Werner Herzog is our philosopher of the end times.
If you've never seen Werner Herzog's 2005 documentary Grizzly Man, allow us to tease it for you:
Now Herzog's come to Disney+. With the streaming platform kicking off with much fanfare, at least $375 million in marketing alone, and technical errors on launching day, its lead original series, Jon Favreau's The Mandalorian, is at the center of attention. Aside from being the first live-action TV series for the Star Wars franchise, it presents Herzog playing a villainous character. Yet, as Herzog told Variety in a recent interview, he's never seen a Star Wars movie. In fact, he barely watches films. He does, however, take an academic—nay, philosophical—interest in Wrestlemania and Keeping Up with the Kardashians, presumably in order to study the 2019 zeitgeist and, you know, track its moral and artistic decline.
Herzog's fascination with the most absurd and uncanny aspects of modern existence already makes him Twitter-perfect, but his takes on reality TV and streaming services could make him as beloved a weirdo-philosopher as Slavoj Žižek (but with less saliva.) We (along with Twitter) have to honor the too-pretentious-to-be-true pop culture commentary Herzog has given us while starring in the Hollywood franchise he's either surrendered to or he's infiltrating in order to dismantle it from within, culminating in an explosive documentary to be released just before climate change ends the world in 2030.
No, He's Really Never Seen a "Star Wars" Film
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Herzog allayed fears that he was too unfamiliar with the Star Wars franchise to do justice to a part in The Mandaloriani: "You shouldn't feel upset that I haven't seen the "Star Wars" films; I hardly see any films. I read. I see two, three, maybe four films per year."
He added, "I assume much of it was motion-controlleld cameras and green screens," which was enough to convince him that Favreau probably knew how to handle The Mandalorian artfully.
He Watches "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" Even Though They're "Vulgar"
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This is the absolute best ad for Keeping Up With the Kardashians since Kim's 72-day marriage to Kris Humphries.
He Doesn't Give a Sh*t About Disney Live-Action Remakes
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When asked if Herzog gave any f*cks about Jon Favreau's prestigious filmography (seriously, what?), Herzog responded: "I do not know what other films he has made." When informed that Favreau "made 'The Lion King' earlier this year with Beyonce and Donald Glover," Herzog said: "Well I like 'The Lion King,' but the animated version 30 years back or so. That was a wonderful film, the music was particularly great, Hans Zimmer's score."
Is this shade at Favreau? No. Is this shade at Beyonce or Donald Glover? No. Is this 100% Werner Herzog sitting in a chair in a room surrounded by books à la the first 5 minutes of Good WIll Hunting and not realizing there's been a Disney film released since 1990.
Disney (and Amazon and Apple) WILL Soon Rule the World, So Just Surrender Now
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Herzog ends the interview by noting that the only streaming platform he's signed up for is Criterion. But now that the world will soon be run by Disney, Apple, and Amazon, he appropriately closes the interview by saying: "You're right. I have no choice but to sign up for Disney Plus and Netflix. I shall go do that now."
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Animation is lame and live-action is awesome.
Everybody loves Disney live-action remakes.
In a world plagued by racism, disease, and a seemingly endless bounty of spiraling misfortune, at least we can all agree that Disney knocks it out of the park every time they dredge up an old, animated movie for a live-action makeover because cartoons are for babies.
Sure, some of us thought the original Beauty and the Beast was fine, but could lame, 2D Belle ever hold a candle to 3D Emma Watson? And yeah, the original Lion King was okay, I guess, but there's nobody in the world who preferred cartoon Scar's rendition of "Be Prepared" to the incredible feat of getting a real lion to sing it in the live-action remake.
Being a Disney fan can be hard sometimes, as you have fond memories of beloved childhood movies but also don't want people to make fun of you for liking cartoons. That's why, out of all the corporations in the world, Disney is undoubtedly the most selfless, willing to spend hundreds of billions of dollars to bring their old, outdated movies into the modern age—all for the fans.
After Halle Berry walked back her consideration of playing a transgender character, we look back at how Hollywood has repeatedly fumbled trans representation.
Halle Berry has made headlines this week after turning down a role in which, had she gone through with production, would have represented a transgender man.
Berry, an Academy Award-winning actress known for roles in films like Monster's Ball, Catwoman, and Gothika, took to Twitter Monday night to apologize for considering the role. "Over the weekend I had the opportunity to discuss my consideration of an upcoming role as a transgender man, and I"d like to apologize for those remarks," Berry wrote. "As a cisgender woman, I now understand that I should not have considered this role, and that the transgender community should undeniably have the opportunity to tell their own stories."
The post continued: "I am grateful for the guidance and critical conversation over the past few days and I will continue to listen, educate and learn from this mistake. I vow to be an ally in using my voice to promote better representation on-screen, both in front of and behind the camera."