Ten Years Later: The Finale of Lost

Posted on May 24, 2020 at 3:37 pm

No one knows Lost better than Jen Chaney, so there is no one better to look back on the finale, which disappointed many fans. It’s an unsovable problem; people who stuck with the show loved its ambiguity and puzzles. So, if the finale answered all the questions it would annoy fans. And if it didn’t, it would annoy them, too.For Vulture, Chaney writes:

Many people, myself included, appreciated the emotional way it wrapped up Lost’s story. If you go back and rewatch “The End” now, you may be surprised to learn you appreciate it too, especially if the one and only time you watched it was on the night of May 23, 2010.

I recently did that, and in connection with another story I’m writing, I convinced Lost showrunners and co-creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse to rewatch it as well. It was the first time either of them had seen “The End” since it first aired, and it brought back what Cuse described as “a jumble of emotions.” He recalled parts of the finale as though he had just done it yesterday, while other moments he had completely forgotten. “I was a little, kind of, out of time,” he said….

They were especially moved by the events that take place in the flash-sideways, where, one by one, each major character is suddenly awakened to memories of the island, often when someone who also had been there touches them. “I got emotional watching that stuff because it felt like the characters were in a Lost reunion show that they didn’t know they were in,” Lindelof said. “It was like The Truman Show. It was like, ‘Oh, Jack, you were actually on this show called Lost where you had all these adventures on an island.’”

Those moments, in which physical contact sparks recollection of a life left behind, got me choked up for a similar reason. I was watching the characters flash back to their island existences, while I also was flashing back to my experience years ago of watching them live on the island for six seasons. But I got choked up for another reason, too: Aren’t we, at this moment, also living a little out of time? In the third month of quarantining, when we can barely recall what it felt like to live normal, unrestrained, mask-free lives, those scenes packed a whole different punch. I imagine that when we’re allowed to hug our friends again, the flood of what pre-pandemic life felt like will come rushing back, the same way island life did for Locke, Kate, Sun, Jin, Sawyer, Juliet, and all of the rest. It hurts to think about that because we’re still not there yet.

“I felt that the thematic intentions of nobody doing it alone — you need them and they need you — a lot of the emotionality of the themes was very poignant in this particular moment, when we’re all separated from each other by a pandemic,” Cuse said.

Looper’s version:

Mashable on Lost:

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ReFrame’s Stamp of Gender Equality and the Movies that Qualify

Posted on May 24, 2020 at 3:23 pm

Copyright 2018 Warner Brothers
You know how movies credits include an assurance that no animals were hurt in the making of the film? That is a certification that is independently verified and taken very seriously. If a bug is discovered in the studio, okay to kill it. If a bug is on screen, someone will be there to make sure it is alive and healthy when filming is over.

And now ReFrame has adopted that model to ensure that films are made with gender parity on and off screen. Watch for their new “stamp” in the credits, from “Bumblebee” to “Crazy Rich Asians” and “A Simple Favor,” Films already showing the stamp of gender equality are listed here.

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Tonight on PBS: The National Memorial Day Concert

Posted on May 24, 2020 at 12:00 pm

There won’t be crowds on Capitol Hill, but the concert will go on this year, with Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise hosting a special presentation of PBS’ National Memorial Day Concert: America’s Night of Remembrance.

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Fandango’s Mega Movie Weekend — Big Discounts for Home Viewing

Posted on May 22, 2020 at 12:37 pm

Copyright A24 2019
FandangoNOW, Fandango’s on-demand streaming service is giving home movie watchers a “Mega Movie Weekend.” Starting today until end of day Monday, May 25th, fans can enjoy renting hundreds of films starting at 99 cents, including critically acclaimed indies, Oscar-winners, and fan favorites.

Movies to Watch for $0.99 include:
The Disaster Artist
Eighth Grade
Escape Plan
Ex Machina
The Expendables 2
The Farewell
Force Majeure
Hereditary
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Lady Bird
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
The Lighthouse
Mandy
Midsommar
Moonlight
The Secret of Kells
Short Circuit
Short Term 12
Sliding Doors
Sophie’s Choice
Waves
Whale Rider

Movies for $1.99 include:
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Star is Born (2018)
About Time
Air Force One
Annabelle: Creation
Apocalypse Now
Back to the Beach
Bad Moms
Beverly Hills Cop
The Big Sick
Carol
Chef
Chinatown
The Conjuring
Couples Retreat
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Dirty Dancing
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Get Him to the Greek
Glory
Gravity
Hacksaw Ridge
Hamburger Hill
The Hangover
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Horrible Bosses
Inception
It’s a Wonderful Life
Red
Last Flag Flying
Lucy
Magic Mike
Mud
Mission: Impossible
Mission: Impossible II
Mission: Impossible III
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
The Notebook
The Nun
Oblivion
The Patriot
Rambo
The Shack
Silver Linings Playbook
Sisters
Snowpiercer
Spotlight
Stripes
Summer School
Terminator 2: Judgment day
Tortilla Soup
Transformers
Twilight
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part I
Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part II
The Wall
Wonder

Movies for $2.99 include:
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Bombshell
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who
The Good Liar
Ip Man 4
Knives Out
The Last Full Measure
Like a Boss
Midway (2019)
The Peanut Butter Falcon
Pitch Perfect 3
Playing with Fire
Rio
Rio 2
Terminator: Dark Fate

Movies for $3.99 include:
Ford v Ferrari
Jojo Rabbit
Bong Joon Ho Collection (3-film collection includes “Mother,” “The Host” and “Barking Dogs Never Bite”)

Collections for $6.99 include:
Influential Women: a 6-film collection (“RBG,” “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” “Iris,” “Raise Hell: The Life and Times of Molly Ivins”, “Kusama: Infinity” and “Venus and Serena”)

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Memorial Day 2020

Posted on May 22, 2020 at 12:27 pm

Copyright 1989 TriStar
It’s a very different Memorial Day this year, much quieter, with no parades or community picnics. But now more than ever we have reason to show our appreciation for those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Some movies to help us pay our respects:

Black Hawk Down: Elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.

Glory: The story of the first black regiment to fight in the Civil War, with an Oscar-winning performance by Denzel Washington.

American Sniper Bradley Cooper plays real-life army sniper Chris Kyle, who found his return home a different kind of challenge.

We Were Soldiers: The earliest US involvement in the Vietnam War has Lt. Col. Hal Moore (Mel Gibson) preparing for one of the most violent battles in U.S. history, making a promise to his soldiers and their families: “I will leave no man behind…dead or alive. We will all come home together.”

Red Tails: George Lucas directed this story of the multiple medal-awarded Tuskegee Airmen.

Midway: The story of the first major Allied victory of WWII.

The Longest Day: An all-star cast tells the story of the Normandy landing that changed the course of WWII.

And be sure to watch these documentaries, too.

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