Friday, January 20, 2017

Band Together

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Gay Pride is going to feel especially vital this year, what with all the horses of the Apocalypse riding into DC this afternoon. The only thing all of Trump's ghoulish Cabinet nominees seem to have in common is their shared hate for queers. They've already taken down the White House website's page on LGBT rights - no doubt the new page when it goes up will just be a great big blinking light meant to hypnotize away the gay.

So the fight continues. And how do we fight? Not to be too cheesy about it but we take a deep damn breath, and we love. It's that for which we're under attack, so we just love each other, loudly, arm in arm in arm. Thankfully we've been fighting and loving for a long damn time, and if anybody's proven that you can fight while remaining joyful, good lord is it us gays.
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That history and that experience is going to be necessary to keep us moving forward. If those who came before us could do what they did, if they could fight what they fought and remain bright and vigilant and angry and proud and going, just fucking going, then so can we. It's the least we can do. We have to. We owe them, not to mention all the folks coming down the line.
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Sermon aside (sorry but I need to do some proselytizing today) there's a lot that we need to do, real practical things out in the world. Volunteer and donate to the ACLU and the NAACP and Planned Parenthood and The Trevor Project. Protest, write your Congresspeople, get your voice heard. Be goddamned loud. I will be shouting my lungs out right beside you, I promise.

But we do get to take that deep breath first to fill up our lungs - to look back upon this great big gay history of ours and to feed off of that strength. And here's one way! Photographer (and friend) Sam Shahid is Kickstarting the funds for a book of his work (some of which you see here in this post) documenting his friends and the gay community as he's seen it for the past 50 years.

The book is called And the Band Was Playing a Gay Tune, and Sam's work is fun and sexy and full of the kind of life and spirit that we're gonna need to help us keep on keeping on in the dark days ahead. We're not alone - we've never been alone. We have had each other for a long time, folks. These photographs are part of our legacy.

A portion of the proceeds will be going to ACRIA, who help to fund HIV prevention and research - also a cause you should be donating to. And hey here's a way to do just that, with some bonus sexiness for all! And the more money the campaign gets, the more money will go to that great, necessary cause.

So what I'm saying is you should head on over to Kickstarter and donate a little, or a lot - over there you can hear from Sam himself with his mission statement, and see a slew more images. And if you can't donate, help spread the word.

I personally recommend plunking down at least the 40 bucks to get your own copy of the book - it's an absolute beauty. But every dollar counts towards helping a good cause and in getting this handsomely designed rendering of our communal history out into the world - some much needed inspiration and joy right at our fingertips. And we're gonna need all the inspiration and joy we can get, you guys.

Great Moments In Movie Shelves #90

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As action tough and testosterone-riddled as Daniel Craig's proven himself to be in his James Bond movies I will always be able to think of him as more than just a well-oiled everything thanks to having fallen for him back in 2004 in the movie Enduring Love, in which he played a bookish man bedeviled by a deranged Rhys Ifans.

I mean quite literally bookish, as the movie seems to frame him amongst books and bookshelves every single chance it gets. This scene in a bookstore is pretty important - it's the first time you really get the sense that this dude ain't right.

But even in the scene before this -- which is one of Craig's many many career-long odes to "How Good Daniel Craig Looks In Tighty-Whities," the books are there!

And once you start noticing it it actually becomes...

... a little bit goofy, how often...

... the movie frames him against bookshelves. Goofy, but wonderfully so, since Daniel Craig is great but "Daniel Craig plus bookshelves" is even better. What does it all mean? Oh I suppose since his character is a college professor there's a whole, "All your book learnin' didn't see this coming" vibe - and also the Straw Dogs sensation of a learned City Boy needing to Man Up.

But really, who cares. My eyeballs are just thankful it exists. And for more of what they appreciate in this movie, hit the jump...

Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Some Good News

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John Waters has a new book! 
John Waters has a new book!

Bless him for announcing this today (if he announced this earlier and I missed it just let me believe that he announced it today) -- it's called Make Trouble and the website says:

"The People’s Pervert, the Prince of Puke, the Duke of Dirt, John Waters shares his sly wisdom in this manifesto that reminds us, no matter what field we choose, to embrace chaos, horrify with new ideas, outrage outdated critics."

It's based on his commencement speech for the Rhode Island School of Design, which you can watch here.The book is out on April 11th, and you can pre-order it right now at Amazon! Good god, a smile today - I didn't think it possible.
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Dawn Weiner: Dignity. 
Dignity is an important quality everyone should have.
Mrs. Grissom: Louder. 
Dawn: That way, you will never grade grub. 
Grade grubbing is bad...
Mrs. Grissom: I said louder! 
Dawn: Because it means you're asking for a grade 
you shouldn't get. Because if you got it, 
it wouldn't be fair to everyone who didn't grade grub. 
Mrs. Grissom: We can't hear you! 
Dawn: It doesn't matter whether you're a girl or a boy,
man or a child, rich or poor, fat or thin. 
You should never be a grade grubber. 
Therefore, dignity is a good quality 
everyone should have. Thank you.
"You've got no dignity, Muriel."

I Cannot Say Good Morning Today

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Today is not a good day.
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Give Me Fake News Or Give Me Death

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Sorry folks, I just can't fake it today - I have nothing to say right now. I'm just sitting here staring at the news in horror. Sick to the deepest reaches of my gut with what's happening in this country. If any of you have anything cheerful to say, or if you just wanna commiserate with me, hit up the comments. Tomorrow will probably be even worse. So stay tuned for that! And give someone you love a hug. We all need a hug.
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

The Birds (1963)

Fisherman in diner: Hell, maybe we're all getting 
a little carried away with this. Admittedly a few birds 
did act strange, but that's no reason to... 
Melanie: I keep telling you, this isn't 'a few birds'! 
These are gulls, crows, swifts...! 
Mrs. Bundy, elderly ornithologist: I have never known 
birds of different species to flock together. 
The very concept is unimaginable. 
Why, if that happened, we wouldn't stand a chance! 
How could we possibly hope to fight them? 

Even though this conversation hits just the right apocalyptic note for today - terrifying terrifying today - I am posting it because it is Tippi Hedren's 87th birthday. We love you, Tippi! Carry us to your great big car with Mitch and drive us away from this horrible place!

Pic of the Day

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EW has got our first look at Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis and Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford in Ryan Murphy's upcoming series Feud on their new cover! This comes hot on the heels of that original promotional image earlier this week. I assume there will be more shortly from the series, and if it's extremely shortly (like before the end of the day) I'll just update this post with it but for now you can click over to EW for a little bit more. (thx Mac)
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, Gratuitous Guy Madison

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When I saw it was vintage beefcake actor Guy Madison's birthday today I figured I'd be able to find a quick pic of him stepping out of the shower in one of those classic pictorial magazines from back in the day and be done with it, since I'd already done a post of this sort for Guy before, but when I looked back at the old post I was surprised by its skimpiness - this is Guy Madison we're talking about here! He's like the blond Clint Walker! Surely I could do better.

So let's do better. I really wanted to find a clip of the scene in 1949's Massacre River where he wrestles with Rory Calhoun (sidenote: SEE ALSO THIS POST) in one of those little wooden brothel tubs that the Westerns made so popular...



... or at least find a clip of him laying in bed with Tom Tully in Til the End of Time (every single picture I can find from that movie makes it look gayer than Rainbow Brite on a meth bender). 

But I couldn't find proper clips for either. Oh well. I did find that picture up top of Guy in bed with shelves, and that's not half-assing anything. And speaking of half asses, hit the jump for more "short shorts at muscle beach" pictures then you can shake a stick at...

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

I've Never Been To Charlie Hunnam

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I wasn't a big fan of James Gray's archeology drama Lost City of Z when I saw it at NYFF - you can read my review right here - but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the visual splendor it offers us in the form of Charlie Hunnam. Charlie Hunnam all sweaty in adventurer clothes! Charlie Hunnam in a regal red uniform! Oh my. 

So anyway the film's out in April and they have released some new pictures last week that I missed until just now - you can see several more over here. Like I said in my review Robert Pattinson is the best thing about the movie (again) and not just because that's a gloriously bushy beard he sports, but goddamn is it ever.


Throw Your Legs Up For Aaron Johnson

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Watch the video here
(thx Mac)


I Am Link

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--- That's Craftacular - Did you hear that Amy Sedaris is making a new TV show?!?!? The news is several days old so you probably did by now but we've still got to celebrate. It will be a mixed-up version of a variety show and a talk show and it will be based on her two home crafting books, I Like You: Hospitality Under the Influence and Simple Times: Crafts for Poor People, which I certainly fucking hope you've all got sitting on your bookshelves already. Anyway when I read this news I joked that Amy would age ten years while we're watching it because she's probably been secretly filming it for that long, in between bong hits.
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--- Team Experience Unite - My friends and fellow Film Experiercers came together and voted for their favorites of 2016 this week - click here to see what they chose! They did good. And yes all of those "they"'s do translate to "I didn't vote again" - even though I'm ahead of the curve this time around and really very well might end up telling you guys my favorites of the year before, say, never... I am not quite there yet. I know it's strident, ridiculously so, for me to be such a stickler about voting on such things before I've seen everything I want to see, but I am nothing, absolutely nothing, if not STRIDENT. Still - seeing some of those runners-up and knowing my vote might have lifted them up higher, it doesn't not pain me.
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--- Promises Promises - So is the sequel to Eastern Promises happening or not? It's been announced, again, but no names - no Viggo, no Cassel, no Cronenberg - are mentioned. Maybe they'll make like the low-rent Skinemax version of a sequel and they'll cast like Casper Van Dien and that dude from the Purge movies (no not him, the other one) in their roles. That'd be something. As long as there's actually gay sex this time, anyway. That first movie was such a cocktease. (thx Mac)
--- Second Happiness - Here's a fun thing - Esquire gathered together nine critics to tell us about the movies they misjudged the first time they saw them and/or reviewed them. Although I don't know how one misunderstands Young Adult as thoroughly as it sounds like Dana Stevens did. Also hey look it's Armond White being totally incoherent again! That never happens. Anyway this whole exercise was inspired by that time Matt Zoller Seitz gave Todd Solondz' Happiness another chance, which is def worth the read too.
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--- Oceans In The Toilet - I would love to be excited about the "female Oceans Eleven movie" since it stars several of my favorites, including Cate Blanchett looking like this, and I was excited to read just now that Richard Armitage has joined the cast too, but when I looked him up in the cast I just saw that a bunch of Kardashians are doing cameos in the movie and I... I just can't. I can't be excited about anything they touch. I need to disinfect anything they touch.
--- Take Me Away Thomasin - Be fore-warned, you'll need to set aside a little more time than usual on this piece, it's lengthy, but this piece at Bright Wall Dark Room on director Robert Eggers and his film The Witch - which maybe you didn't notice is a movie we adore - is excellent, one of the best things I've read on the movie, and about movies in general, in quite awhile. Just really takes in the film, and the reaction to the film, in a wise and knowing way, dissecting Eggers' intentions and our projections thereon.
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Mad Melanie Rage Fest

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I may have spoken too quickly with my last post when I said what I wanted to see today was Laura Dern hitting Woody Harrelson with a purse, because now we've been given the glorious gift of "Melanie Lynskey going nuts with a gun and then projectile vomiting." (You don't know how hard a time I am having not making a gif out of the barfing, by the way.) But somehow, blessedly, we can have both! The trailer for I Don't Feel At Home in this World Anymore, which co-stars Elijah Wood and which is playing Sundance and which I told you about previously, has arrived!
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We don't actually have to wait all that long after Sundance to see this - the movie will hit Netflix on February 24th. Bring it on!
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Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... watching Laura Dern beat 
Woody Harrelson with her purse.

Oh my god you guys - one of my Delusions has finally come true! I no longer live in a land of delusion! (Cue me having Dern's exact pronunciation of "You never had control -- THAT'S the illusion!" in Jurassic Park stuck in my head suddeenly.) Thank you, Wilson! Thank you, Wilson's trailer...
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So this movie has that "This will be one of your favorite movies of 2017 and you're gonna be super annoyed 12 months from now when nobody's nominating any of these amazing actors (and I do mean the both of them, although Dern is obviously a given) for it for the Oscars" feeling written all over it, doesn't it?  

Wilson was directed by the director of The Skeleton Twins and it is based on Daniel Clowe's graphic novel, which I've had sitting on a shelf since it came out yet I haven't cracked open yet, whoops -- now I have to decide if I just wait to see the movie before reading it? After watching the trailer I'd clearly be picturing these folks in the roles already that won't be a problem. I mean what a pleasure it is...

... picturing Laura Dern's glorious face again.
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Get Split By James McAvoy

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There's a good chance I've posted some of these pictures of James that you'll see down below before (a few of them are several years old) but I'm suddenly feeling unexpectedly enthusiastic about Split, his movie with M. Night Shyamalan coming out this weekend, so we're feeling him special. More than any ol' day, anyway. (If you're feeling James I suggest you click on this old post - it's a keeper.)
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Anybody else looking forward to it? I'm pretty sure my boyfriend correctly guessed the film's twist ending within five seconds of watching that trailer, but it still looks like goofy fun. (Plus Anya Taylor Joy! Hurrah!) Hit the jump for eighteen more pictures...