Reelgood: Where to Stream Oscar Winners Cillian Murphy, Emma Stone, Christopher Nolan’s Top Content

On the heels of the 96th Academy Awards, Reelgood.com released the top 10 TV shows and movies from Oscar winners Cillian Murphy, Emma Stone, and Christopher Nolan (based on viewership interest) — and where to stream them.

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Cillian Murphy Top 10 (and full-list) titles:
 
  1. Peaky Blinders – Reelgood Score: 94 (Netflix)
  2. Batman Begins – Reelgood Score: 93 (Max, Hulu)
  3. Dunkirk – Reelgood Score: 91 (Hulu)
  4. Oppenheimer – Reelgood Score: 89 (Peacock)
  5. A Quiet Place Part II – Reelgood Score: 88 (Hulu, Paramount+)
  6. Red Eye – Reelgood Score: 79 (Paramount+, FuboTV)
  7. Anna – Reelgood Score: 77 (Prime Video)
  8. The Wind That Shakes the Barley – Reelgood Score: 76 (AMC+, Roku)
  9. Anthropoid – Reelgood Score: 75 (Max)
  10. Free Fire – Reelgood Score: 72 (Max)

 

Emma Stone Top 10 and full-list titles:
 
  1. The Help – Reelgood Score: 91 (FuboTV, Hulu)
  2. Zombieland – Reelgood Score: 90 (Apple TV+)
  3. Crazy, Stupid, Love – Reelgood Score: 89 (Hulu)
  4. La La Land – Reelgood Score: 88 (TBS, TruTV)
  5. The Amazing Spider-Man – Reelgood Score: 87 (Disney+, Netflix)
  6. Cruella – Reelgood Score: 85 (Disney+)
  7. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Reelgood Score: 84 (Hulu)
  8. Poor Things – Reelgood Score: 84 (Hulu)
  9. The Favourite – Reelgood Score: 83 (Hulu)
  10. Zombieland: Double Tap – Reelgood Score: 82 (Hulu)

 

Christopher Nolan Top 10 and full-list titles:

  1. The Dark Knight – Reelgood Score: 98 (Max)
  2. Inception – Reelgood Score: 97 (Hulu)
  3. Interstellar – Reelgood Score: 96 (Prime Video, Paramount+)
  4. The Prestige – Reelgood Score: 95 (Apple TV+)
  5. Memento – Reelgood Score: 94 (Prime Video, Peacock)
  6. The Dark Knight Rises – Reelgood Score: 94 (Max)
  7. Batman Begins – Reelgood Score: 93 (Max, Hulu)
  8. Dunkirk – Reelgood Score: 91 (Hulu)
  9. Oppenheimer – Reelgood Score: 89 (Peacock)
  10. Insomnia – Reelgood Score: 84 (Paramount+)

‘Oppenheimer’ Tops Winners List at 96th Academy Awards

Universal Pictures’ Oppenheimer capped a dominant awards season run by taking home seven Oscars at the 96th Academy Awards ceremony March 10 in Los Angeles.

In addition to winning Best Picture, the biopic about “father of the atomic bomb” J. Robert Oppenheimer won Best Director for Christopher Nolan, Best Actor for Cillian Murphy, Best Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr., Best Original Score, Best Editing and Best Cinematography.

Oppenheimer’s seven wins equals the haul of last year’s top winner, Everything Everywhere All of Once. It had received a total of 13 nominations to lead all films heading into the night.

The Best Picture win completes an awards season sweep that included top prizes at the Golden Globes, Critics Choice Awards and the BAFTAs, as well as the awards from the Screen Actors Guild, Producers Guild and Directors Guild of America. (The Writers Guild doesn’t announce their winners until April 14, though Oppenheimer isn’t expected to win.) 

The film is widely available on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Disc, through digital retailers and for streaming on Peacock.

The other half of the “Barbenheimer” equation, Warner’s Barbie, took home just a single trophy, winning Best Original Song for “What Was I Made For?” by Billie Eilish and her brother, Finneas O’Connell.

Searchlight’s Poor Things won four Oscars, led by Emma Stone for Best Actress, her second Oscar after 2016’s La La Land. It also won Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design. The film is now streaming on Hulu and arrives on Blu-ray Disc and DVD March 12.

The Best Supporting Actress Oscar was awarded to Da’Vine Joy Randolph for Universal’sThe Holdovers, capping off a dominant awards run of her own.

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A24’s The Zone of Interest, a tale of a family’s apathy living near a concentration camp presented primarily won two awards — Best International Film and Best Sound. The film represented the United Kingdom but is presented in German, Polish and Yiddish.

Rounding out the feature awards, Studio Ghibli’s The Boy and the Heron won Best Animated Feature Film; Best Documentary Feature went to 20 Days in Mariupol, which is available through PBS; Best Original Screenplay went to the French film Anatomy of a Fall; Best Adapted Screenplay went to MGM’s American Fiction; and Best Visual Effects went to Japan’s Godzilla Minus One.

In the short-film categories, Best Live Action Short Film was given to Wes Anderson’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar (available on Netflix), Best Animated Short Film went to War Is Over!, and Best Documentary Short Subject went to The Last Repair Shop.

 

Oppenheimer

4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Universal;
Drama;
Box Office $325.37 million;
$34.98 DVD, $39.98 Blu-ray, $49.99 UHD BD;
Rated ‘R’ for some sexuality, nudity and language.
Stars Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett, Casey Affleck, Rami Malek, Kenneth Branagh, Benny Safdie, Jason Clarke, Dylan Arnold, Tom Conti, James D’Arcy, David Dastmalchian, Dane DeHaan, Alden Ehrenreich, Tony Goldwyn, Jefferson Hall, David Krumholtz, Matthew Modine, Scott Grimes, Jack Quaid, Christopher Denham, Olivia Thirlby, Gary Oldman.

Director Christopher Nolan’s meticulously crafted Oppenheimer is a bit of a throwback to the kinds of epics stocked with all-star casts Hollywood used to pump out in the 1950s and ’60s.

Yet this biopic of J. Robert Oppenheimer, labeled by history as the “father of the atomic bomb,” is also distinctly Nolan, marked by his penchant for nonlinear storytelling and pushing the boundaries of traditional filmmaking. It’s a testament to Nolan’s skill as a director that he’s able to craft a riveting character drama from what is essentially three hours of people just talking to each other.

Based on the book American Prometheus by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin, Oppenheimer frames the story of its title subject through the proceedings of two political hearings. One, set in 1954, finds Oppenheimer (longtime Nolan collaborator Cillian Murphy) attempting to restore his security clearance in the face of efforts to silence him from influencing nuclear policy. The other, set in 1959, focuses on the Senate confirmation hearing of Lewis Strauss (Robert Downey Jr.), a former member of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission who sheds light on Oppenheimer’s ouster.

Nolan uses similar points of discussion from the testimony given at both events to explore Oppenheimer’s life through flashbacks depicting the young scientist’s study of physics in Europe and his efforts to expand the field of quantum mechanics research in the United States.

Oppenheimer is poised to pioneer the study of black holes when World War II breaks out, and he is recruited by Gen. Leslie Groves (Matt Damon) to head the Manhattan Project to create an atomic bomb before Nazi Germany.

Scenes stemming from Strauss’ point of view are presented in black and white and meant to convey a more objective reality, while scenes in color represent Oppenheimer’s perspective and a more subjective interpretation of events.

The highlight of the three-hour film is obviously the middle section depicting the creation of the atomic bomb, with Oppenheimer and Groves bringing many of America’s top minds to a makeshift town in the New Mexico desert in order to turn theory into reality, culminating in the Trinity test.

Oppenheimer, however, is constantly dogged by earlier associations with left-wing causes, and friendships with a number of Communist Party members and Soviet sympathizers, that will ultimately be used as a sledgehammer against him.

Nolan in the Blu-ray bonus features describes the film’s structure as moving from the beginning of the hero’s journey, to a heist movie (the recruiting of a team for a caper of sorts), to a courtroom drama.

Through Murphy’s transformative performance, Oppenheimer comes to life as a man constantly struggling to balance the accolades of his historic achievements with the moral weight of their implications.

The last hour of the film depicts this sort of tug-of-war between America’s efforts to maintain nuclear superiority in the face of Russia developing the technology, and Oppenheimer’s desire to pursue international policies to contain the genie he helped escape from the bottle.

Nolan famously shot the film using large-format Imax cameras, and the results are evident in a pristine 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray presentation. The 4K and Blu-ray disc versions of the film take advantage of this with a variable aspect ratio that shifts between a letterboxed 2.20:1 image and an immersive 1.78:1 that occupies the entirety of a big-screen TV. The DVD and digital presentations are locked at a consistent 2.20:1 ratio.

Sound is booming but dialogue is easy to understand despite most scenes taking place in a conversational tone.

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The 4K and Blu-ray combo packs include a bonus disc containing nearly three-and-a-half hours of supplemental material, led by the seven-part “The Story of Our Time: The Making of Oppenheimer” behind-the-scenes documentary.

Clocking in at more than 72 minutes, the program offers a comprehensive look at the making of the film and the exquisite level of detail employed by Nolan in re-creating the period settings, for the most part. Of note, the set of Oppenheimer’s office includes the actual clock he had in his real office, and scenes taking place at the Oppenheimers’ home were filmed at their actual house in Los Alamos. Nolan was also keen on using practical in-camera effects as opposed to CGI, which lends to the film’s air of authenticity.

The seven featurettes are also available with digital copies of the film. The remaining extras are exclusive to the Blu-ray.

The eight-minute “Innovations in Film” focuses on the use of 65mm to shoot the picture, delving into the cinematography and editing challenges presented. Of note, the production had to invent black-and-white 65mm film stock to achieve the film’s visual style. There’s also a segment on how the film was prepared for digital projection and home video, with the digital version of the film being carefully rendered to match the look and feel of the 70mm Imax presentation.

For some comparisons of the different presentation styles of the film, there’s a full package of the film’s trailers, including an Imax trailer that displays footage from the film in the square Imax ratio, plus the five-minute promo video that played during the early summer. The footage in these trailers isn’t as refined as the film presentation, which demonstrates how much care went into making the film look the best it can be.

A 35-minute “Meet the Press” episode features a Q&A from July 15, 2023, featuring Nolan, author Bird, physicist and Nolan science advisor Dr. Kip Thorne, current Los Alamos director Dr. Thom Mason, and physicist Dr. Carlo Rovelli. It’s an interesting discussion about the relationship between science and policy, and includes some tidbits about how Nolan the screenwriter went a bit deeper than the book in depicting the Strauss confirmation hearing by digging up the actual transcripts.

Rounding out the extras is the hour-and-a-half To End All War: Oppenheimer & the Atomic Bomb, a great biographical documentary about the real Oppenheimer that gives a better context to the events depicted in the film. Seeing the copious footage of the soft-spoken Oppenheimer — he comes across as a bit of a professorial Mr. Rogers — really crystalizes how much Murphy was able to embody him in his performance. This is the kind of bonus feature more movies about real events should include on home video but just don’t anymore.

A Quiet Place Part II

BLU-RAY REVIEW:

Street Date 7/27/21;
Paramount;
Horror;
$29.99 DVD, $31.99 Blu-ray, $34.99 UHD BD;
Box Office $157.52 million;
Rated ‘PG-13’ for terror, violence and bloody/disturbing images.
Stars Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, Djimon Hounsou, John Krasinski, Scoot McNairy.

Director John Krasinski delivers another eerily effective thriller predicated on silence in his follow up to the surprise 2018 hit film A Quiet Place.

The sequel actually begins as a bit of a prequel, showing how the alien creatures that prey on sound first arrived on Earth, giving Krasinski an opportunity to make a brief appearance as Lee Abbott, the father who in the first film sacrificed himself to distract the aliens and save his family.

The film then cuts to the immediate aftermath of the first film, as Lee’s wife, Evelyn (Emily Blunt), is left to fend for survival with their newborn baby, son Marcus (Noah Jupe) and deaf daughter Regan (Millicent Simmonds). Regan’s hearing aid proved deadly to the aliens, emitting a frequency that disturbs their super hearing and makes them possible to kill.

The Abbotts set off to seek new shelter after theirs was pretty much destroyed by the alien attacks of the first film. They end up crossing into the booby-trapped land of their neighbor Emmett (Cillian Murphy), who wants them to leave so as not to squander the few resources he has.

However, they pick up a radio signal of someone broadcasting the song “Beyond the Sea,” which Regan intuits is a message to find a conclave of survivors living on an island, since the aliens don’t like water.

With Marcus injured by a bear trap (in a horrifying sequence involving a lot of screaming), and Evelyn forced to tend to him, Regan sets off to find a boat to get to the island, joined by a reluctant Emmett, who slowly starts to realize that perhaps there are still things to hope for in this otherwise dangerous world.

Naturally, the sound parasites are a constant threat to all the characters.

While the 4K disc includes just the film in Ultra HD, the Blu-ray edition includes several behind-the-scenes featurettes.

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HBO Max Meets Troubled Times With ‘A World of Calm’ Series

WarnerMedia’s SVOD service HBO Max has ordered the 10-episode “A World of Calm,” a TV experience that combines mesmeric imagery with narration by stars — including Mahershala Ali, Idris Elba, Oscar Isaac, Nicole Kidman, Zoë Kravitz, Lucy Liu, Cillian Murphy and Keanu Reeves.

HBO Max’s first project in the health and wellness space, “A World of Calm” is the result of a collaboration between the makers of Calm, the app for sleep, meditation and relaxation, and Nutopia, the team behind Nat Geo’s series “One Strange Rock.”

“A timely antidote for our modern lives, each half-hour episode takes audiences on an immersive visual journey into another world,” according to the press release.

“Building on Calm’s Sleep Stories — bedtime stories for grown-ups with more than 250 million listens — each relaxing tale is designed to transform how you feel,” the release states. “Transporting the viewer into tranquility through scientifically-engineered narratives, enchanting music and astounding footage, to naturally calm your body and soothe the mind, each story is brought to life by a different iconic voice.”

“With the considerable amount of stress and chaos we are all experiencing at this particularly challenging time, we could all use a bit of guided relaxation and ‘A World of Calm’ is here to help,” Jennifer O’Connell, EVP of non-fiction and kids programming for HBO Max, said in a statement. “With soothing imagery and tranquil narration, this is one HBO Max original that we hope becomes part of your daily routine.”

“We are thrilled to work with such amazing partners as HBO Max and Calm for this new cutting edge endeavor,” Nutopia CEO and founder Jane Root said in a statement. “Although this collaboration has been in the works for many months, this series has been entirely created during quarantine using Nutopia’s worldwide network of award-winning cinematographers and filmmakers. We hope this series of serene stories will bring a sense of much needed calm to audiences.”

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“Calm started life as a meditation app but the brand has evolved far beyond that,” Calm co-founder and co-CEO Michael Acton Smith said in a statement. “We are delighted to bring the magic behind our audio Sleep Stories to the screen for the first time.  These experiences are visual Valium and will help people relax and unwind during these stressful times.”

The series is co-produced by Calm and Nutopia with Root, Nicola Moody, Smith and Chris Advansun serving as executive producers, and Sara Brailsford and Fiona Caldwell as co-executive producers.

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