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69 minutes | Jan 12, 2022
TV Talk: The Book of Boba Fett, Dexter: New Blood, Mayor of Kingstown, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Insecure, and More
On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SERIES PREMIERESThe Cleaning LadyWebsite: FOXVigilWebsite: PeacockWomen of the MovementWebsite: ABCThe Book of Boba FettWebsite: Disney+TV SEASON FINALESCurb Your EnthusiasmWebsite: HBODexter: New BloodWebsite: ShowtimeMayor of KingstownWebsite: Paramount+TV SERIES FINALEInsecureWebsite: HBOTV SNEAK PEEKArchive 81Website: Netflix See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
109 minutes | Dec 24, 2021
Movie & TV Talk Bonanza: The Matrix Resurrections, Station Eleven, Star Trek: Discovery, 1883, The Tragedy of Macbeth & More!
On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SERIES PREMIERES1883Website: Paramount+Station ElevenWebsite: HBO MaxA GOODBYEStar Trek: DiscoveryWebsite: Paramount+MOVIE SNEAK PEEKSThe Tragedy of MacbethWebsite: Apple TV+JockeyWebsite: Sony Pictures ClassicsMunich: The Edge of WarWebsite: NetflixA HeroWebsite: Prime VideoThe DukeWebsite: Sony Pictures ClassicsMOVIE FIRST LOOKThe Matrix ResurrectionsWebsite: HBO Max See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
42 minutes | Dec 21, 2021
TV Talk: Emily in Paris, And Just Like That..., Succession, Abbott Elementary, and Landscapers
On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SERIES PREMIERES LandscapersWebsite: HBOAbbott ElementaryWebsite: ABCAnd Just Like That...Website: HBO MaxTV SEASON FINALESuccessionWebsite: HBOTV SNEAK PEEKEmily in ParisWebsite: Netflix See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
42 minutes | Dec 15, 2021
Movie Sneak Peeks: Nightmare Alley, The Tender Bar, Swan Song, Cyrano, and The Novice
On this episode of Why Watch That:MOVIE SNEAK PEEKSSwan SongWebsite: Apple TV+Nightmare AlleyWebsite: Searchlight PicturesThe NoviceWebsite: IFC FilmsThe Tender BarWebsite: Prime VideoCyranoWebsite: United Artists Releasing See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
39 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
Movie Talk: Being the Ricardos, Bruised, and Benedetta
On this episode of Why Watch That:FIRST LOOKSBruisedWebsite: NetflixBenedettaWebsite: IFC FilmsSNEAK PEEKBeing the RicardosWebsite: Prime Video See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
42 minutes | Dec 1, 2021
TV Talk: Lost in Space, The Wheel of Time, Star Trek: Discovery, BMF, and More!
On this episode of Why Watch That:SERIES PREMIERESThe Wheel of TimeWebsite: Prime VideoThe Sex Lives of College GirlsWebsite: HBO MaxSEASON PREMIERESThe Hot Zone: AnthraxWebsite: Nat GeoStar Trek: DiscoveryWebsite: Paramount+SEASON FINALESDopesickWebsite: HuluBMFWebsite: StarzTV SNEAK PEEKLost in Space Website: Netflix See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
25 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
First Look: King Richard
On this episode of Why Watch That:FIRST LOOKKing RichardWebsite: HBO Max See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | Nov 22, 2021
Movie & TV Talk: True Story, The Harder They Fall, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SNEAK PEEKTrue StoryWebsite: NetflixMOVIE FIRST LOOKSThe Harder They FallWebsite: NetflixShang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten RingsWebsite: Disney+ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
45 minutes | Nov 17, 2021
TV Talk: Cowboy Bebop, Dexter: New Blood, Mayor of Kingstown, and Condor
On this episode of Why Watch That:SEASON PREMIERECondorWebsite: EpixSERIES PREMIEREMayor of Kingstown Website: Paramount+REVIVALDexter: New BloodWebsite: ShowtimeSNEAK PEEKCowboy BebopWebsite: Netflix See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
65 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
TV Talk: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Queens, Baptiste, Wu-Tang: An American Saga, Narcos: Mexico, and More!
On this episode of Why Watch That:SERIES PREMIERESWakefieldWebsite: ShowtimeQueensWebsite: ABCSEASON PREMIERESInsecureWebsite: HBOCurb Your EnthusiasmWebsite: HBOSEASON FINALEWu-Tang: An American SagaWebsite: HuluSNEAK PEEKSNarcos: MexicoWebsite: NetflixDr. BrainWebsite: Apple TV+SNEAK PEEK AT AN UPCOMING SERIES FINALEBaptisteWebsite: PBS See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
16 minutes | Nov 3, 2021
Movie Talk: Finch and Army of Thieves
On this episode of Why Watch That: FIRST LOOKArmy of ThievesWebsite: NetflixSynopsis: In this prequel to Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead, small-town bank teller Dieter gets drawn into the adventure of a lifetime when a mysterious woman recruits him to join a crew of Interpol’s most wanted criminals, attempting to heist a sequence of legendary, impossible-to-crack safes across Europe.Release Date: Available on Netflix October 29, 2021Directed by: Matthias Schweighöfer Screenplay by: Shay HattenStory by: Zack Snyder & Shay HattenStarring: Matthias Schweighöfer, Nathalie Emmanuel, Guz Khan, Ruby O. Fee, Stuart Martin, Jonathan Cohen, and Peter SimonischekDistributor: NetflixGenre: Comedy, ThrillerRunning Time: 2 hours 7 minutesRated TV-MASNEAK PEEKFinchWebsite: Apple TV+Synopsis: In “Finch,” a man, a robot and a dog form an unlikely family in a powerful and moving adventure of one man’s quest to ensure that his beloved canine companion will be cared for after he’s gone. Tom Hanks stars as Finch, a robotics engineer and one of the few survivors of a cataclysmic solar event that has left the world a wasteland. But Finch, who has been living in an underground bunker for a decade, has built a world of his own that he shares with his dog, Goodyear. He creates a robot, played by Caleb Landry Jones, to watch over Goodyear when he no longer can. As the trio embarks on a perilous journey into a desolate American West, Finch strives to show his creation, who names himself Jeff, the joy and wonder of what it means to be alive. Their road trip is paved with both challenges and humor, as it’s as difficult for Finch to goad Jeff and Goodyear to get along as it is for him to manage the dangers of the new world.Release Date: Available on Apple TV+ November 5, 2021Directed by: Miguel SapochnikScreenplay by: Craig Luck and Ivor PowellStarring: Tom Hanks and Caleb Landry JonesDistributor: Apple TV+Genre: Drama, Sci-FiRunning Time: 1 hour 55 minutesRated PG-13 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 minutes | Oct 26, 2021
Movie Talk: Dune and Passing
On this episode of Why Watch That:FIRST LOOKDuneWebsite: HBO MaxSynopsis: A mythic and emotionally charged hero’s journey, “Dune” tells the story of Paul Atreides, a brilliant and gifted young man born into a great destiny beyond his understanding, who must travel to the most dangerous planet in the universe to ensure the future of his family and his people. As malevolent forces explode into conflict over the planet’s exclusive supply of the most precious resource in existence—a commodity capable of unlocking humanity’s greatest potential—only those who can conquer their fear will survive.Release Date: Available on HBO Max for 31 days and in theaters starting Thursday, October 21, 2021Directed by: Denis VilleneuveScreenplay by: Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, and Eric RothBased on the novel of the same name by Frank HerbertStarring: Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa, and Javier BardemDistributor: Warner Bros. PicturesGenre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-FiRunning Time: 2 hours 35 minutesRated PG-13SNEAK PEEKPassingWebsite: NetflixSynopsis: Adapted from the celebrated 1929 novel of the same name by Nella Larsen, PASSING tells the story of two Black women, Irene Redfield (Tessa Thompson) and Clare Kendry (Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga), who can “pass” as white but choose to live on opposite sides of the color line during the height of the Harlem Renaissance in late 1920s New York. After a chance encounter reunites the former childhood friends one summer afternoon, Irene reluctantly allows Clare into her home, where she ingratiates herself to Irene’s husband (André Holland) and family, and soon her larger social circle as well. As their lives become more deeply intertwined, Irene finds her once-steady existence upended by Clare, and PASSING becomes a riveting examination of obsession, repression and the lies people tell themselves and others to protect their carefully constructed realities.Acclaimed upon its premiere at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, PASSING marks the directorial debut of Rebecca Hall, who also adapted the screenplay. The film intimately uses the notion of “passing” to explore not just racial identity but also gender and the responsibilities of motherhood, sexuality, and the performance of femininity.Release Date: In select theaters on October 27, 2021 and available via Netflix on November 10, 2021Directed by: Rebecca HallScreenplay by: Rebecca HallBased on the novel “Passing” by Nella LarsenStarring: Tessa Thompson, Ruth Negga, André Holland, Bill Camp, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, and Alexander SkarsgårdDistributor: NetflixGenre: DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 38 minutesRated PG-13 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
65 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
TV Talk: Squid Game, Ted Lasso, Succession, Dopesick, Invasion, and More!
On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SERIES PREMIERESDopesickWebsite: HuluSquid GameWebsite: NetflixTV SEASON PREMIERESYoung SheldonWebsite: CBSThe EqualizerWebsite: CBSSuccessionWebsite: HBOTV SEASON FINALESEvilWebsite: Paramount+Ted LassoWebsite: Apple TV+TV SNEAK PEEKInvasionWebsite: Apple TV+ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
24 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Movie Talk: The Many Saints of Newark and Hard Luck Love Song
On this episode of Why Watch That:FIRST LOOKThe Many Saints of NewarkWebsite: HBO MaxSynopsis: Witness the making of Tony Soprano. Set in 1967, The Many Saints of Newark reveals the humanity behind Tony’s struggles and the influence his family — especially his uncle, Dickie Moltisanti — had over him becoming the most iconic mob boss of all time.Release Date: Available via HBO Max for 31 days and in theaters October 1, 2021Directed by: Alan TaylorScreenplay by: David Chase and Lawrence KonnerStarring: Alessandro Nivola, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Bernthal, Corey Stoll, Michael Gandolfini, Billy Magnussen, Michela De Rossi, John Magaro, Ray Liotta, and Vera FarmigaDistributor: Warner Bros. PicturesGenre: Crime, DramaRunning Time: 2 hours Rated RSNEAK PEEKHard Luck Love SongWebsite: Official SiteSynopsis: A crime thriller wrapped inside a haunting love story wrapped inside a neo-noir western,' HARD LUCK LOVE SONG follows Jesse (Michael Dorman), a charismatic but down on his luck troubadour hustling pool in dive bars, living out of cheap motels and making bad decisions. Jesse finds himself at an existential crossroads during a chance encounter with Carla (Bush), an old flame, as their complicated past and current troubles threaten to destroy their blissful reunion. HARD LUCK LOVE SONG captures a fractured optimism where characters navigate the choppy waters of life, searching for their 'own kind of American Dream.'Release Date: In theaters October 15, 2021Directed by: Justin CorsbieScreenplay by: Justin CorsbieBased on the song “Just Like Old Times” by Todd SniderStarring: Michael Dorman, Sophia Bush, Dermot Mulroney, RZA, Brian Sacca, Eric Roberts, Melora Walters, Max Arciniega, Randal Reeder, Taylor Gray, Geri Courtney-Austein, Toni Robison-May, and Zac BadasciDistributor: Roadside AttractionsGenre: Drama, Music, RomanceRunning Time: 1 hour 44 minutesRated R See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
52 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
Movie & TV Talk: BMF, The Wonder Years, Our Kind of People, Mass, and Acapulco
On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SERIES PREMIERESOur Kind of PeopleWebsite: FOXThe Wonder YearsWebsite: ABCBMFWebsite: StarzTV SNEAK PEEKAcapulcoWebsite: Apple TV+MOVIE SNEAK PEEKMassWebsite: Bleecker StreetSynopsis: Years after an unspeakable tragedy tore their lives apart, two sets of parents (Reed Birney and Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs and Martha Plimpton), agree to talk privately in an attempt to move forward. In Fran Kranz' writing and directing debut, he thoughtfully examines their journey of grief, anger and acceptance by coming face-to-face with the ones who have been left behind.Release Date: In theaters October 8, 2021Directed by: Fran KranzScreenplay by: Fran KranzStarring: Reed Birney, Ann Dowd, Jason Isaacs, and Martha PlimptonDistributor: Bleecker StreetGenre: DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 51 minutes Rated PG-13 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
65 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
Catch-Up Part 2: Nine Perfect Strangers, The White Lotus, Reservation Dogs, Fantasy Island, Power Book III: Raising Kanan, and More!
On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SEASON FINALESReservation DogsWebsite: HuluFantasy IslandWebsite: FOXNine Perfect StrangersWebsite: HuluGrown-ishWebsite: FreeformThe White Lotus Website: HBOPower Book III: Raising KananWebsite: StarzThe Good FightWebsite: Paramount+ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
37 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Movie Talk: Worth, Old Henry, The Immortal, and Come From Away
On this episode of Why Watch That:SNEAK PEEKOld HenryWebsite: Shout FactorySynopsis: Old Henry is an action-Western about a widowed farmer and his son who warily take in a mysterious, injured man with a satchel of cash. When a posse of men claiming to be the law come for the money, the farmer must decide whom to trust. Defending against a siege of his homestead, he reveals a talent for gunslinging that surprises everyone, calling his true identity into question.Release Date: In theaters October 1, 2021Directed by: Potsy PonciroliScreenplay by: Potsy PonciroliStarring: Tim Blake Nelson, Scott Haze, Gavin Lewis, Trace Adkins, and Stephen DorffDistributor: Shout! FactoryGenre: WesternRunning Time: 1 hour 39 minutesNot Rated FIRST LOOKSCome From AwayWebsite: Apple TV+Synopsis: Filmed live on Broadway, the Tony Award-winning musical tells the remarkable true story of 38 flights grounded in a small Canadian town on September 11, 2001. As the locals host these “come from aways,” they come together and find hope.Release Date: September 10, 2021 via Apple TV+Directed by: Christopher AshleyWritten by: Irene Sankoff and David HeinStarring: Petrina Bromley, Jenn Colella, De'Lon Grant, Joel Hatch, Tony LePage, Caesar Samayoa, Q. Smith, Astrid Van Wieren, Emily Walton, Jim Walton, Sharon Wheatley, and Paul WhittyDistributor: Apple TV+Genre: Comedy, Drama, MusicalRunning Time: 1 hour 46 minutesRated TV-14WorthWebsite: NetflixSynopsis: In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, a lawyer faces an emotional reckoning as he attempts to put a dollar value on the lives lost. Based on real events.Release Date: September 3, 2021Directed by: Sara ColangeloScreenplay by: Max BorensteinBased on “What Is Life Worth?” by Kenneth FeinbergStarring: Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Amy Ryan, Tate Donovan, Shunori Ramanathan, Laura Benanti, Marc Maron, and Chris TardioDistributor: NetflixGenre: Drama, HistoryRunning Time: 1 hour 58 minutesRated PG-13The Immortal (L’Immortale)Website: HBO MaxSynopsis: Set in Latvia, this Gomorrah spin-off finds the notorious, indestructible Naples mob assassin Ciro Di Marzio far from home yet navigating an all too familiar world, where immortality is just another form of damnation.Release Date: Available via HBO Max on July 29, 2021Directed by: Marco D’AmoreScreenplay by: Leonardo Fasoli, Maddalena Ravagli, Marco D’Amore, Francesco Ghiaccio, and Giulia ForgioneStory by: Leonardo Fasoli, Maddalena Ravagli, Marco D’Amore, and Francesco GhiaccioStarring: Marco D’Amore, Giuseppe Aiello, Salvatore D’Onofrio, Gianni Vastarella, Marianna Robustelli, Martina Attanasio, Gennaro Di Colandrea, Nello Mascia, Aleksei Guskov, Nunzio Coppola, and Salvio SimeoliDistributor: HBO MaxGenre: Crime, DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 51 minutesRated TV-MA See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
47 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Catch-Up Part 1: See, Foundation, Wu-Tang: An American Saga, Scenes from a Marriage, and American Rust
On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SERIES PREMIERESAmerican RustWebsite: ShowtimeScenes from a MarriageWebsite: HBOTV SEASON PREMIERESWu-Tang: An American SagaWebsite: HuluSeeWebsite: Apple TV+TV SNEAK PEEKFoundationWebsite: Apple TV+ See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
41 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Goodbye, TIFF 2021!
On this episode of Why Watch That:Featuring reviews of the following films at 2021’s Toronto International Film Festival:SundownTim Roth stars in writer-director Michel Franco’s chilling drama about a wealthy Briton attempting to abandon his life while vacationing in Acapulco.From the outside, it would appear that Neil Bennett (Tim Roth, also at the Festival with Bergman Island), a wealthy Briton vacationing with loved ones at a luxury resort in Acapulco, wants for nothing. Until, that is, a single phone call shatters Neil’s idyll: there’s been a death in the family, and he, his sister Allison (Charlotte Gainsbourg), and the kids must return to London immediately.At the airport, just before their flight is to depart, Neil pretends to have forgotten his passport at the resort. He insists the others go ahead; he’ll catch the next flight. Instead, Neil checks into a budget hotel, drinks beer at the beach, meets a beautiful local named Berenice (Iazua Larios), and begins concocting reasons to delay his return home. What is Neil up to? How long can he linger abroad while his family grieves and contends with legal matters? And what if things go from bad to worse?The story of writer-director Michel Franco’s Sundown seems simple, but its twists are riveting and its mysteries rich. As with Franco’s Un Certain Regard–winning After Lucia or his TIFF selections April’s Daughter and New Order, Sundown is an incisive study of class disparity and familial strife. Roth, who worked with Franco previously on Chronic, is brilliantly cast as the film’s enigmatic antihero. His performance is one of immense containment, hinting incrementally at the profound ennui driving Neil to attempt to abandon his enviable life. There is something almost palpably haunted about Neil, and, as he makes his way along this strange journey, his desperate longing will resonate more than you’d expect. -DIANA SANCHEZMexico, 2021Spanish, English84 minutesDirectorMichel FrancoCastTim Roth, Iazua Larios, Charlotte GainsbourgScreenplayMichel Franco7 Prisoners (on Netflix this November)Alexandre Moratto’s sophomore film follows a young man who compromises his own sense of friendship and community to survive in an extreme situation.After the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival selection Socrates, director Alexandre Moratto and producer Fernando Meirelles return to TIFF with a compelling tale of modern-day indentured slavery in Brazil.7 Prisoners follows a group of honest men from the countryside who think they are going to São Paulo for work but end up locked in a junkyard, where they are told they must work to pay off steep debts. The place functions like a prison; they are surveilled at gunpoint and their loved ones are threatened. One of the men, Mateus, tries to make a deal with the owner, Luca, saying he can increase productivity if Luca agrees to release them in six months. But it’s a slippery slope, and Mateus becomes the boss’s assistant in order to get ahead.The heartbreaking story reflects on systemic oppression and corruption, and on how a person can compromise their own sense of friendship and community to survive in an extreme situation. It also depicts the smuggling and cruel exploitation of migrant workers. There are no winners here, as we discover that dire circumstances can make people alternately endearing and naive, or capable of physical and psychological violence. With a thriller touch and stellar performances by Rodrigo Santoro and Christian Malheiros, the film transcends the facile binary of good versus bad to create a sense of urgency about some of the world’s most blatant injustices. -DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF TIFFCONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMABrazil, 2021Portuguese93 minutesDirectorAlexandre MorattoCastChristian Malheiros, Rodrigo Santoro, Bruno Rocha, Vitor Julian, Lucas Oranmian, Cecília Homem de Mello, Dirce ThomazScreenplayThayná Mantesso, Alexandre MorattoPublicistNetflixI’m Your Man (Bleecker Street will release on Friday, September 24)Maria Schrader’s unlikely sci-fi rom-com explores human relationships through the inquisitive eyes of a cyborg. Starring Dan Stevens and Maren Eggert.How would you react if the perfect partner were created for you — designed to respond to your every conscious or unconscious need? For scientist Alma Felser (Maren Eggert), the reaction is instant skepticism. She is reluctant when offered a job evaluating a new line of humanoid cyborgs to determine what rights they should be granted in society. She believes it takes more than millions of data points collected from the human population to make a human being. But when research funding for her cuneiform studies at Berlin’s Pergamon Museum is dangled, Alma agrees to a three-week trial with Tom (Dan Stevens), an English-accented, rumba-dancing robot who is relentlessly eager to serve one purpose: her happiness.Writer-director Maria Schrader’s I’m Your Man playfully interrogates the complexities of companionship and human interactions, as reflected back in the steely gaze of a replicant. Emotions and ego are explored through a full range of relationships: romantic, familial, professional, and, most importantly, the relationship with one’s self.Schrader’s profound understanding of, and respect for, our internal contradictions is manifested in the relatable Alma. Conveyed with remarkable authenticity by Eggert in her Berlin Silver Bear–winning performance, the scientist’s reluctant feelings about cyborg Tom evolve ever so lightly into intimacy, in spite of his direct if perfectly charming advances (powered by the bionically good-looking Stevens of Downton Abbey fame — impressive in an entirely German-language role). It must be said: there aren’t many entrants in the sci-fi rom-com subgenre that wholly reflect the human condition. I’m Your Man stands apart as exemplary. -DIANA SANCHEZSPECIAL PRESENTATIONSGermany, 2021German108 minutesDirectorMaria SchraderCastMaren Eggert, Dan Stevens, Sandra Hüller, Hans Löw, Wolfgang Hübsch, Annika MeierScreenplayJan Schomburg, Maria SchraderPublicistBleecker StreetThe Good HouseSigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline play ex-flames who rekindle their romance, in this drama from directors Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky.“I need a good year.” When Hildy (Sigourney Weaver) makes that pronouncement, she’s talking about her sales prospects as a realtor. But there’s also an unspoken acknowledgement that her best years just might be behind her. Bold, brash, and practiced in the ways of her affluent New England town, Hildy’s barely controlled chaos is a bit too familiar to her friends and family. So is its fuel: booze.Veteran screenwriters Maya Forbes (who also directed Infinitely Polar Bear) and Wallace Wolodarsky adapt and direct Ann Leary’s novel as a piercing observation of a woman capable of great charm, but always ready to sabotage her own success when the mood descends. Seeing the risk escalate, her family stages an intervention. It goes about as well as expected.Weaver is a pure pleasure to watch here, perfectly pitching Hildy’s captivating side as well as her more vicious moments. A woman who proudly notes that her family has lived in Wendover for almost 300 years, she carries herself with regal bearing, ready to adopt new arrival Rebecca (Morena Baccarin) as a prize. But Hildy’s mass of hurts and insecurities are never far from the surface. The only person who seems to see her fully is Frank (Kevin Kline, also appearing in TIFF selection The Starling), a grizzled old flame who earned his wealth with his own hands and may now be ready to take Hildy into his arms again. Wisely, Forbes and Wolodarsky allow us to bask in the bright glow of these two old pros at work. -DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF TIFFGALA PRESENTATIONSUnited States of America, 2021English114 minutesDirectorsMaya Forbes, Wallace WolodarskyCastSigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, Morena BaccarinScreenplayThomas Bezucha, Maya Forbes, Wallace WolodarskySilent Night (in theaters and on AMC+ December 3, 2021)Keira Knightley and Lily-Rose Depp star in Camille Griffin’s feature directorial debut, about a family’s eventful Christmas dinner in the country.A cozy house in the English countryside. The tree has been lovingly decorated. A grand feast is being prepared. Over the sound system, Michael Bublé croons about holiday sweaters. Nell (Oscar nominee Keira Knightley), Simon (Matthew Goode), and their boy Art (Roman Griffin Davis, star of TIFF ’19 Grolsch People’s Choice Award winner Jojo Rabbit) are ready to welcome friends and family for what promises to be a perfect Christmas gathering. Perfect except for one thing: everyone is going to die.A pitch-black comedy rooted in brilliantly conceived characters and wry observations about class and social order, writer-director Camille Griffin’s feature debut merges that most wonderful night of the year with the end of the world as we know it. A poisonous cloud is descending upon the United Kingdom. An extinction event is imminent. YouTube videos display images of people bleeding from the eyes and ears. And yet, even in this hour of ultimate dread, happy announcements are made, disagreements erupt, people dance, and ordinary foibles ensue.Echoing elements of Last Night and Peter’s Friends, Silent Night fuses festive frivolity with existential angst for high entertainment. Gleaning lovingly textured, frequently hilarious performances from its stellar ensemble cast — which also includes Annabelle Wallis, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Lily-Rose Depp (also at the Festival in Wolf) — Silent Night gives us reasons to toast the human spirit… even when the end is nigh. -DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF TIFFGALA PRESENTATIONSUnited Kingdom, 2021English90 minutesDirectorCamille GriffinCastKeira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Roman Griffin Davis, Annabelle Wallis, Lily-Rose Depp, Sope Dirisu, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Lucy PunchScreenplayCamille GriffinOne Second (will be distributed by Neon at some point)Master director Zhang Yimou returns with his love letter to cinema in which a man escapes a labour camp for a glimpse of his beloved daughter.China’s Zhang Yimou is a giant of international cinema. His many films, including Raise the Red Lantern, House of Flying Daggers, and Shadow have cemented his place in history. With One Second, he offers a powerful reminder of why film matters. A touching drama set against striking desert landscapes and marked by Zhang’s characteristic flashes of humour, this is a fable about how cinema can inspire us.Towards the end of the Cultural Revolution, when movies were one of the few cultural experiences available to China’s masses, the film’s nameless hero (Zhang Yi) is sent to a remote labour camp for taking part in a fight. He escapes, but instead of returning to crime, his one aim is to see a screening of a newsreel where his daughter has been captured briefly on screen, immortalized as a model student and worker.In this journey towards a fleeting, cinematic reunion with his beloved daughter, his unexpected companions include a scruffy orphan girl named Liu (Liu Haocun) — pursuing her own secret search for celluloid — and Fan (Fan Wei), who goes by Mr. Movie and is widely known as the best projectionist around. In one standout sequence, a reel of film has been damaged in the mud and Fan recruits an entire village to clean the long, precious spool and restore it to its former glory.One Second marks Zhang’s return to the classic, grand storytelling of his early films. He draws on the specific customs of moviegoing from China in the 1970s to craft an enduring, universal celebration of the transformative power of film. -DESCRIPTION COURTESY OF TIFFGALA PRESENTATIONSChina, 2020Mandarin105 minutesDirectorZhang YimouCastFan Wei, Liu Haocun, Zhang YiScreenplayZhang Yimou, Zou JingzhiPublicistNEON See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
21 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Reviews: The Morning Show, Blue Bayou, and Best Sellers
On this episode of Why Watch That:TV SNEAK PEEKThe Morning ShowWebsite: Apple TV+MOVIE SNEAK PEEKSBest SellersWebsite: Screen MediaSynopsis: Lucy Standbridge (Aubrey Plaza) has inherited her father's publishing house, and the ambitious would-be editor has nearly sunk it with failing titles. She discovers she is owed a book by Harris Shaw (Michael Caine), a reclusive, cantankerous, booze-addled author who originally put the company on the map decades earlier. In a last-ditch effort to save the company, Lucy and Harris release his new book and embark on a book tour from hell that changes them both in ways they didn't expect.Release Date: Available in theaters and on demand September 17, 2021Directed by: Lina RoesslerScreenplay by: Anthony GreicoStarring: Sir Michael Caine, Aubrey Plaza, Ellen Wong, Scott Speedman, and Cary ElwesDistributor: Screen Media FilmsGenre: Comedy, DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 40 minutesNot Rated Blue BayouWebsite: Official SiteSynopsis: An official selection of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival from award-winning writer/director Justin Chon, Blue Bayou is the moving and timely story of a uniquely American family fighting for their future. Antonio LeBlanc (Chon), a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou, is married to the love of his life Kathy (Alicia Vikander) and step-dad to their beloved daughter Jessie. Struggling to make a better life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past when he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.Release Date: In theaters September 17, 2021Directed by: Justin ChonScreenplay by: Justin ChonStarring: Justin Chon, Alicia Vikander, Mark O'Brien, Linh Dan Pham, and Emory CohenDistributor: Focus FeaturesGenre: DramaRunning Time: 1 hour 52 minutes Rated R See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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