Friday, March 24, 2017

Charlie Hunnam Fifteen Times

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Oh laaaawd InStyle went and released a big batch of out-takes from that photo-shoot of Charlie Hunnam that we posted a week and a half ago and these shots are even hotter than the ones that they used -- I don't understand how stuff like...

... this gets left on the cutting room floor, but we're not here to bitch! They gave the pictures to us all the same, so it's nothing but love, and love, and love. Hit the jump for all of it and have a love-filled weekend, everybody...

Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... dropping it like it's hot
(cuz it's hot) with Matt McGorry.
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(thx HawtWyre)
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I Never Had A Buddy Like You Before

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The French Institute Alliance Française here in NYC does year-round programming to salivate over, but this upcoming event's got me even more primed than usual - on April 6th they're screening a newly restored print of the 1927 masterpiece Wings (the first film to win Best Picture, and it really does hold up) with a live score from the musicians Baudime Jam and the Prima Vista Quartet. You can get tickets (they're free!) right here. All that plus Charles "Buddy" Rogers & Richard Arlen making good better best buddies on the big screen? And a young Gary Cooper too? Sign me up.


Baby Overboard

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When the metaphor and the satire of a horror movie's concept meet and fall in love and fuck silly and make a baby it can be a beautiful thing to witness, and Prevenge (which is out in theaters and on Shudder today) is some righteously de rigour baby-making - it can read to the looking set of eyes like a bomb dropped on the Planned Parenthood defunding Patriarchy. "You want to control my womb, motherfucker? Well control this!" Stab stab stab, et cetera.

But even besides its well-situated place in Our Current Time, this is a movie whose aims will tentacle out far and long - women are gonna keep getting pregnant (unless we develop a whole Children of Men situation, which might not be the worst thing at this point) and they're gonna keep having confusing feelings stirred up by the oft confusing situation. Prevenge, like morning sickness and annoying strangers feeling free to molest their stomachs in public places, will always be there for them - it deserves a spot in the Fertility Hall of Horror Fame beside Rosemary's Baby and It's Alive and the tremendously underappreciated 2014 film Lyle.

Sightseers lovably murderous loon Alice Lowe wrote and directed this flick while tremendously pregnant herself, which is an ace selling point for sure (smart marketing, that) but watching the movie it has more the feel of an overdue exorcism... which is kind of the phrase I always come back to whenever I think of what it would feel like to be pregnant myself. Success! Sensation unlocked.

Lowe plays Ruth, seemingly ready to pop any day now, whose sentient belly fruit has developed a taste not for the standard flavor profile of pickles and ice cream, but instead a mouthwatering combo of mayhem and bloodshed and literal castration. Lil' different, lil' more specialized, but Ruth has a mouth to feed, two of 'em, and a kitchen knife in her purse to carve up the full fixings with, so she'll cart her exhausted self around and do what she gotta do to provide. Motherhood is a full time job, y'all. Prevenge is funny and sharp and angry stuff - as memorably dangerous as a one night stand with a rat in a cheese factory. Expect great things!
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Great Moments In Movie Shelves #99

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I haven't even ever seen Mira Nair's 2012 film The Reluctant Fundamentalist but it don't matter, this shot of Riz Ahmed flashing his A+ profile in front of bookshelves is enough to land it a spot on this list. So have any of you seen this movie? Opinions, thoughts, ideas, feelings? Don't be... reluctant! Ha!! Get it? Sigh.


Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Crimson Peak (2015)
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Lucille Sharpe: They're dying. They take the heat
from the sun, and when it deserts them, they die. 
Edith Cushing: How sad. 
Lucille Sharpe: No, it's not sad, Edith. It's nature. 
It's a world of everything dying and eating 
each other right beneath our feet. 
Edith Cushing: Surely there's more to it than that. 
Lucille Sharpe: Beautiful things are fragile... 
At home we have only black moths. 
Formidable creatures, to be sure, but they lack beauty. 
They thrive on the dark and cold. 
Edith Cushing: What do they feed on? 
Lucille Sharpe: Butterflies, I'm afraid. 

Happy 40th birthday to Jessica Chastain!


Cannot wait to see her work with Xavier Dolan,
who also just celebrated a birthday...
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And that photo-shoppery from Jessica led to an actual public Social Media conversation between Xavier and crush (and recent shirtless selfie snapper) Sebastian Stan, which is entirely documented right here (thanks Mac) but which comes down to Xavier being the sort of shameless leering fan that I personally empathize with profoundly...


Pic of the Day

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That is the first picture (or half of it anyway) from Francois Ozon's new movie called L'Amant double (which translates directly to The Double Lover but I assume they'll come up with a better translation for English-speaking audiences because that's kind of clumsy and maybe sounds like a hamburger?) and yes that is a perfectly nude Jérémie Renier, which is something we always appreciate. Those lady legs belong to Marine Vacth, who starred in Ozon's film Young & Beautiful, in which she was totally terrific. If you'd like to see the rest of her click here - I don't want to get in trouble for posting female breasts of all things. Of all things!

I think this is only Renier's third time working with Ozon after Potiche and Criminal Lovers? Which is weird - I associate the two of them more than that in my brain... but then for some reason my brain always mashes Ozon & Olivier Assayas together (I don't know why) and I think that's what's happening here. Anyway this movie will be out some time this year, just in case Frantz, Ozon's great little movie which is in theaters right this minute, isn't enough Ozon for you for one 12 month span. (Never enough!)
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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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This kid's grandpop Steve McQueen (the first!) was born on this day in 1930, but when I went looking for pictures of grand-dad it was Steven R. McQueen, who you see here, who kept popping up. And I figured hey I have posted a lot of Original McQueen in the past (click here for the best batch) so let's exploit his grand-kid a minute. Weirdly I never have? He's been bouncing around on shit shows like The Vampire Diaries and Chicago Fire for a good decade now; you'd think I'd have found an excuse. 

Having never seen him act I cannot speak to that but just on a purely visual basis he does not speak to me the way his grandfather continues to do going on 40 years in the grave (there's something indefinably bland going on) but your mileage perhaps (probably) will vary. Hit the jump for a dozen or so pictures I just snatched up on a quick jaunt google-ward...

Thursday, March 23, 2017

I'll Take One Happy End, Please

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If they were to ever make a movie about Michael Haneke it just struck me that Matthieu Kassovitz - the director and actor who is acting in Haneke's next film Happy End - could probably play him. Haneke is all gray beard and moppet hair anyway; he'd be easy to fake once you piled all that stuff on over a black turtleneck. Voila Insta-Haneke!

Aanyway here on the occasion of Haneke's 75th birthday - Happy birthday, dude! - I figured I'd check and see if we had any idea how long we were going to be waiting for Happy End, and IMDb actually has a couple of Euro release dates now -- it's coming out in Germany and France in mid-October. So I imagine we'll be getting it in awards season here too? I daren't dream it'll play NYFF... daren't I? October is perfect timing. I dare, I dare to dream!!!



Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... rejoining Aaron's desert butt cult.

Oh my Christ, you guys -- there has been a behind-the-scenes video of Aaron Taylor-Johnson's infamous June 2015 butt-baring photo-shoot for Flaunt on the internet since September of that same year, and I am just now seeing it. How... why... how???

I don't understand! Honestly it's better if I don't even try to understand - it's beyond comprehension. We should just pretend it's September of 2015 (Hotel Transylvania 2, which apparently happened, was making big box office!) and I am sharing this in a timely fashion. I'm so excited that Aaron is going to play Quicksilver in the next Avengers movie, you guys! I can't wait for his standalone film. Until then hit the jump for loads of gifs and the video...

Pic of the Day

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Oh my god it's all the Cardigans in one place.
From their Facebook page:

"Very very honoured to be selected into the Swedish Music Hall of Fame. And first time the five of us meet in ten years, which is fucking strange in itself. Hugs from the band."

Good god I wish they'd make new music.
Or at least tour. Just one show in my living-room, even!
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Frances Is My Second Favorite F Word

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If you sometimes find yourself whispering 
to yourself as you walk down the street...

... and the thought of a gift of vulgarity along those same lines being given to an actress as estimable as Frances fuckin' McDormand is too good to seem true, then have I got a goddamned trailer for you.
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We have previously expressed our enthusiasm about Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, but this trailer's showing that our greatest poet of cursing Martin McDonagh is in top form indeed. No exact date for this yet, just sometime this year, but if it's not out tomorrow it's too fuckin' far away.


Thursday's Ways Not To Die

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Yesterday I listed four terrific movies I watched this past weekend that TCM host Robert Osborne had recommended, and among them was The Big Clock, a 1948 thriller starring Ray Milland as an investigative reporter trying to prove his own innocence of the crime he's concurrently being forced to investigate by his boss, played by Charles "Chuck" Laughton. 

The movie's fab and I recommend you all watch it as soon as you get the chance - it is available to rent on Amazon for a couple bucks! Anyway I am a little reluctant to spoil its finale if you haven't seen it, which this post will do, so I am going to take the rest of this post after the jump. Come along if you have already seen the film or if you just don't care about spoilers...

Look Deep Into His Eyes, Jake

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I said deep, dammit.
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Arsenic and Black Lace

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I saw the poster for My Cousin Rachel first, and I was immediately struck by how goddamned pretty Rachel Weisz looked on it. But that's a given. She is Rachel Weisz. She is goddamned pretty. And also she gets her cheekbones massaged by Daniel Craig every single night before bed, so she wins. 

Anyway I knew nothing about this movie before looking at the poster, and as pretty as I thought Weisz looked the poster just made me think it was another costume drama where she'd cry beautifully in beautiful clothes a la The Light Between Oceans or The Deep Blue Sea. Mind you she's great at doing that and both of those are fine films, but that's not enough to make my heart pitter patter. Especially with a wet-noodle co-star like Sam Claflin.

Well I should've looked closer at the damn poster because the first clue that this was something different was right there. "Based on the Novel by Daphne du Maurier." I've never read this book - heck I'd never heard of the book, since the title triggered no response on its own. But the woman whose gothic tales inspired not one but two Alfred Hitchcock pictures...

... as the trailer rightly points out, well that'll get my blood pumping a bit faster. Anyway I didn't notice any of that on the poster, so it wasn't until I read The Film Experience's "Yes No Maybe So" on the trailer yesterday that I realized, "Hey you. Watch this damn trailer already." And then it still took me until last night, at which point...
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... I realized the real , profound error of my ways. 
Even Sam "Wet Noodle" Claflin
is exciting me in this trailer!

Then again the trailer works overtime in ogling his big butt in those old-timey trousers, so they earned my admiration with effort. But (butt) seriously this is so entirely in my wheelhouse - spinning candelabras and storm slammed windows and poisonous broads in lace and cliffs crumbling under horses and getting humped on by a hot guy in a field while remaining inscrutable in the face...

... this could be my life story.
Here's the trailer:
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Mildred: Wally, you should be kept on a leash!
Now why can't you be friendly?
Wally: But I am being friendly!
Mildred: No, I mean it.
Friendship's much more lasting than love.
Wally: Yeah, but it isn't as entertaining.

The astonishment of Joan Crawford entered this Earthly realm on this day in the year 1906, and one hundred and eleven years later we're still under her eyebrows spell. What are we thinking of Jessica Lange's performance on Feud?

I think she's terrific - it's never an imitation so much as it is getting at a general spirit of Joan-ness, but she does that and then some. During this past week's episode I had to go grab my copy of Joan's book My Way of Life off the shelf and flip through it, so strong had her vibes permeated the house. It was like a seance... or, more accurately, an exorcism. 

I have a question for you wonderful people out there who know movies, though: I know Joan's late work fairly well, from the 40s onward, but I'd love to see more of her early work - she goes back to the Silents! (In the year 1926 she acted in a film titled The Boob and a film titled Tramp Tramp Tramp, which is probably the best double-feature I have ever heard of.)

So what's Cannot Miss from her early years? 
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The New Alien Covenant Poster

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... is fucking gorgeous. Have you ever seen Rodin's sculpture called The Gates of Hell? They have one in Philly and I've seen that one (there are several copies around the world, natch) and that's totally what I'm feeling from this. It's a good pick!