Welcome to Weekly Round-Up #9. This week, I’m sharing some news from the cinema world and a few trailers for films we’re watching.
In Theaters: The Favourite (2018)
Yorgos Lanthimos has made some of the most fascinatingly disturbing films – ever. From Dogtooth (2009) to The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017), or my (and many people’s) favorite, The Lobster (2015), Lanthimos’s films have a unique way of twisting reality into something dark and uncanny. The Favourite (2018), a period piece set in 18th-century England, stars Olivia Colman and Emma Stone and is bound to receive an Oscar nomination or two.
New on Netflix: The Other Side of the Wind (2018) and They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (2018)
Orson Welles (1915-1985) isn’t exactly an obscure director. But he’s also not exactly still alive, which is why it’s a little surprising to see two new films bearing his name on Netflix right now. The first of these, The Other Side of the Wind (2018) is considered his last film, was begun in 1971, and is essentially a mockumentary/semi-autobiographical drama about a film director, that may reveal as much about Welles as it does its actual subject (but then again, Citizen Kane  basically did the same). The other film is They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead (2018), an actual documentary, which just happens to be meta enough to discuss The Other Side of the Wind as well. While you’re at it, check out Welles’s other works on Netflix, including two of his directorial greats, The Stranger (1946) and Touch of Evil (1958), and one of his star roles, in The Third Man (1949).
ICYMI: Oscar Controversy Has Already Begun
Within three days, Kevin Hart was set to host the 2019 Oscars, and then lost it again. On Wednesday, it was announced that Hart would be hosting, just a day after the Hollywood Reporter‘s article, “Why Oscar Host Has Become the Least Wanted Job in Hollywood,” which discussed how hosting the Oscars is the film industry’s equivalent of leading the charge from the trenches. In recent years, the Oscars have come under fire for a number of different reasons, and the show is now ground zero for discussions of Hollywood’s problematic atmosphere. Kevin Hart rose to the challenge – for a moment – and then fell again, after complaints about his homophobia emerged. Check out this Variety article for more details about the timeline and scandal, and this New Yorker article for an opinion about why Hart wasn’t right for the job. While I agree that Hart shouldn’t host – especially this year, when LGBTQ films have finally entered the public consciousness – I don’t envy whoever is in charge of hiring Oscar hosts.