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Release Date: 2019
Director: Lulu Wang
Cast: Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, Jiang Yongbo
Lulu Wang‘s heartfelt, emotional dramedy proved that Awkwafina has more range than we were giving her credit for. The actress, primarily known for comedy, turns in a mostly dramatic performance, and what a great performance it is. Awkwafina plays Billi, a Chinese-American woman who returns to China when she learns her beloved grandmother Zhao Shu-zhen is dying. Custom dictates that the family keep the impending death a secret – something Billi is not comfortable with, but goes along with anyway. This premise could’ve descended into generic indie drama territory, but Wang’s script is so sharp – loaded with small, yet powerful moments – that The Farewell packs an unexpected punch.
For fans of: Coco, Eat Drink Man Woman, crying.Serpico Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: 1973
Genre: Crime Drama
Director: Sidney Lumet
Cast: Al Pacino, Waldo Salt, Norman Wexler
One of the great New York crime dramas, Sidney Lumet‘s Serpico stars Al Pacino as Frank Serpico, an undercover cop who seems to be the only person on the entire police force who doesn’t take bribes. This causes Serpico’s fellow officers to be mighty ticked-off at him, and things only get worse when he tries to expose the corruption. Pacino gives one of his most iconic performances here, and we get to watch the great actor as he takes the happy-go-lucky Serpico who first starts out on the force, and then slowly turns him into a more and more disillusioned man.
For fans of: Dog Day After Noon, Carlito’s Way, young Pacino.Honey Boy Now Streaming on Amazon Prime Video
Release Date: 2019
Director: Alma Har’el
Cast: Shia LaBeouf, Lucas Hedges, Noah Jupe, FKA Twigs.
Shia LaBeouf works through some demons with Honey Boy, a fictionalized autobiography of sorts. LaBeouf plays a character based on his own father, while Noah Jupe is a child actor based on the young LaBeouf. Their relationship is anything but ideal, and it’s clear the...
As if you needed one more reason to love Lulu Wang, the Independent Spirit Award-winning filmmaker behind last year’s hit tragi-comedy “The Farewell” can now add one more title to her growing list of accolades: Grassroots organizer. After hearing about the dangerous shortage of personal protective equipment such as gloves and masks, the Los Angeles-based director took to Twitter to crowd-source any extra supplies non-essential personnel may have laying around.
Over the weekend, Wang tweeted: “If you live in LA and have any unopened boxes of these masks please DM me. I will make you a cocktail in person when this is all over...!” The response from her 67,000 followers was far greater than she had expected. Much to her surprise, Wang and her friends have been able to collect over 1,000 masks and gloves so far, with three more donation drop-offs scheduled.
Speaking to Slate, Wang said she heard about the PPE shortage from a friend’s sister, an ER doctor who worked at a hospital that was telling doctors to find their own protective gear. They were given only a small stipend, and the limited supply of masks on sale are being marked up enormously.
“These doctors were not able to get enough masks, and a lot of them [were] using masks that were not a surgical grade, not using N95 masks, and sometimes having to just reuse the same mask over and over again. I think they were scared,” Wang told Slate. “All I really did was to help amplify that message by putting it on my social media and was really pleased by how many people came through.”
Wang was shocked at the response, but clearly tapped into communities that may not have realized just how much critical gear they had lying around. “People out there, whether they're people that work in construction or special effects, probably have them in storage without realizing it. As of this weekend, we got like a thousand masks and a thousand pairs of gloves.”
Even more disheartening is that a lot of ER doctors and nurses are independent contractors, meaning they don’t even get paid sick leave. According to Wang, the donations made these people putting themselves at risk feel cared about.
“I think that it was just this feeling of being on the front lines and putting their lives in danger, but nobody actually cares about them staying safe,” said Wang. “And then on top of that, not having masks or any kind of supplies to stay safe and to keep their patients safe just makes it that much more stressful. The thing that I heard the most was that psychologically, emotionally, it was meaningful that so many people do care about them. It made them feel like they weren't alone, and that people care about their safety.”
As for that personal cocktail she promised on Twitter, Wang...
At this point, nearly all 2020 wide-release films — as well as key specialized titles — are either available for home viewing, or soon will be. And the initial impact is dramatic. Based on the rental charts at iTunes and Amazon Prime, which are updated daily, premium rentals largely priced at $19.99 for 48 hours are flying high.
Both charts show strong performances for Vin Diesel’s sci-fi cyborg revenge actioner “Bloodshot” Sony and for Pixar’s “Onward” Disney; at iTunes, initial results also are strong for “Birds of Prey” Warner Bros..
All of this must come with a caveat: Unlike theater box-office revenue, which is verifiable and comes from independent sources, these charts are created without oversight. However, assuming that they accurately reflect consumer choices, they give a sense of what the shelter-in-place public is willing to pay for.
Here are what both services show today March 26, the price, and the ranking the day prior.iTunes feature films only 1. 1917 Universal $5.99 4 2. Onward Disney $19.99 1 3. Birds of Prey Warner Bros. $19.99 2 4. Bloodshot Sony $19.99 3 5. The Gentlemen STX $14.99 – 6. Jumanji: The Next Level Sony $5.99 5 7. The Fittest Gravitas Ventures $4.99 8 8. Dolittle Universal $19.99 10 9. Contagion Warner Bros. $3.99 7 10. The Way Back Warner Bros. $19.99 – Amazon Prime feature films only 1. Bloodshot Sony $19.99 1 2. Jumanji: The Next Level Sony $5.99 2 3. Knives Out Lionsgate $5.99 3 4. The Greatest Showman Fox $3.99 4 5. Bombshell Lionsgate $5.99 5 6. Onward Disney $19.99 8 7. Midway Lionsgate $5.99 6 8. Uncut Gems A24 $5.99 7 9. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Disney $24.99 10 10. Frozen 2 Disney $4.99 –
The charts aren’t absolutes. It’s possible that Amazon’s list lags a day or more behind iTunes. We’ve noticed that the latter seems to show a quicker response to new entries. iTunes users also seem to have more willingness to spend on premium items. The two services may serve different demographics with Amazon possibly more mass market, less niche.
Universal was first, but not best. Universal was the first to announce, and release, their premium titles “The Invisible Man,” “The Hunt,” and Focus’ “Emma”, but they found little to no Top 10 placement. The more recent offerings are doing much better.
The ground is moving, quickly. Figure all studios are ingesting this data already, and making plans accordingly. Exhibitors are grateful that the all-industry benefits in the congressional relief package apply to them. In the meantime,...