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Malcolm & Marie assessment: shiny, attractive and utterly gripping




<p>Washington nails Malcolm’s man-child sloppiness</p>

right here are only two people in this attractive and grippingly claustrophobic drama, which was shot in the course of the pandemic and (if Netflix audiences gobble it up) could pave the way for more little-is-attractive productions.

Marie (teenager favorite, Zendaya) has a bone to pick with her writer-director boyfriend, Malcolm (Tenet’s John David Washington), who forgot to thank her through a push screening speech. Above the system of an evening, the pair indulge in character assassination and, at just one point, a kitchen knife is waved. It is all portion of the pleasurable that we just can’t convey to where this war of text is headed. Blowjobs? Bloodshed? Something appears to be feasible.

Malcolm, who worships Jewish film-makers like William Wyler and Ben Hecht, has made a movie about a young, very poor, black woman’s struggle to quit drugs. He feels he has a appropriate to convey to that tale. Not mainly because he’s black, but mainly because he’s a human becoming. Which infuriates the sardonic Marie, a previous drug addict who statements that almost each individual element of the movie comes from her lived encounter.


Washington nails Malcolm’s person-youngster sloppiness


That director-author, Sam Levinson (son of Barry), is a white, Jewish, center-class male is very likely to inspire a gazillion feel-items. Given that Levinson is neither black, woman or underprivileged, has he discovered a way to have his cake and try to eat it?

Most of the speeches are terrifically entertaining and funny (the term “Levinson-esque” does not exist, but that may well be about to alter). That reported, a few diatribes, especially the ones about white journalists and their obsession with “authenticity”, are tedious. Full disclosure: even critics come across critics tedious. These interludes will send out the normal general public into a coma.

The good thing is the forged bust their stunning guts to maintain us on facet. Washington is hepped-up and hyper-charming. His grooving to James Brown’s Down And Out in New York City is specifically yummy and he nails Malcolm’s male-boy or girl sloppiness. The character’s frantic lookup for his phone is a masterclass in his-teria. But the 36 calendar year-outdated actor genuinely arrives into his have when Malcolm turns spiteful.


Never be surprised if Zendaya receives a Finest Actress nod


As for Zendaya, the surname-refusnik has often been more organically edgy than her roots as a Disney poppet would indicate. At the ripe previous age of 24, she’s been in quite a few blockbusters and if you’ve at any time considered, “If only anyone would give her extra to do!”, your prayers have been answered. The scene where by Marie exhibits off her acting techniques is as thrilling as the moment in La La Land the place we realise Mia is in audition method. As properly as remaining excellent, it’s a celebration of acting by itself, which Hollywood is in no way averse to (really do not be surprised if Zendaya will get a Finest Actress nom).

Everything’s shot in black and white and the camerawork is good, sophisticated and, in a several scenes, hypnotic. Elsewhere, it is overly glossy. As Marie drapes herself around the fancy-schmancy home, just after a bathtub, you may perhaps discover you possessed by a bizarre urge to purchase Calvin Klein cologne. Gamine woman. Damp hair. Small trousers. Levinson’s reinventing the wheel.

Nonetheless, how can you resist a venture that makes use of Very little Simz’ Selfish as a Greek chorus?

Levinson and his forged enjoy a good deal of online games to make a really serious issue. Marie feels overshadowed by Malcolm nevertheless, the reality is, she’s second to none.

106minutes, 15 on Netflix from February 5


The most memorable moments in Golden Globe history




The most memorable moments in Golden Globe history

One of the biggest nights in Hollywood – the 78th Golden Globes – is taking place on Sunday night.

While Zellweger, Phoenix and Awkwafina will be among the presenters this weekend, the ceremony will be mostly virtual, with hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler broadcasting from opposite sides of America for the first time.

Fey will be live from the Rockefeller Centre in Manhattan, while Poehler will present from the ceremony’s usual home of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California.

Stars dazzle at the Golden Globes

Whether this will mean the ceremony will lack the energy and glamour we normally expect from the Globes remains to be seen.

Riz Ahmed, Carey Mulligan, Vanessa Kirby and Sir Anthony Hopkins are among the film nominees, while Normal People’s Daisy Edgar-Jones and stars of The Crown haveearned nods in the TV categories.

So, on the eve of the 2021 Golden Globes, let’s take a look back at some of the most memorable moments in Golden Globe history.

Jeremy Renner and J.Lo’s neckline

The duo were on stage presenting the award for best drama miniseries at the 2015 ceremony.

Lopez asked Renner who should open the envelope with the winner’s name inside.

“You want me to do it?” she asked. “I’ve got the nails.”

Renner then quipped, “You’ve got the globes, too” while looking at her chest. Ever the pro, J-Lo laughed off the awkward comment.

Meryl vs Trump

Streep used her acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 2017 Golden Globes ceremony to call out then President-elect Donald Trump and when he mocked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski for his disability.

“There was one performance this year that stunned me — it sank its hooks in my heart,” she said.

“Not because it was good, there was nothing good about it. But it was effective and it did its job. It made its intended audience laugh and show their teeth.

Streep took on Trump in her speech

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“It was the moment where the person asking to sit in the most respected seat in our country imitated a disabled reporter. Someone he outranked in privilege, power, and the capacity to fight back.”

Without mentioning Trump by name, she continued: “It kind of broke my heart when I saw it and I still can’t get it out of head because it wasn’t a movie, it was real life.”

Seth Meyers calls out Hollywood

“It’s time to address the elephant not in the room: Harvey Weinstein,” Meyers, host of the 2018 ceremony, said during his opening address.

“But don’t worry, he’ll be back in 20 years when he becomes the first person ever booed during the In Memoriam.”

In one of the most controversial hosting stints in history, Meyers also referenced Kevin Spacey after accusations of sexual misconduct against him surfaced – and then took on then President Trump at the end.

Brit comedian Ricky Gervais often ruffled feathers during his five hosting stints – including in 2020 when he reminded the audience not to take the evening too seriously.

“They are just jokes,” he said. “We’re all going to die soon and there is no sequel.”

Renée Zellweger’s bathroom break

Zellweger was famously in the toilet when Hugh Grant announced her as the 2001 Golden Globe winner for best actress in a musical or comedy for Nurse Betty.

She eventually rushed onto the stage and admitted she had been in the bathroom checking she didn’t have any lipstick on her teeth when her name was called.

Salma Hayek and Tiffany Haddish applaud Michelle Williams’ 2020 speech

The duo threw their hands in the air in celebration of Williams‘ speech last year as the actress talked about a woman’s right to choose and encouraged fans to vote months before the 2020 election.

In one of the most political speeches of the evening, Williams appealed to women to vote in the then forthcoming presidential election in their own self-interest. “It’s what men have been doing for years,” she said.

The then-pregnant star spoke about being pro-choice and expressed her pride “to have lived in a moment in our society where choice exists, because as women and as girls, things can happen to our bodies that are not our choice.”

“I’m about that women’s choice,” Haddish said later to much applause.

Emma Stone apologises for whitewashing role

In 2019, host Sandra Oh joked about the 2015 film Aloha – in which Emma Stone was cast in a role that was written for a part-Hawaiian, part-Chinese woman – to much public scrutiny.

Replying to the joke, Stone yelled “I’m sorry!” from her seat in the audience.

Elizabeth Taylor goes rogue on stage

In 2001, the Hollywood legend was a little unsure about her hosting duties.

“What, I don’t open this?” she asked, holding the winners envelope.

Dick Clark helped her out, explaining that she had to actually say who the nominees were first.

Sandra Oh breaks records

Oh won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Drama forKilling Eve in 2019 making her the first Asian performer to win multiple Golden Globes.

In 2006, she won her first for her role of Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy.

Wearing black to support Time’s Up

Nicole Kidman, Zoe Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Shailene Woodley – the stars of Big Little Lies wear black

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Usually awash with bright colours and fabulous patterns, the 2018 Golden Globes red carpet was muted for good reason – with stars wearing black to protest sexual harassment in Hollywood.

The move was to support Time’s Up and marked “a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, we envision nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live.”

Jack Nicholson admits he’s high on Valium

After winning the best actor in a drama award for his role in About Schmidt, Nicholson expressed his shock, before making fun of his co-stars.

He eventually admitted his loose tongue was the result of him taking some Valium that evening.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge saying she loved being Andrew Scott’s pebble

Waller-Bridge continued her winning streak at least year’s Golden Globes – with the star beating Rachel Brosnahan, Christina Applegate, Kirsten Dunst and Natasha Lyonne for the best actress in a TV comedy or musical award for Fleabag.

In her speech, she thanked co-star Andrew Scott for creating their notable on-screen chemistry.

“This really comes down to Andrew Scott, really,” she said. ”He can have chemistry with a pebble. … I love being Andrew’s pebble in this.”

She also thanked President Barack Obama for being a fan of the show.

Jamie Foxx’s 2005 showstopping speech

Foxx delivered some much-needed spark to the tepid 2005 ceremony with his beautiful, meandering acceptance speech for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy forRay.

In it, he ranged from imitating his publicist to recognising his late grandmother.

Foxx wowed with his rousing speech

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Tom Hiddleston’s awkward 2017 acceptance speech

Hiddleston’s acceptance speech for best performance by an actor in a mini-series or TV movie went down like a lead balloon.

The star later apologised, saying it was “inelegantly expressed”.

“I was very nervous and my words just came out wrong,” he said in a social media post after he referred to aid workers in South Sudan “binge-watching” the programme.

The British actor said that his “only intention” had been “to salute [their] incredible bravery and courage.”

“I apologise that my nerves got the better of me,” his post continued.

Chrissy Teigen goes viral

Teigen‘s husband John Legend won Best Song with Common in 2015 – but it was the face she made as he was honoured that made headlines.

“It’s been 5 minutes and I’m a meme,” she tweeted

Jodie Foster’s rare openness about her private life

Foster surprised everyone while accepting the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award in 2013.

During her monologue, the actor deadpanned: “I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I’ve never really been able to air in public…

“But I’m just going to put it out there, right? Loud and proud, right? So I’m going to need your support on this.

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