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Updated October 28, 2020Whether you re looking for a family-friendly Halloween movie like Hocus Pocus or an ultra-scary made for the horror super-fans who subscribe to Shudder, there are plenty of viewing options this October on cable, streaming, and broadcast networks. Annual marathon events like Freeform s 31 Nights of Halloween or Hulu s Huluween are at your fingertips, as are series like The Haunting of Bly Manor and Helstrom.Read on to learn more about this year s spookiest Halloween programming from special episodes to new films and everything in between. We ll update our list as more Halloween programming is announced.MARATHONS(Photo by Paramount Pictures)31 Nights of Halloween, FreeformThe entire month of October is filled with movies (The Addams Family, Tim Burton s Corpse Bride, Hotel Transylvania and its sequels, the 2016 Ghostbusters, and more). Old standbys like Hocus Pocus, Casper, and The Mummy are there too, plus airings of The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episodes.Spooktacular October, SyfyEvery Sunday in October is Dark Arts Sundays with films from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them series. A Don t Fear the Sequel marathon on October 12 brings horror favorites and their sequels (28 Days Later/28 Weeks Later, The Purge/The Purge: Anarchy). There are also zombie, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and masked murderer-themed marathons. Halloween day will see a 14-hour Harry Potter marathon.Treat-A-Thon, Cartoon NetworkEvery Monday through Thursday throughout the month of October will bring ghouly themed episodes of Victor and Valentino, plus premieres of Apple Onion, Craig of the Creek, Teen Titans Go!, and more. And on Saturday, Oct. 31 starting at 6 a.m. ET/PT, there will be a full day of spooktacular programming.HallowScream, NickelodeonPremieres of the network s live-action, animation and preschool series (SpongeBob SquarePants, Blue’s Clues You!, The Casagrandes, The Loud House) will debut on the network, as well as NickJr.com and the Nick app (which will include Halloween-themed episodes and short-form content).Ghostober, Travel ChannelThe network s annual Halloween programming event will again feature paranormal programming including Portals to Hell, Paranormal Caught on Camera: Top 100, The Osbournes: Night of Terror, and a crossover featuring superstar paranormal investigators from two of the network’s hit shows, Ghost Nation and Kindred Spirits.Supernatural, TNTThey re back! As the Winchester brothers wrap up their 15 seasons of adventures on The CW, celebrate Halloween with TNT s annual marathon featuring some of the series spookiest episodes all day long on Halloween Day.Sitcom Halloween, TBSThe network will air scary movies throughout the month (including The Nun, It and The Blair Witch Project) before launching a marathon of Halloween episodes from series including American Dad, Family Guy, Bob s Burgers, Family Matters, Seinfeld, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and more).ShudderFest, ShudderThe horror-centric streaming service is hosting a virtual celebration of all things spooky on Halloween day that will feature panels, presentations, conversations and screenings led by legendary genre icons, fan-favorite musicians, and acclaimed directors, writers, and producers. It s free to all and available anywhere in the world via its website.Halloween Marathon, Adult SwimStay up late with Adult Swim for some spooked-out treats beginning Friday, October 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The evening starts with a marathon of themed episodes that lead to the Adult Swim Smalls premiere of Jack Stauber’s OPAL at midnight ET/PT, followed by Smalls-O-Ween at 12:15 a.m. ET/PT. The fright fest continues on Halloween as Toonami fans will be treated to a season one marathon of the suspenseful thriller The Promised Neverland starting at midnight ET/PT.SERIES(Photo by Netflix)The Haunting of Bly Manor — Dead doesn t mean gone. An au pair plunges into an abyss of chilling secrets in this gothic romance from the creator of The Haunting of Hill House. Streaming on Netflix.Monsterland — Eight-part anthology based on the collection of stories from Nathan Ballingrud’s “North American Lake Monsters.” Streaming on Hulu.Helstrom — The series brings the Marvel comics to life and follows the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer as they track down the worst of humanity. Premieres October 16 on Hulu.Lovecraft Country — Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO (and streaming on HBO Max).Fear the Walking Dead — Sundays at 9 p.m on AMC.The Walking Dead: World Beyond — Sundays at 10 p.m on AMC.Supernatural — Thursdays at 8 p.m on The CW.Swamp Thing — Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.Truth Seekers — streaming October 30 on Amazon Prime Video.Ratched — streaming on Netflix.What We Do in the Shadows — streaming on FX on Hulu.Unsolved Mysteries: Volume 2 — Streaming October 19 on Netflix.Murder Unboxed — What do a bottle of brandy, a toaster, a pile of cash, and a Bourne Supremacy DVD have to do with murder? Quibi’s new true crime series, Murder Unboxed, reveals the connections by dusting off the boxes of evidence from outlandish and real-life murder cases. Mimicking the style of popular online “unboxing” videos, each episode takes a new case and introduces seemingly unrelated evidence — one item at a time. Premieres October 19.Castle Rock — now streaming on HuluCreepshow — now streaming on ShudderA Discovery of Witches — now streaming on Sundance NowInto The Dark — Blumhouse’s horror anthology — now streaming on HuluUtopia — now streaming on Amazon Prime VideoMOVIES SPECIALS(Photo by Warner Bros.)Roald Dahl s The Witches — Robert Zemeckis, Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro, and Kenya Barris and their all-star cast of Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci, Kristin Chenoweth, and Chris Rock have teamed up for this reimagined fantasy adventure about a young boy (Jahzir Kadeen Bruno) who stumbles upon a secret coven of witches and, with the help of his loving grandmother, tries to stop their evil plan to turn the world’s children into mice. Premieres Oct. 22 on HBO Max.Hubie Halloween — It s October 31 in Salem, Massachusetts, and a town s eccentric, devoted community volunteer and the good-natured object of his fellow citizen s derision and meanest pranks, finds himself in the midst of a real investigation, for a real murderer. Streaming now on Netflix.Rebecca — A young newlywed arrives at her husband s imposing family estate on a windswept English coast and finds herself battling the shadow of his first wife, Rebecca, whose legacy lives on in the house long after her death. Stars Armie Hammer and Lily James. Launches October 21 on Netflix.The Babysitter: Killer Queen — Two years after defeating a satanic cult led by his babysitter Bee, Cole once again has to outsmart the forces of evil when old enemies unexpectedly return. Streaming now on Netflix.Bad Hair — Set in 1989, this horror satire out of Sundance follows an ambitious young woman (Elle Lorraine) who discovers that her hair may have a mind of its own. Premieres October 23 on Hulu.Books of Blood — Inspired by Clive Barker’s stories, this film tells a journey into uncharted and forbidden territory through three tales tangled in space and time. Streaming now on Hulu.The Strangers: Prey at Night – A family of four staying at a secluded mobile home park for the night are stalked and then hunted by three masked psychopaths. Available on demand and streaming now on Syfy.com.Tales from the Hood 3 — director Spike Lee executive produces with writers/directors/producers Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott in this next installment of the ground-breaking original Tales from the Hood. Following the franchise’s cult classic roots, this all-new anthology, which features Tony Todd and Lynn Whitfield, is four terrifying tales that will scare and thrill audiences with its horrifying twists and social commentary. Premieres Saturday, Oct. 17, at 9 p.m. on Syfy.Scare Me — During a power outage, two strangers tell scary stories. The more Fred and Fanny commit to their tales, the more the stories come to life in the dark of a Catskills cabin. The horrors of reality manifest when Fred confronts his ultimate fear: Fanny may be the better storyteller. Starring Aya Cash, Josh Ruben and Chris Redd. Directed by Josh Ruben. Streaming now on Shudder.The Mortuary Collection — A young drifter applies for a job at the local mortuary and meets an eccentric mortician who chronicles the strange history of the town through a series of twisted tales, each more terrifying than the last. Starring Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Barak Hardley, Christine Kilmer and Jacob Elordi. Streaming October 15 on Shudder.32 Malasana Street — It’s 1976. The Olmedo family has left the countryside for a new life in Madrid. But their new home becomes a house of horrors in this hit supernatural thriller based on actual paranormal events. Streaming October 22 on Shudder.May the Devil Take You Too — Two years after escaping from demonic terror, a young woman is still haunted by unnatural visions. The dangers that await her and her friends grow as a figure of darkness rises, threatening to take their lives. Streaming October 29 on Shudder.The Cleansing Hour — Max and Drew are millennial entrepreneurs who’ve made themselves famous with a webcast they created called “The Cleansing Hour,” which streams live exorcisms. The catch? Each ceremony is elaborately staged to look real in order to dupe their global audience—until today, when today’s subject, Drew’s fiancé, actually turns out to be possessed. Starring Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner, Alix Angelis. Streaming now on Shudder.Ghost Nation — Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango are joined by Shari DeBenedetti for more adventures and bigger mysteries that have never been investigated on television. Premieres Saturday, October 17 at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel.Ghost Adventures: Screaming Room — Airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel.Paranormal Caught on Camera: Top 100 — Airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel.The Holzer Files — Premieres Thursday, October 29 at 11 p.m. on Travel Channel.Destination Fear — Premieres Saturday, October 24 at 10 p.m. on Travel Channel.Halloween Wars — Airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Food Network.Halloween Freakshow Cakes — Airs Sundays at 10:30 and 11 p.m. on Food Network.STREAMING(Photo by Sony Pictures)Amazon Prime Video: The streaming service s scary movie selection is robust this year, with “Welcome to The Blumhouse original films Black Box, The Lie, Evil Eye and Nocturne; horror/thrillers like Cabin in the Woods, Hereditary, Midsommar, and Pet Cemetery; supernatural films like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Super 8; and more — like Scream 4, The Ring, Anaconda, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Legion. In honor of new paranormal series Truth Seekers, which debuts Oct. 30, fans can participate in a virtual escape room with the Truth Seekers Remote Adventure (visit TruthSeekersExperience.com for more details — and trust us, it s very fun!).AMC+: More than 1,000 hours of horror content from AMC, Shudder, and IFC Midnight live on the subscription service, including films playing via AMC s FearFest and early access to Fear the Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, and season 2 of Eli Roth’s History of Horror; Joe Bob’s Halloween Hideaway Special and The Creepshow Animated Special from Shudder, and genre cinema (Human Centipede, The Babadook) from IFC Midnight.Crackle: Five new Halloween-themed channels — Creatures of the Night, Stream Your Head Off, Don’t Go in the Water, Screen Queens, Swords and Sandals — will air classic horror movies and other spooky-themed programming all month long on the streaming service.Disney+: You don t need to wait for a marathon to stream Hocus Pocus or The Nightmare Before Christmas if you re a Disney+ subscriber, since those films and so many more Halloween-friendly movies are available on the service. There s also Halloweentown, Zombies, Frankenweenie, the best Disney Channel and Disney Junior Halloween episodes (from That s So Raven, Doc McStuffins, and more) and 30 episodes of The Simpsons’ “Treehouse of Horror” franchise. Halloween Is Here on HBO Max: This special dedicated landing page, available throughout the month of October, features a rotating roster of more than 140 curated movies, series and Halloween-themed TV episodes, organized in themes like Terrifying TV, Scares for All Ages, Foreign Frights, and Creepy Cult Classics. Films include recent releases like The Invisible Man, Us, It: Chapter 2, and Doctor Sleep; creepy cult classics Night of the Living Dead and Eraserhead; and other spooky fare like The Haunting and Glass. There are also TV series like Lovecraft Country, True Blood, and The Outsider, and episodes from shows including Friends, Euphoria, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.Huluween on Hulu: Last year s Huluween saw viewers stream more than six billion minutes of Halloween content. The third year of the Halloween event will feature a hub for hand-picked content including family-friendly Madagascar: A Little Wild special; zombie movie Little Monsters starring Lupita Nyong o and Josh Gad; Wounds starring Armie Hammer, Zazie Beetz, and Dakota Johnson; and 22 horror films from Jason Blum s Into the Dark series.Peacock: On the TV side, viewers can stream series like Mr. Mercedes, The Fall, the 1990s version of Charmed, and more. On the movies side, you ll get the Harry Potter series, E.T., The Birds, Psycho, Rear Window, Curse of Chucky, and many more.Shudder: This month is really no different for the horror-centric streaming service, but it is packed with tons of new content including a Ghoul Log (a 24/7 streaming jack-o’-lantern, Halloween’s answer to the Christmas Yule Log), Joe Bob s Halloween Hideaway special, The Creepshow Halloween Special, a Halloween Hotline, a Vincent Price collection, and original and exclusive movies (Scare Me, The Cleansing Hour, The Mortuary Collection, and more).EPISODES(Photo by © 2020 by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)The Simpsons, Treehouse of Horror XXXI — In the annual animated rite of passage for the series, The Simpsons this year takes a frightening look at the 2020 election, parodies Pixar and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, and examines a ninth birthday Lisa just can’t get over. Airs Sunday, October 18 at 8 p.m. on Fox.Bless the Harts, “Dead Mall.” Jon Hamm and Kristen Schaal guest star in this Halloween-themed episode that sees the Harts visit Greenpoint’s abandoned mall, which brings back fond memories from the 2000s, but their reminiscing is interrupted when a mall rat named Stacey (voiced by Schaal) takes them hostage. Airs Sunday, Oct. 18 at 8:30 p.m. on Fox.Bob s Burgers, Heartbreak Hotel-oween.” Louise s plan to get revenge on Halloween for a candy transgression hits a snag when the Belcher kids meet a mysterious elderly woman at a hotel. Linda and a very squeamish Bob donate blood at a vampire-themed blood mobile. Airs Sunday, Oct. 18 at 9 p.m. on Fox.Madagascar: A Little Wild, A Fang-Tastic Halloween special streams October 21 on Hulu.America’s Funniest Home Videos, Catch a special Halloween episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos with highlights including a dog who is scared of a giant inflatable cat on the neighbor’s lawn, a grandma pranked when her grandbaby is replaced with a zombie doll and animals in funny costumes. Airs Sunday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. on ABC.Supermarket Sweep, Trick-or-Treat! Leslie Jones hosts this Halloween-themed episode of the rebooted game show on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. on ABC.Dancing with the Stars, “Villains Night.” Just in time for Halloween, 10 celebrity and pro-dancer couples find their inner villain as they compete for this season’s seventh week live. The show’s cold open will find Tyra Banks and the judges dressed up for the night and experiencing their own horror when they find out the celebrities have become villains! Later, Tyra Banks will walk out to “Somebody’s Watching Me” by Rockwell. Airs Monday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. on ABC.The Conners, “Halloween and The Election vs. The Pandemic” — The Conners pull together when Halloween is canceled by the city. Airs Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 9 p.m. on ABC.General Hospital. As an impending storm approaches Port Charles, Trina and Joss decide to meet up with Cameron and Dev at Charlies before heading off to a Halloween party for the night. Unbeknownst to them, Julian notices the kids are being watched a little too closely by a masked individual. Uneasy and unable to shake the feeling that something is off, Julian confronts the man. Meanwhile, Carly is stunned when Cyrus brings a familiar acquaintance to dinner at the Metro Court. And elsewhere, Finn and Anna’s plans to take Violet trick-or-treating are hampered when Finn is called back to GH, leaving Anna alone, unaware that a particularly evil threat awaits her. Airs Thursday, Oct. 29 at 2 p.m. on ABC (check local listings).Impractical Jokers: Dinner Party. The midseason premiere sees the Jokers host a Halloween-themed dinner party where they surprise each other with elaborate costumes and enjoy scary-themed meals with special guest Kane Hodder (a.k.a. Jason Voorhees from the Halloween series). Airs Thursday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. on truTV.Portals to Hell, Frightmare in Connecticut. Paranormal investigators Jack Osbourne and Katrina Weidman head to Poquetanuck, Connecticut, to investigate Captain Grant s Inn, rumored to be Connecticut s most haunted home. Premieres Friday, October 30 at 8 p.m. on Travel Channel.Ghost Nation: Reunion in Hell. Ghost Nation stars Jason Hawes, Steve Gonsalves, and Dave Tango call on Amy Bruni and Adam Berry of Kindred Spirits to reopen a case that has taken a sinister turn involving Seaview Terrace, the 40,000-square-foot Rhode Island mansion famous for being featured on the TV show Dark Shadows. 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(Photo by Universal Pictures /Courtesy Everett Collection)Horror’s resurgence into the mainstream in the 2010s has delivered a string of successful pictures both domestically and internationally. The American horror box office has been dominated by the Aussie James Wan and Blumhouse empires, producing such fan favorites as Ouija: Origin of Evil, The Conjuring, A Quiet Place, Lights Out, Insidious: The Last Key, The First Purge, Unfriended: Dark Web, and now Glass and Halloween. Their combined slates are endless, and yet there is a particular look and feel shared across most of their films, one of slick commercialism, high-def jump scares, and sound design pulled from the same library of ball-bearing-on-metal effects. In a sense, the bulk of these films would fall into the category of “kiddie gore,” that is, horror movies for beginners.And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with hitting the basics of horror with a clean and tidy approach. If anything, Wan and Blumhouse have whetted Americans’ appetites for more and better horror and hopefully something deeper — that Jordan Peele’s Blumhouse venture Get Out was met with such universal adoration signals this might be the case. That film took a serious, critical approach to the genre — even as it hit some laugh lines — drawing from the rich cinematic catalogue that acknowledges Peele’s predecessors, most evidently Rusty Cundieff (Tales from the Hood) and those who’ve adapted Stephen King’s work, i.e. Misery, The Shining, Pet Sematary, and Creepshow.Peele’s script seems so related to King’s work, because there’s something almost literary about his writing, a cadence and mastery of scope that produces the sense that this surreal world might have been an adaptation of a novel or short story. And though it’s likely the kiddie gore will continue to rule the box office — The Nun just became the most financially successful film of the Conjuring universe — more sophisticated genre fare is likely to flourish in the future. Horror fans, it seems, are ready for writers to reclaim the genre, which means things are only going to get weirder.IT AND OTHERS ARE HARDENING AUDIENCES(Photo by Warner Bros. /Courtesy Everett Collection)When Stephen King wrote IT in 1986, this book seemed the least likely of his to earn an adaptation. Kids learn ancient rituals from a turtle, hallucinate on a trippy spirit quest to view evil, give each other homoerotic hand jobs, and finally unite through an endless orgy that syncs their third eyes. King descended into the depths of his imagination, not ever thinking about how a director might commit these scenes to the screen. Taking on a King adaptation with the interiority of IT just isn’t the same as shoring up a narrative like The Dead Zone, which has a very clear trajectory and distinct scenes that can be conveyed easily in the physical world. So what does it mean that Andy Muschietti has tried his hand with this ultra-difficult novel? Well, everything.It means directors are open to expanding their visual language, to building a world around outrageous stories, rather than sticking to the three-act structure of scares that seems overly concerned with tying up all loose ends. (See: Rings and Lights Out.) But IT also means that horror audiences are hardening, craving something stranger, more inexplicably sinister that has no discernible end or beginning. Muschietti’s not going to explain how that ocean of blood gushed forth from Beverly’s sink and painted the pink tiles red or how only she and the boys could see it. There’s something satisfying and terrifying about the not knowing.It seems even Wan is going to enter the game of inexplicable terror, producing his own remake of a confounding King classic, The Tommyknockers. But King’s not the only prolific horror author out there, and if trends continue as they are, it’s highly likely that another writer — Clive Barker — may surpass King’s influence in the coming years.THE CLIVE BARKER FACTOR(Photo by RLJE Films /Courtesy Everett Collection)In an article for Film School Rejects, Matthew Monagle argued that cinema has cycled through its John Carpenter phase and is about to hit its Clive Barker renaissance. He s not wrong. Barker, whose most famous creation is the aptly named Pinhead cenobite from the Hellraiser series, has a style marked by unabashedly grotesque monsters and depictions of hell that draw heavily from Blake’s torturous illuminations of Songs of Innocence and Experience. Barker’s bleak and only obliquely comic. He’s the Christopher Pike to Carpenter’s R.L. Stine, the old testament to Carpenter’s new, something more adult, more devastating.As Monagle points
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And with the second episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the picture of the post-Blip world is coming more clearly into focus. Governments are destabilized, certain parts of the world experienced a taste of peace while half its population was gone, and, seemingly, the US had a plan for Captain America.The episode also offered a number of introductions which seem to lead the mystery away from Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl) and toward an unexpected enemy. So let s dive in and glean what we can from the program s latest episode and what a new truth might mean for Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie).Couples Therapy, and Shipping Sam and Bucky(Photo by © Marvel Studios 2021)But before we get into the geopolitical aspects, let s give a few moments to Sam and Bucky s (Sebastian Stan) relationship. Yes, it is totally hetero and totally platonic, but it is interesting the way the Captain America strand of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has used film romance dynamics to charge scenes between Steve (Chris Evans) and his partners.Going by a certain reading of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bucky is very much Steve s ex while Sam is, essentially, the new boyfriend. By utilizing rom-com dynamics, the film created a great shorthand to understand the emotions involved. And once we get to Bucky and Sam sitting in that old Volkswagen in Captain America: Civil War, their rivalry for Steve s friendship proved to be a great source for comedy. That dynamic only grows stronger as events position them into being a couple.Or, at least a couple in terms of the way the Captain America movies engaged with the romance tropes. Dr. Raynor s (Amy Aquino) choice to immediately employ couples therapy tactics on them not only lampshades that aspect of the dynamic, but plays into the characters discomfort with being a de facto couple. Also, it once again proved to be wildly funny as both Mackie and Stan play off of each other in a truly great way. Whether their dynamic is purely Odd Couple or something more just depends on how intensely you ship them.But all their discomfort does lead to one key point about Bucky: he s worried Steve was wrong about his ability to change. Presumably, this will be Bucky s objective for the rest of the season.Sam Learns About The TruthJoel MearesIn 2003, Marvel released a series called The Truth: Red, White Black. Written by Robert Morales with art from Kyle Baker, it told the story of a parallel Super Soldier program conducted on Black servicemen during World War II. Much like the real-life Tuskegee Experiments, it was conducted under false pretenses and without the explicit consent of the men involved. In the Marvel Universe, the experiment led to the deaths of at least 299 men. The one survivor, Isaiah Bradley, wound up with the full benefits of the Super Soldier Serum. Unfortunately, the wider US government was not so accepting of a Black Captain America and Isaiah was sentenced to life in prison after he went AWOL to destroy a Nazi Super Soldier lab. He is later pardoned and released, but exists as a legend known widely to Black Americans, but to few outside that community.And thanks to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, he s now a part of the MCU in the form of the great Carl Lumbly. His story has been altered somewhat – he is now a Korean War vet – but we think that context is more powerful for the MCU as the mid-20th Century is something of a blank slate for Marvel to work with. On a purely historical front, it s amazing for any modern series to even acknowledge Korea. And by placing Isaiah s story closer to the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, the government s disgraceful treatment of him – locking him away for 30 years – becomes just that much starker. At no point during the movement was anyone even aware of Isaiah!Then there s the truth for Sam here: a Black Captain America came into existence in 1951 and only Bucky knew about him. That s a tough fact to process and an indication of what might ve happened had Sam just kept the shield for himself. It is pretty easy to imagine the government burying him (literally) and handing it to John Walker (Wyatt Russell).Considering how easy it was for those Baltimore Police to not recognize the Falcon, the people propping up Walker probably wouldn t have to work too hard to make Sam disappear.Flag Smashers And Power Brokers(Photo by © Marvel Studios 2021)Meanwhile, in Europe, we get a better idea of where the Flag-Smashers are coming from. In the wake of the Blip ending, a Global Repatriation Council was formed to help returning people reestablish their lives. According to Walker and Lemar Hoskins (Clé Bennett), this includes reactivating Social Security numbers (for US citizens), setting up healthcare options, and more. We also learn some of the people who were displaced now live in camps.But during the five years half the world s population was gone, people like Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman) experienced a taste of a world without borders, worries of overpopulation, and (we assume) corporate autocracies besides Stark Industries. Reclaiming that version of the world is her stated fight and it s hard to argue with all her points. Some, though, are easier to combat as they sound eerily reminiscent of Thanos s grim calculus. How does one reclaim a world of only 3 billion people except by killing 3 billion undesirables ? That thinking can only lead to something awful. At the same time, the sense of community she seemingly clings to can be scaled to include the returnees – unless, of course, she believes all the world leaders who also returned would object to that.That ambiguity is baked into the character, of course, as she is partially based on Marvel Comics Flag-Smasher, Karl Morgenthau, a Swiss anti-nationalist who came into conflict with Captain America, The Punisher, and even the Red Skull. Though his intentions of a world without nationalistic superiority were noble, his preferred method to further his goal, terrorism, indicated a flaw in his thinking. Cap even told him as much.For the moment, we re going to assume Karli shares this flaw. But that s presuming her stated goal is true. Perhaps the Flag Smashers are just ruse. Her apparent association with Power Broker indicates a much more fluid morality.As the name implies, the Power Broker is a person of means who offers super abilities and assets for personal gain. Curiously, the first version of the character was introduced as a satire of the health and fitness craze emerging in the late 1970s. Some of his schemes revolved around a wrestling promotion for super-powered people. He also ran afoul of John Walker and Lemar Hoskins. But perhaps the most intriguing thing about the Power Broker is his long association with Dr. Karl Malus, a mad scientist interested in the creation and application of superpowers. Is it possible they are the source of the Super Soldier Serum powering the Flag Smashers?Malus previously appeared in the second season of Jessica Jones in the form of Callum Keith Rennie. There, he was one of the IGH scientists involved in the creation of Jessica s (Krysten Ritter) powers and her mother Alisa s (Janet McTeer) more problematic life. Malus presumably committed suicide when he blew up his lab, but as it is still unclear if the events of that series really happened in the MCU, the character could be in play. Or, at the very least, he could have perfected a stable serum variant for the Power Broker before his death.Well, presuming the Power Broker is the source of the serum Karli s using and the person hounding her via text messages. The story seems to be tying these things together, but it is possible they are separate things.Meanwhile, as Bucky notes, the arrival of a stable of Super Soldiers is a definite problem. If Karli got her hands on the serum, is there more out there? If it is in the hands of the Power Broker – for the moment, we re going to assume the series is using the nameless version of the character instead of Curtiss Jackson – they could unleash a terrible force on the world.Or a terrible force for Zemo to control. But we ll consider him more next week.Of Battlestars And U.S. Agents(Photo by © Marvel Studios 2021)As mentioned above, the episode also introduced Lemar Hoskins – aka Battlestar. The character has an interesting behind-the-scenes history which is relevant to the show s running themes. In preparation for John Walker to become Captain America in the comics in 1987, writer Mark Gruenwald decided he needed a Bucky of his own. Already established as a member of the Bold Urban Commandos (BUCs for short), he chose Lemar to become the fifth Bucky and appeared as such for a short while. Eventually, writer Dwayne McDuffie explained to him Buck is a derogatory term for African Americans originating from the days of slavery. The two agreed to rename him Battlestar and a story developed for Lemar to highlight the problem and switch to the new persona. The story also firmly established Lemar as Walker s partner instead of a sidekick.Considering the way The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has highlighted the treatment of Black superheroes thus far, we expect some of Battlestar s history will come into play across the remainder of the season. At the moment, he seems pretty happy to be part of the counterfeit Team Cap, but it is easy to imagine his status could change soon. In the moments we have with him so far, it is unclear if he is Walker s partner or sidekick. Clarifying that role will be key.Of course, some of that depends on what sort of man John Walker turns out to be. For the moment, he seems forthright, but that slight suggestion of territoriality in his last moments with Sam indicates he may not be as noble as Steve.Then again, has any man ever been as noble as Steve?The Falcon and the Winter Soldier premieres new episodes on Fridays on Disney+.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.Thumbnail: © Marvel Studios 2021
red).This led to some public drama that found Friedman claiming he didn t exit the production. Instead, he posted on Twitter that TNT insisted that he be removed from show running duties because they didn t think I d be compliant. Obviously the word is compliant. Clearly not a word I ve used too much. josh friedman (@Josh_Friedman) February 27, 2018“Quite often when you have a change, it signals that you didn’t necessarily buy into a vision,” TNT president Kevin Reilly explained during an executive session at the 2019 Television Critics Association winter press tour. “We had a pilot that was really promising with some really creative people behind it. In that case, they were really a filmmaker who had not done television before. Mounting a series was a different order. Graeme has built off of the template we have with the great cast.”Friedman does have television experience, though, having previously served as executive producer on Fox s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and NBC s Emerald City. When Manson took over the project and never reached out to Friedman, the former showrunner vented his frustrations on Twitter, where he called his replacement an idiot, a coward, or a vichy motherf er. If you re asked to rewrite someone or take over their show it seems like good sense and good karma to reach out to that person first and a) find out what the circumstances of their departure are and b) thank them for doing the work you ll be profiting from. josh friedman (@Josh_Friedman) May 17, 2018CREATIVE DIFFERENCES LED TO PILOT RESHOOTS AND THE EXIT OF A MARVEL DIRECTOR(Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/Getty Images)The behind-the-scenes issues didn t stop with the showrunner shake-up, either. Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson was originally connected with the pilot episode of the project. He even took to Twitter at the beginning of 2018 to celebrate the episode he helmed, saying: I will say this about Snowpiercer the all-female key crew was the best I’ve ever worked with, and the entire ensemble cast is just astonishing. Very proud of the show we made. I will say this about Snowpiercer the all-female key crew was the best I’ve ever worked with, and the entire ensemble cast is just astonishing. Very proud of the show we made. N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) January 10, 2018What a difference half a year can make. Once Friedman was replaced with Manson in June of that year, Derrickson bailed. He once again took to Twitter to publicly state he would not return to reshoot the episode. The 72-page Snowpiercer TV pilot script by [Friedman] is the best I ve ever read, the Doctor Strange director said. The feature-length pilot I made from that script may be my best work. The new showrunner has a radically different vision for the show. I am forgoing my option to direct the extreme reshoots. The 72-page Snowpiercer TV pilot script by @Josh_Friedman is the best I’ve ever read. The feature-length pilot I made from that script may be my best work.The new show runner has a radically different vision for the show. I am forgoing my option to direct the extreme reshoots. N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) June 29, 2018Just how different TNT s Snowpiercer now? I completely rewrote the pilot, Graeme Manson told Rotten Tomatoes at the 2020 Television Critics Association winter tour. Jennifer and Daveed, their roles didn t change when I came on. But I shuffled cast all over the place and gave at least half the cast new roles. The task of helming the pilot s major fixes was handed off to Doctor Who and Penny Dreadful director James Hawes. His work with TNT and Manson seems to have been a fit, as he went on to direct two more of the season s episodes.THE SERIES WILL BE A PREQUEL, KIND OFInstead of taking place in the same time period as the movie — which was 15 years after humanity left the planet in ruins — the series story will happen just seven years after that watershed event. Showrunner Manson explained to the NYCC crowd that he wanted the loss of a habitable world to be more immediate and more visceral for each character on screen.The series sounds like it ll be inspired by the actual tone and world of the original Snowpiercer story. And this shouldn t be confused at all with the graphic novel prequel, Snowpiercer: Extinction, which takes place before the extinction event occurred.Graeme Manson explained to Rotten Tomatoes how his series takes inspiration from both the comics and the 2013 movie. I was a huge fan of director Bong s movie, Manson said. It totally blew me away. I really took that tone and that sense of being able to, in our sets, to just step into a place that you re like, how is this on a train? The new TV adaptation, Manson explained, is more thematic, and really, like the first graphic novel. The showrunner used the beginning of that first book as a big inspiration here, but according to Manson, some of the books bigger existential elements just wouldn t suit television as well. As much as he adores the original movie, Manson points out the challenge in telling a cohesive episodic story in the linear way Bong Joon-Ho did before him. It s like, start at the tail and go to the engine — it all moves one direction, even in the frame, Manson told Rotten Tomatoes. Obviously, we can t do that over the course of a series. So we really introduce the characters from around the train to create a character drama. WHAT DOES THE TRAILER TELL US?After the 2019 winter TCA panel for the series was canceled, leaving any and all promotional clips unseen, an official Snowpiercer trailer setting up up the show s bleak premise was finally revealed over the summer to the San Diego Comic-Con crowd.When he visited the annual pop culture event, Manson explained to EW that the series takes place seven years in the future when humanity, in our infinite wisdom, has attempted to cure climate change but has instead plunged the earth back into an Ice Age. So, the remnants of humanity have retreated into a giant, frozen, perpetual train that circles the earth, existentially, forever.”This concept is established in the footage, along with some fantastic looking visual effects and set pieces, which focus closely on Connelly s Melanie and Diggs s Layton.HOW MANY SEASONS WILL THE SHOW RUN?While audiences have been waiting quite a long time for Snowpiercer to premiere, the cast and crew have been hard at work bringing this thing to life. Graeme Manson told Rotten Tomatoes that the cast and crew were already halfway through production on the show s second season. This little factoid made us wonder how many seasons he hopes the show will last. I always, kind of, put it at three and three seems like a number that can then expand to five, Manson explained. Three seems like a beginning, middle, and an end. Five then seems like five acts. IS THIS THE BEGINNING OF A SNOWPIERCER TV UNIVERSE?To sum up, there s the Snowpiercer story that s in graphic novel form, Bong Joon-Ho s 2013 movie and now this new series coming to TNT. Whether the series lasts three seasons or five, Graeme Manson revealed to Rotten Tomatoes that there could be other Snowpiercer trains, and new stories to be told. The cool thing about Snowpiercer, too, is like, someone else can do another train, Manson continued. I think that s what Jean-Marc Rochette, one of the artists of the books, said. There are as many Snowpiercer stories as there are trains you can imagine. WHEN WILL IT PREMIERE?(Photo by TNT)When Snowpiercer moved to TBS, a prospective premiere date of June 2019 was thrown about. Netflix bought the international streaming rights to the series, ensuring its global reach to audiences outside of the U.S. and China, positioning the program for success.After years of waiting, it was announced during the program s panel at the 2020 Television Critics Association winter tour that Snowpiercer will premiere to TNT on May 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. With a second season already ordered, and Game of Thrones alum Sean Bean joining the cast, it s probably a safe bet to expect this high-speed train to zoom around the small screen for some time to come.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.
Behind the Zero(Photo by 20th Century Fox)The story behind the notorious adaptation of Martin Amis’ 1989 novel London Fields is infinitely juicier and more dramatic than the one on-screen, but that’s setting the bar exceedingly low. It s a lurid, salacious show-business melodrama involving a novel overflowing with sex and murder and the legal intrigue it inspired when an attempt was made to adapt it. The latter pitted a director eager to take his name off a picture he felt no longer represented his vision against producers he accused of adding incendiary elements against his will and a glamorous movie star couple (Johnny Depp and Amber Heard) whose marriage would explode publicly in a flurry of abuse allegations in the long years between the time London Fields was made and when it was finally released.The movie was supposed to screen at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival until director Matthew Cullen, a music video hotshot, sued the producers for non-payment and failure to allow the promised creative control. Amber Heard, meanwhile, was sued by producers for million for failing to promote the film and publicly siding with Cullen. Heard, in turn, counter-sued, alleging that the producers used a body double to get around a nudity clause in her contract.Cullen, Heard, and several of the male leads all objected to a producer adding postmodern elements into the film, including 9/11 imagery and pornographic sequences that suggested an Asylum knock-off of the orgy scenes in Eyes Wide Shut. For years, the movie existed in a state of creative and legal limbo as different cuts were produced and legal issues were very publicly hashed out, giving the movie the kind of terrible publicity that would sink a film even if it was not as staggeringly awful as London Fields is.London Fields was finally released in 2018 to universally withering reviews (including the notorious zero rating here) and near-record box-office lows, grossing a paltry 9,000 over its opening weekend, the worst tally for a film released in over 600 theaters since 2008’s Proud American. By that time, Heard and Depp, who has an uncredited role as a peacocking dandy of a loan shark/darts champion, had gone through an ugly, public divorce that cast an ominous shadow over the already troubled film.How toxic is London Fields? Director Matthew Cullen told The Hollywood Reporter of the movie’s seething pans, I ve read the reviews. I agree with them. The Zero(Photo by Paladin)Heard stars in London Fields as Nicola Six. She’s less an unusually sexy woman than sex incarnate, a black widow of a seductress who enjoys toying mercilessly with the schmucks caught up in her web before going in for the kill.She’s a ridiculous cartoon of heavy-breathing, vampish old-school sexuality. She’s a dame to kill for, a sex bomb with the ability to reduce grown men to drooling children. She s Jessica Rabbit if she really were bad, not just drawn that way. But Nicola has another gift as well: she’s clairvoyant, albeit only to the degree that the movie needs her to be at any moment she can see far enough into the future to know that she will be murdered by one of three men unhealthily obsessed with her.First up is a rail-thin, dead-eyed Billy Bob Thornton as Sam Young, our hard-boiled narrator, a world-weary failed writer with a dark secret involving his own imminent death. Sam lucks into a decidedly one-sided apartment swap with Mark Asprey (Jason Isaacs), an obscenely successful hack writer who lives in the same posh London building as Nicola.Sam knows that Nicola is going to die, violently, in ostensibly dramatic fashion. He believes he can get a best-seller out of lightly fictionalizing his own British misadventures, but only if he’s actually there to watch the death happen. So the scribe makes Nicola a rather curious proposal: he wants permission to be there during her demise for creative and artistic reasons, of course, in addition to a desire to make loads of money. Nicola grants it, seemingly without giving the matter any consideration.(Photo by Paladin)Thornton is uncharacteristically terrible as one of the most exhausted cliches in fiction: the desperate writer who functions as the all-powerful God of the world they’ve created but who can’t begin to figure out the complexities of real life. Thornton possesses extraordinary charisma in the right roles, and he s famously an award-winning screenwriter in real life, but he s a thin, grey mist of a man here, a burnt out “intellectual” who whispers wall-to-wall narration full of nuggets of unbearable pretension like, “Love is blind, but it makes you see the blind man. It makes you search him out with eyes of love.”Then there’s Keith Talent (Jim Sturgess), a right proper soccer hooligan/Andy Capp type who seems to have staggered in drunkenly from a lesser Guy Ritchie crime comedy. He’s a broad caricature of a boorish, ignorant working-class bloke what enjoys downing a pint or twelve at the pub, watching footie with his mates, and shagging fit birds. Nicola is, of course, the fittest of fit birds. She cannot enter a man’s life without completely overtaking it, and Keith’s all-consuming desire to shag Nicola takes precedence over everything.Last and certainly least in the three-way contest to either win Nicola’s heart and/or murder her is Guy Clinch (Theo James). Guy has the manners, breeding, and expensive attire of a proper member of the educated bourgeoisie, but Nicola’s teasing manipulation transforms him into a preposterously gullible half-wit.For example, Nicola enlists Guy s help to locate two desperate people known only as Enola Gay and Little Boy the names, of course, of the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima and the bomb itself. In a more knowing film, that would qualify as a sly joke about the way Guy’s desire for Nicola clouds his judgement and renders him hopeless against even the most transparent of ruses. Instead, London Fields plays this development completely straight, and Guy learns the true nature of Enola Gay and Little Boy via a book and erupts with rage at Nicola’s trickery. In order for the film s idiotic plot to work, everyone other than Nicola has to be as stupid as the filmmakers assume the audience is.At the core of London Fields’ staggering awfulness lies a fundamental confusion about the nature of its material. Is this a parody of the heavy-breathing, sex-saturated, melodramatic, viciously misogynistic cliches of erotic thrillers, neo-Noir, and crime fiction? Or is it a straightforward, moody, pretentious exploration of sex and death and art and destiny?(Photo by Paladin)The film is at its best when it embraces the trashy, delirious comedy lurking just under the surface, like Keith dancing for joy in the rain to Dire Straits’ “Money for Nothing” after receiving, you guessed it money for nothing from Nicola. Or the fact that the flamboyant world of professional darts figures so prominently in the plot.Speaking of which, Depp overacts with trademark brazenness here in a hammy star turn as a big shot in the overlapping worlds of darts and organized crime. As is almost invariably the case with late-period Depp, ninety percent of the character comes through baroque sartorial choices. He is essentially nothing more than a walking wardrobe here, and at this point, encouraging Depp to overact is a recipe for disaster.For Nicola and Sam, death lurks in the very near future, so at least they get to leave this hell eventually, and in the meantime, they ve got something to do. They’re lucky in that respect.In the most groan-inducing self-referential touch in a meta-narrative positively teeming with them, Nicola, who could only ever be a fictional character (an obscenely, broadly drawn one at that) indignantly tells Sam, “I’m not one of your one dimensional characters, Sam.” That’s true only in the sense that Nicola would need to be fleshed out further to qualify even as one-dimensional.In an even clumsier reference to the characters in this appalling fiction knowing, on some level, that they are characters in a very bad movie, Sam tells Nicola, “I’m pretty worried that the critics are going to call you a male fantasy figure.”The critics would call her, and the movie, much worse. Even the film s own director did.Final Verdict(Photo by 20th Century Fox)Believe the hype! London Fields is an impressively idiotic insult to the noble, shadow-laden legacy of classic film noir and its contemporary bastardization, the neo-noir. It seldom rises even to the level of passable neo-noir: it’s closer to a heavy-breathing “erotic” thriller, the kind that fills Cinemax’s nighttime programming, albeit with an inexplicably prestigious, star-studded cast and an unlikely literary pedigree.London Fields’ path to the big screen was long, complicated, and fraught, but it might have worked out better for everyone involved, particularly Heard, if this boondoggle had never been released at all.Nathan Rabin is the author of six books and the proprietor of Nathan Rabin’s Happy Place.Follow Nathan on Twitter: @NathanRabin
After a longer-than-expected wait, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is finally here, premiering to Disney+ on Friday, March 19. And while it s been nearly two years since Avengers: Endgame first premiered in theaters, the story (and some of the major plot-points therein) are still having an impact on our heroes Sam Wilson/The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) closest friends never were top-tier in the Avengers franchise, but it looks like The Falcon and The Winter Soldier is aiming to change that. Can Sam and Bucky rise to the challenge against a mysterious new foe, while also reconciling with their own pasts in order to see where they fit in a post-Endgame world without Captain America? And, more importantly, will the fans want to come along for the ride?Here s what critics are saying about The Falcon and The Winter Soldier episode 1 (note: reviews are posted under each episode —rather than on the season 1 page — since critics are supplied with new episodes each week just before their debut):HOW ARE ANTHONY MACKIE AND SEBASTIAN STAN?Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan are on top form, with the latter really given the chance to shine as Bucky struggles to find his place in the world. His peaceful sabbatical in Wakanda as the White Wolf is over, so what happens when he’s confronted by the sins of his past? That’s a question this series looks to be setting out to answer, and if this first episode is any indication, that could take the character to some extraordinary places. Josh Wilding, ComicBookMovie.comMackie and Stan stretch nicely in their expanded roles, finding room to play with both high drama and dark comedy, respectively — an odd couple in emotional beats as much as their actual character pairing. Stan finds touching humor in Bucky s impossible circumstances (yes, we get Bucky on a date, and it is everything), and Mackie s expressive eyes and face bookend the episode with two wordless yet striking scenes. We don t need any explanation for Sam s grief, doubt, and disappointment when we watch the actor in those moments. Proma Khosla, MashableBetween the jaw-clenched brooding and reflective staring, Mackie and Stan find small but meaningful moments to illustrate their innate charms. Mackie’s smile has a natural glow that’s impossible to resist, and he gets to crack it a few times while “Uncle Sam” (yup) jokes with his young nephews or cajoles his sister into a new business plan. Stan, meanwhile, has this simple little moment with a Maneki-neko that’s destined for meme glory (while still conveying Bucky’s deep desire for the world to stop moving, just for a second, so he can catch up). Once these two get together, making enough time for fans to enjoy their natural charisma among the requisite action scenes may be the show’s greatest challenge. Ben Travers, IndieWireFor Mackie — a prolific character actor many first noticed in his role in “Half Nelson” fifteen years ago — this is an overdue moment in the sun. Mackie’s work in the Marvel films has been consistently strong but somewhat underwritten, given the magnitude of his talent. What is striking about his presence here is that he is permitted to embody complexity. Daniel D Addario, VarietyDOES IT STRIKE A GOOD BALANCE BETWEEN ACTION AND DRAMA?(Photo by © Disney+, @ Marvel Studios)On the surface, the action sequences are arguably some of the best seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Dewey Singleton, AwardsWatchThe trailers for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier promised a lot of action in this series, and the first episode doesn t have much of it. The few action sequences that are in the premiere are stellar, but this is a show that doesn t mind taking its time. Charlie Ridgely, ComicBook.comTonally it’s along the lines of The Winter Soldier and the start of Civil War, at least regarding political jockeying and America-centric military issues. That’s both good and bad. On the one hand, the series could delve into some very worthy considerations of what it means to serve, to come home, to feel unmoored by a world that has moved past you; it could even reach Wanda-levels of introspection and emotional resonance regarding consequence. On the other, it could devolve into more of how this first episode starts: Call of Duty-esque mumbo jumbo, murder, explosions. Allison Keene, Paste MagazineHOW DOES IT PORTRAY THE POST-BLIP WORLD?(Photo by Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios)With this show, we’re able to get more of Sam’s backstory, which hasn’t been much of a focus previously. Poised to perhaps take the reigns from Steve Rogers, we’re able to connect with him on another level; learning more about his family and life before The Avengers. And we’ll also see how he’s dealing with returning post-“blip”, having missed five years, and what that experience is like. Jordi Sirkin, Jordi Reviews ItBy honing in on Sam’s anxiety as a black man on the precipice of taking up the moniker of America’s Aryan saviour, the writers have added a layer of complexity to his character that we hadn’t seen before. Mackie, too, steps up to the plate in a big way, exhibiting a rawness that is hard to come by in superhero fare. Ben Allen, GQ Magazine [UK]The Falcon show features the boffo action opening, and also a richer exploration of the lives of those left behind in the Snap and of the internal contradictions of being a Black superhero in a country that doesn t fully embrace Blackness than Marvel has ever approached. Daniel Fienberg, Hollywood ReporterSpellman and his writers have a blast with the post-Endgame world, using the space allowed a TV series to ask questions that movies simply don’t have time to address. Do Avengers get paid? What actually happens to a nation’s infrastructure when billions of people reappear after five years? The nerdy world-building is given room to breathe and it’s a hoot. Jacob Hall, SlashFilmNow, with his mind finally free of Hydra s influence, Bucky is a 104-year-old man trying to find peace — or at least his version of it. In many ways, Bucky s story is a sadder version of the one presented by Steve Rogers. After Steve was thawed out from the ice by Nick Fury, fans only got to see brief glimpses of him readjusting to modern society. The Falcon and Winter Soldier gives viewers more time to see Bucky attempt his rehabilitation tour. Tim Adams, CBRIS THE PRODUCTION VALUE WORTHY OF THE MCU?Primetime Emmy–nominated director Kari Skogland (The Handmaid’s Tale; The Loudest Voice) is easily the biggest standout here, as she brings a very unique eye to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Some of the camera angles she utilizes throughout the first episode feel so intimate, it’s almost like you’re inside the characters’ heads, a trick that works especially well in Bucky’s therapy scene. The premiere does feel familiar — staying true to the tone set by the Russo Brothers in The Winter Soldier and Civil War — but under her direction, everything feels oddly fresh and exciting at the same time. Rohan Patel, ComicBookMovie.comThe excellent production values and interesting writing/directing is what make The Falcon and The Winter Soldier worth watching. Allison Skornick-Rose, Flick DirectANY FINAL THOUGHTS?(Photo by Chuck Zlotnick/Marvel Studios)As enjoyable as it is to catch up with the two leads (while being treated to some jaw-dropping action), this is definitely something of a slow burn which drops plenty of hints about what’s to come without rushing into bringing in characters like Sharon Carter and Zemo. Josh Wilding, ComicBookMovie.comWith a timeliness its creators could not have predicted, “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” will likely grow to feel as necessary to our national conversation as “Wandavision” did this winter. Possibly even more so, with themes of national chaos and what “American values” really mean.And, maybe most importantly, how we move forward. Brigid Presecky, Impressionist MediaThe series has so much inherent potential to be a breakthrough moment for action storytelling, so long as it leans more into the unique skills of its nimble characters, and not just what makes them flashy in short bursts. Nick Allen, RogerEbert.com“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” has yet to reach its ideal cruising altitude but it’s smooth, slow climb that promises to take viewers to new, exciting destinations. Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles TimesThe Falcon and The Winter Soldier premieres Friday, March 19, on Disney+. uccess (which included five Golden Globe and Emmy nominations and two Globe wins), he would soon find greater success as a director. After bursting onto the directing scene with This Is Spinal Tap, Reiner would follow it with The Sure Thing, Stand By Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally…, Misery, and A Few Good Men.You read that list correctly: Rob Reiner’s first seven films as a director were, in order, a hilarious, genre-defining mockumentary; an 80s teen romp; a classic coming-of-age film; a beloved fantasy adventure; one of the greatest rom-coms of all time; a terrifying thriller; and an oft-quoted military courtroom drama. Yes, the guy who directed This Is Spinal Tap also directed this, this, and this.The crazy part is that all of these were critical and commercial successes. These seven movies average 90% on the Tomatometer, and This Is Spinal Tap kicked the whole thing off.Spinal Tap Is Now a Real (and Successful) Band(Photo by NBC/Getty Images)Unlike every other popular music group that received the rockumentary treatment, Spinal Tap was a fake band that became a real rock group.In the film, Spinal Tap was a washed-up group of has-beens that was “treading water in a sea of retarded sexuality and bad poetry,” but as a real-life band, their three albums have all charted in the Top 200 (with the latter two of the three making it into the Top 100), and they ve been called “top-notch and striking the right balance between parody and real rock roll.”And while, in the mockumentary, Tap played second fiddle to a puppet show, the band has since performed in front of a sellout crowd at Wembley Stadium, played Glastonbury Fest, and headlined a full U.S. tour.In fact, on their second real-life album, Break Like The Wind, Tap played alongside rock geniuses like Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Slash, and Waddy Wachtel, as well as Cher. Because who wouldn t want to play with Cher?And the reason why they’ve had such acclaim and success as a real band? Well Their Songs Are ExcellentWhile all the jokes and improvisational shenanigans in the film are inspired, perhaps the most impressive thing about it is the music itself.In fact, the music might be the one thing that doesn t quite fit the narrative of the movie; Spinal Tap s songs are simply too good to believe they re washed up. They span several decades and cover multiple genres, styles, and sensibilities, and they work both as a parody of and celebration of popular music, as well as a complex, well-written, fully functional rock compilation, regardless of the humor.“Gimme Some Money” perfectly mimics early Beatles songs like Money (That’s What I Want) and Do You Want to Know A Secret, but its skiffle-inspired sound, catchy lyrics, and a great Nigel Tufnel solo make it a tight nod to 60s rock and roll and a great marker to show when the Tap got their start. They even went psychedelic on the late- 60s parody song (Listen to the) Flower People and the prog rock song Stonehenge. And while the inappropriate sex joke that forms the basis of Tonight I’m Going to Rock You Tonight admittedly hasn t aged very well, it still boasts a rocking guitar solo, a killer hook, and powerful drums.In fact, the whole Spinal Tap discography is full of incredible songs that perfectly straddle that line between parody and real, excellent rock music. It’s difficult to make a lasting music parody, but it’s even more difficult to make music that stands on its own. It’s also difficult to make a comedy film, but it’s even more difficult to make one that has been beloved and celebrated for 35 years.This Is Spinal Tap opened on March 2, 1984.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.