Media Moment – 06/19/20

After nine years, Sean Durkin has directed his follow-up to the fantastic Martha Marcy May Marlene. This time Jude Law and Carrie Coon star as a married couple living beyond their means and stretching themselves to the breaking point. Here’s the trailer for The Nest.

Palm Springs was apparently a big crowd-pleaser at Sundance. It appears to be a riff on the Groundhog Day formula but with two people caught in the time loop. Not sure how I feel about it after this trailer, but I’ll watch it when it comes out.

I’ve been a big fan of Search Party since it debuted in 2016. This long-awaited third season feels like it will be the end of Dory’s tale as she was in quite the predicament at the end of season two. Here’s the trailer.

My favorite horror author, Laird Barron, has a new short story up Nightmare magazine’s site. Girls Without Their Faces On is a wonderfully eerie apocalyptic tale that feels very appropriate for our current moment.

AMC Theaters announced they will be reopening in July. It will be 450 theaters across the nation with promises of rolling out safety precautions due to COVID-19. The company has said each theater will only be allowed to seat 30% of the regular capacity and that employees with clean each auditorium down with ultraviolet based disinfectant technology. The concessions will be from a more limited menu, and that area, as well as ticketing, will be structured around social distancing. Ticketing online is being encouraged by AMC. Sounds great, right? Nope. The CEO, Adam Aron, has said masks will only be required in states or counties where that is already an ordinance. AMC could make it mandatory as a private corporation, but Aron has said he “doesn’t want to be drawn into a political controversy.” The only one making this pandemic a politicized event are anti-science morons who turn every cultural and objectively scientific fact into a political football. I can tell you I have no damn interest in attending a theatrical film showing for quite some time if ever again. I expect AMC may be responsible for outbreaks to come across the country.

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