Link Tank: The Fifth Element Celebrates 25 Years
Luc Besson's sci-fi film turns 25, Elizabeth Olsen sticks up for Marvel movies, the first trailer for the Avatar sequel dropped, and more in Link Tank!
One of the wackiest science fiction movies ever made, The Fifth Element, is now a quarter of a century old.
“A few years before the One dodged bullets in The Matrix or Darth Maul emerged in The Phantom Menace, a red-haired savior name Leeloo said ‘multipass.’ The ‘90s were a wonderful time for fans of science fiction, with instant hits like Jurassic Park and Independence Day and The Matrix and Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace. But buried among them all, almost unassumingly, was Luc Besson’s bonkers, beautiful The Fifth Element, and today it feels like a film very much stuck in the middle of a movement.”
Loki star Tom Hiddleston shares his thoughts on his MCU character being revealed as bisexual, saying he hopes it was “meaningful” to fans.
“In a recent interview, actor Tom Hiddleston shared some new thoughts about Loki’s character, specifically his bisexuality. In the Disney Plus series Loki, which streamed last summer, Sylvie asks Loki if there have ever been any potential princesses in his life. Then, raising her eyebrows, she asks if maybe there’s ever been another prince. Loki pauses and then answers, ‘a little of both. I suspect the same as you.'”
The first trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water dropped, transporting audiences back to Pandora for the first time in 13 years.
“The preview for the 20th Century sequel travels above and below Pandora’s bright blue water, introducing new whale-like creatures and showcasing the franchise’s signature flying creatures, Toruk, which were introduced in the first movie. ‘Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure,’ reads the official synopsis.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness star Elizabeth Olsen sticks up for Marvel movies while acknowledging they aren’t “indie art films.”
“A peacemaker has arrived to try and bring the two sides together, with Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness star Elizabeth Olsen telling The Independent that she doesn’t like it when people try to argue that superhero movies are a ‘lesser type of art’ because of all the work that goes into them. At the same time, she adds, ‘I’m not saying we’re making indie art films,’ but she says that being dismissive of the effort that goes into Marvel movies ‘takes away’ from the ‘amazing set designers, costume designers, camera operators,’ who work on them (and may also work on ‘award-winning films’).”
Are you trying to understand the NBA playoffs but just don’t get it? Maybe comparing each team to an anime will recontextualize things for you.
“What started out as a casual ironic viewing of the NBA playoffs has quickly shifted into an unironic obsession, with the games becoming a must-watch priority in my life. Why the sudden change, you ask? I realized that the NBA is eerily like the many anime series I’ve watched.”
While some MCU fans might’ve been let down that LEGO didn’t produce any proper Moon Knight sets, the construction toy company just unveiled a beautiful re-creation of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
“Architecture sets have, until now, depicted modern and historical buildings as they appear today. The 1,476-piece 21058 The Great Pyramid of Giza, which will be released on June 1st, breaks from this tradition by portraying the structure as it might have looked when it was nearing completion, some 4,500 years ago.”