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April 26 2015 2:21 PM

The Hidden Violence in Wes Anderson’s Films

Conversation about Wes Anderson tends to be confined to a few shopworn talking points: his symmetrical compositions, his manicured dialogue, his whimsical sensibilities. Less discussed, but more interesting, is the curious undercurrent of violence that courses through his work—those moments when his impeccably appointed worlds collapse and something more brutal, more bloody, emerges.

Dávid Velenczei’s supercut, which threads together many of these moments, exposes the emotion that throbs beneath Anderson’s seemingly inert aesthetic. Whether it’s Max getting beaten up in Rushmore or a dog getting shot in the neck in Moonrise Kingdom, Anderson’s movies often use sudden, vicious acts to rupture a tidy narrative and bring raw pain to the fore.   


(via Indiewire.)

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April 26 2015 11:57 AM

Obama and His Anger Translator Get Candid at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner saw Cecily Strong and President Obama crack some very funny jokes, but the latter had a little help: At the end of his set, the president was joined at the podium by his outspoken anger translator, Luther, played by Key & Peele’s Keegan-Michael Key.

April 25 2015 2:11 PM

The Darkness’ “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” Gets a Lively Jazz Cover

Back in 2003, British band The Darkness climbed the charts with a number of upbeat, throwback rock songs, the catchiest of which was “I Believe in a Thing Called Love.” Now, over a decade later, the folks at Postmodern Jukebox have given the song a jazzy twist, replacing the tune’s ’80s-glam-rock sound with some brassy arrangement and a rich, luxuriant vocal by Maiya Sykes.

April 25 2015 12:16 PM

Jared Leto’s Joker Is the Stuff of Nightmares

When Suicide Squad confirmed its cast in December, fans immediately began speculating about how Jared Leto would tackle the challenging, storied role of the Joker. Details have been scarce, but on Friday director David Ayer tweeted our first look at the villain. Behold:

We should’ve expected this from Leto. The actor finds real delight in radically changing his appearance—see Fight Club, Mr. Nobody, or his Oscar-winning turn in Dallas Buyers Club—so it’s not too surprising that his Joker is a startling, near-unrecognizable vision of terror. Initial reaction has been mixed, but I dig the look: it’s not like Jack Nicholson’s kooky, suit-clad portrayal, nor like Heath Ledger’s grungy, menacing interpretation, but it still seems true to the character’s rough-edged lunacy. In fact, Leto’s Joker seems flat-out insane, rocking tattoos, chrome teeth, and chemical-green hair that make him look like the unholy offspring of the Insane Clown Posse and a zombie. Suicide Squad is out next year.

April 24 2015 6:19 PM

Grey’s Anatomy’s McDreamy Deserved More Than This

This article originally appeared in Vulture.

RIP, George O’Malley, who died after heroically jumping in front of a bus; Denny Duquette, who died after a heart transplant; Lexie Grey and Mark “McSteamy” Sloan, who both died in a plane crash. This is just the short list of characters showrunner Shonda Rhimes and her staff of writers have killed off over 11 seasons of the medical drama, understandably, for the most part. This show mostly takes place in a hospital — people are going to die. But even on Grey's, major players typically don't die without a fight or (at least!) a full-season arc before their deaths. Last night, without reason, we lost Dr. Derek Shepherd.

April 24 2015 5:31 PM

Frank Miller Is Working on Another Sequel to The Dark Knight Returns    

DC Comics confirmed today that Frank Miller is returning to write a second and final sequel to his extraordinarily influential Batman series The Dark Knight Returns. The 1986 series, along with other graphic novels like Alan Moore’s Watchmen (from that same year), changed the way people think about comics.

The new series will be titled The Dark Knight III: The Master Race (a provocative title, to say the least, given Miller’s controversial political views), and will come out twice per month starting in late Fall 2015, according to a press release from DC. Miller’s first sequel series, The Dark Knight Strikes Again, was published in 2001. According to the press release, writer Brian Azzarello will also be working on the eight-issue series. Artists have not yet been announced.

April 24 2015 4:04 PM

What Man of Steel Would Have Looked Like if It Were in Color

Man of Steel was a bit of a drag in a lot of ways, but one of the dreariest aspects of the movie was simply its color palette: The movie’s drab look seemed calculated to remind viewers of the The Dark Knight, but this made an odd stylistic match with the Big Blue Boy Scout. In a new video that attempts to color correct Man of Steel footage (and a bit from the Batman v. Superman trailer) to put the flush back in its cheeks, Video Lab makes the case for letting Superman “fly in blue skies.”

Interestingly, the video also notes that the decision to darken the Superman film might have happened pretty late in the game, showing early set photos of that bright blue suit.

April 24 2015 1:20 PM

The Eternal Appeal of “Bye, Felicia,” 20 Years Later

Friday, one of the great stoner comedies of our time, celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, so it’s only fitting that we take a moment to look back on perhaps its greatest contribution to the culture at large: “Bye, Felicia.” If you’re not familiar with the phrase, or are wondering who “Felicia” is, perhaps you’ve only just awakened after many years from a smoke-induced haze; the diss has become so embedded in pop culture that it’s usage now knows no demographic limits.

So let us marvel at the wonders of “Bye, Felicia,” and all of the wonderful memes and moments it inspired.

April 24 2015 12:57 PM

M. Night Shyamalan’s Horror Movie About Grandparents Looks (Unintentionally?) Hilarious

Who knew M. Night Shyamalan could be this funny? Anyone who sat through The Happening might not be able to believe it, but Shyamalan has managed to make a horror movie about something even less scary than plants: grandma and grandpa.

The trailer for The Visit starts as two kids make a trip to their grandparents’ house, and at first Nana and Poppop seem nice enough … until they start testing the bounds of old geezer eccentricity with cackling, and shotguns, and bodily contortions that do not remotely resemble your granddad’s rehabilitation exercises. Just wait until you see how granny wants to clean the oven.

April 24 2015 12:11 PM

What Last Night’s Crushing Episode Means for the Future of Grey’s Anatomy

Last night, Shonda Rhimes ripped open the hearts of millions of fans when she lay yet another beloved character to rest. Only for the first time in a long time, it was one of the few remaining Grey’s Anatomy OGs who met his demise: McDreamy, aka Derek Shepherd, he with the amazing hair, beautiful face, and skillful hands that saved many a life in the operating room over the course of 11 seasons.

But Derek was more than just a pretty, brilliant character—he was also the great love of Meredith Grey’s life, the source of much of her happiness, but also a lot of her headaches. (Let’s not forget that when they first started hooking up/dating/whatever they were doing in Season 1, he neglected to tell her that he was still (separated, but) married.) And for all of its many, many characters and plotlines, Meredith has always remained the central figure of Grey’s, so his death marks a very important turning point in the show. Yes, everyone at Seattle Grace Hospital will mourn his death (as the promos for next week attest), but what matters the most in upcoming episodes is how Meredith alone responds to this stunning loss.