Best films of 2019 so far

Charlize Theron flips into funny with Seth Rogen, Mel Gibson picks Vince Vaughn as his accomplice and Avengers reach their Endgame the finest movies yet this year released in the UK The Favourite A New Years Day release date in the UK for Yorgos Lanthimoss period romp kicked the year off in fine style; Olivia Colmans Oscar win two months later was the crowning glory. What we said: A reminder that the idea of royalty as polite and picturesquely sentimental is something that came in with Queen Victoria: The Favourite is more punk than that. Its a rousingly nasty, bleary, hungover punchup. Read the full review An Impossible Love A daughters life is shaped by her fathers arrogance and her …

I Love My Mum review on the road from Morocco

In this unlikely comedy, a mother and son must find their way back to Essex after accidentally ending up in north Africa What does it say about the film industry that while Fish Tank, Kierston Wareing and Katie Jarvis, have been left behind in Its a Free World ) before Fish Tank, lands a starring role of sorts here, as a castrating mother in a scattershot comedy that sets out like a hybrid of Ray Cooney farce and Channel 4 reality show, and winds up making the most eccentric contribution yet to the recent wave of migration movies. Its heart remains broadly in the right place, yet there are points where you question just where its head is. I Love …

Netflix’s Anything-Goes Philosophy Gets to Parody Rap

After surprising Super Bowl 2018 viewers with an ad announcing that sci-fi movie The Cloverfield Paradox would be arriving imminently, Netflix chose not to make a habit of similar ambushes. Instead, it left that practice to the musicians. Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, Eminem, Death Grips, Drake, and Beyoncé again (this time as half of The Carters) have all leveraged the factory-free nature of the streaming industry in recent years to unleash albums with little to no advance warning. Well, Netflix seems to be warming up again. In April, its partnership with horror studio Blumhouse Productions spawned two separate cinematic jump-scares, Mercy Black and Thriller. Earlier this month, Chinese sci-fi blockbuster The Wandering Earth snuck onto the platform with nary a US …

Stephen Colbert on Ben Carson: Not a rocket scientist, only a brain surgeon

Late-night hosts poked fun at the possibility of the presidents case being seen by Merrick Garland and Ben Carsons Oreo error Late-night hosts focused on Donald Trumps latest failure in court and the prospect of one of his cases being seen by the former supreme court nominee Merrick Garland. Stephen Colbert The Late Show with Stephen Colbert opened with a direct jab at the presidents losing battle with Congress, with the host telling his audience: If you pay attention, you know that Donald Trump and Congress are fighting. I would say theyre at each others throats but its hard to find the throat under all the old man jowl in there. Colbert then focused on the report of Trump blocking …

Watch Hannah Gadsby’s TED Talk on Having Autism and Breaking Comedy

Right as Hannah Gadsby was getting to the emotional pinnacle of her TED talk, the microphone cut out. She'd just told the audience how after her grandmother's death, she was bereft, but that then … nothing. There Gadsby stood, awkwardly in the red TED circle, the wind up to her story suspended in silence as she and the audience waited for the tech folks to arrive with a fix. When they finally fixed it, she noted that the delay might affect the momentum of the rest of the speech. The audience laughed, and she launched right back in, not missing a beat. WIRED Staff Seriously, We Really Need to Talk About Nanette Emily Dreyfuss I Promise Not to Roll My …

John Oliver: Mueller report reveals ‘cartoonish levels of incompetence’

The Last Week Tonight host unpacked the redacted version of the Mueller report, from crazy shit to unearned victory laps The release of the Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Someone Great review – another run-of-the-mill romcom from Netflix

Despite fine performances from Gina Rodriguez and Lakeith Stanfield, the debut film from Jennifer Kaytin Robinson never strays from the genres cliches Someone Great, a new Netflix original comedy written and directed by the first-time film-maker Jennifer Kaytin Robinson, is the kind of movie thats both undeniably of its time and still curiously rote. At times it plays like an uninterrupted torrent of memes and millennialisms, as though its attention to the parlance and particularities of contemporary urban life might disguise the fact that its otherwise a standard, paint-by-the-numbers buddy-romcom, in which three girlfriends two are on the heels of a breakup; the third has sworn off committed relationships ring in their sisterhood and their sorrows at a trendy music …

Netflix’s New Comedy Lunatics Is Dizzying, Tone-Deaf

Watching Netflix’s latest stab at edgy comedy, Lunatics, is like scrolling through Instagram at 3 am. Fragments of lives flicker by—self-aggrandizing, specific, bizarre, sometimes obscene. Pretty soon, they all start looking fundamentally, headspinningly the same. We are, the show seems to be suggesting, the many faces of Chris Lilley. The new Netflix comedy is strikingly similar to the Australian comedian’s previous work. Like the popular Summer Heights High (and its spinoffs, Ja’mie: Private School Girl and Jonah from Tonga, which was pulled from the air in 2017 for being racist), Lunatics is a mockumentary following a bevy of characters all played by Lilley. In place of unseemly students and teachers, the characters are a celebrity pet psychic, a boy Instagrammer, …

Hail to the Veep: the best and most brutal comedy of the century

Over seven seasons, Veeps bipartisan skewering of the bozos of Beltway political culture has made it unimpeachably perfect. It will be missed As HBOs Veep enters its seventh and final season, we should reflect on the maxim that all political careers end in failure. Selina Meyers career started with failure and she has been failing spectacularly ever since. When we first encountered her, in the series premiere in 2012, she had failed to secure her partys presidential nomination after casually referring to one of her staffers as a retard at a fundraiser. Such a defeat would end a lesser woman, but wood-chopping campaign commercial. If The West Wing often felt like a homily from an out-of-touch pastor, Veep is the …