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Westworld Akane No Mai review

Welcome to our weekly recaps of HBO’s Westworld. This Westworld review takes a look at the fifth episode of season 2, “Akane No Mai”. Be warned: spoilers follow.

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deadpool 2 spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: David Leitch’s surprisingly funny Deadpool 2.)

“This is a family film,” Deadpool tells us early on in Deadpool 2. It is, of course, a joke – a movie loaded with vulgar jokes and ultra-violence can’t really be a “family film.” And yet, there’s an air of truth to this. Because a family indicates growth, and growth is exactly what Deadpool 2 showcases. For all its flaws – like the first film, it’s never quite as funny or subversive as it thinks it is – Deadpool 2 takes the meta world created by the original Deadpool, and builds upon it. It finds new ways to tell an old joke, and for that, it’s (mostly) a success.

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Three Great David Fincher Audio Commentaries

David Fincher audio commentaries

The start of a David Fincher commentary is kind of like the start of a David Fincher movie: you know you’re in store for something good. Sometimes after listening to hours upon hours of commentary tracks, I question how I spend my time, but listening to Fincher’s commentaries is always time well spent. He’s concise and candid, he’s as funny as his movies, and he’s a great storyteller. The co-founder of Propaganda Films is completely open about his choices and how a scene and film was put together, and never attempts to preserve some sense of mystery about his work.

Everything you’d want to know about one of Fincher’s movies can be learned in one of his commentary tracks, which are usually joined by other excellent and informative bonus features, including a highly reccomended Panic Room commentary featuring screenwriter William Goldman. Audio commentaries don’t get much better than Fincher’s, though, so if you’ve yet to listen to one of his, do yourself a favor and check one out.

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Gallery 1988 Cuyler Smith Trading Cards 3

Gallery 1988 is back with another outstanding art show, and this one continues a splendid collection of trading cards featuring the outstanding illustrations of artist Cuyler Smith.

Trading Cards 3 features a whole new batch of original trading cards taking characters from various sports movies and TV shows. Modeled after real vintage trading cards from decades past, these are meticulously detailed pieces that you can throw in a plastic sleeve like all your other trading cards. Or you can frame them on your wall where they deserve to be displayed proudly. Read More »

Deadpool 2 Easter Eggs

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, Deadpool 2 director David Leitch breaks down a scene from the comedic comic book sequel. Plus, get a load of hundreds of Easter eggs and comic references you might have missed in the movie. And don’t miss stars Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin recreating The Good, the Bad and the Ugly with James Corden and hurling playground insults at each other across the pond.

First up, director David Letich talks us through this scene from Deadpool 2 where the Merc with a Mouth and the X-Men known as Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead show up to help contain a situation involving a mutant named Russell, trying to call himself Firefist. He provides some insight into the scene in question including some details from behind the scenes.

Next up, Mr. Sunday Movies takes on the herculean task of trying to lock down hundreds of Easter eggs, comic references and cameos from this fourth wall-breaking movie. This includes connections to other X-Men movies, comic book clues and hints, possible links to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and more.

While on the publicity tour for Deadpool 2, the film’s co-star Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden to have some fun with a a parody of the classic western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. However, Corden wasn’t too happy about being labeled as “the ugly” one of the group, no matter how accurate it might be in this specific case.

Finally, over at BBC Radio, Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin took turns throwing out playground insults at each other. Reynold takes digs at Brolin’s age while Brolin tries to knock down how funny Reynolds thinks he is. It’s quite the amusing sparring match, but nothing they say really tops their adversarial relationship in Deadpool 2.

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Decoding Westworld S2E05 – Akane No Mai

Decoding Westworld is a weekly podcast recapping the HBO original series Westworld. In this episode, Joanna and David discuss the fifth episode of the second season, “Akane No Mai.” Be sure to check out Joanna’s recap of this episode.

Thanks for listening to this season of Decoding Westworld. Have your own crackpot theory?  Want to leave us feedback in general? Get in touch with us at decodingwestworld(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we take flight with Michael Jordan, are given less than a day to pay back a loan shark, daydream about making it big, mix business with pleasure, and watch a good old-fashioned shoot-’em-up. Read More »

‘Deadpool 2’: What Did You Think?

Deadpool 2 Reactions

The second coming of Deadpool has arrived. The Merc with a Mouth has returned in a sequel that is just as raunchy and silly as the first, but brings a bigger dose of blockbuster comic book action along with it. But what did you think? Read More »

Black Lightning and Hong Kong Phooey Crossover

Want to see how an interview with Deadpool went? What DC Comics superheroes are mashing up with Hanna-Barbera characters in some new comics books? What box office record did Deadpool 2 already break? Did you see the Captain America PSA from Spider-Man: Homecoming has become a meme? When does The Death of Superman arrive on home video? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Deadpool 2

On the May 18, 2018 episode of /Film Daily, /Film editor-in-chief Peter Sciretta is joined by /Film weekend editor Brad Oman and writer Chris Evangelista to talk about Deadpool 2 in the Spoiler Room. We’ll talk about how the film pulled off that big X-Force moment, the cameos you probably missed, the post-credits scene in the movie and the one that didn’t make the final cut, as well as an insane fan theory and more.

You can subscribe to /Film Daily on iTunes, Google Play, Overcast, Spotify and all the popular podcast apps (here is the RSS URL if you need it).

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