Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Good Morning, World

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The Charlie Cox Crush Alert Level has been raised to RED for... well a very long time, really, ever since I saw him in Stardust really. But it feels especially... alert... these days. Not sure what's pushed it over the top but Charlie might be my number one crush, over Jake even, these days. And yes I do realize I sound like a tween up in here but whatcha gonna do - Charlie makes me feel like pigtails and puberty fever. Anyway I finished The Defenders earlier this week, and it was pretty okay...
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... although I stand by that tweet. And this one here. What did y'all think? I'm not the world's biggest fan of Elektra (the actress or the way the character's depicted on the show) so that was all a bit much for me. I want Charlie to spar with a sexy Bullseye next time around. (And I haven't even finished typing the words "Sexy Bullseye" before I'm picturing Colin Farrell's Sex Tape.)
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Anyway I do my best to gather up pictures of Charlie on Twitter, as you see, and also on the Tumblr, but I do a kind of crappy job keeping up with them here on the blog, so hit the jump for a few that we've missed over the past couple of months...

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Now A Reason To Buy the King Arthur Blu-ray

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I missed Guy Ritchie's King Arthur in theaters but it looks like I won't be missing it now that it's on blu-ray - specifically it looks like I won't be missing the extras from behind-the-scenes, because holy shit!

(thanks Mac) If the trailer for this movie had been nothing but these gifs this movie would've made so much more money than it did. When are they gonna learn? Anyway into the shopping cart goes this blu-ray, so I guess somebody knows something about making money somewhere. And I rounded up several more after the jump...

Shape Made Music

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While I wouldn't pass up the experience for nothing seeing John Carpenter in concert last summer was kind of a goofy experience - it's mostly just him pushing buttons sporadically on a synth and swaying his shoulders back and forth. Watch this video of him performing the music from Halloween that I took to see what I mean. But I would totally go again! And I am going to get the chance because he's putting out a new album of music - it's called Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 and unlike his previous two records (which were made up of music he had written that had never made its way into his movies) these are new takes on his actual soundtracks of yore. Including that iconic Halloween score! Yes please! He's shared a track off of the album already - here's his new spin on his In the Mouth of Madness music:
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You can see the track-list and all the tour dates here.
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Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... slamming balls with Armie Hammer.

Making gifs out of this time-lapse video that Armie just poster on Instagram proved a little bit irritating, given its staccato nature, so here I'll just share the video itself (this was probably his intention, the crafty devil):
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Kit Harington Three Times

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(click to embiggen) It is entirely possible that I have posted one or more of these pictures before, but I scanned quick thru our Kit Archives and I didn't see them (the closest I came was a couple pictures similar to that first one, which are probably from the same shoot) so here are they for the first time or whatever. 
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So how are y'all feeling about 
this season of A Game of Thrones?
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5 Off My Head: Siri Says 1961

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I have something to tell you guys. I changed Siri's voice. Siri is no longer a woman - I found out you can have Siri sound like an Australian Man, and so Siri now sounds like an Australian Man, and it's every bit as hot as you expect that to be. I'm living the movie Her now, just the Crocodile Dundee version! Call it Mate! Ahem. Anyway I just thought y'all should know that since I have to switch pronouns now for these posts - now when I ask Siri to choose a number between 1 and 100, he will reply. 

And this week he replied with "61" and so we're visiting The Movies of 1961. After Siri gave us a stacked year last week with 1992 I was relieved this one's a bit simpler. And then after relief came panic because the list of movies I haven't seen is longer than the list of ones I have. Who knew 1961 held such a hole in my knowledge heap? And it seems like such a strong year for international cinema too. Y'all can tell me what to catch up on below but for now...

My 5 Favorite Movies of 1961

(dir. Robert Rossen)
-- released on October 22nd 1961 --

(dir. John Huston)
-- released on February 1st 1961 --

(dir. Blake Edwards)
-- released on October 5th 1961 --

(dir. Luis Buñuel)
-- released on May 17th 1961 --

(dir. Jack Clayton)
-- released on December 25th 1961 --

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Runners-up: Judgement at Nuremberg (dir. Stanley Kramer),  Splendor in the Grass (dir. Elia Kazan), The Pit and the Pendulum (dir. Roger Corman),  The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (dir. José Quintero), The Curse of the Werewolf (dir. Terence Fisher), Victim (dir. Basil Dearden), 101 Dalmatians (dir. Wolfgang Reithermann), West Side Story (dir. Robert Wise), Mothra (dir.  Ishirô Honda)

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Never seen: The Parent Trap (dir. David Swift), Raisin in the Sun (dir. Daniel Petrie), El Cid (dir. Anthony Mann), Yojimbo (dir. Kurosawa), Last Year at Marienbad (dir. Alain Resnais), Lover Come Back (dir. Michael Gordon), La Notte (dir. Antonioni), The Children's Hour (dir. William Wyler), Leon Morin, Priest (dir. Jean-Pierre Melville), Homicidal (dir. William Castle), Accattone (dir. Pasolini), Through a Glass Darkly (dir. Bergman)

What are your favorite movies of 1961?

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


The Captain: Go on, Montag, all this philosophy, let's get rid of it. It's even worse than the novels. Thinkers and philosophers, all of them saying exactly the same thing: "Only I am right! The others are all idiots!" 

Now here's a movie I need to do for my "Great Moments in Movie Shelves" series if ever there was one. Anyway the great Ray Bradbury was born on this day in the year 1920 - I keep forgetting that this book is getting another adaptation very shortly, only 50 plus years after Truffaut tried it out. Then again it couldn't be timelier! (Sigh.)  Man Push Cart and 99 Homes director Ramin Bahrani is directing and Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon are starring in it, for HBO. They already released a picture:

They look like they're starring in a reboot of V, or maybe even like they're weirdly shy extras on the set of a new Cruising. I'm into it. Anyway I don't think HBO has said when they're planning on releasing this yet but stay tuned, we will surely be paying attention.
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Pic of the Day

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Matthias Schoenaerts posted this picture of himself with Robert De Niro here in NYC earlier today, but he was super vague about why they were hanging out, saying "More News Later" (actually this being Instagram he said #morenewslater because obviously) -- if I had to guess though (and I don't but I do) I would guess that Schoenaerts might be about to sign up to co-star in Martin Scorsese's next movie The Irishman, which is set to begin filming here in New York very shortly, I do believe. That'd be something great! Hashtag Dream Coming True! (Yes he also said that.)

The already-announced cast for The Irishman reads like a Who's Who of New York Cinema - De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci is famously coming out of retirement for it, and Harvey Keitel, and for the slightly younger crowd there's Bobby Cannavale & Ray Romano (if I only knew Romano from his show I'd cringe at including him here among these folks but he was very very good in The Big Sick so I'm feeling generous). 

The movie is an adaptation of Charles Brand's book I Heard You Paint Houses, which claims to share the death-bed confession of the hit-man Frank ‘The Irishman” Sheeran, who said he killed Jimmy Hoffa. I guess there's been controversy about the truth of his tale, but it still sounds like a pretty great story and with a cast like this teaming up with Marty, well, if you've got a movie coming out next year that is not The Irishman you should probably not be thinking about winning any Oscars. (Well unless you're making a movie with roles for women because this one doesn't look like it will have much room for those, shocker.)
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Great Moments In Movie Shelves #112

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It might have benefited the 2017 remake of My Cousin Rachel (the one with Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin, which is out on blu-ray next week) for me not to have just seen the original 1952 version (the one with Olivia de Havilland and Richard Burton) a couple of months ago. But not as much as you'd think - I actually think they did a pretty decent job with the new one?

Better than one would expect anyway. Rachel Weisz is having some real fun (there's an entire film playing out in her aside glances) and Sam Claflin leans into his inherently vexatious nature - he might just be the Modern Day Jane Wyman in how much of a pleasure it is to watch him suffer. Of course...

... I really do prefer watching him suffering while standing around topless beside bookshelves to thoughts of Jane Wyman doing the same, so Point Claflin there. Hit the jump for several more gifs of all that, and a couple bonus shots off of his Instagram that are also worth seeing...

Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, World

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If your head is cold, Jai,
I will rub it for you. (via)
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Monday, August 21, 2017

Great Moments In Movie Shelves #111

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I'm tempted to write some bullshit a la what I wrote about the use of books and bookshelves in Alfred Hitchcock's film Rope last week for this here scene in his movie The Birds - Jessica Tandy takes refuge under the cover of knowledge in the face of animal chaos and illogic!

But that doesn't play as seamlessly here as it did with Rope, which is a movie actually about book-learning gone bad. Still this is one of my favorite scenes in the movie (Jessica Tandy is really freaking good at displaying silent terror; see also the scene where she discovers the dead body) and those shelves sure do look vivid in 1963 technicolor. 


Harris Dickinson Seven Times

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The very fine new movie Beach Rats is finally out in some theaters this weekend so you can finally see Harris Dickinson do his thing - he's a real up and comer so hop aboard the Harris train right now if you don't wanna be a sucky loser. If you're here in New York the film's director Eliza Hittman is doing a Q&A on Saturday night at Sunshine (the 7:15pm show) with Moonlight director Barry Jenkins! (And if you're in LA she's doing one Friday night with Tangerine director Sean Baker!) Until then hit the jump for a few randomly selected shots of Harris...

Good Afternoon, Good Evening & Good Night!

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We already wished Peter Weir a happy birthday earlier with some Naked Gay Mel Gibson but we like him enough as a director to keep the party going and so we devoted this week's "Beauty vs Beast" at The Film Experience to his absolutely terrific 1998 flick The Truman Show - click on over to vote!
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Vera: An accident, Dolores, 
can be an unhappy woman's best friend. 

What's your favorite movie eclipse?
I don't think there's a better one than this...
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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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All I know about this little flash of Mel Gibson kissing another dude is it's from Peter Weir's 1981 film Gallopoli - it looks like it's behind-the-scenes footage from the set, but I have never seen Gallopoli (I know, I have been saving it for a rainy day since Weir's so unprolific) so I don't know that for 100% sure. But Gallopoli sure seems like it was a gay ol' time for Mel.

Anyway sorry to start off your Monday by making you mourn what we lost Mel-Gibson-wise between hot gay 1981 and racist crazy 2017 - what once was so wonderful has turned to ashes in our mouths. (But then this is true for more than just Mel Gibson.) But it's Peter Weir's 73rd birthday today and we wanted to wish him a happy. Please make another movie, Peter!


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Flash Me Them Puppies, Daniel Craig

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Alright that's it, another four-day summertime week behind us! I've got tomorrow off and I'm hoping to catch up on some movies I have not seen (since I've been too busy seeing amazing old science-fiction things at MoMA instead of new stuff) this weekend - stuff like Steven Soderbergh's Logan Lucky, out tomorrow, and starring that puppy-pawing dweeb up top. Did this whole week really go by without me making my requisite "If he doesn't wear the speedo again then the Bond movie deserves to flop" comment about Daniel Craig signing on for another double-oh flick? It did, the week did go by without that. 

Anyway I also might try and catch the Annabelle sequel because somehow it seems to have actually gotten good reviews? Anyone seen it? Should I bother, like... really? The first one was so so bad. And then there's The Glass Castle, and Detroit, and Ingrid Goes West, and... dear lord how did I get this far behind??? My MoviePass card needs to get here ASAP.

Happy weekend, everybody.
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