12 items from 2017
MaryAnn’s quick take… If Jane Austen wrote a horror movie. An almost serene sinisterness infuses female-gazey carnal intrigue… but it could be even more feminist than it is. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women; love the cast
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
So who is — or are — the beguiled of The Beguiled? Is it the badly wounded Union soldier taken in by the girls and women of a Virginia seminary school in 1864 while the Civil War rages nearby? Does he feel the need to enchant his captor-nurses so thoroughly that they wouldn’t dream of turning him over to the Confederate army as a prisoner of war? (He does indeed attempt this.) Or is it those few students and teachers remaining at the otherwise abandoned school, so secluded, so bereft of charming male companionship? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Amanda Knox has taken her Instagram public.
The Waiting to Be Heard author announced on Twitter on Tuesday that she had decided to open her Instagram up to the world, writing, "What's happening? Well, I made my Instagram public. No more hoarding all my amazing cat videos."
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Knox became a household name during a years-long investigation into the 2007 death of her roommate, Meredith Kercher, »
Amanda Knox has revealed her private Instagram to the world. And it’s as full of photos of herself, her boyfriend, her friends and her cats as … most other Instagram accounts.
Knox — who was at the center of international scrutiny during a years-long investigation into the 2007 death of her roommate, Meredith Kercher, in Italy, which ended in Knox’s murder conviction being overturned by Italy’s highest court in 2015 — announced on Tuesday that she had made her social media account available to all a little more than two years after its first post.
“What’s happening? Well, I made my Instagram public, »
- Adam Carlson
Red Riding Hood: Match & Catch is the latest mobile puzzler game from developer Go Vuzzle is available now from the Google Play Store on Android devices. This brand new puzzler offers over 100 levels of puzzles with a delightful Little Red Riding Hood theme. The game will also be coming soon for iOS device users. Watch the new gameplay trailer below…
Red Riding Hood: Match & Catch is a new puzzler that offers more than 100 levels and many bonus levels where players must collect the forest fruits, escape from the wolf, chase after butterflies and remove obstacles in order to avoid the Big Bad Wolf and get to grandma’s house safely.
Players will be able to connect their game via Facebook and share the adventure with their friends as well as send gifts and receive gifts and also request help if they need any. The game will provide plenty »
- Andrew Newton
The retrospective Frank Capra, The American Dreamer is showing April 10 - May 31, 2017 in the United Kingdom.Frank CapraFrank Capra has fallen badly out of fashion in recent decades. While still well-known for the extraordinary Depression-era purple patch that produced It Happened One Night (1934), Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), the critics have rarely been kind. His work is routinely derided as “Capra-corn” for its perceived sentimentality and “fairy tale” idealism while the man himself is written off in favour of contemporaries Howard Hawks, Preston Sturges and Ernst Lubitsch.Elliot Stein, writing in Sight & Sound in 1972, attacked Capra’s “fantasies of good will, which at no point conflict with middle-class American status quo values”, arguing that his “shrewdly commercial manipulative tracts” consist of little more than “philistine-populist notions and greeting-card sentiments”. Pauline Kael found him “softheaded,” Derek Malcolm a huckster hawking “cosily absurd fables.” To an extent, »
It’s been frequently observed that Donald Trump, the former host of “The Apprentice,” ascended to the White House by using the rhetoric, logic, and naked shamelessness of reality television. But perhaps we should have been watching our “Sesame Street”: Trump is just a real-life version of a villain from a children’s story.
“Sesame Street” made “Ronald Grump,” a rapacious, orange-wigged land developer, into their villain on three separate occasions — in the ’80s, when Grump tried to evict Oscar; in the aughts, when an “Apprentice”-inspired Grump heartlessly fired Elmo; and in the ’90s, for the show’s 25th anniversary special. (That last appearance is especially prescient; Grump, played by Joe Pesci, replaces his doorman with an automated system, hits on a reporter played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and is only defeated by a march of all of Sesame Street’s residents, led by Big Bird. It’s possible Trump has been using this episode as »
- Sonia Saraiya
Read no further if you haven’t seen Sunday’s episode of “The Walking Dead,” “Say Yes.” Spoilers ahead!
It wasn’t a monumental moment, exactly, at least not by “The Walking Dead” standards — no one actually died, or revealed some vital secret while being tortured. Instead, viewers watched Michonne (Danai Gurira) — aloof, unbreakable Michonne — break down after Rick (Andrew Lincoln) seemed to fall afoul of a pack of walkers. But they also saw the two in the closest approximation to a normal day in a normal relationship as we’re ever like to get on the show. Lincoln called up Variety to discuss the episode.
Not only do you get to smile and laugh, Rick gets to just have some adventures with Michonne. It’s weirdly idyllic.
It’s an unusual feeling! It’s just as unnerving for the crew as for the rest of us. It was barmy. It »
- Oriana Schwindt
One of the lesser-known horror anthologies of the 1980s, 1986’s Deadtime Stories is a title of which I’ve been familiar for years, but it took me a long time to actually get around to seeing it. And because of the film’s long history of botched home video releases, the versions I’ve been able to watch in the past haven’t been of the best quality. As a result, I had an unfair opinion of the movie. Thankfully, Scream Factory has put Deadtime Stories out on Blu-ray for the first time and allowed me the opportunity not just to revisit it, but to revise my opinion. It’s more fun than I gave it credit for.
- Patrick Bromley
Since the dawn of the 21st century, action cinema has undergone a bigger change than perhaps any other genre. As the tools with which filmmakers craft their works have continually advanced, a sort of renaissance has begun wherein action films stepped firmly into their own. Often put in the same category as horror — not taken seriously as a form of artistic expression outside of its core fanbase — action has had to boldly announce itself as a viable medium through which big set pieces, but also big ideas, can be presented and explored.
With the highly anticipated John Wick: Chapter 2 arriving in theaters this Friday, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s action films that have most excelled. To pick our top 50, we’ve reached out to all corners of the globe, choosing an array of films ranging from grand to gritty, brutal to beautiful. The result »
- The Film Stage
To celebrate the release of Revolting Rhymes available now on DVD, we’re giving 2 lucky winners the chance to win a copy of the DVD as well as a copy of the novel and audiobook.
Voiced by a stellar British cast including David Walliams (Little Britain, Gangsta Granny), Tamsin Greig (The Green Room, Episodes), Dominic West (The Wire, Pride) and Gemma Chan (Humans), Revolting Rhymes is perfect for half term holiday viewing and a treat for the whole family to enjoy.
First published in 1982 Revolting Rhymes was written by the much-loved author, Roald Dahl and illustrated by the legendary Quentin Blake. Bursting with imagination and delightful storytelling, these adaptations bring the tales to life in an extraordinary way. Will Little Red Riding Hood become a meal for the Big Bad Wolf? Can Snow White out-wit her evil stepmother? Is the house of bricks strong enough to protect the Little Pig? »
When WWE first announced the UK Championship tournament last month – which, admittedly, turned out to be a very good event – I made a video about how this probably won’t have a positive impact on the very exciting independent wrestling scene on these shores.
Unfortunately, looking at what’s now transpiring, I hate to be able to say, “I told you so…”
In the last several days, two UK promotions Ipw and Lucha Forever have had to pull UK Championship participants Pete Dunne and Joseph Conners from their shows that were meant to be broadcast on FloSlam – a rival streaming service to the WWE Network. Ipw broke the news on their Facebook page:
“Unfortunately in the early hours of this morning we learnt that due to contractual obligations with the WWE, certain wrestlers will be unable to appear on our FloSlam live broadcast this Sunday, namely in this instance, Pete Dunne and Joseph Conners. »
- Oli Davis
Dancing bodyguard Gary’s Michael Jackson-style crotch grab during ad for price comparison website riles TV viewers
Moneysupermarket’s ad featuring a bodyguard busting out old-school dance moves and a crotch grab was the most complained-about TV ad in the UK last year.
The TV ad, part of the brand’s “So Moneysupermarket” campaign about consumers who feel “epic” after saving cash using the price comparison website, features “Gary the bodyguard”, who at one point is seen doing a Michael Jackson-style crotch grab and gyrations.
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- Mark Sweney
12 items from 2017
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