Cinema Chat: “The King’s Man,” Russ’s Best Movies of 2021, and More


We may have closed in 2021, but your local theaters are still open here in 2022. WEMU’s Michael Jewett once again replaces David Fair for the first “Cinema Chat” of the new year with Michigan Theater Executive Director Russ Collins Foundation.


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This is a spy action-comedy film directed by Matthieu vaughn from a screenplay by Vaughn and Karl Gajdusek and a Vaughn story. The third installment of the Kingsman film series, based on the comic book “The Secret Service” by Marc Millar and Dave Gibbons, the film serves as a prequel to “Kingsman: The Secret Service” in 2014 and “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” in 2017.

The film features an ensemble cast that includes Ralph fiennes (who is also one of the executive producers of the film), Gemma Arterton, Rhys ifans, Matthew Goode, Tom hollander, Harris dickinson, Daniel Brühl, Djimon hounsou, and Charles Dance, and focuses on several events during World War I and the birth of the Kingsman organization.


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“Licorice Pizza”

This film is a 2021 American comedy-drama written and directed by Paul thomas anderson (“Ghost Theme”, “There Will Be Blood”, “Boogie Nights”). Movie stars Alana Chaim, Cooper hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom is waiting, Bradley Cooper, Maya rudolph, and Benny Safdie. The film received critical acclaim and received three National Board of Review awards, including Best Picture. It was also named one of the best films of 2021 by the American Film Institute and received four nominations at the 79th Golden Globe Awards, including Best Picture – Musical or Comedy, as well as eight nominations for the 27th Critics’ Choice Awards, including Best Picture. The Story of Alana Kane (Alana Haim) and Gary Valentine (Cooper Hoffman) growing up, running and through the perilous navigation of first love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973.

“Red rocket”

American comedy-drama 2021 directed by Sean baker, from a screenplay by Baker and Chris bergoch. Movie stars Simon rex as Mikey Saber, a once prosperous but now nearly penniless adult artist returning to his hometown of Texas; he works there less for the affection and acceptance of people than to “persuade them to do what he wants”, the film bearing “the testimony [to] its scams. “The film premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival in competition for the Palme d’Or and was released in theaters on December 10, 2021 by A24. The daring new film from writer-director Sean Baker (” The Florida Project, “” Tangerine “), starring Simon Rex in a magnetic, live performance, the film is a grim, funny portrayal of a unique American con artist and a hometown that barely tolerates him.

“Alley of Nightmares”

A 2021 American Neo-noir psychological thriller directed by Guillermo del Toro from a screenplay by del Toro and Kim morgan, based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham. The film features an ensemble cast comprising Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, RIchard Jenkins, Rooney mara, Ron Perlman, Marie Steenburgen, and David Strathairn. This is the second film adaptation of Gresham’s novel, following the 1947 version. The film focuses on Stan Carlisle (Cooper), an ambitious carny, who befriends a corrupt psychiatrist, Dr. Lilith Ritter (Blanchett) , who turns out to be as dangerous as him.

Cooper plays the charismatic but unlucky Carny, Stanton Carlisle, who is loved by clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn). At a traveling carnival, he fabricates a golden ticket to success, using this newly acquired knowledge to swindle the wealthy elite of 1940s New York society. With virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyal to On his side, Stanton plots to defraud a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the help of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who could be his most formidable opponent to date.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home”

This is a 2021 American superhero film, the sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017) and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” (2019). This is the 27th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is directed by Jon watts, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and stars Tom holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man alongside Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacob Battalion, Jon favreau, and Marisa Tomei. In it, Parker asks Dr.Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) to make his identity as Spider-Man a secret again with magic, but Strange’s spell goes awry, opening up the multiverse and allowing Villains to alternate realities of entering the MCU. This is the first time in Spider-Man cinematic history that the identity of our friendly neighborhood hero has been revealed, putting his superhero responsibilities in conflict with his normal life and endangering those he cares about. most. Now Peter will have to overcome his biggest challenge yet, which will not only change his own future forever, but the future of the multiverse as well.

“West Side Story”

Love at first sight strikes when young Tony sees Maria at a high school ball in 1957 in New York. Their burgeoning romance helps fuel the fire between the warring Jets and Sharks, two rival gangs vying for control of the streets. Director: Steven spielberg. Writer: Tony kushner.

“House of Gucci”

This is a 2021 American biographical crime drama film directed by Ridley scott, based on the 2001 book “The House of Gucci: A Sensational Story of Murder, Madness, Glamor, and Greed” by Sara Gay Forden. Movie stars Lady Gaga as Patrizia Reggiani, wife of Maurizio Gucci (Adam Pilot), as their romance turns into a fight for control of the fashion brand Gucci; Jared leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma hayek, and Al Pacino also star.

Ridley Scott had wanted to make a film about the Gucci dynasty since acquiring the rights to the book from Forden in the early 2000s. The project languished for several years and passed through a handful of alleged directors and actors before Scott and Gaga would not be confirmed as tied up in November 2019. Much of the rest of the cast joined the following summer, and filming began in Italy in February 2021, lasting until May.

The film is inspired by the shocking true story of the family behind the Italian fashion empire. When Patrizia Reggiani (Lady Gaga), a foreigner with humble beginnings, marries the Gucci family, her unbridled ambition begins to undo the family legacy and unleashes a reckless spiral of betrayal, decadence, revenge and ultimately … murder.

“The French Dispatch”

A 2021 American comedy-drama anthology film written, directed and produced by Wes anderson of a story he designed with Roman coppola, Hugo guinness, and Jason schwartzman. The film stars an ensemble cast starring Benicio del Toro, Adrien brody, Tilda swinton, Léa Seydoux, Francoise McDormand, Timothée Chalamet, Lyna khoudri, Jeffrey wright, Mathieu Amalric, Stephen Park, Bill Murray, and Owen Wilson. Its plot follows three different storylines, as the French foreign office of a fictional Kansas newspaper creates its latest issue. The shooting took place between November 2018 and March 2019, with cinematographer Robert Yeoman, in the city of Angoulême, France. Following a postponement, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on July 12, 2021.

MEMORABLE RUSS MOVIES IN 2021 (in no particular order)

  • “The summer of the soul”
  • “In the heights”
  • “West Side Story”
  • “Hamilton” (should have been on the BIG screen)
  • “Tic, tic … BOOM!” “
  • “King Richard”
  • “The Tragedy of Macbeth”
  • “The power of the dog”
  • “The Electric Life of Luis Wain”
  • “Alley of Nightmares”
  • “The French Dispatch”
  • “Belfast”
  • “The truffle hunters”


  • “Drive my car”
  • “Who passed”
  • “Parallel mothers” (Pedro Almodóvar)
  • “Encanto”
  • Oscar shorts
  • Oscar nominated international films and documentaries
  • Following…

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