Posts Tagged ‘Josh O’Connor’

CTV NEWS AT SIX: NEW MOVIES AND TV SHOWS TO CHECK OUT THIS WEEKEND!

I appear on “CTV News at 6” with Andria Case to talk about the best movies and television to watch this weekend. I’ll tell you about he flirty “Challengers,” the social comedy “Humane” and the atmospheric supernatural tale “The King Tide.”

Watch the whole thing HERE!

RICHARD’S CTV NEWSCHANNEL WEEKEND REVIEWS FOR FRIDAY APRIL 26, 2024!

I join the CTV NewsChannel to talk about the flirty “Challengers,” the social comedy “Humane,” the cartoonish violence of “Boy Kills World” and the eerie “The King Tide.”

Watch the whole thing HERE!

NEWSTALK TONIGHT WITH JIM RICHARDS: DOES RICHARD CROUSE LIKE THESE MOVIES?

I sit in with NewsTalk 1010 host Jim Richards on the coast-to-coast-to-coast late night “NewsTalk Tonight” to play the game “Did Richard Crouse Like This?” This week we talk about the flirty “Challengers,” the social comedy “Humane” and the cartoonish violence of “Boy Kills World.”

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YOU TUBE: THREE MOVIES/THIRTY SECONDS! FAST REVIEWS FOR BUSY PEOPLE!

Fast reviews for busy people! Watch as I review three movies in less time than it takes to stamp your feet! Have a look as I race against the clock to tell you about the flirty “Challengers,” the social comedy “Humane” and the cartoonish violence of “Boy Kills World.”

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RICHARD’S CP24 WEEKEND REVIEWS & VIEWING TIPS! FRIDAY APRIL 26, 2024.

I  joined CP24 Breakfast to have a look at new movies and television shows coming to theatres and streaming services.  Today we talk about the flirty “Challengers,” the social comedy “Humane,” the Crave comedy/travel series “Conan O’Brien Must Go” and the Prime Video series “Fallout.”

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CFRA IN OTTAWA: THE BILL CARROLL MORNING SHOW MOVIE REVIEWS!

I sit in on the CFRA Ottawa morning show with host Bill Carroll to talk the new movies coming to theatres and streaming including the flirty “Challengers,” the social comedy “Humane,” the cartoonish violence of “Boy Kills World” and the eerie “The King Tide.”

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RICHARD’S WEEKEND MOVIE REVIEWS FROM CP24! THURSDAY APRIL 25, 2024.

I join CP24 to have a look at the flirty “Challengers,” the social comedy “Humane,” the cartoonish violence of “Boy Kills World” and the eerie “The King Tide.”

Watch the whole thing HERE!

CHALLENGERS: 4 STARS. “a flirty, intimate and indulgent film.”

“Challengers,” a new love triangle movie from director Luca Guadagnino, starring Zendaya, Josh O’Connor and Mike Faist, and set against the backdrop of the world of sports, gives new meaning to the term “love” as it applies to a tennis score.

The story focusses on three tennis players, the hardworking Art (Faist), the wild child Patrick (O’Connor) and the ultra-competitive Tashi (Zendaya). “She’s in another league,” Patrick says of her all-or-nothing style of play.

The guys have been friends forever, and are very close, to the point that when they meet Tashi, and ask for her number, she declines, thinking they are a couple. “I’m not a home wrecker,” she says.

She finally relents, promising to hand over the digits to whoever takes the next tennis match.

The story then leaps to-and-fro from their teens, twenties and thirties, to portray Art and Patrick as rivals, on the court and in a shared love for Tashi.

This is a Guadagnino movie, after all, so, once again, as he has shown in movies like “I Am Love,” “Bones and All” and, most famously, “Call Me By Your Name,” he delves into themes of desire and identity through the lens of complex relationships.

Their complicated pasts come to a head in the present as Art, a pro player on a losing streak, accepts a low-level Phil’s Tire Town Challenger match against the washed-up, sleeping-in-his-car Patrick. In the middle of it all is Tashi, Patrick’s former girlfriend and Art’s current wife.

“You don’t know what tennis is,” Tashi tells Patrick. “It’s a relationship.”

Relationships are at the heart of “Challengers.” Whether it’s with one another or with the game, the movie is fueled by the passion of fevered relationships. On and off the court the trio are fierce players who rely on the sparks that fly between them to keep the flames of competition alive. It’s a ménage à trois of interchangeable power games, mind games and tennis gameplay in which the power dynamics are batted back-and-forth, just like in a tennis match.

Guadagnino’s tennis scenes are shot with flair. Sometimes it feels as though the camera is attached to the player’s rackets, other times the ball rockets towards the lens in a yellow blur. But as exciting as those scenes are—the climax is pulse racing—this isn’t about the sport. It’s about the thing that makes them good at the sport. The passion for life and for winning.

“Challengers” is a flirty, intimate and indulgent film, often shot in intense close-ups as the actors invade one another’s personal space. Guadagnino rarely strays away from his leads, who match the director’s intensity, theatricality and seductiveness. The combination makes for a playfully exhilarating story, accentuated by an effervescent techno score courtesy of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, that is unlike almost any other sports movie ever made.

CTV NEWS AT SIX: MOVIES AND TV TO STREAM DURING THE PANDEMIC.

Richard speaks to “CTV News at Six” anchor Andria Bain about television and movies to watch during the pandemic, including a show about collecting movie props, new movies on VOD–“Emma” and “Disappearance at Clifton Hill”–and why we’re going back and rewatching some old favourites.

Watch the whole thing HERE! (Starts at 34:49)