Jason Katims’ wonderful NBC series Parenthood features an eclectic extended family of delightful characters, young and old, those born into and married into the Braverman clan. Let’s rank those characters and reveal our favourites!
Beauty and the Beast, a musical, a fairytale and a film targeted primarily as a female audience, took $170m in the US this weekend. That’s the sixth biggest opening in US box office history, trailing behind a Star Wars, a Jurassic Park and three Marvel movies. Basically, it’s the biggest film ever that isn’t just men playing with toys. It’s women playing with toys! Of that top 6, Beauty is one of the weaker films: it’s unoriginal, lacks fresh energy and features a truly terrible performance from Emma Watson (keep in mind, this beat the openings of EVERY Harry Potter movie). So why did audiences flock in their millions to this release? Here’s a few takeaways from its success…
Why Jason Katims’ underrated NBC drama is one of the decade’s most poignant and timeless TV shows.
Amidst the surprise successes in this year’s Oscar nominations, there are a handful of films that were surely made with the Academy in mind. However, some of the year’s most Oscar-baiting releases and performances have been completely ignored: let’s take a look at a few examples.
Nickelodeon’s Spongebob Squarepants is arguably one of television’s most thematically-rich shows. Exploring the lives of a diverse population of undersea inhabitants, the show has found enormous appeal with adults due to its extremely unique blend of brilliant wit, visual experimentation and delightful characters. Let’s explore a few interesting topics examined in the show.
Disney’s fifth Pirates of the Caribbean adventure, after much delay, arrives six years after the fourth in May 2017. But when the film debuted its second teaser during Sunday night’s Super Bowl, Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow was shown shockingly minimally. This comes after he was absent entirely from December’s first trailer. Both trailers have been met with praise and excitement: might this film’s marketing be better off without Depp?
For the last month, as I walk around singing the praises of Damien Chazelle’s magnificent masterpiece La La Land, I’ve found a significant divide between men and women with whom I’ve discussed the film: the men all adore it, while most of the women are far less enthusiastic.