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Editorial: How The Multiverse Helps Spider-Man Find His Way Home

Spider-Man

"Where there is great power, there is great responsibility…" The Multiverse is real. In Spider-Man: No Way Home, playing in theaters worldwide, the Multiverse finally reveals itself in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Tom Holland's Spider-Man faces his most nefarious threats yet in the third chapter of this trilogy for this popular webslinger. What's more is that while No Way Home pays homage to the last three cinematic incarnations of the superhero, it also finally allows Holland's Peter Parker to become the Spider-Man we know & love. Like any good Spider-Man story, that means with great power comes great responsibility to tell a gripping story full of sacrifice and hard choices. Writer's Note: This contains major spoilers for Spider-Man: No Way Home. If you haven't seen it yet and prefer to hold on, read no further.

Hey Critics - STOP Running Best of the Year Lists in Early December

Best of the Year Lists

It happens year after year, always right at the end of November. Weeks before whatever year we're currently in is over, websites and magazines and newspapers and critics groups start publishing their Best of the Year lists. But, why? Why at the start of December? Is this really necessary? These lists can't rightfully be called "Best of the Year" when the year isn't even over. When there are still more films to be seen. It's more like The Best Films That Publicists Decided to Show Us in the Last 11 Months. What about the next 4 weeks? This year there's at least two BIG releases that haven't been shown yet: Spider-Man: No Way Home and The Matrix Resurrections. Sure, the typical argument is "oh, well these probably won't make the best of the year lists anyway." But why not give them a chance? Why not just wait, you know, until the END of the actual year? Then once you've seen everything, once you take time to catch up with other films you might've missed, go ahead & start publishing the lists. That makes way more sense than what everyone is doing now.

John Waters Reveals His Top 10 Films of 2021 - Baby Annette Rules

John Waters - Annette Top 10

"Often wrongheaded but sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, [this film] has been rejected by film distributors worldwide. All I can say is that the movie sure as hell delivers." Ohh John Waters! It's always a delight to discover his Top 10 list every year. One of our favorite "best of the year" lists that kicks off this time of the year is from filmmaker John Waters - his Top 10 favorite films released this year. For 2021, Waters has chosen yet another (expected) eclectic mix of films, lead by the extravagant Sparks Brothers + Leos Carax musical Annette (watch the trailer). He goes on to highlight other underseen gems and indie film favorites, including Quentin Dupieux's Mandibules and Sean Baker's Red Rocket. I'm honestly more excited to find out what's on his list than almost anyone else, just because he always chooses some of the most unexpected yet worthy films. No one else has a Top 10 like Waters'. And that's why I dig his Top 10 picks year after year.

Podcast: Discussing 'The Matrix Resurrections' Theories with M Sayibu

The Matrix Resurrections

What does it all mean?! Now available for listening: one hour-long podcast chat with M Sayibu discussing theories and thoughts about The Matrix Resurrections. After the first trailer dropped a few weeks ago, my mind was abuzz with so many thoughts. What's going on here, who is that in this shot? Is that really Neo and Trinity? Where is Agent Smith? I've been looking forward to hopping on a podcast to geek out about all things The Matrix, so I recently connected with M Sayibu on Twitter (@msayibu1) and we plugged in and started talking. I've been a hardcore fan of The Matrix movies since the early days, scouring the forums and websites during the release of the sequels in 2003. Almost two decades later and it's time to examine every little last detail and throw out every crazy fun theory we've got. Download the podcast episode and join us.

Editorial: Time to End the Golden Globes, They Don't Matter Anymore

Golden Globes

If you haven't heard by now, the Golden Globes are embroiled in a massive controversy that began when they were ousted for having no Black members. And it probably means they're done for good. We can only hope that's the case. NBC has already stated they will not air the Golden Globes in 2022, which is essentially the "final blow" in the controversy, meaning that the actual show won't go on this time. The Golden Globes are put on by a shady group known as the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, aka the HFPA, and thanks to lawsuits & journalists we now know everything (bad) about them. To put it bluntly, it's a group of power-hungry "international journalists" who are obsessed with Hollywood celebs. And to put it bluntly again, it's time to end the Golden Globes for good. 2021 should be their final year. They don't matter anymore, they're boring, they're bought-and-paid for awards, and that's on top of the problems with the HFPA membership.

 Posted May 17 in Discuss, Editorial | 2 Comments

2021 Academy Awards Winners - And 'Nomadland' Wins Best Picture

Academy Awards

The 93rd Academy Awards are finally upon us and it's time to watch the show and discover the winners of the most prestigious award in Hollywood. The Oscar ceremony is two months later than normal this year, to allow time for more films to show due to the shut downs last year. There are eight Best Picture nominees, and I'm looking forward to finding out who wins. The frontrunner is Chloe Zhao's Nomadland, picking up numerous wins throughout the awards season. It's one of my favorite films from 2020, so I'm all for it. I'm also just so happy to see so many other worthy nominees - including Sound of Metal, Minari, Wolfwalkers, The Mole Agent, My Octopus Teacher, and Judas and the Black Messiah. Each deserving of accolades. With the pandemic raging it has been a strange year, but there's still great films to celebrate. Now it's time to find out who is taking home the Oscars this year, and who isn't, at the annual Academy Awards. The full list of nominees below will be updated with the winners highlighted once revealed live on air - refresh for updates.

PICTURE:
Nomadland
Nomadland
DIRECTOR:
Chloe Zhao
Chloé Zhao for
Nomadland
ACTOR:
Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins
in The Father
ACTRESS:
Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand
in Nomadland

Read on for a complete list of #Oscars2021 nominees & winners. Let us know what you think of the results!

This will be updated throughout the night to reflect the winners as revealed. Additionally, I might be adding a small bit of personal commentary beneath each category. Winners are highlighted in BOLD below.

'Zack Snyder's Justice League' is a Victorious Triumph for Perseverance

Zack Snyder's Justice League

The fans were victorious. Zack Snyder's Justice League is finally upon us. After a four year journey that originated with director Zack Snyder departing the project due to a family tragedy, the four-hour superhero epic defied all odds and expectations and arrived streaming on HBO Max this past weekend (watch the final trailer again). No longer besmirched by Joss Whedon's neutered version of Justice League from 2017, Zack Snyder's Justice League (formerly known as "The Snyder Cut") restores his epic vision for the superhero film, and it is a victorious triumph for perseverance and for the vision of an auteur who never gave up.

93rd Academy Awards Nominations Announced - Full List for 2020

Academy Awards Nominations

The complete list of nominees for the 93rd Academy Awards, the most prestigious award in Hollywood, have been announced today (from Oscars.org). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed the nominees via live broadcast. With 2020 being a pandemic year, cinemas shut down worldwide, and all kinds of different release strategies (streaming, PVOD, drive-ins) The Academy made some big changes to accept a complete selection of eligible movies no matter how they debuted. And they accepted releases from January & February of this year as well. All things considered and with many delays, it was still a solid year of movies. Let's get into it! This year, The Academy chose a total of eight Best Picture nominees, including: Minari, Mank, Sound of Metal, Nomadland, and Judas. Without further ado, check out the full list of noms.

2021 Golden Globe Awards Winners - 'Borat 2' + 'Nomadland' Winners

2021 Golden Globe Winners

The winners of the HFPA's 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards, the precursor to the Academy Awards, have been announced tonight at a ceremony held virtually on Zoom + in Los Angeles, co-hosted by Tina Fey & Amy Poehler. It seems these awards get less and less relevant every year, but the winners are still worthy nonetheless. Here's hoping the HFPA chose wisely. The list below will update with all film-related winners as they're revealed during the live broadcast. The nominees from 2020 are actually a good selection of films, though they are a bit too fond of The Trial of the Chicago 7 this time. But it's still great to see Mank, Borat 2, Palm Springs, Over the Moon, The Mauritanian, and On the Rocks among the nominees. It's time to start the show, we're curious to find out which films they've picked. Let's see who is taking home Globes this year.

2021 Golden Globes Nominees - 'Mank', 'The Father' + 'Nomadland'

Golden Globes

The list of nominations for the 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards (of 2021), the yearly precursor to the Academy Awards, have just been announced today - you can find all the film nominees below. The infamous Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees this morning from a virtual event. The big ceremony takes place later this month, most likely with a Zoom telecast. The selection this year is as odd as always, yet the nominees are still considerably diverse. The best news is that they selected a total of three female filmmakers for Best Director - including Emerald Fennell for Promising Young Woman, Regina King for One Night in Miami, and Chloé Zhao for Nomadland. And there's plenty of other surprises - like Sacha Baron Cohen getting two noms, and more. Another odd year of picks but not that unexpected for the HFPA.

Welcome to a New Era: WB Announces Game-Changing Release Plan

Warner Bros 2021

Remember this day. December 3rd, 2020. For today is the beginning of a new era in Hollywood. Warner Bros announced major, game-changing news: ALL of their big releases in 2021 will be available on HBO Max and in movie theaters on the same day. All of them. Every single one - from Dune to Godzilla vs Kong to The Matrix 4 to The Suicide Squad to Judas and the Black Messiah to Space Jam 2. (However, only in the US because HBO Max is currently only available in the US. International plans not yet confirmed.) This is major news - essentially meaning the era of "theatrical windows" (as they are known) is over. Let me be one of the first to say - good riddance. Theatrical windows were a hindrance, preventing innovation that is necessary in the world we now live in with wifi/streaming available worldwide. The COVID-19 pandemic just helped speed up this evolution, and this decision was made to offer all of the movies safely to everyone throughout 2021. You now get to choose how you want to watch – in a movie theater or at home (or both).

John Waters Reveals His Top 10 Films of 2020 - Hello to 'Butt Boy'

John Waters Top 10 - Butt Boy

"Afterward, go out and film yourself getting arrested at a protest rally. Then you'll be the best movie of the year." One of our favorite lists that kicks off this time of the year is from filmmaker John Waters - his Top 10 favorite films from this year. For 2020, Waters has chosen yet another (expected) eclectic mix of films, lead by the uber wacky comedy Butt Boy (trailer here), about a guy who discovers he has a serial killer ass. Literally. I always love seeing what Waters picks every year, because he's one of the few who has no shame about admitting his personal tastes. They're all films he loved that did something for him, and he explains so simply yet eloquently why he loves them. And no surprise, his picks for 2020 are as wild & weird & kooky as expected. No one else has a Top 10 like Waters'. And that's why I enjoy highlighting his picks year after year.

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