Zhang Yimou is one of China‘s most revered directors, and it’s no wonder—he has created some truly great work with a distinctive style that often easily translates to international ticket sales. His name really spread among western moviegoers, however, when he cast Matt Damon in his The Great Wall, the biggest film ever shot in his homeland.
If the trailer for his upcoming action epic Shadow is any indication, Yimou could end up with his biggest international hit yet. Nothing we’ve seen quite looks like this.
Here’s a basic synopsis for Shadow:
…In a kingdom ruled by a young and unpredictable king, the military commander has a secret weapon: a “shadow”, a look-alike who can fool both his enemies and the King himself. Now he must use this weapon in an intricate plan that will lead his people to victory in a war that the King does not want.
What proceeds from there is some high-level, truly inventive action.
Don’t sleep on a movie like Shadow just because there are subtitles. There’s already some critical consensus that it’s a “masterful tale of intrigue and deception.”
If you’re a huge fan of martial arts movies, this is definitely one to check out when it premieres in the United States on May 3, 2019.
Ha, no. It has scenes like the utterly chilling moment in the first episode of the final season—which premiered on April 14—when a man sets fire with his sword to a spiral of human body parts with an undead child at the center.
The scene stopped many viewers cold because it was so startling and just plain chilling. Many seemed to find it inexplicable as well. Like, we know as the season begins that the forces of the Dothraki and Westeros among others are aligning as best they can to face the Night King’s undead army. A battle is definitely going to happen.
Why bother with this mark left in a chamber already ravaged by the Night King’s horde? In an interview with the Post, Game of Thrones writer Dave Hill did something unusual for any member of the GoT cast or crew and pulled back the veil on that particular scene:
As we saw with Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven, the spiral pattern was sacred to the Children of the Forest, who created the Night King by sacrificing a captured man in a spiral “henge of stones.” The Night King then adopted the symbol as a sort of blasphemy, like Satan with the upside-down cross.
In a way, viewer response to the scene was 100 percent in line with the intention behind the symbol. Satan’s upside-down cross brings to mind The Exorcist, which was one of the most terrifying horror movies ever made.
It is, then, a symbol simply intended to intimidate. It totally worked, too. There will surely be more jolts and jumps like that to come.
Episode 2 of Game of Thrones Season 8 airs Sunday night at 9 pm ET on HBO.
This lack of normalcy extends to his dating habits. When Leo isn’t hanging out at Coachella after-parties patting strangers who may or may not be ex Camila Morrone on the head, he’s dating some other young model or actress, and they’re always young: none have been over 25, and a redditor going by the handle TrustLittleBrother proved it with a handy chart.
The intrepid redditor starts with Gisele Bundchen. DiCaprio dated her about 20 years ago—he was 24, she was 18. They lasted five years, Gisele breaking it off because she wasn’t into the actor’s partying lifestyle.
The age range stays startlingly consistent the whole time and they never stay with DiCaprio past the quarter-century mark. It’s a striking stat.
Plenty of people date younger partners, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. No one is gonna criticize Leonardo DiCaprio for taking advantage of his status as superstar playboy Oscar winner either. He’s going to come in contact with gorgeous twenty-somethings on a regular basis. How could he ignore that?
But, okay—that graph will be much more striking in 20 years if the lower line stays the same. It might be a little weird, then.
The whole “I have nothing to wear” predicament is something we talk about a lot on Who What Wear. (This story about the science behind it is particularly interesting.) This is my personal experience with the dilemma, which I’m sharing in hopes that it could potentially solve your wardrobe problem, too. (After all, isn’t that why you’re reading this?)
Over the years, I’ve dramatically declared that I have nothing to wear countless times (despite a full closet of options at my disposal). And that’s for one reason: I had somehow ended up with a closet full of T-shirts and sweaters, jeans, blazers, flats, and black handbags—they’re what I feel most comfortable wearing. (That’s me above, wearing some of those go-to pieces.) Sure, these pieces are timeless and versatile, but they basically combined to form one type of outfit that isn’t appropriate for every situation.
Accordingly, over the past few years, I’ve made a point to shop for pieces that would help me form a wider variety of outfits. I wear jeans more than anything else, so I focused on adding dressier tops and heels to my wardrobe, and I’ve recently been making even more of an effort to diversify my wardrobe by shopping for more dresses, skirts, and trousers. Thinking that my solution may be the cure to your wardrobe woes too? Read on to shop “fancy” tops and heels that I’m loving at the moment.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.
What are the mysterious qualities that make French women so stylish? Words like “effortless” and “undone” come to mind, but we suspect it’s partly the things French women don’t do that make them so fashionable. And because French women are truly in a sartorial league of their own, the rest of the world is on a constant quest to emulate them. Knowing the set of guidelines they follow is the first step in achieving that effortless quality that they’re known for.
To find out what these no-nos are, we went straight to the source and asked our favorite French style bloggers for the fashion faux pas they would never make. From the footwear style they avoid (and what they wear instead) to their philosophy when it comes to accessorizing, these tips are timeless, simple, and relevant to every age group. Read on for your master class in je ne sais quoi.
This post was published at an earlier date and has been updated.