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Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s creator on race and Captain America

Falcon and the Winter Soldier’s creator on race and Captain America

If you buy something from a Polygon link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our .The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series creator, showrunner, and head writer Malcolm Spellman says he “fought hard” for the right to do the series: as a Black creator with a career-long interest in Black art and social issues, he saw the show as an opportunity to be frank about race in America. The series, premiering onon Friday, March 19 — two weeks after the streaming outlet’s previous TV series, WandaVision, wrapped up — focuses on how the heroes Sam Wilson, a.k.a. Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and Bucky...

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Mike Cahill reveals why he left the ending of Bliss so ambiguous

Mike Cahill reveals why he left the ending of Bliss so ambiguous

Amazon Studios’ new movie Bliss seems like a story designed to start arguments. Coincidentally released the same weekend as Rodney Ascher’s , a documentary about people who authentically believe the world is some form of artificial simulation, Bliss explores the fictional side of that same idea. It opens with an ordinary businessman, Greg Wittle (played by ) struggling at his job, because he has visions of a much more beautiful and compelling one. Shortly after a severe problem at work, he meets a woman named Isabel (Salma Hayek) who tells him he’s one of the few real people in a largely...

Feb 9
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Owen Wilson is definitely living in a simulation

Owen Wilson is definitely living in a simulation

Unlike the people profiled in the new documentary , actor Owen Wilson does not believe he’s living in a simulated reality. Probably. But his character Greg in Amazon Studios’ Bliss — Wilson’s first film project since 2017 — is a different story. Greg finds out at the beginning of the movie that the world around him isn’t real. That reveal sends him on an adventure with a woman played by Salma Hayek, who tips him to the situation and leads him on an increasingly fractured and twist-filled adventure.It was an unusual challenge for Wilson, who’s more used to playing down-to-earth, relatable...

Feb 4
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The best movies of 2020, and where to watch them online

The best movies of 2020, and where to watch them online

2020 was a strange year for movies, as the COVID-19 pandemic , , and . Many of the year’s biggest planned releases wound up going straight to VOD, or eked out small theatrical runs in whatever markets they could. Many more were delayed to 2021. It was a year that changed how people watched movies, in ways that may have a vast impact on the future of the industry.But even so, there have been plenty of great movies this year, and they’re mostly available to watch and stream from home. Here, we sum up the movies that moved us in 2020, when we really needed the temporary break from reality,...

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Can science fiction map a positive future?

Can science fiction map a positive future?

What does the future hold? In our new series Polygon explores the new era of science fiction — in movies, books, TV, games, and beyond — to see how storytellers and innovators are imagining the next 10, 20, 50, or 100 years during a moment of extreme uncertainty. Follow along as we deep dive into the great unknown.“If you glimpsed the future and were frightened by what you saw, what would you do with that information?”At the climax of Brad Bird’s 2015 movie Tomorrowland, the antagonist launches a standard-issue villain monologue explaining why he’s used a psychic antenna to sabotage...

Oct 15
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