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Subs vs Dubs etc

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Some thoughts on film criticism and economics.

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Why Alfred Molina argued with peter for quantum showdown?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 12/09/2021 - 2:50pm in



Any property that is based around a Spider-Man-related character is bound to have rumors of Peter Parker himself showing up at some point in the narrative. It is, therefore, no wonder that Tom Holland is rumored to appear in Venom 2, given that Venom’s stories can never be truly complete without an eventual showdown with Spider-Man. Another factor that makes their encounter a possibility is the plot of the MCU’s Spider-Man: No Way Home, which will bring back classic Spidey foes such as Alfred Molina’s Doctor Octopus and Jamie Foxx’s Electro. All the possible crossovers in the MCU’s Spider-Man threequel have done wonders for fans in terms of increasing the already sky-high anticipation of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker paying Eddie Brock a visit. Also, the fact that the aforementioned graffiti in the Morbius trailer calls Spider-Man a “murderer”, hinting at his alleged murder of Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home, supports the theories that Spidey and Sony’s villains will eventually meet.

Later, as the Ewing family gathered around Bobby’s bed in the hospital, he managed to open his eyes one last time to instruct his loved ones to be good to one another. Obviously, he meant that for his conniving older brother J.R., but Bobby being Bobby didn’t want to make him feel bad. It’s like when the flight attendant reminds everyone to stay seated when there’s only one person standing.The total running time for the forthcoming James Bond movie No Time to Die has been revealed… and it’s the longest 007 instalment ever.No Time to Die stars Daniel Craig in his final appearance as Bond, with Rami Malek appearing as the villain.Some fans have bemoaned the hefty runtime, with many speculating that the film, which clocks in at 163 minutes, could be unnecessarily long.

However, the first encounter between Spidey and the symbiotes needs enough screentime to do it justice, so it’s unlikely that Spider-Man will steal the spotlight from Venom and Carnage’s first battle in the Venom sequel. Sony seems to be taking its time to set up an expansive universe the same way the MCU did in its early days. While a cameo can’t be discarded yet, Spider-Man’s involvement in Venom: Let There Be Carnage would feel a bit rushed.

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Why Nick Fury got threatened with monster canon technically?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 08/09/2021 - 2:44pm in



While nothing has been confirmed, there is a lot of expectation that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will eventually recast the vast majority of mutant characters who have appeared in the existing X-Men movies. If that does happen, however, Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool will be an exception. The higher-ups at Marvel and Disney have acknowledged the incredible popularity of the Merc With The Mouth, and have assured fans not only that Reynolds will be brought back, but that Deadpool 3 is a project in active development.

Being technically classified as “Sony movies,” the Spider-Man films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have always been a different beast in the grand scope of the franchise – and it’s because of this strangeness that the upcoming sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home nearly fell apart in its early days. Following the release of the webhead solo movie in summer 2019, Marvel Studios/Walt Disney Studios and Sony Pictures had a contract dispute, and as a result it looked like Spidey’s future in the Avengers world was over. Fortunately, however, the issues were resolved, and now the blockbuster is back on track to be released in December 2021.

There are a lot of lingering questions about how exactly Deadpool 3 will fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including ones about the R-rating and whether or not it will maintain established canon, but we unfortunately don’t have any answers at the present moment. Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin and Wendy Molyneux, filmmakers best known for their work on Bob’s Burgers and The Great North, have come aboard to write the script, but we still don’t know when the movie will actually go into production.

Why Jason Agreed to conquer Arterton legacy defamed?

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 31/08/2021 - 5:32pm in



Gemma Arterton made her acting debut in 2007 with two films being released in quick succession. She first starred alongside Dame Maggie Smith and Ruth Wilson in the TV movie “Capturing Mary.” Her first major role, however, was in the comedy “St Trinian’s,” a reboot of a franchise that began in 1954. Arterton played Kelly Jones, the school’s Head Girl, who befriends new student Annabelle Fritton and subsequently hatches a plan to save the school with a local criminal named Flash Harry.

I was very lucky that Chloe was really on board with that. Because when you have like 10 characters, you’re trying to set yourself apart from the other characters and find your own shadings. You’re not going to get a ton of real estate. So you want it to come from a very specific place. I decided going in, I’m going to have fun during this process. Sometimes I get too nervous, or I get too anxious. Does this happen to you? For me, if I get an exciting job I’m happy for 30 seconds. And then I’m like, “Oh, God. What am I supposed to do?” 

Peter’s transformation in Spider-Man 3 occurs when he comes into contact with the alien symbiote, Venom. This prompts him to embrace his darker side, adopting slick emo-style bangs, finger-guns, and awkward dance moves. It is still unclear whether the infamous scene is intentionally comedic or simply cringe-worthy. However, some have argued that’s the whole point: Peter, who is first and foremost a nerd, has a stereotypical perception of what it means to be “cool.” The dorky nature of Maguire’s portrayal is one of the reasons some argue he is the best Peter Parker.

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In Conversation with Lolita Chakrabarti

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 21/05/2021 - 4:17pm in

Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the future, Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities on Thursday 13th May 2021. Join us for a fascinating evening with award-winning playwright and actress Lolita Chakrabarti in conversation with journalist Matt Wolf. Streamed live from an Oxford venue and chaired by Dr Sos Eltis, the event will cover Lolita’s wide-ranging career and hone in on her most recent play, Hymn, at the Almeida Theatre.

Lolita Chakrabarti is an award-winning playwright and actress. Writing credits include the award-winning stage adaptation of Life of Pi, which will open in the West End in 2021, the ambitious Invisible Cities (MIF), Hymn (Almeida) and Red Velvet, which opened at the Tricycle Theatre before transferring to London’s West End and New York. Acting credits include playing Queen Gertrude, opposite Tom Hiddleston, in Sir Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (RADA), Fanny & Alexandra (Old Vic) and Free Outgoing (Royal Court). A Casual Vacancy (BBC1/HBO), To Provide All People (BBC2), Beowulf (ITV), Jekyll and Hyde (ITV), Riviera (Sky), Criminal (Netflix) and Defending The Guilty (BBC).

Matt Wolf is an American theatre critic based in London, where he has spent his entire professional life. He moved to the UK directly upon graduating from Yale, where he read English and was co-arts editor of the Yale Daily News (a good place to begin). Soon upon arrival in London, he found work in a self-created job as arts and theatre writer for the Associated Press (AP), where he remained for 21 years. 

Along the way, following brief stints at the Wall Street Journal/Europe and The Hollywood Reporter, Matt became London theatre critic for Variety from 1992-2005, during which time he was freelancing regularly for The International Herald Tribune – now the International New York Times. Following the departure from his long-held post of the august Sheridan Morley, Matt became London theatre critic for the IHT/INYT, and in 2009 was thrilled to help birth The Arts Desk – an arts-centred website that within a few years of its inception was named best specialism journalism website at the Online Media Awards in London. He remains theatre editor at that site and reviews there across the cultural spectrum.

In addition to his journalism, Matt has collaborated on two books – one about Guys and Dolls, the other about Les Miserables – and is the author of Sam Mendes at the Donmar: Stepping into Freedom, an account of the theatre and film director Sam Mendes’s extraordinary tenure at one of London’s premier theatrical addresses. Matt sits on the panel of the Evening Standard Theatre Awards and is on the faculty of both NYU/London and the V&A Museum; he can be heard regularly on various radio programmes for both the BBC and Monocle. 

Following an acclaimed, sold-out live-streamed and on-demand runs, Lolita Chakrabarti's Hymn will be broadcast on Sky Arts on Sunday 18 April at 9pm. The world premiere of this production was directed by Blanche McIntyre and features actors Adrian Lester and Danny Sapani. Sky Arts is free to watch on Freeview Channel 11. Sky and NOW subscribers can also watch Hymn on-demand after the broadcast.

Lolita Chakrabarti is a HCP Visiting Fellow part of the Humanities Cultural Programme.

“The Present” — A Painful Short Film Tells the Whole Story of What It Means to be Palestinian

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 29/04/2021 - 2:31am in

OCCUPIED PALESTINE — “The Present” — a Palestinian film directed by Farah Nabulsi, with Saleh Bakri in the main role — was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Live Action Short Film. In the end it did not win an Oscar, although it was deserving of one. In his acceptance speech, Travon Free, who won the award for his movie “Two Distant Strangers,” quoted James Baldwin, who said that “the most despicable thing a person can be is indifferent to other people’s pain.”

“The Present” is only about 23 minutes long, yet it encomapses the totality of Palestine and the Palestinian experience. It also shows the indifference that is so prevalent to the pain of Palestinians.

The story is simple; in fact, it could not be more simple. A father, Yusef, played convincingly by Saleh Bakri, wakes up in the morning and takes his daughter Yasmin, played beautifully by Mariam Kanj, to buy a gift for his wife on the day of their anniversary. The gift is a surprise and the two set out happily planning to return and surprise the mother. But they are Palestinians living in Palestine and as such they are not permitted to enjoy even the simplest of pleasures.

The short trip to the store and back is filled with the indignities and humiliation that are part of a Palestinian’s daily life. These indignities are imposed on men, women, and even children. Even a father wanting to spend a special day with his daughter is denied that pleasure because Palestine is occupied and governed by a ruthless militant regime that is not only indifferent to the suffering and the feelings of Palestinians; it humiliates them and makes their life unliveable as a matter of policy.


An alternate path

Anyone who has been to Palestine has seen the checkpoints placed on roads where one part of the road, usually the wider part, provides free and easy access to Jews while Palestinians have to go through a narrow path and a checkpoint. Jews walk or drive freely and Palestinians are stopped; they must show their ID cards and quite often are randomly held for hours. Some are killed.

Humiliation, degradation and fear are built into the part of the road through which Palestinians must pass. Israeli soldiers and contractors who operate the checkpoints have long known that security is not their purpose, but rather humiliation and a show of power, such as it may be.

In “The Present,” the father and daughter leave their home, which is walking distance from the checkpoint, to go to the store. As they stand and wait, a car with Israelis drives by and the soldiers wave them through with a smile. I’ve seen and experienced this countless times as I drove through checkpoints. “Shalom, ma nishma,”  Hello, how are things, they say; and I answer back “Yofi hakol beseder,” Great, all is well.

The Present two roads

Scenes from “The Present.” Credit | Native Liberty

For reasons beyond understanding, the soldier at this checkpoint decides to pull Yusef out of the line and make him sit and wait in a cage built next to the road. The young daughter has to sit outside the cage and wait as well. There are no facilities, and no one cares what happens to the Palestinians, be they children or adults.

At last they leave the checkpoint and the daughter straggles behind her father as they walk to the bus stop. Yusef turns to see why his daughter is walking so slowly and he realizes she is embarrassed and uncomfortable because she has wet her pants. Yusef cuddles his daughter and tries to comfort her in this moment of shame and discomfort. They must board the bus like that until they reach a store, where he is able to buy her new clothes and eventually the gift they had gone to buy for Yasmin’s mother.


Back pain

Anyone who has suffered from severe chronic back pain, to the point where pain medication is needed constantly, can relate to this movie. In a brilliant aside, Yusef suffers from terrible back pain. In fact, in the very first scene we see him take his meds. Then his wife asks him how his back is doing and he replies, “same as always.”

On top of the indignities, the humiliation, the constant fear of the soldiers, and the ease with which they use their weapons on Palestinians, Yusef is struggling with this constant pain. He had not anticipated that their journey would last as long as it did and therefore he did not have his meds with him when the pain hit. He says nothing but his face says it all.

The Present Back Pain

Scenes from “The Present.” Credit | Native Liberty

At the store, Yusef asks why the pharmacy next door is closed — a death in the family, he is told. “Have you any painkillers?” he asks, “We did but we are sold out,” the lady at the register tells him. Now he knows the pain will remain with him and the day is not yet over.

Yusef and Yasmin proceed to purchase the gift, and return home. But on the way they must still go through the checkpoint, the same checkpoint where they had both already suffered humiliation. Now it is evening, the memories come back; the soldiers remember Yusef and harass him again for no reason; his pain, both physical and emotional, are severe and reach a boiling point.


An eerie resemblance

One of the soldiers at the checkpoint bears an eerie resemblance to a solider I had encountered once while traveling with a Palestinian friend. We were traveling in the West Bank to visit a mutual friend and a checkpoint was placed on the road for no explicable reason. The young soldier in charge was white — as in European white — with a beard. He wasn’t tall and he wore his helmet and gun in a clumsy manner. Like the soldier in the movie, he had no reason to stop us from proceeding but he had the power and the gun and so he was king.

The Present IDF Soldiers

Scenes from “The Present.” Credit | Native Liberty

As these words are written, Jerusalem is burning and Israelis are in the streets calling for the killing and forced expulsion of Palestinians. In “The Present,” as throughout all of Palestine, soldiers, police officers, secret police, or Shabak agents, have the power — indeed they are instructed — to harass, humiliate, and take the lives of Palestinians in the most arbitrary fashion. Farah Nabulsi with Saleh Bakri gave the world a glimpse into a day in the life of a Palestinian. How long will the world remain indifferent?

Feature photo | A scene from the 2020 short film, “The Present.” Credit | Native Liberty

Miko Peled is MintPress News contributing writer, published author and human rights activist born in Jerusalem. His latest books are”The General’s Son. Journey of an Israeli in Palestine,” and “Injustice, the Story of the Holy Land Foundation Five.”

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Think the Impossible: Pieter Kooistra documentary

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 28/04/2021 - 6:38pm in

by Brigitta Scheepsma Pieter Kooistra, born in Leeuwarden, was not only an artist, but also a world improver. He founded the Kunstuitleen and advocated basic income. With the Fryslân DOK “Think the impossible”, documentary maker Anne van Slageren ( sketches a portrait of Pieter Kooistra. The ideas he developed at the end of the last […]

Rohmer in Quarantine

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 25/04/2021 - 12:26am in



As I embarked on my quarantined viewing project, the films started to reveal themselves as pricklier and more ambiguous than I remembered. Their explorations of what it means to exist in a public space, enmeshed within a web of relations with other people, celebrate the possibilities that emerge from that position just as much as they brood over the dangers that lurk there. They shed light on some of the less salubrious aspects of communal existence that, as we start to stagger back into the world like dazed bears after a long hibernation, we may have overlooked or forgotten.

Rohmer in Quarantine

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 25/04/2021 - 12:26am in



As I embarked on my quarantined viewing project, the films started to reveal themselves as pricklier and more ambiguous than I remembered. Their explorations of what it means to exist in a public space, enmeshed within a web of relations with other people, celebrate the possibilities that emerge from that position just as much as they brood over the dangers that lurk there. They shed light on some of the less salubrious aspects of communal existence that, as we start to stagger back into the world like dazed bears after a long hibernation, we may have overlooked or forgotten.

Silver Screen

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 15/01/2021 - 5:26am in



If, as Manny Farber and Patricia Patterson wrote, the Godfather movies are uppercase filmmaking, the movie synonym for those Gothic friezes that one submissively admires before walking into the garish church that they adorn, then Hester Street is proudly lowercase.