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Concrete Cowboy and I Care A Lot



An enjoyable (and frequently noted) side effect of unhinging one’s brain-jaw and inhaling movies like you’re No-Face in Spirited Away is that, whether you intentionally set out to do so or not, you begin to notice certain patterns—in themes, in plots, in lighting schemes, in soundtrack choices. These can be profound reflections of the dreams and anxieties of the collective unconscious, or they can simply be amusing coincidences. One example of the latter is the number of films at this year’s TIFF whose scores could double as tracks on a Pure Moods compilation, like the lovely but undoubtedly New Age-y music pianist Ludovico Einaudi brings to Nomadland, or the Sigur Ros needle drop at a pivotal moment in Pieces Of A Woman.

Other connections are more aesthetically tenuous, but politically illuminating: Take the wildly different takes on the deteriorating American social safety net offered up by Zhao’s film and by I Care A Lot (Grade: B). As is her artistic wont, Zhao’s take on how the system is failing America’s elders is fueled by a bone-deep humanism and boundless compassion for those left behind. On the other hand, I Care A Lot writer-director J. Blakeson sees the plight of senior citizens ground beneath the wheels of bureaucracy as the jumping-off point for a black comedy of escalating aggression. The result is something one could facetiously, but accurately describe as I Love You Phillip Morris crossed with I Saw The Devil, with a little The Psychopath Test for added flavor.

I Care A Lot

I Care A Lot
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Rosamund Pike stars as Marla Grayson, a con artist and stone-cold sociopath who reins over what she thinks is the perfect scam: A professional guardianship service that specializes in watching over elderly people left in the care of the state. If you’re thinking, “but that sounds nice, actually,” that’s the point: Under the angelic cover of social work, Marla and her business/life partner Fran (Eiza Gonzalez) are bleeding their clients dry like vampires in tailored pantsuits. A legal guardian also has control of their ward’s assets, you see, and Marla and Fran’s game is to pay a corrupt doctor (Alicia Witt) to declare someone mentally incompetent and scuttle them off to a prison-like nursing facility before any distant relatives notice what’s happening. And if the person objects to Marla and Fran selling their house and draining their bank account? They’re not fit to make their own decisions. It’s right there on their chart.

What Marla has not accounted for, however, is the possibility that there are people out there just as ruthless as she is, and some of them love their mothers. That’s the short version of what happens when this immovable object meets the unstoppable force that is Roman Lunyov (Peter Dinklage), prompting a game of one upsmanship that escalates to deliriously violent levels. (The best part is, they’re both terrible people, so you don’t have to feel bad chuckling at their cruelty to one another.) That being said, the most shocking part of the film is early on, in the brisk montage laying out the exact mechanics of Marla and Fran’s con. It’s kidnapping and robbery under the guise of compassion, and Blakeson makes a point of commenting on how American society not only creates Marlas, it rewards them. The film is arguably too long, with a mushy middle section that slows the momentum of its savage first third. But Pike’s performance remains sharp as her character’s blonde bob throughout, and the pleasures of watching her and Dinklage face off are significant.

Believe it or not, I Care A Lot is based on an actual phenomenon, as is Ricky Staub’s feature debut Concrete Cowboy (B). Of course, one’s awareness of the phenomena dramatized in these two movies may vary; arguably, the popularity of Lil Nas X and the “Yeehaw Agenda” has hipped more outsiders to Black cowboys and cowgirls in the past two years than in the previous decade combined. (If you’re in Chicago, you may have even seen Adam Hollingsworth, a.k.a. the Dreadhead Cowboy, trotting around.) That being said, the tradition of Black equestrianship goes back much farther than that, with historians now estimating that 25% of Old West cowboys were Black. Concrete Cowboy continues the mission of bringing this storied subculture into the mainstream, casting Idris Elba as the unofficial leader of a group of Black urban riders and Stranger Things’ Caleb McLaughlin as his estranged son.

Concrete Cowboy

Concrete Cowboy
Photo: TIFF

As the story begins, 15-year-old Cole (McLaughlin) is sent by his mother from Detroit to Philadelphia to spend the summer with his dad—and get away from the bad influences that led to his expulsion from school. Cole and Harp (Elba) barely know each other, and Harp seems more interested in taking care of his horse—who, in one of the film’s more surreal details, lives in the living room of Harp’s weathered row house—than his teenage son. The sight of Harp and his friends riding horses through the streets of North Philly is irresistible, however, even to a sullen adolescent. And so Cole begins his apprenticeship at the Fletcher Street Stables, home of the riding club whose real-life members make up much of the film’s supporting cast.

Staub’s intentions with Concrete Cowboy are clearly to uplift and pay tribute to the Fletcher Street Riders, a handful of whom also appear in the end credits. Staub and cinematographer Minka Farthing-Kohl film the riders and their environment under soft, lustrous light, each street lamp a glowing beacon and each puff of dust a magic powder. Aside from the equestrian element, however, the storyline is clichéd coming-of-age fare for films about Black urban youth, complete with a subplot about a childhood friend of Cole’s who’s been seduced by the drug trade. What ultimately pulls Concrete Cowboy out of that trap is not only the intriguing characters, but also its earnest belief in the steadying power of the bond between humans and animals, as well as the value of legacy and community in giving our lives meaning. So yeah, it’s a little corny at times, but it looks good and has heart—and, let’s be honest, Black cowboys are pretty damn cool.


Minions: The Rise of Gru Release Date, Cast, Plot & Everything




Everybody loves minions; the small yellow adorable banana loving creature won many hearts with their spin-off movie in 2015. Even though the film did not receive good critics reviews.
With an IMDb rating of 6.4 and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 55%.
Along with the fans love the movie, and as a result, it earned $1.159 Billion on the box office. Minions is a spin-off movie of the characters from Despicable Me movies.
Minions became the first non-Disney animated movie to gross over $1 Billion worldwide. Third animated movie (after Toy Story 3 and Frozen) and 23rd film in the history of cinema to do so.
In January 2017, Universal Pictures announced a sequel to the movie titled, Minions: The rise of Guru.

Here is everything to know about the upcoming sequel of Minions, including the cast, plot, release date, and more.

When will it release?

The first part came out on June 11, 2015, in London and on July 10, 2015, in the United States. The sequel was going to release on July 3, 2020 initially. But it got postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The movie will now hit the big screens on July 2, 2021.

Who will reprise their roles?  And who are the new characters?

The main characters from the first movie, Kevin, Stuart, Bob, Otto, and the Minions, all voiced by Pierre Coffin is confirmed to return. Alongside his Minions is Gru, voiced by Steve Carell. Both the voice-over actors confirmed their involvement in the movie on February 2, 2020.

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Other voice-over actors include:

Taraji P. Henson as Belle Bottom, Michelle Yeoh as Master Chow, Jean-Claude Van Damme as Jean Clawed, Lucy Lawless as Nunchuck, Dolph Lundgren as Svengeance. Also, Danny Trejo as Stronghold, Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario, Julie Andrews as Marlena Gru, and Alan Arkin as Wild Knuckles.

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The movie also stars RZA in an unknown role. Kyle Balda is the director of the film, while Brian Lynch is the screenwriter for the film.

What is the plot of the movie? And what do we know from the trailer?

Spoilers Ahead.

The movie is a sequel to the 2015 Minions and a prequel to the Despicable Me movie series. Minions are a prehistoric species (who have still managed to survive), whose aim is to serve the most potent baddie in their current time. At the end of the first movie, we meet young Gru, who defeats Scarlet Overkill and becomes the new master for the Minions.

Universal Pictures released the first official trailer for the film back in February 2020. The trailer introduces us to the next villains of the movie, The Viscious six and young Gru and the minions Kevin, Stuart, Bob, and Otto from the first film.

The official synopsis of the movie says:

“Set just after the 2015 film, this time in the heart of the 1970s, a twelve-year-old Felonius Gru is growing up in the suburbs. A fanboy of a supervillain group known as the Vicious 6, Gru hatches a plan to become evil enough to join them. When the Vicious 6 fire their leader, legendary fighter Wild Knuckles, Gru interviews to become their newest member.

It does not go well, and things only get worse after Gru steals from them with the help of Kevin, Stuart, Bob, Otto, and the other Minions and suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the apex of evil. On the run, Gru and the Minions will turn to an unlikely source for guidance, Wild Knuckles himself, and discover that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.”

Stay tuned to remain updated with all the exciting news of the entertainment industry. We hope to ender 2021 with our health at maximum levels and immunity to fight all the viruses coming ahead so that we can enjoy some good quality movies with our family and friends.

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The Walking Dead Charts New Path for Pandemic-Inspired Filming




The Walking Dead finally returns to the air this weekend with its Season 10 finale. 

Beyond that, the series is set to return with six bonus episodes in early 2021. 

While these episodes were not planned, they were ordered in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that shut the show down in the first place. 

Series showrunner Angela Kang has opened up about the episodes being almost anthology-like and focusing on fewer characters. 

“The episodes are all designed to be filmed safely during this pandemic that we’re in,” Kang said, according to

Lydia Makes a Friend - The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 1

“There’s sort of an anthological feel to some of them. They’re really deep dives into our characters, which I hope people enjoy.

“We’ve been enjoying working on something that’s a little bit different from what we were doing in the main part of season 10.”

“We just get to feature different people and tell these little stories that all kind of add up to a picture of what our survivors are going through, and that will lead us into season 11 eventually.”

Given the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, it makes sense. 

Michonne Chats About the Drama - The Walking Dead

If you watch The Walking Dead online, you know there is no shortage of extras because of the sprawling landscapes that are filled with walkers. 

Then there are the communities that are typically filled with a lot of people. 

The good news is that the fans will be getting fresh episodes before The Walking Dead Season 11, which is confirmed to be the final season. 

AMC announced earlier this month that 24 episodes have been ordered for the final season, and that it will air in two parts, before the series wraps in 2022. 

Badass Carol - The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 3

For fans of Daryl and Carol, there is good news:

A spinoff featuring the fan-favorites is set to launch in 2023, but Norman Reedus explained just a few days ago that this new series will not be similar to the main series. 

The franchise will expand on October 4 with the premiere of The Walking Dead: World Beyond, which is a teen drama with a post-apocalyptic backdrop. 

What are your thoughts on Kang’s comments about the additional six episodes? 

Is Daryl Leading Negan to His Death? - The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 14

Are you ready for more character-driven installments, or do you prefer lots of characters and lots of action?

Hit the comments below. 

Catch The Walking Dead Season 10 Episode 16 Sunday on AMC. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Earth Is About to Capture an ‘Asteroid’ That Might Be a Discarded Rocket: Check it now!!




Earth is about to capture a minimoon, but there is something strange about this

play jeux We as a whole know and love our Moon. It has been the constant ally of the Earth for billions of years, a pillar of the heavens. However, he is not our only friend. Now and then, a small item is briefly trapped in our planet’s circle, staying nearby for a short period, a couple of months or years, before being thrown back into space.

We call these elements minimoons, and considering we’ve made a couple of speculative reconnaissance of captured space rocks briefly, only two have been claimed: 2006 RH120, which he visited in 2006 and 2007, and 2020 CD3, in the Earth circle. from 2018 to 2020 slot apex.

live roulette Today, space experts have spotted another item, called 2020 SO, in a direction that will likely see you briefly caught by Earth’s gravity. The projections have an element that will appear in a month, in October 2020, and will remain close until May 2021, when it will be withdrawn for the surroundings elsewhere.

management personal statement As should be obvious in the recreation below, the direction of the article proposes that it will go in and out through two of Earth’s Lagrange foci, gravitationally stable foci made by the Earth’s gravitational collaboration with the Sun.

electronic entertainment expo 2018 This would be incredibly essential on its own; however, there is a curve. The Earth-like circle and the low velocity of 2020 SW recommend that it not be a space rock; its qualities, as indicated by specialists, are more predictable with something man-made.

?u?el zasady 2020 SW has been delegated an Apollo space rock in JPL’s small body database, a class of space rocks whose shapes cross the circle of Earth. This class of space rock often has near-Earth experiences. However, there are a couple of indications that 2020 SO doesn’t care about others.

The article deals with a circle that is just a pinch over a year old and trending low relative to the Earth circle; that is, it is not tilted, however, in a similar orbital shape. His whim, the deviation of the state of his circle from an ideal circle, is only slightly higher than that of Earth. Also, its speed is much slower than the speed of an Apollo space rock.

“Speed ​​is, in every way, very important,” space excavator Alice Gorman of Flinders University in Australia told ScienceAlert. “I’m seeing that it’s just moving too gradually, which reflects its underlying speed. That’s a great indication.”

Elements that have originated on the Moon also have a slower velocity than space rocks; However, Gorman noted, 2020 SW is even slower than moon rocks.

This focuses on the item possibly being space junk; explicitly, as JPL’s Paul Chodas pointed out, the removal of the Centaur phase of a rocket that sent a test payload called Surveyor 2 to the Moon in September 1966.

The space rock # 2020SO is associated with being the supporter of the centaur Surveyor 2 rocket, sent on September 20, 1966. The Earth-like circle and low relative velocity recommend a possible man-made item.

Reusable rockets are just an ongoing development, as recovery is extraordinarily problematic. The response widely used for quite some time was the dispatch of multi-stage rockets intended for self-destruction. The promoter stage returns to Earth for reuse; the rest of the rocket, which moves the payload, is disposed of in space after its activity is complete.

These deleted scenarios comprise a large amount of garbage in the room. What’s more, according to Gorman, they are surprisingly easy to miss.

“There are endless elements in the spatial condition, like gravitational elements and different things that influence development, which can be very fickle from time to time,” she said.

“You have to keep following these things, or you can just discard them without any problem. Also, on the off chance that they accomplish something somewhat eccentric, and you look the wrong way, at that moment you don’t have the most nebulous idea where it is gone. It’s very disconcerting, the number of things that have disappeared. ”

The 2020 SO evaluated size coordinates the properties of a Centaur stage from the 1960s period. According to NASA’s CNEOS information base, the item is in the range of 21 and 46 feet (6.4 and 14 meters). ) of length; a Centaur scenario estimates 12.68 meters (41.6 feet).

Space rocks are distinguished in the sky as splendid items in motion, a place in darkness. From that, we can deduce the velocity and the circle, and make an indicator of the size, without more definite perceptions.

2020 SO is because of make two close dips of Earth. On 1 December 2020, it will pass by a good ways off of around 50,000 kilometers (31,000 miles). On around 2 February 2021, it will fly by at 220,000 kilometers.

Nor is sufficiently close to entering Earth’s environment – the item presents no risk. In any case, those separations, especially at moderate paces, might be sufficient to consider it all the more intently and learn what 2020 SO is.

We may have the option to make out an unpleasant shape. Spectroscopy could help decide whether the item is painted. What’s more, how much light it reflects could even give data to help plan long haul space missions. On the off chance that 2020 SO is that 1966 Centaur stage, it’s been out in space for a long time – a human-made rocket bearing the void for each one of those decades.

“It is fascinating to do some reflectance spectroscopy, which would show how unpleasant the surfaces are, how much it’s been hollowed and rotted from being assaulted by dust and miniature shooting stars,” Gorman said.

“It’s human material that has been out in an alternate piece of the room. Along these lines, it is fascinating to contrast that with the outcomes you get from stuff in low Earth circle, which is a whole lot denser in the material.”

Furthermore, regardless of whether it is a rocket stage, 2020 SO’s properties can assist us with distinguishing other close Earth objects later on. On the off chance that it’s human-made, that implies whenever we see an item with comparable properties, we have somewhat more data supporting an anthropogenic birthplace.

On the off chance that it’s a space rock, that implies we have a truly abnormal stone on our hands showing that space rocks can move – actually startlingly – like rocket stages.

Along these lines, whatever 2020 SO is, we’ll have a long way to go from our approaching riddle visitor.

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