Wednesday, May 27, 2020

More Like Mad Man

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So I went for one of my special escape-quarantine nature-walks this morning (I do this once or twice a week which you'll know if you follow me on Instagram) and I seem to have somehow gotten way, way too much sun, and melted my brains. True, my definition of "too much sun" is usually "any sun at all" but despite my best dodging-it efforts my eyes feel cooked in my skull and I can't much think straight. Point being instead of sitting here and staring blankly at my computer screen for any longer trying to will some entertainment for you all into being, I'm done for the day. Done, done, dunzo. We'll try out this whole "blogging" thing again tomorrow. That said if you already  follow me on Twitter then you're probably also aware I am currently binge-watching Mad Men on Netflix, I have been for the past week or so, and there's a stacked and ongoing Twitter thread, linked below, where you can keep up with my favorite bits. So that's something. I can't promise anything, but I can promise something.
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Good Morning, World

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Having just watched Gillian Anderson's divine Streetcar Named Desire performance again thanks to National Theater dropping it online for a week I wish I could come up with some "STANLEY!!!!" joke here to go alongside these photos of strapping actor Stanley Weber (via) but honestly that sort of thing would be for an entire audience of me, and even then only half so. I'd love to see Weber do Kowalski though. Uhhh, and now I'm just picturing Weber making out with Marlon Brando. Good morning! My point is good morning. And click here for plenty more Stanley Weber, if you like.


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

A Movie About Cheerleaders

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In this week's edition of "Great Moments in Horror Actressing" at The Film Experience I found myself stuck on one of my faves, Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof and the surprising ball of sunshine that is Rosario Dawson's Abernathy. I love to talk about this movie almost as much as I love to watch it so be prepared for a lot if you click over! Like QT himself I just can't help jabbering on until everybody's left the room. Damn do I love this flick.
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Get Hot Like Jai

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I spent some time looking at this picture trying to figure out what that silver thing is beside Jai's sweaty head there -- is it perhaps a boxing glove? -- but then I realized I enjoyed looking at Jai's sweaty head, then downward from there, more. So whatever! Bless that stache. And downward from there.
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Jackie Brown (1997)

Max Cherry: You're rationalizing. 
Jackie Brown: Well that's what you do to go 
through with the shit you start, you rationalize. 

A very happy 71st birthday to the great Pam Grier,
giver of maybe my favorite Tarantino performance.  
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Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... working up a sweat with Paul Mescal.

I just want it on the record here that I have been having a real hard and conflicting time with the sort of photos that used to bring me such joy, such as these -- the Normal People star is clearly a big crush of mine after slamming through all the episodes of that phenom new series in a day and a half (see all our posts so far) and these athletic short-shorts were clearly and precisely built in a laboratory for me and me specifically to freak out about... and yet! I am so fucking tense about people wearing masks in public -- yes even while jogging; I jogged with a mask on this morning and so were most of my fellow joggers -- and social distancing that I'm having trouble not having all of these old pleasures ruined for me. It took me a ton of effort not to question that Jonathan Tucker photo this morning. It's a tense time!

Wildlife Is Love

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I triple pup dare you to look at that goddamned gif and not grin -- in other Wonderful Jake Gyllenhaal news today is the day that Criterion is dropping their Wildlife disc! It was supposed to be last week but as we told you got a teensy bit delayed, as went the world. If you're somehow unaware what the hell Wildlife is well really you should just listen to me right now, go buy the disc, wait for it to come to your house, and watch the damn thing. I'll wait. 

Okay it's two weeks later -- you're back? I'll go on. As you have just seen Wildlife is Paul Dano's film starring Carey Mulligan and Jake here as young parents (their son is played by the astonishing newcomer Ed Oxenbould) going through a smash-up -- Oxenbould is great, Jake is great, but it's really Mulligan's show and she turns in maybe her greatest performance to date and with a career and a talent like hers that's saying something. I saw the film a couple of times in theaters and its effect turned out to be cumulative -- the more I watched the film the more hysterically sad I was by its end. That last shot (the one on the poster) is devastating.

(Here is my first review.) Am I biased because I am A Child Of Divorce? Probably! But god this film rings true, profoundly true. The more time passes the more convinced I am I should've ranked it even higher than #9 on my list of favorite 2018 movies -- 2018 was a stupendously good year in retrospect though, wasn't it? We didn't know what we had when we had it, and by "it" I mean "movies." I MISS MOVIES. Sigh. Lemme look at that gif of Jake with a puppy again, I'll be fine.


Five Frames From ?

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Good Morning, World

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Did everybody have a happy quarantine holiday?
Get anything trimmed like Jonathan Tucker here? (via)
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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

The Shining (1980)

Wendy: Hey. Wasn't it around here that 
the Donner Party got snowbound?
Jack: I think that was farther west in the Sierras.
Wendy: Oh.
Danny: What was the Donner Party?
Jack: They were a party of settlers in covered-wagon times. 
They got snowbound one winter in the mountains. 
They had to resort to cannibalism in order to stay alive.
Danny: You mean they ate each other up?
Jack: They had to, in order to survive.
Wendy: Jack...
Danny: Don't worry, Mom. I know all 
about cannibalism. I saw it on TV.
Jack: See, it's okay. He saw it on the television. 

The Shining turns 40 tomorrow! And since I won't be posting tomorrow, in a brave accordance with my wish to continue observing the former entity known as "weekends," I post this news today, on a Friday. Yes, it is a Friday. Apparently. Anyway I'm pretty sure I'm going to watch The Shining tonight in order to celebrate, maybe you should too. But just for Shelley Duvall. Because she's the real reason for the season. Read my previous piece on her perfect performance over at TFE. Shelley forever.


Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

...making it to the top with Miguel.

(via) The video that he posted in his Stories is legit terrifying so I'll spare you the bulk of that -- mostly because there are people all around him and I'm not convinced he's entirely paying attention as he takes the video. Don't fall off a mountain for Insta-likes, Miguel!!!


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Some Love For Grandma

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Heads-up about a terrific movie that's out in them so-called "virtual theaters" today -- I saw Sasie Sealy's Lucky Grandma last year at Tribeca and reviewed it here and it (the movie, not necessarily my review) is worth your time. Mainly because of the lead performance from Tsai Chin as, you guessed it, that Lucky Grandma herself -- she's an absolute blast in the story of an ornery Chinatown gambler who gets embroiled in some old-fashioned (as in 1980s, this movie feels very 1980s) shenanigans above her pay-grade. There's a lot of over-the-top antics with gangsters and the like, but Chin really anchors the whole thing with her totally convincing work. It's a nice little movie. You can find where to watch the movie on its website.
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Thursday, May 21, 2020

Joel Kinnaman Ten Times

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These shots (via) are apparently outtakes from some shoot that our little Joely did last year, but glancing back through last year's shoots it's like, five thousand of them? So I don't know which one they're from, and I'm not too terrifically concerned with digging up the details. Not when I've got the end result, this end result, staring back. These ends justify my no means. Hit the jump for 'em...

If This Is Old I Must be Ancient

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We've got the first trailer for The Old Guard today -- The Old What, you ask? The Old Guard, I said. I mean damn. I said it five seconds ago. Pay some attention. Directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood who made the ace flick Beyond the Lights a couple of years back The Old Guard stars Charlize Theron as the leader of a group of slightly-immortal mercenary warriors and KiKi Layne as a new round these immortal parts type, and all that's well and good but the real juice far as I'm concerned comes from the cast of menfolk Theron immortals around with...

... namely my main man Matthias Schoenaerts, "Hot Jafar" Marwen Kenzari (more here) and upcoming Italian actor Luca Marinelli (more here). And supposedly from what I hear those last two, Luca & Marwen, are playing a couple!

Yes please. And as if all that's not plenty (and it is, plenty) 
the bad guy is played by Chiwetel Ejiofor! We heart Chewy!

Netflix is releasing the film on July 10th!
And oh right here's that trailer:



Click here for some previously posted photos from the film,
and click here for our very first post about the flick.
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More Movies Where Women Go WIld

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I'm doing a post about two separate movie things right now, their only connection being that the central people involved are married in real life. But they're one of our best most talented celebrity movie couples, so it's okay! I speak of Alessandro Nivola and Emily Mortimer, of course -- first up, as seen above, that's the very first photo I've seen anywhere of Nivola playing the lusty mountain man who sets all the nuns ablaze in the BBC adaptation of Black Narcissus. I told you this was happening last year --checking IMDb this week I was glad to see they're in post-production on it, meaning it got filmed before shutdown & hopefully we'll get it this fall!

And then as for Emily Mortimer, a few weeks back I shared with y'all the first images from the real buzzy horror flick Relic, which IFC Midnight is releasing on July 10th -- well now we've got a creepy-ass teaser-trailer to go along with it. This is probably the last trailer I'm going to watch personally since it seems like plenty -- a longer one will start giving away the film's scares and who needs that? All I know is I'm monstrously jealous of all the critics that are quoted in this thing, because they have seen it. Still they're dropping comparisons to Hereditary and The Babadook so best to prepare your souls.

Five Frames From ?

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Good Morning, World

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I had a, uhh, dream about Lil' Papi from Pose last night, and when I woke up I realized I hadn't ever posted this bit from the last season of Pose here on the site. That ain't right. (See what we have previously posted, Papi-wise, at this link.) 

Anyway this got me to wondering, eventually, about what's happening with Pose's third season -- the show usually debuts in the summertime but I doubt they're going to be shooting it anytime soon. A Papi delayed is a Papi denied!