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3.80.0 3月喜迎With literally hundreds of films released in any given calendar year, not even professional critics who watch movies for a living can catch everything that comes down the pipe. As for general audiences, there are countless movies that open in just a few theaters in the biggest markets (i.e. Los Angeles and New York) before transitioning unceremoniously to home video, eluding the notice of most casual moviegoers entirely. Luckily, the staff at RT are here to offer up some recommendations for films we personally loved that quite possibly came and went from your local theater or never arrived at all without much fanfare. Maybe you re familiar with some of these and simply never got around to seeing them, or maybe this is the first time you ve heard of them; either way, there s a good chance you ll find something new and interesting in our list of compelling 2019 limited releases below.The Biggest Little Farm (2018) 91%It s difficult to describe the documentary The Biggest Little Farm without feeling as though you’re pitching a quirky sitcom: John and Molly Chester are an adorable married couple living in Los Angeles who, sick of the urban grind, decide to hatch a manic scheme: they’ll sink their savings into starting a farm! What the film offers, though, is a beautifully woven story of a family investing not merely money, but also their faith literally into the ground as they slowly construct a 213-acre biodynamic farm. Apricot Lane Farms was founded on a holistic approach, meaning every element on the property serves a connective purpose in the entire farm’s growth and survival (for example, the animals’ manure nurtures the soil, which then sustains the ground plants that feed their sheep, and so forth). Spanning an eight-year timeline, The Biggest Little Farm allows us an intimate look at the complex ecosystem at a working farm, depicting the high points – adorable animals, of course, including the marvelous Emma the pig – but also the low, such as the ongoing struggle with natural hardships and the impact of climate change on the Chesters’ utopian vision. Although it wanders into too-cute territory at times, The Biggest Little Farm is, at its core, an inspired look at the impact of humans purposely learning to coexist with nature. The perseverance and sincere aim of the Chesters is a heartening reminder that if we don’t give up on the Earth, she won’t give up on us. Jenny JedinyAvailable on: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduFast Color (2018) 81%Julia Hart s Fast Color deserves your attention. The multigenerational family drama about a black woman with unexplainable powers played in just 25 theaters this year and had almost no marketing to speak of, but still managed to be one of the most poignant looks at the superhero narrative in the last decade. Instead of going bigger, Fast Color made everything smaller, keeping the stakes to the realm of the family, and exploring how the vast possibilities presented by superhuman abilities might be exploited in a dying world. Lorainne Toussiant and Gugu Mbatha-Raw give incredible performances as Bo and Ruth, an estranged mother and daughter bonded by trauma and their love of Ruth s daughter Lila (Saniyya Sidney). This Certified Fresh original film is a nuanced take on responsibility, guilt, and grief, effectively built inside a genre we all know and love. Cate YoungAvailable on: Amazon Prime, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduGreener Grass (2019) 81%Welcome to a twisted vision of American suburbia as if there s any other interesting kind in the movies. Greener Grass takes a pillowy sledgehammer to the trappings of upper-middle-class home life to a repellent extreme. There s courtesy : Neighbors spend minutes at four-way stop signs, imploring everyone else to go first. There s looking good : Everyone unnecessarily wears braces. There s jealousy : A woman puts a soccer ball under her dress for the pregnancy attention, and then gives so-called birth to it later. There s being disappointed in your kids : A dad thinks his son is a loser until his problem is solved after he falls in a pool and turns into a golden retriever. And there s being neighborly : A woman gives her friend her newborn baby for the hell of it of course, there s the matter of what happens when she wants it back Jocelyn DeBoer and Dawn Luebbe pull off triple duty as stars, writers, directors, the Tim and Eric of this placid, candy-coated nightmare. Comedies of this head-scratching and disgusting variety often fall under the direction of men, and they re normally repulsive to look at and listen to from the top down. That s their, uh, charm. But DeBoer and Luebbe use a more fanciful touch: The sets are carefully arranged and presented, the colors pop, and there isn t really the threat of imminent violence which of course makes this demonic comedy of manners all the more pressurized and chaotic. Alex VoAvailable on: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, VuduHer Smell (2018) 84%I love Alex Ross Perry movies, but I’ve never been sure whether or not the writer-director has much love for people. Gifted at writing memorably vicious put-downs and mining agonizing tension from passive aggression, the indie filmmaker has made a name for himself with caustic chamber pieces about acerbic characters who are confronted by their own narcissism, only to emerge from the tumult even more misanthropic than before. Not so with Her Smell, the enfant terrible’s most redemptive film yet. Elisabeth Moss stars as tempestuous rocker Becky Something, whose abuse of her body and all of those within her proximity blazes a steady march towards self-immolation in the film’s first half. The slow-motion train wreck gives way to shaky optimism as Becky slowly rebuilds her life, haunted by past mistakes. This marks the director and star’s third collaboration, and Moss is astonishing as a musical dynamo who is too enthralled by the demons raging inside her mind to ever consider the damage she is wreaking upon colleagues and family. Her Smell is not just a vehicle for one of this generation’s greatest actresses, however; the ensemble is rich with some of the year’s best performances, from Agyness Deyn as a bandmate at the end of her rope to Eric Stoltz’s indefatigably patient manager. Perry’s evident affection for punk rock also infuses the set-pieces which are almost exclusively confined to green rooms and recording studios with an anarchic energy. Her Smell is an exhausting and rewarding testament to Moss’ power as a performer and evidence that Perry may be developing a soft spot for people after all. Rob FowlerAvailable on: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduHigh Life (2018) 82%The last few years, we have been gifted with a glut of space films that have taken great pains to explore the way humans love and find meaning in the galaxy, but none will disgust and mystify you the way that Claire Denis’ High Life will. Anchored by an arresting performance from Robert Pattinson and haunting work from Juliette Binoche, the film follows a group of prisoners sent on a space mission to explore a black hole and jumps back in forth in time filling us in on how its passengers were taken out. Denis dismisses the sleek and lavish looks of films like 2014’s Interstellar or this year’s Ad Astra in favor of a minimalist design, and unlike those films, High Life chooses to retain its focus inward on the existential dread that pervades those aboard. In space, no one can hear you cry? Denis explores what really lies underneath the surface of human nature with poetic rigor. High Life is angry. It’s ugly. But it’s beautiful and even hopeful. You will see nothing else like this, and its hypnotic allure will draw you in and never let go. Daisy GonzalezAvailable on: Amazon Prime, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduThe Last Black Man in San Francisco (2019) 92%Change is inevitable, but that doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. The Last Black Man in San Francisco deftly captures the uncomfortable truths of change, both environmental and internal. The story follows Jimmie (Jimmie Fails) and his best friend Mont (Jonathan Majors) as they attempt to save the most precious thing in San Francisco: the house Jimmie’s grandfather built with his own two hands, now unlovingly left to rot by its new owners. Though his methods are not always… by the book, Jimmie is determined to do whatever he can to ensure the home of his dreams and the dreams of his forefathers aren t lost to the endlessly hungry monster that is gentrification. It’s a story of love and devotion, obsession and mythology, and above all, how difficult and disorienting change can be. It’s a familiar message to many living in quickly changing metropolitan areas: As money moves in, places once sacred are quickly consumed and repurposed for the new tenants. The Last Black Man in San Francisco explores the feeling of that change with poise, beauty, and of course, a lot of heartache. Visually, the film is stunning; shots are composed like paintings, with rich light bouncing off of deep saturation to create tableaus that look like oil paintings come to life. Fails and Majors’ easy chemistry and charming idiosyncrasies make it easy to root for them, even when they make questionable choices, while Rob Richert and Joe Talbot’s script gives them plenty to play with and surrounds them with an equally compelling cast of characters. But more than anything, The Last Black Man in San Francisco captures the beauty and suffering that is watching something you love die and become something entirely new, for better or worse. Haña Lucero-ColinAvailable on: Amazon Prime, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduLittle Woods (2018) 95%Enjoying debut films tends to be an exercise in forgiveness. They re made with limited resources, yet are under tremendous pressure to strive for perfection. They need to stand out long after the festival buzz has died down and hopefully become a career stepping stone for the filmmaker. As far as premiere films go, Little Woods definitely has a leg up, with stars Tessa Thompson, Lily James, and Lance Reddick. However, the film ends up being a showcase for filmmaker and native New Yorker Nia DaCosta s poised voice as she puts forth a tense, emotionally honest look at what it means to be a woman living in rural poverty. Little Woods sometimes brushes up against romanticizing said poverty. The grit, rust, and long stretches of road at times feel poetic, rather than a harsh reality, but that s almost unavoidable with DaCosta s use of the gorgeous scenery that surrounds the film. The environment is a constant reminder that just outside of truck stops, fracking sites, and homeless encampments are natural riches the characters are rarely able to enjoy. Like Frozen River and Winter s Bone, these wide open spaces are both awe-inspiring and threatening. Tessa Thompson s Ollie and Lily James Deb are facing homelessness and an unwanted pregnancy unless Ollie manages to make some quick cash smuggling prescription pills across the Canadian border. However, Ollie is still on probation from a previous drug-running charge. Part heist and part rural noir, the film is still, at its core, an evocative, moving, family drama. If all this doesn t make you want to see Little Woods, maybe this will: DaCosta s been tapped to direct the upcoming Candyman reboot produced by Jordan Peele. Sara AtaiiyanAvailable on: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduLuce (2019) 90%In 2018, director Julius Onah gave us The Cloverfield Paradox, which came in at 19% on the Tomatometer; in 2019, he released Luce, which stunned at Sundance and went on to land at a Certified Fresh 93% – and just happens to be one of my favorite films of the year. Talk about a turnaround. Luce did well enough at the specialty box office when it was released in September, and has earned three Independent Spirit Award nominations – for Onah, for Kelvin Harrison Jr., who plays the titular overachieving high school student, and for Octavia Spencer, who plays the teacher who sees something off in him. Yet it confounds me that this complex drama (almost a thriller, in some ways) isn’t lighting up awards seasons and top 10 lists. Based on a play by J.C. Lee, who also wrote the screenplay, the story centers on teenaged Luce, a star athlete and student, who was adopted as a young child after spending his early years in war-torn Eritrea; when his teacher brings a troubling essay he’s written to the attention of his adoptive parents (a harrowed and perfectly cast Tim Roth and Naomi Watts), they’re forced to wonder if their son is as perfect – and level-headed – as he seems. It’s the kind of set-up that could get silly if overplayed by any of the actors or oversteered by the director, but the work here is subtle, the audience left to guess at the truth and various motivations. Harrison Jr., who many will have seen in Waves this year, is great as the terrify-er/charmer at the movie’s center, and Octavia Spencer gives one of the best supporting performances of any man or woman on screen this year as the teacher who seems to see him for what he is. Seriously: Nominate her. It’s a small story, contained, and at times it can’t shake off its stage roots, but it’s also somehow big and bold and about everything happening in America right now. Onah didn’t need to go to space to make his mark – he found liftoff in a drab suburban high school. Joel MearesAvailable on: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduThe Nightingale (2018) 86%Jennifer Kent followed up her critically acclaimed horror film The Babadook (Certified Fresh at 98%) with this war story set in 1825 colonial Australia. Aisling Franciosi (Game of Thrones) plays Clare, an abused convict who has served out her seven-year sentence and is desperate to be free of her overseer, Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin) of the British military. When her husband Aidan (Michael Sheasby) retaliates for Hawkins refusal to release Clare, Hawkins and his men commit atrocities against her and her small family. Left for dead, Clare then finds herself on the road to vengeance, chasing the lieutenant and his men north, where Hawkins hopes to secure a promotion. Clare faces more brutalities along the road, with Aboriginal tracker Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) as the reluctant guide and unwilling protector of the traumatized and hostile young woman. A limited release in the States, the harrowing film was nominated for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, won several festival and critics awards, and took six Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts awards, including best film, screenplay, direction, lead actress, supporting actress, and casting. The Nightingale is also Certified Fresh at 87% on the Tomatometer with 220 reviews. “Jennifer Kent s The Nightingale is a film that bruises the soul,” wrote critic Clarisse Loughrey of the UK’s Independent. “One of the most powerful films yet seen about the country s colonial foundation and the cruelties that were an indelible part of it,” Sydney Morning Herald critic Sandra Hall wrote. Rolling Stone’s Pete Travers praised Franciosi: In Jennifer Kent s pulverizing revenge tale, Aisling Franciosi delivers a tour de force as an Australian woman determined to put a stake through the heart of toxic masculinity. You won t know what hit you. Debbie DayAvailable on: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, VuduEsto no es BerlÃn (2019) 82%Director Hari Sama’s This is Not Berlin is a coming-of-age story through the lens of 1980s Mexico City’s underground arts scene. It follows 17-year-old Carlos (Xabiani Ponce de León) as he falls in love with punk music, discovers drugs, explores his sexuality, shaves himself an undercut, sheds his shame, and challenges the world around him. When the film begins, Carlos is quiet, the least inclined of his classmates to engage in violent brawls, despite the fact that his masculinity appears to depend on it. When he discovers a space filled with eyeliner and protest art, he’s all-in. And the rest of the film sees him navigating his place in that space, where his talents as an engineer can be leveraged to amplify his voice. Carlos’ transformation is beautiful, and Sama’s direction places us right there with him through every peak and valley. This is Not Berlin paints a gritty, deeply felt portrait of teenage angst — the pressures, the temptations, the desire to be understood and heard by the world. Sophie-Marie PrimeAvailable on: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduVillains (2019) 85%Writer-directors Dan Berk and Robert Olsen s darkly comedic third feature is exactly the kind of oddball treat I tend to seek out when I m exhausted from heavy Oscar contenders and numb from blockbuster pyrotechnics. It s a fairly contained cat-and-mouse game of a thriller that makes the most of its dedicated cast, who all get individual moments to shine and look like they re having a blast with their characters. The setup isn t especially revolutionary: Petty criminals Mickey and Jules (Bill Skarsgård and Maika Monroe from It and It Follows no relation) break into what looks like an ordinary house in search of a getaway vehicle, only to be confronted by the homeowners, George and Gloria (Jeffrey Donovan and Kyra Sedgwick), a disturbed married couple who just happen to have a young girl chained up in their basement. The tables quickly turn, before they turn again, and then again, but the moments in between are populated by off-kilter humor and little touches that almost almost make you root for everyone involved, particularly thanks to a quartet of no-holds-barred performances. It s not the most subversive thriller, nor is it without a handful of predictable moments, but it s just weird enough, funny enough, and vicious enough to scratch multiple itches for me. Plus, Jeffrey Donovan s George, with his lazy drawl and mannered affectations, is the most charming psychopath this side of Ted Bundy, and he is just so much fun to watch. Ryan FujitaniAvailable on: Amazon, FandangoNOW, Google Play, iTunes, VuduLike this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.Thumbnail image: LD Entertainment, IFC Films, A24
(Photo by Paramount. Thumbnail: Paramount/Everett Collection.)The Best Horror Movies of 2021, Ranked by TomatometerA Quiet Place Part II became the first post-quarantine theatrical release to match pre-pandemic box office numbers. So it was through horror that we declared, yes, we still like seeing movies with the lights off with strangers! It s entirely fitting audiences came back to theaters screaming: Experiencing scary movies in theaters is a communal release of terror and tension, something a lot of people could ve used after 2020.With this guide, we ll be listing every Fresh and Certified Fresh horror movie of 2021, like Quiet Place II and Fear Street. And it ll be the possible future home for anticipated releases like Halloween Kills, Last Night in Soho, and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City. Check back often to discover the latest of the best horror m
The Umbrella Academy season 1 bewitched Netflix viewers with its story about the Hargreeves family of uniquely powered kids. In the series, based on the comic book series created and written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, billionaire industrialist Sir Reginald Hargreeves adopts seven of 43 babies born on the same day to random women, who had shown no signs of pregnancy the day before. Sir Reginald creates The Umbrella Academy to train his children to one day save the world. In season 1, they failed, instead becoming responsible for the 2019 apocalypse.Season 2 picks up in the 1960s, where Five (Aidan Gallagher) has time-traveled his siblings, scattering them across several years in and around Dallas, Texas. Some have cultivated lives by the time Five lands — just in time for a nuclear doomsday caused by their timeline meddling.(Photo by Netflix © 2020)In addition to Gallagher, The Umbrella Academy season 2 stars Ellen Page as Vanya, Tom Hopper as Luther, David Castañeda as Diego, Emmy Raver-Lampman as Allison, Robert Sheehan as Klaus, Justin H. Min as Ben. Colm Feore returns as Sir Reginald Hargreeves, Cameron Britton as Hazel, Jordan Claire Robbins as Mom Grace, and Adam Godley voicing Pogo. The new season welcomes Ritu Arya as Lila Pitts, Marin Ireland as Sissy, Yusuf Gatewood as Raymond Chestnut, and Kris Holden-Ried, Jason Bryden, and Tom Sinclair as a trio of killers hunting the seven through time.Season 1 is Certified Fresh at 75% on the Tomatometer, and season 2 has surpassed that score by a wide margin based on early reviews. Here’s what critics are saying about season 2 of The Umbrella Academy:Is The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Better Than Season 1?(Photo by Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix © 2020 )More banana pants crazy than the first season with plot twists you won t see coming and the perfect amount of gore. Another must binge wild ride for the Hargreeves! — Tessa Smith, Mama s GeekyEven with an overarching plot that resembles a lot of season one, this do-over the siblings get is entirely worth it. — Katey Stoetzel, The Young FolksEmploying dry Wes Anderson-style humour and end-of-the-world exploits worthy of Heroes, the second season of The Umbrella Academy is just as — if not more — wacky than the first. — Sabrina Barr, Independent (UK)While Season 1 worked to establish the world in which they lived as well as their relationships to each other within their unique family structure, Season 2 allows each character to grow into themselves fully. — Carissa Pavlica, TV FanaticThe Umbrella Academy’s second chapter ends up being perfectly good and just shy of great, which is saying something, because the show overall does feel like it has a stronger sense of what it s trying to be. — Charles Pulliam-Moore,io9.comFlamboyant, entertaining and enriched by a remarkable cast, season 2 of The Umbrella Academy tweaks everything it needed to to belt a tune that resonates with its light and dark elements. — Jennifer Bisset, CNETSeason two realises the true potential of these characters without failing them in the same way, digging deeper into their collective trauma while improving on everything that made season one so special. — David Opie, Digital SpyRetaining all the charm of its predecessor, The Umbrella Academy s energetic, creative second season extends the mythology in ambitious and unexpected new ways. — Shaun Munro, Flickering MythThe Umbrella Academy was annoyingly watchable in season one The best thing that can be said about season two, then, is that it is that same show but good. — Sam Barsanti, AV ClubWhat s The Umbrella Academy Season 2 Like?(Photo by Netflix © 2020)A fantastic mix of X-Men meets Back to the Future, Season 2 is an incredible ride. — Grace Randolph, Beyond the TrailerSeason two takes all of what you love so much from season one and brings it all a major step forward through more refined storytelling and situation and time period that tests these characters in new ways. — Perri Nemiroff, Perri NemiroffThe Umbrella Academy is what you get when you mix Wes Anderson with Matthew Vaughn, stuff them full of Red Bull and Adderall, and give them a Spotify Premium subscription. Yes, that s a compliment. — Brandon Katz,Observer (UK)Maintaining the show s distinctive, offbeat style think the Coens doing superheroes and sharp-edged sense of humour, not an episode passes without a great gag, impressive visual beat or fantastic music-driven sequence. — Dan Jolin, Empire MagazineSo How s the Family Unit? (Photo by Netflix © 2020)Blackman really leaned into the superhero element when telling this story. The show is at its best when the family is together or when they are paired off together and thankfully that happens throughout most of the season. — Dorian Parks, Geeks of ColorThere s precious little that s really original in the second season of The Umbrella Academy, but the familiarity works well for a show about family. — Samantha Nelson, PolygonNow that the characters are firmly established and removed from the shadow of the time and place of their upbringing, [It] feels looser and funnier, with heroic moments that are often bigger and more exciting. — Cynthia Vinney, CBRPerhaps it s because the new time period, new enemies, and new revelations which await these characters are way more fun for an actor to sink their teeth into. — Allie Gemmill, ColliderThe Umbrella Academy’s second season expands on its idea in fun ways while giving us more of what we love about its titular team. — Spencer Perry, ComicBook.comDo Any of the Characters Stand Out in Season 2?(Photo by Christos Kalohoridis/Netflix © 2020 )Sheehan and Gallagher are still the standouts, but Ritu Arya is a fantastic new addition. — Grace Randolph, Beyond the Trailer[Ellen Page] has crafted this delicate and vulnerable side to Vanya that we have rarely seen, but it s addictive to watch and yes, we need to see more of it in season three. — Abigail Gillibrand, Metro (UK)Verdict? (Photo by Netflix © 2020)It s both exhilarating and heartbreaking, and ultimately it brought me joy. In a year when it feels like the world is ending in real-time, The Umbrella Academy gives me hope. — Michelle Swope, Nightmarish ConjuringsDespite some familiarity, The Umbrella Academy’s brand of charming fun can t be beaten. Fingers crossed that when it comes to season three, they don t stray too far from the winning formula. — Huw Fullerton, Radio TimesThe conflict is well-paced and resolves satisfyingly, and the story flows with a rhythm that pulls the viewer along like the inexorable course of time itself. — Michael Ahr, Den of GeekBrimming with confidence, season 2 elevates The Umbrella Academy into one of the best shows on television. — Ian Thomas Malone, FanSidedSmart, stylish and hugely entertaining, the second season once again pushes the boundaries of the superhero genre with the quirky and bold vision of Gerard Way. — Nicola Austin, We Have a Hulk
The Truth of Isiah BradleyWhile the nature of the GRC has allowed the series up until this moment to make some valid criticisms of American foreign policy, invoking more of Robert Morales and Kyle Baker The Truth: Red, White Black — a comic book series we discussed back in episode 2 — the program can no longer shy away from its criticisms of the country and its treatment of Black people. Isiah s experience in the Super Soldier equivalent of the Tuskegee Experiment, his mention of the 332nd Fighter Group, and the absolute torture he was put through for decades speaks to true horrors in our history. Just look at various news stories from this week to see how the cruelty continues. His bitterness is absolutely justified.It is also something Marvel, as a corporate entity, could not avoid once Sam had Cap s shield in his possession. Sure, the Marvel Cinematic Universe might seem more tolerant and diverse, but it is still a cousin to our reality. For the series to be compelling and, potentially, enlightening, it had to confront what it means for Sam to become Captain America.(Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.)Thus, Isiah comes to represent the criticism Sam will face from his own community. How is he going to accept the iconography of a nation that so often brutalizes his people? Unlike the Union Jack s (partial) rehabilitation as a symbol of camp, the U.S. flag continues to be a serious image with a serious message behind it. And for Isiah, that message is clear: you are not welcome here. In terms of the show, though, these issues are rooted in Isiah s lived experience and allow for the image of Steve Rodgers (Chris Evans) to still be good even as criminal acts are perpetrated in its shadow. At the same time, it is still amazing that a major corporation like Disney would put some of Isiah s statements out there.Also, after a lot of soul-searching, Sam is on the precipice of refuting Isiah s assertion that no self-respecting Black man would ever want to take up the shield. It s a level of nuance we appreciate even if we still suspect the shield s best destiny might be a return to Wakanda — the vibranium used to make it was not exactly a gift, after all.The Truth of John Walker(Photo by Marvel Studios)For a moment, we re going to show John Walker (Wyatt Russell) some sympathy, as he is right about one thing: the government made him that way. Sure, taking the serum and killing someone in public — to say nothing of attempting to murder Sam — were all his choices, but he was trained for the brutality of war. To borrow a phrase from another famous franchise, he is a blunt instrument.At the same time, Walker is a liar. If we re trying to keep the nuance of the situation, the lie about getting justice for Lemar (Clé Bennett) is an effort on Walker s part to maintain some semblance of sanity. And, we imagine, it is akin to the rationalization soldiers go through when thinking back on their actions in combat. But in spreading the lie to Lemar s family, it becomes something other than a necessary coping mechanism. Now, it is part of the reason he feels justified to carry on as Captain America. (Photo by Marvel Studios)It is a choice to continue down a dark path and reflects more of the flaws in Walker as a candidate for the job in the first place. It also underscores the wisdom of Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci) in choosing Steve, and it illustrates just how unprepared the human species is for the Super Soldier Serum. It amplifies the darker aspects of the soul until there is nothing left. Steve s immunity to that was his real superpower.But, we suppose, this is another sympathy we can extend to Walker. The people who chose him to replace Steve were unwilling to see how the qualities of a good and honorable soldier could break under the stress of playing at Captain America. And by putting him in a situation where the serum would be irresistible, they are as culpable as he is in what happened. Although, they can easily find cover now that he s chosen such a dangerous path.Don t Call Her Val Toy Story 4 is nothing if not sincere. During a one-and-a-half-day visit to the Pixar campus in Emeryville – part of the California East Bay golden triangle of art-driven cities including Oakland and Berkeley – over a dozen supervisors, writers, and digital artisans hosted workshops and seminars about their upcoming June movie to answer the question that s on all our minds: Why? Why make another Toy Story? Especially when Toy Story 3 felt like the end; Andy passing his toys on to the next generation as he moves to college, the camera panning up to the sky, a bookend with the same clouds that opened the Toy Story back in 1995. Toy Story 3 delivered a mint-in-box rarity in today s world of tempting serialized storytelling and cinematic universes: A sense of finality, and closure. Why mess with that?Minor spoiler warning: This article describes the opening scene of Toy Story 4!It started in 2014.We re sitting in a board room with Pixar character modelers, directing animators, and story supervisors and artists. Like the rest of the world, they tell us, Pixar had moved on from Toy Story, not expecting to see the franchise s characters on the screen again, outside of shorts and television specials. Monsters University had just released. They were gearing up for the one-two punch of Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur in 2015. Amidst the streamlined chaos, an impossible idea persisted: That there was still more Toy Story to tell, and it deserved to be on the biggest screens possible across the world. The idea turned to talk, turned to pencil against paper, turned to cursors across monitors, turned into crews and planning and development, until Toy Story 4 moved into The Steve Jobs Building, the campus section where movies are officially in production.BO PEEP FINALLY GETS HER DUEPixar story supervisor Valerie LaPointe tells the room that there are people at Pixar who, as children, had their world expanded watching Toy Story in theaters in 1995, who now get to work on the fourth, and understand the legacy they re molding on their computers every day. To LaPointe s left are five women, who minutes before had each spoken about their role on TS4, nodding in agreement. They are a crucial creative force at Pixar, and instrumental in forging the emotional ace of the new movie: Bo Peep.The porcelain lamp with her flock of sheep (voiced, as always, by Annie Potts) had a minor but memorable role in the original Toy Story as Woody s flame, with less to do in Toy Story 2. And while the main characters got their glorious (seeming) sendoff in Toy Story 3, Bo wasn t there at all, having been reduced to a sacrificial plot point to motivate and illuminate her boyfriend s emotional pain. Clearly, there was more story to tell, because her story hadn t been told at all.Toy Story 4 opens with a flashback. It s nighttime at Andy s house, in the middle of a downpour, set a bit before Toy Story 3. R/C is outside caught in a gutter torrent, spinning his wheels to keep from getting sucked into a sewer drain. Bo and Woody, always the contingency planners, execute a rescue mission that saves R/C and leaves Woody momentarily underneath a car in the driveway. Everything looks photo-decadent: the rain, the lighting, the subtle scuff on Buzz s plastic armor plating. Pixar has found new vistas to paint once again.Then, the bombshell: Molly, Andy s sister, is growing up and Bo s watch has ended – she s being carried in a box to the car, and soon to be off into the great donated unknown. Bo has accepted her fate, having long since known a porcelain lamp doesn t have quite the shelf life of a talking cowboy or space commando. Woody is frantic, and he attempts to get her out of the box. Bo does the opposite, offering a place beside her. Just as Bo knows her destination, Woody knows his is entwined with Andy, and as the car peels off, he s left in the driveway splintered by the rain. It s not quite Up territory in terms of Pixar opening-scene tearjerkers, but considering we ve known these characters for nearly 25 years, it s damn close.EYES PEELED FOR PLENTY OF PIXAR EASTER EGGSFor eagle-eyed viewers, something may catch your attention: The car s license plate – always cinematic fertile ground for easter eggs, especially in Pixar films. RMR F97, the plates read. But what does it mean? It is an easter egg! director Josh Cooley laughed during our press conference. On Toy Story 2, there was someone who worked on the show that accidentally deleted the movie from the render farm, producer Mark Nielsen said, who worked modeling and shading on Toy Story 2. That was the command on the computer that deleted the film. Galyn Susman, who was an early producer on this film, was on maternity leave and had a backup of the movie at her house, and brought it back to Pixar and restored it, added producer Jonas Rivera. It felt appropriate that the license plate on the car that takes Bo away would be the same that killed Toy Story 2. From the filmmakers words and the footage and material shown, it becomes apparent Toy Story 4 will probably become the most easter egg-laden movie the studio has ever produced. At one point, Woody and Forky – a spork with googly eyes and pipe-cleaner arms come to life, who exists as his own existential quandary – end up in an antique store. Full of neat knick-knacks and weathered baubles, it s a set piece that puts Pixar s detailed creativity on full display, not to mention plenty of references to their past.Look for a sign that says Papa Rivera s, a reference to the aforementioned producer. The Eggman Movers truck, around since the first Toy Story, makes a comeback, long known to be tied to art director Ralph Eggleston. From Finding Nemo, you can see the tiki heads from the fish tank on some shelves.There s steel decoration for Catmull s Brews, named after Ed Catmull, who s been with the company since the beginning and is retiring the month after Toy Story 4 is released. The Catmull sign hangs over a pinball machine whose interior has been turned into a miniature nightclub; Tinny, from the 1988 short Tin Toy, is the bouncer. (And for you pinheads out there, the machine was modeled after Bally s 1977 Black Jack – and we saw that tucked away in a room at Pixar HQ when we were doing a workshop making our own Forkys.)A FEMALE VILLAIN, FULL-ON BODY HORROR, AND BOO?Elsewhere in the antique store, Woody and Forky meet Gabby-Gabby, an angelic 50s doll and the first female antagonist of the series. Gabby Gabby commands a league of dapper and wholly unsettling ventriloquist dummies who do her bidding, like trying to rip out Woody s voice box to replace her own broken one. To set the body horror mood, Gabby Gabby puts on a record playing music from Coco, the vinyl pressed on the prestigious Chalupa Records.And that s not the only Coco reference. Part of the road trip includes visiting a carnival fair across the street from the antique store, which is where Woody reunites with Bo, who has been leading a joyous, independent, if not occasionally challenging life as a lost toy. One of the carnival game prizes is the guitar from Coco. And who s joined in among the festivities? A teenage Boo from Monsters, Inc, who appears to have not changed her style since 2001. Hey, purple shirts and scrunchies are eternal!And all those easter eggs were from less than 30 minutes of footage.As Toy Story 4 has been in the works for the last five years, the studio has seen some major changes. Ed Catmull is retiring. Beloved animator Bud Luckey passed away (he was all over the classic Boundin short). And founder John Lasseter left in scandal. It’s been a different time from their heyday, when Pixar racked up 11 Certified Fresh movies between Toy Story and 3; then a record, now overtaken by Marvel Studios current 14. During the visit, it s clear here was a movie being made by people both filmmaker and fan, who see this as a continuation of the golden age. Maybe they re always like this with their movies.For anyone born after 2010, this is the first chance to watch a new Toy Story on the big screen. It could even be their first movie theater experience ever. That s quite the gift. It s the same one Pixar offered in 1995, and many people who took it back then, grew up, got a job there, made Toy Story 4, talked to a bunch of press, and now get to offer it up to a new generation. Returning to the toy cowboy who s devoted to the joy of others, Pixar has become the studio it always was: A house of toil and dream, where old things find new life.Like this? 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