Following the massive success of the Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls documentary series The Last Dance, ESPN is trying to keep the hype alive by releasing new 30 for 30 sports documentaries on Sundays. One of them will be Long Gone Summer, which chronicles the famous home run battle in the summer of 1998 between St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire and Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa. The first Long Gone Summer trailer has arrived to tease the film’s arrival next week. Read More »
Parasite‘s winning streak continues more than a year after its historic Palme D’or win at last year’s Cannes Film Festival. Bong Joon-ho‘s darkly comic thriller won big at South Korea’s prestigious Grand Bell Awards this week, scooping up five awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress for Lee Jung-eun, Best Screenplay, and Best Music. It’s fitting that the record-setting film which brought the South Korean film industry to the front of the global stage would end its incredible awards season in Korea.
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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Movie: Attack the Block
Where You Can Stream It: Pluto TV
The Pitch: John Boyega, in his star-making role, plays Moses, the young leader of a group of South London teenagers who mugs a nurse (a pre-Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker) on her way home from work. But the mugging is interrupted by a meteorite that crashes from the sky, revealing a big-alien-gorilla-wolf thing that attacks Moses before he quickly kills it. But Moses’ unexpected victory brings about a whole host of new problems, as hundreds of stronger, bloodthirsty aliens soon follow to invade their block.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: When Attack the Block hit theaters in 2011, it received little attention apart from a few critical raves hailing it as one of the best alien invasion movies of the decade and a cult following that would passionately recommend it to anyone remotely interested in genre movies. When John Boyega became a global superstar through the Star Wars franchise, it didn’t receive much more attention. But Attack the Block suddenly, deservedly, finds itself in the spotlight again this week thanks to an impassioned, moving speech by Boyega that made the headlines and turned people on to what a powerhouse the young actor is.
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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?
This week we go back into The Office, journey through history to a simpler time, get sober with Willem Dafoe, goof on the paranormal, and see why Cubs players would eventually destroy Sammy Sosa’s boombox.
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Why is DC Comics severing ties with Diamond Comics distributors? Can Magneto lift Mjolnir? How might the third season of Harley Quinn open? What new details about The Eternals surfaced thanks to some merchandise listings? How did an added detail in Harley Quinn‘s profile in Suicide Squad mess up David Ayer‘s timeline? When will Loki and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier start shooting again? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
Ever wanted to see martial arts superstar Donnie Yen lead a movie wearing a fat suit? Enter the Fat Dragon has you covered. The chaotic first trailer for this inexplicable action film has arrived, and if this isn’t the weirdest trailer you organically find today, please send me whatever is weirder. You’ve gotta see this. Read More »
Much of our focus on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic have been on Hollywood, because that’s the business we cover. But we also have a vested interested in stage theater, since that’s where a lot of the silver screen’s biggest stars and filmmakers have cultivated their talents before becoming household names in Hollywood. That’s why Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes (1917, American Beauty) has made a passionate plea for the government, donors and even Amazon and Netflix to help the stage alive. Read More »
Pete Davidson has no easy answers for how to work through grief. That’s something that the actor and SNL comedian is working on in the Judd Apatow-directed comedy The King of Staten Island. The loosely autobiographical feature film is inspired by Davidson’s own life as he deals with the grief of losing his father. But what Davidson does have, in the new The King of Staten Island clip, is an easy answer for a great business idea: a tattoo restaurant.
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The Annecy Film Festival offers a glimpse at some of the best animation in the world, and while some other fests have been cancelled due to the coronavirus, Annecy is moving forward by shifting completely online this year. While more movies and panel discussions are expected to be added in the days to come, the festival already has an impressive lineup which includes looks at movies like Sony’s Phil Lord and Chris Miller-produced Connected, an early look at Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2, and more. Read More »