FX finally announced Monday afternoon that the breakout show Fargo would return for a second season. Writer Noah Hawley's bold re-imagining of Joel and Ethan Coen's brilliant 1996 film struck a chord with both audiences and critics alike this year. The first season of Fargo garnered 18 Emmy nominations, the most for a single program in the network's history according to FX's CEO John Landgraf.
Matthias Clamer/FX Aw jeez, we're excited to return to Fargo next season.
On this week's Voice Film Club podcast, we hear from L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson, who's intrigued by the bizarre universe of Pixar's Planes movies. We also hear about the film critic's background and how she became interested in the movies by way of subliminal advertising and photography.
After taking a break for the Fourth of July, Last Comic Standing got back to the business of crowning a new champion this week, as the remaining eight contestants prepared for potential superstardom during the talk-show challenge.
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This Thursday night, Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett of MST3K will be riffing on Sharknado!, arguably the worst/best movie of the past decade, live at the State Theatre for the first-ever Rifftrax event.
Unlike its predecessor, Rifftrax has no puppetry, and allows the guys to take on newer films, like Sharknado!, as opposed to sticking with obscure B-movies from yester-year.
Before they annihilate Ian Ziering and Tara Reid's epic cinematic comeback, we chatted with Minnesota's own Kevin Murphy about movie riffing, his hatred of movie theaters, and why Twilight is his dream film.
On this week's Voice Film Club episode, film critics Alan Scherstuhl, Amy Nicholson and Stephanie Zacharek race through the latest (and the most terrible) Transformers movie (2:01), Earth to Echo (13:14), and Tammy (16:30).
They then discuss Life Itself (21:54), a film about the life of the late Roger Ebert, which is in theaters and on-demand. The group then moves onto A Hard Day's Night (36:25), the Beatles movie that received a beautiful re-release on its 50th anniversary. It's just out on Bluray, too.
On this week's episode of the Voice Film Club podcast, Voice film critics Alan Scherstuhl and Stephanie Zacharek, along with L.A. Weekly film critic Amy Nicholson, discuss rom-com Begin Again (2:26), starring the always-interesting Mark Ruffalo. They also talk about the biting rom-com parody They Came Together (15:47), which might finally put a stake in the heart of the genre. Also, we hear about the post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie Snowpiercer (23:47).
JoJo Whilden They Came Together
Amy recommends Nothing Bad Can Happen (31:56) and the ESPN 30 for 30 doc The Two Escobars (33:25). Stephanie shouts out the eponymous biopic Yves Saint Laurent (35:43) and Alan encourages us to see You Can Count On Me and Do the Right Thing, which sees its 25th anniversary this month (38:30).
Episode 10: "Morton's Fork" [Warning: Spoilers for FX's Fargo series]
Chris Large/FX They've got him now.
This is it. The ending we've all been waiting for. As statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox loom over Lester, we see that he's finally left civilization and crossed over into savagery.
Fargo recap, episode nine: Vegas, baby!
We leave the movie theater on this week's Voice Film Club podcast in favor of a longform interview with Village Voice film critic Stephanie Zacharek, who's been at the New York paper for about a year. Before that she wrote for Salon, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and the Boston Phoenix, among others.