Join us weekly as Rotten Tomatoes reports on what s opening, expanding, and coming to the specialty box office. From promising releases from new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie darling to go the distance for end-of-year accolades – we will break it all down for you here each week in Fresh Indie Finds. This week at the specialty box office, we find a documentary about a firebrand Texas journalist who famously dubbed President George W. Bush shrub (aka The little Bush) and a political thriller, starring Keira Knightley, about translator-turned-whistleblower Katharine Gun, who risked everything to bring light to an illegal spying operation by the United States of America. In our Indie Trailer section, we find new clips featuring Tye Sheridan and Jeff Goldblum and a new documentary on Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher.Opening This Weekend Although the opening shot of 1999 s Mystery Men is pure DC Cinematic Universe – the strange semi-futuristic cityscape that echoes Tim Burton’s Batman, the worshipful but also terrifying statue of local hero Captain Amazing that feels straight out of Zack Snyder s world – what follows actually lays out a template for what would eventually be Marvel’s complete and utter dominance in the superhero movie space.Two movies that were released just prior to Mystery Men – Blade in 1998 and The Matrix in March 1999 – are most often credited with kickstarting the comic book movie revival. The Wachowskis anime-inspired sci-fi blockbuster showed how super-powered action could and should look, while Wesley Snipes’ vampire crusader proved you could find success beyond Marvel’s A-list roster. But looking back, neither of those films really fit tonally with what the MCU would become. The real seeds were planted in a silly and underrated Ben Stiller comedy that celebrates its 20th birthday on August 6. Here’s how.The CastOne of the hallmarks of Marvel movies is that they are littered with big and unexpected names, from Gwyneth Paltrow in Iron Man to Robert Redford in Captain America: The Winter Soldier to Matt Damon in Thor: Ragnarok. For a superhero goof, Mystery Men shared similar out-of-the-box thinking, resulting in even the smaller roles being surprisingly memorable. The main team was comprised of an Avengers-level mix of mid- to late- 90s indie and comedy stars, including Stiller, Janeane Garofalo, William H. Macy, Hank Azaria, and Paul Reubens; the main villain was a supremely hammy Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush, and the periphery was dotted with “whoa, really” names like Eddie Izzard, Ricky Jay, Cee-Lo Green, Dane Cook, and Tom Waits. Superhero movies had come a long way from a time when they were the last refuge of stuntmen and up-and-comers, and Mystery Men took the baton from Tim Burton (who went way outside the box with Michael Keaton in Batman) and ran with it for a bit before Marvel took over.The World Building(Photo by Universal courtesy Everett Collection)Although Iron Man and Captain America: The First Avenger hit some of the expected story points, by and large Marvel got away from doing traditional origin stories. Rather than having each new hero start off in a blank slate world where they’re the only ones with superpowers, Marvel built a world where multiple heroes and villains existed in various points throughout history. Mystery Men, too, drops you right into the thick of it with a superteam fighting supervillains in a city that is so comfortable with its own Superman that he has corporate sponsors.There is a sequence about midway through the movie in which the Mystery Men hold open tryouts (a gag that would be recycled in Deadpool 2), and they are swarmed with wannabes. This is a world as used to seeing this sort of thing as the people of MCU New York are to seeing Spider-Man.The HumorNaturally, Mystery Men was never intended to be anything but a superhero spoof. But its willingness to embrace the core silliness of the superhero concept helped show Marvel how to overcome a major obstacle. The knock against the DC movies is that they are dark, plodding, largely humorless affairs. And if you start to take the idea of people in fancy suits flying around cities too seriously, the whole thing begins to falls apart. The self-awareness to know that humor makes comic book storytelling go down a lot easier fuels Marvel even at its darkest. Avengers: Infinity War or Avengers: Endgame would have been too much to take without the relief supplied by Dr. Strange and Tony Stark’s catty bickering, or Korg’s epic Fornite battle against Noobmaster69.The Team DynamicsAnd speaking of the bickering A team of noble heroes who all share an unshakable respect for one another, and who treat each other with courtesy and dignity at all times… is boring. Like Mystery Men, Marvel understands that teams like the Avengers or the Guardians of the Galaxy thrive when they don’t get along. Likewise, the Mystery Men treat each other more like co-workers than real friends. Post-battle, they sit in diners and complain like they just clocked out of a factory job (and coincidentally, the original Avengers ends with… the team sitting around in a diner eating).The (Lack of) Secret Identities(Photo by MCA courtesy Everett Collection)This is an extension of the world-building idea, but it’s no coincidence that Marvel ditched the concept of “secret identities” as soon as it could. It’s a hindrance more than it is a help – watch how they bend over backwards to get Tony Stark fighting helmetless, or how many times Captain America takes his mask off so you can see his face. Mystery Men doesn’t even bother with masking its heroes. They exist in a world that’s gotten used to the idea of superheroes, just as the MCU seems to be pretty OK with one of the world’s most successful tech billionaires occasionally running off to fight Thanos, and where kids think nothing of asking Hulk for a selfie.The Balancing Act(Photo by MCA courtesy Everett Collection)In the end, though, Mystery Men still allows its crew of misfit heroes to have their moment. They’ve been the butt of the joke for most of the movie’s runtime, but they’re ultimately still allowed to be heroic and win the day. There’s just enough earnestness there to get away with it – had the movie gone more cynical, it would have piled on the jokes regardless of whether or not anyone saved anything. It’s a delicate balance, and a Marvel entry like Thor: Ragnarok actually feels right in line with it. It never quite tips completely over into out-and-out Thor parody, though it comes close. But Marvel had, by that point, settled so comfortably into a tone that both celebrates and pokes fun at the concept of superheroes that it all managed to work.And who would have thought it would be the Mystery Men who’d light the way?Mystery Men was released in theaters on August 6, 1999.
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(Photo by © MGM / Courtesy Everett Collection)It is slightly bizarre to even contemplate predictions right now as everything about awards season is up in the air: release dates, likely competitors, how festivals will play out. Still, it seems not even a pandemic can stop Hollywood s efforts to reward itself, with the Oscars, Golden Globes, and others determined that the shows – albeit delayed – will go on. And so, continuing our series of “Ridiculously Early Oscar Predictions,” we arrive at our Best Actress predictions. Yes, it s early given how little is known for sure, but this isn’t exactly a normal Oscar year.As with our Best Actor predictions, our Best Actress picks are basically educated guesswork. Several films have yet to be screened and there is still plenty of time for Oscar submissions. No matter what happens, the upcoming season will make history as the first in which films will not have to screen in theaters to contend for Hollywood’s top prizes, which sets up some intriguing possibilities for which films could break through and snag nominations. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announced earlier this summer that the Oscars would be postponed by two months to April 25, 2021, and extended release-date eligibility rules to February 28, 2021, in addition to allowing streaming-only submissions and making all eligible films available on the Academy screening library, forgoing the typical member screenings.A number of films likely to be in the conversation have actually already screened and earned Tomatometer scores, and pundits are already singling out the major standout performances in them. Our list does include some performances yet to be seen, but for which pre-release buzz and expectations are high. With that said, some on this list may end up in the Supporting Actress category.Whether we like it or not, the campaigns are quietly underway, the conversation has started, and we’re now ready to join it. If history and basic math tell us anything, it is that most of these names won’t make it to Oscar night, but we’re pretty confident many of them will be right up there in the awards chatter. So please read on as we break down our ridiculously early picks for 2020 s Best Actress contenders.Don t agree with our picks? Have at us in the comments.Julia Garner
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6.30.9 6月喜迎This week in TV news brings you behind-the-scenes drama on one of DC Universe s biggest 2019 launches, major video game adaptation casting news, and much more in the world of TV.TOP STORYTrouble in the Water for Swamp Thing?News broke earlier this week that production on DC Universe’s upcoming series Swamp Thing had been halted after five months of shooting. Some reports — including the initial story from one of the local news outlets, the Wilmington Star-News, that brought the story from the Wilmington, North Carolina set to national attention — noted that the shut-down was actually a pause so creators could “rewrite an ending” that would shave the series’ initial episode order from 13 down to 10. But others included the seemingly unfounded speculation that the move marked not just a creative shift for the series, but certain doom for the streaming service altogether.DC Universe’s response to that? Nah. The company’s metaphorical mic drop of a response involved releasing the very first teaser for the series, which noted that it would arrive on its original, already-announced release date: May 31. Watch it above.We Can See Your Halo(Photo by Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection)American Gods star Pablo Schreiber has landed the coveted lead role in Showtime’s upcoming adaptation of Halo, based on the popular Xbox game. He’ll play Master Chief, Earth s most advanced warrior in the 26th century and the only hope of salvation for a civilization pushed to the brink of destruction by the Covenant, an unstoppable alliance of alien worlds committed to the destruction of humanity. The series will introduce a new character to the Halo universe, too: newcomer Yerin Ha will play Quan Ah, a shrewd, audacious 16-year-old from the Outer Colonies who meets Master Chief at a fateful time for them both. Production begins in Budapest, Hungary, this fall.Stranger Things Lawsuit Heads to Court(Photo by Netflix)A lawsuit against Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer alleging that the filmmaker brothers stole the idea for their hit series is headed to trial next month. A Los Angeles judge ruled against a petition for summary judgment that the Duffers and Netflix had submitted, ensuring the matter would proceed to trial. (A summary judgment means the judge would rule on the matter without a full trial.) Plaintiff Charlie Kessler alleges in his lawsuit that he pitched the Duffers a project at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival based on “various urban legends, and paranormal and conspiracy theories,” and that he’s owed a third of the show’s profits. The Duffers allege that the casual, 10- to 15-minute chat “is the sole bases for the alleged implied contract at issue in this lawsuit and for Kessler’s meritless theory that the Duffers used his ideas to create Stranger Things.” Check out more on the suit at The Hollywood Reporter.Lena Waithe on Westworld, Mike Myers on Netflix, and more Casting News(Photo by Dee Cercone/Everett Collection)Lena Waithe is the latest star to join the currently filming third season of Westworld, according to Entertainment Weekly. She joins fellow new cast member Aaron Paul in a top-secret role.Comedian Mike Myers will executive produce and star in a new comedy series for Netflix. The half-hour limited series will see the Austin Powers star play multiple characters over six episodes.Joel Edgerton will play a slave-catcher named Ridgeway in Amazon’s upcoming series from Barry Jenkins, The Underground Railroad, Variety reports. The series is based on Colson Whitehead’s book of the same name, which follows a young slave escaping her Georgia plantation only to find a literal underground railroad system, and will consist of 11 episodes (all directed by Jenkins).And finally, three new actors have joined CBS All Access’ upcoming Picard-focused Star Trek series: Alison Pill, Harry Treadway, and Isa Briones. The three will all be series regulars alongside Sir Patri
(Photo by 20th Century Fox.)All Alien Movies RankedEver since 1979, when Ridley Scott blasted the haunted house formula into deep space, the Alien franchise has been synonymous with brooding atmosphere, strong female leads, eye-covering gore, grotesquely magnificent set design (as originally envisioned by H.R. Giger), and films that just overall ooze with style, along with whatever else that drips out of a Xenomorph s mouth. In 1986, James Cameron turned the series into an action epic; subsequently, any sequel that tries the same route now gets called the Aliens of whatever franchise. David Fincher and Jean-Pierre Jeunet had their controversial and trouble moment in the series, and then two Rotten Predator-related spinoffs convinced Scott to return with mythological prequel Prometheus and back-to-basics Covenant. See how they all stack as we rank all Alien movies by Tomatomter!
Are the Performances in Cursed Magical? Langford is an excellent choice for Nimue. She is strong and resilient yet somewhat trusting and naïve. — Allison Rose, FlickDirectTerell is brilliant as Arthur. A Black Arthur does feel radical, but he is a co-lead and sidekick to Langford s Nimue. Cursed is still a lot of fun, but don t expect anything too revolutionary from this safely subversive new Netflix show. — Rosie Knight, NerdistAlmost no one can act and those who can are taking it easy. — Lucy Mangan, GuardianIs Cursed’s Fantasy Believable?(Photo by Courtesy of Netflix © 2020)Cursed’s Fey, made up of snake-skinned, tusked and other hybrid humanoids, all with their own cultures, efficiently establishes them as a living, breathing species independent of their human relatives. — Hannah Collins, CBRIs Cursed Cheaply Made or Flashy and Stylish? (Photo by Netflix © 2020)Cursed does a fine job of stylizing its visuals, as well as building a complex story base (even if the latter feels too bulky at times). — Kimberly Ricci, UproxxCursed may not be the most serious or profound program that TV has to offer, but you won t find many shows more solidly built or satisfying. — Judy Berman, TIME MagazineWith twists and turns you might not see coming, no matter how well you know Arthurian Legend, Cursed delivers a fun and wild ride. It also has serious Game Of Thrones vibes. — Tessa Smith, Mama s GeekyFinal Thoughts? (Photo by Courtesy of Netflix © 2020)Featuring a lot of promise but failing in the execution tonally, Cursed is unfortunately a bit of a missed opportunity to breathe new life into the Arthurian legend. — Nicola Austin, We Have a HulkCursed makes complete its clumsy tightrope walk, but will need to build stronger support for any feminist goals it has for future seasons. — B.L. Panther, The SpoolCursed will do — it’s nowhere near perfect but its attempt to take on an alternative tale with a female, strong lead, makes the whole viewing worthwhile. — Daniel Hart, Ready Steady CutBloated yet entertaining, Cursed carves out a uniquely weird kitsch-fantasy niche for itself, even if it doesn t always quite know what it wants to be. — Shaun Munro, Flickering MythI never was able to fully give myself over to Cursed, but I never really got bored and I think there s a better show laying in wait for a second season. More Pym, please! — Dan Fienberg, Hollywood ReporterThe highs of the series far outweigh the lows, and Cursed manages to tell an exciting and surprisingly timely tale with Nimue and the rest of the Arthurian roster. It is sure to fill the void in the hearts of fantasy fans everywhere. — Charlie Ridgely, ComicBook.com
The 2010s were an exciting time for comic book–based television shows. The decade began with Smallville demonstrating a superhero show could be done on a budget, pull off the occasional iconic comic book moment, and sustain an audience for ten seasons. Almost immediately after it left the air in 2012, a whole second generation emerged to prove you can be faithful to the source material and still strike out in new directions. Soon, we had a whole superhero multiverse dominating one network’s lineup, a S.H.I.E.L.D. television show offering a weekly dose of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and even a few shows proving comics can offer television prestige-caliber material.Of course, as we reflect on the decade past, only a handful of shows — or seasons of shows — can truly prove to be exemplary of the types of stories comics pioneered and still make for great TV. Some shows stand above the rest in terms of consistent quality, while others deserve recognition for the key time they got it right or advanced their genres on television. These 10 shows reveal just how wide in scope and far in storytelling we’ve come since Smallville started the 21st century’s comics on TV revolution.Watchmen: Season 1 (2019) 96%With only one season under its cape, Watchmen did two impossible things: 1.) It adapted the classic comic book by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbon, and John Higgins into something wildly different, yet wholly consistent as the source. 2.) It got AT T to pay for a long-form treatise on American racism. And even if that topic had not become relevant in the last few years, Watchmen would still feel worthy for using this specific comic book to talk about these issues. Considering how much the source embeds itself in American history, taking this angle feels like mining the original comics’ great missing chapter. Meanwhile, the show features some powerhouse acting talent with Regina King, Louis Gossett Jr, Jean Smart, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Tim Blake Nelson delivering better and better performances each week. Though the most recent entry on the list, it’s certainly earned its place.Legion 91%Though it wavered in the second season, Legion proved one can take the basic concepts behind the X-Men and make a provocative, meaty, and artistically diverse program. With its dance sequences, rap battles, and genre-bending episodes, creator Noah Hawley put his directors in the driver’s seat as they found unique ways to further the tale of Charles Xavier’s son David (Dan Stevens) and his cohort of would-be saviors. And in the end, it left us feeling as though we watched the most compelling X-Men prequel ever devised. Well, a prequel if you consider the future they showed Xavier (played by Harry Lloyd in the third season) was prevented by him founding the X-Men.Arrow: Season 2 (2013) 95% (Photo by The CW)We’ll be honest, Arrow’s quality wavers in the extreme, but its second season was a standout in terms of achievement and intent. Intended to be a season-long tale called “City of Heroes,” the show expanded its universe with the arrival of Sarah Lance (Caity Lotz), the return of Slade Wilson (Manu Bennett), and the debut appearance of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin). It was also the year its flashbacks to Lian Yu felt the most resonant. In that story, we see what turned Slade from Oliver’s (Stephen Amell) best ally into his worst enemy just as the present day story carefully built up Slade’s plan for revenge. The show would try to mine that idea the next few seasons, but the device never works as well again as it did here. Also, this season set the standard for all the Arrowverse shows to follow.Marvel's Daredevil: Season 3 (2018) 97% In its final run on Netflix, Daredevil finally found the tone it needed all along: a tense legal thriller in which the plucky lawyer just happens to be a vigilante who fights people on rooftops. Very loosely based on the classic “Born Again” comic book story line, the third season played to all of the show’s strengths by pitting Matt Murdoch (Charlie Cox) against Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) once again and pairing down all of the characters to their essentials. This technique even extended to its one major introduction: Wilson Bethel as a not-yet-Bullseye whose usually ambiguous origin becomes definitive and downright compelling. And though we previously said the series felt complete with season 3, we would have loved to see this take on Daredevil continue.Marvel's Jessica Jones: Season 1 (2015) 94%(Photo by Myles Aronowitz/Netflix)Taking its cues from the early issues of Marvel’s Alias comic book and the later Purple story line, Jessica Jones first season continues to be the most satisfying of its three-year lifespan because it is directly about something: surviving rape. Thanks to the stellar performance of Krysten Ritter as Jessica and, of course, David Tennant as Killgrave the program used superhero trappings to talk about astonishing mental anguish and what people do to cope. Consider the way Jessica avoids any sort of support while Malcom (Eka Darville) almost immediately forms a support group for Killgrave’s victims. Sure, Jessica’s ultimate answer is violent, but it is cathartic. The story also gave the series a focus it would never have again even as it continued to produce quality work.Swamp Thing: Season 1 (2019) 92%Swamp Thing was not just true to its comic book roots, it was true to a whole genre of comics DC’s horror titles of the mid-1980s and early ’90s. Moody, gothic, and as often about relationships as existential terror, they were the post-Punk books DC needed to produce. And as a short-lived DC Universe original series, Swamp Thing captured this feeling in episodes like “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” in which an old evil in the swamp returns, passing from person to person as it tries to create more death and despair. The story feels like a single issue of Hellblazer or Swamp Thing while also serving the program’s ongoing plots. The series also served up the production values Swamp Thing always deserved. Sadly, that dedication to quality and fidelity meant the series enjoyed an all-too-brief life.The Walking Dead: Season 8 (2017) 65%While the series made a number of strides since Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) woke up in that hospital — and some wavering moments in quality — season 8 and its “All Out War” story line may be the best run of the series to date. It is the last time the core characters were unified, both physically and in purpose. Say what you like about Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), but he brings people together — even if the vast majority of them united just to bring him down. And there is that magic moment when Negan met Shiva. The season also gave Rick the win he so badly needed, even if it cost him his son Carl (Chandler Riggs). For a show loathed to traffic in happy endings, this was Rick’s chance at a vanquishing a foe and the closest it could come to letting its protagonist have anything remotely “happy.”DC's Legends of Tomorrow: Season 3 (2017) 88%(Photo by The CW)Proving superheroes can be wildly funny while still saving the universe, Legends fully shed the dour trappings of its first season with this inventive and off-beat year. The initial story saw the Legends fixing time after nearly tearing it asunder the previous year. But their efforts to patch the timestream also let a literal demon into their world. John Constantine (Matt Ryan) made a few appearances to help with the magical angle while Zari Tomas (Tala Ashe) arrived to abuse her snack privileges aboard the Waverider and call out the team for their constant failures as heroes although she proves equally disposed to goofing off in the end. Also, the season gave us Beebo, and how can we resist its strange must-have-Christmas-gift power?Wynonna Earp 92%(Photo by Michelle Faye/Wynonna Earp Season 2, Inc./Syfy)Born of a somewhat obscure 1990s Image Comics title, Wynonna Earp fills a niche so under-represented that its dedicated fanbase is now as much a part of the story as the chronicles of the title character. Returning to her hometown, Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) discovers her legacy has a supernatural element and that her family is nothing like what she believed it to be. Playing loose, fast, and funny with language, mythology, and the heart, the show never shies away from its influences or weaving tension into its comedy. And as its cast grew and the world-building deepened, it did for horror tropes what DC s Legends of Tomorrow does for the DC Comics milieu. The result is a seemingly light show with the power to de
亚博全站APP下载地址 (Photo by © Universal)And yet, as the year went on, the performance largely failed to capture voters’ imaginations at the various guilds and other awards. This professional, middle-class character, struggling with the kinds of challenges white nominees’ characters frequently do – a crumbling marriage, growing alcohol dependency – didn’t connect. Back in 1995, Susan Sarandon was Oscar-nominated, and won, for a similar role – her character was a nun who formed a bond with a death-row inmate. Were the films in which they featured so different? Tim Robbins was an accomplished actor before he directed Dead Man Walking, but this was merely his second feature, just as Clemency was writer-director Chinonye Chukwu s sophomore film. Sarandon was riding a wave of recent nominations and industry acclaim, but it would be hard to make the case she had as much of an “it’s her time” pitch as Woodard, who’s been acting for more than 40 years and has won four Emmys in addition to her Supporting Actress Oscar nomination.Was Lupita Nyong’o’s dual turn as “Red”/Adelaide in Us that much different from Natalie Portman’s Jekyll/Hyde performance in Black Swan, hailed as a landmark and rewarded with the actress’s first Oscar? Both required physical feats to achieve – Portman s ballerina diet and training; Nyong’o’s intense vocal work – and both set the zeitgeist alight, but only one managed to bust through the genre barrier to capture voters’ attention. (Notably, Nyong o s previous Oscar win was for playing a slave who is raped and tormented in 12 Years A Slave.)Speaking of genre breakouts: Was Tiffany Haddish’s turn in Girls Trip so different from Melissa McCarthy’s in Bridesmaids? Was grapefruitin’ any less iconic than McCarthy’s airplane antics? It is all subjective, of course, but the point remains: performances in the same space, in the same types of films, seem to rarely cut through if they’re given by Black actresses. If we could mark one exception it would Whoopi Goldberg’s Oscar-winning turn in Ghost, but it s worth noting what The Color Purple actress said when she accepted the trophy in 1991: She was not the filmmakers first choice, she had to fight for the role, and it was star Patrick Swayze stating he wanted her that finally secured her the part. And she was already an Oscar-nominated actress – for playing a victim of abuse – at the time.(Photo by @Universal)What is an award-worthy performance for a Black actress? Viola Davis received her first Oscar nomination for Doubt, playing a mother whose son is abused by the Church (and her abusive husband); she got her second for playing a maid in The Help; she would win for playing a housewife in Fences. Oscar-winner Halle Berry’s character was living in abject poverty in Monster’s Ball; Regina King, who won Best Supporting Actress for playing family matriarch Sharon in If Beale Street Could Talk, was thankfully just poor. Mo’Nique played a verbally abusive mother who chose her boyfriend – who was sexually abusing her daughter – over her own child in Precious. The performance resonated so much with voters the comedienne famously didn’t even need to campaign for the award.Meanwhile, Angela Bassett campaigned to the fullest and did everything an Oscar hopeful is expected to do and still came up short when she played Tina Turner in What’s Love Got to Do With It; Pam Grier in Jackie Brown was also deemed unworthy of Oscar consideration, despite her celebrated comeback role with one of the hottest directors in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino. Grier s is an understated role in an ensemble cast, but that didn t keep her similarly understated co-star Robert Forster from an Oscar nomination or, years later, Amy Adams from a nomination when she played a wise con-artist in American Hustle.The most accomplished Black actresses of our time – Woodard, Spencer, Cicely Tyson, Goldberg, Nyong’o, and even Oprah – all had to make a stop as a maid or slave on their way to the Oscar stage. And what of the winners? Of the nine Black women who have actually won Academy Awards, only three – Whoopi Goldberg, Jennifer Hudson, and Regina King – can boast that they broke the mold, playing in order: a con artist, a scorned singer, and mother whose son was accused of rape.(Photo by John Rasimus / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)The numbers don’t lie: A Black actress s best chance at being nominated for and winning an Oscar lies in playing a maid or a slave – and, at the very least, making a mark as a maid or slave before moving to a different Oscar-winning role. Is that progress? Meanwhile, the road to Oscar victory for some non-Black winners over the last few decades has included playing a waitress falling in love, an inspirational football mom, a drunken socialite, a witty widow, an FBI agent, a boxer, and an elderly rich lady just taking a ride. It’s not that any one of these was not deserving, simply that they illustrate that the path and potential for white actresses aspiring to the Oscars stage seems extraordinarily wide, while the path for Black actresses seems as narrow as an Olympic gymnastics balance beam – stepping just an inch or so off means you falter.This phenomenon is not unique to Black actresses: If you are an Asian actress, your chances of a nomination are even slimmer, and still to this day, more white actresses have won for playing Asians than Asian women have for playing their own identity. And Latinx actresses have not fared
The first reviews are in for DC s Shazam! and Fresh is the magic word – very Fresh, in fact. The story of Billy Batson s (Asher Angel) discovery of his inner superhero – which critics are calling the lightest, most fun, and most kid-friendly of the DCEU offerings so far – is currently sitting at 94% on the Tomatometer with 47 reviews counted [as of Sunday, March 24, 10am PT]. Early reviews are praising director David F. Sandberg and writer Henry Gayden for creating a superhero flick that is giving off warm and fuzzy Amblin vibes while still providing the thrills that DC fans demand (and some genuinely dark thrills, thanks to Sandberg s background in horror – he directed Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation). What are they saying about Zachary Levi as the titular hero, Mark Strong as his nemesis, and whether this might be the best DCEU movie yet? Read on to find out.LET S GET TO IT: IS SHAZAM! AS GOOD AS WE THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE?Holy superhero fatigue, Batman, Shazam! is actually good. Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press Why couldn t that movie have been more fun? You might have said that about some past superhero movies that have hit theaters. But you won t be saying it about Shazam! Jason Guerrasion, Business InsiderWarm, witty, and bursting at the seams with great characters, Shazam! is easily one of the most fun superhero movies ever made; even after the euphoric Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, that’s still a low bar to clear, but it’s worth celebrating all the same. David Ehrlich, IndieWireHow does it compare to other DC movies?Written by Henry Gayden and directed by Annabelle: Creation’s David F. Sandberg, Shazam! is a lot jokier and zippier than the spandex tentpoles we’ve come to expect from DC’s often-lugubrious stable of cinematic superheroes Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment WeeklyShazam! is a welcome antidote to the usual brooding DC fare, an upbeat superhero movie that feels young at heart. Rafer Guzman, NewsdayIf the Wonder Woman and Aquaman movies represented DC Comics’ first big-screen steps away from the austere color palette of the Zach Snyder movies, Shazam! takes us deeply into primary colors in a single bound. Alfonso Duralde, The WrapShazam has less in common with the grim, grisly world of Batman v Superman and the indulgent marine opera Aquaman, sharing more with the likes of Harry Potter and a certain teenage superhero from a rival comic book company. Alex Abad-Santos, VoxBut It Sill Exists in the DCEU, RIGHT?Shazam! doesn’t waste a second letting you know this story takes place in the same world where Zod once brought a war to metropolis, Batman protects the nights of Gotham or even Aquaman rules the seas. Superman is chief among them, with name drops practically every few minutes. Sheraz Farooqi, ComicBook DebateIt s different and lighter in tone, but how? there’s a great, grinning tradition of demigod-in-spandex movies that don’t take themselves seriously. But maybe the reason Shazam!, in its fluffy-tasty origin-story way, feels like a perfectly timed tonic is that the universe of comic-book movies — not just the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or the DC Extended Universe (of which this is technically a part), but the whole omnivorous universe of big-budget comic-book films that is now threatening to eat cinema, if not our souls — has grown so top-heavy with its own fateful importance. Owen Glieberman, VarietyFor large parts of the movie, Shazam unfurls like a holiday movie spin on the genre. And in embracing earnest glee and heartfelt tenderness, Shazam allows us to fully appreciate the magical excitement and wonder that superheroes can supply. Alex Abad-Santos, Vox[Director David F.] Sandberg has compared the movie to the teen-friendly Amblin Entertainment movies of the 1980s (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Goonies, Back to the Future) — the production company created by Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall — and there s a lot of truth to that. Jason Guerrasion, Business InsiderOK, so it’s basically Big with superheroes and villains instead of businesspeople and girlfriends, but director David F. Sandberg has infused his film with so much heart and charm that it hardly matters. Lindsey Bahr, Associated Press(Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)How is Zachary Levi as the DCEU s Newest hero?[Levi] plays the title character with an infectiously naïve, gee-whiz charisma that calls to mind Tom Hanks in Big more than anything…. Whenever Levi is on screen, wowed by his new grown-up physique (his muscles seem to have muscles) and shocked by his newly discovered powers (living lightning zaps from his fingertips), the movie soars. Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment WeeklyLevi’s body language is constantly inventive, as he plays a tween who still isn’t used to a grown man’s body, let alone a superhero’s. Alfonso Duralde, The WrapBut the cheeky, balsa-wood trick of Levi’s performance is that he’s not making fun — he’s totally sincere. It’s just that he’s playing a superhero with a major case of imposter syndrome. Owen Glieberman, Variety for a guy not named Chris, he makes a pitch-perfect do-gooder. There’s a youthful wonder and innocence he captures as the Frito-chomping man-child hero, and he has all of the facial expressions and flossing skills (the dancing kind rather than the dental) to convey the pure excitement of a boy learning he can pretty much do anything. Brian Truitt, USA TodayIt’s unfortunate that Levi plays Shazam even younger than Angel plays Billy, and without even a sniff of empty stoicism — it often feels like Levi isn’t possessed by a teenager so much as he’s performing at a child’s birthday party — but overemphasizing the concept of their shared character has its perks. David Ehrlich, IndieWire
亚博全站APP下载地址 With its 21st installment, the Marvel Cinematic Universe finally has its first movie centered around a solo female superhero. And it delivers spectacularly, according to critics who saw Captain Marvel last night. While full reviews are still embargoed, social media reactions on Twitter following the screening highlight Brie Larson’s performance in the title role, the movie’s ‘90s nostalgia, Ben Mendelsohn’s villain, and, most notably, a scene-stealing cat.Here’s what the critics are saying about Captain Marvel:Has Marvel done it again?Captain Marvel is pure joy Devan Coggan, Entertainment WeeklyCaptain Marvel is a blast! Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlendCaptain Marvel is a lot of fun!…Thumbs up! Jim Vejvoda, IGNSecond viewing can’t come soon enough. Perri Nemiroff, ColliderCaptain Marvel is a mixed bag. Gregory Ellwood, The PlaylistHow does it fit with the other MCU movies?It feels completely unlike any other Marvel film. A unique and fresh take on an origin story that feels new. This is one of my favorite Marvel movies of all time. Scott Menzel, We Live EntertainmentMCU’s most multilayered villain story. Peter Sciretta, SlashfilmThe MCU feels more complete now that Carol is in it. Kayti Burt, Den of GeekThe future of the MCU gets even brighter adding Captain Marvel to the mix. Perri Nemiroff, Collider(Photo by Marvel Studios)What does the film mean to women?It’s super empowering. It made me feel proud to be a woman. Yolanda Machado, The WrapCarol s hero moment was very cathartic/true to the female experience. Kayti Burt, Den of GeekI cannot wait for the generation of little girls who will grow up with Carol Danvers as a hero. Devan Coggan, Entertainment WeeklyWhat does Captain Marvel do well?Marvel does a prequel right, not over-explaining too much but giving us unexpected answers in interesting ways. Peter Sciretta, SlashfilmHas some cool surprises that I definitely didn t see coming, and the mystery/origin it weaves is engaging and fun. Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlendSome nice surprises and clever decisions throughout. Cool sci-fi elements. And funny! Jim Vejvoda, IGNRyan FujitaniHow is Brie Larson?Brie Larson literally shines in the role. Steve Weintraub, ColliderBrie Larson is awesome and makes a fantastic first step into the MCU. Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlendReally fell for Brie Larson’s sass, strength and energy in the role. Perri Nemiroff, ColliderHow is Ben Mendelsohn as the villain?Ben Mendelsohn is the surprise MVP. Drew Taylor, MoviefoneMendelsohn steals the [movie]. Gregory Ellwood, The PlaylistI can’t get over how great Ben Mendelsohn is. I was worried he was just going to be one of those Marvel villains with alien makeup, but that’s not the case at all. This movie doesn’t work without him. Mike Ryan, UproxxBen Mendelsohn and the cat both steal the show. Peter Sciretta, SlashfilmThe cat?Goose is a brilliant scene-stealer. Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlendGoose the cat is definitely a scene-stealer but one that has a purpose. Scott Menzel, We Live EntertainmentI would die for Goose the cat. Devan Coggan, Entertainment WeeklyMy kingdom for a Nick Fury and Goose buddy comedy. Angie Han, MashableI am pitching a spin-off series (they are going to sell so much Goose merch to me). Roth Cornet, Screen Junkies(Photo by Marvel Studios)How are the visual effects?VFX of full Marvel powers much better than trailers. Gregory Ellwood, The PlaylistRealized something half way through Captain Marvel: the de-aging technology being used has become so seamless that I forgot it was being used. We are on the precipice of something both exciting and scary. Steve Weintraub, ColliderIs the movie totally 90s?Just enough ‘90s nostalgia without overdoing it. Jim Vejvoda, IGNSeveral truly magnificent music moments for this 90s kid. Kayti Burt, Den of GeekAs a ‘90s teen, the soundtrack .oh, the soundtrack. Yolanda Machado, The WrapFinally, the MCU and a Nirvana song come together (as Kurt Cobain wanted). Mike Ryan, UproxxA fun 90s soundtrack, but sometimes the song choices feel too obvious. Peter Sciretta, SlashfilmAre there any major complaints?It’s a little wobbly at times but only because it’s so ambitious. Drew Taylor, MoviefoneFirst half is slow and uninspired. Second half much better. Feels like directors could not escape Marvel formula. Gregory Ellwood, The PlaylistWill it get you hyped for Avengers: Endgame?So ready for Avengers: Endgame. Steve Weintraub, ColliderThanos is f**ked. Angie Han, MashableCaptain Marvel opens everywhere on March 8.