Sequestered Season 2 Updates: Will The Crackle Drama Return?

Will Crackle legal drama Sequestered return for a second season? Streaming service Crackle has produced a number of original shows and movies over the years. Their most successful show would be Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, which lives up to the central premise as Jerry Seinfeld takes famous actors and comedians out for some coffee and conversion. Crackle hosted the first nine seasons of the show, which later moved to Netflix. They achieved another cult hit with animated superhero comedy SuperMansion, which ran for three seasons and featured the voices of Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Keegan-Michael Key and Yvette Nicole Brown.

They also produced several movies including Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, Office Uprising and Dead Rising: Watchtower and Endgame, with the duology based on the popular Dead Rising video game series. In 2014 they debuted their legal thriller series Sequestered, where a group of twelve jurors is sequestered to decide the fate of a man accused of killing Governor Bennett’s (Patrick Warburton, Family Guy) young son. The show gathered together a great ensemble cast, including Jesse Bradford, Summer Glau (Firefly), Bruce Davison and many more. The show received solid reviews during its run and it kept the plot twists coming thick and fast.

Related: Family Guy: “Three Directors” Parodies Tarantino, Michael Bay & Wes Anderson

Given how well-received it was, what are the chances of Sequestered season 2 coming together?

By the end of Sequestered’s twelve episodes, Malcolm Miller was found innocent and Governor Bennett was taken into custody by the FBI for his various misdeeds. While not everything was neatly wrapped up – such as the issue of the ransom money – it would be hard to see how a second series could squeeze another full season out of the story.

Since the season 1 finale “Ashes To Ashes” went up there’s been no sign of movement on Sequestered season 2. It’s unknown if it was even planned for the show to continue beyond one season if it proved successful. Perhaps it could have picked up on some of the remaining story threads left behind by season 1 or been an anthology series that featured a new set of characters.

While the first season received mostly warm reviews and attracted a cult following, it wasn’t a huge success either. For that reason, it’s doubtful Sequestered season 2 is likely. It’s been over five years since it ended and the cast have all moved on.

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2020-03-13 19:50:32

Padraig Cotter

GOT: The 10 Best TV Drama Casts From The 2010s, Ranked

After the back end of the 2000s introduced audiences to the Peak TV movement and the dawn of the streaming age made binge-watching the new norm, the 2010s brought us a bunch of addictive drama series. From a high fantasy saga filled with sex, gore, and dragons to a soap opera set during a zombie apocalypse, the 2010s were a great time to be a fan of genre stories.

RELATED: The 10 Best TV Drama Casts From The ’90s, Ranked

The decade also brought plenty of interesting crime shows, as the tragic downfall of Walter White got TV viewers in the mood for criminal character arcs. So, here are the 10 best casts from 2010s TV dramas, ranked.

10 Mr. Robot

Anchored by a riveting performance by Oscar winner Rami Malek as antisocial drug-addicted vigilante hacker Elliot Alderson, Mr. Robot was one of the decade’s most fascinating and captivating TV shows. Malek was backed up by strong support from castmates like Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström, Portia Doubleday, and of course, Christian Slater in the mysterious title role.

Inspired by American Psycho and Fight Club, series creator Sam Esmail came up with a group of fascinating characters that the actors deftly brought to life on the small screen.

9 The Americans

Although they depicted undercover Soviet spies as being much more effective than they actually were, The Americans’ lead actors Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys were incredibly compelling in the lead roles of Elizabeth and Philip Jennings.

Noah Emmerich provided a strong dramatic foil as their clueless neighbor, FBI agent Stan Beeman, while young actors Holly Taylor and Keidrich Sellati gave impressive turns as Elizabeth and Philip’s kids.

8 Stranger Things

With a lot of child actors, it can be distractingly obvious that the young performers are playing a character and reciting lines from a script. But that’s never been the case with Stranger Things’ massively talented young cast, headlined by Finn Wolfhard and Millie Bobby Brown, with Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, and Noah Schnapp all providing strong support.

RELATED: Stranger Things: 5 Characters Who Got Better As The Show Went On (& 5 Who Got Worse)

Somehow, those kids have managed to hold their own opposite veteran acting heavyweights like Winona Ryder, David Harbour, and Matthew Modine.

7 Westworld

HBO’s serialized adaptation of Michael Crichton’s Westworld has a pretty amazing cast. Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, and James Marsden have all subtly played into the existential worries of being a sentient artificial intelligence, while Ed Harris is suitably mysterious as the Man in Black.

Jeffrey Wright has played the dark twists and turns in Bernard’s arc with gusto, and Anthony Hopkins – who could’ve phoned in his first regular TV role since the ‘70s – is spellbinding as always in the role of Robert Ford.

6 Fargo

As an anthology series, Fargo has a new cast every season. And in each season, that cast has been filled with A-list talent giving fantastic performances. From Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman in the first season to Kirsten Dunst and Patrick Wilson in the second season to Ewan McGregor and Carrie Coon in the third season, the performances in Fargo are incredible.

On top of nailing the “Minnesota nice” accent, which is tough enough, these actors have all done an impressive job of walking along the show’s tonal tightrope between harrowing drama and pitch-black comedy.

5 The Walking Dead

With major characters getting permanently killed off every couple of episodes, the cast of The Walking Dead is an ever-changing roster of talent. With a few rare exceptions, everyone in the show’s ensemble has been fantastic, with the series’ standouts including Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, and the late Scott Wilson.

RELATED: The Walking Dead: 5 Early Episodes That Hooked Fans In (& 5 Late Ones That Turned Them Off)

As fans of The Wire, arguably the greatest TV series ever made, The Walking Dead’s producer have cast a bunch of that show’s finest cast members, including Chad L. Coleman, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., and Seth Gilliam. Jeffrey Dean Morgan has brought the ultra-villainous Negan to life in a satisfying way, despite having his comics-accurate cuss-ridden vocabulary blunted by TV censorship rules.

4 Boardwalk Empire

Beginning with its Martin Scorsese-directed pilot episode, the cast of Boardwalk Empire was a who’s who of acting talent. Steve Buscemi’s subdued portrayal of Nucky Thompson led the series, but he was supported by such greats as Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Michael Shannon (there was a lot of Michaels in this cast).

The underrated Stephen Graham was terrific in the role of Al Capone, while The Wire’s Michael K. Williams returned to HBO’s airwaves to brilliantly play Chalky White. Of all the actors who played recurring roles, Bobby Cannavale particularly stood out in the third season as ruthless gangster Gyp Rosetti.

3 The Handmaid’s Tale

Elisabeth Moss is the shining star of Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s seminal dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale in the lead role of June Osborne, a.k.a. “Offred,” as her lead performance has kept viewers hooked for years.

Alexis Bledel has given a heartbreaking performance as a fellow handmaid, while Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski have committed wholeheartedly to their roles as the oppressors enforcing the bleak turn that society has taken.

2 Better Call Saul

Prequels are a risky business, but the Breaking Bad team has created one that’s arguably just as spectacular as the original work. Having been relegated to filling the comic relief role in Breaking Bad, Bob Odenkirk has proven himself to be a fine dramatic actor with his nuanced portrayal of Jimmy McGill’s transformation into “criminal” lawyer Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul.

RELATED: 5 Things That Breaking Bad Still Does Better Than Better Call Saul (And 5 It Did Worse)

Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito have been as great as ever in reprising their Breaking Bad roles, while Rhea Seehorn has emerged as one of the show’s M.V.P.s in the role of fierce fellow attorney Kim Wexler. Michael McKean’s turn as Jimmy’s traitorous brother Chuck McGill and Michael Mando’s subtle performance as Nacho Varga have also helped the show to no end.

1 Game Of Thrones

From star-making turns by newcomers such as Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, and Maisie Williams to memorable performances by veterans like Charles Dance, Sean Bean, and Lena Headey, Game of Thrones was filled with fantastic acting. The show’s breakout star was Peter Dinklage as the infinitely likable Tyrion Lannister.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie, and Richard Madden were all compelling in their roles, while Jack Gleeson and Iwan Rheon were delightfully hateable as Joffrey and Ramsay, respectively.

NEXT: The 10 Best TV Drama Casts From The 2000s, Ranked

2020-03-08 01:03:15

Ben Sherlock

Marvel’s She-Hulk Show Details Tease Superhero Courtroom Drama

MCU fans now have a better idea of what storylines they can expect on upcoming Disney+ show She-Hulk, thanks to new details from the series’ description. She-Hulk is one of the most anticipated Marvel shows, as it features the popular comics character Jennifer Walters. Since Marvel announced the show last August, information has slowly started to emerge. One big topic of conversation is who will nab the leading role, with GLOW actress Alison Brie an Internet favorite. However, at this time, no one has been cast.

One actor who will likely make an appearance in She-Hulk is Mark Ruffalo, who plays Hulk in the MCU. He confirmed earlier this month he was in talks to take part, though it’s unclear if this would be a one-off appearance or a more substantial role. Following recent news that She-Hulk will reportedly feature a comics-accurate origin story, it makes sense for Ruffalo to appear. In the comics, Walters gets her powers via a blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce. A January report suggested She-Hulk would begin filming this summer.

Related: Marvel’s She-Hulk Show Can Finally Give Incredible Hulk An MCU Sequel

Per The Illuminerdi, a new description for the series indicates that not only will Jennifer Walters be a lawyer as she is in the comics, she’ll deal in “superheroic law” and be “successful in her profession.” The She-Hulk logline also mentions that “she occasionally throws down in superhero battles as the She-Hulk,” suggesting her superhero persona won’t be the focal point of the show, at least in the beginning. The same report also detailed two supporting characters for She-Hulk: one is Walters’ best friend, while the other is a fellow lawyer. Both may be takes on characters from the comics, though it’s unknown at this time if that’s the case.

She-Hulk is one of several MCU shows for Disney+ that will tie in with the Phase 4 Marvel films. The first wave will include shows with characters who have already been seen onscreen, including Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson, Wanda Maximoff, Vision, and Loki. The Falcon and the Winter Solider will be the first to air, as it’s scheduled for an August release. WandaVision will then follow in December. After the initial shows launch, Marvel will move on to shows featuring new characters who will likely appear in the movies as well. In addition to She-Hulk, there will be Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight, though none of these have been given concrete release dates.

These new details about She-Hulk help paint a picture of what the show will look like. Fans should be excited to hear there’s every indication so far that the series will follow a comics-accurate storyline. The benefit of launching a character in their own TV show vs. a movie is that it gives viewers more time to get to know them. In this case, it will allow the writers to expand She Hulk’s origin story past the usual amount of time given in a movie. Hopefully, fans will enjoy seeing Jennifer Walters help out her fellow superhero on She-Hulk.

More: Every New Avenger Character Confirmed For Marvel’s Phase 4 (So Far)

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2020-03-06 05:03:16

Rebecca VanAcker

Top 10 BBC Drama Shows Available on Netflix Spring 2020 (according to IMDb)

The BBC is well known for creating riveting period dramas and drama series that can get you hooked on watching back to back episodes. It’s a good thing that Netflix has a number of BBC shows available at your fingertips. Some shows have created quite a whirlwind of chatter with its popular storylines.

RELATED: The Top 10 BBC Period Dramas Of All Time

A number of BBC shows are well recognized such as Sherlock or Father Brown. While trying to decide what new show to add to your must-watch list, it can be hard to decide whether or not the show is worth the time. IMDb rates almost every show possible and will make deciding what BBC show to watch a little easier.

10 Dracula (6.8)

The new mini-series, Dracula aired on BBC and Netflix at the beginning of January 2020. The series consisted of only three parts that told an interesting tale of the famous vampire. The show was based on the famous novel of the same name. The story of Dracula has been used in countless films, television and pop culture references.

In this mini-series, Dracula isn’t what we expected. Viewers follow the story of Dracula in his origins in Eastern Europe. In the beginning, the viewers are being recounted the story from a surviving victim of the vampire. Later on, audiences are introduced to the Van Helsing bloodline. The end result of the show may shock some.

9 Collateral (6.8)

The four-part British show, Collateral was originally aired on BBC Two in February of 2018. The show was co-produced by Netflix and was released internationally in March 2018.

The show is a crime drama involving multiple characters in an intricate web all tying back to one murder. Kip Glaspie (Carey Mulligan) is a detective assigned to a murder case of a pizza delivery boy. The delivery boy was gunned down in a London suburb. As the investigation goes on, Glaspie realizes there are multiple characters involved with many parts to play in this one murder.

8 Black Earth Rising (7.3)

Black Earth Rising became a hit show when it originally premiered in 2018 on BBC Two. Co-produced by Netflix, the show aired internationally on its platform in 2019. The show starres actor Michaela Coel as the main protagonist, Kate Ashby.

The show centers around the prosecution of international war criminals. Ashby works as a legal investigator for the law chambers of Micahel Ennis (John Goodman). Ashby’s adoptive mother, Eve (Harriet Walter) is also a legal prosecutor. When Eve takes on a case of prosecuting an African militia leader, it puts Ashby and her mother on a dangerous journey they never saw coming.

7 Doctor Foster (7.7)

The BBC One show, Doctor Foster, first aired in 2015. It was a five-part series about Dr. Gemma Foster (Suranne Jones). Dr. Foster suspects her husband of having an affair. As she uncovers the truth, she starts to unravel and becomes enraged.  Her seemingly perfect life turns to ruin.

RELATED: 10 Hidden Details Everyone Completely Missed in BBC’s Pride & Prejudice

The series aired its second part in 2017. The series has no official end date. The third installment of the show has been up in the air for quite some time. Its creator, Mike Bartlett, has explained that there is more to explore with the character but has no immediate desire to create a new season unless necessary.

6 Giri/Haji (7.9)

In 2019, BBC Two aired a new television series titled, Giri/Haji. The series aired on Netflix in January 2020. The crime/thriller drama centers around a Tokyo detective, Kenzo Mori (Takehiro Hira). He travels to London to find his missing brother, Yuto, who was presumed dead. Yuto (Yōsuke Kubozuka) is accused of murdering a member of the Yakuza.

Mori must find out the truth in whether or not his brother is alive while navigating the unfamiliar streets of London. He must also try to stop a gang war back in Tokyo and keep his family together.

5 Bodyguard (8.2)

Bodyguard became a talked-about series when it originally aired in 2018 on BBC One. It later hit internationally on Netflix. The show has no current end date. while fans and its shows creators are anxious for a second season, the BBC has not yet officially renewed the show.

The show centers around Police Sergeant David Budd (Richard Madden). Budd suffers from PTSD during his time in the British Army. He now works for the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London’s Metropolitan Police Service. He is assigned to bodyguard the Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes). Their story unfolds into political debate and personal turmoil.

4 The Last Kingdom (8.3)

The BBC show, The Last Kingdom, has created quite a stir when it premiered on Netflix in 2018. Netflix became the sole producer of the show’s third season after BBC America. The show was confirmed to be renewed for a new season in 2018. It started filming in 2019 and it is unclear on when it would release, but fans are hoping for a 2020 arrival.

The show takes viewers back to the drama and turmoil of the Viking age. Alfred the Great (David Dawson) defends his kingdom from Norse invaders. The storyline then introduces Uhtred of Bebbanburg (Alexander Dreymon), a born Saxon who was raised by Vikings. His goal is to claim his birthright.

3 Call The Midwife (8.4)

The original BBC One show, Call the Midwife, has fans in tears with its recent season finale of season nine. The show originally premiered in 2012. Netflix has all eight seasons of the show to catch up on before the ninth season can premiere on the platform.

RELATED: 5 Things Sons Of Anarchy Does Better Than Peaky Blinders (& 5 Things The BBC Show Is Superior At)

The period drama takes place in the 1950s starting with the story of midwife Jenny Lee (Jessica Raine). Lee is a midwife among others and the nuns as the Nonnatus House; a nursing convent. They perform many nurse duties and help bring babies safely into the world. With the medical issues in the Poplar district, along with countless infants being born, the midwives have to a lot to handle.

2 Happy Valley (8.5)

Happy Valley, originally aired on BBC One, has received critical acclaim as a Best Drama Series by BAFTA. The crime show follows the main protagonist Catherine Cawood (Sarah Lancashire), a police sergeant in West Yorkshire.

She is still coming to terms with her daughter’s suicide but soon becomes committed to finding the one responsible for her daughter’s rape. As she investigates, the one responsible is involved is a much bigger crime than she expected. The third season of the show is currently in development for awaiting fans.

1 Peaky Blinders (8.8)

According to IMDb and its fanbase, Peaky Blinders is near the top of the list of BBC/Netflix shows. The show currently finished its fifth season on BBC One in 2019. The show’s creator, Steven Knight assured fans that it would take seven seasons to fully complete the story. Netflix currently has all five seasons.

The story takes place in the late 1890s, loosely based on the urban youth gang of the same name. Peaky Blinders follows the Shelby crime family in the aftermath of the First World War. The Shelby family and its boss, Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) become the center of attention for a detective, Major Chester Campbell (Sam Neill).

NEXT: 5 Reasons Why We Need Another Sherlock Season (& 5 We Don’t)

2020-02-27 01:02:38

Gabriela Silva

The Way Back Trailer: Ben Affleck Headlines Inspirational Sports Drama

Warner Bros. releases a new trailer for sports drama The Way Back. Ben Affleck stars in the film as Jack Cunningham, a former high school basketball star who agrees to become his alma mater’s head coach. Through the experience, Jack not only looks to turn a struggling program around, but also overcome his personal demons (including alcoholism). It’s easy to see the parallels between Jack and Affleck’s real-life battle with addiction, adding an intriguing layer that could elevate The Way Back beyond its standard “underdog story” tropes. Moviegoers are also interested to see Affleck collaborate with his The Accountant director Gavin O’Connor again.

The Way Back, which at various points in its development was known as The Has-Been and Torrance, was initially set for release last fall. That gave some the impression it could be a dark horse on the awards circuit, but WB then opted to push it back to March 2020. The studio got the film’s marketing campaign underway in November with the release of the first trailer and poster. Now, with The Way Back just over a month from hitting theaters, a second preview debuts online.

Related: Every Warner Bros. Movie Coming In 2020

Today, WB unveiled a new trailer for The Way Back. Watch it in the space below:

While this trailer covers similar beats as its predecessor, it provides a little more insight into the broad strokes of the story. It begins with Jack describing his broken relationship with his father, which most likely will factor heavily into his character arc. There’s clearly a lot of animosity there (Jack turned down a Kansas scholarship to spite his father), so it’ll be interesting to see how that dynamic plays into the narrative. The film is obviously dealing with some heavy subject matter, but it still looks like it’ll have some levity to balance out the drama. In particular, the basketball scenes look like they’ll be entertaining, featuring classic team camaraderie and Jack trying to improve his sideline behavior in conjunction with the school’s code of conduct. Ideally, The Way Back will be a well-rounded, inspirational film.

Admittedly, this isn’t exactly new territory for O’Connor as a director, as his previous credits include Warrior and Miracle. At first glance, it doesn’t appear as if The Way Back is going to reinvent the wheel, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The ingredients are in place for something compelling and powerful, and “formula” done right can still be very effective. With a March release date, WB might have few Oscar aspirations for The Way Back, though this could still be a crowd-pleasing, adult-orientated drama that finds an audience when it goes against Pixar’s Onward at the box office.

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Source: Warner Bros.

2020-02-03 02:02:21

Chris Agar

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Golden Globes 2020: The Best Feature Film Nominees, Ranked (Comedy & Drama)

The 77th Annual Golden Globes premiered on Sunday, January 5th, 2020. While there are two main motion picture categories (drama and comedy/musical), we clearly received two winners from these categories.

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However, in case you’re wondering which ones to watch first before the Oscar nominations come out, we thought we’d rank all of them. There can only be one winner, but what about the silver and bronze? Plus, this list is definitely beyond categories. So without further ado, here are all 10 of the nominated feature films, comedy and drama, ranked.

10 The Two Popes

This movie is certainly a comedic treat, and we loved Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce. This biography comedy drama tells the story of Pope Benedict and Pope Francis, and their merging ideologies behind the walls of the Vatican.

Of course, this movie was nominated for comedy, and deserved it, but it unfortunately takes the bottom spot on this list. Still, we suggest watching it for a fun and uplifting flick. Plus, it’s totally wholesome. With four nominations, it didn’t bring home a win, but is still pretty great.

9 Rocketman

We can’t deny that this movie is totally fun and that we loved every second of living Elton John’s life. Directed by Dexter Fletcher, Taron Egerton blew this role out of the water. In fact, he took home the win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy.

Still, while this film doesn’t quite hold up to its counterparts, this was certainly the best award it could win. Plus, it also won for Best Original Song, so there are definitely good parts of this flick, even if it takes 9th on this list out of the nominations.

8 Dolemite Is My Name

This biography comedy drama stars the brilliant Eddie Murphy, and he plays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore. This movie is hilarious and totally mesmerizing, and certainly deserved some recognition at the awards.

RELATED: Dolemite Is My Name: 10 Hidden Facts About Rudy Ray Moore The Movie Doesn’t Show

However, this movie doesn’t quite match up to the other 7, as much as we enjoyed every second of this unique and wholesome flick. Of course, Eddie Murphy is stunning, and scored a nomination for his role.

7 Jojo Rabbit

This comedy is probably the most underrated of the bunch. A young boy in Hitler’s army finds out that his mother is secretly hiding a Jewish girl in their house.

Roman Griffin Davis, the young star, actually scored a nomination for Best Actor! While he didn’t snag the win, we definitely suggest checking out this underrated and brilliant film. It’s probably not like anything you’ve seen before, and it’s totally quirky and hilarious.

6 Knives Out

This “whodunnit” crime comedy scored three Golden Globe nominations, including Best Actor (Daniel Craig) and Best Actress (Ana de Armas). While neither took home the win, this flick is one of the most entertaining movies of the year.

RELATED: Knives Out: The 10 Most Shocking Plot Twists We Didn’t See Coming

It’s brilliant, and director Rian Johnson certainly deserves a pat on the back for the genius of this film. With a stellar cast and a riveting, hilarious story, this movie should certainly be on our radar, and we expect it to get a few nods when the Oscar nominations are released.

5 Joker

This genius and different DC flick scored four nominations, and actually won 3 of them, including Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, Best Director for Sam Mendes, and Best Original Score for Hildur Guðnadóttir. The only one it didn’t win was for Best Motion Picture, but we know it certainly deserved its nomination.

This movie is a brilliant and dark take of the Joker’s background, and tells a very deep story about society and wellness. If you haven’t seen it, we suggest watching it immediately.

4 Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood

This movie was directed by the brilliant Quentin Tarantino, and starred an A-list cast, including Margot Robbie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Al Pacino. With 5 nominations, this strange and unique drama comedy took home 3, including Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Brad Pitt) and Best Screenplay.

RELATED: The 10 Best Brad Pitt Movies Of The Decade (According To IMDb)

Of course, this movie also took home the win for Best Motion Picture for a Musical or Comedy, which explains why it’s the highest of the five on this list. Of course, we expect some Oscar nominations, and this flick is certainly worth your time.

3 Marriage Story

We all love a good drama, which is the why the gold, silver, and bronze all fall in this category. This one is directed by Noah Baumbach, and stars the wonderful Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, and Laura Dern.

With 6 whopping nominations, this film only managed to take home one (for Best Supporting Actress – Laura Dern), but this movie certainly deserved every nomination it received. This movie is wholesome and pure, and should certainly be on your radar.

2 The Irishman

This Martin Scorsese directed drama scored 5 nominations, and while they didn’t take home a win, we feel confident giving this film the second spot on this list. This film is a long ride, but it’s an absolutely mesmerizing and brilliant tale about Jimmy Hoffa and the Teamsters, told from the perspective of hitman, Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro).

This stellar, classic cast and crew should be enough to peak your interest, and we can say this film certainly lived up to expectations.

1 1917

This film was directed by Sam Mendes and scored 3 nominations. It won two of them, including Best Director and Best Motion Picture – Drama. Clearly, it’s obvious why this flick takes the #1 spot on this list.

While this movie doesn’t receive its wide release until January 10th, you have plenty of time to study up on WWI and prepare to hit the theaters. This movie will definitely be making waves for years to come, and we definitely suggest watching this first and foremost with awards season in mid-swing.

NEXT: The 10 Best Movies About World War I (Including 1917) According To Rotten Tomatoes

2020-01-06 03:01:26

Meah Peers

Golden Globes 2020: The Best TV Series Nominees, Ranked (Comedy & Drama)

The 2020 Golden Globes have come and gone. There were many surprising wins, a few upsets, and of course, many shocked gasps from the audience as host Ricky Gervais plundered every last depth imaginable.

RELATED: Best TV Shows Of 2019

It was a great year for television, and while shows like The Witcher and Stranger Things proved the most popular, they weren’t the ones being showered with nominations. Regardless, both the comedy and drama sections were littered with fantastic shows (as they should be), and we’re here to tell you which ones you should prioritize.

These are best TV series’ nominees, ranked!

10 The Politician

To be honest, we don’t really know why The Politician was nominated for a Golden Globe, because it’s really not that good. Yeah, it’s certainly not BAD, but it’s nowhere near Best Comedy material. This is the new project from Glee and American Horror Story showrunners Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan (not an AHS showrunner), sees two high school students vying for the position of student body president. It’s a decent premise, and the cast are certainly game, but the writing isn’t sharp, satiric, or funny enough to really keep our interest. You can skip this one.

9 The Morning Show

Next up is The Morning Show, another…um…show that has no business being nominated for an award. This one was released on Apple TV+, which makes us think that the Hollywood Foreign Press just wanted to acknowledge Apple and its entry into the streaming race. Unfortunately, if The Morning Show is the best it can do, then it has a long way to go. This show is full of wasted potential, and it reeks of faux wokeness and self-aggrandizing.

8 The Kominsky Method

The Kominsky Method is far above The Politician in terms of quality, so its place in this list is not indicative of poor quality. It’s just that the rest of the shows are THAT good! The first season of The Kominsky Method did quite well at last year’s Golden Globes, as it took home both the Best Actor and Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy awards. It failed to win a single award this year, but that doesn’t detract from its quality. It’s still well worth viewing, and anyone who enjoyed the first season will find more than enough to enjoy in the second.

7 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel remains one of the best shows that absolutely no one talks about. Amazon has tried their darnedest to make this the next great TV show, and it has rightfully been showered with awards throughout its three seasons.

RELATED: The Top 10 TV Shows Of 2019 (According To IMDb)

And yet no one seems to watch it. The third season was admittedly a little weaker than the previous two, but it still remains one of Amazon’s greatest achievements and one of the most visually resplendent TV shows of our time. Seriously, give it a try. You won’t regret it!

6 Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies was one of the surprise hits of 2017, and 2019 saw the release of its much anticipated second season. It did not disappoint. The series remains just as beautiful and dramatic as ever, and with the addition of the always brilliant Meryl Streep, it’s arguably better than it ever was. Some people may have bemoaned the very existence of a second season, but those that did have nothing to fear. It remains one of HBO’s greatest recent outputs, and it contains perhaps the greatest cast currently on television.

5 Killing Eve

We were concerned about Killing Eve changing showrunners, as Phoebe Waller-Bridge was replaced with Emerald Fennell. But, to our great surprise, season two was arguably BETTER than season one! The age of the spy thriller has seemingly come to an end, but that isn’t necessarily true – it’s just come to an end on the big screen! It is alive and well on TV, as Killing Eve remains a perfect example of how spy thrillers should be done. Endlessly tense and filled with great character dynamics, Killing Eve is one of TV’s most pulse-pounding and exciting outputs.

4 The Crown

The Crown is another show that survived a potentially awkward passing of the torch. Claire Foy was replaced by the older Olivia Colman, and we’re sure that alienated a fair share of viewers (particularly of the younger demographic).

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But it didn’t take away from the drama. The Crown remains just as gripping and impeccably produced as ever, and Olivia Colman proved to be a fantastic Queen Elizabeth (then again, Olivia Colman is fantastic in everything). Netflix knocked it out of the park yet again.

3 Barry

We don’t know how Bill Hader does it. Barry is often compared (favorably!) to Breaking Bad, as it contains similar themes, characters, and plot dynamics. And, much like Breaking Bad, it really found its footing and identity in the second season. Those of you who overlooked, or perhaps even dropped, Barry in its first season owe it to yourselves to pick it up (or try again). It’s the best comedy-drama currently on television, and Bill Hader is a revelation. It failed to win the big prize, but we have to imagine that it came close…

2 Succession

The big prize went to Succession, and we have to say, the Hollywood Foreign Press actually got it right. Succession may not generate the same amount of discussion that Barry does, and it’s certainly not as popular on social media. But that doesn’t make it worse. Let’s be honest, there is still no competing with HBO when it comes to dramas. Networks like FX and Netflix are trying their hardest, but HBO remains the king. And with award-winning shows like Succession and Chernobyl (winner of the Miniseries award), it’s hard to imagine them being dethroned anytime soon.

1 Fleabag

Fleabag was not only the greatest television show of 2019, but arguably the greatest television show of the decade. And, like Amazon’s other hit The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, no one seems to be talking about it. We can’t place the blame on Fleabag, because it truly is a work of art. Maybe it’s just that…no one subscribes to Amazon? The second season of Fleabag is as close to TV perfection as it gets, filled with fantastic performances and wonderful insights into the human condition. But above all else, it’s very, very funny.

NEXT: Fleabag: The Worst Thing Each Main Character Has Done

2020-01-06 01:01:37

Nathan Sharp

Netflix’s Two Popes: 10 Best Moments From The Biographical Drama

With several big movies opening at the end of the year, one smaller film managed to get considerable attention from critics and audiences. The Two Popes is the simple story of a meeting between Cardinal Ratzinger aka Pope Benedict and Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who would eventually become the current Pope Francis. The movie stars Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce, who each give powerful performances as two very different men who search for common ground.

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The movie is mostly a conversation between the two men, but it is nevertheless a fascinating story. The performances matched with a strong script to explore the men in these powerful positions, their regrets and their attempts to do what is right. Here are the best moments from The Two Popes.

10 Booking A Flight

One scene that almost bookends the movie is a funny and charming one in which the new Pope Francis attempts to book a flight over the phone. He awkwardly tries to make his booking despite the agent being very skeptical of who he is. They eventually hang up on him, thinking it’s a prank call.

Initially, this just seems like a funny moment, but when we return to the scene at the end of the movie, we realize it is a perfect example of Pope Francis’s personality. He is not interested in the luxury the position of pope affords him, would rather do things on his own and continue the work he’s always done.

9 The Election

Everyone knows the immense importance the selection of a new pope means for not only Catholics but the entire world. The pope is one of the most influential figures in the world, yet most people are probably unaware of the process of electing a new person for the position.

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The extended election sequence in the film is a fascinating look behind closed doors at how the election unfolds. It is a complex, holy and dignified process that feels ancient. There is also a fun look at the politics involved in choosing the new pope which is not unlike regular modern politics.

8 Piano Playing

When Cardinal Bergoglio comes to meet Pope Benedict to resign from his position of cardinal, the two men have a hard time seeing eye-to-eye. They disagree on everything from how the Catholic Church should be run to how one should eat his meals.

However, during a late-night meeting, they manage to stumble upon a common interest as Pope Benedict begins playing the piano. While Bergoglio admits he doesn’t play, he sees the pope in a new light as someone who can enjoy art and has a passion beyond the church. It’s nice to see the two combatants relaxing with each other.

7 Pope Benedict’s Decision

One of the most interesting aspects of the film is how the dynamic between the two men continues to shift throughout the story. At first, Benedict seems to be annoyed with the very idea of Bergoglio and refuses to even dignify his request for resignation. However, we later find that he has another plan.

Benedict confides in Bergoglio that he will resign as pope, feeling that he is damaging the position with his unpopularity. His objections to Bergoglio’s resignation were not out of dislike but because he sees his rival as the only suitable replacement when he steps down. It is a touching moment of the man coming to understand his own faults and the need for change.

6 The New Pope

Near the end of the film, once Bergoglio has been named Pope Francis, we see that the position will not change his more grounded and humble approach to his faith. He is seen turning down the traditional and luxurious clothes that are custom for the new pope to be introduced in. Instead, he greets the world in a simpler way that is more approachable and less vain.

Earlier, Bergoglio is told the fact that he doesn’t want the position of power is the very reason he should have it, and that rings true in this scene.

5 Pope Benedict Meets The People

The movie does not shy away from the fact that Pope Benedict made some mistakes in his time as pope. While he does remain somewhat steadfast in certain beliefs, it’s clear that it pains him he was unable to connect with the people like he wanted.

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Pope Benedict envies Bergoglio’s approachable nature and laments his own closed-off personality. But once it is decided that he will resign, Benedict decides to go out and greet the people by himself. In this touching moment, he sees that the people do love him despite his faults.

4 Benedict’s Confession

In a movie about two of the most powerful figures in the Catholic Church, it would have been difficult not to address the church’s controversies. While Bergoglio brings up the abuses within the priesthood, Benedict fights back about the issue.

However, later in the film, when Benedict’s decision has been made, he asks for Bergoglio to hear his confession. The confession starts mundane enough before Benedict goes into a more severe transgression. While we don’t hear exactly what is said, it’s clear Benedict was aware of some of the abuses and didn’t do enough to put an end to it. Despite his earlier protests, this is something that haunts him.

3 Bergoglio’s Flashback

While the movie is called Two Popes, this is Bergoglio’s story and the flashbacks revealing aspects of his past are some of the most powerful moments in the film. His trip to confession after becoming engaged is a fascinating scene of a small but life-changing moment.

However, the most engrossing scenes involve Bergoglio’s darker past serving as a priest in Argentina during civil strife. Bergoglio was seen as a collaborator of the dictatorship and failed to protect his people. The scenes of his torment and reconciliation are extremely powerful.

2 The World Cup

One aspect of Bergoglio’s personality that comes back, again and again, is his love of soccer. The sport is yet another thing Bergoglio and Benedict fail to find common ground on as Benedict doesn’t have an interest in it at all.

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However, the final scene that plays over the credits shows the two men, now friends, coming together to cheer on their respective teams, Argentina and Germany, in the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final. Seeing the two men genuinely enjoying their time together after everything is heartwarming.

1 First Meeting

Large aspects of the film are little more than these two men talking but they are often some of the most compelling moments. The first meeting between the two men, as Bergoglio comes to offer his resignation, is a thrilling display of excellent writing and acting.

The two men immediately begin sparring about shoes, before moving into more complex issues. It is a fascinating look at how people from the same faith can still differ so much in their ideologies. The conversation builds in intensity with neither man holding back with their truths. It makes for a captivating sequence.

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2020-01-02 01:01:07

Colin McCormick