When the new season of the futuristic drama series “Black Mirror” hits Netflix, uninitiated viewers may want to try a binge with a twist: why not watch the episodes out of order? The show’s anthology format means each episode tells a self-contained story, so starting with the very first hour isn’t even necessary. Which may… Read more »
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“The Accountant” is getting positive reviews from only 50% of “top critics” polled by the Rotten Tomatoes website, but I’m here to tell you it is one of the year’s best movies, an actioner with a big brain.
Directed by Gavin O’Connor (“Warrior”) from a screenplay by relative newcomer Bill Dubuque, the movie is cool and funny and tells the tale of a high-functioning autistic fellow who’s as good at rooting out deductions as he is putting bullets in volleyballs from a mile away.
If you like “Star Trek” characters like Spock, Data and Seven, you may take a liking also to Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck), who has spent decades mimicking polite human behavior without really grasping its fundamentals.
Wolff evokes prior Affleck superheroes. Like Daredevil, Wolff has rituals that help him cope with his disability. Like Batman, he’s as good at deduction as he is beating thugs unconscious.
Jon Bernthal (who has his own superhero career as Netflix’s Punisher) is fantastic as Brax, Wolff’s equally badass adversary, and there are twists aplenty.
If you want to hear me chat more about “The Accountant,” you can listen Friday 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time as I discuss it live on KERN-FM’s “The Ralph Bailey Show.” No matter where you are you need only hit the “Listen Live” button at kernradio.com.
Does “Doctor Strange” give away the plots of future Marvel movies? Colossal spoilers may lurk in invisotext.
Screencrush reveals that in the middle
Joss Whedon Wants To Make A STAR WARS STORY!!
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“Buffy The Vampire Slayer”/“Firefly” mastermind Joss Whedon, who wrote and directed the two most successful superhero movies in the history of history, says he may not be done with big-budget franchises after all.
“Do I want to make James Bond movie? Yeah,” he tells Complex.com. “Anne Hathaway does Catwoman again? Sure, I’m in. Do I want to make a Star Wars movie? Yeah. I was like, “I don’t want to make a Star Wars movie. Like, god dammit, why?” But I saw the trailer for Rogue awhile ago and I was like, “I want to do that.” To make a Star Wars movie and not be wed to the bigger picture.”
One could argue, I suppose, that Whedon already made his Star Wars Story with “Firefly” and “Serenity.” But maybe he wants to play with lightsabers.
In the same Thursday interview Whedon seems to imply that longtime Marvel exec Kevin Feige is unusually key to the company’s spectacular success, describing Feige as “a really good storyteller.” Whedon also finds “interesting” that DC decided not to use “90210”/“Glee” vet Grant Gustin to play Barry Allen in the movies:
“I did not see Suicide Squad. I saw Batman vs. Superman. Everybody’s got their own method. I think Marvel has been more successful systematically. DC has been more cinematic—their stuff looks amazing—but I feel like Kevin [Feige, President of Marvel Studios] is a really good storyteller. He really cares about coherence, and I feel like style never defeats substance at Marvel, but a little
Gordian Maugg is more interested in Dan Brown style mythologizing than in truth, and his b&w pseudo bio pic of Fritz Lang is a fictionalized mess.
Jay Z, one of contemporary music’s most celebrated lyricists and entertainers, is one of the nominees for the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame, and if…
A damning vision of Israel targeting the socialization of children in a battle-focused nation where animalistic alpha male posturing creates a society marked by cold-blooded cruelty.
MUMBAI – The cream of Bollywood was out in force at the opening of the 18th Mumbai Film Festival on Thursday. Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan inaugurated proceedings and called for a permanent hub for the festival that is currently spread out at venues across the city. The opening was at the newly restored 104-year-old Royal Opera… Read more »
SAG-AFTRA has gone on strike against video game companies after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract for work by voice actors. The strike began at 12:01 a.m. PDT. Negotiators for the performers union held three days of talks this week, bringing in a federal mediator, but could not reach a deal. No… Read more »
SAG-AFTRA has gone on strike against the video game industry. Just after midnight, the union ordered its members to stop working on games until the strike is over. Shortly before the clock struck midnight, a spokesman for the companies said that no date has been set for the resumption of talks.
It’s the first-ever strike against the gaming industry; the first actors’ strike since 2000, when SAG and AFTRA struck the commercials industry for six months; and the first-ever…
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OK, if Lady Gaga and Tom Hanks stood before you and your challenge was the spot the glam rock star, it’d be an easy call. Right? Not if you…