|3||(3)||Spider-Man: No Way Home||Sony Pict…||$5,801,584||-22%||3,002||+46||$1,933||$779,938,531||11|
|4||(4)||Death on the Nile||20th Cent…||$4,494,226||-32%||3,420||+140||$1,314||$32,748,992||3|
|8||N||Studio 666||Open Road||$1,540,543||2,306||$668||$1,540,543||1|
I'd say DOG, UNCHARTED, SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME and DEATH ON THE NILE still have legs. At work, there's big interest in DOG and DEAH ON THE NILE so I wouldn't be surprised if they hange around a bit more than anyone expects.
I did finally see THE 355. Didn't realize it was on PEACOCK. (They also have Jennifer Lopez's MARRY ME already.) I am glad I didn't pay for it. No one is bad in the movie but it took a long time for me to care. Fan Bingbing made the film for me. When she showed up -- even before we learned her twist -- I was sitting up straight and fully awake. She has a real film presence. In the action scenes, I felt like Lopito Nyong'o delivered best. She registered what was going on around her and the dangers with her reactions where some just seemed to plow through with little care for how their character might react -- or maybe they saw their characters as so trained that they now had no emotional reactions? Penelope Cruz is an actress I really used to hate. I'm not joking. It wasn't until she worked with Woody Allen that I saw real and genuine talent. 355 gives her another chance to shine and the best word for her is probably "charming." I did not care for Diane Kruger or her character one bit.
Jessica Chaistain? She was one of the film's producers. She and Sebastian Stan had real chemistry. Spoiler: He's a bad guy. It would have been nice if we could have seen some real conflict there. Yeah, there's a moment when she can't kill him because of their history (lovers engaged to marry). But there should have been so much more and I really would like to see someone torn over that. In this movie, if Jessica had acknowledged that she loved him still and had waivered even for a moment, it would have worked better for me. There's a scene where they are bickering and angry with each other and he tells her she needs to learn to do what she's told and she's glaring at him and he's smirking at her and there is so much tension and sexual chemistry that you really wish -- or I did -- that something more had been done with that aspect of the storyline. Maybe they acknowledge the attraction. Maybe let them go to bed and after have Jessica try to turn him back into a good guy and it doesn't work so they both know that one of them is going to have to kill the other?
It's not a bad movie and everyone's good except, for me, Diane Kruger. But Fan Bingbing has real star presence and that should be the headline of any review of 355.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
Monday, February 28, 2022. Leaders? A title that's rarely earned or deserved.
File it under #MEDIABELIEVESWHITELIVESMATTERMORE?
SEveral outlets have, while cheerleading events in Ukraine and war on Russia, fingered their inner ractists. Among those jizzing in public? Ben Kesslen (NEW YORK POST) reports on Charlie D'Agata:
A senior foreign correspondent at CBS News apologized Saturday after he said on air that the war in Ukraine can’t be compared to those in Iraq and Afghanistan — because the Eastern European nation is more “civilized.”
Correspondent Charlie D’Agata was reporting from Kyiv, Ukraine when he said Friday that Ukraine “isn’t a place, with all due respect, like Iraq or Afghanistan, that has seen conflict raging for decades.
“This is a relatively civilized, relatively European — I have to choose those words carefully, too — city, where you wouldn’t expect that or hope that it’s going to happen,” he continued.
D’Agata issued an apology on the broadcaster’s streaming network Saturday, after his comments went viral — racking up more than 1.5 million views on Twitter — and were swiftly condemned as racist and historically inaccurate.
At THE WRAP, Harper Lambert notes:
Imraan Siddiqi, the executive director of Muslim grassroots advocacy and civil rights organization CAIR Washington, expressed his criticism by simply tweeting the clip with the caption “Civilized”.
“Matter of Fact” host and “Real Sports with Brian Gumbel” correspondent Soledad O’Brien also reacted on Twitter.
“‘Relatively civilized, relatively European': when the white dude reporter knows he’s being kinda racist but carries on anyway. Whew,” she wrote. “Can we please diversify news coverage and get rid of this crap. Please.”
Sana Saaed Tweets:
Hi it’s me Almas from uncivilized Afghanistan logging from civilized Oceana, so even more civilized from all of USA. Shame Charlie D’Agata.
is this the type of ignorant bigots you hire? Do better.
Gwen Wren rejects Charlies/ faux apology:
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE decided to show 'solidarity' with the White peopole -- something they've never done for the Haitians or the Palestinians or . . . They took to the stage to note that they stood with Urkaine.
Acadmy Award winner Sean Penn took a break from his non-stop homophobia, abusing women and accidentally -- or 'accidentally' -- getting his buddy El Chapo arrested to note that he stood with Ukraine. Well, shen you've got Sean Penn on your side . . . you're screwed.
Sean's homophboia was once weell known but apparently all it took was a cameo on ELLEN and portraying Harvey Milk for Sean to be forgiven. Others who've made mistakes as juveniles haven't been extended the same rehab. Sean's so untouchable for some that he thinks he can question the masculinity of other men if they do something he sees as feminine (such as how they dress).
He bonded with Ukraine over mutual Whitness and Whitness certainly explains how he directed five films and cast them. Where did we ever get the idea that Sean was of the left?
Sexist, homophobic, racist. That's Sean Penn. And, so sad, that's also a great number in the media. Josephine Harvey (HUFFINGTON POST) notes:
Daniel Hannan, a British journalist and former pro-Brexit politician, wrote in The Telegraph, “They seem so like us. That is what makes it so shocking. War is no longer something visited upon impoverished and remote populations. It can happen to anyone.”
And Al Jazeera English anchor Peter Dobbie said it was “compelling” that the refugees appeared to be “middle-class people.”
“These are not obviously refugees trying to get away from areas in the Middle East that are still in a big state of war. These are not people trying to get away from areas in North Africa,” he said. “They look like any European family that you would live next door to.”
In addition to accusations of racism, several critics called out the inaccurate implication that this type of conflict has been limited to countries in the Middle East, Africa and Asia in recent history, pointing to wars in Europe in the 1990s.
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