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Directors (For Sama)
Lulu Wang (The Farewell)
Ritesh Batra (Photograph)
Schmidt & Abrantes (Diamantino)
Jia Zhang-ke (Ash is Purest White)

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Podcast: Parasite + Listener Qs

with Murtada Elfadl & Nathaniel R


Index (58 minutes)
00:01 Parasite's opening weekend success and its basic premise
06:30 through 22:59 [SPOILER SECTION]
23:00 Its Oscar prospects and the joys of sold out theaters
30:00 CHANGE OF TOPIC. Continuous shot movies. 
32:38 More Parasite chatter (non-spoilers) plus a Portrait of a Lady on Fire tangent
39:13 Listener Questions: The Farewell, 

 You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the conversations in the comments, won't you? 


Parasite plus


Review: Gemini Man

by Tony Ruggio

We live in a polarizing world, a place of right or left, love or hate. In the age of the internet, if you want to be noticed, if you want to be included, not ignored, you take a side. No one wants to wail about both the good and the bad and find themselves alone on an island. They want to see the good or see the bad and say to everyone "god is good" or "god is awful." 

I don't believe in astrology or zodiac signs but Geminis supposedly have dual personalities, an ability to harbor two different points of view simultaneously. Coincidence or not, I'm a Gemini. I find myself witnessing most debates from the middle of love and hate, from geopolitical quagmires to frivolous media circuses to the movies.

Film criticism often succumbs to group-think, and the need to deify or decry a particular movie. Following in the footsteps of Joker, Gemini Man is the latest victim of such...

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Would you rather?

We haven't wasted time with Instagram and celebrity fantasies in ages. So... we've sifted through various photos we screencapped from the past month or two to offer you up a now-rare WOULD YOU RATHER...

• pet a kitty w/ Matthias Schoenaerts?
• stroll in Parisian rain w/ Billy Porter?
• football and burgers w/ Laura Dern?
• join a tickle party w/ Romy & Michelle?
• grab a margarita w/ Michelle Monaghan?
• spot Luke Evans while he lifts concrete?
• get a tattoo with Ryan Phillipe?
• lunch with Douglas + Zeta-Jones?
• slip up with Lady Bunny? 
• have a night out w/ John Barrowman in WeHo?

The pictures are after the jump to help you decide...

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Mark Your Calendars! 

by Nathaniel R 

Given the release of Parasite this very weekend, and Judy, Pain and Glory, Hustlers, also in theaters with Oscar buzz in various categories, it's safe to say that Prestige Film Season is more than underway. So we thought we'd update that calendar now.  Here's how the schedule is looking for awards hopefuls in terms of important dates so mark your calendars...


RIGHT NOW - Limited Release: Parasite (Bong Joon-ho's South Korean Oscar submission), The King (Shakepearian drama starring Timothée Chalamet), Missing Link (animated hopeful ) begins streaming on Hulu

NEXT WEEKEND - Limited Release: JoJo Rabbit (Taiki Waititi's Nazi satire), The Lighthouse (Dafoe's latest bid for gold, a black and white horror-tinged hallucinatory drama), The Laundromat begins streaming on Netflix

25th -Dolemite is My Name begins streaming on Netflix... 

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Happy National Coming Out Day

What's your favourite coming out moment on film? Or an outing if you wanna get all Lady Bird about it.


Oscar's International Race Pt 5 - The Eye Candy

by Nathaniel R

Now that we've covered female directors, returning auteurs, trivia, and half of the trailers, and updated all the charts, let's do something lighter... and sexier... before we wrap up with the rest of the movie trailers.

We've selected 9 hunks for you to gawk at from the 93 films submitted. In the comments we trust that you'll let us know whose, uh, native tongue you'd most like to learn.

For educational purposes.

After the jump, beautiful men from Argentina, Norway, Pakistan, Thailand, and more...

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