Joss Whedon

Belle and Sebastian Musical ‘God Help the Girl’ Is About the Birth of a Monster

[This contains gentle spoilers for the lovely movie God Help the Girl.] If you’ve seen any of the photos or musical clips from God Help the Girl, a musical by Stuart Murdoch, the frontman of the lovable indie band Belle and Sebastian (statistically the whitest band on the internet), about three sweet kids who form a band — and they’re not “kids,” but two twenty somethings and one schoolgirl — it looks like a 60s youthquake teen dream, with heartbreakingly beautiful lead Emily Browning clad in mod wear like a vision of the iconic French new wave goddess Anna Karina. … Read More

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Clever Joss Whedon-Inspired Artworks From Gallery 1988

Considering how they seem to have made it their mission to mount exhibitions based on our favorite pop culture things, it’s a little surprising that Los Angeles’ beloved Gallery 1988 has taken this long to put together a show dedicated to all things Whedon. But that day has arrived, with their Joss Whedon x Gallery 1988 show opening last weekend and running through September 27. And they were kind enough to share some of the best Buffy, Firefly, and Cabin in the Woods-inspired pieces with us, and you. … Read More

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and Marvel’s Third-Act Problem

From its opening credit sequence, which finds Chris Pratt boogeying through an alien landscape to the strains of Redbone’s “Come and Get Your Love,” Guardians of the Galaxy seems the perfect antidote to Serious Summer Blockbuster Syndrome, a blissfully goofy and tartly self-aware slab of sci-fi silliness. Writer/director James Gunn is another of Marvel’s unconventional hires — his pitch-black 2010 comedy Super features Rainn Wilson as a mentally unbalanced would-be superhero who attacks people with a hammer while shouting “Shut up, crime!” — and for much of Guardians’ 122 minutes, Gunn’s grab-bag of quirky characters, genre ribbing, and incongruent ‘70s pop tunes goes over like gangbusters. The trouble is, it’s only irreverent to a point, and when the time comes to wrap things up, Gunn plays it strictly by the book. And this is becoming a real problem in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. … Read More

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10 Great New-to-Netflix Movies to Stream This Holiday Weekend

The long Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and you know what that means: cookouts, quickie getaways, watching some sort of organized sporting events on television (I think, maybe?). But the shut-ins among us — and your film editor would include himself firmly among that camp — will probably want to simply spend one more day doing what we do every weekend: queuing up a bunch of flicks online, surrounding ourselves with non-perishable food items, and locking the doors. Here are some of the recent(ish) streaming releases worth your Memorial Day weekend time; simply click the title to stream them right… Read More

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Is Joss Whedon’s ‘In Your Eyes’ Worth Your $5?

When the lights came up at the conclusion of last night’s Tribeca Film Festival premiere of In Your Eyes, and the cast and key creatives dutifully shuffled up to the front for the compulsory post-movie Q&A, one key collaborator was noticeably absent — “busy making a little micro-budget superhero film,” as producer Michael Roiff noted. That film is the new Avengers movie; the missing face was that of Joss Whedon, In Your Eyes’ executive producer and screenwriter. But that face quickly appeared on the screen with an apology (“I wish I could be there with you, but I’m here with me instead”) and an announcement: April 20 not only marked the film’s premiere but its worldwide release, as a $5 rental at inyoureyesmovie.com. As Whedon explained, “It’s exciting for us because it means we get to explore yet another form of distribution, and get five dollars.” It’s exciting for his many loyal fans, because it marks a significantly shorter wait between festival and consumption than, say, that of his Much Ado About Nothing. It would be even more exciting if the film itself weren’t so puzzlingly misbegotten. … Read More

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‘Captain America’ Star Anthony Mackie Is Right: Kids Deserve More Diverse Superhero Movies

Anthony Mackie is one of those underrated and substantially gifted actors who livens up just about any movie he shows up in, and his unique fusion of genuine warmth and unflappable cool is particularly welcome in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But his most important contribution to the comic-book movie universe may well have occurred off-screen, at a recent promotional roundtable, when he said this about playing a black superhero: “When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, ‘Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.’ That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that.” Or, to put a more cynical spin on his comment: why are all the comic book superhero movies about white guys? … Read More

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