Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Nicky's My Favourite

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The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos (who should have won that Oscar on Sunday) is already lining up his next next movie - no not the one with Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman; that one's already filmed I think. I mean the one after that, the one called The Favourite which we told you about right here, which will star Emma Stone (who did win that Oscar on Sunday night) and Rachel Weisz and now, just announced today, also Nicholas Hoult. Emma is a new name, and I think she's replacing Kate Winslet, who was originally attached.

The Favourite is set in the late 17th Century and is about Queen Anne (Deadline doesn't mention her name but Olivia Colman is still playing her) and the two ladies beneath her who jockey against one another for influence; Nicky will be playing "a Tory leader" and he will probably wear a lot of tight waistcoats and breeches and somebody get me a chair and a cold glass of lemonade please.

And as long as we're seated and fanning ourselves vigorously let me share that picture of Nicky and Logan Marshall Green sweating it out in their camo behind the scenes of their upcoming Iraq War thriller called Sand Castle, which also stars Henry Cavill -- you can see more like that shot right here. Looks... hot.
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Andre Holland Three Times

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Shot by photographer Dylan Coulter for Variety -- you can see more over here. As great as Moonlight is and as great as Andre is in it I have to admit every time I see him all I think is, "I want more of The Knick! Bring back The Knick!" So hey Steven Soderbergh get on that please.


Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

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 Abraham: You claim you love her.
Peter: I do love her! 
Abraham: Can you prove it? 
Peter: Well give me time, sir. Fifty years will do. 
Abraham: But can you prove it? 
Peter: Well, can a starving man prove 
he's hungry except by eating? 
Abraham: Would you die for her? 
Peter: I would, but, er, I'd rather live. 

The great David Niven was born on this day in the year 1910 -- I have seen his name come up a couple of times this week when talking about "Oscar Surprises" since he had what they call a "juicy" one... 

“Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was almost bound to happen… But isn’t it fascinating to think that probably the only laugh that man will ever get in his life is by stripping off and showing his shortcomings?”

Oh David, you rascal. I actually wished Mr. Niven a happy birthday last year in a similar fashion with a different section of dialogue from this Powell & Pressburger film and I admitted then that I had bought but not read a couple of the books he wrote in his life; well guess what? I still haven't read them. They stare at me from the shelf, beckoning, but to no avail. Sorry, David. We'll check back in come March 1st 2018, as long as we're still around, and see if the situation's changed. See ya then!

Who Wore It Best?

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I'm usually a bit of a Style Nazi when it comes to men's formal wear - I don't like guys being any flashier than the standard black tuxedo, which is a perfect beautiful thing that makes any man look perfect and elegant and cannot be improved upon, full stop. But blue is second best and acceptable enough, says me, and since every damn somebody was wearing blue we'll run with it this year.
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Time To Feel Weird About Your Drax Crush Again

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has arrived -- and how does that make you feel?

Like caressing the iridescent texture of Dave Bautista's nipples?
What a coincidence, me too. Watch:
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I feel as if the Summer Movie Season is hurtling towards us at light-speed now - Guardians 2 is out on May 5th, which is only eight weeks away. There's only so much time and so many magazine covers that Chris Pratt can flash his big butt on between now and then, so he better get moving. 


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Good Morning, World

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The moment I fell for Javier Bardem (who is celebrating his 48th birthday today) was this scene in Pedro Almodovar's 1997 flick Live Flesh (which was also the first Almodovar I ever saw) -- I remember it being this scene specifically because I'd spent the movie making googly eyes at Liberto Rabal (the younger more typically pretty actor in the film; see him here) and not even noticing Javier, but then this scene, as with most Pedro Almodovar sex scenes, hits you like a tidal wave of hormones. You might say that Pedro knows how to shoot sexy! (You might.)


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

10 Off My Head: Siri Says 1986

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to another round of "Siri Says...," the fun game for movie-lovers where we ask our telephone to choose a number between 1 and 100 and then pick our five favorite movies from the corresponding year. It appears Siri is feeling pretty 80s this month (maybe she got her hair crimped) and so after last week's turn with the year 1983 this week we turn our eyes three whole years later, to The Movies of 1986. Which turns out to have been an amazing year for the movies! So amazing I couldn't narrow it down to just five. And so I give you...

My 10 Favorite Movies of 1986

(dir. David Lynch)
-- released on September 19th 1986 --

(dir. Woody Allen)
-- released on March 14th 1986 --

(dir. John McNaughton)
-- finished in 1986 but not released until 1990 --

(dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
-- released on October 10th 1986 --

(dir. Pedro Almodovar)
-- released on March 7th 1986 --

(dir. David Cronenberg)
-- released on August 15th 1986 --

(dir. Ken Russell)
-- released on November 30th 1986 --

(dir. Frank Oz)
-- released on December 19th 1986 --

(dir. David Jarman)
-- released on August 29th 1986 --

(dir. James Cameron)
-- released on July 18th1986 --

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Runners-up: Stand By Me (dir. Reiner),  Big Trouble in Little China (dir. Carpenter), Parting Glances (dir. Bill Sherwood), Labyrinth (dir. Henson), Manhunter (dir. Mann), Cobra (dir. Cosmatos), The Hitcher (dir. Robert Harmon), Mauvais Sang (dir. Carax), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (dir. Hooper)...

... Crawlspace (dir. Schmoeller), Betty Blue (dir. Jean-Jacques Beineix), Pretty in Pink (dir. Deutsch), In a Glass Cage (dir. Agustí Villaronga), Ruthless People (dir. Zucker), Down and Out in Beverly Hills (dir. Mazursky), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (dir. Hughes)

Never Seen: She's Gotta Have It (dir. Spike Lee)
Crimes of the Heart (dir. Bruce Beresford)
Vamp (dir. Richard Wenk) 

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What are you favorite movies of 1986?
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Pic of the Day

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Order your copy right here!
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Five Frames From ?

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Beautiful Monsters

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Oooh the first teaser for Okja, Bong Joon-ho's new movie
starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, has arrived!
Watch:
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First off I don't think I knew this was set to come out on June 28th -- that's much sooner than I anticipated. What a thrill! We can totally make it to June 28th without Trump getting us all murdered right? Fingers crossed. Okja has an official synopsis now too:

"From visionary Director Bong Joon Ho, this grand global adventure follows a friendship too big to ignore. Meet Mija, a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja. Following her across continents, the coming-of-age comedy drama sees Mija’s horizons expand in a way one never would want for one’s children, coming up against the harsh realities of genetically modified food experimentation, globalization, eco-terrorism, and humanity’s obsession with image, brand and self-promotion."

There's no sign of Jake in that teaser but I'm sure you all remember those pictures of him snapped on set - we're in for some real nuttery, it seems. Okja also co-stars Lily Collins and Paul Dano (who I photographed on the set when I visited) and Steven Yeun and Giancarlo Espisito, among others. Stay tuned!


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The Pirate (1948)
Serafin: It's hard to kill an actor.

Seriously you guys, that is good advice. 
I learned it the hard way. 

So the director (and the papa to Liza) Vincente Minnelli was born on this very day in the year 1903. He's the type of director whose big movies have escaped me for most of my life - lavish technicolor studio musicals of the 40s 50s and 60s have never really been my bag, ya know? Then the election happened and I decided that the movie-channel TCM (aka Turner Classic Movies) was exactly the hole I needed to bury my head in, and suddenly I was watching Vincente Minnelli movies all the time.
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Good god they play Gigi and Meet Me in St Louis constantly. Anyway alongside my Minnelli education I have also, thanks to other TCM offerings, been getting a good dose of Gene Kelly too. I mean nobody needed to teach me that Gene Kelly was worth watching -- I have eyes. But I had never used them to take in what happened when Minnelli & Kelly came together with this film The Pirate, and good...
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Watch this entire insane sequence right here:
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Good Morning, World

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Another day, another way to celebrate the Oscar win for Moonlight, my favorite of the nine nominees for Best Picture this year -- my favorite hardly ever wins! Scanning back through all the Best Picture winners over the years the last time that happened was actually just a couple of years ago when 12 Years a Slave won (that movie placed 4th on my own personal favorite films of the year) although there's a chance I might, with a re-watch of the both of them, switch that film and Spike Jonze's Her around now? I don't know, I haven't seen either since 2013.

But to find another Best Picture winner that is my favorite of the nominees you have to go back all the way to the controversial year of 1998 when Shakespeare in Love won -- and yes I'm saying I value Shakespeare in Love more than Saving Private Ryan, so get that straight-bruh bullshit outta here. Shakespeare in Love is a delight.  

When was the last time your favorite 
of the Best Picture nominees won?

Anyway, as I was saying, hooray for Moonlight, and hooray for all the Trevante Rhodes we can muster. You know how he posed in his underwear for Calvin Klein yesterday? Well we got another picture last night; we posted it on the Tumblr but I';ll share it here down below along with a couple more gifs from this wet dream scene of Trev's after the jump...

Monday, February 27, 2017

Flubbing Warren Beatty

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With this week's edition of "Beauty vs Beast" over at The Film Experience we're striking while the iron's hot on the Oscar topic du jour and forcing you to take sides with last night's Best Picture kerfuffle -- sure, nobody's really to blame, but where;'s the fun in that? Take sides like your life depends upon it! Because otherwise you might start thinking about the real world, and I need a goddamned break from that for 24 hours anyway. GO VOTE.
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

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Suspiria (1977)

Madame Blanc: I must tell you what I have to say very quickly... Because those gentlemen are waiting for me. Something terrible, truly horrible, has happened. One of our students, Pat Hingle, who was expelled just yesterday for improper conduct, Was murdered last night by some madman. It's a frightening story. But I always warn our students, Don't I, Miss Tanner? I tell them to be careful, not to get involved with questionable friendships. 

I hope Luca Guadagnino keeps the dialogue for his Suspiria remake as stilted and Babelfish-translated as the dialogue in Dario Argento's original sounds, because it's got a wonderful one-of-a-kind weirdness to it, and I think  (I know) that Tilda Swinton (who's playing this character) will make quick magic of it.

Anyway the great Joan Bennett was born on this day in the year 1910. Here's are my two favorite fun tidbits via IMDB:

"She made five films for Fritz Lang, more than any other American actor or actress who worked with him (many actors disliked working with Lang)."

"She was a popular target of disdain in Hedda Hopper's gossip column. To get her point across Bennett mailed Hopper a skunk as a Valentines Day gift in 1950 with a note that read, "You Stink!"
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