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 get a double shot of caffeine, get a peek behind the scenes at those who help make the magic happen, eat the rich, invest in a fake piece of art, and take a fond look back…at a truck stop. Read More »
What is Marvel Comics’ new Absolute Carnage event? Want to see a Captain Marvel design that gave her short hair? Did you know Thanos‘ snap almost didn’t happen in Avengers: Infinity War? Want to see an awesome X-Men: The Animated Series cast reunion panel? Who was revealed as the real big bad behind the final season of Gotham? What kind of villains are we dealing with in Black Widow? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
(Us, the new horror film from Jordan Peele, is in theaters now and it’s the kind of movie that demands a conversation. So Jacob Hall and Ben Pearson are here to do that. Let’s unwrap this movie’s mysteries, shall we?)
Jacob: So you’ve just seen Jordan Peele’s Us. And you have questions, right? Trust us – we know the feeling. Peele’s follow-up to Get Out is a shotgun blast of ideas smuggled into a crowd-pleasing horror movie. Its themes are troubling. Its concepts are tricky. Its perspective is deliberately obfuscated just enough to demand conversation and debate, because the text itself isn’t going to offer up easy answers. That’s why we’re here. Not to fully “explain” Us, a film that defies categorization and easy definitions, but to dig in, to grapple with it, and hopefully inspire you to continue this conversation with your friends after you see it again. Because we’re all going to see it again, right?
Ben: I know I will. In this piece, we’ll present a recap of some of the most head-scratching aspects of the film and try to dig into the thematic meanings behind them – or rather, some possibilities about their thematic meanings. We’ve included several quotes from Peele throughout, but he’s (rightfully) been cagey so far about definitively explaining…well, just about anything. To be clear: this film isn’t a puzzle to be solved, but it was specifically designed to spark conversation. So let’s dive in, but be warned: there are major spoilers ahead.
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Parks and Recreation had seven perfect seasons on NBC, and for many of its fans, that was enough. But we are in the era of revivals and reboots, so at the show’s PaleyFest reunion, the cast and creators Mike Schur and Greg Daniels were inevitably posed the question: Could we expect a Parks and Recreation revival? Only under one very specific condition, answered Schur.
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Ryan Murphy signed a huge deal with Netflix, and the first results of that deal will soon be upon us. The Politician, which Murphy co-created with Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, follows the political aspirations of a wealthy Santa Barbarian. The ambitious concept for the show will have each season dealing with a different type of political race the main character is dealing with. First up: Student Body President at his high school. The Politician premiere date has been officially announced by Netflix, along with the full cast.
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Fans of Gregg Araki‘s surreal stoner comedy Now Apocalypse can now watch the entire first season on streaming now. Starz has released the first season of Now Apocalypse on all of its non-linear platforms, including the Starz app, Starz On-Demand, and StarzPlay in the U.S., U.K., and Canada starting today.
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English actor Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, The Wire) has lent his voice to several animal characters in films already: a cape buffalo in Zootopia, Shere Khan the tiger in The Jungle Book, and a sea lion in Finding Dory. He’s playing a cat in Tom Hooper’s upcoming adaptation of Cats later this year, and now it looks like he’ll be playing a mouse in the film adaptation of the Boom! Studios comic Mouse Guard. He’s a one-man menagerie! Read More »
After winning an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for 2017’s Get Out, writer/director Jordan Peele is back with Us, a new tale of terror that’s a totally different type of movie. And it seems like audiences are curious about what Peele is bringing to the table, because the film has only been out for less than a day and it’s already broken a box office record. Read More »
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Supernatural, the longest-running live-action fantasy TV series in American television history, is coming to an end.
The cast of The CW show has announced that the series will be concluding after its upcoming fifteenth season. “We just told the crew that though we’re very, very excited about moving into our fifteenth season, it will be our last,” star Jensen Ackles said in a video addressed to the show’s fans. “We wanted you to hear from us that though we’re excited about next year, it will be the finale, the big grand finale of an institution.” See the cast deliver the news about the Supernatural ending below. Read More »
A new Joker image is here, showing Joaquin Phoenix looking very, very serious. Lighten up, sir! The movie is called Joker! The black and white pic comes courtesy of director Todd Phillips, who has confirmed he’s now editing the standalone Batman spin-off. See the Joker image below, and don’t worry about spoilers. The only thing this pic reveals is that the Joker uses a VCR at one point.
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