Weekly Roundup: 4/28 – 5/4

I know it seems amazing, but there are things happening in the film world other than Game of Thrones and Avengers: Endgame (2019). Here are some other interesting things to look out for:

Once Upon A Time in Hollywood coming to Cannes

Quentin Tarantino‘s next film has been coming for some time and is currently slated to be released in July. However, the director was able to complete Once Upon A Time in Hollywood in time for it to be premiered, and compete, at the Cannes Film Festival in May. It apparently took quite a lot of editing to get the film, which was shot in 35 mm, ready for release, but Tarantino has succeeded. While I’m not always a fan of his gory scenes and self-aware style, I’m curious to see the film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Margot Robbie.

 

Blinded by the Light to be released soon

On Thursday, a trailer for Blinded by the Light (2019) was released. Directed by Gurinder Chadha of Bend it Like Beckham (2003) and based on a true story, the film follows Javed (Viveik Kalra), a British teenager of Pakistani descent, as he grows up in England. He turns to the music of Bruce Springsteen to help him cope with difficult times, and he discovers, surprisingly, how well Bruce is able to put into words what he is feeling. As a fan of the Boss myself, I cannot wait to see it when it is released in August.

 

John Singleton’s “Boyz n the Hood”

With the passing of writer, director, and producer John Singleton this week, I found this article in the Atlantic to be not only an interesting story about him and the film, but also a broader look at the culture of the time period, including linguistic and phonetic symbolism. Titled “Why John Singleton Wanted the ‘Z’ in Boyz n the Hood,” the article delves into hip-hop orthography and the linguistic hegemony of the time, including further examples of the implications of ending words with z’s rather than s’s. It’s fascinating and well worth a read.

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