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Oscar Watch - Post Venice/TIFF/NYFF Edition
2020.10.12 20:42 jonisantuchoOscar Watch - Post Venice/TIFF/NYFF Edition
Several months ago, right after the last Academy Awards, I posted a long, long, long list of possible contenders that had prospects to fight for the next Oscars. It was a time of hope, of looking forward, and of positivity. Then, COVID-19 happened. And now, we find ourselves in a year that may change the movie industry forever, with the lack of safety of theaters in times of a pandemic accelerating the switch of mainstream audiences to streaming and VOD. These are times where some people are beginning to wonder, even after they pushed the eligibility date for two more months, why the Academy doesn’t cancel next year’s Oscars. And in this rocky terrain, we lost many contenders. Fire up the Hunger Games cannons, because these are some casualties of the season (so far). Launched to 2021: Annette, Benedetta, Deep Water, Dune, In the Heights, King Richard, Last Night in Soho, Memoria, Nightmare Alley, Passing, Red, White and Water, Raya and the Last Dragon, The Last Duel, The Power of the Dog, Tick, Tick… Boom!, West Side Story. Unknown status / missing in action: After Yang, Blonde, Breaking News in Yuba County, C’mon C’mon, Next Goal Wins, Stillwater, The French Dispatch, The Humans, The Tragedy of Macbeth, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Those Who Wish Me Dead. But even if this year isn’t as loaded with clear awards candidates, there are plenty of movies that are already drawing buzz for an Oscar season that started brewing a month ago, with the kickoff of the Venice Film Festival, and will go on for six and a half more months, when the Academy Awards take place on April 25, 2021. It’s gonna be a long, weird and rocky season, which is gonna be great to see in terms of the narratives that are coming up. -Ammonite (trailer): When people were betting on the likelier contenders of this year, many people pointed in the direction of Francis Lee’s period drama, with previous Best Actress winner Kate Winslet and constant nominee Saoirse Ronan. Going into the premiere at Toronto, people had their eyes set in this queer romance between a paleontologist and a young wife in the coasts of England during the 19th century. But then, some things happened. First, Winslet started her promotion of the movie by talking about her regret for working with Woody Allen and Roman Polanski that sounded unconvincing to the ominous Film Twitter. Then, another queer period drama, Mona Fastvold’s The World to Come, started to take the attention away at Venice. And finally, the movie premiered. The reaction? Cold. Critics came out mixed with the movie, with many of them comparing it negatively to last year’s Portrait of a Lady on Fire, and saying that it’s too dull and alienating. Does that mean that all is lost? Not exactly. While the movie (which, considering the genre, really needs critics' support to get into the Best Picture category) has been dismissed, the acting by Winslet and Ronan has been received positively. Now that so many other contenders have been dropping out of the year, they might get some room to campaign from a (social) distance. -Another Round (trailer): Speaking of TIFF premieres, a film that had a better time at the Canadian festival was the reunion between director Thomas Vinterberg and star Mads Mikkelsen, who reunited years after making the stirring drama The Hunt (not the one with Betty Gilpin carrying a bad political satire, the one about a Danish teacher wrongly accused of sexual abuse). This time, the material is lighter, being a dramedy about four teachers who decide to test out a theory about how people can live and work a little better if they increase the level of alcohol in their blood. Critics really liked the way the movie dealt with alcoholism, and Toronto audiences made it a runner up for the People’s Choice Award of the festival. In a year without so much exposure from other festivals, this Cannes 2020 selection could make a candidate for the Best International Film category. -Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (trailer): Surprise, new Borat film! While Sacha Baron Cohen made headlines several times this year because of stunts that people assumed were about a second season of Who is America?, the Internet was shocked when, in early September, it was confirmed that it was actually a very niiiiice return from the journalist character that made him famous, shot during quarantine. In a matter of weeks after the reveal, the sequel got sold to Amazon Prime and got a release date for October 23. Why so soon? Well, apparently the movie, which got him in trouble with Rudy Giuliani and other people, is about Borat taking his daughter on a road trip to give her as a bride to VP Mike Pence. Even if this movie doesn’t manage to achieve the feats of the 2006 movie (which got a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination, let’s remember), it will help Baron Cohen’s image a lot, because it will come a week after his big Oscar play. -Cherry: While everybody knows them mostly because of their contributions to the MCU, directors Joe and Anthony Russo and actor Tom Holland are trying to branch out together. Now Apple has bought into their efforts, paying more than 40 million dollars to acquire their new crime drama, about the life of former Army medic Nico Walker, who started robbing banks after his days in Iraq left him with PTSD and a pill addiction. Will Holland manage this time to escape from the shadow of “oh, jeez, Mr. Stark” Spider-Man before Chaos Walking or the Uncharted movie come out? That’s a question for another day. -Da 5 Bloods (trailer): Talk about timing. Merely days after the country was mobilized by the police brutality that continues to divide the United States, Spike Lee premiered his new war drama on Netflix. In a vibrant, disjointed but passionate portrait of four African American veterans who return to Vietnam to search for their fallen leader and some treasure, Lee struck gold yet again with his usual fans, even though the moving of the Oscar ceremony threatened to make it harder to remind Academy voters about this movie. However, with an astounding performance from Delroy Lindo (who is confirmed to be campaigned in the Best Actor category) and a supporting turn from Chadwick Boseman which got reframed with the news of his bravery in life and death, this has what it takes to fight for a spot in the Best Picture lineup. -Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (trailer): When it became clear that quarantine wasn’t gonna be a breeze, the first movie in consideration wise enough to move a little further ahead in the calendar was this adaptation of the hit West End production about a gay British teenager who dreams of becoming a drag queen and get his family and schoolmates to accept his sexuality. With a release date on February 26, 20th Century Studios (man, it’s weird to not use Fox in that name) hopes to strike gold, with a cast that mixes young unknowns, familiar names (Sharon Horgan, Sarah Lancashire and my boy Ralph Ineson) and the previously nominated legend that is Richard E. Grant (who is playing a former drag queen named Loco Chanelle), now taking advantage of the move of other musicals like Annette, In The Heights and West Side Story. I mean, this has at the very least some Golden Globes nods in the bag. -French Exit: Before its premiere as the closing film of the NYFF, many pundits were expecting this surreal comedy to be somewhat of a comeback for past Best Actress nominee Michelle Pfeiffer, who here plays a close to penniless widow who moves to Paris with her son (Lucas Hedges) and cat, who also happens to be her reincarnated husband (Tracy Letts). However, the first reactions for the film adaptation of the Patrick deWitt novel were all over the place, with some people feeling cold by the execution of the weirdness and others being won over. Still, everybody had good things to say about Michelle Pfeiffer’s performance, but after the mixed reception to the rest of Azazel Jacobs’ film she really would need a lot of critics support to get anywhere near the Best Actress category. With a release date on February 12, it seems that Sony Pictures Classics is skipping the critics awards, and the distributor has a couple of big competitors above this one. -Good Joe Bell: Every year, there are movies with big stars that go to festivals full of hope for praises and awards. Some of them work and go on, others don’t and get forgotten about. Mark Wahlberg tried to remind people that he occasionally is a good actor with a true life drama where he plays a father who decides to walk across America to raise awareness about bullying after his son, tormented for being gay, commits suicide. The film by Reinaldo Marcus Green premiered at TIFF, and the reaction was… not great. Some critics defended it, but most saw it as a flawed, baity product starring a man with a history of hate. Still, it got bought by a distributor: Solstice Studios, a new player in the game which just released its first movie, Unhinged (yup, the one about Russell Crowe road raging). While they paid 20 million dollars for Good Joe Bell, it’s clear that this won’t get near the Oscar telecast. -Hillbilly Elegy: While many movies this year have some level of anticipation, Film Twitter is bracing for this movie in the “is this gonna be the next Green Book?” way. Ron Howard’s adaptation of J.D. Vance’s memoir about his low income life in a poor rural community in Ohio has many fearing about the overuse of tropes involving what’s called white trash porn, but rarely, Netflix has kept silent about this release. Even though it has Oscar bridesmaids Glenn Close (7 nominations) and Amy Adams (6 nominations), the streamer has not even released a photo of the movie, which supposedly will come out in November. And if you want another bad omen, take a look at the lower levels of this list by a familiar voice. -I’m Thinking of Ending Things (trailer): Speaking of Netflix, did you know that there is a new Charlie Kaufman there, right now? While his adaptation of the dark novel by Iain Reid, seemingly about a woman (Jessie Buckley) who is taken by her boyfriend (Jesse Plemons) to meet his parents (Toni Collette and David Thewlis), got the usual reception of confusion and praise that follows his movies, the release was followed for what befalls most of the Netflix original movies: a couple of days in the Top 10, and then it fell into the void. While Buckley and Plemons deliver great work in this demented, melancholic story, it’s hard to see this movie getting anything else than a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Charlie. And that’s a long shot. -I’m Your Woman: Following the little seen but critically acclaimed Miss Stevens and Fast Color, Julia Hart started 2020 with a Disney+ adaptation of the YA book Stargirl, and now she follows it with a drama for Amazon that will have its world premiere as the opening film of the AFI fest on October 15. In this movie, Rachel Brosnahan hopes to translate her TV success with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel to the big screen, playing a woman in the ‘70s that has to go on the run with her kid due to her husband’s crimes. -Judas and the Black Messiah (trailer): Even if this doesn’t end up winning any awards, it has a real shot at being the best trailer of 2020. Formerly titled Jesus Was My Homeboy, this biographical drama by Shaka King tells the tale of two men: Fred Hampton (Kaluuya), an activist and Black Panther leader, and William O’Neal (Stanfield), the FBI agent sent to infiltrate the party and arrest him. While the trailer for this movie promised a release “only in theaters”, we shall see if Warner Bros backs down from that fight. -Let Them All Talk: While we’re on the subject of Warner Bros, we have to mention what’s happening with HBO Max. While the start of the streaming service hasn’t been good (I mean, there are still people confused about that name) and it lead to some people assume will cause many firings, it has begun to make some buzzed titles on TV, like Close Enough, Raised by Wolves and the remains of the DC Universe failed streaming service. Now, to make a mark in the movie business, the streamer has a new Steven Soderbergh movie, a comedy that stars Meryl Streep as a celebrated author that takes her friends (Candice Bergen, Dianne Wiest) and her nephew (Lucas Hedges) in a cruise to find fun and come to terms with the past, while he flirts with a literary agent (Gemma Chan). While it doesn’t have a date yet, it’s confirmed to release in 2020, and at least we know that it can’t be worse than The Laundromat. -Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom: While the expectations for the next film adaptation of an August Wilson acclaimed play were already high, the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman made this Netflix release one of the most anticipated movies of the season, considering this is his final movie. While past Supporting Actress winner Viola Davis takes the lead playing blues singer Ma Rainey in this tale of a heated recording session with her bandmates, her agent and her producer in 1927, Chadwick Boseman has a turn as the trumpeter Levee that was already being considered for awards, and now has even more people waiting to see. The thing is that one of the biggest competitions for Boseman this year will be Boseman himself, for his already acclaimed supporting turn on Da 5 Bloods, also released by Netflix. While the streamer will have to decide which of Chadwick’s performances will get the bigger campaign, this film by director George C. Wolfe has a cushy date set for December 18, and Viola is gunning hard for this movie to win. -Mank (trailer): As you may have noticed by now, Netflix has a lot of plates spinning around this season, and this is the big one. After befriending the service with House of Cards and Mindhunter, David Fincher is going black and white to tackle a script by his late father Jack, about the making of the classic of classics, Citizen Kane. More specifically, the making of the script, with previous Oscar winner Gary Oldman playing the lead role of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz, while accompanied by Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, Tuppence Middleton, Charles Dance and Tom Burke. After watching the first trailer of his satire of 1930’s Hollywood (that will release on streaming on December 4), it’s clear that this is gonna be catnip to old Academy voters, and it would be really hard for this to miss the Best Picture line up. Unless it’s a complete cinematic disaster, Mank is bank. -Minari (trailer): While the last edition of Sundance took place in January, quarantine makes you feel like it took place two years ago. This year, the big winner of the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in the US Dramatic Competition was a dramedy by Lee Isaac Chung, about a Korean family in the ‘80s who suddenly gets moved by their father (Steven Yeun) to Arkansas, to start a farm. Even though the reviews have been great, distributor A24 hasn’t really had a big, Oscar nominated hit for the last couple of years, and the COVID-19 crisis made them delay all their releases. But when we were ready to write this off, a new trailer for the movie came out, confirming that it’s in the game of this awards season. Maybe the pandemic will be of help to A24, considering that one of the reasons they haven’t had success is that they divided their attention into too many releases, and ended up getting not much. This time, they are betting all on Lee who, even if this doesn’t go anywhere, also has a new gig coming up as the director of the live action remake of Your Name. -News of the World (sneak peek): So much of this year has felt like a game of chicken between a virus and movie studios. While many movies chose to skip this year altogether, Universal remains firm (for now) with its plans to open a wide movie on Christmas Day, with a Western that reunites Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks in an enticing premise. In this drama based on Paulette Jiles’ novel, Hanks plays a traveling newsreader in the aftermath of the American Civil War, who is tasked with reuniting an orphaned girl with her living relatives. While the first sneak peek of the movie looks promising, the future is still in the air. -Nomadland (trailer): While the world burns around Hollywood, Searchlight is betting big on Chloe Zhao’s new film. Using the strategy of taking the spotlight while the rest of the contenders is uncertain about how or when to be released, the indie drama began its journey at Venice, with critics raving about the story of a woman (two-time Oscar winner Frances McDormand) who, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. At the end of the fest, the movie won the coveted Golden Lion. To put that into perspective, the last three winners of the award were past Best Picture nominees The Shape of Water, Roma and Joker, with The Shape of Water (also distributed by Searchlight) also winning the big prize. After drawing critical acclaim following its virtual showing on TIFF and NYFF, Nomadland seems like the first lock in the Best Picture line up. Still, there are obstacles ahead. Will Zhao break the disappointment of the last few years, when deserving candidates for Best Director got blocked by the likes of Adam McKay and Todd Phillips? And will McDormand manage to get near a third Oscar, following a recent win for Three Billboards in Ebbing, Missouri? Time will tell. -On the Rocks (trailer): While she hasn’t been near the Oscars for a while, Sofia Coppola is still a name that draws attention. This time, she opened the NYFF with a dramedy about a young mother (Rashida Jones) who reunites with her playboy father (Bill Murray, also reuniting with Sofia after Lost in Translation) on an adventure through New York to find out if her husband (Marlon Wayans) is cheating on her. The consensus seems to be that, while light and not near her best work, it’s still a fun and breezy movie, with a very good turn by Murray. While many would assume that this A24 production will disappear into the abyss when it releases on Apple TV+ on October 23, the dropping out of many candidates gives the movie a chance to, at least, fight for some Golden Globes. -One Night in Miami (sneak peek): Following her recent Oscar and Emmy wins for If Beale Street Could Talk and Watchmen, Regina King is still striking hard, and this time, she’s doing it as a director. For her big screen debut as a filmmaker, she chose to adapt Kemp Powers’ play that dramatizes a real meeting on February 25, 1964, when Muhammad Ali (Eli Goree) followed an iconic win with a hangout session with Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.) and Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge). Opening at Venice, the film received glowing reviews, with many praising King (even though some said that the movie doesn’t fully translate the play to the film medium) and the actors’ performances, especially Ben-Adir and Odom Jr. (who, it should be said, also wrote an original song for the end credits of the movie, which could help his Oscar chances). Amazon Prime is hoping that this is their big contender this year, with plans of a theatrical release on Christmas and a streaming release on January 15. Judging by the praise this got at festival season, it has a chance to go a long way. -Over the Moon (trailer): In a year with not that many contenders for Best Animated Feature, Netflix is betting on a musical adventure directed by the legendary Glen Keane, a classic Disney animator who recently won an Oscar for Best Animated Short for co-directing Dear Basketball. While our expectations were lowered by the first trailer for the movie, centered around a Chinese girl who builds a rocket ship and blasts off to the Moon in hopes of meeting a legendary Goddess, it’s still safe to assume that it has a shot at being nominated for something. Netflix also hopes that you like its big candidate for Best Original Song, which really, really sounds like a Disney ballad. -Pieces of a Woman: While this year doesn’t have the amount of surprise contenders that a regular Oscar season usually has, we still have some movies that sneaked through festival season. The first one was the new, somber drama by Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó, known for the doggy uprising pic White God, and the not-so-well-received sci-fi Jupiter’s Moon. This time, we follow a woman (Vanessa Kirby) whose life is torn apart after a home birth at the hands of a flustered midwife (Molly Parker) ends in tragedy, and then leads to a court battle that also makes her confront her husband (Shia LaBeouf) and her domineering mother (Ellen Burstyn). While the movie had mixed reactions, Kirby had plenty of raves in her direction, particularly concerning her performance during a 25-minute birth sequence that is said to be brutal. That brutality paid off, though, because Kirby ended up winning Best Actress at Venice, and Netflix bought the movie, which also has Martin Scorsese as an executive producer. If the Academy wants to crown a new face in the scene, Kirby is the one who will be targeted, following her acclaimed turn in The Crown and her supporting roles in blockbusters like Mission Impossible: Fallout and Hobbs & Shaw. -Promising Young Woman (trailer): When theaters started to close because of the pandemic, Universal started the push of their movies going straight to VOD, with titles including Trolls World Tour and Never Rarely Sometimes Always. However, there was a title that was supposed to premiere in April, and then suddenly disappeared from existence. It was the directorial debut of actress Emerald Fennell, who wrote a black comedy with touches of a thriller, centered on a woman in her thirties (Carey Mulligan) whose bright future was derailed by a traumatic event, and who’s now looking for revenge. While the reaction to its premiere at Sundance wasn’t enough to consider a Best Picture run, the twisted performance by Mulligan earned her the best praise since the last time she was nominated for an Oscar, a decade ago for An Education. Now, Focus Features is planning to open the movie at Christmas, and are positioning Carey for a run at Best Actress. -Rebecca (trailer): When the news came out saying that Ben Wheatley would adapt Daphne du Maurier’s psychological thriller novel for Netflix, many were shocked. Some people considered the chance that this was an awards play by the cult director, who is doing the same work that earned Alfred Hitchcock his only Best Picture win. But seeing the trailer for this new version, with Lily James playing the newly married young woman who finds herself battling the shadow of her husband's (Armie Hammer) dead first wife Rebecca, we have to wonder if there’s a point to the existence of this remake. We will find out if there’s any awards chances for this movie on October 21, when it releases on streaming. Let’s hope that Kristin Scott Thomas has something to play with as Mrs. Danvers. -Respect (trailer): Every year, there’s one or two actors who announce to the world “I want an Oscar” and campaign like their lives depended on it. Last time, it was Taron Egerton (accompanied by Elton John, who actually ended up winning another Oscar). This year, it is the turn of Jennifer Hudson, who is playing Aretha Franklin in a biopic directed by first timer Liesl Tommy, and who’s hoping that this attempt at awards ends up more like Dreamgirls than like Cats. She has been doing announcement trailers (a year in advance), quarantine tributes, award show tributes, and every possible thing to get the industry to notice that she’s playing Aretha. Hey, Rami Malek and Renee Zellweger did it in the last few years, why can’t she. With a release date of January 15, Hudson wants that gold. -Soul (trailer): Disney may be the studio that suffered the biggest hit because of the pandemic. Their parks are a loss, most of their big productions had to stop because of quarantine, and theaters in many parts of the world are closed. After the failure of Tenet for Warner Bros. and the experiment of the mouse house of charging people 30 dollars to see Mulan (which didn’t work at all), many wondered if Disney was gonna delay the new production by Pixar, written and directed by Pete Docter, who brought Oscar gold to his home with Up and Inside Out. The movie, which centers on a teacher (Jamie Foxx) who dreams of becoming a jazz musician and, just as he’s about to get his big break, ends up getting into an accident that separates his soul from his body, had a lot of promise, but the speculation of lost money was also a concern. Finally, Disney decided to release the movie on Christmas, but only on Disney Plus, causing another failure for theaters, but assuring that Disney at least can get more subscribers to its streaming service. And the movie? Well, it just premiered at the London Film Festival, and the critics are saying it’s Pixar at its best, with praises going from the look, to the script by co-director Kemp Powers (who also wrote the play of One Night in Miami, so he has many chances for a nod), to the score by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and Jon Batiste. That means that it’s already a top contender to win Best Animated Feature, and this may not be the only category in which the movie is gonna get nominated. -Supernova (trailer): If there’s a theme this year in terms of Oscar contenders, it might be dementia. One of the examples of this is a small road movie directed by Hairy Macqueen, which premiered to good reviews at the San Sebastian festival. This drama centers on a trip taken by Sam (Colin Firth) and Tusker (Stanley Tucci), partners for 20 years, who travel across England reuniting with friends and family, because Tusker was diagnosed with early onset dementia. While usually the big awards role is usually the one of the person who suffers the illnesses, some reviewers are calling Firth’s work as the supporting companion some of the best of his career. With Bleecker Street buying the rights for a US release, this is a little film that could still make some moves. -Tenet (trailer): For the first five months of quarantine, the big narrative in the world of film was “Christopher Nolan is gonna save cinemas”. But after postponing the release of the mind bending actioner for months on end, creating big demands and expectations to theater owners, and finally releasing as the sacrificial lamb of Hollywood, Warner Bros ended up seeing the opposite effect. Even though Tom Cruise loved to be back at the movies, critics didn’t share enough excitement to make a spy movie that goes backwards worth the possibility of dying of coronavirus. The audiences didn’t show up as much, and those who did attend, mostly complained about the sound mixing and the plot. After all the sacrifice, it’s highly unlikely that Tenet goes beyond technical awards. Let’s start the “Travis Scott for Best Original Song” campaign now, before it’s too late. -The Boys in the Band (trailer): The Ryan Murphy blank check for Netflix has been interesting to follow. On the one hand, we have his new TV shows, which go from not existing (The Politician), to alternate movie history that doesn’t know how alternate history works (Hollywood), to a challenge of how much TV will you stomach if Sarah Paulson and other middle aged actresses are campy in it (Ratched). And now, we are seeing his producing hand over the movie side, which starts with the new film adaptation of the cult play from 1968, which was already a movie in 1970 and recently jumped to Broadway in 2018. The cast from the recent Broadway production (which includes Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer and Andrew Rannells) stars in Joe Mantello’s movie, telling the story of a group of gay friends in pre-Stonewall New York who reunite for a birthday party and end up revealing a lot of open wounds. While this movie got good reviews from critics, it kinda disappeared without a sound after beginning to stream on Netflix at the end of September. Unless the service wants to campaign for Golden Globes, this film is lost in the algorithm. -The Devil All the Time (trailer): Another September release on Netflix was the new psychological thriller by Antonio Campos (Simon Killer, Christine) who didn’t manage to continue his streak of intense and terrifying character dramas with his messy adaptation of the dark novel by Donald Ray Pollock. Wasting a cast that includes Tom Holland, Sebastian Stan, Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Eliza Scanlen, Bill Skarsgard, Jason Clarke and Riley Keough, this twisted period piece managed to stay for a while in the Top 10, but the reactions from critics were mixed, and audiences were busy asking what was happening with Pattinson’s Southern accent (which with The King makes two years in a row, baby). The many prognosticators who had hopes for an awards play moved on a while ago. -The Father (trailer): It’s safe to say at this point that Anthony Hopkins is a lock for a Best Actor nomination at the next Oscars. After its premiere in Sundance, every prognosticator pointed in his direction, and for the next few months he swept praise for his harrowing portrayal of an old man grappling with his age as he develops dementia, causing pain to his beleaguered daughter (recent winner Olivia Colman, who also got praised). Sony Pictures Classics will make Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his acclaimed play its big contender of the season, using Hopkins (who this year got a nom for The Two Popes) as a starter to also get Colman, Zeller and the movie nominated. -The Human Voice (trailer): And speaking of Sony Pictures Classics, it’s almost safe to say that they have another Oscar in the bag this year. That’s because they just bought Pedro Almodóvar’s short film, his English-speaking debut that is an adaptation of the play by Jean Cocteau. In his version (that was acclaimed by critics after premiering in Venice), Tilda Swinton plays the woman waiting at the end of a phone, expecting to hear from his ex-lover who abandoned her. Considering how the competition for Best Live Action Short Film has become somewhat lacking in the last few years (I mean, have you seen Skin), this should be an easy award to win, especially considering how beloved Almodóvar is in the Academy, which nominated him this year for the great Pain and Glory. -The Life Ahead: While we’re talking about legends, it’s time to talk about Sophia Loren. 16 years after her last leading role in a movie, the Italian icon returns with a drama that was bought by Netflix, who plans to campaign for her as Best Actress and for the movie in the Best International Film category. Directed by Edoardo Ponti (who is also Sophia’s son), this movie centers on a Holocaust survivor who takes in a 12-year-old boy who recently robbed her, in a contemporary adaptation of Romain Gary’s novel The Life Before Us. Netflix has set a date for November 13 to release this movie, and the campaign seems to be about the narrative of seeing Loren winning another Oscar 60 years after she won her first one for Two Women, by Vittorio De Sica. -The Midnight Sky: Based on the novel Good Morning, Midnight, this collaboration between George Clooney and Netflix is once again making us ask one thing. Are we gonna get the director Clooney of Good Night and Good Luck, or are we gonna get the director Clooney of Leatherheads, The Ides of March, The Monuments Men and Suburbicon? Let’s hope he breaks his streak of blandness with this sci-fi story, which makes us think a little bit of Gravity: A lonely scientist in the Arctic (Clooney) races to stop a group of astronauts led by Felicity Jones from returning to a devastated Earth. With a release set for December, we have to hope that this is more than some Top 10 filler that will evaporate from existence in a week’s time. -The Prom: In probably the biggest blank check of the Ryan Murphy deal with Netflix, this musical he’ll direct is based on the Tony-nominated show about a group of Broadway losers (Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Andrew Rannells and James “boo” Corden) who try to find a viral story to get back in the spotlight, and end up going to a town in Indiana to help a lesbian high school student who has been banned from bringing her girlfriend to the prom. While it’s clear that this December 11 release is gonna sweep the Golden Globes, the emptiness of this year compared to others could clear the way for some Oscar nominations, including Meryl and the obligatory original song added to a preexisting musical for easy clout. -The Trial of the Chicago 7 (trailer): When it was announced that Paramount was selling Aaron Sorkin’s new movie to Netflix, some people saw it as a studio dumping a failed awards vehicle to be forgotten. However, the excuse that Sorkin wanted to release this movie before the US presidential elections seems to be true, because critics really enjoyed his old school courtroom drama, centered around the trial on counter cultural activists in the late ‘60s. Everybody praised uniformly the huge cast, that includes Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton and Mark Rylance, which guarantees a SAG awards nomination (but makes it difficult to decide which actors will actually get nominated for Oscars). With a reaction that brings to mind the days of A Few Good Men and is the best reception he got since his Oscar winning script for The Social Network, the film faces a couple of hurdles. First of all, it got positioned as the frontrunner in the Best Picture race by some people, which instantly puts a target on its back. Then, we have to consider that the movie releases on Netflix this Friday, October 16, which makes it the first big contender this year to face the world, and which in these times of lockdown will probably make the reception to Marriage Story and The Irishman from last year look like a walk in the park. I mean, there are some people who aren’t swayed by Sorkin, and for good reason. -The United States vs. Billie Holiday: While Paramount was quick to hand The Trial of the Chicago 7 to Netflix, there’s another movie that the studio kept to play in the upcoming awards season. This biographical drama follows the life of another famous musician, Billie Holiday (Andra Day), and we see the journey of her career in jazz as she is targeted by the Federal Department of Narcotics with an undercover sting operation led by Federal Agent Jimmy Fletcher (Trevante Rhodes), with whom she had a tumultuous affair. While the movie counts with a screenplay credit by Pulitzer winner Suzan-Lori Parks, the big question mark is the film’s director, Lee Daniels, who hit it big with Precious and then had results that were disastrous (The Paperboy) or financially successful, but not awards-wise (Lee Daniels’ The Butler). However, Paramount trusts in this movie, and with a release date on February 12, they want to make a splash. -Wolfwalkers (trailer): While the attempts by Apple TV+ to establish themselves as a player in the TV world go from trainwrecks (See) to forgettable (The Morning Show) to eventually great (see Ted Lasso, everybody, this is not a joke), their plans to make a name in the film business have something to do with this year’s Oscars. While Cherry can come or go, they have a solid contender for the Best Feature Documentary with Boys State, but their big dog this year is the new movie by Cartoon Saloon, an Irish studio responsible for the acclaimed The Secret of Kells, The Song of the Sea, and The Breadwinner, all of which were nominated for Best Animated Feature. This time, Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart direct a story about a young apprentice hunter who journeys with her father to Ireland to help wipe out the last wolf pack. But everything changes when she befriends a free-spirited girl from a mysterious tribe rumored to transform into wolves by night. After getting critically acclaimed following its premiere at TIFF, this is a surefire contender for this year’s Best Animated Feature category, and Apple is gonna parade it before its streaming release on December 11. Also, while you watch that, you could watch a couple of episodes of Ted Lasso, too. It’s a really good show, it’s all I’m saying. Anyways, that’s all the news from the last few months of festivals. No matter what happens next, this is gonna be a long, long, long race.
2020.04.06 02:08 ChazzyphantOG Rewatch Fashion, Style and Clothing Recap: S01, Ep 012 (Looking Back)
I forgot how much I love this episode, minus precious Jenny Realizing Stuff! The coming out/first love stories were so fun, especially how Bette and Tina's (cheating!!!) love story origin tale is intercut with Bette and Candance's dalliance that is a mirror for the events. Okay welcome back to my channel, where y'all are my captive audience because where are y'all going? heh. Welcome back Ann Archer, my love! First of all, this character is just so lovable to me. I think the writers, directors, and costumers love her too because she's always dressed beautifully and in a modern, non-frumpy way. Her jewelry is really fun, and in fact that necklace and printed mesh shirt is something I would legit wear today. Alice Alice looks really cute in slightly preppy, girlish, twee outfits as in the above striped shirt and looks just terrible in this getup An oversized tee shirt over a men's long sleeved tee, men's jeans, combat boots and terrible hair and makeup. Show, people did not dress like this in the 1990's in the alternative scene; Alice would have been in full 1970's true vintage because I was in my late teens and early 20's in the 90's and that's 100% what cool band chicks wore---or Courtney Love inspired kinderwh**e stuff---goth inspired or Victorian baby doll gone bad. This is my one complaint with the show---when they want to show something like ("Alice went to college in 1995") they ALWAYS whiff it and go broad and stagey! I feel like Alice in a baby tee with like, "Tootsie pop", high rise jeans or an a line corduroy skirt and big stompy boots or go go boots would have gotten the message than this streetwear mess. And side note, Hello Baby Gigi, Alice has a TYPE! Don't @ me I love this hair and might try it during stay at home my hair is just about the right length for it. Let's talk about Tina: This is the most "gay" she's looked all season: a ringer tee and no bra (and a slimmed down physique?), low rider pants and a skimpy tank like Bette wears to bed in the first episode. There's also a very interesting outfit choice here, Tina wears a halter neckline black dress with a terrible necklace when she's initially seduced by Bette. One might (stretching a point) call that a three way in a sense, as Tina is about to bring a third party into her existing relationship with Eric--the way she and Bette seduced a male artist while Tina wore that same style of dress in the pilot. Tina and Bette both have layers: Tina cheated to be with Bette, and Tina and Bette participated in a morally iffy plan to seduce and use the sperm of an unsuspecting man to get pregnant, and Bette cheats later, Tina cheats on Bette with Daddy of 2 and then finally leaves Bette to find herself---then much later, both Tina and Bette cheat on their significant others to be together (at least Bette does, I'm not sure if Tina is single or what). They're messy. How it begins is how it ends---the show really does it right to show a messy, ambiguous beginning like this. But back to the costuming! Tina's settling into an identity: check this out she echo's Bette's body language, general body type and outfit (a slim fitted shirt over flared, fitted pants). Tina is someone who needs a strong partner to be her North Star. After losing her identity as a movie producer, she becomes a hippie mom, and then after losing her unborn child, she becomes an activist and "out and proud" and fully settles into being gay---including wearing something that Bette, or Alice or even Shane might wear, instead of her soft, feminine hippie stuff, for her trip to Dinah Shore aka Lesbian Weekend. Bette: First of all I stan this hair! Jennifer Beals of course can do no wrong, but this sleek and very edgy bob just is so awesome. She's the sharpest she's looked in ages. Note her flash of heart's blood purple, a regal and dominate choice, for her shirt and tie. Later on she tellingly wears a heart necklace---with an askew heart to talk to Candace. Remember when Carrie Bradshaw wore her diamond engagement ring on a necklace in a deeply misguided effort to convince herself she was okay with being with Aidan Shaw, Nice Guy Carpenter and Not the One? Same here: Bette flashes her "heart", in a futile attempt to get Candace to back down. Later, her "telltale heart" necklace simmers with rich, blood-red color, a color which bursts out of her all black outfit, telling the truth: she's in emotional turmoil. How it begins is how it ends: with Bette seducing someone with a flash of dominant emotion and sexuality in her office, around art. Dana: Dana has an LV backpack and a very trendy---and terrible---LV colorful monogram wallet Dana's so basic, I love her. And also girl, stop it with the stretchy camisole as a shirt with suits! There's a thread here in this episode: cheating loops and who escapes them and who doesn't. Jenny wakes up in a soft, milky caramel colored hotel room like she did on the morning after her ill fated marriage---but she's broken out of her Groundhog Day with Marina and now she's the Marina to her own Jenny: Robin--damaged people are watching her act out and charm a crowd and then falling in hopeless love with her. Robin even dresses like Jenny in a simple white henley tee and leather bracelets. Also dig those Coldwater Creek 3rd grade teacher boxy chino shorts on that extra in the background, wow. That's a CHOICE. Side note, I 100% stan the sparkly cashmere cowl neck sweater dress someone is wearing to the White Party in Palm Springs And our new character Tone-ya who is the latest word in soccer mom newly out and proud gay gal. I have mixed feelings about Tawn-ya. On one hand, I believe she is far too pushy sexually and emotionally for Dana. On the other, Dana does seem on board with it at points and seems to have fun with Tan-yah and be dazzled by her competence and her blase acceptance of being gay. I think she just got sucked into Tahn-yeh's whirlwind U-Hauling and didn't think it through. Okay! Chime in! I love to hear y'all's commentary on fashion and style even if you don't agree with my Hot Takes TM. :)
2019.12.28 20:09 dutycyclemusic(another) Season 4 wish list - possible SPOILERS
(If you haven't watched all 3 seasons of Stranger Things there may be spoilers below) I started kicking around my wish list ideas about a month after S3 aired… time flies. Probably moot to make wish lists at this point, but we are down to the 12 days of Christmas and I guess there’s no better time for making wishes. Let me know if you have similar ideas, or share your own specific wishes for S4. 1. Go dark- We had a bright, fun, summery S3 and.. despite the gross monster and suspenseful action scenes, it was still too comedic, light, and/ or tone-shifty for my taste. I am wishing for a return to dark emotional drama, S1 vibes- now with teenage angst, high school bullies and violence, brooding outsider cliques.. With El in particular, the darkness is more within. We don’t really know who El is- she has always been in “discovery” mode and I think S4 should really go deeper in exploring what she’s all about/ who she has become (the Dark Phoenix theory will play into this if it’s true). For the rest of the gang, I imagine changing schools, changing friends, losing friends, gaining new family… will result in some up/ down emotions. Ironically, I really hate that so many other things in popular culture go dark these days, but ST started that way and should get back to its roots. 2. Hawkins is sick- Since the premiere of ST the location of Hawkins itself has always felt like an additional character in the show. The woods, train tracks, junkyard.. the arcade and main street… and of course the mall. The town developed and grew with the show’s main characters. But as well, the town too was affected by the traumas everyone experienced- the gate, the Demos, the tunnels and vines…, the Mind Flayer. Much like Will seems poisoned by these things, I think so is Hawkins. The end of S3 really points to the obvious and it’s my wish- Hawkins is “hell”. It’s a dying place and I hope for S4 to go there. Much like the Hawkins Lab was a callback to the real Camp Hero on Long Island, I thought a callback to the real Centralia PA would be fitting end for Hawkins. No one wants a main character to be killed off, but if the character of “Hawkins” dies.. it could be the thing that sets everyone else “free”, metaphorically. 3. Max- Max had a pretty involved role in S2 and S3, but it was sort of dependent on having Billy and El as catalysts. With both of them gone, it is hard to see what will be driving Max’s character arc… So I am wishing Max’s new problem to be Neil, her stepfather. With Billy no longer Neil’s scapegoat/ punching bag, I think he turns his fury on Max (and maybe Lucas….) In fact, Neil may even blame Max for Billy’s demise, considering her presence at the events at Starcourt Mall. Either way, if she’s not trying to save herself, or her mom, and/ or Lucas from a real-world monster, then I figure she’ll be bench-warming until Mindflayer or whatever shows up. 4. Dustin- I really am not sure what Mike and Lucas’s roles will be in S4 with Will and El gone, but I do have a wish for Dustin- give him a job. An after school job, but not just any random dumb job- I wish for Dustin to work at a comic book/ hobby shop. A real deal one complete with a D&D miniatures painting club in the back. Have this shop nearby the Arcade/ Video Store, and have it also owned by Keith… make him a Hawkins entrepreneur. If he owes the arcade and video store he is sitting on an 80s goldmine, for now… But in addition to giving the assertive and nerd-confident Dustin role something significant, it also puts him in proximity to Steve, Robin, and.. Keith. 5. Nancy- From “Nancy Drew” to “Nancy At Nine”. My wish is for Nancy to become a local news correspondent. I’m not sure if Hawkins has local news station, so assuming they don’t, she could be situated in a nearby bigger town that covers Hawkins.. Maybe better- she can be at school while cutting her teeth on small assignments. In this role she’d be the town crier for wish #2, letting Southern Indiana know the catastrophe that is Hawkins. This plays in line with her journalistic ambitions, and Murray’s “dilute the truth” approach to leaking the info out to the world in a curated manner, instead of absolute conspiracy theory. 6. New Supporting Roles- I really like that Matty Cardarople and Brett Gelman were brought on as really charismatic 80s characters. In a similar vein, I wish that either (or both) internet personalities Dave Murray (8-Bit Guy) and Andrew Bowser (Weird Arby’s Guy/ Onyx The Fortuitous…) would come on as “computer lab tech”, and “Dungeon Master” or “Film Club Leader”, respectively. I realize the room is getting crowded on this show and they already announced at least three new characters so…kind of a stretch but… if the characters are great it’s maybe worth it. And while I loved seeing Mr. Clarke in S3 and am happy they squeezed him in… admittedly he is a middle school teacher and will have little reason to be in S4… so the thought is that, esp in the case of Will, one of these new guys could be a useful, supportive role model/ friend. Not sure if Dave can act, and no idea how it’d work, but it’d have to be played dead-serious.. not tongue-in-cheek. 7a. 80s Meta Roles- much like they did with Matt Modine, Paul Riser, Sean Astin, and Carey Elwes… I would say if they are doing another 80s star name-drop in S4 my wish would be for… a female role! They have yet to really bring any female heavies on to the show (Winona excluded). A few I have in mind- Ally Sheedy, Jennifer Beals, Jamie Gertz, Martha Plimpton, Lea Thompson… This is not a crucial wish really, just hope they don’t bring in more dudes and miss the opportunity… I could go without so many meta references and easter eggs in S4, honestly.. But, I split this wish into two parts on the condition they go for a woman role and…. 7b. Agent Delgado- If there’s any chance they may bring Hoper’s old homicide partner Delgado to S4 (considering that she is said to be working higher up in one these special units…) than I’d be happy to wish they cast one of my favs Rachel Ticotin in that role. I am sure the “age factor” could be seen as an issue, which would be a bummer because she is awesome. But a younger close second could be Elizabeth Rodriquez (from OITNB, Miami Vice 2016…)- very talented too.
2019.08.21 13:34 halleloolooDrag Race UK: A Cultural Primer
Having seen a few discussions around cultural references on Drag Race, I thought I'd make a primer for some cultural things that may come up, in case any non-UK folk want to read up about them. I obviously don't know what will and won't be referenced so I'll just list some things that are well-known in the UK and not known much at all outside the UK. I've left out stuff that I believe to be pretty common/well-known everywhere. I haven't focused on LGBT culture or the drag scene specifically because I'm not LGBT myself and I feel someone else would be better suited to that.
Soaps So soaps in the UK are broadcast multiple nights a week, year round. These shows have been running for decades and have broadcast thousands of episodes. They tend to be really dramatic and on Christmas day they always have a crazy episode where really wild shit happens. They tend to centre on one town/village/area and usually there's a pub where all the characters congregate. Because they're so widely watched they've historically played a part is starting discussion/debate on issues or moving things forward a bit. (e.g. it was a big deal when a soap had its first gay kiss or trans character). Eastenders: One of the big two soaps. Set in the East End of London in Albert Square, so we have lots of very East End accents. The pub is called the Queen Vic. Lots of plots involving murder, cheating, the pub burning down, suicide, etc. Usually the episode ends on a cliffhanger and then the iconic Eastenders music comes in. Tends to be pretty serious and there don't tend to be any laughs in an episode. Iconic characters include Peggy Mitchell, Phil Mitchell, Pat Butcher, Dot Cotton, Pauline Fowler, Bianca and Ricky, Ian Beale, Dirty Den Watts. Iconic references include You ain't my muvva, Get outta my pub/Sling your 'ook, RICKAAAY. The iconic theme tune. Coronation Street: The other big soap. Also called Corrie. The longest running with nearly 10,000 episodes since 1960. It was ground-breaking in the start for just depicting the lives of ordinary working class families. Set in Weatherfield which is supposed to be in Greater Manchester, so the accents are from up North. The pub is called The Rover's Return. Tends to be slightly less dramatic and funnier than Eastenders but it's still pretty dramatic. Iconic characters include Deirdre Barlow/Rashid, Hayley and Roy Cropper, Norris Cole, Tracey Barlow, Gail Platt, Blanche Hunt, Steve McDonald, Peter Barlow, Eileen Grimshaw, Chesney Brown. The theme tune. No individual phrase or moment springs to mind for me for Corrie like for Eastenders, but here are a few articles discussing some of the best moments:  Emmerdale: Not as big as the first two but definitely the third biggest and I don't know it as well. Set in the Yorkshire Dales, so further North than Corrie and Eastenders and set in countryside rather than city. The pub is called The Woolpack. Lots of characters from the Dingle family. Helicopters seem to crash a lot in Emmerdale for some reason. Hollyoaks: This soap tends to focus more on younger people and is shot in a way that's a bit unusual for a soap. I've never met anyone who actually watches it but apparently they're out there. The actors pop up a lot on reality shows (covered in later section). Casualty and Holby City: Don't know anyone who watches these, the only relevant information is that they're both set in hospitals. The Archers: This is a radio soap and only old people listen to it. It still occasionally gets referenced though. It's the world's longest running drama with nearly 19,000 episodes since 1950. We're also known to occasionally watch the Aussie soaps Neighbours and Home and Away but you'd have to ask an Aussie about those really. Older TV Shows The Bill: A TV show about police officers that ran for nearly 2500 episodes before it ended in 2010. Almost every British actor appeared on this show when they were getting started. Absolutely Fabulous: Commonly known as Ab Fab. Sitcom starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley. Not sure how to characterise this in writing but here are some highlights. Only Fools and Horses: Sitcom about two brothers (Del (Del Boy) and Rodney Trotter) who are living in a tower block in East London. Del always has schemes to make them rich that almost never work. I feel like nearly everyone in the UK has seen this show somehow. Common references include the iconic van, Del falling through a bar, Batman and Robin and the fact that their friend Trigger thinks Rodney's name is Dave for some reason. Keeping Up Appearances: Sitcom about a lady who wants to be posh but isn't really. Her name is Hyacinth Bucket but she insists it is pronounced Boo-kay. Her siblings are slobbish and embarrassing and she's always trying to keep people from meeting them. Lots of episodes are on YouTube. I think this holds up surprisingly well honestly. Father Ted: Set in Ireland and written by an Irish guy but very popular in the UK. Sitcom about three Catholic priests who live together on an island. I honestly think this is one of the funniest shows ever made. Ted is the most serious priest. He still isn't great at all the priest stuff, but he isn't entirely stupid and he is always out to make money. Dougal is child-like and idiotic. Jack is an elderly alcoholic pervert. Small or Far Away? is probably the best known moment, but judge Graham Norton also appeared on this show as a young actor. The Royle Family: Sitcom focusing on a working class family in Manchester. The members of the family are generally quite slobbish and not very intelligent. Vicar of Dibley: Sitcom focusing on a female vicar played by Dawn French. She has a very dim assistant called Alice and each of the local people of the village has a distinct personality. Alan Partridge: A character rather than a show as he's had a few. An inept and bumbling presenter who has lots of awkward moments. A few more that may be worth googling: Are You Being Served?, Allo Allo, Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, Grange Hill, Byker Grove Daytime TV This Morning: 1000-1230 on ITV every morning. Usually presented by Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield who've had lots of funny moments together which can be found on YouTube. On Fridays it's presented by husband and wife Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford. They talk to people from recent news stories, preview upcoming TV, offer medical advice, teach cooking and debate current events. Jeremy Kyle: For Americans, this is somewhere between Jeremy Kyle and Maury. Lie detectors and DNA tests, with a confrontational host. Pure trash TV. Was recently stopped. Loose Women: Older female celebrities sit about and discuss current events. General known for being awful and a bit hysterical. Celeb Reality Competition Shows Strictly Come Dancing: The UK equivalent of Dancing With The Stars. Commonly called Strictly. The celebs always end up getting off with their dance partners. I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here: B-list celebs get sent to a camp in the Australian jungle for 2 weeks. They're forced to do "Bushtucker trials" which involve nasty tasks like eating bugs and animal parts in order to earn meals for their camp. Dancing On Ice: Like Strictly Come Dancing but with blades and ice for added danger. Tends to have worse celebs as well. "Reality" shows The Only Way Is Essex (TOWIE): This followed the lives of a group of young people in Essex. Essex is stereotypically not very classy and "Essex girls" have a reputation for dressing a certain way (lots of fake tan, hair dye, white stiletto heels, short skirts) and drinking a lot. The show had several breakout stars such as Gemma Collins, Amy Childs and Joey Essex. Love Island: Loads of people who basically all look exactly the same because they've all used the same surgeon fly out to some Spanish island and get off with one another. I've not really seen much of this so if anyone wants to provide iconic Love Island moments, feel free. Geordie Shore: The same idea as Jersey Shore but set in Newcastle. (A Geordie is a person from Newcastle, no idea why). I have only seen one episode of this and it involved a girl pissing herself in bed on camera because she was so drunk, and another girl saying she'd have to call her parents to say sorry because she'd had anal sex on telly. I think that sums it up really. Big Brother: The format is used around the world, but some moments from the UK version are pretty iconic and it has produced a lot of celebrities. Of course there's also the celebrity edition. Nikki Grahame's tantrums and George Galloway pretends to be a cat. Here's a summary of each season with some memorable moments. More Modern TV Skins: TV show focused on teens. Very dramatic. Everyone was always on drugs or checking in to psychiatric facilities or randomly dying of a genetic condition or accidentally pregnant. Inbetweeners: Like the opposite of Skins. Comedy focused on teens but they just have shit boring lives, driving a shitty car, failing to get with girls, embarrassing themselves. This was a more accurate depiction of UK sixth form. Other popular modern shows: Gavin and Stacey Other Gogglebox: Popular show that is on currently that involves watching families watch TV. Sounds weird but it works. Some of the participants are quite famous now. University Challenge: Quiz competition featuring teams from universities around the country. The questions are considered really difficult so people think you're really smart if you can answer any of them. Pointless: Quiz show on every evening. Contestants are given a category and they have to find something in that category that the fewest people said. So it's like a reverse Family Fortunes (Family Feud for Americans). Presented by comedian Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman who was a breakout star from this show. The Chase: Quiz show presented by Bradley Walsh in which contestants compete against a professional quizzer (the Chaser). Bradley is funny and has had some great moments and the Chasers have become pretty well-known and appear on other stuff sometimes. Blankety Blank: This was the UK's version of Match Game. It was hosted by Terry Wogan and Les Dawson but in the late 90s it was presented by Paul O Grady in drag as Lily Savage. Eurovision: Given the audience of this subreddit, I expect this doesn't need too much explanation. But it's a yearly song contest between European nations. It's super camp and insane and fun. The UK always does shit. Come Dine With Me: People compete to see who has the best dinner party. The narrator is fantastic and it is weirdly addictive. This is an iconic moment. Panel Shows: These usually feature a changing cast of comedians competing in some kind of "quiz" but no-one actually keeps score. Examples include Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie to You, QI, Have I Got News For You, and Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Certain comedians appear a lot on these shows, such as Jimmy Carr, Dara O Briain, David Mitchell, Sarah Millican, Jon Richardson and Jo Brand. Carry On: This really belongs in a film section but it would be one of the only things in there. These were a series of films mostly in the 60s that were very camp with lots of overt double entendres. Kenneth Williams is the most iconic thing to come out of these. You'll often hear Ooo, matron in response to a double entendre. Ant and Dec: Not a TV show but an iconic TV duo. Ant and Dec have been working together for decades and they win the National Television Award for Best Presenter every single year. They present I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here as well as their own show Saturday Night Takeaway. It's a running joke that you can't tell them apart. Richard and Judy: Husband and wife who used to present This Morning. They're a bit weird and oversharing and apparently Alan Partridge (see above) was based on Richard.
So I'll just detail a few musical artists who are well known in the UK but never made it big in the US. I'll steer clear of the more modern examples (e.g. Little Mix) because thanks to the internet it's no longer as pronounced as it used to be. Kylie Minogue: She's an Aussie but she's always done great here. Gay icon. If you only listen to one song/watch one video make it Can't Get You Out of My Head, but she has a long, long discography of hits stretching back to the 80s. She started off on Aussie soap Neighbours and back in the day had a very public relationship with co-star Jason Donovan. Girls Aloud: Produced by a talent show back in the early 00s. Cheryl Cole started off here before her solo career. Lots of commercial success here. If I had to recommend a song I'd suggest their debut Sound of the Underground but they've had plenty of good hits. Take That: Take That were a huge success back in the 90s as a boy band with lots of screaming teen girl fans. Robbie, the most popular member, left them, and they then split up. But they reformed in the 00s as older men and had a lot of success again. Gary Barlow is the one everyone knows these days. For Phase 1 Take That I'd suggest Relight My Fire[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwC1Ctrj6Xk) was huge. Again though, tons of hits. Robbie Williams: Remember Robbie, who left Take That? Well he was pretty successful in his own right. He was unbelievably popular in the late 90s/early 00s, with a mix of sappy ballads (Angel, She's the One) and all out party tunes (Let Me Entertain You, Rock DJ). For me, peak Robbie will always be Rock DJ.
Those people who are just...famous, for one reason or another. Katie Price/Jordan: A former glamour model who has always appeared frequently in celeb magazines for her personal life. Her eldest son is severely disabled and his footballer father has never played a role in his life, so credit to her for all she's done for him. Various scandals/stories involve multiple breast reductions/enlargements, dating a "crossdressing cagefighter", recent drink drive trouble in this unique vehicle. She has 5 children named Harvey, Junior, Princess Tiaamii, Jett and Bunny. She appeared on I'm a Celebrity some years back where she began a much publicised relationship with Peter Andre (see below). Peter Andre: An Aussie former singer (responsible for this absolute tune). Mostly became a household name through I'm A Celebrity and the relationship with Katie Price and has frequently appeared in celeb magazines ever since. He's now remarried and has 2 children with his wife in addition to 2 with Katie Price. Kerry Katona: Originally in a band called Atomic Kitten (best known for Whole Again (she's the blonde one)). She was married to Brian McFadden from Westlife (Irish boyband) and after they split up she had a lot of very publicised issues with drugs and mental health. Lots of various tabloid "scandals" over the years including bankruptcy and a string of relationships with various men. Gemma Collins: Originally famous from TOWIE (see above) but became a bit of a breakout star and now has done some of her own shows. People mostly just like her personality. Here she is interacting with Ms Michelle Visage, here she is falling through a hole in the floor, and here is a compilation of various memorable moments.
The UK is pretty big on political jokes and humour. Conservatives are currently in power. They're also called the Tories sometimes. Brexit: I'd need a whole post to explain Brexit but all that you need to know is that in 2016 the UK held a referendum in which people narrowly voted to leave the EU. Everything since then has been a mess and everyone is angry for different reasons. Boris Johnson: The Prime Minister. Conservative Party. Formerly Mayor of London. Commonly called Boris or BoJo. He looks funny and his floppy hair and bumbling nature was kind of funny when he was a powerless mayor but now he's the PM and it's all quite scary. Acts like an idiot but is probably smarter then he lets on. Some people like him regardless of his actual political view because "He's Boris!" Theresa May: Previous PM. Conservative Party. Awkward and a bit weird. Kept repeating the phrase "Strong and stable" during the election campaign. Said the naughtiest thing she's ever done is run through a wheat field. Did this. David Cameron: PM before May. Conservative party. All you need to know is that he allegedly put his dick in a dead pig's mouth. Ed Miliband: Labour party leader from a few years ago. Generally a solid guy but he was portrayed as being a bit odd and then someone took a photo of him eating a bacon sandwich that was so awkward it has its own Wikipedia article and he lost the election. Jeremy Corbyn: Current Labour leader. People who like him think he's literally the Messiah. People who dislike him think he's literally Stalin. Michael Gove: Former Education secretary. Conservative party. Every teacher in the country hates him. Jeremy Hunt: Former Health secretary. Conservative party. Every doctor in the country hates him. His surname is commonly mispronounced. He once described his own wife as Japanese when she's actually Chinese. Nick Clegg: Former leader of the Lib Dems (the third biggest party...usually). He was a bit of a phenomenon back in 2010. He became less popular after the election when many people felt they'd been betrayed by the Lib Dems after they went into coalition with the Conservatives who increased student fees.
Stereotypes of Places
We have some very distinct stereotypes of places and people from them here in the UK and I'll try to list a few. North vs South: In England there's a big divide between the North and the South. Southerners think Northerners are a bit lower class and simple, Northerners think Southerners are posh, unfriendly and weak. We'll argue forever about how to pronounce certain words. The Midlands: The bit near Birmingham that isn't North or South. They never know where to stand in the North/South debate. They call fizzy drinks "pop". Brighton: Brighton is the LGBT capital of the UK for reasons I don't fully understand. They have a HUGE Pride event every year. People who live there are often considered to be pretty left-wing and almost hippy-ish. London: The capital is so many things, but the people from London are generally stressed (from paying insane rent) and don't want to talk to any strangers. They'll insist that London is literally the best place ever though and that they'd never live anywhere else. Home Counties: This refers to the counties around London and people there are generally considered to be pretty posh. Often people commute into London for work. Essex: See Essex stereotype described under TOWIE. Devon/Cornwall: The little bit on its own in the South West of the map. They'll argue for hours about which order you should put jam and cream on a scone. They'll also probably be mad at me for lumping them together. Sorry. Wiltshire: This is where Scaredy Kat is from and also where I live right now. There is nothing here apart from Stonehenge. Liverpool: The stereotype of people from Liverpool (also known as Scousers) is that they're low class thieves. It's not particularly fair though, and all the Liverpudlians I've met have been pretty proud of their city. Yorkshire: How can you tell someone is from Yorkshire? Don't worry, they'll tell you. Extremely proud of their county and still angry at Lancashire over a war that happened in the 1400s. They'll insist Yorkshire Tea is the best tea out there (and to be fair, I don't think they're wrong...). Newcastle: Newcastle girls never need a coat no matter how cold it gets, and they can drink anyone under the table. Maybe the two are related. Scotland: Scotland as a whole is generally considered to feel pretty hostile towards the English. Independence narrowly lost in a referendum a few years back but there might be another one yet. Glasgow: Glasgow is stereotyped as being the grittier of the two biggest Scottish cities, but it also has character. I think it was the comedian Kevin Bridges who said something along the lines of "Glasgow was voted the friendliest city in Europe, and named the murder capital in the same week. So you'll get stabbed, but you'll get directions to the hospital." Edinburgh: Considered to be more "cultured" than Glasgow. Every summer they host the Fringe Festival which is a huge deal for up and coming comedians and actors. Northern Ireland: I'm not going to begin to get into the Troubles because this is already a long post, but obviously there are historically some divides in Northern Ireland. A lot of the UK has the tendency to ignore them completely, unfortunately. Their accents are really different from anywhere else in the UK. Wales: Wales as a whole seems to feel much less strongly about being separate than Scotland does. There's never been much of an independence movement in modern times. The only time they get really patriotic is when Wales are playing Rugby. North Wales is more rural/mountainous than the South and generally people are more likely to speak Welsh and feel strongly about a Welsh identity.
NHS: This is our health service. It's all free. It is like the national religion. We will all defend it to the death and anyone who works in the NHS is basically an angel. WAGs: This is a term for the Wives and Girlfriends of professional footballers. There's a stereotype of them being vapid glamour models who drive around in expensive cars. This has died down a bit but was really prominent in the 00s. Education GCSEs: These are the exams you take when you're about 16. You tend to do all of the standard subjects (Maths, English, Science, etc) plus some options. They used to be graded from A*-G but now they're 9-1. A Levels: You take these when you're about 18. You only do 3-4 subjects usually. These are graded A*-E. These are usually what determines whether you get into university. Primary/Secondary School/College: Primary school is the school you go to from about 4 to about 11 years old. After that, terminology changes regionally. Some people go to a "high school" until they're 16 and then to a college, others just go to secondary school. If you stay at school from 16-18 it is usually called sixth form. Pretty much all schools have a uniform up to the age of 16. UCAS: This is the system you use to apply to university. You get points for different qualifications and you have to write a "Personal Statement". Student Loan: The government provides student loans for going to university. These loans cover fees (paid direct to the university) and also provide a living allowance (maintenance loan). So when Scaredy Kat says that she is spending her student loan on drag, she means the maintenance loan, because students aren't actually paid the fee loan. These loans have different repayment terms than normal loans, so you don't have to pay them at all unless you're earning over a certain threshold, and then it is just a small percentage. Newspapers Just a little characterisation of some prominent newspapers. The Sun: Generally considered tabloid trash. The entire city of Liverpool has been boycotting this paper for decades after it blamed Liverpool fans for the Hillsborough disaster using false information. The Mirror: Also trashy tabloid. Embroiled in a phone hacking scandal a few years back The Daily Mail: Thinks it is classier than a tabloid but isn't really. Right-leaning, sensationalist, obsessed with house prices. The Telegraph: Also right-leaning but more middle class The Guardian: More left-leaning and its readers are stereotyped as being out of touch posh lefties. Rupert Murdoch: Media mogul who owns The Sun and lots more. People blame him a lot for the state of our papers. Supermarkets Where you shop says a lot about you in the UK. Tesco: The closest thing to an everyman supermarket. No-one makes any real judgement if they hear you shop at Tesco. Slogan: Every Little Helps. ASDA: Probably slightly lower class than Tesco, but still a respectable choice. Slogan: That's ASDA price (and then you pat your bum) Sainsbury's: A bit posher than Tesco but not outlandishly so. Lidl/Aldi: These are two German supermarket chains that are known for very low prices. People will joke about how shit they are because they're cheap but we all know that they're actually pretty quality. Aldi has an aisle stocked with pure random shite that's on offer that week that can be anything from a hoover to SCUBA gear. Waitrose/M&S: Posh as fuck. My local Waitrose has a wine bar and a juice bar inside it. Buying the odd item from these is fine, but if you do your weekly shop here you must be loaded. M&S had these weird porny adverts a few years back. Ocado: Basically Waitrose but they deliver to your door, for when you're rich and lazy. Morrison's: I've always felt like Morrison's sits outside judgement somehow. They aren't all that common in some parts of the country but people who have them tend to like them. Other Shops Primark: The cheapest clothing shop you can imagine. £5 for a dress but every girl you know will be wearing the same one. New Look: More expensive than Primark. Quality only marginally better. Worn by lots of teen girls but you can occasionally find some decent stuff. Boots/Superdrug: They sell makeup, medicine, usually have pharmacies inside them. The go to places for cheap make up. WH Smith/Waterstones: Our main bookshops. Gregg's: National icon. They sell pastries and their sausage rolls are legendary. Particularly loved by Northerners. Nando's: Peri-peri chicken that is somehow ludicrously popular here. You will be judged on the spice level you select. That's just an overview of what immediately came to mind. Feel free to add more in comments or ask if there are specific references. I'd be happy to try to do a roundup of references after each episode airs if I can if that would help people! Edit: Added a few things that got missed out.
Thank you for your willingness to help! For the toxic chemical control issues there are a few things you could do. For information and updates you can contact saferchemicals.org To support Mount Sinai's Children's Environmental Health Center I'm offering a book that I made based on The L Word. Proceeds go to support CEHC. You can go to Lwordbook.com.
I'd rub my beautiful, bald head and get the party started. I'd book a trip to Washington meet with Senators and give the so-called Chemical Safety Improvement Act a swift kick in the butt. Then I might have a martini. Because I'm Bruce. And I can do whatever I want.
I think obviously as a consumer you do the best that you can. But as you've pointed out you can't entirely shop your way around the problem. I think the best we can do is be mindful about how we shop. Safer Chemicals has a great campaign letting stores know that we as consumers are minding the store and are asking them to be mindful of what they put on the shelves. Walmart has already agreed to be part of this campaign and we're hoping Walgreens will join the campaign as well.
We can also be very vocal about changing legislation. The Toxic Substance Control Act was implemented in 1976. By all accounts, from both sides of the aisle, this Act is broken and needs to be addressed. More than 80,000 chemicals have gone into the market place UNTESTED as to their toxicity regarding human health or the environment. To me it's no wonder that pediatric cancer rates are rising at an unheard of rate not commensurate with any kind of genetic changes. It's definitely time to let your legislators know you want MEANINGFUL change and not just change that bows down to the large chemical companies. As an example of an everyday type of chemical with which we interface almost everyday, phthalates,are found in many cosmetics, skin care products, cologne, scented body wash, vinyl flooring and shower curtains are linked to lower sperm count, prostrate cancer, birth defects of the reproductive organs both male and female. I think having a green chemical initiative would be incredibly helpful. We don't want to go back to the Stone Age. I think we raise the bar and encourage the new wave of chemists to create something that won't ultimately destroy our bodies and out environment.
I loved working on Four Rooms! Everyday was a continuous prank! Alex likes to have fun on set. It's a very free place to be. I think my favorite moment was having to recite all the different names for penis. Hilarious.
I'm sure they had a good time on Alex's new film Little Feet. He wrote the film with his daughter Lana and it's just gorgeous. This type of film doesn't come along very often. It's the kind of film that's made from a genuine, pure almost child like creative impulse. With all of his expertise and despite all of his hardships as a filmmaker ( and no filmmaker is without hardships) Alex has somehow embraced the beginner's mind. This is one of those films where when you see it in the darkened theater you embark in the collective dream of the illogic/logic of childhood and what it means to grieve and then go again towards life, the dream of magical thinking is alive and well in Little Feet.
Probably photo journalism...but honestly it's very hard for me to imagine not acting, or producing. Right now I'm working on a project with Oren Moverman for HBO that is just mind blowing. I'm in awe of how deftly he and his writing partner Tony Swofford write with such depth and complexity. Writing's like magic to me.
A friend of mine sat me down and said 'Look, you have things you believe in, you like to listen to other peoples' stories-this is a great place to help create community.' When I realized it didn't have to be just about gibble gabble or mean spiritedness and it could be about something good and maybe even meaningful I thought I would give it a shot.
I have never once thought about our little group over at @jenniferbeals as my "followers". They are all leaders. Great, amazing group.
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