Photo: Katie Yu/Netflix This Friday, Netflix wrapped up its sparkly rom-com trilogy of Lara Jean Covey’s time in high school with To All the Boys: Always and Forever . After falling into a relationship with her crush Peter Kavinsky thanks to an old love letter in the first movie , wrestling with her attraction to another crush in the second , Lara Jean’s got a new paramour in her life, only this time around it’s [cue Sex and the City music] the city of New York! Peter gets into Stanford and Lara Jean doesn’t, but then she finds herself longing for a new life across the country at NYU. Meanwhile, there’s also a dreamy trip to Seoul, stressed-out parental dynamics, a wedding, scrunchies, and her younger sister’s discovery of boys. Vulture’s Devon Ivie and Jackson McHenry got together to discuss this melancholic end of an era. Warning: Spoilers ahead. Jackson McHenry: What a journey we’ve been on with Lara Jean. She fell in love in one movie, was caught in a … [Read more...] about And Now, Some Discourse About the Ending of the
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Daniel Wu. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Amid the whitewashing critiques surrounding Finn Jones in Iron Fist and Scarlett Johansson in Ghost in the Shell, the two narratives have an unlikely defender: Daniel Wu, star of AMC’s Into the Badlands. Speaking to Screen Anarchy, Wu said that he’s not convinced either the Netflix show nor the feature-length manga adaptation qualify as whitewashing or as cultural appropriation. Instead, he suggested, Asian-American consumers ought to reconsider their outrage: “I think that’s people going a little too precious on that, because originally the character was written white,” Wu said. “It wasn’t like it was a whitewashing thing. It’s not like you are talking about a ‘Ghost in the Shell’ issue, right? And I still don’t actually buy the ‘Ghost in the Shell’ whitewashing issue either, and I certainly don’t buy into the cultural appropriation bullshit because … [Read more...] about Star Daniel Wu Defends
Photo-Illustration: Vulture and AMC Worried about how to beat the increasingly high cost of streaming? Good news: Even as Netflix recently upped its monthly fee — and Disney+ is about to do the same — a price war has broken out among several of the newer platforms. As they battle to get cost-conscious consumers to notice them, baby streamers have been serving up some particularly attractive deals in recent weeks. The savings can be substantial — particularly if you’re willing to make a long-term commitment. ➽ Ahead of next month’s transformation of CBS All Access into Paramount+, owner ViacomCBS is letting consumers sign up for a year of the platform for a whopping 50 percent off the usual price tag. Committing to an annual plan currently costs as little as $30 (or $2.50 per month) for the ad-supported version of the streamer. The ad-free version of the service can be had for $50 per year, or $5 per month. The $30 plan is similar, though not quite as attractive, as … [Read more...] about The Streaming Price Wars Have Begun
Sixteen Candles Photo: Universal Pictures It’s easy to get swept up in a cute teen romance. They’re fun, there’s the nostalgia factor (we were all teens once!), and they’re full of so much hope — the feeling that this is just the beginning . But here’s the thing: Because we’re all so busy getting swept away and having fun and remembering what hope feels like, we don’t always have the most discerning eye when it comes to who our hero has chosen to fall in love with. Sometimes, when you take a closer look at what’s going on and who we’ve been spending cinematic time with, you realize that this person is no good at all and our hero can do much, much better. Don’t get me wrong, some of your favorite teen rom-com love interests are just fine — wonderful, even! — but we owe it to ourselves and our rom-com heroes to examine this idea further. And so Vulture has taken it upon itself to put a sampling of love interests from teen comedies (spanning from the ’80s to today) to the test … [Read more...] about Is This Teen Rom-Com Love Interest Really Worth Dating?
Photo: A24 I first saw Minari at Sundance last January, just before the world changed forever, and despite the year we’ve had since, I haven’t been able to stop talking or thinking about the film — or more specifically, its unbelievably precocious breakout star, 8-year-old Alan Kim. Lee Isaac Chung’s funny, heart-wrenching, semi-autobiographical story follows a 1980s Korean American family whose determined patriarch Jacob (Steven Yeun) moves his wife Monica (Han Ye-ri) and their two children, David (Kim) and Anne (Noel Kate Cho), to a small farm in the Ozarks in pursuit of the American Dream. Monica and Jacob are at odds over whether the move makes real sense for their family — particularly David, a mischievous and adorable 7-year-old with a heart defect, an indomitable spirit, and a penchant for sporting incredible ’80s ’fits. As they wrestle with their marriage and their future, Monica asks her mother Soonja (Yuh-Jung Youn) to leave Korea and join them in their literal and … [Read more...] about ’s 8-Year-Old Breakout Star Thought Being in a Movie Would Be Kinda Nice