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Nomadland Is a Brilliant Pairing of Star and Filmmaker

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Fall movie seasons past are littered with a particularly irksome kind of prestigious pandering: movies in which some shiny star strips themselves of glam and glow to play a Real Person. We are meant to praise them for their bravery, but so often the proper reaction is to roll one’s eyes and move along, leaving the star and their deceptive preening to the eddy of their insistent vanity.

Sometimes, though, the right actor, working with the right filmmaker, can maneuver through most of the medium’s inherent artifice and hit something close to real. Or, at least, real as perceived by an audience member like myself, someone possessed of their own prejudices and assumptions. This is all a long way of saying that some audiences may, fairly, feel that Chloé Zhao’s new film Nomadland, premiering at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals, is just another bit of movie star tourism. To me, though, the film has an almost objective compassion, a plain and patient understanding of where life may take an American, far from the relative comforts of moviemaking.

The movie star here is Frances McDormand, who has not exactly made a career of tripping the light fantastic in fabulous luxury. Still, she’s a famous person with considerable resources at her disposal who, in Nomadland, plays an itinerant worker who lives in a van, roaming across the American West. Ironically enough, what the film does best is what brings it closest to criticism: Zhao’s brand of docu-realism suggests something soberly true. Rather than dressing the film up in the safely recognizable trappings of awards-movie schmaltz, Zhao and McDormand dial in, observing and listening to the just-real-enough world surrounding McDormand’s character, Fern.

McDormand did some work at an Amazon fulfillment center while making the film. She also spent some time sleeping in Fern’s van, which she has named Vanguard. (An unfortunate, and accidental, association with the currently airing HBO documentary about the NXIVM cult.) From some perspectives, McDormand could be just another dilettante actor mistaking Method for meaning. But Nomadland, which is really more character study than surveying sociology, approaches Fern’s circumstances, and those of the people she encounters on her travels, with a fluid, un-judging sensitivity. There is nothing cold nor analytical about Zhao’s gaze, nor McDormand’s. They have arrived at these places to learn, and to tell a story, and to be moved by their subject. Which is maybe the best intention we can hope for when some version of Hollywood comes calling to gaze in on downtrodden communities.

Throughout Nomadland, Fern communes with a variety of people, mostly all older, who are spending their latter years either living on meager pensions or, like Fern, seeking out temporary work. Many of the people who appear in the film are living this way in the actual world, and they share their experiences and insights with Fern—and, thus, with Zhao, and with us—with a weary pride. The nomads of the film are living a principle, shaking off the amoral and often cruel strictures of gridded life as much as they can. They revel in the sprawl of the landscape and in the small and profound pleasures of human connection.

Still, loneliness laps at the edges, as most of these wanderers, including Fern, know that for much of the time they will be on their own, headed off to somewhere else, the solitary in-between their only constant. It would be easy to frame Fern’s restlessness as a chase after something, but as Nomadland wends along toward its hushed finale, McDormand and Zhao compellingly articulate that Fern’s journey isn’t a pursuit at all. She’s not fleeing anything, either—though there are painful memories of the shuttered industry town where she and her late husband lived. Nomadland instead allows Fern the grace of complicated motivations. She is a loner but by no means a misanthrope, a displaced person who nonetheless has a firm command of herself.

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What Time Will ‘Enola Holmes’ Be on Netflix?

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Enola Holmes is coming out on Netflix tomorrow, which means the world is just a few short hours away from Henry Cavill‘s bulging muscles shoved into Victorian clothing. You don’t need to be a Sherlock Holmes to figure out that’s exactly what we need right now.

Starring Stranger Thing‘s Millie Bobby Brown as the 16-year-old sister of the world’s greatest detective, Enola Holmes is an adaptation of the young adult book series by Nancy Springer. Directed by Harry Bradbeer and written by Jack Thorne, this story finds Enola (Brown) searching for her missing mother (Helena Bonham Carter) while trying to avoid being sent away to boarding school by the order of her misogynistic brother, Mycroft (Sam Claflin). Unfortunately, her other brother Sherlock (Cavill), isn’t much help, so Enola takes matters into her own hands. (And yes, this is the same Sherlock Holmes adaptation that was sued for giving the detective feelings.)

If you’re looking to solve the mystery of the Enola Holmes release time, you’ve come to the right place. In the words of OG Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle: When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. That, and also Netflix put the Enola Holmes release time on the official Enola Holmes press page.

WHEN DOES ENOLA HOLMES COME OUT ON NETFLIX? WHAT IS THE ENOLA HOLMES RELEASE DATE?

Enola Holmes will begin streaming on Netflix on Wednesday, September 23. That’s tomorrow!

WHAT TIME IS ENOLA HOLMES ON NETFLIX?

New titles arrive on Netflix at 12 a.m. PT, or 3 a.m. ET on the morning of the release date. Therefore, Enola Holmes will be on Netflix either very late Tuesday night or very early Wednesday morning, depending on how you want to look at it.

If the clock strikes midnight on the west coast and you don’t yet see Enola Holmes on Netflix, try refreshing the page or logging out and logging back in again. If that works, congratulate yourself on solving the case of the missing Netflix movie.

IS THERE AN ENOLA HOLMES TRAILER?

There sure is, and you can watch it right here. Simply scroll up and hit play on the video at the top of this article. The video player is afoot!

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Why Joel Kinnaman Couldn’t Recognize Himself While Shooting The Secrets We Keep

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You can tell, even just by talking to Joel Kinnaman, that he’s a guy who loves to make friends. During our interview, Kinnaman was all smiles and laughs, wearing a floppy cheetah print hat and discussing how being tied up was quite the mood ruiner for his days on The Secrets We Keep’s set. What’s even more surprising is the fact that while you might think that he’s just doing a good job of acting like he’s tightly bound and gagged to a chair, Joel Kinnaman was actually pretty tightly packaged at all times. This was thanks to Yuval Adler, the co-writer/director of The Secrets We Keep, who made sure he did all he could to keep his actors in the right mindset. Something that, as Kinnaman continued to explain, really put him in a foul mood:

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NEWS WATCH: BOOM! Studios Debuts New SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE Graphic Novel Trailer

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BOOM! Studios has revealed a new trailer for SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE, the historic graphic novel adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’ American classic and one of the world’s seminal anti-war novels. Slaughterhouse-Five is faithfully presented in graphic novel form for the first time by Eisner Award-winning writer Ryan North (How to Invent Everything: A Survival Guide for the Stranded Time Traveler) and Eisner Award-nominated artist Albert Monteys (Universe!).

Available now everywhere books are sold, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE has earned acclaim from all corners with starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, along with rave reviews from acclaimed authors such as Kieron Gillen (Once & Future), Evan Narcisse (Rise of The Black Panther), Al Ewing (We Only Find Them When They’re Dead), Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and more.

You can watch the new SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE graphic novel trailer right here:

Listen: Billy Pilgrim has…
…read Kilgore Trout
…opened a successful optometry business
…built a loving family
…witnessed the firebombing of Dresden
…traveled to the planet Tralfamadore
…met Kurt Vonnegut
…come unstuck in time.

Billy Pilgrim’s journey is at once a farcical look at the horror and tragedy of war where children are placed on the frontlines and die (so it goes), and a moving examination of what it means to be fallibly human.

Kurt Vonnegut’s black humor, satiric voice, and incomparable imagination first captured America’s attention in The Sirens of Titan in 1959, and established him as “a true artist” (The New York Times) with Cat’s Cradle in 1963. He was, as Graham Greene declared, “one of the best living American writers.” Kurt Vonnegut died in 2007.

SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning Archaia imprint, home to inspiring graphic novels such as Big Black: Stand at Attica by Frank “Big Black” Smith, Jared Reinmuth, and Ameziane, Happiness Will Follow by Mike Hawthorne, We Served the People by Emei Burell, The Realist by Asaf Hanuka, Girl on Film by Cecil Castellucci and Vicky Leta, Melissa Duffy, V. Gagnon & Jon Berg, New World by David Jesus Vignolli, About Betty’s Boob by Vero Cazot and Julie Rocheleau, Waves by Ingrid Chabbert and Carole Maurel, The Grand Abyss Hotel by Marcos Prior and David Rubín, and more.

Print copies of SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE are available now at local comic book shops (use comicshoplocator.com to find the one nearest you), at bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

For continuing news on SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to www.boom-studios.com and follow @boomstudios on Twitter. 

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