Monday, January 20, 2020

Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, World

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This picture of Tom Holland and his brother was the first thing I saw on the internet this morning thanks to Tom's Instagram, so hopefully I can return the favor to one of y'all. He captioned it that this is from the last day of shooting his movie called Cherry, which is from the Russo Brothers of Marvel fame and has him playing an Army medic who becomes a bank robber due to PSTD. It's weird to think that yes indeed Tom Holland is indeed old enough to have gone and fought and died for this country, isn't it? That's a far more sober thought than I was intending to lead us out on here but here we are. I'll end on something something big bat.
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Friday, January 17, 2020

Great Thing Ahead

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Well the most important television program in my home in 2020 has just been introduced to me -- I think I've mentioned this before but my boyfriend is like a major crazy rabid Elle Fanning fan. He makes us watch whatever she's in. I say "make" lovingly since I think she's great too, just... maybe not to the extent he does, which is weird. hey we all have our things. Anyway Elle is starring in a new Hulu series about Catherine the Great called The Great and there's also something in it for me, meaning...
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... Nicky Hoult in period dandy regalia a la The Favourite? Hell to the yes. But thankfully the show is not just ripping off Yorgos Lanthimos without any right to -- the series was written by The Favourite's scripter Tony MacNamara. So he can rip himself off, that's allowed. The show premieres on May 15th and you should expect me to post endlessly about it. Here's your first teaser:
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Oscar Isaac To Star In Ex Machina

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Is that headline giving you a case of the dreaded deja-vus? But Oscar Isaac already starred in a movie called Ex Machina, I hear you thinking. Wait, is this a sequel? We'd love a sequel, but... well considering how Ex Machina ends, how... is it a prequel? I'd watch a prequel. Anything really to have more...

... of Oscar Isaac with that beard. Well stop thinking goddamnit, it's none of those things. Let me explain! Y: The Last Man writer Brian K. Vaughn also authored a comic series called Ex Machina that had nothing at all to do with the 2014 film that Oscar was in, but Oscar has taken it upon himself to confuse us all by attaching himself, as producer and star, to an adaptation. At least he has the decency to re-name the thing -- the movie will be called The Great Machine

"The comic, which Vaughan made with artist Tony Harris, debuted in 2004, running for 50 issues under DC Comics imprint Wildstorm. It centered on Mitchell Hundred, a former superhero who becomes the mayor of New York City after 9/11. Hundred had the power to talk to mechanical devices but the comic was concerned less about superheroics than issues of government and political leadership. Isaac will play Hundred."

Have any of you read the comics?
You can pick up the entire run right here.
And here's another Oscar pic just cuz:


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Jung Chae-San: The early bird catches the worm.
Lee Jung-Chool: The early bird gets caught.

I was going to wish the actor slash living legend Song Kang-ho a happy 53rd birthday today by posting a quote from my favorite performance of his, which is as the priest in Park Chan-wook's 2009 vampire-flick Thirst, but then I did a search and realized I'd posted the same speech from Thirst twice before! Funny enough when I did this exact thing in January of 2018 I mentioned a little something you have maybe heard of lately called Parasite...

"This year is supposed to bring another reunion with his other (aka not Park Chan-wook) great collaborator Snowpiercer and The Host and Memories of Murder director Bong Joon-ho - they're supposedly making another horror movie called Parasite, which IMDb says is about "A man [who] gets infected with a parasite that changes his paradigm in unforeseen ways." IndieWire says the movie is about "a family going though a disturbance." Okay. Well I think these two could sure make something out of those ideas."

I don't know if this is an especially good moment to mention this, or if there is ever a good moment to mention this -- yes I am aware there is room in the world for two South Korean directors! -- but here goes: in the pantheon of current South Korean Gods, even with Parasite in all kinds of Oscar contention right now, I remain Team Park Chan-wook over Team Bong Joon-ho. 

Fairly certain I'm in the minority with this opinion but as much as I like Bong's movies they almost always get somewhat over-rated to me, while Park's get continually under-appreciated. If forced at gunpoint to choose I'd take Stoker and The Handmaiden and Park's Little Drummer Girl series over Snowpiercer and Okja and yes even Parasite any day. So now I ask...

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Armie Hammer Seven Times

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Lucky us, I stumbled upon some extra bonus photos of Armie Hammer shot for Esquire Italia (via) to add to the previously posted ones back in October! These certainly go along well with yesterday's tweeted sentiment o' mine...
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... wouldn't you say? It's a mood. Anyway it'll get us through until we start seeing things for and from his three 2020 movies -- the Death on the Nile and Rebecca remakes and his opioid thriller with Nicholas Jarecki. Hit the jump for them all...


Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, World

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I'm real happy that technology allows me the ability to gif the new Jonas Brothers video for us all this morning without having to actually listen to the new Jonas Brothers song -- everybody wins! In all seriousness I've only heard snippets of the Jonasi singing before -- I think I accidentally didn't fast-forward quickly enough past an SNL performance -- and that was, uhh, plenty, but I don't mind looking at them! Well...

... Nick anyway. Especially recreating Tom Cruise's famous tighty-whities dance from Risky Business. Especially that. The video, which is for a song called "What a Man Gotta Do" (to which the answer is apparently forget the 'Apostrophe S'"), can be viewed here is you're feeling so inclined. Who am I to judge? (I judge.) The gifs on the other hand are here on this very website you're on right now, right here after this jump...

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Pleased To Meet You, Martin Eden

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Well this has been a big day for news of NYFF 2019 movies -- earlier I gave you the release date for Brazil's masterful movie Bacurau and now comes word of Italian director Pietro Marcello's old-fashioned epic Martin Eden, based on the book by Jack London and featuring a truly star-making performance in the lead by Luca Marinelli, who won Best Actor in Venice last year and for good reason.

The movie, which has Marinelli losing himself in thought and politics at the expense of some kindness, feels in some ways like a classic that fell right on us out of the past -- it's challenging and intellectual and sweeping and at the same time intimate and gorgeous and... kinda cruel? It's kind of all the things! All of them. Anyway you can see for yourself in a couple of months because the movie's being released on April 17th, and here's the first trailer:
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PS if you want to see more of Marinelli (and you do)
I recommend you click on this post I did 
around the time I saw this movie at NYFF.
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All Pedro All the Time

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Two days ago I told you that iTunes had basically all of Pedro Almodovar's movies for sale for the bargain basement price of $4.99 a pop -- well now comes word that Amazon has the same! (thx Chip) I still have reservations about buying movies on streaming instead of buying proper physical media, but given how many of these films are tough to get via that latter route sometimes you gotta do what you gotta... and when the getting's got Antonio Banderas in it the getting's never not good.

Anyway as I was going through the list of all of Pedro's movies I realized there are actually more I have never seen then I'd realized! This isn't a disaster or anything because I'm honestly excited I have so much fresh Almodóvar left to see. But I should probably get on it, so y'all won't judge me too harsh, which is why I asked this question on Twitter...



Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... all up in Jesse Williams' ball game.

Richard Greenberg's 2002 play Take Me Out, about a closeted baseball player, has been staged several times over the past two decades even just here in New York, and every time it is all the gays go nuts (heh) because the whole thing's set in a locker-room and just one big jock-fest.

I have never seen the show, I have no idea if it's actually good -- yes I know it won a Tony but I'm not precisely the biggest online purveyor of awards-related enthusiasm in case ya didn't notice -- but I could probably recite the name of every actor that's taken a shower on that stage dammit. Anyway 2020 is bringing the latest version and it stars Jesse Williams and I will finally be finding a way to go this time due to that fact. Obviously. Here's the trailer:
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The show, which is at Second Stage, begins previews 
on April 2nd, and tickets are on sale right now.
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Tye Another One Off

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I don't know that I would have bothered to do this post if I hadn't luckily uncovered the above photo (click to embiggen) from Tye Sheridan's 2018 photoshoot for W Magazine -- when we previously posted that shoot the above shot, which was the magazine's cover image (for obvious reasons), was covered with typographical nonsense, which always gets on my nerves. But there it is without all that crap! Clean unfettered eyeball access to Tye, just how's we like it. Anyway...
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... that there is the trailer for Tye's upcoming thriller The Night Clerk (via),which is what got me googling Tye in the first place. The movie, which is out on February 20th, is about a hotel clerk with a dash of autism who spies on his guests in order to teach himself What Normies Act Like, which obviously leads to danger and disaster and Knives Out It Girl Ana De Armas sexytimes as well? The movie, besides Armas, also co-stars John Leguizamo, Helen Hunt, and Johnathan Schaech, and was directed by Michael Cristofer whose last film was the Jolie / Banderas / Thomas Jane camp-fest Original Sin way back in 2001! We remember that movie fondly because if gifted us a ton of Sleazy Hot Thomas Jane Content...

... so basically we're now hoping that there's a secret sleaze-fest buried in The Night Clerk too. It's got enough of a Sliver rip-ff story to keep that hope alive too, I think. The world needs more campy erotic thrillers, certainly not less. Anyway in summation besides that top photo I scrounged up a few random Tye Sheridan photos that I've never posted before in all of my many former Tye Sheridan posts, and I've got those for your eyeballs after the jump...

Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

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Dark Star (1974)

Doolittle: Don't give me any of
that intelligent life crap,
just give me something I can blow up.

Here on the god-head John Carpenter's 72nd birthday I sullenly have to admit I actually can't recall whether I've ever seen his first film Dark Star or not. I know what it's about but I could know what it's about without having seen it. When one's seen as many movies as I have seen this becomes a problem, but I'm sure plenty of you nerds have felt this same feeling. 

I was watching the new documentary about the making of Alien the other day -- which is pretty good if weirdly Sigourney free, which was upsetting -- and Dark Star came up a couple of times therein since they were both written by Dan O'Bannon, and I went through this whole false memory process then too. I just can't remember. Anyway any Dark Star fans in the house? I should just watch it again, or possibly for the first time, right? 


Bloody Bloody Bacurau

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One of the movies I've been trying to figure out the year for as of late so I can place it either in my 2019 list of favorite movies or save it for 2020's is Juliano Dornelles and Kleber Mendonça Filho's film Bacurau from Brazil, which I saw at the New York Film Festival this past September -- I reviewed it right here. And if it's not immediately clear by the act of me worrying which year it goes in on a favorites list, I fucking loved it. 

It's about a quirky town called Bacurau in the middle of nowhere that gets invaded by a bunch of "foreign adversaries" who've been hired by the government to clear the land -- it's an insanely bloody genre blast that's at the same time deeply political; it's smart, it's insane, it's angry as fuck and therefore perfect for our times, and it stars Udo Kier and Sonia Braga. Literally everything. 

Anyway as seen up top the poster's just been released (via) as well as a US release date -- Bacurau will hit the US on March 6th. So, to work my way back to the start, I am saving it for my 2020 list I guess. Here's a trailer that came out awhile back:
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Matthias Close is Coming

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Well here's a happy surprise to add some sunshine onto these January doldrums -- a new Matthias Schoenaerts movie is hitting Netflix on the 29th! Well it's not new new it's a 2018 movie, but if I'm not mistaken -- and I am rarely mistaken when it comes to Things Matthias -- the movie never actually got released here in the US so it's new to us. Anyway the film is a French one called Close Enemies (aka Frères ennemis) by director David Oelhoffen, and I posted its trailer back in September of 2018 when the film played Venice and then it promptly entirely fell off my radar. Perhaps not a great sign? 

Who cares, it's Matthias, and Matthias is always watchable. Even in that movie where he had frizzy hair and made a garden with Kate Winslet, for god's sake. Close Enemies has Matthias playing a drug dealer who teams up with an old friend (played by Reda Kateb from A Prophet, seen above with Matty) who's now a cop when one of their mutual friends gets murdered. Sounds like fairly standard fare and I can already picture Matthias' tough guy act... and that's why I am interested, wink wink. Swoon I love Matthias' tough guy act!


Good Marwan, World

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This morning I'm wishing "Hot Jafar" -- before there was a "Hot Priest" there was a "Hot Jafar" -- from Guy Ritchie's live-action Aladdin movie, aka the actor Marwan Kenzari, a happy 37th birthday! I still haven't gotten around to watching Aladdin but seeing as how I watch a ton of shit I can't imagine I won't watch it some day, especially with Marwan and lead actor Mena Massoud magic-carpeting about -- even though I have been told there's not much if any sexual tension between those two, which is dispiriting. 

These gifs are from Netflix's sci-fi movie What Happened To Monday that starred Noomi Rapace (the lucky girl seen outside of frame in this scene) which I've also never seen -- have you? It's got an insane cast that, besides these two, also includes Glenn Close and Willem Dafoe. Anyway when Marwan got cast as Jafar in 2018 -- how it works is he got cast as just "Jafar" and then made the character into "Sexy Jafar" through the act of his casting -- I did a great big gratuitous post on him right here that I definitely recommend you check out, but I somehow missed this scene when I did that, and so I've got the rest of it (which gets NSFW y'all) after the jump...

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Robert Pattinson Seven Times

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Well la di dah the fashion brand Dior Homme has gone and followed up yesterday's simultaneously sleazy and classy commercial which we had a mini-meltdown over with a big batch of photographs to go along, and they're giving us the same vibe -- it's sort of the perfume equivalent of that scene in Cosmopolis were Rob gets his prostate checked in the back of a limo, and needless to say I am living for it. Hit the jump for all of the photos...

Me and You and Every Criterion We Know

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It's that glorious day of the month when Criterion gifts us with their brand new blu-ray announcements, and today's batch (which will be out in April) proves yet again what a gift that really is -- on the slate is just one of my favorite movies of all time, Miranda July's 2005 masterpiece Me and You and Everyone We Know, is all. It's never been on blu-ray before! That hits on April 31st and will contain a slew of stupendous extra features...

* High-definition digital master, approved by director Miranda July, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New documentary about July's artistic beginnings and the development of her debut feature
* Open to the World, a new documentary by July about the 2017 interfaith charity shop and participatory artwork she created in collaboration with Artangel
* July Interviews July: Deauville, 2005, a discovery from July's archives, newly edited
* Six scenes from the 2003 Sundance Directors Lab, where July workshopped the film, with commentary by July
* The Amateurist (1998) and Nest of Tens (2000), short films by July
* Several films from July's Joanie 4 Jackie project, and a documentary about the program
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* PLUS: Essays by artist and scholar Sara Magenheimer and novelist Lauren Groff

But what, you think that's it? Also on the docket are Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel, Jean-Pierre Melville's Army of Shadows, the 1969 totalitarian nightmare The Cremator from Czech New Wave director Juraj Herz, and George Marshall's 1939 comedy-western Destry Rides Again starring Marlene Dietrich and James Stewart. Much to my shame -- especially with the Melville -- I will now admit I have seen none of those before. Which is your fave? And head over to Criterion's site to see all the details on every one of them and, of course, snatch up your copies...