Freeman is a legendary actor that had a peak streak of well-celebrated films between 1989 and 2008; “Glory,” “Unforgiven,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Seven,” “Million Dollar Baby,” and “The Dark Knight.”Read More
This is a before/after screenshot of Rotten Tomatoes’ purge of “troll” user reviews for “Captain Marvel,” which led to the review aggregate site deleting, from what I was told, close to half of the reviews they deemed to be by “trolls” of the Marvel film. The user score went from 32% to 60% due to the actions that were taken. Actual critic tomato-meter seems unchanged.
David Fincher, currently in Austin for SXSW, has been endlessly promoting his animated oddity “Love, Death and Robots” (premiering on Netflix, 3.15), an “anthology animated short series made by different artists from around the world.” This is his first public appearance, that I can think of, since he had his sequel to “World War Z” scrapped by Paramount earlier this month.Read More
The late Anton Yelchin would have celebrated his 30th birthday today.Read More
Don't get greedy now.Read More
At first glance, Jia Zhang-ke‘s “Ash is Purest White” feels like an immaculately perfect patchwork film, taking cues from his 2013 masterwork “A Touch of Sin” and his flawed, but brilliant, 2015 epic “Mountains May Depart,” as well as the docu-drama Chinese glimpse of “Still Life.” It’s odd, considering that Zhang-ke is not known for repetition — in fact, the only repetitiveness we keep seeing is the use of his wife and muse Zhao Tao in his movies. The director is famous for continuously trying to re-examine and reinvent the language of cinema with every movie.Read More
There have been countless racists and anti-Semites over the years in the arts; Virginia Woolf, Patricia Highsmith, T.S. Eliot, Flannery O’Connor, H.P. Lovecraft, Dr. Seuss, Walt Disney (!!!) just to name a few. William S. Burroughs killed his wife, Phil Spector is also a murderer and, yet, his immaculate wall-of-sound productions are still blasting, justifiably so, on the radio on hot summer days (is there a better sensory-filled, audio-driven feeling than those great songs he created back in the 60s?) J.D. Salinger was, supposedly, a pedophile; Lord of the Flies author William Golding tried to rape a 15-year-old girl, both of these men have written books that are practically mandatory reading at almost ever high school in this country. Caravaggio was a pimp and a murderer. Charles Dickens, Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald all treated their wives like total crap. Chuck Berry, by all accounts, was a hot-tempered asshole that also tried to sleep with a 15-year-old girl. I could go on and on.
History has always found a way to separate art from the artist.
“Captain Marvel” has so far made, since Wednesday, close to $155M domestically, not to mention $455M worldwide. This is yet another spring success for Marvel, as practically at the same time last year, “Black Panther” was nearing record-breaking domestic box office receipts.Read More
I am, sadly, not going to SXSW this year at Austin, but I will be reviewing whatever publicists send me via screeners .. I’m all eyes and ears boys and girls of the PR world. Yesterday Jordan Peele‘s Us (being released on 3.22) was, for the most part, greeted with near universal praise after premiering over there. However, I wouldn’t count on it having a smooth landing with critics just yet, there’s a certain sense of hyperbolic fever that runs down Austin every year at this time — last year Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” was greeted after its world premiere as if it were the second-coming when it was, in fact, just a decently entertaining film. It happens every year at SXSW. I’ve heard from a few well-trusted journos covering the fest this year that “Us” is not that great. I adored Peele’s directing-debut, the time-capsule worthy “Get Out,” which also happened to top my ten best list of 2017 It was a film that came out at the exact right time — A manifest of the social anxieties, both consciously and subconsciously, going on right now in America.
Look for my review of “Us” to be posted on March 19th.
The exposition in “True Detective” Season 3 almost broke the season apart for me. When you have an actor like Mahersala Ali, who can give off emotional resonance with just a facial stare, and you give him incredibly expanded dialogue, well, that’s creator Nic Pizzolatto’s ego for you.Read More
Eric Kohn has an interesting report in IndieWire about the Netflix-Cannes issue. However, before we get into that topic, he lays out the cards for us, in terms of this year’s upcoming festival, and, as mentioned of WoR, not only is Scorsese’s “The Irishman” a potential competition title, but there’s also a new untitled Noah Baumbach starring Adam Driver and Scarlet Johansson, Steven Soderbergh’s “The Laundromat,” and Joshua and Benny Safdies’ A24-produced “Uncut Gems,”Read More