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All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Check here for a complete list of our essays. Just one glance at the Oscar nominees for 1998 might make it seem less a questionable choice for “best year in film” — and more an insane one. Instead of a 1974 – The Godfather II, The Conversation, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, etc – or even a 1994, where Shawshank, Quiz Show, and Pulp Fiction lost to Gump – you choose a year where the Oscars would allow Roberto Benigni to climb atop both the figurative and literal chairs of the Shrine? Fine, step away from the Oscars. Would you still celebrate a year that saw not one, but two movies about asteroids threatening the Earth? A year that saw such scars carved across cinematic history as Patch Adams, My Giant, Stepmom, and Krippendorf’s Tribe? It bears repeating: Krippendorf’S Tribe? »
- Michael Oates Palmer
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
Director Asia Argento's startling new work Incompresa was one of my very favorite films from last year (check out my review) and a new international trailer has surfaced that does a really nice job of hinting at the film's youthful anarchy. It's missing some of the movie's pathos, but since Incompresa is a film that also celebrates the ups that accompany the downs of adolescence, it feels appropriate to post. I urge you to check out this movie (I rarely lay down my affection for a film that hard in a review) when it gets a Us release date. It's probably closer to The 400 Blows than Welcome to the Dollhouse, but viewing it though either of those aesthetic lenses should suit you just fine. Check out the Incompresa trailer below. The film stars Charlotte Gainsbourg, Giulia Salerno and Gabriel Garko. We'll let you know about the Us release »
- Evan Dickson
Pretty Little Liars' season 5 finale went a long way to fixing what's been wrong with the show of late, and in a really exciting way...
This review contains spoilers.
It was a gradual process, turning away from Pretty Little Liars. It wasn’t with one episode or one storyline (though the Ezra-is-a debacle almost qualified) that forced me to take a step back from the mystery, the characters and the series in general, but rather a frustration with how convoluted it had become – hard to theorise about and near-impossible to come up with any sort of coherent answer.
Maybe it’s my own residual Ptsd from Lost, or maybe it was an actual problem the show had to solve. Either way, this episode went a long way to fixing what I perceived to have broken about the show, and it did so in the most exciting, »
Pretty Little Liars finally unmasked A when Spencer, Aria, Hanna and Emily found themselves trapped in an A-made dollhouse with a very much alive Mona in the season 5 finale, “Welcome to the Dollhouse.” Pll 5×25 Recap We begin with the girls being transported in a van, supposedly to another prison. Aria (Lucy Hale), Hanna […]
The post ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Finale Recap: Mona Lives, ‘A’ Is Revealed appeared first on uInterview. »
- Olivia Truffaut
Warning, do not continue reading if you've yet to watch Pretty Little Liars' season five finale. This post contains the most major of major spoilers! She's ba-aaack! Anyone else calling a repairman in the morning to fix the dent on their floor left by their jaw hitting it so hard during Pretty Little Liars' season five finale, "Welcome to the Dollhouse," which finally revealed "A"'s identity?! And oh yeah, brought Mona (Janel Parrish) back from the dead! That's right, Mona has been alive this whole time, with "A" (or should we say Charles now?!) faking her death and holding her hostage in a dollhouse, forcing her to be his personal Alison Dilaurentis (Sasha »
And one of TV's biggest mysteries ever has come to a close. March 24, 2015 will go down in TV history as the day Pretty Little Liars' finally revealed who Big :A" is. And it was so worth the five-season wait. Warning, major spoilers ahead! But the "A" reveal was just one of many moments that left us tweeting in all-caps and screaming in our living rooms (Sorry, neighbors!) during "Welcome to the Dollhouse" on Tuesday night as the ABC Family hit series delivered its craziest and most-twisted episode ever, with our four Liars actually becoming "A"'s playthings in his super-creepy and shockingly hi-tech personal dollhouse. Here are Tk moments that blew our freaking minds »
The finale of Pretty Little Liar's fifth season, "Welcome to the Dollhouse," is so crazy, so twisty and so full of shocking revelations that it's not easy to figure out where to begin. Let's just say this: it's very, very good.
We finally discover the identity of Big 'A' (although not in the definite way some viewers might have been hoping), a beloved character is resurrected, the Hastings find out what's going on, the police finally know what they're dealing with and the liars are forced to attend a prom from hell.
Pll + Oitnb = the mashup of our TV-obsessed dreams. In tonight's epic finale, Pretty Little Liars is finally giving fans the answer to the ABC Family hit's biggest mystery: "A"s identity will be revealed. And our gorgeous Liars are going to look very orange when they finally learn the truth. "Orange is our color!" Shay Mitchell tells E! News' Ali Fedotowsky of the jail jumpsuit chic look that Emily, Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Hanna (Ashley Benson) are rocking in "Welcome to the Dollhouse" after they were all arrested at the end of last week's episode. But Mitchell and her co-stars didn't mind trading in their stylish wardrobes for the orange »
"You just can't be ready for it." Gulp. That's what Pretty Little Liars boss Marlene King tweeted about Tuesday's epic season five finale, "Welcome to the Dollhouse," which will finally reveal the ABC Family hit's biggest mystery: who the heck is "Big A"?! And while you probably won't every be fully ready for it, you can prepare yourself as much as possible, and we're here to help. We recruited Marlene King to pick the five episodes Pll fans should rewatch, pause and rewind to look for clues during right now, the ones that are the most essential to check out before watching the finale. Marlene King's List of the 5 Episodes to Rewatch: 1. »
After half a decade of waiting, Pretty Little Liars' season five finale is just a day away, which means it's time to get ready up for the "biggest reveal" in the series' history!
"I think we're going to break Twitter all night long," Pll's executive producer Marlene King spilled exclusively to ETonline. "This is an episode that's not just shocking and action-packed and scary as hell -- it's demented and emotional."
"I just think there are many, many things that are going to feel new to our fans, and that's what's so exciting about it," King continued. "It's the most important episode we've done so far so. It's just balls out, and a really fun, new, and interesting direction for the show."
For more exclusive details on Tuesday's "Big A Reveal," the terrifying mysteries of 'A's dollhouse, and the motives behind 'A's devious deeds, take a look at our season five finale Q&A with »
All good things have to eventually stop stringing you along, and the secrets are coming out on Pretty Little Liars. The ABC Family superhit is slowly getting down to details, and next week that is going to mean the much-hyped #BigAReveal… which, let’s face it, could mean anything.
One thing it means for certain is that the Liars are going to do their best Orange is the New Black impression, which, oddly enough actually provides a more meaningful use of the term, because the Liars will be styling it up.
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courtesy ABC Family/Ron Tom
Don’t miss this season finale, which is clearly going to have people talking for quite a while.
I’m not saying I know the details of the secrets and/or reveals that will be coming, but it’s going to be one that will have fans reeling.
“A” Wants You To »
- Marc Eastman
Orange really is the new black! Next week's Pretty Little Liars finale (airing on Tuesday, March 24) promises a #BigAReveal, and we have an exclusive sneak peek at the episode. Spoiler alert: Looks like the Liars are heading to jail! In "Welcome to the Dollhouse," the four best friends and fashionistas are ditching their enviable threads in favor of, gulp, four tangerine jumpsuits. Could it be?! Are Aria (Lucy Hale), Emily (Shay Mitchell), and Spencer (Troian Bellisario) joining Hanna (Ashley Benson) in the clink? Or is this some [...] »
Recently, ABC Family released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Pretty Little Liars" season finale episode 25 of season 5. The episode is entitled, "Welcome to the Dollhouse," and it turns out that we're going to see some very interesting and dramatic stuff go down as major secrets get revealed along with another "A" clue, and more! In the new, 25th episode press release: "A" Wants You To Come Over For A Playdate In The Season Finale Of "Pretty Little Liars." Press release number 2: It's the beginning of all the answers with the biggest "A" reveal ever (#BigAReveal). Press release number 3: "A" has always had fun playing with Aria, Emily, Hanna and Spencer, but now, "they" are going to have the biggest game to date in store for the girls. As shocking secrets come to light and the biggest clue to the "A" mystery gets revealed, is this »
- Andre Braddox
As further proof that creator Marlene King intends to keep the finale, ominously titled “Welcome to the Dollhouse,” under wraps, none of the main five girls appear in this batch of first-look photos.
Instead, we see the guys — Ezra, Toby, Caleb and even Andrew — working diligently to, I assume, thwart whatever heinous plan “A” has in store for the girls. We also »
Sneak Peek images from the season finale of the series "Pretty Little Liars" and the episode titled "Welcome To The Dollhouse", starring Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Lucy Hale, Ian Harding, Laura Leighton, Shay Mitchell, Janel Parrish and Sasha Pieterse, airing March 24, 2015 on ABC Family:
"...'A' has always had fun playing with 'Aria', 'Emily', 'Hanna' and 'Spencer', but now the biggest game to date is in store for the girls. As shocking secrets come to light and the biggest clue to the 'A' mystery is revealed, is this one playdate the 'Liars' can survive?..."
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- Michael Stevens
Ugly Betty alum Eric Mabius has landed a major recurring role on NBC firefighter drama Chicago Fire. He’ll play Tom Nesbitt, a high-end strip club owner. Mabius recently wrapped Signed, Sealed, Delivered, an original limited series for Hallmark Channel. His feature credits include indie Price Check, which premiered at Sundance in January, Welcome To The Dollhouse, Resident Evil and Where The Road Meets The Sun. He’s repped by ICM and Geordie Frey at Gef… »
One of the hardest bouts of growing pains experienced by adolescents is that rite of passage known as the high school experience. In high school one is subject to discovering their own sense of self-identity and purpose. In fact, sometimes the social factor is crucial because the cost of belonging in social-related circles is vital in a four-year commitment to belonging among your peers.
The tension is high to belong and get along as your search for excellence in good grades, social interaction and the overall learning experience is important. However, not every youngster can cope with what they are faced as the obstacles to excel are demanding in high school. Hence, the potential to become “an outsider” is inevitable and the unlikeliest label that no one can overcome no matter how much they try.
The movies have been instrumental in capturing such heavy-handed angst and frustration of the tortured »
- Frank Ochieng
As a former teenage outcast of the highest (lowest?) order, I'm particularly sensitive to the depiction of adolescent Ishmaels on film. And truth be told? A fair amount of Hollywood movies simply don't get it right. It takes a lot of elements to render a convincing teen or pre-teen geek, goth, nerd and/or loner on film, from the acting to the writing to the directing to the wardrobe department -- and a few select movies have nailed it. "Carrie"? "Welcome to the Dollhouse"? "Ghost World"? All have realistically rendered the pain of adolescent pariah-dom on film. The films listed below, on the other hand? Not so much. As "The Duff" hits theaters, let's take a look back at nine terribly unconvincing teenage outcasts in the movies. See also: 10 Great High School Mean Girls on Film »
- Chris Eggertsen
Directed by: Ang Lee
Ang Lee has gone in about eight different directions in terms of genre. His resume includes “The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Hulk,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Life of Pi,” and this delightful Jane Austen adaptation, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and young Kate Winslet. “Sense and Sensibility” took home the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for the story of the Dashwood family, a mother widowed and left in difficult circumstances after her husband has left his fortune to his first wife, instead of his current one. So Mrs. Dashwood (Gemma Jones) and her daughters Fanny, Marianne, and Elinor (Harriet Walter, Winslet, Thompson) have to find a way to survive in a world ruled by men and the rules that seem to create obstacle after obstacle for them. Unfortunately, given the era, they are viewed as “unmarryable,” since they have no fortune and no prospects. »
- Joshua Gaul
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