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Colin Trevorrow’s Episode 9 Script Allegedly Leaks

Holy shit. If this script turns out to actually be his, why did they scrap it?! As disappointing as it would’ve been for Ben not to return to the light, overall the story sounds incredibly better.

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2019: Year in Film

Watching movies is one of my favorite pastimes. I watched at least thirty-one films this year, but unfortunately there were some I forgot to log. This is my annual tradition of collecting my favorite Letterboxd film reviews from the past year that are too short to get their own blog post.

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‘In the Heights’ Official Trailer

This trailer brought tears to my eyes. In the Heights was a play that Lin-Manuel Miranda started writing back in college way before Hamilton. You can definitely see Miranda’s signature style in the music. I’m excited to see John Chu, who directed Crazy Rich Asians directing this film. I couldn’t be more hyped to watch this and see my people represented on screen.

In the Heights comes to theaters on June 26, 2020.

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Here’s my review of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. What did you think of the movie?

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Official Trailer

I’m glad they’re making more Wonder Woman movies, and even happier that Patty Jenkins gets to do it without any input from Zack Snyder. Wonder Woman’s outfit looks truer to the original colors, and I’m very curious to see how they’ll explain Steve Trevor’s return. Not that I’m complaining, because Chris Pine was excellent in the first film and he’s not bad to look at either 😍.

Wonder Woman 1984 arrives in theaters June 5th, 2020.

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Actress Lashana Lynch Is the New 007 in the Upcoming ‘James Bond’

Luke Darby writing for GQ:

The James Bond franchise has been in need of a jolt for a while now, and there has long been speculation that once Daniel Craig steps down from the role, he could be replaced by Idris Elba […]

But in the upcoming installment, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga of True Detective, Bond is indeed getting replaced, not by Elba but by British actress Lashana Lynch…

Daniel Craig has been great as James Bond, no question. But I’m incredibly excited to see a completely different take on 007, and after seeing Lashana Lynch in Captain Marvel, I’m looking forward to seeing her take over.

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‘Brittany Runs A Marathon’ Promotes a Weight Loss Fantasy

Your Fat Friend:

Following her encounter with Jasmine, Brittany’s brother-in-law lays out the film’s thesis: “You running this marathon was never about your weight,” he says. “It was about taking responsibility for your life.”

But that overt message is undermined by the film’s raison d’être. While the film claims to prize Brittany’s internal growth above all else, her weight loss is its centerpiece. Weight loss isn’t incidental, it’s rewarded at every turn. By the end of the film, Brittany is thin, and she has great friends, a promising new job in her dream career, confidence, the love of a good boyfriend, and an end to her drinking and drug use. But all of that only comes when she loses weight.

This is the type of film review I wish I could write. So good.

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Eighth Grade

Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade
© A24

I think it’s difficult to portray young life well in film, but Eighth Grade takes on the challenge. It’s an authentic portrayal of teenage life in so many ways: the anxiety, awkwardness, and uncertainty you feel about yourself are all there, but so are the moments where you learn things about yourself and decide to accept and love them.

A few daydream scenes are backed by great songs, then cut fast and abruptly to bring both the character and audience back to reality. Some scenes are perfectly uncomfortable and just the right bit of long, and it’s those type of bold choices in editing that help tell this beautiful story so well.

Eighth Grade reminds you how mean kids can be, but also how adults don’t really get less mean per se, we just get better about being polite about it. And of course, none of this would be possible without Elsie Fisher’s performance which brings Kayla to life in a genuine way.

I mean, even the fact that Kayla has acne in the movie speaks to how important it was for Bo Burnham to tell this story authentically—not in a perfect, airbrushed, everyone gets along Hollywood way. Eighth graders (and all of us, really) can watch this and see themselves and hopefully learn that it’s ok to be awkward, it’s ok if you haven’t found “your people” yet, and if things didn’t turn out the way you wanted, tomorrow is a whole new day to try again.

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Disney-Sony Standoff Ends Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige’s Involvement In ‘Spider-Man’

Absolutely ridiculous. This comes down to huge corporations fighting and all of us fans suffer. The situation Marvel is in with Spider-Man is extremely strange, so while I understand that it’s absurd to root for Disney here (a behemoth of a company that now owns almost every fucking franchise out there), it’s crazy to watch them lose such a valuable asset in quite this fashion. After investing heavily in Spider-Man’s involvement in the MCU, I’m baffled Sony would decide to walk away.

Let’s hope these two studios can figure this out.

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Regal Cinemas Unlimited Ticket Subscription Program Set To Launch This Month

Anthony D’Alessandro and Nancy Tartaglione reporting for Deadline:

There will be three tiers of pricing, which work out to $18, $21 and $24 per month, each granting access to unlimited tickets (really). While the monthly price of AMC Stubs A-List movie ticket subscription program varies by state, we hear that Regal’s is based on theater location.

After moving to Oceanside, we had to cancel our AMC Stubs A-List because the nearest AMC theater is thirty minutes away. However, there’s a Regal theater just down the street! There seems to be a catch, though.

…there’s buzz that Regal Unlimited subscribers will have to purchase an entire year in advance for the unlimited ticket program, hence the tier prices respectively would be $288, $252 and $216.

I’m hoping that turns out to be wrong. I understand the different pricing based on location, but paying a full year upfront sounds like a hard sell at those amounts. Also, there’s no mention of a family account, so I’m assuming that price would be doubled for us. I hope more theaters decide to offer a subscription. It led to us going to the theater more, and I have a feeling it’d motivate more Millenials that (according to the article) feel movie tickets are too expensive.