The Verdict On Tenet: Is It Worth Your Time And Money??

Rating: 1/5 Stars

COVID-19 is still as inescapable and mortifying now as it was when we first heard of its lethal side effects and overwhelming quarantine procedures. It halted and crippled everyone’s way of life and every facet of businesses, companies, and the future of those organizations. Movies have been one of the trickiest snags for the world to untangle with nearly every major movie company delaying their films release dates or even their films completion well into next year. Christopher Nolan bravely fought for cinemas to open up and claimed that his latest cerebral sci-fi blockbuster, “Tenet,” was powerful enough to get scared viewers out of their homes and back into theaters and that it could save and stabilize the movie industry sufficiently.

And what was the end result? Well, much like “Tenet” itself, it’s hard to explain. In a twilight world of international espionage, an unnamed CIA operative, known as The Protagonist (John David Washington), is recruited by a mysterious organization called Tenet to participate in a global assignment that unfolds beyond real-time. The mission: prevent Andrei Sator (Kenneth Branagh), a renegade Russian oligarch with precognition abilities, from starting World War III. The Protagonist will soon master the art of “time inversion” as a way of countering the threat that is to come by turning back and accelerating forward time itself to see what has to be done and how to do it before it’s too late.

Directors are known for having trademark details; little things they do in each of their films that act as their signatures or using the same actors over and over again. Christopher Nolan is known to be a talented filmmaker (The Dark Knight Trilogy) but while many of his films exceed technical limitations and scope, he’s also known for duplicating a most unfortunate formula: grand-scale films with poor representation of women, paper-thin characters, and zero personality or humor to speak of and these flaws are painfully obvious in every film he’s done: from “The Prestige,” “Interstellar,” to even his biggest cinematic success story, “Inception.” With the implied promise of “Tenet” being the one film to bring people back into theaters, it’s frustratingly disappointing to see the film suffer from all Nolan’s aforementioned flaws and then some. “Tenet” is Nolan at his worst when he thinks he is being at his best.

Time travel films or films having anything to do with time travel in some capacity are often called confusing and hard to follow. “Tenet” is no different. This concept of time inversion makes time manipulation infinitely more confusing than it already was. Much like “Inception,” 98% of “Tenet’s” dialog serves to explain all the rules and mechanics of this new system, only this time it fails to clarify anything at every possible moment. The dialog and time mechanics are as lifeless and sterile as the hollowed husks that spout the dribble so commonly; they assume like everyone already knows what they’re saying or that everyone talks this way in real life everyday situations.  I barely had any idea what was happening and worst of all, I didn’t care if I did understand because I didn’t care about anyone or anything in this film.

The Protagonist feels as non-descriptive and generic as his pretentious name. We never get any sense or reason why he does what he does, who he is, or how he even counts as an actual person. The film nearly clocks in at 3 hours and everyone is devoid of a recognizable personality or sense of likability. It’s all spent explaining how time inversion works and you STILL don’t ever get a solid grip on the concept anyway. Sure, it allows for some inventive looking action sequences and unique combat maneuvers but even those become snore inducing once you realize there’s still another 45 minutes left to trudge through. There’s not a speck of soul in this film, not an ounce of humanity or sanity that feels real…that is until we get to the sole piece of gold in this mountain of dirt and grime: Kenneth Branagh.

Branagh is a rage binging monster of a person and our primary villain for this film and he, thankfully, owns this role with flawless perfection. For violence fueled mad man, he’s the only person in this film who talks like a normal person and feels like a believable human being. He dominates every scene he’s in and energizes the script’s lifeless dialog to the point you feel like he doesn’t belong here, that he came from and needs to go back to a much better film. Overall, “Tenet” failed to save the movie industry the same way Branagh failed to carry this movie on his own (even though he wasn’t supposed to). Outside of Branagh’s stellar performance and a few flashy neat sequences, “Tenet” is a stiff, drifting piece of plywood and every scripted page and lifeless character is dragging it deeper and deeper down into the water where it needs to stay and sink so it can never bore or confuse another person ever again.

Emmys 2020 Amazingly Sets New Record For Most Wins By Black Actors

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The 2020 Emmys just created history by setting a new record for the most wins by black actors.

According to Variety, 7 black artists won awards in a number of major categories last night, which pretty much beats the record 2 years ago for the most wins by black actors. This year, Television Academy reports that 34.3% of all nominees were black and nine of the 18 acting awards given out at the 2020 Emmys went to black actors, which is a massive spike from last year’s numbers. Last year, according to Variety, just 11.1% of winning actors were black.

Eddie Murphy, Maya Rudolph, and Ron Cephas Jones received awards during Saturday’s event – Murphy and Rudolph won their Emmys for their December 2019 performance in the same episode of Saturday Night Live, and Jasmine Cephas Jones won the short form acting award for Quibi’s #FreeRayShawn alongside Laurence Fishburne.

Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Uzo Aduba, and Zendaya all received awards as well with Zendaya winning lead drama actress for HBO’s Euphoria – at 24, Zendaya became the youngest ever actor to win the best lead actress in a drama series award so that’s another achievement to be celebrated!

Congratulations to Eddie Murphy, Maya Rudolph, Cephas Jones, Regina King, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Uzo Aduba, and Zendaya – well done on your amazing achievements!

 

5 True To Life Movies That Actually Blew Our Minds

It has been a long time since we watched some of the most incredible real-life stories put on film and after going through a lot of effort on finding only 5 of the best may seem to be unfair. The movies listed below are just some of the most amazing movies that we have seen a couple of years ago. Nonetheless, these movies which are based on a real situation touched our hearts, inspired us, and even shocked us.

Braveheart

The story of William Wallas plays an important role in our history and whether we like it or not, the movie Braveheart, played by Mel Gibson was a total hit! The movie itself has the best crew and played perfectly for their roles including the setting and locations. During this revolution, Wallas recruited nomads and those who oppose the situation based on the governance in Scotland. The story covered his life starting at a very young age where his father died and was adopted by his uncle.

A famous quote from the movie is “they may take our lives but they will never take our freedom!”

Schindler’s list

Schindler’s List is a famous movie that was based on a true event focusing on a German businessman who was trying to survive and make his fortune during World War II. Oskar Schindler experienced devastating occurrences but ended up saving 1100 Jews. This story had indeed touched our hearts as the movie shows the grief that they felt during the war including the struggle to survive.

Pearl Harbor

This amazing movie was based on an event that transpired in December of 1941 where the Japanese launched a surprise attack that devastated and killed more than 2400 soldiers including 21 ships on the U.S. Naval Base in Hawaii. However, the movie does not focus on the war alone but also on the love story of a man and a woman and their cross relationship with his best friend. Rafe and Danny are both pilots but uneventful things happen when Rafe got an opportunity to go to the British Air Corps.

The Pursuit of Happyness

One of the most inspiring movies in 2006 was Pursuit of Happyness that was played by Will Smith and his son Jaden. The movie shows a homeless father and son for almost a year and is working as a medical representative until Chris Gardner (Will) exhibits his intelligence on the job application corporation that earned him his fortune little by little. He entered the world of stock marketing which at the end made his and his son’s life back on track.

Saving Private Ryan

The movie that Tom Hanks stars is actually based on a real story of the Niland Brothers but was revised by producer Steven Spielberg. The story was set on the Second World War where a mission was set to find and rescue Private Ryan who was in fact the last survivor of their family of four brothers who participated in the D-Day landings. The real name of the brother that survived is Fritz Niland.

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Chadwick Boseman, “Black Panther” Star, Has Died Of Cancer At 43

Actor Chadwick Boseman, who played the iconic Black Panther in the Marvel cinematic universe, has just died of cancer aged 43.

According to ABC, Boseman’s publicist Nicki Fioravante confirmed that he died at his home in the Los Angeles area with his wife and family by his side.

According to his family, Boseman was diagnosed with colon cancer four years ago. They posted a heartbreaking message via Boseman’s Instagram account and here’s what they said:

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.⁣

“Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016 and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. ⁣

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. ⁣

“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. ⁣

“He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. ⁣

“The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.” ⁣

Originally born in South Carolina, Boseman initially had small roles in television until his impressive portrayal of baseball star Robinson opposite Harrison Ford in the biopic 42 back in 2013 made him a bonafide star. But his most memorable role was his performance as T’Challa aka Black Panther, king of the kingdom of Wakanda.

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Chadwick Boseman and his family.

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It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.⁣ ⁣ Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. ⁣ ⁣ A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. ⁣ ⁣ It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. ⁣ ⁣ He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. ⁣ ⁣ The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. ⁣ ⁣ Photo Credit: @samjonespictures

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Full List Of Renewed Netflix Shows Of 2020

While cancellations are unavoidable, the upside is hearing which of your favorite shows that got the thumbs up for renewal. Whether it’s a continuation after a string of stellar seasons getting a new one, or a new series lucky enough to earn a new season after its first season; here are all the TV shows Netflix was generous enough to renew:

  1. Russian Doll, Season 2
  2. Lucifer, Season 5 (final season)
  3. On My Block, Season 3
  4. After Life, Season 3
  5. The Umbrella Academy, Season 2
  6. Sex Education, Season 3
  7. F Is for Family, Season 4
  8. Grace and Frankie, Seasons 6 & 7 (final season)
  9. The Crown, Season 4
  10. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Seasons 3 & 4
  11. The Ranch, Season 4
  12. Narcos: Mexico, Season 2
  13. Ozark, Season 3
  14. Ugly Delicious, Season 2
  15. Altered Carbon, Season 2
  16. Dead to Me, Season 2
  17. The Society, Season 2
  18. Trinkets, Season 2 (final season)
  19. Iglesias, Season 2
  20. Family Reunion, Season 2
  21. GLOW, Season 4 (final season)
  22. Dear White People, Season 4 (final season)
  23. Another Life, Season 2
  24. The Witcher, Season 2
  25. Raising Dion, Season 2
  26. You, Season 3
  27. Atypical, Season 4 (final season)
  28. Lost in Space, Season 3 (final season)

10 New Awesome Netflix Cinematic And TV Treats To Binge This Weekend

With every month, new content comes and new content goes but let’s not focus on the bad news shall we? We have plenty of that going around these days. It’s always a fun surprise to see what new content is shuffling on each month and with everyone being indoors longer and watching even more streaming content, here are the top 10 best new cinematic and television treats that have been recently added to Netflix; just waiting for you to binge them:

1. A Whisker Away: A new anime film that features everything the world loves: colorful animation, whimsical fantasy for audiences of all ages, and cute cats.

2. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm: this animated cult classic film depicts Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill in a feature length film based off the highly popular “Batman the animated series.”

3. Spaceballs: a Mel Brooks classic comedy parodying Star Wars is back to bring back some golden perfect comedy for your viewing pleasure.

4. Unsolved Mysteries: a new NETFLIX documentary series based on the classic TV series to uncover new mysteries for a modern age.

5. Warrior Nun: a new NETFLIX original movie that is as ridiculous and wildly bizarre as the title sounds. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

6. JU-ON Origins: this new NETFLIX series is based on the original Japanese horror film/American remake film; detailing the origins of this iconic haunted house/figure.

7. The Twelve: this NETFLIX series follows Twelve ordinary people called for jury duty for a murder case in which a woman stands trial for killing her own blood.

8. The Old Guard: a NETFLIX film starring Charlize Theron and Chiwetel Ejiofor, two warriors in a team of immortals who discover a new immortal threatens their existence.

9. The Business of Drugs: a NETFLIX documentary series detailing the business, operations, and overall functional impact of drugs in society.

10. Down to Earth with Zac Efron: a new NETFLIX travel show where actor Zac Efron journeys around the world with wellness expert Darin Olien in search of healthy, sustainable ways to live.

Tom Hanks Eyed To Play Geppetto in Disney’s Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ Movie

After playing Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, it looks like Tom Hanks is about to star in on another children’s classic. Deadline revealed that Tom Hanks is in early negotiations to play Geppetto in Disney and Robert Zemeckis’ live-action version of Pinocchio.

Although negotiations are still at an early stage, Hanks has apparently reached out to Zemeckis to let him know he is keen on doing the film after reading the script. Hanks and Zemeckis have already collaborated in the past for Forrest Gump, Cast Away, and the Christmas classic The Polar Express so this film marks the fourth collaboration between the two.

Hanks is currently still filming the Elvis Presley biopic which had to halt production after he and his wife, Rita Wilson contracted the COVID-19 virus while filming in Australia. The studio is hoping to restart production again in Australia later in the year.

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The Mulan Remake Is Actually Coming to Disney+. Yes, You Read Right.

Disney recently announced that Niki Caro’s Mulan will actually be heading to Disney+ customers in the U.S. and other select markets at an extra price of $29.99 starting Sept. 4. The decision to debut Milan on Disney+ is a massive blow for theaters globally who were counting on playing the film later this month.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney CEO Bob Chapek has recently revealed that Disney+ currently has 60.5 million global subscribers so they are hoping to reach out to their current subscribers to watch the movie in the comforts of their own home.

“We’re very pleased to be able to bring Mulan to our consumer base that has been waiting for it for a long, long time as we’ve had to, unfortunately, move our theatrical date several times,” Chapek revealed. “We are looking at Mulan as one-off as opposed to saying there is some new business windowing model that we are looking at.”

“That said, we find it very interesting to be able to take a new offering to consumers at that $29.99 price and learn from it and see what happens not only in terms of the uptick of the number of subscribers we got on the platform but also the number of transactions we get on that PVOD offering,” Chapek further said.

Mulan was originally set to hit the cinemas on March 27 but was delayed three more times due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic before Disney decided to unschedule the film. This is definitely a case of good news and bad news for Disney fans who have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the live-action remake of Mulan.

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Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Widow’ Will Have 30 Minutes of IMAX Footage

Black Widow was supposed to hit theaters this November. But since we’re still locked in a battle against COVID-19, who knows when the release date is going to be now! That said, according to Screenrant, Marvel Studios’ next film will feature a half-hour of IMAX footage.

Scarlett Johansson will once again play the badass Natasha Romanoff in a plot that takes place right after Captain America: Civil War. Actress Florence Pugh will be playing the second Black Widow, Yelena Belova. Rachel Weisz plays Melina Vostokoff, and David Harbour stars as Red Guardian.

Check out the trailer below courtesy of Marvel Entertainment (Screenshot from Marvel Entertainment):

What’s Coming To Netflix In August 2020: Top 5 Picks So Far

We may be smack dab in the middle of July and summer but thanks to our increasing drawn-out home-based vacation due to the world’s unfortunate state, people are already looking further forward into the future to see what Netflix is supplying everyone for the month of August. Most of the supplied titles are TV shows, with a few highly popularized ones getting most of the attention (Including an anime series). Set your reminders, notifications and be prepared, here’s our top 5 picks coming your way in August, Netflix users.

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Aug. 6
The Rain Season 3 (Netfix Original)

Seven Deadly Sins Season 4 (Netflix Anime series)

Aug. 7
Selling Sunset Season 3 (Netflix Original)

Aug. 14
The Great Heist Season 1 (Netflix Original)
Project Power (Netflix Film)

Aug. 28
Unknown Origins (Netflix Film)