Thursday, June 13, 2019

Man in Black

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It's been a weird week for me movie-wise as I haven't watched a single movie this week at all, as I've been busy with a dear friend visiting -- not many weeks go by without me watching something! Weirder still I haven't seen any of the new releases out tomorrow, and judging by the reviews for the new Men in Black (sorry Chris!) and the new Shaft I might want to keep it that way. Even the reception for the Jim Jarmusch Zombie Movie seems kind of muted...

Anyway I am sure I, like most of you, will find some way to entertain myself over the next three days, hashtag this is a reminder that I am not here on Summer Fridays. But here below if you do find yourself in need of a quick something to entertain you is a video I took at The National concert in Brooklyn last night; there are more here, and some photos that I took on my Instagram. They are a good band and I like them! Bye!
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ETA it's just been brought (back) to my attention that Nicholas Winding Refn's series for Amazon called Too Old To Die Young (we told you previously) is dropping on Amazon tomorrow, we had forgotten, and so fuck everything I just said -- there is what we're doing!!!
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Sufjan's Self Love

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Dunno if you missed those love songs and the Gay Pride t-shirt that Sufjan Stevens dropped on us last week like a fistful of rainbow confetti -- see my post here -- but he's furthered this homosexually charged experiment of his with a new post on his website which shares that picture of him being typically drop-dead dreamboat, rainbow ball in hand, alongside some lovely words about self-love -- check it out here. Choice bit:

"It’s astounding how much of our world still continues to teach us to feel shame. For the color of our skin. For our poverty. For our wealth. For our education. For our religion. For our privilege. For our special need. For our sexuality. For being naked in a garden. How do we break this pattern? Love."
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Still In the Mood for Massimo

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An important update on yesterday's Massimo Girotti post! I said yesterday I was looking for Massimo Girotti movies to watch as I'm in the mood for Massimo -- well I found one, did I ever. Well two actually. Thanks to commenter Mirko for recommending Italian director Alessandro Blasetti's 1941 film The Iron Crown, which looks promising even just on a surface level...

... that lady in the background gets it. But looking up that film led me to another collaboration between Massimo and Blasetti called Fabiola from 1949 and as you can see from the still I posted up top looks possibly even more promising, on that surface level anyway, and not just because Massimo didn't have to shave his chest. (That doesn't hurt though.) Fabiola is another Roman sword-and-sandal type flick, but this one's got Massimo playing no less than the premiere gay icon of Saint Sebastian himself...

See a couple more gifs here.
I gotta get my hands on these...


Little Buggers Schnockered, Son of a Bitch

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I was all set to say that all these years in having heard the name Imogen Poots -- not really a name you miss -- and I still had no idea what work I actually knew her for, but then I looked at her IMDb page and remembered that she was in, and was excellent, in Green Room, a movie I deeply adore, and I decided to stuff a sock in my snark's filthy mouth. She has cred left over from that still.

Anyway Poots is on my lips because of today's big horror news, which is that Blumhouse is going to try their hand at remaking Bob Clark's horror holiday classic Black Christmas again, which immediately raised them hackles... until I saw who they'd hired to direct. They have hired Sophia Takal, the director of my beloved film Always Shine from 2016, which starred...

... my beloved Mackenzie Davis and Caitlin FitzGerald as two actresses whose friendship was based more on competition than any actual bond who found themselves deteriorating a la Persona over a long weekend in the woods. Here is my ol' review -- that is a good ass movie.

If you recall Blumhouse made some news last year-ish over their shitty hiring practices with regards to female directors and Jason Blum stepped in it with some comments he made -- they then hired Takal to direct an episode of their horror anthology series Into the Dark; I reviewed her episode right here, it's worth seeking out. Anyway I guess they all liked working together and now she's graduated on up to the feature division, as well she oughta.

Now we just turn our eyes to the rest of the cast, since Black Christmas is such a group thing taking place in a sorority house full of young ladies, and we must wonder... who the hell could they possibly get to replace Margot Kidder? Good luck, whoever!

ETA oh and look they dropped a teaser poser already:


Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Montague: This is on a par with your other stupid accusations!
Richard: Two more brains and he'd be a half-wit.

I love this ridiculous movie, and I love Basil Rathbone, and Basil Rathbone is celebrating a birthday today, so I am showing love to this ridiculous movie he starred in. See how that works? Any Rathboners up in here? That's what I just decided "fans of Basil Rathbone" go by, by the way. Feel free to spread that far and wide. Rathboners. Hey look at this picture of him at eighteen:


Armie Hammer Seven Times

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The new Briony ad campaign starring our boy Armie Hammer has gone live this week -- there's a new video on their website which I'm a little too busy to gif up this afternoon but y'all can click and watch it like normal people, I suppose, it won't kill us! 

A couple of these shots (the black and white ones, specifically) are actually a couple months older (Armie posted 'em in February) but I checked and insanely I never posted them here at the time, I don't know what the hell I was doing instead, so if you hit the jump you'll get the whole pretty deal, Hammer-wise...

Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... circling the block with Jon Hamm.

In the most obscene display of gratuitous gray sweatpants since Justin Theroux rocked the nation to its very core on The Leftovers the new Amazon series of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's book Good Omens went and had Jon Hamm -- Jon Hamm, Noted Bulge Aficionado -- of all people jog towards a camera while wearing gray sweatpants, and to be quite frank (heh) I'm surprised he didn't knock both my eyes out.

I actually keep forgetting that Amazon dropped the show already and I haven't yet started watching -- I have to thank some rando on Tumblr for alerting me to this scene's presence. Randos on Tumblr are doing the lord's work. Anyway if any of you have watched the series yet I'd appreciate a heads up (heh) on the show, quality-wise.


Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, World

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A happy 38 to the great and proven true good fella Chris Evans -- now with the Marvel movies behind him (most probably) his IMDb page actually looks interesting for the first time in quite some time! First up he's got Knives Out, Rian Johnson's new flick that we told you is one of our most anticipated 2019 titles -- you can read our several series of posts on that movie here. Then there's The Red Sea Diving Resort, which Netflix just recently picked up, and which has him starring opposite Alessandro Nivola and Michiel Huisman and a shot of me hyperventilating in a movie theater. See my previous posts on that one here. Other projects include a movie from Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer that has Chris as the only living descendant of Dr. Jekyl (called Jekyl) and a limited TV series about a father trying to figure out if his son committed murder called Defending Jacob, and then also on top of that a sci-fi tinged story called Infinite about visions and past lives from director Antoine Fuqua. So Marvel gave him lots of money, and Marvel gave him the star power to get a ton of projects lined up, and on top of all of that he gets to be Chris Evans... sigh. I should just go back to bed.
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Bad Boy Billy

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I've posted that picture of Bill Skarsgård before, along with its mates right here, but I felt like using it again -- so shoot me. It sparks joy. Anyway this news is nigh a week old but it slipped past me until today -- Bill is set to star in that high class killer movie Gilded Rage that I already told you Jake Gyllenhaal is producing (thx Mac). Bill will play the real life practicer o' patricide Thomas Gilbert Jr, a spoilt lil' rich boy who murdered his father in a pique of petulance. We wondered at the time it was announced whether Jake himself might play the role even though he's not right for it physically -- Bill's a better pick in that regard, as he's extremely tall and blond...

... (or Bill can be blond anyway, with those genes of his, even though he tends to go darker than his brothers) just like Gilbert. Gilbert's murder trial is actually going on here in NYC right this very minute and is in all the papers, so this is excellent timing on this one, Jake! Charlie McDowell, who made The One I Love with Elisabeth Moss and Mark Duplass, is set to direct.
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I Am Link

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--- Hero Worship - Now that he's Batman (try hearing that phrase in your head in anything but Christian Bale's rasp, I dare you) Robert Pattinson is abandoning the art-house movies that made us respect him, the sellout - he's dropped out of Joanna Hogg's sequel to The Souvenir, which is apparently a thing that's happening? (I'm just teasing Rob, by the way, save your hate mail.) On the Souvenir tip though I saw the film last week and thought it was fine but I don't really entirely get the rapturous responses it got earlier this year. It's certainly aware of its privilege (the main character expresses some guilt) but that didn't make the privilege of its world feel any less exhausting to maneuver as a viewer.
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--- My Commitment - This interview is a real long one so you'll have to set aside some time for it but if you haven't yet read Collider's long chat with our beloved character actress and saint Beth Grant then I recommend you do - give or take a couple of big star names its interesting folks from below the title like this who have quirks and are individuals that I'd much rather read pieces like this devoted to. Beth has stories and has lived and is a hoot.
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--- Jude Island - Jude Law is heading back to TV again, this time with nary a Popemobile in sight, to make The Third Way for HBO (alongside ITV in the UK) -- it's a six-part miniseries (produced by the guy who made the original Utopia) that sounds kind of like The Island of Dr. Moreau or maybe The Wicker Man, something like that, with an island and a bunch of isolated weirdos and hallucinations. Basically me on vacation. Speaking of vacations Jude was recently on his honeymoon (congrats!) in Sardinia and JJ got a bunch of pictures of him looking mighty fine a la that shot to the right, see them here. (Thx Mac)
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--- More Scary - When we listed our most anticipated movies of the remainder of 2019 one of the runners-up was the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark film that Trollhunter director André Øvredal has coming out in August -- well Rue Morgue sat down with Andre to chat about his next much anticipated by me flick, which is an adaptation of Stephen King's short story The Long Walkread that chat here. TLW is kind of a teenaged They Shoot Horses Don't They, or maybe Forrest Gump meets Battle Royale. Okay I'm just saying movie titles now. You get the idea.
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--- Ears and Ears - I am a couple of episodes behind on Years and Years but Russell Tovey's already gone and signed on for another television miniseries in his homeland -- this one's called Flesh and Blood and it's another tale of a large sprawling family in which he's a sibling, this time about a trio whose old-age mum (played by Imelda Staunton) gets romanced by a dude (Stephen Rea) they don't trust. 
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--- Gesserit Who - Denis Villeneuve is currently shooting his Dune movie with Timothee Chalamet & Co -- see some pictures we shared a couple of weeks back right here if you missed 'em -- and that's probably going to be going on for awhile, and now an even longer while because he's also making a Dune TV series now too. It'll be about the Bene Gesserit, the female religious order of Frank Herbert's stories who predict all sorts of spicy shenanigans with their witchery. In the movie Rebecca Ferguson is playing Lady Jessica who's a part of the order, so perhaps she'll be a part of the television show too; Villenueve is only set to direct the pilot.
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--- Man o' Paradise - Josh Hartnett, so very good on Penny Dreadful, is returning to TV for a series called Paradise Lost, which apparently has nothing whatsoever to do with the Milton book -- it's about a married couple (Hartnett alongside Bridget Regan from Jane the Virgin) who return to the husband's Mississippi hometown only to "uncover shameful secrets that irrevocably change the lives of everyone involved." That is vague enough a description that I have absolutely no idea what this show might be, except they also call it a "Southern Gothic mystery" which helps a little. Barbara Hershey and Nick Nolte are also set to co-star. 
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--- Cue the Keymaster - It's become completely impossible to keep straight what's happening with the Ghostbusters franchise - I think where we stand is Jason Reitman is making a direct sequel to his father's films with all the original 'Busters in tow? Anyway Sigourney Weaver has let slip that she's returning for the movie as good ol' dog-lady Dana Barrett once more, so whatever it is I am there.
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Charlie Barnett Eight Times

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I am being exceedingly slow with working my way through the new episodes of Tales of the City -- I've only watched two and a half so far and I've had them for weeks -- but I like the world of Barbary Lane too much to rush it; who knows if we'll ever get to revisit after this, so I'm savoring. Still I'm gonna go against the consensus I've seen out of the corner of my eye and say I like what I've seen so far very much -- it feels of a piece with the earlier seasons in its earnest soapiness, teleported in from another place and time. Also I'm totally into the heat between Charlie Barnett and Murray Bartlett...
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... so that's sure helping. And speaking of Charlie did you hear that Russian Doll got renewed for a second season? Even though it seems antithetical to how complete those first run of episodes were I'm down for spending more time with Charlie & Natasha, how could one not be, so we'll trust that smarty-pants Leslye Headland to know what she's doing. (She made Bachelorette. She knows what she's doing.) Now let us hit the jump for the rest of this photo-shoot...

Which is Hotter?

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Happy 10 to Moon!
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I Miss Massimo

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Since the last time I ogled Massimo Girotti I have managed to finally watch Pasolini's film Teorema, which brings the grand total of films starring him that I have seen to five, including Luchino Visconti's films Senso and Ossessione plus Mario Bava's Baron Blood and Bertolucci's Last Tango in Paris. But as you can tell by just those five titles the man worked for a very long time, a career spanning six decades, and with some of the world's greatest directors, so I feel as if I must be missing some. 

The most obvious one off the bat to me is 1967's omnibus film The Witches, which has segments directed by De Sica and Pasolini and Visconti among others (Girotti was in Visconti's portion, of course) -- thankfully that one was released on fancy blu-ray from Arrow last year so that shouldn't be too hard. But I really would like to see some of the films he made when he was young, because... well you know why, you see that picture up top. So if anybody's got any recommendations give 'em a spin in the comments! I need some Massimo in my life this summer.
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, World

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(via) Have we all watched the first episode of the new season of Black Mirror on Netflix, the one titled "" yet? If you haven't avert your eyes, I'm bout to get up in it. It stars Anthony Mackie and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, aka Falcon from the Marvel superhero movies and Black Manta from the DC superhero movies, as best buds from way back who find a new way to, uhh, appreciate one another inside a virtual reality game. I've only vaguely noticed some downbeat reactions to the new season on Twitter so I'm not sure where people stand really but I personally thought this was a terrific hour of storytelling -- surprising and funny and way more hot than I would've thought at first glance, and a lot of that heat came from seeing dude up top, Ludi Lin aka a former Power Ranger (class of Dacre Montgomery's), treated like a right proper piece of meat. This episode was built for any of us who've ever wanted to yank down the waist of the pants the Mortal Kombat character we're playing, and I imagine we are legion.


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

There's Music in the Way That We Kiss

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All four of Shout Factory's "Gay Pride" releases this year are out on blu-ray as of today -- last week both Boom and To Wong Foo hit (as an aside I should add here that it somehow escaped me that the Boom blu-ray has a commentary track from John fucking Waters!) and today comes Jeffrey and the pièce de résistance Can't Stop the Music, the astonishingly over-the-top Village People musical starring Steve Guttenberg and Steve Guttenberg's tight pants, among others. 

This movie has been a bit of a pain in the ass to see for a long time, and it is so so worth seeing -- see it. Oh and there's also the rainbow-colored special edition of The Babadook that they put out, which leans into the entertainingly ridiculous internet meme. And a percentage of the proceeds go to a good cause, so get yer gay on.


Which is Hotter?

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Great thanks to Nathaniel alerting us to what would have been the 100th birthday of the actor Richard Todd today in this post at The Film Experience -- I wasn't terribly familiar with Todd's filmography but I do know him from Alfred Hitchcock's 1950 film Stage Fright with Marlene Dietrich and [awful actress name redacted], and so I figured I should dig deeper, and I'm glad I did!

As Nathaniel pointed out he won a Golden Globe for "Promising Newcomer" just the year before Stage Fright for his role in the WWII flick The Hasty Heart, and he worked pretty steadily for the next five decades including, within just a couple of years of that honor, playing for Walt Disney both Robin Hood (in 1952's The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men) and Rob Roy (in 1953's Rob Roy: The Highland Rogue). And looking quite hearty as both...

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I'm obviously a little partial to his spectacularly bearded and butch Rob Roy interpretation -- I wonder if there's any good up-the-kilt action? -- but he wears those Robin Hood tights pretty well as well, I must admit. And if you hit the jump I've got several more pictures worth an ogle, including a few of him in his mustache best in 1953's The Sword and the Rose...