(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)Critics and fans alike are loving Avengers: Endgame. The movie is Certified Fresh at 95% and made a cool .2 billion at the global box office in its first weekend. It could very well turn out to be the biggest movie ever – and one of the most beloved. The key to its success? Critics say it s all about giving the MCU s loyal fans what they want. Eric Eisenberg of Cinema Blend was typical in his assessment, calling Endgame, A wonderful gift to all those who have spent the last decade-plus emotionally engaging with the lives and adventures of these characters.” It s stacked with f k yeah moments and delights, the best of which make callbacks to early films in the franchise.And one of those movies is more important than any other.So, hear us out: Endgame owes much of its success to that under-sung hero of the MCU, Avengers: Age of Ultron. While one of the least popular entries in the MCU, and the lowest-rated Avengers flick on the Tomatometer at 75% (which is still not bad!), Ultron deserves credit as the foundation on which the entire second half of the MCU was built. And we re about to make a spoiler-filled case as to why, breaking down the story beats and relationships that Ultron established and that Endgame would use to such great effect – so be warned if you ve not seen Endgame, Ultron, or both.Major spoilers for Avengers: Endgame follow. Hulk Taking Control of Both Sides? It Started With Ultron.(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)Around the time of Age of Ultron, there was still hope at Marvel that they would be able to make a deal for the Hulk and start a string of Hulk-only movies. Universal still owned the rights to the character for all standalone films, but behind the scenes, there were talks. When it became clear that a deal was not going to be forthcoming, Marvel spread the planned events for a standalone Hulk film throughout Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor: Ragnarok, and the Infinity War two-parter. That’s right, the seeds of the fantastic Hipster Hulk payoff in Endgame were first sewn in Ultron. Think back to the Hulk/Banner in Ultron; he’s held back from the team at times to make sure he doesn’t do too much damage. Then, after a wave of the finger from Scarlet Witch, he wreaks havoc. Throughout Ultron, Banner is always questioning whether the team needs a ‘code green.’ He knows the Hulk s a powerful weapon, but he s terrified that he s not in control. By Endgame, we ve finally seen the complete character arc from this struggle in Ultron, to the Hulk completely taking over in Thor: Ragnarok, to Banner s inability to summon the green guy in Avengers: Infinity War, to the eventual blend of the Hulk s might and Bruce s mind in the new movie. (The latest incarnation is a play on a storyline that first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #377, in which Banner finally has control of both the monster and his mind – adding hipster glasses with a huge cardigan is just a lovely bonus.)The Start of a Beautiful and Pivotal Relationship: Wanda and Vision, a.k.a. WandaVision.(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)The WandaVision relationship, as well as their powers, would become crucial to the MCU and especially to the Infinity Saga. It is also central to two of the saga s biggest moments: it s Vision s death in Infinity War that breaks our hearts, and it s Wanda s moment of revenge and power in Endgame that gives us such great feels. And that all started with Ultron. From her first encounter with Vision in Age of Ultron, Wanda is drawn to his mind; even when we still didn t know if he was good or evil, her first words about him were, “I can read him… his mind. Ultron introduces Wanda and her brother to his creation in the final stages of completion and even before his birth, Vision s mind called out to her. Talk about a meet-cute.When we finally learn Thanos master plan to gather all the Infinity Stones, we realize quickly that Vision will be in danger. The Mind Stone is the origin of his powers – it s literally fused to his head using whatever tech stuff Shuri was talking about in Infinity War. That connection sets up what might be the Infinity Saga s ultimate and most painful sacrifice: Killing Vision in Infinity War as a last-ditch effort to thwart Thanos turns out to be a pointless and heartbreaking effort – with a twist of the Infinity Gauntlet, it is all undone. We watched them fall in love, beginning in Ultron, and witnessed their tragic end in Infinity War. When she appears in Endgame, summoning her powers in fury, it s a completely satisfying bookend to everything Ultron began.Who is worthy? THE PERFECT SETUP FOR CAP S BIG HAMMER MOMENT.In one of the best scenes in Age of Ultron, the Avengers pal around with a few drinks at an afterparty. What is played as an entertaining comedic break, with the various members trying to lift Thor’s hammer, Mjölnir, actually sets up one of the biggest moments of Endgame. Iron Man, War Machine, Hawkeye, and – comically – Bruce Banner all try to lift the hammer and prove themselves worthy. None are successful, but for one brief moment, Captain America tugs at Mjölnir, and it quivers. The movement wipes a confident smirk off Thor’s face and signals that maybe Steve Rogers could one day wield the hammer. So it’s no surprise in the finale of Endgame to see who is lifting Mjölnir. Thor even exclaims, “I knew it!” (It s actually another direct pull from the comics: Captain America is one of the few worthy enough to wield the hammer forged in the heart of a dying star – we re still getting goosebumps just thinking about it.)Clint Barton, Hawkeye, and the farm.According to Ultron director Joss Whedon, there were several creative differences between him and Marvel Studios during the filming of Age of Ultron, none more contentious than the debate over the trip to the farm to meet Clint’s family. Marvel brass were apparently not into giving Hawkeye a familial backstory – having seen Endgame, we re thankful they lost on that one. The broken, singularly focused, vigilante Ronin that Hawkeye becomes in Endgame doesn t have the same resonance if we haven t spent time with his family. (And what about that opening scene?!) The device of the farm is also used to further establish the closeness between Natasha and Hawkeye, as in Ultron we learn that she is the only one with prior knowledge of the farm and his family life. These quiet moments raise the emotional stakes of the fight we see between Clint and Natasha in Endgame, as they do battle over who will sacrifice themselves for the Soul Stone. Without the Ultron setup, those stakes would not be so high.Tony vs. Cap: A Civil War begins.Civil War may have been the first battle between the Avengers, but some early, quiet shots were fired in Ultron. The argument on the farm during which Steve scolds Tony for creating, and especially for not telling him about, Ultron, is one many will point back to as the start of their fracturing. Then there is the physical fight between Captain America and Iron Man that happens later in Ultron, while Tony tries to finish his Vision . Steve and Tony come to blows about it just before Thor harnesses lighting to finally birth Vision. The Russo brothers told us in our extended interview that the Avengers failed in Avengers: Infinity War because they were divided, and the cracks of that fatal divide first began to appear in Ultron. Even direct quotes from Age of Ultron reappear in Endgame with Tony repeating his warning, “We’ll lose – adding Steve’s reply of “We’ll lose together” is of little solace. That broken version of Tony, ripping his core from his chest, was perhaps even harder to watch than his heroic end.Tony, always trying to get ahead of things.(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)It starts and stops with Tony. The whole plot of Ultron comes from one driving force: Tony’s fear of the next thing from space trying to annihilate the earth. That up there, he quips, pointing to the sky and referencing the alien invasion of New York. That s the endgame. And it was, in every sense of the word. Thanos does come to destroy the earth, and that threat is what the Avengers were created to stop. Tony, in creating Ultron, was trying to win a war before it started; during the wood cutting argument, Steve astutely reminds him, “Every time someone tries to win a war before it starts, people die.” Before the events of Ultron, Tony created Veronica just in case they ever lost control of The Hulk (or a lullaby didn’t work). The Hulkbuster back-up plan kind of worked. That drive to plan ahead, to be prepared, may have been a fatal flaw with Ultron, but it also allowed Tony to outsmart Thanos in Endgame. The glove Tony installs on his suit to steal the infinity stones is just that type of planning. He was reluctant to join the second fight and the visions of defeat he saw in Ultron still haunt him, but he was, in the end, able to use that fear to defeat their most formidable foe. It s a complete bookend to the character and his essential motivation.(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)And there are so many smaller Ultron setups:Ragnarok: Heimdall first teases Ragnarok and the fact they will lose in Thor’s vision before he later heads to a cave to get more answers. Thor sees the Infinity Stones and the gauntlet for the first time. More breadcrumbs to our final battle.Avengers Assemble: The “Avengers Assemble” line that Captain America calls out in the final battle was first teased in Ultron. A near synonymous tag line for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, it is a line comic book fans have been waiting to hear. We cut to credits before Cap could call it out in Ultron, but we finally get it in Endgame.Wakanda: In a quick scene with Ulysses Klaw, we first hear reference what would turn out to be the key destination in the highest-grossing superhero movie ever – before Endgame. Vibranium, Andy Serkis with a Wakandan tattoo, and the rest is history.(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)Captain America Back With Carter: We’d have to guess it’s not a coincidence that Wanda’s visions sent Captain America back to Agent Carter and the 1940s. Throughout the series, his greatest regret is not being able to share a life with her, thus making his ending as an old man who stole time to get a life all the sweeter. Fine, I ll do it myself : We meet a winking and silent Thanos in The Avengers, and we first spy the Infinity Gauntlet in Thor’s Scarlet Witch vision. But it s not until Ultron s mid-credits stinger that we see our big baddie in full armor – voiced by Josh Brolin – snatching the gauntlet and saying, “Fine, I’ll do it myself.”(Photo by @ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, @ Marvel Studios)The Avengers Facility: A small but noteworthy moment. The Avengers get a new home. The Avengers compound is basecamp going forward. When We Were Kings (1996) 98% Gibney says: So this was something where Leon Gast in 1974 was in Zaire while Muhammad Ali and George Foreman were there for their Rumble in the Jungle, one of the great fights in history. Gast was there to hang out with Ali, and that s where the most riveting footage comes from is: as Ali gathers all these kids who are rallying to his side, singing Ali bomaye. You see Ali, who had passed his prime as a boxer, but was at the height of his intellectual powers, that is just extraordinary to see now, so full of vitality, such a leader. And then in the fight itself, he wins the fight with his wits, his brain, not his brawn, though he ultimately knocks Foreman out. It s a great film, and there s something at the end that s particularly worth noting now: Ali was invited to the Harvard commencement, and gave a speech, a wonderful speech to the kids about making a difference and then somebody shouted out, Hey, Ali! Give us a poem. And Ali thinks for a second, and he says, Me. We. At this moment in time, it seems the perfect distillation of social distancing and isolation and how that can lead us to understanding and appreciating the collective. Critics Consensus: An engrossing documentary that s as much about a time and a place as it is about a fight.Stream now on DirecTV or MaxGo. Looking for more great shows and movies to binge? Head to Rotten Tomatoes Binge Central.Thumbnail images: John Lamparski/Getty Images; Rialto Pictures; Everett Collection; Gramercy Pictures/courtesy Everett Collection; Roadside Attractions/Courtesy Everett Collection; Cinecom International/courtesy Everett Collection
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) 97% The world has seen a few different iterations of Peter Parker since 2002 s Spider-Man, including a franchise reboot in 2012 and Tom Holland s introduction as an MCU character in 2016 s Captain America: Civil War. But we ve never seen any version of Miles Morales on the big screen, and that all changes with Sony s animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Shameik Moore provides the voice of Miles, a regular teen living in an alternate universe Brooklyn who is, yes, bitten by a radioactive spider and develops powers initially out of his control. Thanks to the shenanigans of local mobster Kingpin, however, Miles comes into contact with spider-people including a middle-aged Peter Parker (Jake Johnson) from parallel universes who team up with him to save the day. Critics say Into the Spider-Verse benefits from a fresh, well-told story and an impressive voice cast that includes Bryan Tyree Henry, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Nicolas Cage, Lily Tomlin, and a few surprise guests. It s not only a feast for the eyes, but a fun, kinetic, heartfelt, and highly engaging treat for the whole family.华体会全站appAdjusted Score: 102827% Critics Consensus: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs avoids anthology pitfalls with a consistent collection tied together by the Coen brothers' signature blend of dark drama and black humor. Synopsis: An anthology of six short films that take place in 19th-century post-Civil War era during the settling of the Old... [More] Starring: Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, David Krumholtz, James Franco Directed By: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
On July 28th, 1999, in the midst of quite possibly the best movie year ever, a wildly entertaining summer popcorn movie about genetically modified sharks eating scientists was released into theaters. In a perfect world, Deep Blue Sea would have outperformed The Matrix, The Sixth Sense, and Big Daddy at the box office, and received more critical accolades than Election, The Insider, and Toy Story 2. American Beauty would’ve never won best picture, and Samuel L. Jackson would have an Oscar for his work as Russell Franklin, a monologuing “suit” who gets eaten during one of his monologues. Also, it would’ve cleaned up at the Blockbuster Entertainment and MTV Movie Awards. Okay, so maybe we exaggerate a little. But only a little.In reality, the million-budgeted, R-rated original creature feature starring a “bionic studmuffin” pulled in a respectable 5 million worldwide, won zero Oscars, and earned a Rotten 59% Tomatometer score. Which is a shame, because Deep Blue Sea is a damn fine blockbuster in its own right that features genuine surprises, inventive set-pieces, and sharks that are a combination of the velociraptors from Jurassic Park and Bradley Cooper from Limitless. Director Renny Harlin and screenwriters Donna and Wayne Powers and Duncan Kennedy brought the goods, and the end result is a crowd-pleasing delight whose fingerprints can be found on any number of similar movies that followed.To provide you with five reasons why Deep Blue Sea was a perfect summer blockbuster, we put on our shark fin hats, consumed all the smart-shark serum we could find, and dove into a glassy underwater world filled with gliding beasts to convince you of its greatness.1. RENNY HARLIN KNEW HOW TO CRAFT A CROWD-PLEASERIf you were lucky enough to watch Deep Blue Sea in a packed theater during its opening weekend, you probably remember audiences losing their minds when Russell Franklin (Samuel L. Jackson) is eaten halfway through his purposefully pompous motivational speech. Nobody would have guessed that Jackson would be wiped off the board so quickly, and it s one of the greatest surprise deaths in film history that had people jumping out of their seats to applaud the fun surprise (we were some of those people, and we apologize if you were the person we picked up and ran around the theater with).Renny Harlin set out to make a summer popcorn movie that made you throw your popcorn in the air during its big scares, and cheer when a character named Sherman “Preacher” Dudley (LL Cool J), stabbed a 45-foot shark in the eye with his crucifix necklace. The 100-minute runtime comes and goes quickly and you are left with Cool J’s awesome song, Deepest Bluest, which was written for the movie and made Will Smith’s own 1999 movie anthem Wild Wild West look tame in comparison. Deep Blue Sea was made to entertain, and entertain it did; it’s no wonder that Stephen King, Roger Ebert, and 1999 cinema lover Brian Raftery thought it was much more than a “so bad it s good” movie.2. IT DREW INSPIRATION FROM SPIELBERG CLASSICS, BUT IT IS ITS OWN BEAST(Photo by Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)If you don’t have time to rewatch the Jaws and Jurassic Park franchises again, no worries just watch Deep Blue Sea. It has a higher Tomatometer score than all of the sequels except Jurassic World, which seems fitting because Jurassic World shares many of the elements of Deep Blue Sea, such as secret genetic modification, feeding sharks to larger aquatic animals, and introducing Owen Grady (Chris Pratt), a rough-around-the-edges velociraptor handler who notices the pack tendencies of the velociraptors and has a “will they, won’t they” relationship with his boss.The easiest thing to do is compare Deep Blue Sea to Steven Speilberg’s Jaws. That s not entirely unfair, because it features giant sharks and cheeky license plate cameos. Also, Harlin planned the deaths of his three sharks exploded, electrocuted, exploded according to the deaths of the sharks across the Jaws franchise. But the film still has more in common with Speilberg’s other summer blockbuster, Jurassic Park. The two movies feature scientists playing god, massive storms, escaped carnivores, limb separation, skeleton crews, kitchen fights, and a surprising Samuel L. Jackson death. The biggest difference is that Harlin had no time for PG-13 shenanigans — he wanted blood, and he wasn’t about to wait an hour to introduce his gliding monsters.3. THE SHARKS GET A LOT OF SCREENTIME(Photo by Warner Bros. courtesy Everett Collection)Renny Harlin always went big, and with Deep Blue Sea he insisted the animatronic version of the main mako shark be 26-feet, so that it would be one-foot longer than Bruce, the 25-foot Great White in Jaws (bold move, Renny). He also didn’t want to show his creatures sparingly; he wanted them front and center.The million budget allowed Harlin and effects supervisor Walt Conti (Free Willy, Anaconda) to build and unleash their lifelike animatronic mako sharks into massive water tanks, located in Fox’s Baja Studios in Rosarito, Mexico, that had been built for James Cameron’s Titanic. The controlled environment allowed Harlin and cinematographer Stephen F. Windon to to film a lot of shark footage, because they didn’t have to worry about the same environmental (storms, waves, currents, winds) and salt water (corrosion) issues that had plagued movies like Jaws and Waterworld when they shot in the Pacific or Atlantic oceans.The highlight is the 26-foot, generation II behemoth, which weighed 8,000 pounds and swam up to 30 miles per hour, because it had a 1,000 horsepower engine inside of it. The animatronic sharks were guided by remote control and swam independently throughout the corridors and hallways of the Aquatica set that Production Designer William Sandell (who eventually worked on water-logged epics like The Perfect Storm, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, and Poseidon) built specifically to allow lots of movement. This means the sharks are on camera a lot, and they still look great in 2019.Jaws, The Shallows, The Reef and Open Water may have higher Tomatometer scores than Deep Blue Sea, but their sharks don’t get nearly as much screen time. Deep Blue Sea doesn’t go cheap on the sharks, and that’s why it is considered, by some very smart people, to be the greatest shark movie ever made. The insane amount of shark carnage was ideal for summer audiences hoping for, you guessed it, shark carnage.Quick note: The CGI sharks, on the other hand, are not good. We hate admitting it, but it’s true. Thus, we’ll only mention said subpar CGI this once.4. THE KILLS ARE INVENTIVE AND FUN(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)Aside from the super gratuitous scene involving Dr. Susan McAlester (Saffron Burrows) stripping out of her wet suit to electrocute a shark (which Harlin blamed on studio notes in the DVD commentary), Deep Blue Sea is loaded with inventive set pieces, surprise deaths, and characters who might not understand how ladders work. While we love the irony of Russell Franklin being eaten while monologuing about surviving an avalanche, we think the drawn out torture of Jim “I’m God” Whitlock (Stellan Skarsgård) is the MVP moment of Deep Blue Sea.The reason we love Whitlock’s demise so much is because of how intricate it is. First, his arm is bitten off by the generation II mako in the Aquatica’s wetlab. Then, while being winched up to the rescue helicopter, the winch malfunctions and drops him into the water where the generation II mako is waiting for him. The gigantic shark takes him on an underwater ride, then uses his gurney as a battering ram to break the huge glass window that separates the wetlab from the ocean (a nice Jaws 3-D homage). To recap: his arm is bitten off, he s dropped back into the water, and he s used as a battering ram to smash a window. It’s awesome, and based on in-depth research, it’s estimated the whole ordeal covered about 1.12 miles, which is quite the trip for the brilliant scientist.5. THE SHARKS ESCAPE PLAN IS EPIC(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)It’s clear that Harlin and the screenwriters put a lot of thought into the layout of Aquatica and how exactly it would be flooded. Throughout the movie we see maps, layouts and receive the requisite expository dialogue to make sure we know the geography of the three sub-levels, elevator shafts, and living quarters. The systematic sinking of the facility is ingenious, because it starts with the sharks taking out the underwater video cameras, then leads to the flooding of the first and second sub-levels, which pushes the herded humans to the wet entry in the third sub-level. Once they are there, and Russell Franklin is eaten, they are forced to depressurize the room, which causes tons of ocean water to start flooding in. From there, they open a few more strategic doors, and Aquatica is literally and figuratively sunk. The plan makes the inmate mako sharks seem like criminal masterminds who are always one step ahead of their prey (The Dark Knight’s Joker would be proud).This may sound a little like tinfoil speculation, but two of the weakest scenes in the movie actually make sense when you realize these sharks are Keyser Söze-level brilliant. First, the opening scene involving bikini clad appetizers initially feels like it belongs in another movie. However, the shark that escaped Aquatica clearly intended to find out if GPS trackers had been implanted inside of him and his fellow sharks (they had), and to test the response time of Carter Blake (Thomas Jane). Once they learn they are being tracked, they realize they have to take out Aquatica and kill the humans inside to be free.The arguably weakest scene of the movie is the aforementioned one in which Dr. McAlester strips down to electrocute a shark it’s admittedly gratuitous and unnecessary. However, earlier in the movie, McAlester sensed that she was being watched through the porthole window in her room (she was), and during this time, the sharks likely learned she kept her research in her locker. When she later returns to her flooded office, a generation I mako is waiting for her to take that research out of the locker. As she grabs the master hard drives, the shark attacks, and during the melee, the research is destroyed and the shark is zapped. The shark had her dead-to-rights when she walked in, so it only makes sense that it was waiting to destroy the research to prevent further shark torture. In other words, Deep Blue Sea was planned out to a tee, and it s difficult not to love Harlin for going all out to make this big-budgeted popcorn creature feature as fun as possible.Tell us what you love about Deep Blue Sea in the comments!
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(Photo by Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)It seems not even a pandemic can stop awards season. Some films like Dune are still a question mark to finish in time for a theatrical 2020 release, but with the Academy extending the window for eligibility and allowing films to bypass a theatrical roll-out, the show will go on even if the show is virtual. Bringing back our series of Ridiculously Early Oscar Predictions, we start the 2020-2021 awards season with the gentlemen. We admit it s a little early, but this isn t exactly a normal Oscar year.Our early Best Actor predictions list is still a bit tenuous, as several films have yet to be screened by critics groups and voters before the February deadline for Oscar submissions. No matter what happens, the upcoming season will make history as the first in which films will not have to screen in theaters to contend for Hollywood s top prize, which sets up some intriguing possibilities for what films could break through and snag a nomination. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced earlier this summer that the Oscars would be postponed by two months to April 25, 2021, and extended-release date eligibility rules to February 28, 2021, in addition to allowing streaming-only submissions and making all eligible films available on the Academy screening library, forgoing the typical Oscar voter screenings.Despite being already dubbed The Netflix Season by many of those in the know, fierce competition is a-brewing for 2020. A number of the films likely to be in the conversation have already screened and earned Tomatometer scores, and pundits are already singling out the major standout performances in them. Our list does include performances nobody has seen, but for which pre-release buzz and expectations are high. With that said, some on this list may end up in the Supporting Actor category.Whether we like it or not, the campaigns are quietly underway, the conversation has started, and we re now ready to join it. If history and basic math tell us anything, it is that most of these names won t make it to Oscar night, but we re pretty confident many of them will be right up there in awards chatter. So please read on as we break down our ridiculously early picks for 2020 Best Actor contenders.Don t agree with our picks? Have at us in the comments.Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield, Judas and the Black Messiah (2021) 96%LaKeith Stanfield and Daniel Kaluuya are two of the most electrifying young actors in Hollywood. Working with acclaimed directors like Denis Villeneuve, Rian Johnson, Destin Daniel Cretton, Jordan Peele, Steve McQueen, and Ryan Coogler (who serves as a producer on Judas and The Black Messiah), both actors have amassed impressive filmographies and varied work in just a few short years. After working together for Jordan Peele s Oscar-Winning masterwork Get Out, Stanfield and Kaluuya reunite here to portray two pivotal if not well-known names from the Black Civil Rights movement. Stanfield plays William O Neal, a petty criminal-turned-informant who agrees to work for the FBI to take down Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), the leader of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party. Catapulted into the conversation by a fiery new trailer, the film has all the right pieces to make a deep run, come awards season. A tragic true-life tale with sociopolitical undertones featuring a former Best Actor nominee is the stuff Oscar campaigns are made of. The only question mark now is whether or not the film which has an unspecified 2021 release date will premiere before the February deadline to be eligible for 2020 accolades.Delroy Lindo, Da 5 Bloods (2020) 92%There have been dozens of Vietnam War films over the years to compete for Oscars, but none like Da 5 Bloods, Spike Lee s follow-up to his Oscar-winning hit BlacKkKlansman. The film features stand-out performances from Clarke Peters, Norm Lewis, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Chadwick Boseman, and Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors, but the most actorly performance belongs to Delroy Lindo, who s likely to compete for the Best Actor prize. As the bombastic member of Da 5 Bloods tasked with returning to Vietnam to bring home the remains of a comrade lost during the war and perhaps a hidden fortune Lindo is transformative. Despite a career that spans nearly five decades and over 70 credits, it s surprising that Lindo has never been in the awards conversation, and his role here as the Trump-supporting Vietnam vet with PSTD is his best shot. Spike Lee is coming off his Oscar win for BlacKkKlansman, and his cachet with voters has never been higher. With its timely message, the film could be a huge play for Netflix, which is assumed to do well in this streaming-friendly season.Timothée Chalamet, Dune (2021) 89%Jacqueline ColeyIn the four short years since he broke out into the mainstream with his Oscar-nominated performance in Call Me By Your Name, Timothée Chalamet s name has percolated in the awards conversation. This year he has the enviable position of having two films that could earn him a nomination: Wes Anderson s The French Dispatch and Denis Villeneuve s Dune. His turn in Dune, however, is what we re banking on for him and Arrival director Villeneuve to weave some Oscar magic, with a long-awaited adaptation of the award-winning science-fiction novel by Frank Herbert, poised to be a far cry from David Lynch s much-derided 1984 adaptation. Villeneuve has been on an unbeatable streak with critics and has a proven track record for crafting genre films that capture voters attention, scoring nominations for four of his last five Certified Fresh features, though he failed to secure an acting nomination for Amy Adams in Arrival. It stands to reason that if Dune lives up to even half of its hype, it could equal the accolades of George Miller s Mad Max: Fury Road and perhaps top it with an acting nomination for Chalamet. Starring alongside Oscar Issac, Zendaya, Jason Mamoa, and Javier Bardem, Chalamet is currently in Budapest filming re-shoots; a trailer is expected by the end of the month, and Villeneuve recently said that Dune could be this generation s The Lord of the Rings, so anything is possible.Anthony Hopkins, The Father (2020) 98%(Photo by Sony Pictures Classics)Since The Father s debut at the Sundance film festival earlier this year, Anthony Hopkins has been penciled in at the top of just about every Best Actor tip sheet by awards prognosticators. Still Fresh at 100% on the Tomatometer, the film, which is based on a French play, has seen acclaimed adaptations for Broadway, the London West End, and the French stage, and in each iteration, the actor playing the titular Father has taken home the best acting prize. Adapted and directed by the original playwright, Florian Zeller, the film is a poignant and disturbing journey through the deterioration of a man s mind. Suffering from Alzheimer s, an aging man stubbornly refuses his daughter s aid despite the grown evidence he is losing his grip on reality. A difficult watch, Hopkins work is incomparable with Gregory Ellwood of The Playlist calling it his best work this century. It should bring Hopkins back into the Lead Actor conversation following his supporting nomination last year playing retired Pope Benedict for The Two Popes, and it could be the role that brings him back to the winner s dais for the first time since he won in 1991 as the iconic and terrifying Hannibal Lecter in Jonathan Demme s The Silence of the Lambs.Andrew Garfield, The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021) 66%Televangelists Tammy Faye Bakker and her husband Jim were two of the most salacious personalities of the 1970s and early 80s, and this drama, based on the award-winning documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye Bakker, chronicles their rise and very public fall. The story, filled with drugs, fraud, sexuality, and, of course, Jesus, is as legendary as it is incredulous and should place both Jessica Chastain (as Tammy Faye) and Andrew Garfield (as Jim) on the lips of many prominent voices in awards punditry. It also doesn t hurt that it was directed by Michael Showalter, who was in the director s chair for the 2017 Oscar-nominated film The Big Sick. This is another film without a solid release date, so it could be pushed back to 2021, but it will likely still screen in time for the 2020 season. Keep an eye out for an I, Tonya-styled campaign strategy for the previously nominated Garfield and two-time nominee Chastain.Ben Affleck, The Way Back (2020) 84%Ben Affleck has been unfairly maligned as mediocre despite two Oscars and acclaimed work in award-winning films, including Shakespeare in Love, Argo, Good Will Hunting, Gone Baby Gone, and The Town. Following some personal and professional hardships, Affleck kicked off the year with a celebrated performance that mirrored his personal struggles. The newly single father of three plays Jack Cunningham, a former high school basketball phenom who never lived up to expectations and buried his pain at the bottom of a bottle. Forced to take a coaching job at his alma mater years later, he focuses himself on helping the young team, which might be his final shot for redemption. It was a surprisingly well-received entry during the typically lackluster releases of January, and critics raved about the film s feelgood story arc and Affleck s heartfelt performance. Currently rated Certified Fresh at 83% on the Tomatometer, the comeback drama has a built-in awards-friendly storyline, based on true events that are similar to the recently sober star s own personal battles with alcohol exactly the type of narrative strategists love to parrot to voters during the season.Eddie Redmayne and Sacha Baron Cohen, The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020) 89%(Photo by Netflix)Produced by Steven Spielberg and written and directed by Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin, The Trial of the Chicago 7 was thought to be a surefire awards contender for Paramount earlier this year. However, difficulties arising from COVID-19 prompted Paramount to sell the film to Netflix, giving the streaming giant yet more ammunition for an impressive haul in what many are dubbing the Netflix Season. The story of seven men charged with inciting a riot outside the Democratic convention in 1969 as part of a larger protest to the Vietnam War is another film tailor-made for awards in an election year. It features key figures from the time, including Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton (the center of the aforementioned Judas and The Black Messiah) as well as political activist Bobby Seale and famed members of the Chicago 7 Abbie Hoffman and Tom Hayden. Hoffman and Hayden are played by Oscar nominee Sacha Baron Cohen and Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne, respectively, and both men are poised to rise above the already stacked cast that includes Succession s Jeremy Strong, Micheal Keaton, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Willliam Hurt.John David Washington, Tenet (2020) 70%At several points in the past few months, there was some question whether or not Christopher Nolan s latest psychological action film, Tenet, would even reach theaters; as of now, it looks like it will, at least internationally. Never in doubt from a production standpoint, as the film has been long finished, the only question was if the global pandemic would prevent the film being screened in theaters. As Nolan is a staunch advocate of the theatrical experience, it was unlikely that it would shift over to a streaming platform or VOD, especially since Nolan has gone on record to say the films is most designed for the audience/big-screen experience. Appearing alongside our next Batman, Robert Pattinson, and Elizabeth Debecki in what seems to be a mind-bending Inception-style action flick, the star of the film is John David Washington, who looks to achieve what he was unable to garner for his breakout film, Spike Lee s BlacKkKlansman. The plot of Tenet has been kept tightly under wraps even the name of Washington s character, which is currently listed as the protagonist but expectations are high, as Nolan, like Dune s Denis Villeneuve, is a director known for his ability to rack up Oscar nominations for genre films. As last year s Best Actor prize went to a role-based off a comic book character, it s reasonable to believe that this year, an exceptional performance from a genre thriller could do the same.Tom Hanks, News of the WorldIf it s Oscar season and Tom Hanks is in a movie, he s likely in the conversation. However, his Supporting Actor Oscar nomination last year for A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood was his first in nearly 20 years. After flirting with a nomination for Sully, The Post, and Captain Phillips, Hollywood s favorite dad is back in in the conversation with two pictures: Greyhound, in which he plays a captain for the third time, and News of the World, where you guessed it he plays yet another Captain. Hanks earned positive reviews for Greyhound, which he also wrote, but his best shot at a Best Actor nomination is likely for Paul Greengrass adaptation of the 2016 novel News of the World. Written by poet and author Paulette Giles, the novel set off a bidding war when it was optioned in 2017, eventually landing at Universal pictures. Unlike Netflix and smaller streamers, large-scale studios like Universal might be at a bit of a disadvantage at voting time, as their tried and true method for promotion cocktail parties, Q As, and craft showcase events will no longer be viable in the days of COVID-19. After three straight years with a favored film in the Best Picture race (Get Out, Green Book, and 1917), one of which was a winner, it will be interesting to see how Universal and the other large studios fare in the new landscape, and the Oscar push for News of the World and Hanks, in particular, will be a strong indication of whether or not they can stay nimble and adapt when forced to find innovative ways to reach voters.Also in contention: Gary Oldman MankLiam Neeson Ordinary LoveDenzel Washington The Tragedy of MacbethBenicio Del Toro The French DispatchMatt Damon StillwaterAnsel Elgort West Side StoryMichael Fassbender Next Goal Wins
Horror connoisseurs of a certain age will remember the visceral terror of their first encounter with Candyman in the 1992 film of the same name. Equal parts gruesome, tragic, and chilling, that film recounted the story of a restless, hook-handed spirit born of anguish who stalked the famous Cabrini-Green housing projects in Chicago and punished anyone foolish enough to utter his name five times in front of a mirror. Almost 30 years later, 2021 s Candyman picks up the pieces, as struggling artist Anthony McCoy (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) and his girlfriend Brianna (Teyonah Parris) move into a swanky loft in the now-gentrified neighborhood where Cabrini-Green once stood. When Anthony learns of the dark history that surrounds him, he dives deep into the past and unearths something he never intended to set free. Critics say director Nia DaCosta s fresh update on the urban legend ambitiously tackles some heady themes even as it strives for jump-out-of-your-seat thrills, and while it doesn t always mange the perfect balance of the two, it offers plenty of food for thought and expands the original s mythology in satisfyingly chilling ways.
The 33 Best Boxing Movies of All TimePugilists have been popular camera subjects since the start boxing, at the time, being arguably the most interesting thing you do to another person in public. In the odd century-plus that s passed since, boxing cinema has evolved past mere punching for spectacle. It s about personal toil. Training. Strength. Sacrifice. Undying commitment to the physical vision. And then it s about hitting somebody for money. Or respect, sure.Tonight s title bout: The best-reviewed boxing movies ever! In one corner, we have heavyweight classics like Rocky and Raging Bull. In the other, hungry newcomers like Creed and Million Dollar Baby. And in another corner (we have a lot of corners): hard-hitting documentaries, repped by When We Were Kings and Unforgivable Blackness. And, yes, we re going international in this corner: see Knuckle all the way from Ireland, and China Heavyweight, all the way from, er, China. To be a contender, the movie needed to put up a Fresh rating after 20 reviews, before we ranked them with our weighted formula calculating a film s Tomatometer score, its number of reviews, and year of release.Think you got what it takes to take on the champs? Hit em where it counts! Hit em right in the 33 Best Boxing Movies of All Time!
[8/4/20 Update: Walt Disney Pictures has scheduled Mulan for a North American premiere on Disney+ on September 4 at a price of .99 with a simultaneous limited theatrical release in select global markets. The fee will reportedly cover continuous access to the film as long as a Disney+ subscription is maintained.]Let’s get down to business… Disney has produced a live-action reimagining of their 1998 animated feature Mulan, and the new version is more of a martial arts movie and not at all a musical. Also, Mulan’s sidekick Mushu is missing. The changes have had fans worried, but the first reactions from critics, via Monday’s Hollywood premiere, are mostly positive, and they address the differences with reassuring approval. Praise also goes out to the movie’s empowering story and action as well. Sounds like this remake will make a fan out of you.Here’s what critics are saying about Mulan:Is it a movie worth fighting for?Wow. Just wow… I laughed, I cried, and I loved every second of it. Tessa Smith, Mama s GeekyMulan is absolutely fantastic. Kirsten Acuna, InsiderMulan is the best of the Disney live-action remakes since Cinderella. Angie Han, MashableI’m very surprised at how much I liked the live action Mulan. It’s so majestic. Peter Sciretta, SlashfilmThere’s a great film yearning to break out in Mulan, but it’s surprisingly bogged down by adapting the animation. Mansoor Mithaiwala, ScreenRantDoes it bring honor to the original?Mulan leaves a lot behind, but offers much more in its absence. Plenty of 1998 throwbacks pepper a story full of incredible action, humor, and heart. Alison Foreman, MashableDifferent enough with great action scenes, but with the heart of the original film. Kirsten Acuna, InsiderFinds new notes in a story we already know while delivering gorgeous action, heart, and humor. Angie Han, MashableThere are lots of little moments that nods to the animated that’ll make the fans happy… a great re-telling of the animated and very fun. Wendy Lee Szany, ColliderI love the animated Mulan and this movie did it proud. Tessa Smith, Mama s GeekyRyan FujitaniBut what about the songs?It doesn t even matter that it s not a musical. If you re a fan of the animated, there are subtle nods to many of the songs. Kirsten Acuna, InsiderI didn’t even miss the songs. Angie Han, MashableWill young audiences feel empowered?Mulan is about a warrior. And that warrior is a legend. Thank you, from all the female warriors that needed this kick-A movie… I’ll be proud to show my daughters this film! Tania Lamb, Lola LambchopsThe film serves as a reminder to be true to yourself. Little girls are going to look up to Liu Yifei. Kirsten Acuna, InsiderTalk about girl power. WOW. Tessa Smith, Mama s GeekyAnd is there enough for adults to appreciate?It aims for a level of sophistication and beauty you don’t expect. Peter Sciretta, SlashfilmA more mature Disney film. Erik Davis, FandangoThe romantic chemistry gets STEAMY. Like chanting kiss in a silent theater steamy. Alison Foreman, MashableSurprisingly sexy for a Disney movie. Case in point: the very loud OH MY GOD that was uttered in the theater when Yoson An took his shirt off. Angie Han, Mashable(Photo by Walt Disney Pictures)How about the action?The action is thrilling. Peter Sciretta, SlashfilmThe first great superhero movie of 2020? It sure feels like it. She soars over rooftops, flies across walls, shoots arrows, and is just a general badass. Kirsten Acuna, InsiderAnd the visuals?Mulan is not only visually stunning, it is absolutely magical. Tessa Smith, Mama s GeekyVery beautiful and epic cinematography. It had more fantastical elements than I expected. Wendy Lee Szany, ColliderHow is the cast?The cast of Mulan is fantastic in the film… Donnie Yen is GREAT. Wendy Lee Szany, ColliderJason Scott Lee is great, but everyone else seems afraid to offend. Scott Mendelson, ForbesRyan FujitaniAre there any major problems?The poor villains and inconsistent action quality results in a mediocre movie… It’s two movies in one and it needed to decide which direction to take. Mansoor Mithaiwala, ScreenRantIt s also respectful to a fault. It doesn t truly cut loose until the climax… Lacks the gonzo energy of The Great Wall or Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. Scott Mendelson, ForbesWill wee want to see it multiple times?Can’t wait to see this again. Kirsten Acuna, InsiderI cannot wait to take my girls to see it. Tessa Smith, Mama s GeekyMulan opens on March 27.
Although the opening shot of 1999 s Mystery Men is pure DC Cinematic Universe – the strange semi-futuristic cityscape that echoes Tim Burton’s Batman, the worshipful but also terrifying statue of local hero Captain Amazing that feels straight out of Zack Snyder s world – what follows actually lays out a template for what would eventually be Marvel’s complete and utter dominance in the superhero movie space.Two movies that were released just prior to Mystery Men – Blade in 1998 and The Matrix in March 1999 – are most often credited with kickstarting the comic book movie revival. The Wachowskis anime-inspired sci-fi blockbuster showed how super-powered action could and should look, while Wesley Snipes’ vampire crusader proved you could find success beyond Marvel’s A-list roster. But looking back, neither of those films really fit tonally with what the MCU would become. The real seeds were planted in a silly and underrated Ben Stiller comedy that celebrates its 20th birthday on August 6. Here’s how.The CastOne of the hallmarks of Marvel movies is that they are littered with big and unexpected names, from Gwyneth Paltrow in Iron Man to Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier to Matt Damon in Thor: Ragnarok. For a superhero goof, Mystery Men shared similar out-of-the-box thinking, resulting in even the smaller roles being surprisingly memorable. The main team was comprised of an Avengers-level mix of mid- to late- 90s indie and comedy stars, including Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria, and Paul Reubens; the main villain was a supremely hammy Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush, and the periphery was dotted with “whoa, really” names like Eddie Izzard, Ricky Jay, Cee-Lo Green, Dane Cook, and Tom Waits. Superhero movies had come a long way from a time when they were the last refuge of stuntmen and up-and-comers, and Mystery Men took the baton from Tim Burton (who went way outside the box with Michael Keaton in Batman) and ran with it for a bit before Marvel took over.The World Building(Photo by Universal courtesy Everett Collection)Although Iron Man and Captain America: The First Avenger hit some of the expected story points, by and large Marvel got away from doing traditional origin stories. Rather than having each new hero start off in a blank slate world where they’re the only ones with superpowers, Marvel built a world where multiple heroes and villains existed in various points throughout history. Mystery Men, too, drops you right into the thick of it with a superteam fighting supervillains in a city that is so comfortable with its own Superman that he has corporate sponsors.There is a sequence about midway through the movie in which the Mystery Men hold open tryouts (a gag that would be recycled in Deadpool 2), and they are swarmed with wannabes. This is a world as used to seeing this sort of thing as the people of MCU New York are to seeing Spider-Man.The HumorNaturally, Mystery Men was never intended to be anything but a superhero spoof. But its willingness to embrace the core silliness of the superhero concept helped show Marvel how to overcome a major obstacle. The knock against the DC movies is that they are dark, plodding, largely humorless affairs. And if you start to take the idea of people in fancy suits flying around cities too seriously, the whole thing begins to falls apart. The self-awareness to know that humor makes comic book storytelling go down a lot easier fuels Marvel even at its darkest. Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers: Endgame would have been too much to take without the relief supplied by Dr. Strange and Tony Stark’s catty bickering, or Korg’s epic Fornite battle against Noobmaster69.The Team DynamicsAnd speaking of the bickering A team of noble heroes who all share an unshakable respect for one another, and who treat each other with courtesy and dignity at all times… is boring. Like Mystery Men, Marvel understands that teams like the Avengers or the Guardians of the Galaxy thrive when they don’t get along. Likewise, the Mystery Men treat each other more like co-workers than real friends. Post-battle, they sit in diners and complain like they just clocked out of a factory job (and coincidentally, the original Avengers ends with… the team sitting around in a diner eating).The (Lack of) Secret Identities(Photo by MCA courtesy Everett Collection)This is an extension of the world-building idea, but it’s no coincidence that Marvel ditched the concept of “secret identities” as soon as it could. It’s a hindrance more than it is a help – watch how they bend over backwards to get Tony Stark fighting helmetless, or how many times Captain America takes his mask off so you can see his face. Mystery Men doesn’t even bother with masking its heroes. They exist in a world that’s gotten used to the idea of superheroes, just as the MCU seems to be pretty OK with one of the world’s most successful tech billionaires occasionally running off to fight Thanos, and where kids think nothing of asking Hulk for a selfie.The Balancing Act(Photo by MCA courtesy Everett Collection)In the end, though, Mystery Men still allows its crew of misfit heroes to have their moment. They’ve been the butt of the joke for most of the movie’s runtime, but they’re ultimately still allowed to be heroic and win the day. There’s just enough earnestness there to get away with it – had the movie gone more cynical, it would have piled on the jokes regardless of whether or not anyone saved anything. It’s a delicate balance, and a Marvel entry like Thor: Ragnarok actually feels right in line with it. It never quite tips completely over into out-and-out Thor parody, though it comes close. But Marvel had, by that point, settled so comfortably into a tone that both celebrates and pokes fun at the concept of superheroes that it all managed to work.And who would have thought it would be the Mystery Men who’d light the way?Mystery Men was released in theaters on August 6, 1999. Movement on the She-Hulk front gives Marvel fans another hero to look forward to, big changes are ahead for CBS All Access and DC Universe, Starz doubles-down on 50 Cent, and more of the week s top news, trailers, and other TV and streaming developments.TOP STORYThe Orphan Black Star Lined Up to Star as the Marvel Attorney/Superheroine (Photo by Marvel Comics; Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images)The MCU’s TV wing just got a little more badass: Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany has been tapped by Marvel to star in its Disney+ She-Hulk series, playing the leading lady who snagged super powers after sharing some of cousin Bruce Banner’s — a.k.a. The Hulk’s — blood.She-Hulk is attorney Jennifer Walters in her regular life, but she grows green and large and super strong and powerful as She-Hulk. She-Hulk, unlike Bruce, usually maintains her personality and intelligence when she Hulks out. The character was set to be featured in a live-action movie played by Brigitte Nielsen in the 1990s, but the film was never made.In addition to Maslany’s casting, which was first reported by Deadline, Kat Corio, who has directed episodes of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Modern Family, and Dead to Me, was announced as the director of the She-Hulk pilot and several additional eps, as well as an executive producer on the series, which will be under the showrunner leadership of Rick and Morty Emmy winner Jessica Gao.Maslany, an Emmy winner for Orphan Black, most recently starred with Matthew Rhys in HBO’s Perry Mason remake.CBS All Access To Become Paramount+ and Making an Offer We Can’t Refuse with New Godfather Making-Of Series(Photo by Paramount Pictures)Goodbye, CBS All Access, hello Paramount+ and some new programming to be excited about. The Viacom-owned streaming service that is currently home to all things new in the Star Trek series world will revamp and rename itself Paramount+ early in 2021, and will add a lineup of additional series that, like Trek, will be new versions of old favorites.The service, which will offer TV programming from Viacom networks like BET, Comedy Central, MTV, VH1, and Nickelodeon, as well as movies, is combining both genres for The Offer, a 10-episode limited TV series from writer and executive producer Michael Tolkin about Al Ruddy’s experience producing The Godfather. Ruddy won the Best Picture Oscar for The Godfather, and was presented with the statue by Clint Wastwood. He later shared his second Best Picture Oscar with Eastwood (and Tom Rosenberg) for the Eastwood-directed and starring drama Million Dollar Baby.Also in the lineup for Paramount+, which will boast more than 30,000 TV episodes and movies:• A revival of Mara Brock Akil’s The Game, the 2006-15 CW and BET sitcom now streaming on Netflix• The Real Criminal Minds, a true crime docuseries based on the CBS procedural• A reboot of the classic VH1 musical biography series Behind the Music that will now focus on the top 40 artists of the last 40 years• Lioness, a new spy drama from Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan, about a Marine who is tasked with befriending the daughter of a terrorist to help destroy the criminal organization• The SpongeBob SquarePants spin-off Kamp KoralParamount+ will also be the home of continuing CBS All Access original series like The Good Fight, The Twilight Zone, Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and the upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. DC Universe To Evolve into Digital Comic Book Subscription Service(Photo by DC Universe)As HBO Max takes over streaming DC premium video content, including classics and originals, the DC Universe will evolve into DC Universe Infinite, a digital comic book subscription service scheduled for a January 21 relaunch. Subscribers to the service will get digital-first comics, exclusive access to DC fan events, as well as recently released comics six months after the physical versions hit store shelves.Along with the news, HBO Max announced it has ordered a third season of Warner Bros. Animation’s critically acclaimed DC Universe adult animated comedy series Harley Quinn, starring Kaley Cuoco.Power Producer and Star 50 Cent Developing More Starz Dramas, Including One About 50 Cent(Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)Starz might want to consider renaming itself The 50 Cent Network, because the rapper, producer, and star of the cable network’s hit drama Power (which has already launched a spin-off and has three more in the works) is loading another pair of dramas into the Starz development lineup.50 Cent’s G-Unit Film and Television company is developing a series about a female sports agent, based on real-life agent and attorney Nicole Lynn (who will be an executive producer on the series). The project is from writer Tash Grey, who is also writing Power Book III: Raising Kanan, the upcoming second Power spin-off, a prequel that will focus on the character played by 50 Cent.50 Cent (real name: Curtis Jackson) is also developing an anthology series about hip hop, Moment in Time: The Massacre, with plans for the first season of the show to revolve around Jackson’s feud with fellow musician The Game, which included a murder-for-hire plot and music executive Jimmy Rosemond going to prison for life. The series will be written and produced by Abdul Williams, writer and producer of BET’s fantastic The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story miniseries.And Jackson is an executive producer on the first Power spin-off, Power Book II: Ghost, which debuted on Starz on September 6. Picking up right after the series finale of Power, the sequel is already a big hit for Starz. New subscriptions rose 42 percent in the week after the premiere of the series – created by Courtney A. Kemp – and viewership was up 36 percent versus the season premiere of the final season of Power.
Joel Meares for Rotten Tomatoes: This movie, Luca, just made me so happy to watch. It s like you re transported to Italy, it s got bright colors, it s got beautiful themes. And it feels like it s coming at just the right time, because it s making us happy as we emerge from this rough period. And then it s also about friends and reconnecting with friends and I feel like that s also something we re all going through. Do you feel like this is a really good movie for the current time?Jacob Tremblay: Yeah, for sure. You know, because of COVID and everything, people are always inside and to be able to [go out] I know this is more of a kid s movie I guess, but I think it will mean a lot to adults too to be able to remember a lot of childhood memories of having fun adventures in the summertime.Rotten Tomatoes: Yeah, absolutely. One thing that we saw in the trailer and is a big theme in the movie is this Silenzio Bruno concept – sort of putting down the doubter who lives inside you and saying, Shut up, I m going to go and have this fun and do this thing. Do you have Silenzio Bruno moments in your own life or in some of your past acting jobs where you re like, Don t be afraid, I ve got to go and do this ?Tremblay: Yeah. I guess that s a big part of acting for sure, you not being afraid to put yourself out there and do stuff. Because if you don t give it 100 percent, sometimes it ll fall flat. But I think another example of it for me is skiing. I know skiing season is over, but I m in Vancouver right now and skiing is amazing here in winter. So I did a lot of skiing this winter and I think sometimes you have to silence Bruno. Sometimes you can be scared to go out, go try a new jump or something. But yeah, I ve definitely silenced Bruno. And I think because of that, I think because of me silencing Bruno, I was able to get a lot better and I was able to have a lot of fun with it.Rotten Tomatoes: Are you on the black-diamonds?Tremblay: Yeah, I ve managed to do my fair share of blacks.Rotten Tomatoes: I d read somewhere else that you re a big Pixar fan and a big fan of Cars in particular. Why is that your favorite?Tremblay: I think it s because it has the most nostalgia for me because when I was little – or littler I guess – I would always have Lightning McQueen toys. And I even had this Power Wheels car that was Lightning McQueen. It looked like Lightning McQueen or, well, it was Lightning McQueen. Yeah. I would always drive that up and down the street and have a lot of fun with it.(Photo by © Pixar)Rotten Tomatoes: And are there other Pixar movies more recently that have stood out to you or really appealed? Tremblay: I think honestly Soul was really, really good. I really loved that one. And I don t know if this is really, really recent, but Cars 3, I guess. Because I guess it s like Cars 1 and 2 came out when I was at the toddler stage of my life. Cars 3 came out when I was kind of transitioning I guess. But yeah, to be able to see that, it was really cool. I really liked that movie.Rotten Tomatoes: In this movie, Luca is obsessed with Vespas. He dreams about a Vespa, it s his goal, that s what he wants, he gets slack-jawed whenever he sees one on the street. Is there a thing in your life, an item or something, that you ve been as obsessed about as Luca is with the Vespa?Tremblay: So, speaking of going outside, I just got a bike recently, a new bike. I always had a bike but I got a really nice BMX bike. So I ve been going out and teaching myself how to do tricks and stuff, and silencing Bruno on the way too. So yeah, I ve been able to do that riding around town. But another thing is I mean, this is very, very different, but I got a PS5 the other day, really, really recently. So I m really excited about that. But I think the bike that I just got definitely relates to Luca more than a video game console.Rotten Tomatoes: Luca is one of many animated films that you ve done and you ve got a few more coming up from what I ve read. What do you like about animation that you get to do differently than when you re doing something live-action?Tremblay: It s almost like a whole different set of acting skills. There are very, very talented voice actors and I had to learn a lot to do this film. I think one of the biggest things for me is learning how to transport a lot of energy into your voice. So yeah, I guess it was kind of a big learning curve to do that, because a lot of my acting roles have been these big dramatic roles where it has to be very real. And then for something as awesome as Luca I get to let go of all that and have fun with it. So it was really cool. And another thing about this movie is we were able to do a lot of improv. Enrico [Casarosa], the director, he s a really awesome director. He let me kind of go off script sometimes. It was really, really cool.(Photo by © Pixar)Rotten Tomatoes: And just finally, you have another voice piece coming up I m sure you can t say anything about it, but I have to ask. You re returning to the water as Flounder in the live-action The Little Mermaid. Are you excited for that role and what can you tell us about your Flounder, if anything?Tremblay: Yeah, I m really excited for that one. Just like Pixar and Cars, Little Mermaid is such a big part of my childhood. Especially because I have two sisters, so they d always put on Disney movies, even though I wanted to watch Indiana Jones. But they d always have those movies on. So yeah, I definitely have a lot of good memories from that movie. So it s very, very exciting to be a part of that. And even like when you go to Disneyland too, and there s rides. So cool, so cool.Rotten Tomatoes: Will your Flounder be any different from the Flounder in the original? Will it have a Jacob Tremblay spin?Tremblay: I guess you ll have to watch to find out. I think they did something really cool with the design for this fish.Luca is available on Disney+ from Friday June 18, 2021.Thumbnail image: Leon Bennett/WireImage, ©Lucasfilm Ltd., © Warner Brothers, © Buena Vista Pictures, © Warner Brothers, © ParamountOn an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.
华体会全站app porterThis film has a vibe more like a female Fear Loathing in Las Vegas, but set in Florida, and without the drugs. Manon de Reeper, Film Inquiry(Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)How is the cast?[Colman] Domingo is a standout. As is the ever invaluable Riley Keough. Richard Lawson, Vanity FairKeough, in particular, is golden with her cartoonish (and often appropriating) accent. Matt Cipolla, The SpoolThe casting of Riley Keough is a masterstroke… she displays previously untapped comic timing. Jessica Kiang, The PlaylistThe movie s driving force, however, is the chemistry between Paige and Keough. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterYou couldn’t ask for better actors to play the four principals, especially Paige. Justin Chang, Los Angeles TimesPaige and Keough are a classic comedy duo whose energies are so in-sync and old-school you wish they’d take Stefani and Zola on the Vaudeville circuit. Johnny Oleksinski, New York PostIf Paige and Keogh weren’t both such indelible, fiercely charismatic characters, the whole thing could easily fall apart. Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment WeeklyBraun is a scene-stealer, bringing Cousin-Greg-by-way-of-Pete-Davidson energy to poor guileless Derrek. Angie Han, MashableIs it funny?Extremely funny. Hannah Woodhead, Little White LiesLaugh-out-loud funny. David Rooney, Hollywood ReporterThings get dark and menacing, to be sure, but Zola is also filled with outrageous laughs. David Bax, Battleship Pretension[Made with] as much comedy as artfulness. And [Bravo] and O’Harris’ brisk writing is gut-busting stuff. Johnny Oleksinski, New York Post