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There Should Be More Superhero Movies Like ‘Ant-Man’

Charmaine Blake

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“We’re in the peak era of superhero movies and superhero movie fatigue.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is a welcome change of pace, just as Ant-Man was in 2015. Despite budget and scale, these movies work best with streamlined plots, astute characters, and a story that doesn’t rely on superpowers and VFX.

The reason Ant-Man was such a tight, successful film is because it wasn’t a superhero movie so much as a heist. It belongs in the conversation with the Ocean’s films as much as it does the Captain America series.

Ant-Man and the Wasp is a family film – about nuclear families, grieving families, broken families, found families. It’s about fighting for the safety of your family, which is as close as most of us will come to saving Earth from Thanos, and feels just as important.

The good news is that Marvel appears to be embracing this film-within-a-film model. 2017 boasted not only Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as mentioned above, but the teen comedy Spider-Man: Homecoming and in 2018, the politically subversive drama Black Panther.

It’s easy to break down the elements of these successes: A protagonist (possibly with an origin story), some friends/allies, a love interest, a mission, a risk, a reward. You don’t actually need more if you tie…..”

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/07/06/ant-man-good-superhero-movie/

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Emily Blunt on the pressure of playing Mary Poppins

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Mary Poppins is a woman with a talent for putting things back together again.

“Which is why it’s rather apt that after 50 years, she’s returning to our screens at a time when the world is arguably most in need of being put back together.

And, Emily Blunt — who plays Mary Poppins in the upcoming sequel Mary Poppins Returns — is well aware of the impact her character has already had on the lives of those who watched the 1964 movie starring Julie Andrews.

Standing in full Edwardian get-up inside Shepperton Studios, Blunt told Mashable that she has fond memories of watching the film as a child. “The film, for me, and I think for most people, is one of those films that is seared into people’s memory, an emblem of their nostalgia in many ways,” says Blunt…………………………………………………”

Read more: https://mashable.com/article/emily-blunt-interview-mary-poppins-returns/

 

 

Director Rob Marshall and Emily Blunt on the set of Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins Returns’.

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How Willem Dafoe Learned to Paint like Van Gogh

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Midway through artist-director Julian Schnabel’s new film At Eternity’s Gate, we see Vincent van Gogh, portrayed by actor Willem Dafoe, entirely consumed by the compulsion to paint. In the scene, the Dutch artist opens the door to his yellow-walled apartment in Arles, France, to find his friend, fellow artist Paul Guguin, sketching Madame Ginoux, a local café owner. Instantly compelled by what he sees, Van Gogh lunges into action, assembling his easel and grasping several paintbrushes in his left hand, while using his right to commit bold, feverish brushstrokes to canvas. His passion is enthralling—so much so, we forget that Dafoe is not a real painter at all.

At Eternity’s Gate envisions the final years of Van Gogh’s life, through a series of vignettes that straddle truth and fiction (much, though not all, is based on the trove of letters the artist left behind). We see his plight as an artist in Paris, his infatuation with the light and landscapes of Arles, and his declining mental health—including when he famously cut off his ear. But it’s not a straightforward account. “This isn’t a biopic, it doesn’t explain his life,” Dafoe recently explained at the New York Film Festival. “It’s really about painting.” Indeed, it is, first and foremost, the story of a painter as told by a painter: Schnabel, who is known for an idiosyncratic painting practice ranging from canvases covered in shattered plates to inkjet prints painted with purple-hued goats…………………………….”

Read the rest of the article here: https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-willem-dafoe-learned-paint-van-gogh

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‘Love Actually’ turns 15: Fun facts about the movie

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