Today in Movie Culture: The Women Who Inspired ‘Poms,’ ‘Detective Pikachu’ Director Commentary and More

Today in Movie Culture: The Women Who Inspired ‘Poms,’ ‘Detective Pikachu’ Director Commentary and More

Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:


True Story of the Day:

Poms, a new comedy starring Diane Keaton as woman who starts a cheerleading squad in her new retirement community, is now in theaters. It’s also based on a true story. Meet the real ladies of Sun City Poms, a squad from Sun City, Arizona, in this brief report from Inside Edition:


Director Commentary of the Day:

Pokémon Detective Pikachu is now in theaters, so the New York Times got director and co-writer Rob Letterman to break down one of the movie’s best scenes, offering commentary on how the moment was scripted and how it was later pulled off with actor Justice Smith and a bunch of puppets standing in for the eventual CG Pokémon characters:


Mashup of the Day:

Yesterday we shared the “leaked” Pokémon Detective Pikachu video in which Pikachu performs an aerobic dance for length of the movie’s running time. Now, here’s a mashup of that ‘80s-stye delight mashed up with the 1985 John Travolta aerobics movie Perfect, courtesy of Nelson Carvajal [via Free Cinema Now]:


Cosplay of the Day:

When you get Ryan Reynolds to voice the title character in Pokémon Detective Pikachu, you have to expect that Deadpool fans are going to be excited. Enough to cosplay as the merc with a mouth cosplaying as Pikachu? That’s right, as evidenced by this guy showing off his combined fandom:



Classic Movie Trailer of the Day:

In honor of the release of Pokémon Detective Pikachu, we’re looking back at the Pokémon movies of yore, including another animated feature from 20 years ago. Courtesy of Movieclips, here’s the original trailer for Pokémon the Movie 2000, a.k.a. Pokémon: Power of One, which hit US theaters on July 21, 2000:


Fan Art of the Day:

One of the best sequences in Avengers: Endgame has inspired fans to imagine Captain America fighting other characters played by Chris Evans. Obviously, the perfect matchup is Steve Rogers vs. Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch, who Evans played in the 2000s Fantastic Four movies. So, here’s artist BossLogic with how that fight would look:



Actor in the Spotlight:

He was missed in Avengers: Endgame but Clark Gregg still got to return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe this year as a younger version of Agent Coulson in Captain Marvel. IMDb’s No Small Parts honors the character actor with a look at his movie and TV work before making his MCU debut in the very first installment, Iron Man:


Filmmaker in Focus:

High Life may not be as epic in scope as Avengers: Endgame, but the Robert Pattinson-led sci-fi drama is a pretty big deal for French auteur Claire Denis. With this first English-language feature of hers currently in theaters, Luis Azevedo highlights the filmmaker’s use of color in this video essay for Little White Lies:


Easter Eggs of the Day:

You’ve probably already watched the new Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer a hundred times, and maybe you’ve spotted all the Easter eggs and references you need to know. But just in case you haven’t, here’s Insider with another breakdown of the post-Endgame spot and everything you may have missed:


Franchise Recap of the Day:

John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum hits theaters in one week, and the reviews that dropped today for the sequel are outstanding. You have plenty of time to catch up or revisit the first two installments of the franchise before the new one comes out, but you could also just let Keanu Reeves recap the John Wick series so far with this handy video:



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Today in Movie Culture: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Easter Eggs, the Science of the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Timeline and More

Today in Movie Culture: ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Easter Eggs, the Science of the ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Timeline and More