In this series, Team FC scours the best of the internet every week to bring you a list of great reads, watches and more, from the world of film and entertainment.
What does the French term mise-en-scène (literally, "placing on stage") mean when applied to cinema? Anyone with a passing interest in film theory or criticism has heard of it, but most of us are slightly unclear what exactly it is. This video essay explains its origins and its use by filmmakers like Tim Burton, David Fincher and Stanley Kubrick.
In this video from Netflix India, Parineeti Chopra, star of The Girl on the Train, does the oddest and silliest of things: dumping Mentos into Coke, doing yoga in heels, picking up M&Ms with chopsticks, and DM-ing both a fan and Kim Kardashian.
The Oscars 2021 were the strangest in years: hugely reduced audiences, a shorter run-time, the threat of COVID so no hugs between presenter and winner, and plus a very big upset in the end that was exacerbated by the Oscars switching up the order of the awards in a way that backfired horribly. This piece looks at all the ups and downs in the ceremony. You can read it here.
If you've watched Normal People (available in India on Lionsgate Play), you will know how central sex is to Connell and Marianne's intense relationship. This article looks at how the sex scenes, which were praised for foregrounding verbal consent and mutual pleasure, were filmed: there was an intimacy co-ordinator on set, and the actors had extensive conversations too. You can read it here.
American singer H.E.R. won both an Oscar this week for the song 'Fight For You' from Judas and the Black Messiah. Watch her perform it at the Oscars pre-show.