Posted on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
The 88th Oscars don’t take place for another several days, but we can already say with absolute certainty that all four winners in the acting categories will be white — because for the second year in a row, only white actors were nominated. #OscarsSoWhite has been the defining controversy of this year’s awards season, sparking uncomfortable and long overdue conversations about who wins these awards, and why, and what should be done about it.
But #OscarsSoWhite is really only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Hollywood’s race problem. There’s also the fact that roles for people of color are all too rare to begin with. And then even when they do exist, they often wind up getting filled by white actors. In last night’s episode of Last Week Tonight, John Oliver and his team took on Hollywood whitewashing, asking, “How is this still a thing?” Watch the John Oliver Hollywood whitewashing segment after the jump. Read More »
The Christmas vacation week has been a great time for movies for many years now. Knowing that people are on vacation and (possibly) eager to escape the odd family obligation or two, studios plan big releases for Christmas day, which is also conveniently one of the last big release dates of the year, making the time also a prime spot for the release of films with big award season campaigns. That means there are also many choices this week, from new releases to films that have been in theaters for a week or more, and the plethora of VOD offerings. So here’s a list of twenty movies to watch this Christmas.
Here, we’ll run down the big options for Christmas week movies, and give you some clue of which audiences might get the most out of each. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 15th, 2014 by David Chen
David, Devindra, and Jeff enjoy the comedic stylings of Bill Burr, get mildly impressed by The Purge: Anarchy, marvel at the dickishness of Jason Schwartzman in Listen Up Philip, and praise the moving The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness.
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We frequently think of Ridley Scott as a master, a filmmaker with huge ambition and bigger talent who can bring any vision to the big screen. His resume certainly seems to confirm that. Space opera, war movies, period pieces, spy thrillers, Best Picture winners — he’s pretty much done them all. Still, out of the 22 films Scott has directed, including this week’s release Exodus: Gods and Kings, how many of them are actually good? What about great? It’s a pretty high percentage. Below, we rank the top 15 best Ridley Scott movies. Read More »
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Ridley Scott is one of the most powerful directors working in Hollywood. (If he can get The Counselor made, he can do anything.) Following The Counselor, Scott turned to the story of Exodus, and cast a predominantly white cast for the film Exodus: Gods and Kings. Egyptian pharaoh Ramses II is played by Joel Egerton, who among the least-Egyptian actor working right now. An outcry resulted in part because the “gods and kings” of the title are all white, while the slaves in the film are black. We’re evidently not quite to the point where this won’t happen, but we’re definitely in a place where more audiences realize that the Exodus whitewashing is ridiculous.
Ridley Scott and the film’s stars have mostly avoided or been sheltered from questions about the whitewashed casting. But now Scott has addressed the topic in a brusque manner that doesn’t do anything to help the situation. Read More »
The first trailers for Ridley Scott‘s new film Exodus: Gods and Kings spent a lot of time on the familiar relationship between Moses (Christian Bale) and Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), in order to let us know that this isn’t just another retelling of the story of Exodus as it has been told on the screen before. But that story is definitely here, and this final Exodus trailer opens the floodgates that held back the wrath of God.
This trailer focuses on the darkness that threatens to fall over Egypt if Ramses decides not to free Moses’ people. And we all know how that story plays out. We’ve seen bits of the visualization of the Red Sea in past trailers, and hints of the plagues that beset Egypt, but this trailer offers up a lot more spectacle. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
Ridley Scott has said that one of the things that intrigued him about Exodus: Gods and Kings was how big it was — the grand scale, the giant story, the massive challenges. And earlier this week, a rumor went around that the film would have an enormous running time to match.
The story had an aura of plausibility to it because Exodus: Gods and Kings really is an epic tale, and because Scott has flirted with extra-long runtimes before. His Kingdom of Heaven director’s cut ran well over three hours, and was better for it. But could it really be true in this case? Get the facts about the Exodus Gods and Kings runtime after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by Angie Han
Let it never be said that Ridley Scott works too slowly. This winter brings the release of Exodus: Gods and Kings, his fourth film in five years. This one stars Christian Bale as Moses and Joel Edgerton as Ramses, and if you’ve ever been to Sunday School or caught The Ten Commandments on TV over Easter weekend, you’ll know exactly how dramatically the adopted brothers’ relationship goes awry.
Watch the Exodus Gods and Kings trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, September 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
It’s not hard to imagine why Ridley Scott would want to make Exodus: Gods and Kings. It’s an epic tale for the ages, with plenty of opportunities to show off dazzling visuals and stunning performances. But if you want to hear Scott explain his attraction to the material in his own words, a new featurette has you covered.
The new video takes a peek behind the scenes of Exodus: Gods and Kings, highlighting the impressive scale of the project. Everything about this project looks massive — the sets, the cast, the scope of the story, even the racial controversy it has attracted. Check out the Exodus Gods and Kings behind the scenes featurette after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
Normally, Ridley Scott tapping Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton for the leads of his next movie would be cause for excitement. But in the case of Exodus: Gods and Kings, Scott’s choices have raised some eyebrows. You see, Exodus is a film set in ancient Egypt, about ancient Egyptians, specifically Moses and Ramses.
More than a few people have pointed out the oddness of casting Caucasian people to play Africans — especially since the few black actors he did cast appear to be playing lower-class and criminal elements. Now Scott has finally responded to the Exodus casting controversy. Read his explanation after the jump.
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