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Review: ‘The Last Duel’ is not for everyone



The Last Duel

Review: ‘The Last Duel’ is not for everyone

Prepare for Ridley Scott’s next film, which is based on true events and features a love triangle.

Two well-respected warriors who begin as friends but become bitter adversaries when their love for the same lady separate them in “The Last Duel,” an exciting epic set in the late 1300s. The duel will decide the fate of the three main characters.

Sir Jean de Carrouges and Jacques Le Gris are played by Matt Damon and Adam Driver, respectively, with Marguerite de Carrouges, Damon’s wife, played by Jodie Comer. The script is co-written by Damon and Ben Affleck, who plays Pierre d’Alencon, and directed by Ridley Scott.

After a successful collaboration on “The Martian,” Scott and Damon reconnected for this project. As one could anticipate from a director of his calibre, this one is no exception, with his gorgeous direction peppered throughout.

There are three parts to the film, which is based on true events. The first section, according to Jean, is genuine. Second, we’ll look at what Jacques believes to be the truth. The story ends with Marguerite’s point of view, which she describes as the “true” version of events.

Before things get tense between Jean and Jacques, the film shows their deep bond. When Pierre begins to display preference for Jacques, tensions in their relationship begin to rise. This infuriates Jean, and the two friends grow distant as a result.

Marguerite is introduced to them both at one of Jacques’ parties, when they are reunited once more When Jacques falls in love with her, their friendship comes to an end.

You should realise going in that this film is not for everyone. The film, which includes a rape sequence portrayed from the perspectives of both Jacques and Marguerite, might easily trigger people with history of sexual assault. The sequence is shown twice, and both times it’s difficult to sit through. When you see it for the first time, it looks superfluous. It could have been omitted entirely or explained in another way.

It’s dragged out for the rest of the film, though. Despite the poor quality of the accents, the actors provide excellent performances. The two leads, Damon and Driver, play characters that are likeable at first glance.

However, at the end of the film, it is difficult to find anything redeeming about any of them, particularly Driver’s Jacques. Comer’s agony and sorrow are palpable throughout the film. In doing so, she defies everyone’s preconceived notions of who she should be and earns the audience’s sympathy.

A fascinating aspect of the storey is comparing the two protagonists’ perceptions of events with the facts. However, because many situations repeat, the storey can become boring at times.

Action sequences in this film are bloody and graphic. The film builds suspense until the film’s titular duel, in which Jean and Jacques square off for the last time. It was well worth the wait for that duel. There’s a lot of death and mayhem, but the result is worth it.

The movie cost $100 million to make, but only made $4.8 million in its opening weekend, indicating a poor box office performance for director Ridley Scott. Whether it was because of the competition from “Halloween Kills” or because audiences don’t care about movies that aren’t part of a franchise, it appears like this film will fail to make money.

The movie has a R rating because of sexual assault, language, and sexual content, as well as some graphic nudity. The movie can only be seen right now in a theatre.

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Moon Knight Release Date Revealed



Moon Knight Release Date Revealed

The release date for Moon Knight has been set. ESPN broadcasters teased the appearance of the show’s trailer during Monday night’s NFL Wild Card game, revealing that the series will premiere on Disney+ on March 30th. While that’s still a long time, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be released in theatres barely a month and a week after the Oscar Isaac-led program premieres on Netflix.

Despite the fact that nothing is known about the series, Isaac has stated that Marvel execs are enthusiastic about it.

“[Directors] Mohamed [Diab] and [Justin] Benson and [Aaron] Moorhead, they were so fantastic,” the Ex Machina star said on a recent stop with Variety. “I couldn’t believe my luck and how collaborative the situation was. I’m really excited and hopeful. I don’t know if it’ll work, we took some big swings, ya know! And even Kevin [Feige] said, ‘I don’t like to count my chickens before they hatch, I’m feeling good but you never know!’ So hopefully it’ll look as good as it felt.”

He also stated that his time on the show was by far his favorite period of his career.

“A new globetrotting action-adventure series featuring a complex vigilante who suffers from dissociative identity disorder,” the synopsis reads. “The multiple identities who live inside him find themselves thrust into a deadly war of the gods against the backdrop of modern and ancient Egypt.”

On March 30th, Moon Knight will premiere on Disney+. If you haven’t already joined up for Disney+, you may do so here.

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Scream Movie Review



Scream Movie Review

The Scream franchise, created in 1996 by writer Kevin Williamson and filmmaker Wes Craven, resurrected the slasher film while respecting its conventions. A new generation of horror nerds devoured its meta-mischief and raked in $608 million worldwide. The new film, developed with Williamson’s consent and dedicated to the late Craven, draws inspiration from the original but indulges in self-referential brilliance to the point of weakening the genuine fear impact.

“Oh my God, he’s producing a sequel!” one of the frightened Californian youths exclaims, as the grisly murder rages on in suburban Woodsboro. “You really need some new material,” a venerable figure tells the newest menacing voice on the other end of the phone line.

It’s probable that some long-time fans will eagerly eat this playful new offering of nonstop murder and mayhem, which climaxes with a bloodbath in the exact same house where Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) took down the original killer behind the Ghostface mask in the first finale. But meta-horror riffs are a thing of the past, diluted by innumerable knockoffs.

The screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick takes on toxic fandom in a new way. “Someone needs to defend the franchise!” shrieks a character while killing out others. “Hollywood has no ideas.” Whether you find that humorous or its winking humor tiresome is a matter of personal taste.

It’s impossible to care about characters whose lives are in danger as they pontificate on the differences between old-school and elevated art-horror. First target Tara (Jenny Ortega) begs not to be probed about the Stab franchise, which stands in for the Scream flicks here. Ask me about It Follows, Hereditary, or The Witch! “What’s wrong with amplified horror?” asks another teen after three attacks, one fatal. Jordan Peele fucks rules!

A little goes a big way. Unlike the original Scream, where Jamie Kennedy’s Randy Meeks dominated the discourse on horror tropes, practically everyone here weighs in.

Seeing Campbell in good form as Sidney, striding back into Woodsboro to accomplish unfinished business, is a delight. David Arquette plays former sheriff Dewey Riley, who has been fired from the force and is stewing in alcohol to calm his aching heart following his breakup with Gale. Two lovely reunion scenes use heartbreaking moments from Cox and Arquette’s on-camera and off-camera romance. A few more familiar faces (and performers) make brief appearances, including a crucial character whose relationship to one of the newcomers drives the plot.

What a shame that new faces leave so little impression. After the attack on Tara, her estranged sister Sam (Melissa Barrera) returns to town with her boyfriend Richie (Jack Quaid), who claims not to know the Stab films but quickly learns about Netflix and fan forums. Randy’s twin niece and nephew, Mindy (Jasmin Savoy Brown) and Chad (Mason Gooding), Chad’s girlfriend Liv (Sonia Ammar), and Wes Hicks (Dylan Minnette) are among Tara’s close-knit high school acquaintances.

Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett handle the rising fear well as the CW-esque cast begins to fall like flies. The issue is that they can’t stop talking about slasher movie narrative mechanics long enough for the tension to build. Ghostface’s first few unexpected appearances are jarring. A violent, shrouded and masked monster lurking behind every door is teased by the producers with pointed music cues and pictures. That makes Ghostface’s reappearances feel more like a game than a life-or-death encounter.

We’re informed the killer always goes back to the past, so all roads point to Sidney and Sam, for reasons we won’t discuss here. The clues as to the killer’s identity are strewn with clever humor and just enough deception to make it entertaining, and the increasing string of killings doesn’t skimp on the gore. But there’s not much innovation to represent the franchise’s evolution. While cellphones are ubiquitous, landlines still give the biggest spikes, and a family location app adds just enough suspense to avoid a knife-wielding.

“You know that time in horror movies when you want to holler at the characters to be wise and get the fuck out?” Sam asks her partner. This is it, Richie! You might want to yell at them to stop talking about horror movies and start planning how to dodge the killer — multiple killers, to be consistent with previous episodes.

The Babadook, Halloween, Friday the 13th, and Psycho are all referenced, including a shower scene. Sure, all that meta-playfulness is amusing. But the satire wears thin and interrupts the killing frenzy, making me wish I was watching one of the superior films addressed.

Release date: Friday, Jan. 14
Cast: Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sonia Ammar, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Neve Campbell
Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Screenwriters: James Vanderbilt, Guy Busick, based on characters created by Kevin WilliamsonRated R, 1 hour 54 minutes

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Golden Globes 2022: How to find results, watch, and the full list of nominees



Golden Globes 2022: How to find results, watch, and the full list of nominees

You won’t be able to watch the 79th Golden Globe Awards presentation, which takes place today, Sunday. Because of the uproar regarding diversity concerns with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the event will be private and will not air on NBC, according to the network. Last year, it was discovered that none of the HFPA’s 87 journalists were black. “We are hopeful that we will be able to screen the show in January 2023, assuming the organization executes on its plan,” NBC added.

The Golden Globes will still be held this year, even if you won’t be able to watch them. Some of the year’s largest and finest TV shows and movies, including Dune, West Side Story, Encanto, Squid Game, and Ted Lasso, are among the nominees.

Streaming services account for a large number of nominations. Netflix received 27 nominations for shows and movies. With 15 nominations, HBO and HBO Max were followed by Apple TV Plus (12), Hulu (10), Amazon (seven), Disney Plus (two), and Paramount Plus (one). Here’s all you need to know about the Golden Globes in 2022, including the complete list of nominees.

What time do the Golden Globes start?

The Golden Globes will begin at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, January 9th (3 p.m. PT).

How do I watch the Golden Globes?

You can’t do it! The Golden Globes will not be shown on television or live streamed this year due to the HFPA scandal. WarnerMedia, Netflix, and Amazon Studios have also stated that they will not participate in any HFPA events until the situation is resolved.

How do I find out the Golden Globes results?

You can follow along with the results on CNET’s live updates or on the Golden Globes’ social media pages. The Golden Globes announced on Twitter that “we will be delivering real-time information on winners on the Golden Globes website and our social channels.” You may also keep up with the Golden Globe Awards on their website.

The Golden Globes Awards also tweeted that all of the winners will be announced at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).

Best motion picture, drama

  • Belfast
  • Coda
  • Dune
  • King Richard 
  • The Power of the Dog

Best actress in a motion picture, drama 

  • Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye
  • Olivia Colman, The Lost Daughter 
  • Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos
  • Lady Gaga, House of Gucci
  • Kristen Stewart, Spencer

Best actor in a motion picture, drama

  • Mahershala Ali, Swan Song
  • Javier Bardem, Being the Ricardos
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog
  • Will Smith, King Richard 
  • Denzel Washington, The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best motion picture, musical or comedy

  • Cyrano
  • Don’t Look Up
  • Licorice Pizza
  • Tick, Tick…Boom
  • West Side Story

Best actress in a motion picture, musical or comedy

  • Marion Cotillard, Annette
  • Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza 
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Don’t Look Up
  • Emma Stone, Cruella
  • Rachel Zegler, West Side Story

Best actor in a motion picture, musical or comedy

  • Leonardo DiCaprio, Don’t Look Up
  • Peter Dinklage, Cyrano
  • Andrew Garfield, Tick, Tick…Boom!
  • Cooper Hoffman, Licorice Pizza
  • Anthony Ramos, In the Heights

Best motion picture, animated

  • Encanto
  • Flee
  • Luca
  • My Sunny Maad
  • Raya and the Last Dragon

Best motion picture, non-English language

  • Compartment No. 6 (Finland/Russia/Germany)
  • Drive My Car (Japan)
  • The Hand of God (Italy)
  • A Hero (France/Iran)
  • Parallel Mothers (Spain)

Best actress in a supporting role in any motion picture

  • Caitriona Balfe, Belfast
  • Ariana Debose, West Side Story
  • Kristen Dunst, The Power of the Dog
  • Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard 
  • Ruth Negga, Passing

Best actor in a supporting role in any motion picture

  • Ben Affleck, The Tender Bar
  • Jamie Dornan, Belfast
  • Ciarán Hinds, Belfast
  • Troy Kotsur, Coda
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog

Best director, motion picture

  • Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
  • Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
  • Maggie Gyllenhall, The Lost Daughter 
  • Steven Spielberg, West Side Story
  • Denis Villeneuve, Dune

Best screenplay, motion picture

  • Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza 
  • Kenneth Branagh, Belfast
  • Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog
  • Adam McKay, Don’t Look Up
  • Aaron Sorkin, Being the Ricardos

Best original score, motion picture

  • Alexandre Desplat, The French Dispatch 
  • Germaine Franco, Encanto
  • Jonny Greenwood, The Power of the Dog
  • Alberto Iglesias, Parallel Mothers
  • Hans Zimmer, Dune

Best original song, motion picture

  • Be Alive, King Richard
  • Dos Oruguitas, Encanto
  • Down to Joy, Belfast
  • Here I Am (Singing My Way Home), Respect
  • No Time to Die, No Time to Die

Best TV series, drama

  • Lupin
  • The Morning Show
  • Pose
  • Squid Game
  • Succession

Best actress in a TV series, drama

  • Uzo Aduba, In Treatment
  • Jennifer Aniston, The Morning Show
  • Christine Baranski, The Good Fight
  • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Micheala Jaé Rodriguez, Pose

Best actor in a TV series, drama

  • Brian Cox, Succession
  • Lee Jung-Jae, Squid Game
  • Billy Porter, Pose
  • Jeremy Strong, Succession
  • Omar Sy, Lupin

Best TV series, musical or comedy

  • The Great
  • Hacks
  • Only Murders in the Building
  • Reservation Dogs
  • Ted Lasso

Best actress in a TV series, musical or comedy

  • Hannah Einbinder, Hacks
  • Elle Fanning, The Great
  • Issa Rae, Insecure
  • Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish
  • Jean Smart, Hacks

Best actor in a TV series, musical or comedy

  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
  • Nicholas Hoult, The Great
  • Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building
  • Martin Short, Only Murders in the Building
  • Jason Sudeikis, Ted Lasso

Best limited series or TV movie

  • Dopesick
  • Impeachment: American Crime Story
  • Maid
  • Mare of Easttown
  • The Underground Railroad

Best actress in a limited series or TV movie

  • Jessica Chastain, Scenes from a Marriage
  • Cynthia Erivo, Genius: Aretha 
  • Elizabeth Olsen, WandaVision
  • Margaret Qualley, Maid
  • Kate Winslet, Mare of Easttown

Best actor in a limited series or TV movie

  • Paul Bettany, WandaVision
  • Oscar Isaac, Scenes from a Marriage
  • Michael Keaton, Dopesick
  • Ewan McGregor, Halston
  • Tahar Rahim, The Serpent

Best supporting actress in a TV role

  • Jennifer Coolidge, The White Lotus
  • Kaitlyn Dever, Dopesick
  • Andie Macdowell, Maid
  • Sarah Snook, Succession
  • Hannah Waddingham, Ted Lasso

Best supporting actor in a TV role

  • Billy Crudup, The Morning Show
  • Kieran Culkin, Succession
  • Mark Duplass, The Morning Show
  • Brett Goldstein, Ted Lasso
  • O Yeong-Su, Squid Game
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