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Santa Barbara, Calif. — It was a rare treat for those who managed tickets to Thursday night’s presentation of the Maltin Modern Master Award to Johnny Depp to kick off the 31st annual Santa Barbara Film Festival’s roll call of fetes this year. After all, the “Black Mass” star never does this kind of thing, a two-hour sit-down chat about his career with plenty of fireside-like anecdotes and even a streak of dead-on impressions of Marlon Brando, Al Pacino and Donald Trump.
“I’m scared to death,” Depp said at the start of the discussion, moderated by film critic Leonard Maltin, after whom the festival’s highest honor was named last year.
Maltin began by noting that few would have expected the star of television’s “21 Jump Street” to one day immerse himself in the role of ruthless mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. “That’s a journey,” Maltin said of such an unlikely trajectory. »
- Kristopher Tapley
Colony's enigmatic sci-fi noir blends with the conventions of the police procedural in episode 2, Brave New World...
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1.2 Brave New World
Brave New World begins much like the pilot did: by focusing on a family trying to carry on its normal life in the middle of the Occupation. We watch as Will’s friend Carlos tries to buy chicken with his wife and son at the So Cal Grocery store, which is now under military operation. The red hats refuse to ration any poultry meat to the family for reasons they do not explain. After they make it back home to their trailer, a Terminator-esque drone swoops by and suddenly their yard is full of red hats too. As Carlos’ wife and son hide away from their oppressors in a secret compartment, they watch in horror as the soldiers drag their loved one away at gunpoint. »
Rule No. 1 of getting by in a new world order: Never assume anything. Katie takes for granted that her son Charlie is alone on the other side of that wall. But for all she knows, he's been brainwashed to believe his parents abandoned him for a futile Resistance.Only a couple days on the job as Proxy Snyder's inside man, and Will's already wised up to the Occupation's duplicitous ways. Rather than run a counter-Resistance team, he's been relegated to a post as head driver for sanitation and introduced to his real boss, Phyllis (Kathy Baker, she of the orgasmic Edward Scissorhands haircut), who he deduces was once a CIA big shot. Phyllis, in turn, fails to make good on her promise that Will's neighbor Carlos (Jacob Vargas) would be released from lockup and put in his charge as an informant. The only thing more dangerous in occupied L.A. »
- Kenny Herzog
In a career spanning more than 30 years, Johnny Depp has played everything from the world’s greatest lover (“Don Juan DeMarco”) to the world’s worst director (“Ed Wood”), constantly reinventing himself onscreen with daring choices. Because he’s become one of the biggest stars in the world, it can be easy to forget he is also a remarkable actor, immersing himself so deeply into characters as to become virtually unrecognizable. Such is the case in “Black Mass,” in which Depp portrays legendary Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger with such chilling authenticity that, as director Scott Cooper reveals, those who know the real deal were unnerved when they visited the set.
Last weekend, the three-time Oscar nominee was on hand at the Palm Springs International Film Festival to accept the Desert Palm achievement award for his work in the film, where he thanked his wife, actress Amber Heard, “for living with all these characters, »
- Jenelle Riley
4 items from 2016
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