Barbenheimer: best double films like Barbie and Oppenheimer | Digital Trends

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We live in strange times. Elon Musk manages Twitter as if it were his personal blog. Actors and writers are striking out against the unfair working conditions of an uncaring, streaming-obsessed studio system. And the phenomenon known as Barbenheimer is finally upon us, threatening to overtake all social media and pop culture as we know it.

Barbenheimer is the result of two films, Greta Gerwig’s feminist comedy Barbie and Christopher Nolan’s somber nuclear war drama Oppenheimer, completely different in subject matter, style and tone, released on the same day. While Barbenheimer’s feverish tone is a former one, the concept of counterprogramming is, of course, nothing new in Hollywood. The list below is a compilation of two completely different movies released at the same time that are also great doubles to watch. These five cinematic duos, from musically inclined superheroes and wedding parties to animated man-apes and postmodern tech thrillers, are notable antecedents for Barbenheimer and also a great way to pass the time.

The Dark Knight and Mamma Mia! (July 18, 2008)

Before Barbenheimer, there was ABBA Batman. Two movies can’t be more different than The dark Knight AND Oh mama!and how Barbie AND Oppenheimer after it, it’s part of the charm to watch them one after another. Enough has been written The dark Knight fill a small library. Let’s just say Christopher Nolan’s film still holds up all these years later, particularly in its depiction of a city on the brink of chaos thanks to one individual, the Heath Ledgers Joker, who is willing to expose the moral hypocrisies of the powers that be who run it.

Time has been kind to Oh mama! Also. When it was first released, it was seen as something of a joke. Who wants to see Meryl Streep singing ABBA tunes in a small Greek village? Yet the sheer stupidity of Oh mama!S’s plot, and indeed its very existence, is a large part of its appeal. It doesn’t matter that half of the cast can’t dance or sing. (Poor Pierce Brosnan is a wonderful James Bond, but he can’t deliver a tune.) What matters to him is that everyone is having a good time and the feeling is contagious. While The dark Knight forced people to confront their fears and anxieties, Oh mama! it’s pure, sunny escapism and a necessary descent from the unrelenting intensity of the Batman sequels.

Superman Returns and The Devil Wears Prada (June 28, 2006)

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Another combination of superheroes and Meryl Streep, although this time Meryl’s film is more intense and alarming, especially for those who have endured bad bosses in their careers. Yes, I’m actually recommending you watch it The devil wears Prada First; Sure, it’s funny and frothy, but its comedic take on the boss-from-hell trope still deserves top spot. Prada it is probably the simplest film ever made; it buzzes and never gets old even on the 20th rewatch. (And yes, I’ve seen it so many times.)

Plus, you can secretly replace Kevin Spacey with Meryl as Superman villain Lex Luthor when you watch the deeply flawed movie Superman returns. That movie, one of DC’s many, many, many failed attempts to replicate the magic of the comics, are still worth a look, if only for Brandon Routh’s gentle portrayal of the Man of Steel and Parker Posey’s mad evil sidekick Kitty Kowalski. Both films together represent a Hollywood that doesn’t really exist anymore, one that hasn’t always focused on building cinematic worlds, stuffing gratuitous cameos in bad movies or male-centric films.

Mad Max: Fury Road and Pitch Perfect 2 (May 15, 2015)

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The War Boys and Glee Club fans came together for the first and last time on May 15, 2015, when Warner Bros. released one of the best action movies ever made, Mad Max: Fury Roadwith Universal’s superior sequel to their a cappella franchise, Perfect intonation 2. Road of FuryThe legend of s is such that an oral history of its creation, Blood, Sweat, and Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road, was released last year and reminded everyone how awesome it is. I don’t need to repeat all of her credit here, except to say that Charlize Theron gave one of the best action movie performances since Sigourney Weaver in aliensand will forever have a place in cinematic Valhalla for its ferocious Furiosa.

As for Pitch Perfect 2, it does what sequels should do: double what made the original so good but with a bigger budget and more trust from the cast and crew. Actress Elizabeth Banks made her directorial debut with this sequel, which led her to make more diverse and interesting films like this year Cocaine bear. After dealing with it in a post-apocalyptic landscape for a couple of hours, it’s nice to spend some time Perfect intonation 2They are groups of singers at war who care more about winning a competition than staying alive in a remote desert like Road of Furypersonages.

Tarzan and Run Lola Run (June 16, 1999)

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1999 was a big year for movies of all types, including Disney animated films and independent foreign films about the changing nature of life and destiny. Tarzan it’s not as well known as other ’90s Disney favorites The Lion King or also Mulan, but it’s as good as they are. The film features classic Disney elements such as an orphaned hero, a charming love story, an evil villain and a fantastic pop soundtrack by Phil Collins, who made the Oscar-winning song You’ll be in My Heart. Is it trivial? YES. But Tarzan still represents a time when Disney could do no wrong and remains a thrilling adventure that captures the breathless beauty of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ original story.

Run Lola Run it’s live-action, but has the look, feel, and guts of an animated film; you feel as if he could break the laws of physics with his dynamic and virtuosic cinema. The story of the film is simple: Lola’s boyfriend is in trouble and she is the only one who can save him. Yet the hook here is that the choices Lola makes change the outcome of her story; in three separate sections, we see all the decisions big and small that, if changed, could change her life forever and the lives of everyone around her. Run Lola Run it may seem like an odd pairing with a Disney film, but both leave you feeling rushed and intoxicated, and what more can you ask for from a double feature like that?

Editor’s note: The Run Lola Runs release date is the commercial release date in the United States. It premiered on August 20, 1998 in Germany.

Insomnia in Seattle and What Love Has to Do With It (May 25, 1993)

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1993 was the second arrival of the summer of love, both romantic and toxic, with the release of Sleepless in SeattleAND What is the love that must accompany it, two films that, while targeting the same female demographic, couldn’t be more different from each other. To start with Sleepless in Seattle; nothing about it is dated except maybe Tom Hanks hair. The rom-com is genuinely romantic and entertaining, with great supporting work from Rosie O’Donnell, Rob Reiner, Rita Wilson and Bill Pullman, and flawless performances from Hanks and Meg Ryan. It is a film that will make you believe in the power of love at first sight and frequent flyer miles.

What does love have to do with this, on the other hand, is a wake-up call and a warning. In telling the true story of Tina Turner’s abusive marriage to Ike Turner, the film does not sugarcoat the harsh reality Tina had to face to win her freedom and make one of the greatest musical comebacks in history. What does love have to do with this it’s hard to accept, as it should be, but ultimately it’s a triumphant and life-affirming film that has given Angela Bassett the best role of her impressive career. Both movies stand the test of time for different reasons, and both are great to watch either as a pair or separately any time of the year.

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