29 Nov

Disney+ Desperately Needs a Host for Its Older Content – Here’s Why

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Since Disney+ went live, there have been a lot of different discussion points swirling around among fans of the various and sundry titles available on the streaming service. If you have somehow not heard, the original Star Wars was revised once more so that Greedo says “MacLunkey” (or something that sounds an awful lot like […]

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29 Nov

The Clown and the Town: The Evolution of Gotham City and the Joker

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Batman and the Joker would not exist if it wasn’t for Gotham City. Whether it’s the city that creates the Bat and its villains – as Joker or Gotham imply – or Batman that changes the city – as Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy seems to think – Gotham City remains a vital component in the […]

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29 Nov

Bruce Springsteen on Making His Directorial Debut With ‘Western Stars’

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Bruce Springsteen has had a hell of a few years as of late. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, given that he’s had a hell of a last few decades, becoming one of the most celebrated and cherished entertainers in popular music history. Still, the release of his autobiography, followed by his award […]

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29 Nov

Daily Podcast: Writer/Director Rian Johnson on Crafting Knives Out, Not Doing Karaoke with Genres, and More [Interview]

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On the November 29, 2019 episode of /Film Daily, /Film senior writer Ben Pearson is joined by /Film managing editor Jacob Hall to present Jacob’s interview with Rian Johnson, the writer/director of the new murder mystery Knives Out.  Opening Banter:    In Our Feature Presentation: ‘Knives Out’ Director Rian Johnson on the Beauty of a […]

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29 Nov

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Featurette Pulls at the Heartstrings, Seemingly Teases the Return of Another Original Trilogy Character

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has been billed as the conclusion of the “Skywalker Saga” that began back in 1977. But those are just words. Do you you know what is more than just words? A surprisingly lovely featurette filled with behind-the-scenes footage from the entire Star Wars series from 1977 through 2019 that […]

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29 Nov

The Unpopular Opinion: Okay, Let’s Hear from Someone Who Doesn’t Like ‘The Irishman’

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(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: The Irishman is a regression on multiple fronts for director Martin Scorsese.) In ancient Egypt, pharaohs would be entombed with everything they needed for […]

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29 Nov

‘Knives Out’ Casts Daniel Craig and Chris Evans Against Type and the Results Are Magnificent

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Martin Scorsese’s comments about the Marvel Cinematic Universe have, by their very nature of being critical of something so popular and dominant, been mostly misconstrued as targeting Marvel, and Marvel only. But his real criticism is not about the MCU, as much as it’s about the franchise nature of all of modern Hollywood. The notion […]

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29 Nov

‘The Conductor’ Review: A Wonderful Biopic About a Woman Who Deserves a Bigger Spotlight [Denver Film Festival]

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This review contains mild spoilers for The Conductor.  Have you ever heard of Antonia Brico? Don’t be ashamed if the answer to that question is “no”. Many people, even those with degrees in musical fields, have no idea who she is. The short answer is that Brico is one of the most exceptional modern conductors […]

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29 Nov

‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood’ Director Marielle Heller Explains How She Convinced Tom Hanks to Play Mr. Rogers

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is the latest film by Marielle Heller, best known as the director of quirky and engaging stories such as 2018’s award winning Can You Ever Forgive Me. Her latest project is the story of Lloyd Vogel (Matthew Rhys), a jaded and fairly miserable investigative journalist who has become a […]

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28 Nov

‘Saint Frances’ Review: A Breathtaking Look at the Weirdness of Womanhood [Denver Film Festival]

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This review contains mild spoilers for Saint Frances.  Thirty-four-year-old Bridget (Kelly O’Sullivan) is figuring it out as she goes. She’s single, stuck in a dead-end job, and not quite sure what she wants to do with her life. After listening to a creep at a party blather on about all the things he’s achieved by […]

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