Move to share art prize sparked outrage. Why winning is out of fashion

London (CNN)You get a prize! You get a prize! Everybody gets a prize! So what’s the problem? This sharing is all a bit of harmless goodwill, right? A bold new way of approaching prizes, and a more sophisticated manner in which to critique art? Not even close. According to some corners of the internet, if you’re not furiously angry at the Turner Prize’s decision, you may well be a snowflake. “Nonsense!” screamed some after the Turner Prize’s decision was announced. “Political correctness gone mad!” chuntered others. The Telegraph asked whether the “baffling” result was “just a virtue signal for the snowflake era,” successfully hitting bingo on the culture wars trigger words sheet. “What is the point of a prize that …

Rian Johnson’s murder mystery ‘Knives Out’ is one of the best films of 2019

Writer/director Rian Johnson makes a triumphant return to original storytelling withKnives Out, an intricate puzzle-box of a whodunnit. Featuring a star-studded cast, it embraces the beloved clichs of Agatha Christie while delivering a contemporary twist on the genre. Knives Out RELEASE DATE: 11/27/19DIRECTOR: Rian JohnsonSTREAMING: TheatricalA biting and star-studded whodunnit. Its tempting to describe this film as a parody, but as Johnson made sure to point out during the press tour, its really not a spoof. Knives Outmay be laugh-out-loud funny, but its also a thoroughly satisfying murder mystery in its own right. Not to mention a sly piece of political commentary about the toxicity of inherited wealth. The trailers introduced Knives Out as a comedy thriller about the unexpected …

Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots visit suburban hell in ‘Vivarium’

feels like it couldve been written any time in the past 50 years. Set in a surreal suburban hell, it has a definite vibe. Vivarium RELEASE DATE: T.B.D.DIRECTOR: Lorcan FinneganJesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots are shipped off to eerie suburbia. Written and directed by Irish indie filmmaker Lorcan Finnegan,Vivariums premise is so simple that Id risk spoiling the movie by going into too much detail. Suffice it to say that Gemma and Tom find themselves trapped in Yonder. The neighborhood has an unreal quality to it, like an unfinished Tim Burton film set or an auto-generated videogame landscape. No matter how far they walk, they always seem to end up back at their house. If they try to damage anything, …

‘Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates’ just wants to remind us how great Bill Gates is

Inside Bills Brain: Decoding Bill GatesCelebrated documentarian Davis Guggenheim directs and serves as an executive producer alongside experienced journalistsBeth Osisek and Steven LeckartAn Inconvenient TruthWaiting for SupermanThe hagiography of Gates starts immediately and quickly verges into comical territory. Guggenheim claims that when he first met Gates, he was combing over a Minnesota state budget. He realized he just happened to have 37 other state budgets with him. Who among us hasnt carried 40 state budgets with them on a weekend away? Saeed Adyani/Netflix Someone else says to Gates in a totally not staged scene, A thousand influential people have this book and never read it. You happen to be one of the most influential people and you read it. Yet …