Lessons from the Screenplay explores the legendary February movie Groundhog Day. Instead of adding twists or a deus ex machina, the movie fully explores its premise – what if someone had all the time in the world? – without being boring or predictable.
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Based on a short story by Cixin Liu, the big budget Chinese sci-fi film The Wandering Earth sees the Sun dying. Humans build massive engines to fly the entire planet to another star. But disaster strikes when the engines shut down, and collision with Jupiter is imminent.
Chiwetel Ejiofor stars and directs in this Netflix adaptation of William Kamkwamba’s eponymous memoir. As a teenager, William helped his family in Southeast Africa gain access to water and electricity by building a windmill out of junk parts. Premieres 3/1/19.
In The Hummingbird Project, Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård play venture capitalists. They want to build a fiber-optic line from Kansas straight to New York to give their clients an edge in the stock market. But their former boss catches on and copies their idea.
With a title like The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, you’d think this movie is a comedy or an over-the-top action flick. Then you see it stars Sam Elliott. Early reviews say it’s more about a weary man who doesn’t find joy in his achievements. Premieres 2/8/19.
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum picks up immediately after the events of the second movie. After breaking a sacred rule, the not-retired assassin is on the run with a $14M bounty on his head. Thankfully, he has an ace up his sleeve: a second dog. Premieres 5/17/19.
Set in the aftermath of the still to come Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home sees Peter Parker going on a trip to Europe with his school friends. He really wants to enjoy the downtime, but Nick Fury and a group of elemental beings have other ideas.
(Gore) Nightcrawler writer and director Dan Gilroy reunites with Jake Gyllenhaal for this Netflix horror film set in LA’s contemporary art scene. A dead man’s artworks are put up for sale, but it turns out they’re cursed. They come alive and murder those who purchased them.
We don’t think there’s any way to accurately depict hallucinations, but filmmakers have tried for years to give us an idea, and thanks to CGI, we’re getting some really trippy effects on screen. Film Qualia explores how psychedelic imagery has made it into mainstream films.
(SPOILERS) Science fiction movies often explore human tendencies. But Alex Garland’s adaptation of Annihilation tackles large ideas: duplication, self-destruction and mutation. Lessons from the Screenplay looks at how the film manifests its themes.