘I need you to give me one more crack at No Man s Land please. And I literally got them to bring all the musicians back into the studio – which is a very expensive and laborious thing to do – and I had our great composer, Rupert Gregson-Williams, write an entirely new piece for it based on a sort of hunch that I had that there was one step further [we could go]. And he actually ended up composing a whole new piece of music that we scored after we had locked everything, which is the score that went in right at the last minute. Everything in my gut told me that song was the right song, but then it was over, it was done, it was out of my hands and the movie was complete – so I really never got a chance to see [the No Man’s Land scene] and know it with an audience until very close to the premiere, when finally it was like, ‘Oh, that s it. That is the scene. That s as far as we got it. We can t do better. We tried everything that we could to do better and there it is.’ And it was pretty incredible, honestly, the night of the premiere when people reacted the way that we did.”THE IMPACT: A Hero Is Born The countdown to Wonder Woman 1984, scheduled for release June 5, 2020, feels different to the time, four or so years ago, when we were anticipating the first film. Back then there was excitement, but there was also weight and there was pressure; today there is only breathless antic
Dark Phoenix is finally out in theaters and, well, it isn’t the greatest X-Men movie ever released. It’s currently Rotten at 23% on the Tomatometer although audiences seemed to appreciate it more than the critics – and a strange epitaph to 20th Century Fox’s 20-year relationship with Marvel’s Merry Mutants.But considering the film is Fox s second attempt to adapt the landmark Dark Phoenix Saga, we can t help but wonder if the story is just too big to be contained in one film. As with X-Men: The Last Stand, it feels like vital pieces were lost and, while the casts of X-Men films are always sprawling, this one was missing a number of key characters. Does the story require a trilogy of its own? The Marvel Cinematic Universe proves audiences will wait a long time for payoffs, but building these ideas and characters in a way that resonates like the comic book series may be asking too much of the X-Men movies. Perhaps television is the best place to tell this story we previously got versions of it on two different X-Men animated series and considering the way HBO and streaming services have pushed TV into feature quality, here are five reasons why Dark Phoenix is better suited for that format.It Can Build To Proper Payoffs And Endings(Photo by @ Twentieth Century Fox)Despite marketing the film as the end of the series, Dark Phoenix can t help but feel like connective tissue to another chapter. Of course, the same could be said for just about any X-Men project. It s baked into the concept, thanks to writer Chris Claremont, who made Uncanny X-Men the most important Marvel title in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Planning to stay on the book for a very long time, he seeded ideas he wouldn t pay off for years. One could call it soap opera plotting, as he provided enough hooks and payoffs to keep readers engaged while telling the ongoing tales of the X-Men as a whole.But in the case of the overall Phoenix Saga – a story comprising Jean Grey’s death, resurrection, and transformation into the Dark Phoenix – Claremont had an ending in mind. It was ultimately changed for reasons we will discuss later, but in its finished form, it offered a clear endpoint for a story told across nearly four years of comics.Tentpole filmmaking used to be comfortable with definitive endings. The first Matrix, for example, ends at a place that would have served as a satisfying conclusion had the film proven to be unsuccessful at the box office. And though we were promised a Star Wars Sequel Trilogy since 1980, Return of the Jedi is certainly an ending to the story begun in 1976. Nowadays, big movies more closely resemble the Claremont style than ever before, with endings teasing a subsequent hook for another story.In the case of Dark Phoenix, a prestige series would have the time to properly seed ideas like Xavier’s apparent mistake with Jean, the X-Men as celebrities a concept criminally underutilized in the film and one key idea not in the movie we’ll discuss in a moment. With room to breathe, these concepts would have greater weight and emotional resonance than a single two-hour film affords them. And as Claremont proved in the comics, the pace is essential.The Characters Can Be Characters(Photo by © Marvel / © Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)Despite Jean Grey appearing in films since 2000, what do we know about her? She was Xavier’s star pupil, she has extraordinary telekinetic abilities (with telepathy added at some point), and she has the hots for Wolverine despite dating Cyclops. It s thin characterization when an entire movie rests on her shoulders. And while Sophie Turner does a lot with that rough sketch, it s no accident Dark Phoenix re-frames her story in the context of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) apparently making a mistake. He is, after all, the character all the films have invested in since X-Men: First Class. That’s not a bad thing, as someone has to anchor these films besides Wolverine. But once you come back to the Dark Phoenix Saga, you need more of an emotional investment in Jean (and Cyclops, for that matter) than X-Men: Apocalypse and Dark Phoenix afforded her (or Scott).A prestige X-Men series focusing on the Dark Phoenix Saga can actually frame the story around Jean and who she is besides Xavier’s greatest student and Cyclops girlfriend. Her struggle with the Phoenix Force would mean something, as viewers would know what would be lost if she let the Phoenix have complete control. In the film, these ideas are there, but rushed or inferred for the most part.And since we’re talking characters, a series also means we get to know Cyclops – a character the films have always shortchanged because he’s not as romantic as Wolverine – Storm, and Nightcrawler beyond their powers. As a result, deaths would also carry more weight, because the characters would genuinely matter to viewers.The Hellfire Club Could Be UtilizedKevin Bacon and January Jones as Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class (2011) (Photo by Murray Close/20th Century Fox)One set of characters criminally absent from both cinematic versions of the Dark Phoenix story is the Hellfire Club. Created by Claremont and artist John Byrne – though apparently inspired by a 1966 episode of the British spy series The Avengers – they debuted as a social club whose inner circle was made of mutants attempting to control the course of world events. Characters like Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost (played by Kevin Bacon and January Jones, respectively, in First Class) first appeared as members of the inner circle, who try to take control of a Phoenix-addled Jean Grey.Jean’s flirtation with domination and control is a key element of the story and something definitely missing from Dark Phoenix. Jessica Chastain’s Vuk tries to fill the role of the Hellfire Club, but the change lacks the power it should have because Vuk is more of a cipher than an actual character. Consider the satisfying biblical allusions when Jean is presented with classic, decadent temptations in the Hellfire Club. And while we’re at it, Emma Frost could offer Cyclops a temptation of his own, considering their eventual relationship during one of Jean’s many dormant periods in the comics.Incorporating the Hellfire Club also offers the story a true, seductive evil compared to the poorly realized, grubby D’Bari of Dark Phoenix. It would also give Jean, as a character, the moment to revel in her power that she never really gets in the film, and that key pivot in Jean and the Phoenix s time together is crucial to setting up the story s conclusion.Mutants In Space!(Photo by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. / ©Marvel / Everett Collection)Because Marvel Comics featured alien species from nearly the beginning of its superhero universe, the Phoenix Force’s origin as an alien entity needed very little scaffolding. And when she left Earth following her time with the Hellfire Club, her feasting on the D’Bari star also needed little set-up; the alien race was established years earlier in an issue of The Avengers. But because neither of the Fox film cycles set up aliens, the culmination of the Dark Phoenix storyline could not be used.In the comics, the Dark Phoenix returns to Earth after destroying the D Bari home world, and a council made up of the Kree, the Skrulls, and the Shi’ar Empire determine the Phoenix is too dangerous. The Shi’ar arrive on Earth and pronounce a death sentence on Jean, but Xavier convinces the Shi’ar Empress to allow the X-Men to duel her Imperial Guard in an attempt to save Jean, whom Xavier has de-powered back to her original abilities. When Jean and Cyclops prove to be the last X-Men standing, she uses a Kree device to disintegrate her body and, seemingly, disperse the Phoenix Force.It’s a big ending. But without the time to establish the Shi’ar, both Dark Phoenix and The Last Stand eschew that development in favor of smaller ideas. A television show, on the other hand, would have that time. In fact, the scenario becomes more intense if the X-Men are confronted with the reality of what Jean could do as the Phoenix and try to find an ethical outcome with the Shi’ar. It s a moral dilemma completely absent from Dark Phoenix, as the D’Bari survivors led by Vuk never seem too broken up about the billions of dead brethren they left behind on the smoldering wreck of their world.(Photo by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. / ©Marvel / Everett Collection)And, really, that moral dilemma is part of what makes the Dark Phoenix Saga so compelling. Its ending was changed when Marvel’s then Editor-in-Chief Jim Shooter learned Jean and the Phoenix would face no real punishment for the D’Bari genocide. The Phoenix Force – meant to be a recurring X-Men villain in the story’s aftermath – was shelved for a time, and Jean was barred from returning until a writer could give Shooter a satisfactory way to absolve her of the crime. It eventually happened, as no one stays dead in the comics, but the implications gave the story a lasting importance across decades of subsequent X-Men comic book storylines.This is the weight Dark Phoenix should have. But without the careful planning of a Marvel Cinematic Universe or the build-up of a television series, the impact will always be lost. At this point, we would favor a television show, as it could give these ideas the chance to grow and give us a live-action X-Men team we genuinely care about as they face their greatest ethical conflict. Until that happens, if it ever should, we still have the comics, which offer the story in its grandest scale.Dark Phoenix is in theaters now.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.金沙电子棋牌《黑暗与光明手游》这款游戏是一款结合魔幻策略与生存的一款沙盒游戏，该游戏不仅有着《饥荒》游戏一般的生存要求，还有与其他玩家进行pvp战争的策略烧脑玩法，可以说是一款新型的玩法手游，在12月16日该游戏的封测期间，有将近6000名玩家参与其中，有的玩家甚至抱怨游戏的难度太高，一天要死亡十多次。
Join us weekly as Rotten Tomatoes reports on what s indie features are streaming. From promising releases by new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie darling to go the distance for end-of-year accolades – we will break it all down for you here each week.This week in our inaugural 2021 installment of Indie Fresh List, we have a theater adaptation about a famed night in history, a historical political documentary about MLK and the FBI, and newly available on VOD, a tale about a young woman going to extreme lengths to handle grief and get vengeance. In our Spotlight Section, we have a recent drama starring The Crown s Vanessa Kirby and a fantastical documentary about people with autism who are non-verbal. Catching up on some trailers that dropped while we were on hiatus, we have new clips featuring Zendaya, Daniel Kaluuya, Rosamund Pike, Trevante Rhoades, and Tilda Swinton.New This Weekend
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For every film that depicts a real-world tragedy with the proper gravitas it deserves, there are a half dozen that stumble over the line into self-important and sometimes tasteless melodrama. Thankfully, Worth seems to have avoided the latter fate. Releasing on Netflix a week before the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Sara Colangelo s film dramatizes the efforts of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which was tasked with determining how much money the government should distribute to the families who suffered losses in the attack. Michael Keaton stars as Kenneth Feinberg, the attorney put in charge of the Fund, who eventually comes to learn the true meaning of empathy when he clashes with a community organizer (Stanley Tucci) who lost his wife. Critics say Worth is a nuanced look at a difficult, complicated situation that is thought-provoking and superbly acted, even if it doesn t quite satisfy those looking for answers to the philosophical questions it poses.
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Although some studios chose to sit out San Diego Comic-Con this year (like Sony, Universal, and Warner Bros.), one that had a big panel Thursday morning was Paramount. Ostensibly focusing on Terminator: Dark Fate (11/1/2019), Paramount also released the first trailer this morning for another big sequel, next summer s Top Gun: Maverick (6/26/2020).The panel started with a remote introduction from James Cameron, who wasn t actually there, but was calling in from the set of the long-delayed Avatar sequels, joking about how long people have been waiting for those films. Cameron also said about the Avatar sequel technology that I d love to tell you about what you see behind me, but it s classified. It would take five hours to explain and no one understands the technology anyway. The sort of funny irony about him kicking off the Terminator: Dark Fate panel by talking about the Avatar sequels is that they re now Disney movies, following the 20th Century Fox acquisition, so Paramount was basically using some of their Hall H time to promote another studio s big movies. Oops.(Photo by Paramount Pictures)As for Dark Fate, there were two big reveals on top of what we already know from the first trailer and other stories. First, it was confirmed that Terminator: Dark Fate will be rated R, which will be the first time since 2003 s Terminator: Rise of the Machines. Both Terminator: Salvation and Terminator: Genisys had PG-13 ratings, but that didn t seem to make much difference at the box office in any case, so perhaps the thought is that, like the Die Hard franchise, for example, the Terminator movies are really best-suited to feature R-rated violence (and language occasionally too).There was also a surprise casting announcement marking the return of one of the stars of Terminator 2: Judgment Day. With returning stars Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger both in attendance, we learned that after skipping the last three Terminator movies, Edward Furlong will also be returning as John Connor, whose future importance was originally what got this whole franchise going. Having said that, it s not that the character of John Connor himself has been absent from the franchise. Nick Stahl played the role in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Christian Bale played him in Terminator: Salvation, and Jason Clarke took over the role in Terminator: Genisys. The funny thing is, none of those four actors even really look like each other. Are we sure there aren t four different John Connors from four different timelines?(Photo by Paramount Pictures)As for Top Gun: Maverick, the trailer makes it very clear that this is a Tom Cruise movie. Although the film features an ensemble cast on paper (including actors like Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Miles Teller, and the return of Val Kilmer as Iceman), Cruise s presence dominates the trailer, even if Ed Harris speaks most of the actual dialogue and gets a pretty great line to boot. The other focus, obviously, is on the fighter jets (this is a Top Gun movie after all), which is interesting, considering the film s premise had been described, once upon a time, as focusing on drone pilots. It s certainly possible that the modern Navy s emphasis on drones is still a big part of the story. We ll find out when the long-in-development Top Gun: Maverick flies into theaters next summer, on June 26, 2020 (up against Lin-Manuel Miranda s musical Into the Heights).
Following the recent success of his recut of Justice League, the rebound of Zack Snyder continues with Army of the Dead, a Las Vegas-set zombie movie crossed with a heist film that hits theaters on Friday, May 14, and then Netflix one week later. It’s also a return to a specific kind of feature that kickstarted his directorial career, calling to mind his 2004 debut with the Dawn of the Dead remake. The first reviews of Army of the Dead lean positive with appreciation for the usual Snyder visual flair and dependable zombie carnage, even if the story isn’t tight enough.Here’s what critics are saying about Army of the Dead:Is Zack Snyder in full comeback mode?The film is a triumph for a director whose career has been mired by polarizing opinions… If this is what Snyder looks like without studio control, please, sir, may we have some more? Charlie Ridgeley, ComicBook.comIt’s refreshing to see Snyder reignite his first love with this romp of a genre mash-up that lets Snyder loose with his most gleeful indulgences, almost as much as his worst excesses. John Nugent, Empire MagazineNever have the Snyderisms come so relentlessly, and never have they felt more welcome. Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/VultureIt’s the best I’ve seen from Snyder since Watchmen. Aaron Neuwirth, We Live EntertainmentWhat if you re not typically a Snyder fan?Will Army of the Dead change the minds of Snyder critics? Probably not. But for Snyder fans and anybody in the mood for bloodthirsty zombie action, the movie hits the jackpot. Ian Sandwell, Digital SpySnyder’s army of fans will devour it whole; others might find it by turns bland and flavorsome, and will certainly experience some bloating. Jamie Graham, Total FilmThe whole thing is a blast that hooked even this Snyder skeptic. David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter(Photo by Netflix)How does it compare to Dawn of the Dead?[It’s not] on par with his unassailable, killer remake Dawn of the Dead, but it’s entertaining enough. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionIt feels like Snyder is doing exactly what he wants, and that early 2004 promise comes right back into focus. John Nugent, Empire MagazineDawn of the Dead had real stakes, honest performances… Such camaraderie, sense of discovery and community is missing in his latest return to zombie cinema. Nate Adams, The Only CriticWill it please zombie movie fans?It s easily the most exciting zombie film in years. Charlie Ridgeley, ComicBook.comIt’s the best video game movie zombie movie I’ve ever seen. Kate Sánchez, But Why Tho? A Geek CommunityThere’s enough gore, mayhem, and decay in Army of the Dead to make for a satisfying zombie-movie experience. Alonso Duralde, The WrapSnyder’s myth-making skills feel sharply honed and fresh. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterWe get a zombie king, and a zombie queen. There’s a zombie tiger. A zombie horse. Even a zombie baby. These details should seem fresh, but they get lost in all of the mayhem. Chris Evangelista, SlashfilmThere is something weirdly and oppressively uninspired in this CGI world, a continuous two-and-a-half hour splurge of generic zombie content which itself feels a bit zombie-ish. Peter Bradshaw, GuardianArmy of the Dead is by no means a must-watch zombie or heist movie, and folks uninterested in this film would be fine to skip it. Molly Freeman, Screen Rant(Photo by Clay Enos/Netflix)How s the visual spectacle?The movie always looks terrific with Snyder acting as the cinematographer too, so you can t question that you re getting the full Snyder experience. Ian Sandwell, Digital SpySnyder is best known for his stunning visuals and his technical mastery is on full display in Army of the Dead. The fact that he shot the film himself in addition to directing is beyond impressive. Charlie Ridgeley, ComicBook.comVisually, the set pieces are fantastic to look at, and there are individual moments of splendor but nothing which stood out. Dewey Singleton, AwardsWatchSnyder stages long stretches of Army of the Dead like a video game, with our characters moving down hallways and wordlessly blowing away zombies. These are technically action scenes, but there’s no grace; no style. Not even a blunt realness. Chris Evangelista, SlashfilmJulie Berghoff’s production design deserves its own star billing. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterHow is the ensemble cast?[Dave Bautista] proves a catchy leading brute with a Doc-Savage-as-teddy-bear quality he doesn’t overplay. Owen Gleiberman, VarietyMatthias Schweighöfer steals the show as German safe cracker Ludwig Dieter. Ian Sandwell, Digital SpyOmari Hardwick and Matthias Schweighöfer [are] the clear-cut standouts. Their chemistry is off the charts and they bring the biggest laughs, as well as the heaviest emotional punches. Charlie Ridgeley, ComicBook.comThe only real standouts are [Tig] Notaro’s chopper pilot and Schweighöfer’s hapless safecracker. Chris Evangelista, Slashfilm[Tig] Notoro is the biggest standout of the cast insofar as she s the only one having fun with the material. Molly Freeman, Screen RantIs the portrayal of women problematic?The film s portrayal and desecration of women s bodies in particular is incredibly frustrating… Even in their destruction, women exist solely to serve men. Molly Freeman, Screen RantThere are times when Army of the Dead feels mean-spirited. It s not helped that most of these moments involve the female characters, where the male characters get the larger share of Heroic Sacrifice moments. Ian Sandwell, Digital SpyHow is the writing?Stop and think too hard and Army of the Dead risks falling apart, but Snyder keeps a pace in which logic often feels like a lost cause. Eric Kohn, IndieWireThough Snyder, Hatten and Harold attempt to complicate the plot of the movie by including various twists, most of them are trite variations on old standbys. Molly Freeman, Screen RantThe overly-convoluted plot tends to be its own worst enemy at times, leading to a perceptible imbalance. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionSeveral subplots and red herrings exist to inflate an already elongated runtime, when all I wanted was Ocean s 11 with zombies. Nate Adams, The Only CriticWhat about the pacing and runtime?Almost breezy, even at a characteristically extended 2 1/2 hours…This is a long movie, but it doesn’t feel long. It moves. A.A. Dowd, AV ClubAfter the bloated excess of Snyder’s extended Justice League cut, Army feels lean and brisk. Alonso Duralde, The WrapAfter his four-hour Justice League cut, two-and-a-half hours might seem relatively thrifty, but there are pacing issues. John Nugent, Empire MagazineIt’s all very exhausting, and at 148 minutes, Army of the Dead more than overstays its welcome. Chris Evangelista, SlashfilmIt s overlong and labored in places, but worth a bite for the money-shot set-pieces. Jamie Graham, Total Film(Photo by Clay Enos/Netflix)Is there the typical zombie movie social commentary?The contemporary social context is hammered home… The concept of borders alone now takes on weighted significance in the film’s world. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterIf you are aiming to make a statement then mere glancing in the direction of social injustice isn’t going to cut it. Hannah Strong, Little White LiesSnyder’s zombies might think and run to shake things up, but they aren’t placeholders for anything other than the scary-fun of watching their mangled corpses wreak gory havoc. Eric Kohn, IndieWireThat the film doesn’t belabor or over-stress its political conscience is vintage Romero, in the best sense. A.A. Dowd, AV ClubIs this just a fun time at the movies?Snyder has fashioned for us delicious, pure camp. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionArmy Of The Dead is best when Snyder leans into the fun, and allows himself moments of pure silliness. John Nugent, Empire MagazineArmy of the Dead is a wild ride of a film… a good time at the movies. Aaron Neuwirth, We Live EntertainmentArmy of the Dead — which, let me reiterate, is a Vegas heist flick set during a zombie apocalypse — should be a lot more fun than it is. Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture(Photo by Clay Enos/Netflix)How does the film s surprising sweetness play?[Especially] audacious is the unexpected infusion of heart. Courtney Howard, Fresh FictionWhen he aims for more emotional territory we start to feel the weight of that running time. John Nugent, Empire MagazineTonally, the film is all over the place. At different points, Army of the Dead is all heart while others it is pessimistic and bleak. Dewey Singleton, AwardsWatchWill this leave us wanting more?Army of the Dead is too long while still leaving much unexplained – animated series Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas and prequel movie Army of Thieves will take care of that. Jamie Graham, Total FilmIt represents a wider problem with modern blockbuster filmmaking – to fully understand one film you have to watch a litany of adjacent films and TV crossovers. Hannah Strong, Little White LiesWhether or not Army of the Dead spawns an actual sequel, somehow it’s just not that exciting of a prospect. You kind of already know where it’s going to go, what notes it’s going to hit. K. Austin Collins, Rolling StoneArmy of the Dead releases in select theaters on May 14, 2021 and streams on Netflix on May 21, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
This week s TV news features Game of Thrones, the Obamas, Quentin Tarantino, new Marvel TV series, and more.TOP STORYGame of Thrones Keeps Setting Records(Photo by HBO)Game of Thrones’ late
The concept of a nuclear disaster (and the inevitable fallout) is nothing new in pop culture. Whether it s the hit Fallout video game franchise or horror films like The Return of the Living Dead and Robert Rodriguez s Grindhouse installment, Planet Terror, the trope of a chemical disaster and the monsters it births into the world is a subgenre that has kept audiences entertained for decades.Those examples are far enough removed from the real world, giving viewers an escapist perspective filled with zombified humans and mutated beasts to battle. It s an easier pill to swallow when such a catastrophic event is flooded with a plethora of supernatural goodies.Then there s HBO s Chernobyl.Creator Craig Mazin s (The Hangover Part II, Identity Thief) bleak five-part mini-series does away with the expected horror tropes audiences have become familiar with and, instead, delivers an up-close, completely terrifying, and grotesquely personal look at Ukraine s infamous 1986 power plant explosion — including the government cover-up and devastating calamity that followed.Here, no undead hordes or mutant hounds can be found shambling about the vacated Soviet roads. Instead, the big bad of the historical drama is largely unseen. It s everywhere and nowhere at the same time, only making itself known to unsuspecting passersby once it s too late. The agonizing visuals of skin melting off living innocent bodies is just the tip of the aesthetic iceberg here, and really nails home the extent of the damage caused.The tons of toxic poison seen billowing out of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant s exposed roof is the ominous villain here. The unseen monster, followed by the even more damaging accomplice of the lies the government tells to save face, come together in a way so catastrophic, so heartwrenching, and so unbelievable that we can t help but label Chernobyl as the scariest thing we ve seen on TV in years — and maybe even ever.It s unsurprising then, that critical praise collected along the way had given the series Certified Fresh status with an impressive 96% on the Tomatometer with 47 reviews.SPOILER ALERT: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS DETAILS ABOUT THE FIRST THREE EPISODES OF CHERNOBYL. STOP HERE IF YOU HAVE NOT WATCHED.(Photo by HBO)In the closing moments of episode 2, titled Please Remain Calm, three brave men, fully outfitted in protective suits and gas masks, wade through the flooded tunnels beneath the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. With the reactor core exploded and exposed, pouring tons upon tons of nuclear materials into the air, these men — dubbed by history as The Suicide Squad — ventured into the bowels of the building to open the pipes in order to drain the water (which, upon hitting the open core, would allegedly create lava that would drain into Europe s main water source). Their bravery stopped a full-blown meltdown from occurring.It s a horrifying moment and one that is fully brought to claustrophobic life through nothing more than dim lighting, the men s belabored breathing, and their radiation detectors constant ticking sound: an ominous reminder of just how embedded in the chaos they really are. The scene is so stifling that we d be hard-pressed not to mention our own shortness of breath upon viewing the episode.While we ve seen instances of such events play out in big-budget action films, it s worth noting here that before 1986 the world had rarely faced a catastrophe like this, one whose impact on humanity and mother nature would reverberate on such a mind-boggling scale. And that detail brings with it an even more baffling truth: No one knew how to fix it.Soviet nuclear physicist Valery Legasov (Jared Harris) and Soviet Minister of Energy Boris Scherbina (Stellan Skarsgård) are brought in to investigate and ultimately clean up the mess, rightfully carrying the story as the chemicals and news of the accident spread. It really is a rousing spectacle when you take a step back and view the miniseries from afar.The addition of Emily Watson s Ulana Khomyuk — who Mazin said is a fictional character, created as an amalgamation of the nuclear scientists called in to fix things — adds an insightful layer to the world-building of Chernobyl. It was five years before the Soviet Union crumbled, meaning in 1980s Russia women were rarely seen in such scientific roles. The antiquated nature of the gender roles portrayed here gives clarity to a society and time we Americans only know passing information about. It s probably worth noting that the Chernobyl accident happened the same year the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded and the news of that tragic instance quickly dissipated.
金沙电子棋牌 The cast of Disney’s Jungle Cruise let their hair down – and then some – when they sat with Rotten Tomatoes correspondent Nikki Novak to discuss the new adventure film based on the beloved theme park ride. Want to know what doodles Emily Blunt left on a board after she used Dwayne Johnson’s personal gym (which he calls the “iron paradise”)? Brace yourself!As well as answering a handful of questions just as delicious cheesy as Johnson’s skipper’s dad jokes in the movie, the cast – which includes Jack Whitehall and Edgar Ramírez – also spoke about the magic of Disney, the epic scope and scale of the new movie’s sets and action sequences, and the instantaneous chemistry Johnson and Blunt discovered from the very first moment they met. White hot chemistry, according to Blunt.Jungle Cruise is in theaters and available on Disney+ via Premier Access from Friday July 30, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
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金沙电子棋牌 Finality would seemingly be the major topic of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Since Disney released the first trailer for the film at Star Wars Celebration last April, the message has been loud and clear: The 42-year saga of the Skywalker family is ending. Star Wars itself may be a brand that will never die, but this version of it is on its final chapter.Fittingly enough, the final trailer for The Rise of Skywalker continues this idea not only with its onscreen text, but a return to some ideas not yet used in the sequel trilogy. Let’s take a look at what this trailer offers us about the film and how it circles back to the first time audiences thought Star Wars was ending.The Rebellion RebornJoel MearesThe final moments of Star Wars: The Last Jedi were hopeful despite the crushing odds. General Leia Organa’s (Carrie Fisher) Resistance against the First Order numbered so few people, they could all be evacuated from Crait aboard the Millennium Falcon. But as this trailer makes clear – thanks to Poe Dameron’s (Oscar Isaac) line about good people needing leadership – the Resistance will be reinforced.A year has transpired since the events of both The Last Jedi and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so we certainly hope Leia, Poe, Finn (John Boyega), Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) and the other survivors of Crait were able to drum up support. But the new trailer makes it clear that the level of reinforcement will be staggering. A shot later in the trailer indicates an armada will form for one final battle against the First Order that may rival the Rebel fleet in Return of the Jedi.At the one-minute mark, we see this fleet of Resistance ships. It includes the Falcon, a number of Mon Cala frigates, and ships that fans are already speculating are the Ghost from Star Wars Rebels and The Mandalorian’s Razor Crest. But considering the echo of Return of the Jedi’s Rebel armada, we imagine these ships will still be outnumbered thanks to all those Imperial Star Destroyers glimpsed throughout the trailer.The Thrones of Sheev Palpatine and the Emperor s Return(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, © Lucasfilm)The trailer is surprisingly heavy on thrones. The seat of Imperial power always followed Sheev Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) wherever he went, but early drafts of Return of the Jedi featured a throne room hiding deep in the core of the Imperial capital planet, a world creator George Lucas planned to name Had Abbadon, but later changed to Coruscant to align with the Expanded Universe. At 54 seconds into the trailer, we see a version of that Had Abbadon throne bathed in a misty light. Combined with the voice of Palpatine saying “long have I waited,” we can conclude this is a throne he fashioned during his years in hiding. Although, a subsequent shot at 1:59 of Rey seemingly confronting Palpatine sat upon that throne may indicate this is all another Force dream.But one throne is definitely not a dream: the seat the Emperor used in Return of the Jedi, which is clearly visible at 1:48 as Rey and Kylo prepare for a fight among the ruins of the throne room from the second Death Star. We have to admit this is a bold reuse of an Original Trilogy location as director J.J Abrams came under criticism for essentially remaking the original Star Wars with The Force Awakens. Placing the Sequel Trilogy’s primary protagonist and antagonist in that setting means Abrams intends to fully embrace aspects of Return of the Jedi to underscore that promised finality.Also, it just looks cool.At the same time, you may be wondering if Palpatine will actually appear in the film. The appearance of an Imperial Star Destroyer emerging from ice suggests to us the Emperor and his Empire will make a startling return.Threepio’s Sacrifice(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, © Lucasfilm)And then, the John Williams score stops for a moment in which new character Babu Frick works on protocol droid C-3PO (Anthony Daniels). The droid scans the people assembled (which includes Kerri Russell s Zorri Bliss) and Poe asks, What are you doing? The droid’s response: “Taking one last look, sir, at my friends.” It certainly suggests the character will make a noble sacrifice in The Rise of Skywalker.If we allow George Lucas and the filmmakers who followed him the notion that events in Star Wars rhyme like poetry, then there’s something genuinely poetic about Threepio sacrificing himself for the greater good. He is one of two characters to appear in all of the Skywalker films and he is one of Anakin Skywalker’s abiding legacies; his end would be fitting in this film.That is, of course, assuming whatever mission Threepio’s getting fitted for will end in his destruction. The scene appears to sync up with the shot from the D23 footage revealing Threepio with red eyes. We can probably assume he is being sent to a First Order base or Star Destroyer to obtain information. It could all be moments from his last hours or his line in this trailer could be played for laughs in the finished film as another example of his theatrical disposition.Or, to put it another way, this is an echo of his “I’m done for” moment in the Jundland Wastes back in the original Star Wars.But we hope Threepio (and R2-D2 for that matter) get a proper send-off. Whether that means they are destroyed or retired with Leia all depends on how the story plays out.A Green World And The Death Star RemainsJoel MearesThe bones of the second Death Star scattered throughout the trailer suggest a return to the forest moon of Endor. And, as it happens, we definitely see a lot of greenery in other parts of the trailer. But all of this could be another dodge, just as Jakku looked a lot like Tatooine. Abrams may want the scenery without the history, as landscapes pockmarked with the literal debris of previous Star Wars films continue to be highly effective images.If it is Endor, the message is clear: This story was meant to end there which is true (from a certain point of view). Going back to Lucas’s original drafts for Star Wars, the Empire (or the First Galactic Kingdom) was always meant to be defeated by forest-dwelling creatures. At the time, they were Wookies from the planet Yavin. But as things developed, Star Wars featured one Wookie and a rebel base situation on a jungle world. By the time of Return of the Jedi, Lucas reasoned people were too familiar with Wookies to find their homegrown rebellion against the Empire interesting, so he cut them in half and called the new creatures Ewoks – granted, the astronomical toy sales as the key motivation for the existence of Ewoks sounds as equally plausible. But Lucas never moved away from this forest planet conclusion and it appears Abrams will honor that idea in The Rise of Skywalker.At the same time, all those shots of the Death Star ruins caught up in the sea suggests this green world may be more diverse than the forest moon of Endor as Star Wars planets tend to feature a single biome. Explosions in the Star Wars galaxy do not obey normal physics, so it is possible parts of the second Death Star were flung clear across the quadrant to a world with forests, plains (as glimpsed in the first trailer), and vast seas. But if Abrams wants to evoke Endor, he might as well use Endor and give it these other geographic and biological features. We signed up for recurring scenery when Return of the Jedi featured a second Death Star.“Now Your Coming Together … Is Your Undoing”(Photo by © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, © Lucasfilm)But for all the provocative glimpses of an iceberg in space, Dominic Monahan’s character, space battles, and the Resistance riding horse-like creatures alongside Jannah (Naomi Ackie), one key line of dialogue stuck out to us: Palpatine’s declaration that “your coming together” will be someone’s undoing.The line is interesting as it echoes his Return of the Jedi proclamation that Luke s (Mark Hamill) faith in his friends is his greatest weakness. The conflict between the community Luke supports and isolationist Sith thinking is one of the great ongoing elements of Star Wars. Fans of the Knights of the Old Republic video games are given the choice to create strong bonds among the characters they meet or reject it all for the promise of Dark Side power. Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords complicates this even further as most of the characters who tag along on your adventure are Force-sensitive and have the potential to become Jedi or Sith. And in the Prequel Era, the isolation of the Jedi allows Palpatine to enact his plans without any sort of suspicion until it is far too late.It should also be mentioned that Luke calls out overconfidence as Palpatine s weakness.If the Emperor had made his return in The Last Jedi, we’d be inclined to believe the “coming together” he refers to in the trailer is the Resistance, but we’re going to take a leap of faith and suggest he is addressing Rey and Kylo here. Does that mean the characters will ultimately undermine each other and switch sides? That’s unlikely as the film represents the last hours of nine-film epic, but it may tie up the still dangling notion of the Force needing to be in balance. Are Kylo and Rey the real chosen ones from the prophecy introduced in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace? There is time enough to just about make that work.Also, to come back to Palpatine s weaknesses, his perception of future events also undermines him, and one imagines whatever he foresees for Rey and Kylo will also backfire on him.Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in theaters December 20. Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.