Elvis, Wes Anderson and Frances McDormand: In Search of Star + Jewels and Oddities

After owning three statuettes in April, Nomadland it is the great letter of Star + in the orbit of the cinema. But she is not the only Oscar winner who is part of the catalog. It also has Birdman, by Alejandro González Iñárritu, and The shape of water, by Guillermo del Toro, two of the films that were awarded the statuette for Best Film in recent years and that marked the Mexican predominance in the ceremony (we should add Alfonso Cuarón and Roma).

At the level of the lead performances are the films that gave the award to Renée Zellweger (Judy), Olivia Colman (The favourite), Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody), Frances McDormand (Three ads for a crime, Nomadland), Natalie Portman (The Black Swan), Forest Whitaker (The last king of Scotland), Reese Whiterspoon (Johnny and June: Passion and Madness), Hilary Swank (Boys don’t cry) and Michael Douglas (Wall Street).

And in the categories of supporting actors are titles of Octavia Spencer (Crossing stories), Alan Arkin (Pequeña Miss Sunshine) and Marisa Tomei (My cousin vinny). Meanwhile, awarded for their script appear The death poet Society, Between glasses and Jojo Rabbit.

Award for consistency and ingenuity, Better things has been high on the year’s best series counts since its debut in 2016. Yet the co-created and starring comedy Pamela Adlon – as an actress torn between parenting and her career – seemed like an inexcusable absence from streaming. Today its 42 chapters (half an hour) are available on the platform, giving the opportunity to catch up before the premiere of its already confirmed fifth cycle.

A similar situation is that of Baskets, the fiction with Zach Galifianakis in the role of an aspiring clown. Its four seasons – with one of the most iconic mothers of recent times, played by comedian Louie Anderson – went somewhat unnoticed in Latin America, but Star + recovers the complete series. Fact: both this production and Better things They were co-created by Louis CK, whose relationship with FX was terminated when allegations of sexual assault against him were revealed in 2017.

Either because its premiere in the country was reduced to television or because the Fox App platform expired at the end of 2020, the streaming service groups together several fictions that had been adrift: the miniseries Fosse / Verdon, Feud, Mrs. America and Devs, the tandem that make up The Young Pope and The New Pope, in addition to Empire, Taboo, Godfather of Harlem, Trust and Harlems.

The service offers nearly 60 titles corresponding to the years prior to the 80s. A contingent larger than the streaming average –which tends to prioritize the newest films– and in a similar number to that of the HBO Max platform. Among the brightest are Cleopatra (1963), The leopard (1963), Patton (1970), The French connection (1971), Alien: the eighth passenger (1979) and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969).

Within the group of productions of the historical catalog of 20th Century Fox (today renamed 20th Century Studios), Robert Altman appears with M*A*S*H (1970) and 3 Woman (1977) and Eliza Kazan does the same with Light is for everyone (1947), Wild river (1960) and Long live Zapata! (1952).

The protagonist of that last film, Marlon Brando, also appears in the war film The young lions (1958) and in two feature films that, although they are not among the most remembered of his filmography, are worth seeing: Desirée (1954) and Morituri (1965).

Elvis Presley makes his mark with his big screen debut, The Stolen Bride (1956), as well as Fire star (1960) and Wild in the country (1961). Marilyn Monroe features The seventh year itch (1955), while Frank Sinatra adds the musical Can-Can (1960) and the crime drama Tony Rome (1967).

From the original saga Planet of the Apes, there are the 1968 feature film with Charlton Heston and installments three and five, as well as the trilogy made during the last decade. The 1970 and 1972 sequels are missing, along with the 2001 Tim Burton remake.

Wes Anderson is one of the recurring directors on the list. Of his nine films already released (omitting the recent The French Chronicle), Star + has six: Rushmore (1998), The eccentric Tenenbaums (2001), The Aquatic Life of Steve Zissou (2004), Travel to Darjeeling (2007), El Gran Hotel Budapest (2014) e Isle of dogs (2018).

The platform also adds two of the best films of the Coen brothers (Educating Arizona, Miller’s Crossing), three of M. Night Shyamalan’s brightest (Sixth Sense, The protégé, Signals) and two of Terrence Malick’s biggest wins (The thin red line, A hidden life). Spike Lee also scores with a double: The sacred game (1998) and The 25th hour (2002).

In the field of comedy, the service offers Thank you for smoking (2005), the first Borat (2006), Ed Wood (1994), High Fidelity (2000), In his shoes (2005) and The son of the bride (2001).

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Elvis, Wes Anderson and Frances McDormand: In Search of Star + Jewels and Oddities