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 …

‘Freaks’ directors on making one of the most exciting sci-fi films of 2019

Freaks is one of the most interesting sci-fi movies of 2019, an original indie thriller that combines adult horror and politics with a Spielbergian adventure story. Starring child actor Lexy Kolker alongside Emile Hirsch and Bruce Dern, its about a young girl whose father forbids her to leave the housebut is his controlling behavior actually for her own protection? Co-writer/director team Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein have an interesting backstory. They first met on Steven Spielbergs filmmaking reality show On The Lot, kicking off a creative partnership. After co-directing Disneys live-actionKim Possible movie,Freaks is their first original film, earning positive reviews at festival screenings. Ahead of its release on Sept. 13, we spoke to them aboutFreaks political relevance, their strategy …

The Edge of Democracy chronicles the downfall of Brazils political leaders

The Edge of DemocracyElenaAs both Costa and the democratic status of Brazil reach their thirties, Costa says she had hoped that [they] would both be standing on solid ground,” but fears the country is moving backward instead. She documents the nations political landscape for the past three decades through both the lens of her personal experience as a working-class citizen and footage of the countrys leaders. In a little over two hours, Costa attempts to deconstruct the nations complicated relationship with democracy, sharing a cautionary tale for any nation struggling with political division and corruption. begins with the creation of Brazil’s Workers’ Party in 1980one of the biggest political movements in Latin American historywhich effectively ended the reign of the …

Kristen Wiig’s comedy pulls out of Georgia after anti-abortion bill signing

(CNN)The creative team behind “Bridesmaids” has joined a growing movement to boycott Georgia in the wake of the signing of an anti-abortion bill. There has been a major backlash from Hollywood and calls for a boycott of the many TV and film productions in the state. Most recently, executive producers for “The Power,” an Amazon show by Sister Pictures, said creators of the series decided not to scout for filming locations in Georgia because of the controversial bill. TV show producers cancel plans to scout for filming locations in Georgia because of abortion law Executive producers Jane Featherstone and Naomi De Pear said that decision was “a direct response to the signing.” “We feel we have to stand up for …

When did Bran Stark become the most relatable character on ‘Game of Thrones’?

Same, Bran. Same.Image: Helen Sloan / HBO Game of Thrones Season 8 has had no shortage of twists, good and bad. (Okay, mostly bad.) But the biggest one, in my book?  Bran Stark, he of Three-Eyed Raven nonsense, emerging as the most relatable character in all of Westeros.  No, really. Up through Season 7, I was, like so many others, a Bran hater. I sighed theatrically whenever his scenes came up, I yelled at the TV as yet another kind-hearted Northerner sacrificed themselves for him, I took pleasure in dunking on him relentlessly.  watch jon snow gradually realize that bran is a fucking weirdo pic.twitter.com/hvV8UXSbgW — Kathryn VanArendonk (@kvanaren) April 15, 2019 Bran may not be much of a talker …

John Oliver’s deep dive on the Green New Deal is an eye-opener

Chances are you’ve probably heard talk about the Green New Deal over the past few weeks. But what exactly is it, and why are so many politicians getting charged up over it? Here to break everything down is John Oliver — with a little help from a very sweary, R-rated version of Bill Nye. Original Article : HERE ; The Ultimate Survival Food: The Lost Ways

Varys’ betrayal was foreshadowed all the way back in Season 2

I'd be pissed too, Daenerys.Image: hbo Now that Game of Thrones is back to politics as usual, the key players and betrayers who defined the game are back in a big way. And episode 4 of Season 8 set up a double cross from one of the best: Varys. But you don’t even need to take the spider at his word when he told Tyrion a whopping two times in the last episode that he’d betray Daenerys. The precedent for Varys committing treason against his Queen is not only established in his character, but also predicted in an old prophecy many have forgotten about. Daenerys already received plenty of warnings about betrayal. Image: PAUL SCHIRALDI/HBO Back in Season 2 when …

Is ‘Game of Thrones’ setting up Sansa and Tyrion to win the Iron Throne?

Sansa already told Tyrion what it would take for them to work.Image: hbo Despite a season filled with inexplicable (arguably unjustified) twists, Game of Thrones Episode 4 Season 8 has begun a seemingly inevitable march toward crowning the most rote successor to the Iron Throne possible: Jon Snow. Or, if we’re being nihilistic, continuing the reign of Cersei Lannister. But if there were any justice in this world (and to be fair, there might not be), the best and most thematically appropriate wild card that should reign over the Seven Kingdoms is Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister. And their potential ascension is far more than just wishful thinking. What began as the most inappropriate couple might into the saviors of …