July 2019

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      Comic-Con 2019: Pennyworth

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      In post-WWII, pre-swinging London, a father advises his son to go into domestic service. “If you do well, you could be a butler someday.” The son is an army veteran whose official military record lists him as a quartermaster but his job...
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        This Changes Everything

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        Last year, 92 percent of the directors who made the top 250 domestic movies were male. A mere 15.6 percent of the Directors Guild of America membership is female. And only one woman has won the best-director Oscar in the award’s 90-year...
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          Fantasia 2019: Blood on Her Name, 1BR

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          Boldness is a facet that comes within the DNA of a lot of movies programmed at Fantasia, especially as rising filmmakers use their independence to tell a genre story in a different way. That’s especially the case with two thrillers making...
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            Comic-Con 2019: Cobra Kai

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            It is often said that you can’t go home again, but “Cobra Kai” has been a homecoming for its stars, its characters, and its creators, bringing together the cast of “The Karate Kid” and its sequels, united by three...
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              Veronica Mars Returns to Hulu in Rare Successful TV Reboot

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              This moment—the TV revival moment—has had, to this point, meager upsides. True reboots can be wonderful (see “One Day At A Time,” lately at Netflix and now migrating to PopTV, as one such example) but most of the shows that...
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                Comic-Con 2019: An Interview with the Creator of Thanos

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                Marvel comic writer/artist Jim Starlin has created many iconic characters, but only one put on a giant glove studded with infinity stones and snapped his fingers to wipe out half of the universe. Thanos, played by Josh Brolin in the Avengers movies...
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                  Comic-Con 2019: Batman Inducted Into Hall of Fame

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                  “The Gathering” was the kind of evening you’d imagine Bruce Wayne would attend—a tasteful evening fundraiser for a new museum. This wasn’t Gotham, but San Diego’s eclectic Balboa Park, home to the world-famous San...
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                    The Lion King

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                    It may be a long time before viewers can appreciate the 2019 remake of "The Lion King" as a freestanding work, instead of judging it against the original. The 1994 version was "Hamlet" plus "Bambi" on the African veldt: a...
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                      Luz

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                      Tilman Singer’s “Luz” was one of the most buzzed about titles on the genre festival circuit in 2018, earning raves at Montreal’s Fantasia Fest and Austin’s Fantastic Fest. It’s easy to see why. With echoes of...
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                        Viewing Midsommar, Us, and Lords of Chaos Through the Persona Filter

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                        “Persona” lives in the darkest corners of 2019 cinema. Ingmar Bergman’s 1966 classic not only influenced how modern filmmakers approach psychological horror, but also foreshadowed modern film culture trends. “Persona”...