Space Jam: a new legacy
(Malcolm D. Lee)
A quarter of a century after Michael Jordan made his way through a greenscreen fantasy with half a dozen loved ones. Looney tunes characters, Space Jam: a new legacy is here to show that no intellectual property goes unchecked. This time around, it’s LeBron James who joins forces with Bugs (voiced by Jeff Bergman), Daffy (Eric Bauza), and most of the Tune Squad to take on a computer-generated team of super players to save his son (Cedric Joe). ) from the clutches of a scheming AI (Don Cheadle) who has sucked them both into the Warner Bros. server. It’s basically an excuse for a bunch of cursory movie references, as a caricatured King James teams up with Bugs Bunny to bouncing off various Warner properties gathering your teammates for the big game, giving our heroes a CG update that’s oddly off putting. (Maybe it’s an allergic reaction to the Disney premise Tron Kids will probably like the bright colors and nonstop movement, but their parents won’t find much to enjoy here beyond Cheadle and Sonequa Martin-Green doing their best to make their line readings land. At least 25 minutes shorter than Ready Player One. 116 minutes. Now in theaters and available as a premium VOD rental (see below).
(George R. Olson)
Okay, maybe the notion of a small-town realtor specializing in cursed properties is a bit modest for a weekly TV series. But if watching Tim Rozon as that real estate agent takes you shopping, you’ll find that Surreal Estate is a good show to hang out, albeit with a few structural hurdles before you discover your midseason tone. Rozon, who played Doc Holliday in Wynonna Earp and a more spacious companion in Vagrant queen– is a wildly charming female lead as the (literally) obsessed Luke Roman, and creator and producer Olson surrounds him with attractive supporting players: Maurice Dean Wint, Adam Korson and Savannah Basley are Luke’s team, Schitt’s Creek’s Sarah Levy is The best seamer ever just joined the firm and Tennille Read plays a client in whom Luke has a more than professional interest. The directors of the series include Paul Fox, Danishka Esterhazy, Paolo Barzman and Rozon’s Earp his scene partner Melanie Scrofano, who also appears in one episode. The mysteries of the week take precedence over the deep mythology and arcs of the entire season, which is absolutely refreshing in a Syfy series. Worth a visit. Friday at 10 p.m. on CTV Sci-Fi, and available to stream on CTV.ca.
(Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul)
Daurio and Paul’s self-conscious comedy about a pair of New York doctors (Cecily Strong, Keegan-Michael Key) who find themselves caught up in a Golden Age musical film takes a terrifyingly broad conceptual turn. Filmed entirely on soundstages to replicate the layered technicolor look of Hollywood studio productions in the 1940s and 1950s, Schmigadoon! is aimed squarely at Broadway nerds, theater kids, and people who enjoy winking gender deconstructions. I am one of the last people so what can I say? It worked for me. Key and Strong are Josh and Melissa, who take a wrong turn during a couple’s retreat and end up in the town of the same name, which is completely populated with musical stereotypes and full of opportunities to burst into song. (Melissa, who loves musicals, is interested; Josh, who doesn’t, isn’t.) Conflicts are predictable, but that’s the point; this is just an excuse to gather the talent pool of one assassin – Alan Cumming! Kristin Chenoweth! Dove Cameron! Aaron Tviet! Ann Harada! Jane Krakowski! and Fred Armisen! They are there too! —And let director Barry Sonnenfeld find fun ways to act out musical numbers. If the thought of seeing Chenoweth perform a song The music man in a single dizzying take it has no appeal, feel free to skip the entire show. But what if it gives you goosebumps? Clear your schedule. New episodes every Friday Apple TV +.
The latest in an endless line of John wick-parties inspired by stylized violence, Gunpowder shake he’s one of the few who remembers that these things are supposed to be entertaining. There’s some scowl, sure, and a vengeance-driven plot, but Papushado wants us to have fun with the story of a hitman (Karen Gillan) who fights her way through dozens of heavily armed thugs to save a young girl (My spyChloe Coleman). And they are not alone: there is also a group of warrior librarians played by Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett and Carla Gugino, and Lena Headey is present as the missing mother of our hero, who also has a bad heater. The plot is minimal, the jokes superficial. This film knows what people want from it and offers one elaborate scenario after another, from a high-concept shooting to a battle that breaks up into four separate sections within a building. Gillan of Doctor who and the Guardians of the Galaxy movies, eventually landing a leading role worthy of her comedic intensity, spending most of the movie in a bowling jacket that feels like a nod to Uma Thurman’s Kill Bill tracksuit. But everyone is having fun, really. 114 minutes. Now broadcasting Netflix Canada.
Die in a shootout
Alexandra Daddario, Diego Boneta, Justin Chatwin; directed by Colin Schiffli
Documentary directed by Victor Kossakovsky
Pierce Brosnan, Tim Roth, Jamie Chung; directed by Renny Harlin
A quiet place, part II
Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy; directed by John Krasinski
Space Jam: a new legacy
LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Sonequa Martin-Green; Directed by Malcolm D. Lee
Victim of love
Rudi Kahnke, Siff Andersson, Louise Cho; directed by Jesper Isaksen
Now that Cameron Crowe’s autobiographical drama is old enough to drink in its native US, Paramount is celebrating the occasion with a two-disc 4K release featuring both the 2000 theatrical version and the “pirate cut. “which Crowe presented in 2011, which restored 38 minutes of images. The theatrical cut is still the best Crowe ever did, a tonally perfect memory of his experiences as a teenage music journalist accompanying his favorite band, being welcomed into their circle and crushed to realize that they were, in fact, not the best. golden gods that I needed them to be. Patrick Fugit has never been better than Crowe’s understudy William Miller; Kate Hudson is also perfectly chosen to play Penny Lane, the faithful follower of the band who takes him under her wing. All the other roles are equally successful, from Frances McDormand as William’s anxious mother to Philip Seymour Hoffman as rock writer Lester Bangs. The music is perfect. The atmosphere is perfect. It is his masterpiece.
As for that longer version, it’s … okay. It doesn’t improve on the perfection of the 2000 cut, and in light of Crowe’s looming future messes, its incoherent expansiveness almost feels like a warning. Think of it as a valuable companion piece, offering a bit more insight into the supporting characters and the world they move through, and fans of the movie should see it at least once.
In fact, they almost certainly have already, so what is the appeal of this release beyond the shiny steelbook packaging? There are a handful of new add-on features, produced for Paramount Presents ‘Blu-ray line: a new intro from Crowe, looks at the casting process and actors’ time in the band’s camp, and collections of extended scenes and shots. discarded. (The discs also include all the supplements produced for previous albums, including a pretty decent making documentary and a lovely track of comments from friends and family on the Bootleg cut.) But the real reason to bring this version home is 4K mastering. . Both versions of the film are beautifully rendered here, with new HDR and Dolby Vision grades that bring out the deeper and warmer color palette of 35mm film, and make you realize how DVD and Blu-ray editions pale. compared. If you have a 4K setup and you love this movie, this is the package that belongs on your shelf.
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