For those who need a quick update and any and all things “Joker controversy” The Thrillist has a great breakdown here.
From the beginning the “Joker will inspire violence” controversy was silly and entirely manufactured. At any moment ANY work of art (Music, Movies, Shows) can influence violence. The thing is though it’s been disproven in study after study that the weight of that influence is minimal.
Art has been a scapegoat since paintings and books were considered demonic and often burnt. Again, influence and desensitization are applicable, but to a degree that is fractional. If someone is troubled enough to commit a massive attack of violence – some other more fucked up shit has happened to them in their life.
I don’t know what it was.
I just remember in the early 2000s staring at the nominations in my local newspaper. I circled the nominees that I thought could win, and come Oscar night I did really well. It was euphoric. It’s the reason people play fantasy sports (besides the gambling aspect of course), the feeling of successfully predicting something.
It’s not for everyone. Some people don’t feel the same euphoria, or they feel it for other things in their life. I found myself reading all the popular blogs just trying to consolidate my predictions. I’d see the favorite, and if it was close, I’d predict an upset. Getting an upset correct feels really good.
So many potentially great films are set to premiere at the 75th annual Venice Film Festival. It was announced in February that Guillermo del Toro will be the jury president. His film “The Shape of Water” won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director last year, but before that it was awarded the coveted Golden Lion by the festival’s jury.
Our future Best Picture winner may be among the list, lead by one of our most predicted films: “First Man” directed by Damien Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash).
Other festivals openers include: Downsizing, Everest, Birdman, Gravity, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, The Ides of March, and Black Swan. So as you can see, “opening film” doesn’t mean much from an award-prognostication standpoint.
Anyway, here’s that list:
Beach Bum (Harmony Korine)
Destroyer (Karyn Kasuma)
Death and Life of John F. Donovan (Xavier Dolan)
Domino (Brian de Palma)
First Man (Damien Chazelle)
The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)
High Life (Claire Denis)
Maya (Mia Hansen-Love)
The Nightingale (Jennifer Kent)
Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas)
Norway (Paul Greengrass)
Old Man and the Gun (David Lowery)
Other Side of the Wind
Outlaw King (David Mackenzie)
Peterloo (Mike Leigh)
Radegund (Terrence Malick)
Roma (Alfonso Cuaron)
Share (Pippa Bianco)
Sisters Brothers (Jacques Audiard)
Star is Born (Bradley Cooper)
Wendy (Benh Zeitlin)
Widows (Steve McQueen)
As I binged Crazy Ex-Girlfriend I would feel a mix of emotions – from laughter to cringe, from cringe to cringe, from cringe to awe (love the musical numbers) and then back to laughter and cringe.
It’s a ridiculous show with a ridiculous premise that bathes itself in over-reactive and exaggerated characters – it’s really good.
Okay, now that you’re caught up…
To some people (actually most people unfortunately) politics is more about faith than it is about facts.
Roseanne Barr was never the kind of person to shy away from giving her political opinion, no matter how controversial or atypical to left-leaning Hollywood.
Mary Queen of Scots
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Old Man and the Gun
13 Reasons Why season one was solid.
There were ebbs and flows throughout the season, but overall it was a strong mystery with a satisfying, yet devastating conclusion.
Everything comes together. Without questionable cliffhangers it would’ve been a strong mini-series and critics agree.
Katherine Langford earned a well-deserved Golden Globe nomination and the critics landed on an admirable 76.
It was announced yesterday that, in an attempt to be less humorous and all-around good, Fox has cancelled “Last Man on Earth,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “The Mick.”
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” is a fan favorite and the fanbase has been shouting. It’s all but guranteed that the cop show will return, maybe on Hulu.
Then there’s “Last Man on Earth,” a show with a strong first season that delves into low-budget slapstick and giddiness as it moves on through its four seasons.
Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” had a completely botched Oscar campaign. With a late, limited release date accompanied by poor advertising the film only managed to receive 2 Oscar nominations – Best Picture and Original Song.
Even though it’d win the ladder, the lack of nominations for it and “Beasts of No Nation” contributed to the “OscarsSoWhite” backlash when all four acting categories failed to nominate a person of color.
Take “Game of Thrones” as a quality example. Yes, last season sucked, but the show has always done its own thing – been a commentary on the unpredictability of chaos of war.
“Handmaid’s Tale” has given itself the burden of political commentary. In a sense, it needs to become effective art. The unfortunate side effect to commentary is that serial art (like television) needs to change – it must be broad.