The Week: Most Recent Entertainment Posts recent posts.en-usWed, 30 Jul 2014 12:07:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Entertainment Posts from THE WEEKWed, 30 Jul 2014 12:07:00 -0400Boyhood's refreshingly unsentimental take on motherhood<img src="" /></P><p>Richard Linklater's new movie <em>Boyhood</em> is, as its title suggests, a movie about a boy. But the movie's emotional center of gravity lies not in <em>his</em> story, but in that of his mother's.</p><p class="p1">Olivia, played by Patricia Arquette, is a single-mother who struggles to raise her two kids, the eponymous Mason and his older sister Samantha. She loves her children, but the film does not define her only by her love. No, Olivia's story is clearly presented as one of gains and losses, ecstasy and despair. Her affection for her children and the constant, often thankless, sacrifices she must make for them exist side...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/elissa-strauss" ><span class="byline">Elissa Strauss</span></a>Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:07:00 -0400Twin Peaks: What the newly revealed 'missing pieces' change about the series<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Today sees the release of a long-awaited Holy Grail for <em>Twin Peaks</em> fans: a new Blu-Ray set that includes nearly 90 minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes from the film adaptation, <em>Fire Walk With Me</em>, alongside a wide array of other special features.</p><p class="p1">Some of the deleted scenes are enjoyable on a pure surface level: Chet Desmond brawling with the smug, obstructive Sheriff Cable; Agent Cooper complimenting the oft-mentioned (but still unseen) Diane on her beautiful dress and hair; Bobby Briggs' parents enjoying a quite evening reading the Bible together.</p><p class="p1">But for diehard fans, the release of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:42:00 -0400Comic-Con 2014: Everything we learned about Avengers 2, Batman v. Superman, and more<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">Every year, hundreds of diehard fans eagerly line up to attend a series of jam-packed panels at San Diego Comic-Con. As usual, there were plenty of scoops to come out of this year's convention &mdash; but with so many popular franchises competing for your attention, it can be hard to know where to begin.</p><p class="p1">Allow <em>The Week</em> to be your guide. Here, the biggest news to come out of 2014's San Diego Comic-Con:</p><p class="p1"><strong><em>Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice</em> shows the superheroes going head-to-head<br /></strong>One year after wowing Comic-Con by revealing that Batman would appear in his <em>Man of Steel</em> sequel, a triumphant Zack Snyder...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:52:00 -0400Always right now: On Richard Linklater's Boyhood<img src="" /></P><p>On my dresser is a black and white photograph of a boy who is about five years old. He is sitting for a formal portrait, wearing a white polo shirt. He is looking upwards, slightly away from the camera, probably at the photographer himself. His cheeks are chubby, and his hair is clipped short in a jagged line across his forehead. His eyes are very soft, so soft that they seem to be trembling.</p><p>The boy, of course, is me. Or at least that's what I have been told, for the child peering out from my dresser bears little resemblance to the man who shaves in the mirror each morning. I have no idea what...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:37:00 -0400Are there too many good shows on television?<img src="" /></P><p class="p1">There was a time, not too long ago, when summer was a rerun-laden, notoriously terrible time for television. But this summer's schedule is just as packed as the rest of the year. Sundance TV's <em>Rectify</em> and Showtime's <em>Masters of Sex</em> are in the middle of extremely strong sophomore seasons. <em>The Killing</em> will debut its final season on Netflix next week. HBO has thrown its considerable weight behind <em>The Leftovers</em>, and FX is tackling horror with <em>The Strain</em>.</p><p class="p1">Into those crowded waters wades <em>Manhattan</em>, an ambitious period drama debuting on WGN America, a network that broke onto the original TV drama scene...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:07:00 -0400Germaine Greer's 6 favorite books<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong> Wild Life Illustrated</strong> (out of print). The books that have meant the most to me contain adventures on the most exuberant and astonishing planet yet to be discovered: Earth. One volume that fed my imagination for a good 10 years is this 500-page wildlife encyclopedia published in 1951. I have it still, but I know it so well I hardly need to open its battered pages.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong>The Water Babies</strong> by Charles Kingsley (Words-worth, $5). For my seventh birthday, my grandmother gave me this 1863 classic about a child laborer who transforms into a tiny sea creature. My grandmother probably thought that it was just...</span></p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffSun, 27 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0400What tattoos can teach us about modern fandom<img src="" /></P><p >I study Gene Kelly, the classic Hollywood song-and-dance man, for a living. I publish articles on his life and career. I require my introductory film students to watch <em>Singin' in the Rain</em>. Once, I even taught a class focused solely on Gene Kelly's choreographic contributions to the film musical.</p><p class="normal" >By extension, I also study the (very active) fandom associated with Gene Kelly. Although he has been dead nearly 20 years, devoted fans still share fan fiction, original artwork, personal blogs and Tumblrs, cosplay, video tributes&shy;, and &mdash; among the most devoted &mdash; tattoos. With ink, they...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/kelli-marshall" ><span class="byline">Kelli Marshall</span></a>Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:13:00 -0400Girls on Film: Lucy is the shot in the arm the superhero genre needs<img src="" /></P><p><em>Lucy </em>is not your everyday action film. You will see a lot of chatter about it this week, as critics and viewers alike hash out whether Luc Besson's latest is the smartest dumb movie or the dumbest smart movie in theaters. It's an apt question for a film that cuts between Philosophy 101 and scenes of Scarlett Johansson kicking ass.</p><p>Rather than toeing the line cultivated by the rise of superhuman action at the box office, Luc Besson challenges it to fascinating ends. As entertainment, the film is divisive; you will either enjoy the strange narrative, which barrels to a brisk conclusion in just 90...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/monika-bartyzel" ><span class="byline">Monika Bartyzel</span></a>Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:09:00 -0400Lucius' 6 favorite songs for starting the day right<img src="" /></P><p>As nearly every one of their press photos contends, the Brooklyn quintet Lucius is a band that's highly interested in crafting a specific aesthetic, with lead vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig even regularly wearing identically matching outfits. The outfits, said Wolfe in an interview, guarantee not only an "automatic uniformity," but also help take "the focus away from one person so you have to visualize them as a unit."</p><p>As it happens, Lucius is very good at this, creating nuggets of melodic, rootsy indie pop dressed with '60s girl group harmonies and thumping percussion. It's music that...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/samantha-rollins" ><span class="byline">Samantha Rollins</span></a>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:01:00 -0400The best online movies to watch this weekend<img src="" /></P><p class="p1"><strong>1. <em>The Congress</em></strong> (Directed by Ari Folman. Starring Robin Wright, Harvey Keitel, Jon Hamm)</p><p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p class="p1"><strong>For fans of:</strong> <em>Heavy Metal</em>, <em>A Scanner Darkly<br /></em><strong>How to watch it:</strong> Now available iTunes, Amazon Instant, VOD for $9.99</p><p class="p1">If there were an Academy Award for "Trippiest Film," you'd be hard-pressed to find something more deserving in 2014 than Ari Folman's <em>The Congress</em>. The part-live-action/part-animated dystopian sci-fi flick blends a heady premise with some spectacularly psychedelic animation to create one of the most unique films released in ages. Think <em>Naked Lunch</em> meets <em>Being John Malkovich</em> by way of <em>Heavy Metal...</em></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/matt-cohen" ><span class="byline">Matt Cohen</span></a>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:05:00 -0400