“You” v “Dexter”: The king of serial killers measuring television.

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“You” returns this season and finds that Joe Goldberg and his murderer love to flee to the suburbs, where old problems follow them to a new postal code. In “Dexter: New Blood”, the killer Dexter Morgan is on a self-made murder recovery journey, his dark passenger is tied to the trunk, so to speak.

The projectionists who watched these two shows-in addition to the entire original series, I have watched all the third seasons of “You” and some new “Dexter”-it is easy to see the source of the comparison. Joe and Dexter are clumsy guys, the killer doesn’t necessarily want to be them, and has a knack for getting out of big trouble.

This is the end of the similarities. The tone of the show is fundamentally different, “you” sometimes tends to be humorous and camping, and the characters’ motives and methods of killing are also quite different.

Penn Badgley plays Joe Goldberg in

In one corner, you have Joe Goldberg. If I had to designate a grain to represent this serial killer, he would be Frosted Mini-Wheats—your ordinary person, who looks cute on the outside but a mess on the inside. (Thank you, childhood traumas.) When Joe seemed to try his best to avoid them, his bloodiest chaos happened. When he did have a plan, it never seemed to go the way expected.

In the other corner is Dexter Morgan, the raisin bran of the serial killer, because he makes everyone feel regular. Dexter referred to his murderous monologue as his dark passenger. When Dexter thought he had seen a mistake and wanted to balance the balance of justice, he got the best help-if you will, he It’s a white knife. In his opinion, Dexter kills for the benefit of others—and for himself when necessary. In my opinion, this is the difference between him and Joe and the reason why I always ride for the Dexter team.

In many ways, Joe is often guided by the same DNA, which makes Nate a bastard in “Ted Lasso”-a belief that he deserves good things at all costs because he has been wronged in the past. (There is a reason for the successful landing of “Ted Lasso” as a horror movie trailer.) Joe has his own white knife moment, but his behavior is mainly for himself. For all his past mistakes, Joe really believes that he deserves a literary love story.

At the same time, Dexter knew he was poisonous. Although he has tried to deny or pretend that he can overcome it in the past, he has accepted the reality he is in, which is why he lives in the woods, as seen in the trailer for “New Blood”. I admire Dexter knowing what is not good for him, and at the end of the original series, he has enough wisdom to try to get himself out of trouble.

This is something we should all try when necessary.

Should you watch streaming movies in the theater?

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Next, CNN’s Brian Lowry (Brian Lowry) talks about his critic problem.

“For many years, I have had an informal policy: try to watch movies in theaters and watch TV shows at home, just like the public watching movies, in order to best act as their agent.

Recently, this fairly simple motto—viewing things in a way readers would normally like—has been tested and obscured, partly because the pandemic has accelerated the evolution of the exhibition model.

Streaming services still often promote the screening of their movies in theaters. Usually, these media will arrange short theater screenings to qualify the movie for awards, but let’s not fool ourselves: in a week or so, the number of Netflix or Amazon movies that will actually be shown in theaters will almost certainly pale in comparison. How many people will watch them in the comfort of their homes. (It’s not that we will never know, because streamers are equally steadfast in not sharing the box office total.)

As it happens, October 22 brought two movies that followed this pattern, as part of a wave that will run through the rest of the year. “The Electronic Life of Louis Wayne” is jointly told by Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy a lightweight story of a heavyweight protagonist. Before landing on Amazon, these stories will be shown in two selected theaters. week.

Similarly, Netflix is ​​performing live screenings for “The Harder They Fall,” a star-studded Western film that entered several theaters before streaming on November 3.

Strictly speaking, I can understand why these companies want film critics to watch their films in person. Certain movies can be played in different ways on the big screen without noisy interference.

In other words, the greater motivation seems to be the arrogance of touching talents, using screenings and eye-catching premieres to make them feel that they have made a movie that will rival theatrical performances.

Frankly speaking, why filmmakers and stars fall at this point is a bit confusing. Because if the epidemic has proved any aspect of the movie, it is that when they are exposed on TV for the first time, they can win attention and praise, and critics should be able to judge the pros and cons of a project-obviously subjective -Without being overly affected. They check the size of its screen.

It’s also worth noting that the studio further concealed this problem. Universal Pictures’ “Halloween Killing” was simultaneously broadcast on Peacock and Warner Bros. (such as CNN, a part of Warner Media), making it available on HBO Max. Available on. In view of the tepid box office of “The Sopranos” prequel “Many Saints of Newark” that I did see in theaters, series creator David Chase basically produced one despite protests to the contrary. Movies used for streaming.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to this discussion, but here is the opinion of a poor, ink-stained person: the main duty of critics is to provide honest opinions to those who read their works. What they owe distributors and filmmakers should be just as simple: a fair hearing.

Netflix, Amazon, and the people they hire know that their movies are being shown in theaters, just like “real” movies, and may feel better, even if these lines become increasingly irrelevant.

For critics and moviegoers who like this choice, please let yourself down. But like most of the Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon subscribers in this unfamiliar era, I usually prefer to eat. “

The most powerful being in’What happened, Brittany Murphy’?

Brittany Murphy participated in the film premiere at Empire Leicester Square in 2006 and was the subject of a new HBO Max documentary.

The projectionist for the documentary “What Happened, Brittany Murphy?” premiered on HBO Max this week has been released in advance. I read both parts in one go last week, even though the document has many shortcomings (namely: it contains footage of conspiracy-driven YouTubers and rough interviews with retired officials who feel exploited.) I can’t stop thinking about actress Casey Najimy is involved. Najimy, known for her memorable roles in films such as “Sister Act” and “Hocus Pocus”, appears throughout the documentary, talking about her dear friend in an admirably fragile and totally heartbreaking way.

From her early interaction with Murphy to their friendship to her regrets, she talked about everything. At a difficult time, she said that she hoped that she would take a more powerful way to express her concerns about Murphy, wondering “Why don’t I go there and knock on the door all day?”

Najimy is arguably the most well-known face in this work (although famous filmmakers such as Amy Heckerling and Shawn Levy have also appeared), there may be a reason-it may not be because the filmmakers have not been exposed to a lot people. It takes courage to talk about friends in this way, especially those who are late, especially in Hollywood.

If you have ever been in a situation where you have to speak for your friends or watch them being pulled away from you, you know that taking action is extremely difficult. Even if you find yourself doing this, it doesn’t always work. Although the documentary did not treat Murphy fairly, Najimi clearly intends to do so-whether she is on earth or now. This is admirable.

Feast here

Without delicious recommendations, I can’t end this week’s column: “La Frontera”, specialties from PBS and chef Pati Jinich. This two-part special, where Jinich travels along the US/Mexico border, she will capture the beauty of people, food and culture, while making my fellow Texas people hungry and homesick. Its first episode premiered this week, and its second episode aired on October 22. Now, who would let this native of McAllen, Texas eat some sirloin and flour tortillas overnight?
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