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Artisans break down the anatomy of a crucial scene of season five of “Girls.”
“Girls” Season 5, Episode 6, “The Panic in Central Park” (HBO)
Inspired by Jerry Schatzberg’s 1971 heroin-junkie drama “The Panic in Needle Park,” Lena Dunham penned a script that helmer Richard Shepard brings to life in a surreal way that precisely conveys the angst and confusion of twentysomething New Yorkers. With her new marriage on the verge of collapse, Marnie (Allison Williams) runs into ex-boyfriend Charlie (Christopher Abbott). They embark on a romantic adventure that, per Shepard, “captures the gritty and the lush, the rich of Fifth Avenue to the grime of Brooklyn.” Shepard highlights five crew members who created this “mini-movie.”
Suk Yi Mar, location manager
“Locations are such a central part of storytelling and this episode was such a New York story. Suk Yi, who has been with ‘Girls’ since the beginning, always brings the best ideas to the table. »
- Malina Saval
A previous winner for “The West Wing,” Bradley Whitford was awarded his second Emmy last year thanks to his work as Marcy on “Transparent.” Whitford could well repeat [for playing a different character, Magnus Hirschfeld], or he could be stopped by one of multiple funny men playing themselves.
“Saturday Night Live” always takes up spots on this list with its hosts and this year gave us a lot to choose from, including a giggly Ryan Gosling and the emotional return of Tracy Morgan. Still, it will be hard to top the hosting gig of “SNL’s” resident Bernie Sanders impersonator Larry David when he appeared opposite the actual Democratic candidate. David practically joined the “SNL” cast this year, popping in from time to time to play the presidential candidate in sketches.
- Jenelle Riley
If you're wondering whether or not Whiskey Tango Foxtrot marks something of a departure for Tina Fey, the answer is yes and no. It's based on a true story and mostly takes place in an active war zone, but it's also very funny and Fey's role as journalist Kim Baker seems tailor-made for her. Happily, the end result is her best big screen leading role to date.
Fey's long-time writing partner Robert Carlock provides the script, based on Baker's memoir The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days In Afghanistan And Pakistan, whose New York Times review observed that the author presented herself “as a Tina Fey character.” Unsurprisingly, the transition from page to screen has been very smooth since Paramount optioned the book, even with various artistic »
The wildly talented Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock anyone?) finally hits cinematic pay dirt with her surprisingly entertaining dramedy Whisky Tango Foxtrot. Based on journalist Kim Barker’s ‘The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan’ – a memoir about her experiences reporting in the region – this oxymoronic and cautionary tale of absurdity and realism in the ‘Kabubble’ is itself… awfully good.
Tina Fey plays Kim Baker, a successful TV network producer whose ennui and candidature (a.k.a. childless and unmarried) for a foreign correspondent position in Afghanistan prompts her to accept the position, say a temporary farewell to her equally successful boyfriend Chris (Josh Charles) and naively head off on assignment to Kabul.
After being welcomed to Afghanistan by a local woman screaming ‘Cover yourself, shameless whore!’, she »
- Sacha Hall
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, 2016.
Bored, desk-bound TV journalist Kim Baker (Tina Fey) throws caution to the wind and takes up a three month assignment to cover the war in Afghanistan. Three months turn into two years, during which she learns to cope with an alien culture, unforgiving weather and the possibility of danger around every corner.
The phonetic alphabet title needs no explanation. And this is a Tina Fey film, so put the two together and this has to be a military comedy, doesn’t it? Surprisingly, no. It’s a film with some humour, true, but it doesn’t set out primarily to make you laugh. The journalist’s-eye-view of Catch-22 or M*A*S*H it isn’t.
Based on The Taliban Shuffle: »
- Freda Cooper
A few thoughts on last night's Girls coming up just as soon as you pay the $100 gown rental fee... It's funny to think that, when Girls started, Marnie seemed like the normal, relatable member of the group. Some of this was just her physical proximity to Hannah, and how emotionally big and difficult both Jessa and Shoshanna seemed at the time, but she definitely came across as much more sensible than the others at the beginning. And if she wasn't the sanest person on the show, then Charlie was. Jump ahead four years, and where the other Girls — even Hannah — have found some level of maturity and fulfillment, Marnie has turned out to be the most annoying, narcissistic, oblivious member of the quartet, often to great comic effect, but in a way that seemingly rendered her useless as a dramatic character, because who could ever feel sympathy for Marnie? Yet somehow, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Talk about a blast from the past! Girls just surprised us by suddenly bringing back Marnie's (Allison Williams) ex-boyfriend Charlie, but we wouldn't have known it just by looking at him. Pretty much everything has changed since Charlie disappeared between seasons two and three when Christopher Abbott decided to leave the show due to what a source told E! News were "creative differences" with Lena Dunham. Marnie's married now, of course, but she and Desi aren't exactly living in marital bliss. Tonight's episode opened with a spat that had something to do with "aggressive guitar" and a general lack of interest in each other, and Marnie went out for a walk. »
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 2 (Ya action-adventure sequel; Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Julianne Moore, Donald Sutherland, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks; rated PG-13) Daddy’s Home (comedy; Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini; rated PG-13) James White (drama; Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon; rated R) Kill Your Friends (comedy-thriller; Nicholas Hoult, James Corden, Ed Skrein, Rosanna...
- Robert B. DeSalvo
I'm not sure Tina Fey was meant to be a movie star. She is, no question about it, a dazzling wit, and I think she can be very funny onstage as well. So far, though, Hollywood has not figured out what to do with Fey as a leading actress because she simply doesn't fit the cookie-cutter archetypes that so many actresses are forced to play, and it's left her in a weird place as an actress. She's obviously talented, but who's writing the roles that she could play? As it turns out, all it takes are directors like Glenn Ficarra and John Requa and a writer like Robert Carlock, who worked with Fey on 30 Rock and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I like Ficarra and Requa. I don't think every film they've made is great, but they have a good eye for both character and detail. My favorite film of theirs is still I Love You, »
- Drew McWeeny
Where They From: Ficarra & Requa and the Privileged Perspective
Cinematic depictions of the ongoing conflict(s) in the Middle East continue to be a touchy subject, particularly for those English language illustrations daring to convey a certain satirical element involving the U.S. presence there. While pleasing everyone is never a possibility, there are several elements about Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot which could have been easily remedied to avoid inarguable ire, namely with its severely miscast supporting actors. Based on the 2011 memoirs of journalist Kim Barker, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, this is provocative subject matter made all the more alluring by the self-aware talents of Tina Fey doing her best to subvert our expectations of a white, privileged perspective. Overall, the end product has too many glaring demerits to warrant praise, but as a showcase for a well-rounded serious »
- Nicholas Bell
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is like your smart, funny, incredibly accomplished friend who somehow still dates atrocious idiots. She's very nearly perfect, except for her terrible choices in one critical area. Let me hasten to say that most of Whiskey works incredibly well. Tina Fey stars as Kim Baker, a New York journalist who decides to blow up her life and become a foreign correspondent in Afghanistan. Shocking everyone, particularly herself, Kim is a born war reporter. She gets chummy with the local Marine general (Billy Bob Thornton), learns the ropes from fellow journos Tanya (Margot Robbie) and Iain (Martin Freeman »
- Alynda Wheat, @AlyndaWheat
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, 2016.
A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan.
Maybe this is relevant, and maybe it isn’t, but as I’m writing this review, television is bringing to my attention Tina Fey (star and producer of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot) trashing the Oscars, calling actors stupid, and stating that political correctness is threatening to comedy; all three of those issues I am in agreement on to varying degrees. She seems like a genuine person that doesn’t buy into the façade and bullshit that is expected of you after becoming famous. Am I familiar with most of her work? Not really, but her viewpoints are on point, skyrocketing her to the top of my list of favorite celebrities.
The point is »
- Robert Kojder
Photo credit: Frank Masi
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In Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, Tina Fey plays a journalist sent to Afghanistan in 2003 when the more-experienced war correspondents flock to the new battlefields of Iraq. Produced by Fey and loosely based on reporter Kim Barker’s memoir “The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan,” the film continues Fey’s pursuit of more dramatic roles, a less-than-stellar quest so far that might cause some audience members to balk at this one. However, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is the exception to that rule – actually a very entertaining film, thanks largely to a strong supporting cast that includes Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, and Alfred Molina, who take the pressure off Fey.
In case any one is in doubt, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (meaning Wtf – get it?) is not a hard-hitting war movie or even really about war, but a tale of war »
- Cate Marquis
Even though Liz Lemon has forever stolen my night cheese heart, I rather fancy Tina Fey’s more serious endeavors. Restraint and genuine comedy suit the pigeonholed goofball well, as Whiskey Tango Foxtrot allows for a deeper, rawer side of Fey. War-torn Afghanistan and investigative journalism make for quite the exotic midlife crisis, but Fey rolls with the punches by utilizing her signature brand of wry, lovable wit. Except, this time she’s not striving for laughs – comedy comes as a defense mechanism, as reality zooms by faster than a Taliban misfire. It takes strength to tackle feelings of wasted time, but dealing with a midlife dilemma during an actual military crisis takes some serious balls (or, lack thereof).
Fey stars as Kim Baker, a real journalist who found herself covering an Afghanistan war that was steadily losing “popularity.” In her memoir, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, »
- Matt Donato
It’s startlingly easy to forget that America is still at war, and while the minutiae of the definition has shifted with the decades, it’s a persistent influence on our view of present and future foreign policy. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is emblematic of this reality, but for all the wrong reasons.
Adapted from Kim Barker’s book, “The Taliban Shuffle,” which follows Barker’s time as a foreign correspondent in Pakistan and Afghanistan, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a galling, casually offensive, and deeply unsatisfying film. The story establishes Barker (Tina Fey) as an office drone at an unspecified outlet, bored senseless by her life until she’s selected as a potential correspondent for Afghanistan thanks to her unmarried, childless status.
Soon she’s flying to meet her fixer, Fahim Ahmadzai (a capable, but nonetheless symbolically brown-faced Christopher Abbott) in Kabul, and meeting a cast of oddball reporters, »
- Michael Snydel
Photo by: Dave Allocca/Starpix.
Check out the photos of the cast from the New York premiere of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
Sometimes it takes saying “Wtf” to discover the life you were always destined to lead. That’s exactly what happens to cable news producer Kim Baker (Tina Fey) when she realizes her routine existence is lacking in something – and decides to “blow it all up” by taking a crazy, Wtf assignment in Afghanistan. There, amidst a mind-boggling array of adventurers, militants, warlords and madcap chaos, Kim finds something unexpected: the strength she never knew she had.
Based on the true adventures of war-reporter-in-the-making Kim Barker — and her acclaimed autobiography The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan – comes this hilarious and heartfelt portrait of a woman getting her life together in a global hot spot where everything else seems to be falling apart. Joining Fey on this »
- Michelle McCue
The night before it would go on to win Best Picture at the Oscars, Spotlight wound up having a great night at the Spirit Awards. Yes, Tom McCarthy’s film all but swept the Spirits, beating back what originally seemed like a strong challenge from Todd Haynes’ Carol, not to mention Sean Baker’s Tangerine and Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation. Personally, I’m thrilled that Spotlight won here, but it appeared originally like it was an awards show tailor made for Carol. Go figure. It was a night that would mirror the Academy in more ways than one ultimately, so let’s take a look… Obviously, it was a very good night for Spotlight, perhaps its best all season long. Not only did it take Best Feature, but McCarthy won Best Director as well as Best Screenplay, which he of course shares with Josh Singer. The film »
- Joey Magidson
Title: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Director: Glenn Ficarra and John Requa Starring: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Christopher Abbott, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, Nicholas Braun, Sheila Vand, Steve Peacocke, Evan Jonigkeit, Scott Takeda, Josh Charles. The Ficarra-Requa duo is back. After gathering praise and success with movies such as ‘I Love You Philip Morris,’ ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love,’ and ‘Focus,’ the two directors decided to adapt for the screen the exceptional story of war correspondent Kim Barker. ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ is based on the book ‘The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days In Afghanistan And Pakistan’ by Kim Barker and it is Tina Fey who plays the American correspondent covering the war [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
The title of “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” is in some ways more interesting to contemplate than the movie itself: Some will immediately recognize it as military-alphabet-speak for “Wtf,” while its jammed-together three-word construction may remind others of “Eat Pray Love” or “Zero Dark Thirty” — two movies that, improbable as it sounds, are among the many disparate influences here. Starring a game but tamped-down Tina Fey as a journalist embedded in Afghanistan in the mid-2000s, this haphazard fish-out-of-water dramedy tries to show how the rush of war can become its own weird escape from reality, but never really hits the surreal, satirical groove it’s aiming for. And despite the script’s direct acknowledgment that it’s telling a “white-American-lady story,” the movie never quite shakes off a glib, incurious outsider’s perspective that can tilt into outright cluelessness, particularly where some of its more egregious casting choices are concerned.
- Justin Chang
Yay! My favorite film of 2015 was the big winner at the recently concluded Film Independent Spirit Awards taking home the best feature, director (Tom McCarthy), screenplay, and editing. It was previously announced that the film was the winner of the prestigious Robert Altman Award (ensemble) as well.
Oh and kudos to the Film Independent Spirit Awards for bestowing their Best Supporting Actress Award to Mya Taylor for "Tangerine!" Taylor becomes the first transgender performer to receive major acting award! See her acceptance speech right here.
Let's see if this will continue with tonight's Oscars. See my full Oscar predictions right here.
Here's the complete list of winners of the Film Independent Spirit Awards:
Award given to the Producer; Executive Producers are not awarded.
*** "Spotlight" (Winner)
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