I read my children Harry Potter, took them to see the films, and I loved Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. I don’t remember at what point, but somebody suddenly said, ‘Oh you know they’re going to want a Dumbledore.’ I went through an audition process and it was a process I hadn’t done in a while, and it was fun to do because you also felt like you wanted to make sure you were married to this part. You didn’t want to get it and buckle, because there’s a great responsibility that comes with playing Albus Dumbledore.
But as Nicolas Cage told Extra TV, it’s a massive year for movies and Marriage Story may not be taking home all the Oscars it’s in the running for. This year, Joker, The Irishman, 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Parasite and so forth are up for competing awards as well.
An autobiographical tale, one in which writer/director/star Harrelson plays an on-screen variation of his real-life persona, Lost in London is a buzzy, one-shot achievement (take that, 1917!) that provides thrills and humor in equal measure. Watching it removed from the live element might take away some of its inherent thrill upon its initial broadcast, where in the moment it’s not clear if this whole operation is going to crumble under the cast and crew’s feet in an instant. Even despite that, Lost in London remains a sharp, funny, and altogether entertaining yarn, particularly for Harrelson fans, as well as Daniel Radcliffe’s fans, as he makes a late-minute appearance in the nocturnal, disorienting live movie’s final screen moments.
As far as I can see, the commercial product that is owned by the conglomerates, the projects everybody knows about and has in their DNA, whether it be the Marvel Comics, the Star Wars, Godzilla and James Bond, those films never had a better year than last year. It would have been the year that their world domination would have been complete. But it kind of wasn’t. Because of what you said, a lot of original movie [content] came out and demanded to be seen, and demanded to be seen at the theaters. That ended up becoming a really, really strong year. I’m really proud to be nominated with the other films that just got nominated. I think when you sum up the year, it’s cinema that doesn’t fall into that blockbuster IP proof status, made its last stand this year.
Actress Marlee Matlin, for example, recently tweeted about her “preferred airline,” Delta, having provisions for various languages and audio description for in-flight entertainment but no closed captions for deaf and hard-of-hearing flyers. That got the attention of Delta, which responded through a spokesperson to say most aircrafts have a wide variety of closed caption content, but Matlin’s flight hadn’t been upgraded yet to that feature. The airline’s statement added, via USA Today, “Accessibility is important to us (and) we apologize and are working diligently to upgrade our remaining fleet.”
Robert Downey Jr. said that he was wary of doing a British accent, because he wanted to differentiate his performance from previous actors. So after Googling and finding information about William Price, he decided he would try to pull off a Welsh accent instead. He admitted that mastering a new accent was, um, a bit of a challenge:
Nerdy video game developer Miles is a little too fond of stirring things up on the internet with his caustic, prodding, and antagonizing comments. One night, he makes the mistake of drunkenly dropping an inflammatory barb on a broadcast of Skizm, an illegal death-match fight club streamed live to the public. In response, Riktor (Ned Dennehy), the maniacal mastermind behind the channel, decides to force Miles’ hand (or hands, as it were) and have him join the ‘fun.’ Miles wakes to find heavy pistols bolted into his bones, and learns Nix (Samara Weaving), the trigger-happy star of Skizm, is his first opponent.
In Onward, Barley Lightfoot decides to make a stop at a restaurant to enlist the help of a creature known as the Manticore (described in mythology as an unconquerable, winged beast with the body of a lion and the sting of a scorpion) whom he promises his brother, Ian, will start them on the right path of their journey. However, this Manticore, known as “Corey” and voiced by Octavia Spencer, turns out to be a clumsy waitress who accidentally leaves out a few key details of our elven heroes’ quest, putting them in worse danger than they anticipated.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Domestic: $483,645,801 (so far)
International: $519,700,000 (so far)
Worldwide: $1,003,345,801 (so far)
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Why is there so much confusion? Well, sit down and let me tell you a story. First, it’s really hard to enjoy a movie and count f-words at the same time. If Martin Lawrence gets in a great zinger, your first instinct is to laugh, not put down another tally mark. B, there was some confusion about what actually counts as an f-bomb. We got at least one in Spanish that showed as a subtitle on the screen. Third, making tally marks and then counting them in a dark theater is hard and you don’t know the struggle. D, we had another scene where someone shouted like 5 or 6 in a really short amount of time, and we didn’t have the privilege of rewind. Fifth, does music count? I hope not because none of us paid attention to that if there were f-bombs.