The latest iteration of Swamp Thing, debuting Friday on DC Universe, is perhaps the most ambitious and faithful adaptation of the comic book series yet — which is surprising, considering it s one of the more surprising comic book properties to be adapted over the decades into film and television.The character was created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson in 1971 for a one-shot story in a horror anthology series, and the pair quickly revamped it to exist within the DC Universe of the 1970s while introducing a number of horror elements to that world. It was an innovation at the time, as horror was verboten in mainstream comics during the mid-1950s and 60s. The duo also introduced Abby Arcane, an environmentally conscious Transylvania immigrant with a unique empathetic ability. She and her eventual husband, Matt Cable, would continue to be part of the Swamp Thing supporting cast for years to come — although Matt made his way to The Sandman in the 1990s as the Raven Matthew — while the series continued to innovate within the confines of DC Comics s superhero multiverse.In film and television, the title character found surprising success with Wes Craven’s 1982 Swamp Thing feature film starring Dick Durock as the creature and Adrienne Barbeau as an amalgamation of Abby and Matt named Alice Cable. It eventually led to the 1989 sequel The Return of Swamp Thing, with Heather Locklear as a very loose adaption of Abby Arcane and Durock returning as Swamp Thing, and a 1990s television series with Durock as the title character once again and Kari Wurher as a character called Abigail for just 10 of its 72 episodes. There was also a short-lived animated series to support an equally short-lived Swamp Thing toy line.(Photo by Brownie Harris/2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)Each of those projects featured a modest budget and took liberties with the source material, but DC Universe s Swamp Thing adheres much closer to the comics. For one thing: Abby is finally a major character — so major that it would be safe to say the series is more about her than the title character. And as star Crystal Reed told Rotten Tomatoes recently, the character will get her deepest rendering since the original comic books even if she is a far cry from the empathic Transylvanian immigrant we first met on the page.As the series begins, citizens of Marais, Louisiana — Abby s hometown in the show — come down with a mysterious illness. Some of the victims even start spitting up vines and leaves. Abby, a doctor for the CDC ( a really great one at that, said Reed), heads home to examine the sick residents.“I think the big draw for her is trying to go home and really help figure out what s going on,” Reed said. And while the disease brings Abby home after a decade or so away, she has another reason to take the assignment personally: “[She wants to] make amends, and try and work out what happened with her best friend and her new family.”That new family, the Sunderlands — Avery (Will Patton) and Maria (Virginia Madsen) — controls much of Marais’ economy and took Abby in when her own parents passed away. Unfortunately, a car accident while Abby was in high school broke her bond with the family and sent her out of town.“She blames herself for it,” Reed said of the accident. “Maria Sunderland blamed her as well, and there was this big falling out. And she ended up leaving Marais feeling like she had absolutely no one and couldn t trust anyone. (Photo by Fred Norris/2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)It is an altogether new story for Abby Arcane, who spent many years in the comics carried along by the force of the plot. In the 1980s, she became a central figure in the Swamp Thing series written by comic book legend Alan Moore and illustrated by artists like Steve Bissette and Rick Veitch. The character became more emotionally rich than any of her portrayals in media during the 20th century and Reed wanted to honor what she found on the page.“It was really fun to bring her to life and make her my own, and also make sure that she had a lot of the same characteristics,” she said. There was one aspect she wanted to keep from the comics, but could not realize on screen: Abby’s vibrant white hair. “I thought the fans would really love it,” she said. “But I lost that battle. Maybe in season 2.”Reed went the distance with the Moore era of Swamp Thing, reading the collected editions whenever she found herself with a moment, a coffee, or a drink.“To my surprise, I became quite obsessed with them,” she said. “Alan Moore s run of Swamp Thing is so exquisitely beautiful, and the language is so rich and vibrant, and full of just love, and hope, and also fear.”That run, from 1984 to 1987, famously re-positioned Swamp Thing away from his initial origin into something more horrific and, at the same time, more wondrous. And though it seems the new television series will take its cues from those stories, it is unclear if it will employ the key idea from that era — is Swamp Thing a transformed man named Alec Holland (played by Andy Bean in this series) or a creature who merely thinks he is Alec Holland?(Photo by Brownie Harris/2018 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.)Swamp Thing himself is played by actor Derek Mears in a full body suit. The look of the character is outstanding and faithful to the comic book design. And as Reed explained, having a man on set playing Swamp Thing is part of the point.“There is a life force within what is seemingly a plant, and there s a beating force behind that. Derek really brought his entire soul to this character, and I don t know what I would ve done without him,” she said. “He really gave everything in every single scene that we had together. If I didn t have him in the suit, if I didn t have his eyes to look at, I m not sure how I would ve believed it myself. And it created such a great relationship.”As teased in some of the trailers — and as any Swamp Thing reader will tell you — the relationship between Abby and Swamp Thing becomes surprisingly intimate. Asked if viewers not aware of the Moore storyline will be ready to see a Gothic romance within the series, Reed suggested the success of The Shape of Water primed audiences for unusual love stories.“I think it was jarring to watch that kind of relationship [at first], but inevitably, it was about love and how that will ultimately conquer anything, including tendrils,” she said. “Hopefully, our audience will embrace it.”She added that the Moore comics, where the romance was first realized, continue to be popular because the story comes from a very human place. While she hopes that is what viewers will take from the storyline, but expects the romance will lead to plenty of discussion regardless. I m sure people will love it, hate it, and there will be a lot of jokes and memes. But I can say that it really moved me. And so therefore I hope it moves other people as well. Swamp Thing debuts Friday, May 31 on DC Universe.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week. With so many of us social-distancing and staying in, our Watchlists are going to empty out very quickly as we burn through all those I ve-been-meaning-to-watch shows and movies we ve been saving for a rainy day. To help you find more great content (and some undiscovered gems) to keep you going, we re turning to the people that make it: the film and TV writers, directors, craftspeople, and performers who, just like you, are stuck home and bingeing like crazy right now.#MakingtheCut s @TimGunn shares what he s watching while at home: pic.twitter.com/BR9A0Is55U Rotten Tomatoes (@RottenTomatoes) April 28, 2020For our latest installment of What I m Watching, fashion industry maven Tim Gunn reveals what he s watching now. Gunn s latest project is Amazon design competition series Making the Cut, which he cohosts along with his former Project Runway costar, supermodel Heidi Klum.Tim Gunn: When it comes to what I’m watching, I usually shun all of the popular things that everyone’s talking about. And I think, Well do I really need to see that? And then later I catch up. One example is
After an action-packed six-season run, Vikings came to an end in December 2020. Created, executive produced, and written by Michael Hirst (Elizabeth, The Tudors), the Emmy Award-winning program began as a mini-series and the History Channel s first original scripted program when it premiered in 2013, but it proved so popular with audiences that a renewal was quickly granted. Hirst ventured forth to explore this story, this world, and these characters in ways equally gritty and glorious.Vikings told the story of Viking explorer Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), his first wife and future queen Lagertha Lothbrok (Katheryn Winnick), his three sons Bjorn Ironside (Alexander Ludwig), Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen), and Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith), his traitorous brother Rollo (Clive Standen), boat-builder bestie Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård), and their exploits as they sought to expand their reach and influence across the vast ocean.The show may be over, but Vikings fans do have reason to celebrate: the epic Norse adventures are set to continue on in Vikings: Valhalla. The spin-off was ordered by Netflix in 2019, and while it s not directly linked to the story that began on the History Channel and ended on Amazon Prime Video, the connective tissue will still be there. Fans got an exciting behind-the-scenes peek at the series during Netflix s Geeked Week event.Set sail behind the scenes of Vikings: Valhalla #GeekedWeek pic.twitter.com/gr3RCCsbjJ Netflix Geeked (@NetflixGeeked) June 7, 2021Itching for more details on the upcoming series? Here s everything we know about Vikings: Valhalla.[Spoiler alert: while the following details are known to devoted history buffs, tread lightly if you don t want potential plot points to be revealed.]What will Vikings: Valhalla be about?(Photo by Netflix)Unlike Vikings, which took audiences back to the beginning of the Viking Age, Vikings: Valhalla will act as sort of a bookend to the original series and explore the years leading up to the end of the Viking Age, altogether.The first thing worth pointing out is the timeline of this new tale. Vikings: Valhalla will jump forward nearly 100 years in time to the 11th century and follow the adventures of legendary Vikings like Erik the Red, Leif Erikson, Freydis Eriksdotter, and Harald Hardrada as they struggle to survive in a quickly evolving world.At the center of this will be a bloody conflict of faith, which Vikings fans know so well. The war between Christianity and Paganism will continue in Vikings: Valhalla and, historically speaking, is one of the driving factors in the Vikings downfall. Picking up where Vikings left off at the end of Season 6, the Netflix spin-off will showcase the expansion of Christianity into Scandinavian territories, which will put our Viking heroes in an uncomfortable, defensive position. One of the big issues is the Christianisation of the Pagan world, Hirst revealed to Entertainment Tonight. You re going to see Christian Viking armies fighting Pagan Viking armies, and that s really interesting. How will it connect to the original series?(Photo by ©History Channel)It s pretty safe to say that all your fan-favorite characters from Vikings will be dead — and hopefully hanging out with Odin in Valhalla — once the new spin-off premieres on Netflix. That doesn t mean the likes of Ragnar, Lagertha, Bjorn, or Ivar won t be impacting the story moving forward. Legacy was always a big part of Vikings, so we should probably expect to get bigger insight into how their past adventures will influence these new characters lives.It seems that the bloodline will continue, too. Remember how Ragnar s brother Rollo turned his back on his people and faith to take the throne as the first ruler of Normandy? Well, William the Conqueror (Rollo s great-great-great-grandson) will be featured in Vikings: Valhalla, which has sparked speculation about Standen s possible return to play the part. While history may state that Erik the Red was the first Viking to discover North America, Ragnar s third son Ubbe landed there in the final season of Vikings, leading to a story detail the new series may address.One of the biggest connective components will be the coastal town of Kattegat. The small settlement where we were first introduced to Ragnar and his pals grew into a bustling trading port by the end of Vikings season 6. The time jump between shows will reap positive results for Kattegat which will now be seen as one of Europe s largest ports.In an interview with Collider, Hirst discussed Kattegat s growth and the ways in which the port will connect both shows:“Whenever they meet in the great hall in Kattegat, and of course they talk about the great heroes who used to sit in the same hall at the same table, and they were Ragnar Lothbrok, Lagertha, and Bjorn Ironside, and Ivar the Boneless, who are now mythic characters even within the show, even within Vikings: Valhalla. That’s a really great connection and effect. It gives ready-made histories to the new show. So you don’t need to know who Ragnar is to watch the new show. But it enriches the show and it hopefully will make people go back and find out, ‘Well who are these people they keep talking about? Was Ragnar so great? Why are these people mythic characters?’ So everything connects in a useful, and interesting, and fascinating way.”Who are the creators of Vikings: Valhalla?(Photo by Tiffany Rose/Getty Images)We d be remiss if we didn t mention Michael Hirst s creative control of Vikings. The man wrote all 89 episodes of the series, which is a massive achievement and undertaking. It s safe to say he s probably due for a vacation. I just have a kind of oversight, he revealed to Collider. I m not writing any of it myself. That oversight comes as an Executive Producer credit for Hirst. Jeb Stuart, the screenwriter of movies like Die Hard and The Fugitive, has stepped into the role of showrunner and writer for Vikings: Valhalla. Of course, he s much more a thriller writer and that shows, Hirst continued. So it will look different, but it s still good, really good, from what I ve seen of it so far. Who’s in the cast?A project such as this one requires a stellar cast to go with it. Deadline announced the line-up of talent involved with the series in early 2021. Here s the main casting rundown and character descriptions for Vikings: Valhalla:Sam Corlett (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) as Leif Erikson: A Greenlander who comes from a tightly-knit family steeped in the old pagan beliefs. Leif is our entry into a Viking world in the throes of violent change.AG体育真人由于手游市场的扩大，手游代理成为了年轻创业者喜爱的创业项目。如果你想成为一个好的手游代理，代理是应该选择各方面条件都比较好的游戏，还是选择市面上没有脑子的游戏呢？那么热门的主题游戏呢？这其实并不矛盾。平台所有游戏代理均拥有代理权。如果代理商资源不足，您可以选择最热门的游戏先打开市场。玩家转变为具有更高点位的游戏。
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0.33.1 1月喜迎Will The Irishman Bring Oscar Glory to Netflix?Can a de-aged De Niro bring home an Oscar for The Irishman ? We explore what brought Scorsese s passion project to Netflix.Posted by The Rotten Tomatoes Channel on Thursday, August 1, 2019Martin Scorsese’s latest feature film, The Irishman, has been talked about for years, enduring financial, developmental, and technological bumps along the way, but with the release of the teaser trailer this morning, we finally get our first look at what it ll look like, when it ll come out (sort of), and who s involved, but let s be honest, this trailer had you at hello. So, let’s break down what we know and don’t know about Martin Scorsese’s Netflix-produced film The Irishman. [Updated on 7/31/19.]The PremiseJimmy Hoffa in 1961 Based on I Heard You Paint Houses, the biography of Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran by Charles Brandt, The Irishman tells the story of mafia hitman Sheeran and his relationship to, and possible murder of, Teamsters Union leader Jimmy Hoffa. The disappearance (but let’s just call it murder) of Jimmy Hoffa is one of the most notorious organized crime stories of the 20th century, and more than 40 years later, the case still remains un
Best-Reviewed Romance Movies 2018What would date night be without some decent romances on the big screen to help conjure up the warm-and-fuzzies? This year s batch of critical darlings includes a coming-of-age story, an adaptation of a James Baldwin novel, and a tale of forbidden love, but the runaway sensation that was Crazy Rich Asians topped the class.The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2018. Scores might change over time.« Previous Category Next Category »
What the 91st Academy Awards lacked in hosts, it certainly made up for in surprises – at least at the tail-end of the night. (Yes, your ears and eyes were working: that was Julia Roberts naming Green Book as Best Picture and not Roma.) It was also a night for history to be made, with the likes of Spike Lee winning his first Oscar, and Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler becoming the first African Americans to win awards for Costume and Production Design, respectively. Read on for our picks of the night s biggest moments, and check out our full list of the 2019 Oscar winners.Adam Lambert and Queen Open the Show(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody may be lowest on the Tomatometer among the Best Picture nominees, but the band was top of the night. Joined by Adam Lambert, Queen opened the show performing “We Will Rock You” and then “We Are the Champions,” forcing all actors caught on camera to rock out enthusiastically/awkwardly (Javier Bardem for the win).Fey, Rudolph, Poehler Show they Would Have Made the Perfect HostsSome viewers got their hopes up that perhaps we would get hosts after all when Tina Fey, Maya Rudolph, and Amy Poehler entered the stage following a montage of moments from the year in film. And while they did not stick around to guide us through the night, their introduction to the Best Supporting Actress showed the Academy might be wise to let them next year. Particular highlights: Rudolph’s sultry “Wakanda plans you got later?” to Chadwick Boseman, and her perfect Gaga wail.Regina King Wins Best Supporting Actress for If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) 95%If Beale Street Could Talk co-star Regina King was named Best Supporting Actress, and – after an assist getting to the stage from Captain American himself – delivered a heartfelt speech, celebrating her mother, who accompanied her to the awards. “I’m an example of what it looks like when support and love is poured into someone,” said a teary King. She is the first winner in any acting category to win the Oscar without being nominated for a SAG or BAFTA since Marcia Gay Harden in 2000.Brian Tyree Henry and Melissa McCarthy Wear All the CostumesBrian Tyree Henry (If Beale Street Could Talk, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) and Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) introduced the Best Costume Category wearing outfits inspired by all five nominees. We will never forget the image of McCarthy opening the envelope with a rabbit puppet.Ruth E. Carter and Hannah Beachler Make History With Wins for Black Panther (2018) 96%Black Panther costumer Ruth E. Carter became the first Black woman to win an Oscar for Best Costume Design, beating out favorite Sandy Powell who was nominated twice for Mary Poppins Returns and The Favourite. The 30-year veteran began her acceptance speech by thanking fellow nominee Spike Lee; the BlacKkKlansman director gave Carter her first job on School Daze, and they later collaborated for her Oscar-nominated work on Malcolm X. Next up was the award for Best Production Design, and in back-to-back historic Black Panther wins, Hannah Beachler became the first Black woman to win for Production Design. The production designer behind Beyonce’s Lemonade and all of director Ryan Coogler’s movies gave an emotional speech during which she thanked Coogler for believing in her.Mahershala Ali Wins Second Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Green Book (2018) 77%Some pundits thought Can You Ever Forgive Me? co-star Richard E. Grant was set to cause an upset here, but favorite Mahershala Ali took home the prize for his portrayal of pianist Don Shirley. The win makes Ali only the second ever Black actor to win two acting Oscars (the other being Denzel Washington). Ali dedicated his award to his grandmother, “who has been in my ear my entire life telling me, if at first I don’t succeed, try, try again.”Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper Generate Jackson-Ally Magic with “Shallow”(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)They didn’t even need an intro… The Best Song favorites performed the final song of the night, semi-recreating A Star Is Born’s memorable concert scene: camera lingering behind them, epic build, that wail. “Shallow” – of course – went on to win Best Song.Spike Lee – Finally – Wins His First OscarBOOM-SHAKA-LACKA! Spike Lee won his first competitive Oscar after five nominations. (He was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2016). Accepting the Best Adapted Screenplay award for BlacKkKlansman – along with Kevin Willmott, David Rabinowitz, and Charlie Wachtel – the Brooklyn native stayed on brand: bombastic and honest. During his speech, he drew attention to the date of his historic win, 400 years almost to the day since the first slaves arrived in the United States. In February, Black History Month, the country s most celebrated Black filmmaker was handed the award from Brie Larson and his longtime friend Samuel L. Jackson. It is the third year in a row that a Black writer has won for screenwriting: Jordan Peele won Best Original Screenplay for Get Out last year and Barry Jenkins won Best Adapted Screenplay in 2017 for Moonlight.A Best Actress Mega SurpriseThe Oscars proved it still has the capacity to surprise, saving one of the biggest shocks of the night to almost the very end: The Favourite star Olivia Colman upset favorite Glenn Close in the Best Actress category. Less of a shock: Colman gave arguably the best and funniest speech of the night, opening with “It’s genuinely quite stressful” and ending by simply exclaiming, “Lady Gaga!”Alfonso Cuarón Continues Hot Streak for Mexican DirectorsAlfonso Cuarón’s win for Best Director means that Mexican directors have won the category five times since 2014: Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman and The Revenant, Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water, and Cuarón for Gravity and, now, Roma.Green Book (2018) 77% Beats Out Favorite Roma to Win Best PictureIf the Best Actress win was one of the biggest wins of the night, it’s closest competition was in the Best Picture category, where Green Book won ahead of favorite Roma. Some pundits had a feeling this could happen, particularly given the Oscars’ preferential voting system, but it was inconceivable to others that any film could stand in the way of Cuarón s masterpiece. Netflix will have to wait another year, at least, before it can take the top honor.Thumbnail image courtesy Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesWhat were your biggest highlights of the night? Tell us in the comments.
90 Best Computer-Animated Movies Ranked by TomatometerEver since the 1995 release of Toy Story, when feature animation bounded from paper reams and into the domain of the digital, it s been to infinity and beyond in creative storytelling. We ve traveled the sky by house and balloon (Up), crossed dimensions with Spider-Man (Into the Spider-Verse), swam the deepest oceans (Finding Nemo) while learning the value of family along with super glue (The Lego Movie).In these feats of imagination, Cars rule the world, superheroes and villains can turn their lives around (The Incredibles, Despicable Me), and a squirrel chasing an acorn becomes a Sisyphean myth. It s where we can believe in fairy tales again (Frozen, Brave) while having a good laugh at their expense (Shrek). We ve also witnessed processed meats do some things in Sausage Party we d rather not speak of again.A whole industry of is supported by this medium, including the previously mentioned Pixar, Blue Sky Studios (Ice Age), Illumination (The Secret Life of Pets), and Sony Pictures Animation (Hotel Transylvania). And let s not forget DreamWorks Animation (How to Train Your Dragon), whose latest film Trolls World Tour, which broke streaming records when it went straight to on-demand, skipping theatrical.Wherever the story takes us from , we ve ranked the most critically approved films of the genre in our list of the best-reviewed computer-animated movies. Each entry had to reach at least 20 reviews before we put them up for consideration, where we then ranked them by Tomatometer. So, enjoy our guide to the 90 best computer-animated movies ever made.
AG体育真人 Watch: Judd Apatow on the making of The 40-Year-Old Virgin 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 and co-writer Judd Apatow takes us behind the scenes of the infamous (and real-life!) chest-waxing scene from The 40-Year-Old Virgin.VOTE FOR THIS MOMENT IN OUR 21 MOST MEMORABLE MOVIE MOMENTS POLLTHE MOVIE: The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) 85%It’s hard to believe that Judd Apatow’s The 40-Year-Old Virgin is just 14 years old – it feels like we’ve been living in the Apatow comedy era for so much longer than that. Back then, Steve Carell – whose series The Office had just debuted and had yet to take on cult status – was not quite a household name, and Apatow himself hadn’t become his own brand of comedy. (Say “Apatow production” today and moviegoers know exactly the kind of smart, sweet, and raunchy ride they re in for – and who’s likely to be appearing in it.) In a sense, Virgin, Apatow’s feature directing debut, recalibrated comedy for the new millennium, bringing an edge to the rom-com formula, introducing us to a new kind of hero in Andy (Carell), and ushering in the faces who would come to dominate comedy for the next decade and a half (Seth Rogen, Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, Jonah Hill, and Mindy Kaling all appear in parts big and small). It all got started on the set of another seminal comedy, Anchorman, which Apatow was producing and Carell was co-starring in “I think that the pitch he had was, ‘You know how when you touch
film, he grows up. He turns into a plant. When you do a science experiment in class and you put the light to the right and you put the plant upside down and you see how the plant always grows to the sunlight. Tony is like that: he s drawn into this mobster lifestyle. Something that he doesn t want to be a part of, but he s forced into it. And he s trapped in this mobster box of feeling like he has to grow up to be this big, scary guy when really deep down he wants to do the right thing.Rotten Tomatoes: As well as working with Michael, you also worked with some pretty legendary actors. You spoke about Ray. Alessandro s also incredible in this film.Ludwig: Alessandro s so good. He s an amazing actor. The first time I was on set was the funeral scene. When I walked in, Alessandro was sitting down in this chair in the front row and he was just looking down. He captured how his character feels and he just portrayed that throughout the whole day. But when I walked up to him, when I saw him for the first time in person, he snaps out of it so fast and he goes, Hey, Michael, how are you? It s so good to see you. And we chatted for a little bit. And then I go to my spot and he sits right back down, goes back down and starts brooding again. It was really amazing to watch him do that.Rotten Tomatoes: And what about working with Vera Farmiga and establishing that mother-son relationship?Ludwig: Well, Vera is such a sweet lady. She s like a mother, really. Mattea Conforti, who plays young Janice, we taught Vera how to hit the whoa in 2019. If you can remember what the whoa is? [Author’s note: I did not, but William demonstrated.] We taught Vera Farmiga how to hit the whoa! And she told us the story about how Millie Bobby Brown taught her how to do the whip/nae nae.Rotten Tomatoes: And finally, did you get to eat any of the baked ziti on the set?Ludwig: Well, the confirmation scene with young Janice, I was shoveling penne pasta down my throat for eight hours. So I had probably the worst stomach ache I ve ever experienced in my whole life.Rotten Tomatoes: Because there s no tricks for that when the camera s on, right? You ve just go to eat and eat and eat.Ludwig: Hey, we didn t have to pay for any of it.The Many Saints of Newark is in theaters and available on HBO Max from Friday October 1, 2021.On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.Thumbnail image: Kenneth Dolin, Bob Yeoman / © Fox Searchlight Pictures, © Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, © Warner Bros., © Columbia Pictures, © Walt Disney (Photo by New Line Cinema / courtesy Everett Collection)In 2019, Rotten Tomatoes turns 21, and to mark the occasion we’re celebrating with a series of features that look back at the brightest moments on screen of the past two decades – and one year – and the things that have us excited for the future.Jump scare! Are there two more reviled words in the modern horror genre? (Well, maybe human centipede. ) Built on slapping the volume around and throwing up some intrusive imagery, the jump scare s reputation as the ultimate low-effort, low-grade scare tactic hides an uglier truth. They re effective. Especially a well-placed one. You know the kind: The movie is creeping along, you re into the characters and story, when the lights begin to dimmer and the soundtrack drops out, as the camera hangs innocently for a touch too long, and then BAM you find yourself looking down at your seat, having leapt two feet into the air.Since Rotten Tomatoes inception in 1998, there s been no shortage of horror flicks and their endless bag of dirty, freaky tricks. (In fact, this April has been a big month, with Pet Sematary and The Curse of La Llorona!) We re celebrating turning 21 in a myriad of ways, and today it s all about the screams that have echoed over the last two decades, as we present the 21 best jump scares of the last 21 years!Concerned that we didn t have enough zombies on this list, or nothing from A Quiet Place (a.k.a. Jump Scare: The Motion Picture)? Tell us all about it in the comments!21. Unhinged kitchen from Paranormal Activity 2 (2010) 58%Up to this point, the Paranormal Activity movies reserved all their scares for night, allowing the daytime as a sanctuary to do a little character work and tension-relief as the demons slowly draw in. This scene demonstrates sunlight is no safety as your normal sit-down at the kitchen counter transforms into a loud cacophony of cabinets blowing open and clattering china. Though it s been done already to great effect in the likes of Poltergeist and The Sixth sense, the second Paranormal Activity finds a new way to bring heat to the kitchen.20. Are you not the babysitter? from The House of the Devil (2009) 85% Atmosphere is the first word that comes to mind with Ti West s horror films, and certainly too much is the phrase that comes next for the Ti West critic. Slow burns his films may be, but West is also enough of a genre fanboy-disciple to know when to pepper in a big jump scare to jolt the audience. Enter The House of the Devil, his breakthrough film, which did the whole 80s nostalgia before Stranger Things was even, well, a thing. Greta Gerwig, still then but a mumblecore muse, plays the babysitter s best friend, characterized, as always, innocent and ill-fated. When she stops for a cigarette, a stranger shows up, identifying her as the babysitter. After some terse talk, the stranger realizes his mistake and makes a quick exit out of the conversation.19. The fake suicide from What Lies Beneath (2000) 47%The only thing more shocking than seeing Harrison Ford play a bad guy? (And we mean a bad guy, not like space rogue bad guy – also, whoops, SPOILER.) This moment, with Ford thinking he s just gotten away with murder again, when the ghosts of ill deeds past and a schnockered Michelle Pfiffer use the transdimensional force to scare the bejeezus out of Ford, sending him for a bloody bonk on the bathroom sink.18. The screaming reflection from The Woman in Black (2012) 66%Musty old mansion. Soft steps in darkness by candlelight. A British guy. Oh, yeah, we got a bona-fide, literary haunted house story here! Daniel Radcliffe takes a cautious look-see from an upper window into the yard, where a child emerges from a grave in the rain and trudges toward the house. And, OF COURSE, suddenly a screaming woman appears in the window reflection. It s a reminder why these stories still chill in the 21st century, and why we ll always be hooked on classics.17. The running girl from Annabelle (2014) 29%The Association s Cherish is the prelude to this prelude in the 1967-set story within The Conjuring franchise. After Annabelle No Relation To The Murder Doll Wallis stops the record player, a subtle shadow appears on the wall behind it, turning the music back on. As Wallis investigates, the rumble of the soundtrack slowly builds, sewing machines clatter, hallways feel longer than ever before, and a girl in a white dress materializes in the background. Suddenly, she s sprinting towards Wallis and suddenly the little girl doens t look so little anymore.16. What s in the bag? from Audition (1999) 82%Though infamous for its penetrating torture scenes, Audition actually performs as a mystery-thriller for most of the runtime. It s this third act sequence that keys viewers in that things are about to go off the deep end. This sack is ominously one of the few items in the villain s apartment, and when what s inside leaps out, it s quite the shock: A starving man with feet, ear, and fingers missing. And you thought you ve had bad dates before.15. Sidney on set from Scream 3 (2000) 40%Scream 3 took a pretty epic Tomatometer tumble from the first films in the franchise – Scream is Certified Fresh at 79%, Scream 2 is Certified Fresh at 81%, while this movie is Rotten at 36%. And though the tone of the movie is even jokier than Wes Craven’s first two Ghostface outings, there are still some solid scares to be found here. Chief among them, this moment in which Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) is on a movie-set recreation of her teenage home. Just as fans are thinking, “Hmmm, I think I’ve seen this before” – including the door-in-door block – Ghostface pops up in her bedroom window. Ah, just like old times.14. Jaws from The Orphanage (2007) 87%The Orphanage is a movie that s confident enough to know that it doesn t need jump scares: It s slow-mounting dread, central mystery and performances, and the deep wellspring of aromatic despair it draws from is more than enough. It s also a movie that knows, hey, why not give the people what they want? Thus, Orphanage s only major jump scare comes when Geraldine Chaplin is on the ground after a traumatic collision, jolting from beneath the cloth, lower jaw akimbo. The scene feels out of place in the movie, which only adds to its effectiveness, and it works because of how, er, tastefully done the shot is.13. Bus hit from Final Destination (2000) 35%The Final Destination series is more famous for its Rube Goldberg-like death sequences than its heart-racing shocks, but this one from the first film still has us looking left, right, and double checking before crossing the road. Is it as good as the infamous Meet Joe Black car-a-palooza that felled Brad Pitt? Maybe not. But we give Final Destination extra credit for maxing out on that special brand of heavy-handed late 1990s/early 2000s teen-slasher irony by having Terry tell her boyfriend to “drop f king dead” right before Fate sends a bus right through her.12. Shark attack from Deep Blue Sea (1999) 59%You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself get eaten by a mutated shark while trying to give a heroic speech. Such was the fate of one Samuel L. Jackson, who finds himself trapped in an undersea laboratory with other scientists, menaced by one their very own fishy, lethal experiments. Jackson had steadily built his reputation in the 90s as the King of Cool and, using his leading-man capital, dunked on audiences by allowing his character be killed in the most surprising, hilarious, and gratuitous way possible.11. Tongue cluck from Hereditary (2018) 89%One way to figure out the how a jump scare works is watching it with the sound off. By killing a key component (LOUD NOISES!), does it feel earned? Can it still spook? Watch Herediatry s big scare with the sound off and it ll seems like nothing is happening, which actually reveals how good the movie is getting at subverting seemingly normal tics, like clucking your tongue, into something demonic, and just how fortunate it is that it has Toni Collette s all-in performance.10. A face in the window from The Strangers (2008) 48%This atmospheric home invasion thriller is known for its quiet reveals more than its jump scares – figures appear slowly in backgrounds rather than bursting out of closets. But it does deliver one jolt for the ages, as Liv Tyler’s Kristen opens the curtain to discover the “Man in Mask” right there! The rest of the film’s relative quietness only adds to the moment’s effect.9. The lawnmower from Sinister (2012) 63%Film projectors: Something almost inherently unsettling about them, with their grainy footage and the repetitive clack-clack-clack of the spinning reels. Certainly they ve made their mark in horror history, involved in memorable scenes ranging from Peeping Tom to IT. Sinister added its own celluloid to the highlight reel, featuring Ethan Hawke as he investigates the doomed previous occupants of his new house. The search leads to a box of film (which something is insistent he watch, leading to its appearance everywhere around the house), whose content includes POV footage of a person looking down at a lawnmower, as its pushed over grass at night. The lawnmower strays in and out of the camera s light, putting the viewer s eye into a trance, before it suddenly become clear this yard was not cleared before this chore was undertaken.8. The nun attacks from The Conjuring 2 (2016) 80%How good was the nun scene in Conju 2: Valak Boogaloo? It only took four minutes to convince moviegoers, and the people who make movies, that this sister of the unholy cloth deserved her own spinoff. The buildup to the jump scare, with the nun charging at the camera, involves the standard figure-in-the-hallway and eyes-peering-from-shadow tropes remixed into a true nerve-rattler.7. Peek-a-boo from Insidious (2010) 66%A fine example of misdirection, the scene begins with Barbara Hershey describing a nightmare to her son and his family. The narration and the slow, drifting camera ratchets up the tension in an obvious way for the viewer – with the pay-off of a gangly, pointing figure embedded within the dream. Snapping back to the real world, Patrick Wilson s Josh, wearing a shirt the same grey-blue tone shirt of the bland marble painting behind him, sits unaware as the red-faced demon appears behind him, revealing that the movie s threat aren t just restricted to the somnambulist s realm.6. She s mad from Mama (2013) 63%Two sisters are found alive in the woods five years after their father went on a post-2008 crash killing spree. They re taken in by their uncle and his wife, but something must ve kept the young kids alive all those years, and that something is now inside their home. The apparition Mama, who tilts back and forth like she s constantly under water, suddenly leaps forward to attack. The camera tracks the children as they run up the stairs and seek safety, with plenty of dark corners and walls to conceal edits as director Andy Muschietti (IT) aims to present this at first as a horrific, unbroken single take.5. 360 spin from Rec (2007) 89%A residential building is mysteriously under quarantine. A tenacious, lightly unscrupulous news reporter and her cameraman get into the building to find the reason: an outbreak of fast zombies. The claustrophobic setting of [rec] teems with jump-scare potential, and the movie certainly cashes in, with hordes of blank-eyed, frothing bitey runners around every corner. The best one comes when they ascend an attic in search for an escape route or outbreak source, lifting the camera up and pivoting the camera – slowly, of course – in a carousel of darkness before coming lens-to-face with a young zombie, who screeches and swats at the screen.. Never mind, we ll take our chances with the radon in the basement, thankyouverymuch.4. Night vision revelation from The Descent (2005) 86%Director Neil Marshall’s friends-stuck-in-a-cave movie is claustrophobically terrifying long before the monsters sh
AG体育真人 Compared to other genres, comedies and horror films are at greater risk of losing their efficacy as they age. No matter how The Exorcist may have terrified audiences upon its release, there s a good chance someone watching it for the first time in 2020 won t be fazed by it, either because they ve become desensitized or because the subject matter is effectively passé at this point.One film that has avoided that fate is Rob Reiner s adaptation of Stephen King s Misery, precisely because it has only become more relevant since it debuted in theaters on November 30, 1990. The harrowing tale of a deranged superfan who kidnaps her favorite author not only anticipates the rise of toxic fandom, but also hints at the kind of dangerous direct access that contemporary social media affords the general public. It s also just a damn good movie. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, we explore how the Hitchcockian thriller predicted the fraught relationship between the content creators of today and their sometimes problematic fans. Keep those cockadoodie sledgehammers handy. When you first came here, I only loved the writer part of Paul Sheldon. When we first meet Annie Wilkes (played b Kathy Bates, who won an Oscar for her performance), she s polite, sweet, and, dare we say it, likable. Sure, she has difficulty with boundaries, but she seems harmless enough and genuine in her love for the work of writer Paul Sheldon (James Caan). Having rescued Paul from a bad car accident during a snowstorm, she s initially surprised to discover he s different from what she expected, based on how his book covers described him, but she makes the most of her private audience with him to air her grievances.This disconnect between a celebrity s public persona and private self is an all-too-common discovery in the age of social media. These days, every public entity, from pop stars and athletes to fast food companies and, ahem, movie review websites, maintains such a meticulously curated presence online – their brand – that breaches of protocol, even deeply human ones, risk massive controversy. Even still, it s never been easier to contact your favorite actor, comedian, or, yes, writer; all it takes now is a Tweet, and if you re lucky, you might get a response. This unprecedented access can lead to fun, insightful interactions, but it can just as easily breed unfettered hostility – there may not be anyone strapped to a bed, but this is about as direct as hate mail can get, and it can be pretty nasty. I m your number one fan. There is nothing to worry about. The thing that differentiates Annie Wilkes from most other movie stalkers is that her violence and sense of entitlement are born of artistic admiration, rather than sexual attraction or murderous intent. She is dangerously unwell, of course, but her sickness manifests in a twisted devotion to Paul s popular, Harlequin-esque series romance novels starring a character named Misery Chastain.Our first indication that she s more than just an obsessive fan comes when she convinces Paul to let her read a draft of his latest book, an attempt to branch out from romance. To say Annie disapproves of the profanity is a gross understatement; as Paul calmly explains that it s based on his own experiences, she lashes out in a bizarre tirade before she catches herself, but by then it s clear something is amiss.Later, when Annie picks up a copy of the latest Misery book and discovers the character dies, she snaps and calls Paul a murderer. The dynamic changes as she ceases to be a caretaker and instead becomes Paul s captor. She grows more violent, but she rationalizes her behavior as a byproduct of her love for Paul and the books. She kisses his cheek, apologizes, and asks him to forget anything bad has happened. When she finally admits that she s kidnapped him, she blames Paul for everything; clearly he brought it all upon himself.Three decades later, we ve seen a rise in fan culture taken to dangerous extremes, with cries of ruined childhoods and death threats forcing some to leave social media altogether. Like Annie, the gaslighting comes from a place of distorted love, the kind that compels her to hobble Paul with a sledgehammer when he dares to seek escape from his captivity. He has committed a grievous crime in the eyes of his number one fan, and he is obligated to fix it at any cost. You re gonna write a new novel Now you ll make it right. In Annie s mind, there is only one way for Paul to atone for killing Misery Chastain: Bring her back to life in a new book, and do it in a fashion that satisfies Annie. She knows exactly what story she wants to read, but she needs Paul to write it. Naturally, the first pages he delivers aren t to her liking, because she remembers the novels better than anyone – possibly even better than Paul himself – and according to her, the new direction flies in the face of continuity, and she won t stand for it. Her expectations are more important than the right story being told, so she throws another hysterical tantrum, and an exasperated Paul is back to square one.In real life, this admittedly isn t a new phenomenon. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, for example, was compelled by publishers and fans to revive Sherlock Holmes over a decade after he wrote the character s death. Nowadays, though, it s exceedingly common to see people feel so entitled to a piece of media that they would presume to dictate how it should be done.It s natural for fans to feel a connection to their favorite characters, and it s frequently said that a creator s work no longer belongs to them once it s presented to the public. But it s another thing to send death threats to Rian Johnson for his handling of Star Wars: The Last Jedi – whatever one s opinions on the film are – and even campaign to remake the film. Just a year later, Game of Thrones viewers were so incensed at the series final season that they petitioned HBO to spend millions of dollars to remake it as well. After a massive fan outcry, Paramount Pictures literally went back to the drawing board and redesigned the title character in Sonic the Hedgehog, effectively delaying the release of the film by four months. Next September, HBO Max will premiere Zack Snyder s Justice League, a recut, partially reshot, serialized version of the 2017 DC superhero film closer to the director s vision, thanks in large part to another fan petition after the original production suffered multiple setbacks and a poor reception. This is, in other words, not a trend on the downswing. I put two bullets in my gun. One for you and one for me.