weathering with you review

Makoto Shinkai is a filmmaker whose heart lies with the cosmos. The Your Name director looks at the world through a lens so expansive that sometimes humans can get lost in it — his earliest films more often than not forgot about the character and favored the awe inspired by natural phenomena: meteor showers, typhoons, the unchanging rhythm of the seasons. Like Hayao Miyazaki, who Shinkai has frequently been compared to as the anime legend’s widely regarded successor, Shinkai bows to the might of nature — though his films don’t have quite the deep political messaging as Miyazaki’s.

Shinkai’s strengths lie in his breathtaking animated tributes to the power of nature, rendered in stunning photorealistic animation, and the ripples that natural phenomena send to affect the little people on Earth. It’s why his early films would often feel cold and distant, and his characters vague outlines of people. But with the globally successful Your Name, Shinkai gained a sense of humor. He found a funny bone, a perfect compromise between his cosmic ambition and his intimate character writing. He swings even further in that lighthearted direction with Weathering With You, a whimsical supernatural romance with a pointed environmental message that is even more vibrant than his 2016 mega-hit, but doesn’t quite pack the same emotional wallop.

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the lovebirds trailer

Kumail Nanjiani needs to stop getting behind the wheel of a car. Because it only ends in violence, and this time, murder. In The Lovebirds, Nanjiani is one half of a happy couple with Issa Rae (Insecure), whose bliss is suddenly interrupted by a murder — which they are framed for. Watch The Lovebirds trialer below.

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you season 3 renewed

You has found a comfortable home at Netflix, as Penn Badgley‘s psychopathic romantic relocates to the suburbs. Netflix has just renewed You season 3, with both Badgley and Victoria Pedretti set return for the 10-episode season, expected to premiere sometime in 2021.

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weathering with you clip

Weathering With You is finally making its long-awaited debut in the U.S., which means it’s getting an official English dub for those who struggle with (in the words of Bong Joon-ho) the one-inch barrier of subtitles. GKIDs has released a new Weathering With You clip that gives a preview of the English-language voice cast, which includes Lee Pace, Alison Brie, and Riz Ahmed, in action. But don’t worry, subtitle lovers: When Makoto Shinkai’s highly anticipated follow-up to his worldwide hit Your Name hits theaters later this month, both sub and dub versions will be available.

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Little Women scene breakdown

Greta Gerwig‘s unique adaptation of Little Women is a late addition to my favorite films of 2019. The movie doesn’t open until next week, but Gerwig and stars Saoirse Ronan, Timothée Chalamet, and Laura Dern gathered to break down one of the film’s whirlwind scenes in a new video. Check it out to see what happens when the March girls enter the Laurence home for the first time, and to get the rundown on Chalamet’s vest game in the movie. Read More »

to all the boys ps i still love you trailer

What happens after the happy ending? Not many rom-coms answer that, but we get to find out whether things remain rosy for Lara Jean Covey and Peter Kavinsky in To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You. The sequel to Netflix’s 2018 mega-hit To All the Boys I’ve Loved BeforeP.S. I Still Love You is based on the sequel novel by Jenny Han, and follows Lara Jean and Peter as they try their hands at a real relationship. Watch the To All the Boys PS I Still Love You trailer.

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permanent record movie

After a Crazy Rich breakout, Jon M. Chu is reaching new heights of being in demand. The In the Heights and Crazy Rich Asians director is eying his next project, a YA romance based on H.K. Choi’s bestselling novel, Permanent Record. Chu is currently in talks to produce and direct the Permanent Record movie for Warner Bros., his third film after two high-profile collaborations with the studio.

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Epic ABC

Once Upon a Time creators Eddy Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are returning to the world of fairytales. They’re teaming up with their former Once Upon a Time writer Brigette Hales to launch a new ABC show called Epic, a “romantic anthology series set in the fairytale universe of Disney.” Here’s what we know about it so far. Read More »

to all the boys ps i still love you first look

Last year, the internet lost their collective minds over Peter Kavinsky, Noah Centineo‘s dreamboat teen hunk who romances Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) in Netflix’s surprise rom-com mega-hit To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. But the upcoming sequel, To All The Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, teases a new boy who could vie for our affections. Meet Jordan Fisher‘s John Ambrose McClaren, the new romantic interest who can be seen getting pretty cozy with Lara Jean in the new To All the Boys PS I Still Love You first look images.

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire Criterion

Portrait of a Lady on Fire, one of 2019’s very best movies, will become the newest addition to the prestigious Criterion Collection library next year. This will mark the first Criterion entry for up-and-coming distributor Neon, which has only been operating since 2017.

You can read more about the inclusion of director Céline Sciamma‘s film in this distinguished group, and find out when you can see it for yourselves below.
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