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Aug212019

No Time to Link 

Variety cultural conversations about a TV show lift its Emmy prospects
The Guardian on Leonard Bernstein's 10 year affair with a Japanese fan
/Film Bond 25 has a title No Time to Die
Daily Xtra Joey Moser remembers seeing movies with his father on the weekend - lovely

After the jump Love Simon, Spider-Man divorce, cool film festivals, and Marvel Comics avoiding anti-fascist "politics" in a genre built on just that...


Gizmodo makes a case why we should be very worried about Disney sucking up other companies in terms of diversity
Pajiba Marvel and Sony are parting ways over Spider-Man. No more Avengers for Spidey :( 
EW Michael Cimino (not the director but a young actor) cast as the lead in the TV adaptation of Love Simon
Movie Maker the 25 coolest film festivals in the world
Coming Soon recommends movies to watch if you loved HBO's Euphoria 

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The Guardian publishes an essay by Art Spiegelman on the history of comics and the relevance of the stories today. It was intended as a forward to a Marvel book but the publisher wanted the following sentence removed to avoid "politics" (sigh)... reminding us again that real life moral superheroes like Captain America are hard to find, even within companies devoted to selling their myth.

Auschwitz and Hiroshima make more sense as dark comic book cataclysms than as events in our real world. In today’s all too real world, Captain America’s most nefarious villain, the Red Skull, is alive on screen and an Orange Skull haunts America. International fascism again looms large (how quickly we humans forget – study these golden age comics hard, boys and girls!) and the dislocations that have followed the global economic meltdown of 2008 helped bring us to a point where the planet itself seems likely to melt down. Armageddon seems somehow plausible and we’re all turned into helpless children scared of forces grander than we can imagine, looking for respite and answers in superheroes flying across screens in our chapel of dreams.

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Hey Nathaniel, and everybody else, what movies have caught your eye for TIFF? Any recommendations? It seems like there are a few movies that are only having one or two public screenings and they all seem to be happening on the one Saturday. I’m having a hard time planning the rest of my schedule. I need help!

August 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

Weird of that Euphoria article to not include “Assassination Nation” when they share a creator. It’s basically Euphoria: the Movie.

August 21, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterthefilmjunkie

Our dumbass, imbecilic dictator has declared himself the Chosen One.

Well, here are a couple of people in the world of professional wrestling who called themselves the Chosen One:

Drew Galloway aka Drew McIntyre... arrived in WWE in 2008 and was immediately pushed as a top mid-carder heel Intercontinental Champion but bad personal decisions and setbacks would make him into a jobber a few years later. Though he would recover and gain a great reputation in the indies following his 2014 departure from WWE, he would return to the company 3 years later but is now known mainly as one of Shane McMahon's lackies.

Jeff Jarrett... 2nd generation wrestler, who film fans might know him for as the Bible studies teacher in Spring Breakers, that was the son of famed Memphis wrestling legend Jerry Jarrett came to WWE in 1993/1994 in a dumb country singer gimmick, left to go to WCW in 1996 to latch on to the Four Horsemen, returned to WWE in 1997 where a shoot promo that targeted one of its promotions top stars in Stone Cold Steve Austin would get him in trouble as he would be stuck in the mid-card for 2 years until leaving WWE in late 1999 not before swindling WWE money to do a job to Chyna after his contract had expired. He would return to WCW and dub himself "The Chosen One" where he would win the WCW World Championship in 2000 a few times but it would be in the year where the company would lose nearly $60 million and then in late March/early April of 2001 was sold to WWE for $3 million when AOL-Time Warner wanted to get rid of WCW. As for Jarrett, well... he wouldn't return to WWE until 2018 to be inducted to the adulation of... no one.

And here is what The Man Who is Fond of Slapping Nutz will be remembered for from the late Mike Graham: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JY3CNeC3Ce0

August 21, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

That film festival list seems very North America biased. Unless they can justify why all the best are in that global area, methinks they need to travel the world more...

August 21, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTravis C

I am dying to hear your thoughts on the Bombshell trailer. I was totally indifferent to this film, but it is the trailer of the year IMO. And having initially been skeptical, I think Charlize is clearly in the running for her second Oscar. That transformation is CRAZY.

August 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

Bernstein & Hashimoto's story would make a beautiful touching love story!

August 22, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterClaran

Great post. Thank you for sharing the information, as I was just searching for it.

September 15, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterprivatewriting

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