Francis Ford Coppola’s new gothic thriller ‘Twixt’, starring Elle Fanning and Val Kilmer has opened in France to great reviews.

Le Monde said:

“Some say it’s ugly. That this crude picture, these effects cheap, Val Kilmer bloated face emerged from purgatory for the occasion of Hollywood, are a depressing poverty. And yet that’s the beauty that endears this film. A fragile beauty, poignant, totally romantic. Twixt is a Gothic poem shot in digital and transfigured by the sheer gravity of the young Elle Fanning (this amazing child star revealed by Sofia Coppola in Somewhere, recently updated in Super 8, JJ Abrams, who has just blown its thirteenth candle).

The images have the metal texture of raw pixel, but in the hands of the great goldsmith sensual what Coppola, this material becomes gold. This is because it sparkles so, because it might upset too, she calls a counterpoint some patterns ugly.

Third film of Francis Ford Coppola since his conversion to digital five years ago and his new credo of artistic independence and financial Twixt thus combines the beauty and ugliness, the trivial and the sublime, the comic and the tragic … It could be so inept, since this second birth, the author of The Godfather was not floating in a wonderful state of grace.

Desiring, against all logic, to remake films like if a student, he arrived there in a sense. Twixt the cool done well reminiscent of his early films of the era Corman (including Dementia 13). Only she has been enriched by the wisdom, experience and memory of man ageless what has become its author.

With Youth Without Youth and Tetro, his two previous films, Twixt form a trilogy in which there is a damaged relationship between father and child, a dizzying reflection on time, the systematic use of still shots and frequent in black and white. .. Of the three, however, it is the most moving, most original, most successful.

The original film, as the filmmaker evokes, is to find in a dream he had where he appeared to a young girl with her mouth full of metal rings and the American poet Edgar Allan Poe. And also in the interpretation he has made, combining these visions to the death of his son Gian-Carlo (in 1986, in a speedboat accident), and the guilt he has himself designed.

Twixt begins when Hans Baltimore (Val Kilmer), writer of novels of witchcraft poor languishing in alcoholism since the death of his daughter, arrives in a U.S. town to sign his latest book. The town has nothing notable if the belfry of his church was not flanked by five clocks displaying different times, if a group of young Satanists had not installed the other side of the lake, and if Edgar Allan Poe had not stayed there during his lifetime. For the rest, nothing to report, not even a bookstore. In front of the book section of the hardware that Hans Baltimore moved to autograph his book.

Disgusted with himself, he wants to end his career as a writer station. But his wife calls, videoconference intermediary, a new novel. To pay the bills, she says, if he did not comply, to sell its most valuable asset: a first edition of poems by Walt Whitman. To stage these conversations, Coppola chooses the split-screen, thus isolating his characters on either side of the screen, separated by a border, fixing both the camera instead of watching. How better to suggest the lack of communication within the couple deliquescent? The film is full of fun little finds like this (including a particularly hilarious on the writer at work), which gives it its bright and sparkling tone.

Baltimore therefore yield to pressure from his wife, and it is in this small town that is the subject of his new novel.

The sheriff, an oddball who engages in his spare time to writing thrillers, it furnishes the starting point. He tells a group of children was murdered and claims, in exchange elements of its investigation, to be recognized co-author of the book.

Faithful to the precepts that Coppola lavishes publicly in recent years, Baltimore appropriates the idea without the slightest intention to compensate the sheriff. In fact, it is conducting its own investigation into a series of dreams and alcoholic medicated, where he meets the ghost of a murdered child – “a” young vampire teeth of steel played by Elle Fanning – and Edgar Allan Poe (Ben Chaplin) who serves as his literary coach.

Coppola’s personal story, and those of his anti-hero characters he invents himself in his novel are reflected in a complex game of mirrors. To the point, to represent the death of the daughter of the writer, explosive return of the repressed to which advance the film, the filmmaker recreates precisely that of his own son.

Between fiction, dream, memory, where lies the truth? These three terms are they really disjointed? How to distinguish them in a world where we live several time frames at the same time? These questions were already running in his two previous films, but who find in this story of grief, creative and lovely ghosts reflected the most successful, the clearest, the most overwhelming.

The film currently has no US release date.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 brings the L.M.D. storyline to a truly wild end. Here’s what to expect from “Self Control”!

You don’t know what’s coming

Yeah, there’s a synopsis for “Self Control” — “Suspicion turns to paranoia when the team doesn’t know who can be trusted as more LMDs infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D.” But that’s the equivalent of saying that Iron Man is about a goateed man who can fly.

Sure, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 answers a lot of questions about who is and who isn’t a robot. More profoundly though, the episode goes in for a final knead and punch of the ideas that have been floating around all season.

Free will and humanity. Sacrifice and love. The nature of reality — and even of life itself. Beneath the plot, surprises, and pain, that’s what’s really going on in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spring finale.

That, and the characters who get caught in the middle.

Jed Whedon is Not. Playing. Around.

Executive producer and showrunner Jed Whedon is the man behind the pen and the camera in “Self Control,” and he’s there for a reason. Whedon’s first try at the director’s chair on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is operatic, incisive, and perpetually gut-clenching.

Yes, there are lovely and disturbing vistas, an artistry that comes from a deliberate and careful eye. But more important is the unshakable Whedon impulse that animates Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, that builds through the episode like a cresting tide.

You know that unmistakable sense that someone is laughing behind the scenes? Yeah. That’s why Jed Whedon is here.

What’s next?

Well, that’s a very good question. “Self Control” leaves us with a few razor-like possibilities, all of which lead down spiky corridors of questions. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15 is here to leave us thirsty for the season’s final seven episodes, and that’s exactly what it does.

Oh, and to answer your next question…

Cliffhanger?

Uh, yes. Cliffhanger.

Oh boy, cliffhanger.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 4×15, “Self Control,” airs Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 10:00 p.m. on ABC.

What are your top theories for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ 4×15?

Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

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Have President’s Day off? Here are some movies, TV shows, and soundtracks with which to celebrate President’s Day.

‘Hamilton’


Even if you were somehow lucky enough to have already seen the musical, you might as well celebrate today with another listen to the soundtrack. In case you have been living under a rock, Hamilton is a hip-hop, rap, musical about Alexander Hamilton. Yes, Hamilton never became president, but the musical does include multiple would-be presidents. Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and even birthday boy himself George Washington are heavily featured in Hamilton. Based on the biography by Ron Chernow, you can get a history lesson while you listen to great music.

‘Liberty’s Kids’


Liberty’s Kids aired in the early 2000s on PBS. Liberty’s Kids follows three teenagers from varying backgrounds throughout the American Revolution, mentored by Benjamin Franklin. It is geared for children but is still pretty enjoyable for adults. In each episode, the teenagers encounter a significant person or event from the revolution, giving a concise and entertaining history lesson. The show features many important figures throughout the revolution, showing even more presidents than in Hamilton. As one can imagine, Washington is among these.

‘Lincoln’


Lincoln is a 2012, Oscar nominated movie, directed by Steven Spielberg based on Doris Kearns Goodwin’s biography of Abraham Lincoln, Team of Rivals. Instead of a biopic of Lincoln’s entire life, Lincoln is specifically about his passing of the 13th amendment. Essentially directed between each of his science fiction blockbusters, Spielberg also made many significant historical movies, Lincoln among them. Lincoln not only shows his power as a president, but also humanizes him through an Oscar winning performance by Daniel Day-Lewis.

‘1776’


Hamilton is not the first musical about American history. Thankfully, though, because this way there are other options, one of which is 1776. Even more conveniently, the musical 1776 was adapted into a movie in the early 1970s. Heavily implied by its name, 1776 is about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. 1776 definitely has a more classical musical theater vibe than Hamilton. The strange combination of American history and musical theater allows for a humorous yet educational experience. However, as reflective of the history of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Washington is not a character in the musical; yet, it obviously includes many other significant historical figures.

‘The West Wing’ or ‘The American President’


Unlike the other items on this list, these two are about fictional presidents. But it would be nice if they were real. Of the many politically charged movies and television shows by Aaron Sorkin, these two are specifically about presidents. If you have the day off and want to attempt to binge watch seven seasons, then you may want to check out The West Wing. The West Wing follows President Bartlet and his staff and advisors during their time in the White House. If you want a movie to help you transition between Valentine’s Day and President’s Day then The American President is worth watching. It is a romantic comedy about President Shepherd, who falls in love with a lobbyist.

How else will you celebrate President’s Day?

The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

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The first two cast members for Disney’s live-action adaptation of The Lion King have been announced by director Jon Favreau.

James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa in the animated movie in the ’90s, is returning as the character in the live-action adaptation. Interesting!

Meanwhile, Donald Glover — who will co-star in this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming for Disney and Marvel — will play Adult Simba.

Favreau tweeted the news Friday evening:

According to a statement from Disney, The Lion King “will build on the groundbreaking technology used in The Jungle Book to bring the story of Simba to photorealistic life.”

A release date for the film hasn’t been set. Favreau also helmed the live-action Jungle Book for the studio.

So far casting is off to a great start!