Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Pics of the Day

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After the last several months of Call Me By Your Name coverage I doubt any of you will have to collect yourselves from a fainting spell when I tell you that the second I heard that the Japanese edition of Andre Aciman's book was getting the special treatment - namely a cover and some art-work by manga artist Tarako Kotobuki - I went and wound my way through the process of ordering one for myself through Amazon's Japan arm. Here's a direct link. And you can read more about the cover and the artist over here (thx Mac). Buying it (it's cheap too) was totally worth the modicum of effort it took. I was actually thinking about doing a list of Call Me By Your Name related products to fill your lives with - things like a Talking Heads t-shirt and or how about a peach pin! - but I've got too much else on my plate this week; that said if anybody's seen any good CMBYN-themed merch do share it in the comments!
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Great Moments in Movie Staches

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If I started documenting every second of Tyler Hoechlin's Wicked Good Staching Sorcery in Richard Linklater's 2016 film Everybody Wants Some!! we would be here all day... and that would be a fucking awesome day. But I don't have all day, and besides...

... I have already sort of done some of that in the past - see here. Or here. Or here. Point being the movie is a stache-lover's treasure trove -- and that's just speaking of Tyler. Let's not forget Glen Powell too! (See here.) I didn't even really like this movie and yet if you turn it on I will watch it every time, twice. Watch this whole scene right here, and thanks to Lisa for today's suggestion!


Three Thumbs Up: A Pacino By Any Other Name

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It's been a very long time since I've done one of these posts - wherein I choose three roles I do like from a performer I tend not to like at all - but I tweeted the above the other day after the brouhaha out of the Scarface reunion at Tribeca, and today I see that it's Pacino's 78th birthday... and so let's do this.

First things first: listen, I know people like Al Pacino. He is a living legend who's starred in some of the most important movies ever made. I get it. I am not here to take your precious Pacino away. I just find him... let's just say he is not to my tastes. I mean there exists in this world a Greta Gerwig movie I haven't been able to make myself watch, and it's because it's really an Al Pacino movie. That said if you were holding a gun to my head I could come up with more than three performances from him I do admire. But you're not. My head is gun free. So I'm keeping it to three...

Michael Corleone, The Godfather
What, I'm not insane. (But Part II is overrated.)
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Steve Burns, Cruising - He's not actually "good acting" in this, he's ridiculous, but I like the ridiculous and I love the movie and think his strutting nonsense makes this a better movie, so I'll take it.
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Sonny, Dog Day Afternoon - Easily far and away by leaps and by bounds my favorite performance of his. It actually might be the only performance of his I actively "like" and don't just admire as "good acting." He's very moving here.
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Runners-up: Frankie & Johnny, Dick Tracy

So what are your favorite Pacino performances?
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Shame (2011)

David: Listen, one more thing. Your hard drive
is filthy, all right. We got your computer back.
I mean, it is, it is, dirty. I'm talking like hoes, sluts,
anal, double anal, penetration, inter racial facial, man.
Cream pie. I don't even know what that is.
Do you think it was your intern?
Brandon: On my hard drive?
David: Yeah, someone's fucking with your account, man.
And we're blowing our wad in cash, you know?
It takes a really really sick fuck to spend all day on that shit.

I just saw a movie with James Badge Dale in it earlier
and I can't see him without thinking about this movie
(more specifically when he slaps Fassy's bum, but I digress...)
Hit the jump for a new-to-me photo-shoot of JBD...

Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Thor Junior

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I'd posted this shot of Liam Hesmworth and his brother's Thor director Taikia Waitita on the Tumblr earlier today but it's kind of too good to keep stuck over in the grubby mitts of our red-headed step-site. Also I need to post something to end the day with. So that'll do, pig. That'll do. Anyway I'll be in late tomorrow (another Tribeca screening); more reviews should be coming your way very soon! Stay tuned! And stuff! G'night!
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Ouiser: A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste.

A happy 84 to Shirley Maclaine today!
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Bang & Debicki

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I don't know about you guys but all it takes to get me excited in these post-The-Square days are the words "Claes Bang" and "art critic" so this is working out well for me today - Claes is going to play an art critic in a movie called The Burnt Orange Heresy which probably ought to be the title of a book about the Trump Presidency but is instead a "neo-noir thriller" that will also star Elizabeth Debicki and Christopher Walken. Debicki is Bang's girlfriend (and good god they will make for an attractive couple) while Walken is playing a reclusive but famous painter that Bang is tasked with stealing a painting from. Debicki tags along to help, as girlfriends are wont to do. Anyway their complications will have complications, no doubt. It's based on a novel by Charles Willeford (anybody read it?) and it will be directed by Giuseppe Capotondi. (thx Mac)
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Dead Pigs & Denis Lavant

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Okay I need to play some catch-up with my Tribeca reviews! I've been so busy seeing more movies that I haven't been able to properly keep tabs on what's been going up over at The Film Experience. So let's. I just linked you to my review of Disobedience, which is a biggie given how infatuated I am with that film, but that ain't all she (meaning me) wrote, folks.

There's another movie at Tribeca that's about a cloistered Jewish community (and which was produced by Disobedience star Alessandro Nivola) that's really something special - here's my review of To Dust, which stars Son of Saul's Géza Röhrig as a Hasid whose wife has just died and finds himself having whatever you would call the opposite of a spiritual crisis. It is funny and strange and deeply moving, I think. It co-stars Matthew Broderick doing some of his best work since Election.

Here is my review of Obey, a London-based drama set during the riots of 2011 and featuring a really affecting central performance from the newcomer Marcus Rutherford. I hope he gets more work - he is really something to watch.

Here is my review of the French zombie survival thriller The Night Eats the World, which I also loved - it stars Anders Danielsen Lie (of Requiem and Oslo 31 August and Personal Shopper) as a man totally isolated during the apocalypse, and just sort of watches him survive. I found it transfixing. (And a special shout-out to them casting Denis effing Lavant as an effing zombie!)

And finally back to the start here's the first review from the fest that went live back on Saturday - here are my thoughts on The Dark, a pretty singular little horror film that I said seems like "The Evil Dead directed by Sofia Coppola." It is clearly a first film from writer-director Justin P. Lange but shows a lot of promise. (I just wish it had a better title.)

And there are more coming shortly, so stay tuned!
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The Time For Disobedience has Finally Arrived

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The best movie of 2018 so far is out in theaters this weekend and it doesn't have a single solitary superhero in it - Sebastián Lelio, hot off of winning an Oscar for the fantastic A Fantastic Woman, returns right quick with the forbidden lesbian love story Disobedience, which I saw several weeks ago and've been dying to talk about since. 

And now I can since it debuts at Tribeca tonight! My review is over at The Film Experience, and I think I've made it clear already - it's a rave. I managed to sneak in a second viewing of the film and my love for it only strengthened - Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams are both doing some of their best work ever, but my best in show is Alessandro Nivola as a deeply decent man wrestling with his place in a new world; there is this close-up of him mid-film that absolutely shatters me. Stunning work.
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, Charlie Hunnam

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Do you think Charlie's looking at that rope and thinking about the Fifty Shades movies he didn't do? What a loss! Anyway shooting on the film Triple Frontier is still happening in Hawaii, it seems, and for the first time in a few weeks we've had some Charlie sightings at the beach. (If you missed the earlier posts scan through our Charlie Archives since there are several.) Not just at the beach but...
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... he shook his shit on stage doing shirtless dancing! (via) What a world, what a world. Anyway I'm still waking up (all this is helping) so I'm keeping it brief, hit the jump for a couple dozen pictures of him and then a couple bonus shots of Oscar Isaac & Pedro pascal...

Monday, April 23, 2018

Everything's Coming Up Corey

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I got less done this afternoon than I was hoping but then I have seen seven movies in theaters in the past two days so I am affording my brain just a little leeway - point being I am heading off to the movie theater right this second to see two more Tribeca screenings, and you're on your own for the rest of the day. Anyway funny coincidence the first movie I'm seeing this afternoon is The Seagull (which co-stars Corey Stoll) and just now as I was prepping myself to head over there I read today's news that my little local "Shakespeare in the Park" company here in NYC will be doing Othello at the end of May and who should be playing the lil' villain that could Iago but Mr. Stoll himself...
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Alden Ehrenreich Eight Times

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Our imminent Han Solo is on the cover of the new issue of Esquire - the interview itself hasn't found its way online yet but the photo-shoot has.  (via, thx Mac) Fine by us! Especially since we have so very little time today. Pictures say lots of words, you know. A thousand I think? So hit the jump for all eight-thousand of 'em...

Black Panther Gay

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Fun fact: if you google "Black Panther Gay" you mostly just get a bunch of pictures of the brilliant writer and cultural commenter Roxane Gay, who presumably got asked about and offered her opinions on the movie enough this year that that it what happens, so adjust your expectations accordingly. The relationship between T'Challa & Eric doesn't seem to have ignited the fan-fic quarters quite like some others? That's sad. Somebody forward me some Black Panther Smut, and in return I'll send you over to The Film Experience where this week's "Beauty vs Beast" is finally tackling these two, even if they won't "tackle" each other quite like we keep hoping...
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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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Here, why don't you enjoy this photograph of the actor Enver Gjokaj napping this past weekend (via) whilst I run to another Tribeca screening (my twenty-ninth! Yes, really!) this morning - I'll be back... for a brief bit... this afternoon... before running to two more screenings. It's gonna be that kind of week. Anyway I will link to everything properly and individually once I am here but if you'd like to see some of my reviews that went up over the weekend just head on over to The Film Experience. See y'all soon...
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Quote of the Day

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"I’m not interested in showing body parts. I’m interested in your face and your longing, and your desire. The audience will imagine where the other woman’s fingers and face and tongue is outside the frame,” Weisz says their director told them. “It was our job like musicians — if there are coordinates or notes — to fill that with emotion, which I think we did. I hope we did.”

-- That's Rachel Weisz on what her Disobedience director Sebastián Lelio said about the film's steamy but relatively nudity-free sex scene (the scene got a lot of chatter when the film premiered in Toronto in the fall) - oh how I wonder if we'll get the same outrage aimed at the movie for this approach as what Call Me By Your Name got... ha, no I don't wonder that; of course we won't.

Nor should we, of course - you guys know where I stand on this argument. But it's an interesting comparison. There are, of course, aspects of gender coming into play here - "female" sex being thought of as being about desire, an erotica of the mind, while "male" sex is supposedly about the body, the parts. God forbid we blur those lines...

Anyway stay tuned for my review of Disobedience
which is screening at Tribeca, coming soon.
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Great Moments In Movie Staches

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Eric Roberts turned 62 earlier this week and what better way to celebrate all the deliciously sleazy wonder he has put into the world than to go watch this clip of him in Bob Fosse's 1983 film Star 80? That said I can't lay claim to having thought this fine entry in our ongoing mustache series up myself - I put out a call on Twitter a few days ago for 'Stache suggestions and Roger gave us this one - good work, Roger! And if any of you want to give us more ideas for this series reply to my original tweet or leave a comment below...


Pic of the Day

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That right there would be director Jason Reitman talking with The Savages director Tamara Jenkins at the Tribeca Film Festival last night after the New York premiere of Reitman's latest Tully, starring Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis. Normally I would Instagram such a thing but I forgot last night after a very very long day of movie-going, so y'all get it instead. Reitman & Jenkins are clearly old friends and their chat was loose in the way of old friends - the most interesting stuff was when Reitman got talking about Diablo Cody - calling her a "pure writer" - and Charlize, who he described at length as very funny, as if we had any doubt. More on Tully to come!
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