2021 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations

The 2021 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been announced. Along with honoring the best that independent cinema has to offer, this year’s Indie Spirit Awards have also introduced a television category, with several awards being handed out for the small screen.

On the feature film side of things, Never Rarely Sometimes Always came out on top with seven total nominations across all categories. Coming up right behind it is the American family drama Minari with six nominations, followed by Nomadland and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, each scoring five nominations overall. See the full list of 2021 Independent Spirit Awards nominations below. Read More »

WandaVision Hints at How Is Vision Alive

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, take a closer look at some of the hints about how Vision has returned in Marvel’s new series WandaVision. Plus, The Hollywood Reporter hosts a virtual directors roundtable with filmmakers Spike Lee, Regina King, Lee Isaac Chung, George Clooney, and more. And finally, go behind the scenes of the first season of the Netflix period romance series Bridgerton. Read More »

/Filmcast Ep. 601 – Listener Mailbag

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This week, it’s a mailbag episode! David, Devindra, and Jeff reflect on this week’s political events in America, then move on to chat about movie piracy, pandemic viewing habits, and favorite podcasts.

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Ethan Anderton’s Top 10 Films of 2020

Ethan Anderton Top 10 Movies of 2020

In one of the most hellish years in recent memory, escaping to the movies became rather difficult, at least if you wanted to see them in theaters. Thankfully, through the magic of all the streaming services that we once complained about being too plentiful, we were still given a smorgasbord of cinema to feast upon, and it made for another challenging time for picking my favorite movies of the year. All of my Top 10 Films of 2020 were watched from the comfort of my home, but I wish I could have admired them from a cushy seat in front of a silver screen in order to absorb them even more completely.  Read More »

ma rainey's back bottom featurette

August Wilson‘s words are revered as poetry, his plays taught in classrooms. So it’s no wonder that director George C. Wolfe and producer Denzel Washington wanted to put special care in bringing Wilson’s stage play, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, to the screen. In a new featurette, Wolfe, Washington, and the rest of the cast of Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom delve into Wilson’s “crackling” dialogue and lyrical writing, and how they set about adapting it for the screen. Check out the video below.

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ma rainey's black bottom featurettes

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is on Netflix today, and the streamer is wasting no time hyping up the lead performances by Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman. In two Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom featurettes, Davis and Boseman are given the spotlight, with footage of the two of them behind-the-scenes shared alongside interviews with their co-stars praising them to high heaven. Watch the Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom featurettes below.

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mank trailer

November 2020, arguably the most stressful month in a year of stressful month, is almost at an end. Which means it’ll soon be December, and we’ll all be in holiday mode while also wondering what fresh hell awaits us. But there’s one thing we can do to distract ourselves from reality: watch stuff on Netflix. And as is always the case, a new month brings new Netflix titles. so here are the best TV shows and movies coming to Netflix in December 2020.

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom trailer

The Oscar buzz is coming in hot for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, George C. Wolfe‘s adaptation of the classic August Wilson play which stars Viola Davis and, most notably, Chadwick Boseman in his final film role. And what a swan song for Boseman the movie is, according to early buzz for the highly anticipated Netflix film.

Critics are calling Boseman’s turn in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom as “magical” and “the best he’s ever been on-screen.” The raves come after weeks of growing awards buzz for both Boseman and Davis, both of whom Netflix are preparing big Oscar campaigns around. It sounds like it’s well-deserved for both acting titans, who will appear in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Netflix in December.

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom trailer

There was already an air of reverence attached to Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the upcoming Netflix adaptation of the August Wilson play, due to it being Chadwick Boseman‘s final feature film role. But the trailer for Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom may only strengthen that reverence, as Boseman and star Viola Davis give knockout performances in the roles of an ambitious trumpet player and the legendary “Mother of the Blues.” Watch the Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom trailer below.

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ma rainey's black bottom first look

George C. Wolfe‘s adaptation of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, based on the August Wilson stage play of the same name, was already on track to become one of Netflix’s major 2021 Oscar contenders. However, the tragic passing of star Chadwick Boseman in August has turned it into a memorial of sorts to the late actor, who makes his final feature film appearance in the film. Netflix has released the first images from Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom featuring Boseman, as well as co-stars Viola Davis, who plays the titular role, and Denzel Washington, both of whom praise Boseman’s performance in the movie as one of the finest of his career. See the Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom first look photos below.

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