uter will pick it up, and it s not going to do what it s supposed to do. So there are all kinds of things that go with it that was complicated, but we were able to work them out. This is the first time that we ve ever tried something like this. So from here on, things are going to get better. (Photo by Netflix)Helman: From the first test in 2015, that was the first time that we showed the test to Marty and to Bob De Niro, and he doesn t say much. He was just looking. He had this little tiny smile on his face and he said, you gave me 30 more years of my career, which was great.Prieto: That s funny. I mean, after the movie, I didn t hear any comments about the visual effects, but during the shooting, I do remember the first time each one of them saw the rig. They sort of raised their eyebrows like, Wow, look at that. It had all the cables and the monitors read. It was kind of a thing. But once that initial two-minute surprise had happened, then it was seamless. They completely forgot about the cameras. I do remember Pacino in particular. There s a scene where he is talking with Tony Pro (Stephen Graham) in jail, and they re sitting on a bench, and he s eating his ice cream. Tony Pro comes in for his money, and we shot that with three angles simultaneously. So each one of them has to be a three-headed monster, so it was nine cameras shooting the scene at the same time. I do remember Pacino was like, Whoa, what s all this? It was quite a thing. But, yes, as I said, initially he was surprised, but then totally forgot about it. We all hid behind our gear and made ourselves invisible.Helman: The other thing that you have to think about is that this is a brand new thing. This is the first time that we ve ever tried something like this. So from here on, things are going to get better. So the rigs are going to get very, very small. Technology is going to get faster. In visual effects, and I m sure it s everywhere in this business, we kind of stand on each other s shoulders to get to where we need to be. So I can t wait for everybody else in the industry to pick up where we left off and further this more, allowing performances to come through.The Irishman is available to stream now on Netflix.Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.All images courtesy of Netflix.
It was all quite silly, but that is one of the show’s key strengths. It finds a compelling through-line while turning its characters into puppets or action TV stars.The episode’s Charlie’s Angels pastiche, complete with another appearance by Amy Louise Pemberton as Gideon in human form, played up all the biggest, broadest 70s TV tropes to a tee. We definitely hope the series will find a way to play around with its format like this again next year.3. The Death of Ricardo Diaz(Photo by Robert Falconer/The CW)We’ll be honest, we were never all that fond of Arrow season 6 big bad Ricardo Diaz (Kirk Acevedo). He lacked for a good motivation, he was completely devoid of menace, and he had a nasty habit of evading death. In fact, he was the first Arrow nemesis to survive a season without dying or ending up incapacitated. He entered season 7 as a wanted man before getting locked up, briefly joining the ersatz Task Force X, and then finally dying at the hands of Oliver’s half-sister, Emiko (Sea Shimooka).Now, beyond the delayed satisfaction of seeing this bad guy finally getting his comeuppance, the poetic justice of his death makes it one of the more memorable Arrow moments this year. During one of Diaz s monologues in season 6, he revealed his greatest fear: dying in prison. While we’ll never know if Emiko knew this was the death he feared the most — although it’s reasonable to think The Ninth Circle may have had some intel on this issue — she definitely served him with a brutal end to his sad life.Of course, ending his life led Emiko to becoming another bland Arrow villain, but that s a discussion for another day.2. Barry and Nora confront Thawne in 2015(Photo by Sergei Bachlakov/The CW)The Flash’s 100th episode, “What’s Past is Prologue,” offered fans a lot of wonderful remembrances of previous seasons — from Cisco’s (Carlos Valdes) hoodies to Savitar’s (Gustin) emo take on Barry — but it also featured one haunting scene amid the Easter eggs and callbacks.After their escape from a time wraith damages a badly needed piece of tech, Barry realizes he and Nora (Jessica Parker Kennedy) will have to visit Eobard Thawne (Tom Cavanagh) when he was still pretending to be Harrison Wells to get the equipment fixed. He also knows the precise time to visit because he already visited Thawne on this particular day (January 27, 2015) a couple of years ago to get insights from the Reverse Flash on stopping Zoom (Teddy Sears). Yeah, time travel on The Flash can leave you with a headache.The scene itself, though, is a master class of acting from Cavanagh, Gustin, and Kennedy. Within seconds, Cavanagh reminds the viewer of the brilliance and menace he gave Thawne during The Flash’s first season as he uncovers the real reason for Barry’s second visit and the truth about Nora. She’s not the daughter Thawne expected to meet, and as it turns out, their conversation set into motion the plan that first sent Nora on her trip to visit her parents in 2018.Again, time travel on The Flash can be hard to keep straight sometimes.Besides Cavanagh’s ease with playing Barry’s true nemesis, the scene also provides Gustin a chance to let loose as Thawne is the only person Barry absolutely hates. The fear Kennedy displays throughout the scene comes more from Nora’s reaction to Barry than the cool menace of Thawne. All of it adds up to something unsettling and pivotal. Besides a top moment from this year’s Arrowverse, it might be a contender for an all-time best moments list.1. The Monitor Ends Earth-90(Photo by Jack Rowand/The CW)One moment stands above the rest — a true twilight of the superheroes. First seen at the end of The Flash’s 100th episode, this scene takes viewers to the heretofore unseen Earth-90. There, we see that heroes including Stargirl, a Smallville-like Green Arrow, the Ray, and many more have fallen. The last surviving hero is Barry Allen (John Wesley Shipp, reprising his role from the 1990s Flash TV series), who learns his attempts to change Earth-90 into a worthy planet have failed. The apparent judge in these matters is The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett), an impossibly powerful figure who offers the Book of Destiny to various Earths as a test. But just as The Monitor reclaims the book to end Earth-90’s existence, The Flash speeds away to another reality.While meant as a teaser for the 2018 crossover “Elseworlds,” it also manages to be a great tease for the next year s crossover, “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” The red skies and dead heroes evoke imagery straight from the original comic book. More importantly, it brings the story’s epic scale to television. Nothing in the Arrowverse has ever looked quite like that scene. And the Monitor’s subsequent cameos on Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends recall his first appearance in this scene as the apparent bad guy — another callback to the character’s earliest comic book appearances.It remains to be seen if the television version of “Crisis” will be as apocalyptic as this moment. But if it is, this scene will continue to echo throughout the crossover event.Of course, these are just our top 5 choices. Other memorable moments include Lex Luthor’s (Jon Cryer) rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” in the Supergirl season finale, Iris (Candice Patton) discovering she missed the battle between King Shark and Gorilla Grodd, and Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) revealing himself as a beloved romance novelist to a convention hall full of fans. Then there s Nora s final goodbye, of course. But as all these moments prove, the Arrowverse never stops creating breathtaking, funny, or emotional scenes. And with its biggest crossover coming next season — five parts in all, as Batwoman gets in on the action — we expect to see even more incredible moments in the fall.