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Jul 30 2019

Lunchtime Poll: Which scene in a movie made you imagine a whole other movie?

by Nathaniel R

Once Upon a Time Hollywoodwas difficult to write about.That's what happens with dense movies.Naturally,then,my reviewleft out something major.It was only after publishing it that I realized I hadn't even mentioned the extended scene that is the movie's most impressive on a filmmaking level.I'm talking about the significant detour when Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt) visits Spahn's Movie Ranch.He used to shoot a TV show there a decade earlier but it's now Manson Family territory,thanks to the retired and now blind George Spahn (Bruce Dern)...

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Jul 28 2019

Once Upon a Time & The Farewell are wins for adult programming,thank god.

What did you see this weekend?

Weekend Box Office Estimates
July 19th-21st
= New or Expanding / ★ = Highly Recommended
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood The Farewell
1The Lion King$75 (cum.$350.7)REVIEW
1The Farewell$1.5 (cum.$3.6)PERSONAL & UNIVERSAL,INTERVIEW
2Once Upon a Time in Hollywood$40.3*NEW*REVIEW
2Art of Self Defense$311k (cum.$2)REVIEW
3Spider-Man Far From Home$12.2 (cum.$344.4)TOM HOLLAND,REVIEW
3Maiden$204k (cum.$1.1)REVIEW
4Toy Story 4$9.8 (cum.$395.6)PODCAST,REVIEW
4Super 30$189k (cum.$2.1)
5Crawl$6 (cum.$23.8)REVIEW
5Pavarotti$135k (cum.$4.2)

numbers on that chart are pulled fromboxofficemojo

Unless you wanna talk aboutThe Lion King(why?it's bad!) the big story this weekend was the strong opening ofOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood.Making movies for adults is now an endangered business so we're happy that the film had such a healthy opening,the best ever for a Tarantino picture.(Given the movie's defiantly leisurely pacing,though,we have trouble imagining great word of mouth to keep it going for a long time.) MeanwhileThe Farewellcontinued to do great business,so much so that it entered the regular top ten this weekend despite being at only 135 theaters.Go Lulu Wang and Awkwafina!Next weekend continues the annoying trend of Hollywood refusing to compete with itself with the third straight weekend with only one new wide release:Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw.After that the floodgates open with lots of new films per week as the summer movie season begins to wane.

Jul 28 2019

Review: Once Upon a Hollywood

This review was originally published in Nathaniel's column at Towleroad...

We want see this movie so we can talk about it.

[Spoiler-free review]Here's the best way to know that you're inside an auteur's movie.It's impossible to imagine it having been made by anyone else.Quentin Tarantino's 10th feature film (creatively referred to as his 9th,presumably to give him a retirement out after his various "I'll quit after 10 films!"proclamations) is a fable about Hollywood.The movie begins in 1968 and ends in the summer of 1969 when the very pregnant actress Sharon Tate,Roman Polanski's new wife,and her house guests were all brutally murdered by the Manson family.Any number of filmmakers could have made a movie about that infamous year in California,but only Tarantino could have madeOnce Upon a Time … in Hollywood.

Historical events,real ones at least,have never been as sacred to Tarantino as the history of the movies.Whenever he's dipped into "history"--Django Unchained,Inglourious Basterds-- it's been as emotionally loaded prefab worlds from which to spin his own idiosyncratic yarns.  In this regardOnce Upon a Timeis no exception.To this viewer,though,his latest movie feels closer in spirit toPulp Fiction...

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Jul 25 2019

Once Upon a Link in Hollywood

Varietyintereesting news about Disney's alternate compensation plan for TV creatives (the television landscape is changing but pay structures haven't and are essentially still based on the old and outdated 22 episodes per season model)
VultureHBO has denied the IndieWire charges of what went down onBig Little Liesseason 2 in terms of Andrea Arnold and the final edit
The New Yorkeranother piece onBig Little Liesand its prescient season 1 finale and season 2 as a metaphor for the Hollywood fallout from #MeToo

After the jump Jennifer Lawrence,Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,motion smoothing,Lord of the Ringscasting,and more...

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May 29 2019

Take me to the link

NYTWhich Cannes films and performances will factor into the Oscar race.Kyle Buchanan thinksParasiteandPain & Gloryare the biggest foreign threats butOnce Upon a Time in Hollywoodis the big one.
Hugh Jackmansinging Happy Birthday to Sir Ian McKellen with a whole staidum backing him.Awesome
VarietyOwen Gleiberman surveys his Cannes experience and how well the movies filled the big screen
VarietyChris Hemsworth is the coverboy at the moment so here's the big profile
The Sheila Variationson Joseph Cotten's active listening inGaslight(1944)

Varietyso far Netflix is the only studio to speak out on Georgia's attack on abortion rights which could threaten the massive amount of filmmaking that goes on in that state.
Outfor a blu-ray release ofTo Wong Foo,Thanks for Everything,Julie Newmar,John Leguizamo is talking about his character Chi Chi Rodriguez
Town & Countrywe missed this news during Cannes but congrats to Jennifer Lawrence who is now engaged
IndieWiresurveys critics on the best movies that played at Cannes.Parasitecomes out on top just as it did with the jury,butPortrait of a Lady on Fire(which only took Screenplay at Cannes) was the runner up.
Varietymore Cannes prizes.FIPRESCI choosesThe Lighthouse(from the director ofThe VVitch)
/Filma piece on Quentin Tarantino's female characters  in light of a tense moment at Cannes when he was asked about Margot Robbie's lack of dialogue inOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood

Tony Season
NYTfun piece on "mysteries"of this Broadway season including how tall is the tall man inHadestown,how does Santino Fontana sing like a woman inTootsie,and how does one do partner dances while in a wheelchair?As for that 'tall man' in Hadestown.We first noticed him inFrozenand we ran into him on the subway over the weekend and he was as sweet and gorgeous as can be while towering over us.
• ...Timothy Hughesis his name and you can follow him on Instagram
StagecraftRosemary Harris will get a lifetime achievement at this year's Tony Awards.But her previous Tony has a typo on it!
PlaybillWesley Taylor (Smash)who recently won the Chita Rivera Award for Outstanding Male Dancer is engaged to marry Isaac Powell (last seen inSpongebob Squarepants)
PlaybillFresh out of high school,Renée Rapp,who won this year's Jimmy Award (that's the highest honor for High School students in musical theater) is stepping into the role of Regina George inMean Girlsfor her Broadway debut this summer.

And look here's a video about Dianne Wiest's latest play Off Broadway.It's a monologue play from Samuel Beckett

Apr 08 2019

April Foolish Predictions #5: Visual Categories

[drumroll]Our annual April Foolish Oscar Predictions continue

"Nomadland"was shot by the cinematographer of "The Rider"

We always mention at the start of all this that we call them April Foolish predictions because it's foolish to assume we know anything at all quite yet.Oscar buzz begins the day of announcement for projects with "pedigree"but the reality of the Oscar race is much more complex than that as the quality of films,size of campaigns,box office results,media pets,and public perception all end up weighing in later in the year.So consider these early bird predictions as "what ifs"...we do not pretend to have the year figured out just yet as we're going on hunches...

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