There have been plenty of romantic comedies where one of the parties involved pretends to be something they’re not in order to get the object of their affection to fall deeply in love with them. But what we haven’t seen is one of those movies set firmly in the world of the LGBTQ community during the summer of 2006 in New York City. And we especially haven’t seen one where a high school kid falls for a lesbian girl, who assumes he’s a trans boy, and decides to keep up the facade in order to keep the relationship going. That’s where the Sundance selected film Adam comes into play.
If that premise sounds problematic, that’s because it is, and some who encountered Ariel Schrag‘s 2014 book on which it’s based thought the same thing. But in 2018, and in the hands of trans filmmaker Rhys Ernst (Transparent), the film is a lighthearted, funny, and poignant exploration of gender and sexual identity that allows for mistakes to be made and forgiven, all in favor of inclusiveness and love. Read More »
Native Son is an adaptation of Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, and while I haven’t read that book, first-time director Rashid Johnson arrives on the scene with a smart, impressive debut full of strong work from a young cast.
Ashton Sanders, who played the teenaged version of Chiron in the Oscar-winning Moonlight, transforms into Bigger “Big” Thomas, a young man from Chicago with a love of punk music and a look to match, wearing a shock of green hair and a long black leather jacket with writing scribbled all over it. Big is a rarity for movie characters: someone who completely defies conventional stereotypes (and acknowledges that fact several times in the film) while also feeling like a well-rounded, genuine human with a life that continues when he’s off-camera. Read More »
The latest post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie from Netflix shows a bleak vision of Earth that has been abandoned by humanity — except for two survivors. Anthony Mackie (The Hate U Give) and Margaret Qualley (Death Note) star in IO as the two final humans left on Earth after the rest of world’s population has evacuated to a colony on one of Jupiter’s moons, Io. But this isn’t some quirky Last Man on Earth situation: the two must race against time to catch one of the final shuttles leaving the desolate planet, or else be left alone on a toxic wasteland forever.
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This weekend brings another Netflix original movie to the streaming service, and it might be their most controversial yet. Death Note is an American adaptation of the famous manga of the same name, and while there has been some backlash about the whitewashing of the cast, it sounds like the most offensive thing about the movie is the fact that it doesn’t do anything fresh with the material to justify it. There’s nothing explicitly American about this new take on Death Note from director Adam Wingard other than focusing on a mostly white cast in a condensed adaptation that lacks any of the substance of the original.
Check out what some of the early Death Note reviews have to say below. Read More »
Adam Wingard‘s adaptation of the popular anime and manga Death Note has been wracked by controversy, but you got to give them props for trying. I think.
While the movie has not proven to be loyal to the ethnicity of the characters, the setting, and the cultural context, the new Death Note trailer at least proves that the Netflix movie is at least loyal to the dark, mid-2000s emo aesthetic of the original series. And hey, at least Willem Dafoe‘s Death God Ryuk looks better than the Japanese live-action’s attempt at CGI. So, yay?
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The third and final season of The Leftovers is only four months away. While season one of co-creator Damon Lindelof‘s drama polarized viewers, season two received much more acclaim, and rightfully so. The second chapter of the Tom Perrota adaptation took the series to trippier, funnier, and more dramatic places. Season two concluded on an incredibly cathartic note, but there’s more than likely plenty of struggles left ahead for the Garveys and the Murphys.
Below, learn more The Leftovers season three.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
Like a lot of filmmakers, Spike Jonze started out directing music videos and commercials, and also like a lot of filmmakers, he still likes to return to short-form projects from time to time. Recently, he teamed up with French fashion house Kenzo to help promote their new fragrance, Kenzo World. But what they came up with isn’t your typical perfume ad, with sexy models lounging around and whispering seductive nonsense phrases. It starts out looking like it could be one, but then turns into something much weirder and cooler than that.
Basically, imagine Jonze’s own “Weapon of Choice” music video, but with the manic, expressive choreography of Sia’s “Chandelier.” Then drop The Nice Guys actress (and trained ballerina) Margaret Qualley into the middle of it all, and that’s the new Spike Jonze perfume ad right there. In other words, it’s something you definitely want to put in front of your eyeballs right this second. Click ahead to do just that. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 13th, 2015 by Angie Han
Adam Wingard has found another new name for his Death Note. The Leftovers star Margaret Qualley is set to join Nat Wolff in Warner Bros.’ live-action, English-language adaptation of the hit Japanese manga, about a magical notebook that kills people. (Just go with it.) Learn more about the new Death Note female lead below. Read More »
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HBO has released the second trailer for season two of The Leftovers, the premium cable drama series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, based on Perrotta’s novel of the same name. We previously posted a very brief Leftovers teaser trailer and the first full length trailer. The new trailer focuses on Jarden Texas, a town which had no departures, but also gives us a better look at the characters and story which will be featured in this upcoming second season. Watch The Leftovers season 2 trailer embedded now after the jump. Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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The first season of The Leftovers ended the same way Tom Perrotta‘s book did, with a powerful, potentially hopeful image we won’t spoil here. But what we can say is that all of the source material for the show is gone. So what are the producers to do for a second season? It seems The Leftovers season 2 will change settings from its quaint upstate New York town to a yet-to-be announced location. Plus, while the main cast will return, most of the supporting cast will not. Read more about The Leftovers season 2 below. Read More »