Talking Movies

December 3, 2020

The WB to release Wonder Woman in Irish cinemas

In a bold move Warner Brothers is taking advantage of the relaxing of restrictions over the Christmas period to release one of 2020’s most anticipated blockbusters – Wonder Woman 1984.

December 16th will see the release of Patty Jenkins’ sequel which fast-forwards 70 years in the immortal life of Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) to a clash with two new foes; Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal) and the Cheetah (Kristen Wiig); and the mysterious reappearance of her dead (for generations) lover Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). Patty Jenkins directs again from a screenplay she wrote with Geoff Johns & David Callaham, from her story with DC comics legend Johns. A world removed from the desaturated colour palette of the WWI-set original, this¬†seems to be surfing the same cultural wave as Stranger Things and AHS: 1984. And who knows but this may be just the day-glo blast of unabashed fun and pop nostalgia that everybody needs at this particular moment in time after a relentlessly grim plague year.

November 17, 2019

Any Other Business: Part XL

Filed under: Talking Television — Fergal Casey @ 8:29 pm
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As the title suggests, so forth.

The true horror is that this got made

It can be dispiriting watching all the departments on a show firing on all cylinders, save one. The opening credits theme to AHS: 1984 is so catchy it should escape the show and take on a life of its own, the costumes, sets, location shooting and special effects are all great, and, with some exceptions, the¬†acting and directing is as good as it can be; because the one department drowning in the lake at Camp Redwood is the writers’ room. American Horror Story: 1984 can’t even commit to its own title, jumping about in and out to many other years, and even decades, and spending far too much time after the one night in 1984 the show initially seems premised on. This doesn’t dismay as much as it would if I hadn’t been forewarned; I abandoned the Hotel season for much the same tic, an inability to be consistent when a cheap shock or shlock can be had instead.

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