There were days where I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to be able to sit with loved ones and share these first-time viewings in real time, and others when the combination of quarantine cabin fever and less-than-stellar runs of films made it seem like everything would be mediocre. A privilege and, 32 movies, shorts, and episodes later, a pile-up.
The beauty of a spectacle like Riverdale is that it’s the Tom Cruise of TV, skewing wildly in quality and influence, but never once doubting itself.
"Based on an actual lie.” That’s how Lulu Wang’s new film The Farewell starts out, before China-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) returns to Changchun as her family prepares to say goodbye to their matriarch Nai Nai, who’s been diagnosed with cancer. The one catch: Nai Nai doesn’t know she’s sick.
Although The Terror frequently builds itself around the isolation of its characters, with wide shots of lithic tundras stretching as far as the eye can see, it’s so often about their connection too.
Zosha Millman sits down with writer/director Bo Burnham and star Elsie Fisher to discuss Eighth Grade, why middle schoolers care so much about everything, and why it was important to light the film with natural cellphone brightness.
The whole thing is a fever dream, but like any dream, it has a kind of logic to it that dances just beyond our grasp.