Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Today's Mood

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First things first just LOOOK how enormous the six foot five inch Armie Hammer's hand is in that picture. Thank you, Jason Isaacs, for sharing. But a second and perhaps even more significant thing - did you see Jason's screed against the presence of noxious little man Sean Spicer at the Emmys? I am so glad SOMEBODY called that shit out - go follow this hero on Instagram immediately.
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Which is Hotter?

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I just realized via Vanity Fair's review of the Kingsman sequel that this is yet another movie that stars Taron Egerton in a one-piece snowsuit buddy-buddying up with a Daddy-type...

... after having made that Eddie the Eagle movie with Hugh Jackman last year. This is a very specific fetish for a Hollywood Exec out there to have, but clearly a Hollywood Exec out there has it because it keeps getting lots and lots of money tossed at it to be realized on screen. So let's pay attention...
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10 Off My Head: Siri Says 2007

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I wasn't planning on having time to do one of our "Siri Says" series today what with my NYFF screening eating up half of the afternoon, but then I asked my phone for a number and it gave me "7" and I thought I could probably rattle off a list from The Movies of 2007 pretty easily because I already did that before -- 2007 was the first year I tried to do such a thing, right here in this post

But it turns out that 2007 was a really really good year for the movies, you guys, and I kind of couldn't narrow this down to just five. It has to be ten. Hell it could've been 20 I think - there are titles in the runners-up that in a shittier year could've pushed their way to the front. And my list has actually changed a little bit in the 10 years since these movies came out, too. (And yes, all of these movies turn 10 this year.) So here is my revised list.

My 10 Favorite Movies of 2007

(dir. David Fincher)
-- released on March 2nd 2007 -- 

(dir. Brad Bird)
-- released on June 29th 2007 -- 

(dir. William Friedkin)
-- released on May 25th 2007 -- 

(dir. Andrew Dominik)
-- released on October 19th 2007 -- 

(dir. Coens)
-- released on November 21st 2007 -- 

(dir. Frank Darabont)
-- released on November 21st 2007 -- 

(dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
-- released on December 10th 2007 -- 

(dir. Mike White)
-- released on May 11th 2007 -- 

(dir. John Carney)
-- released on June 15th 2007 -- 

(dir. Paul Verhoeven)
-- released on May 18th 2007 -- 

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Runners-up: 300 (dir. Zack Snyder), Black Snake Moan (dir. Craig Brewer), I'm a Cyborg But That's OK (dir. Park Chan-wook), 28 Weeks Later (dir. Fresnadillo), Sunshine (dir. ), Superbad (dir. Greg Mottola), Eastern Promises (dir. David Cronenberg), Stardust (dir. Matthew Vaughn)...

... Hot Fuzz (dir. Edgar Wright), Grindhouse (dir. Tarantino & Rodriguez), Michael Clayton (dir. Tony Gilroy), The Golden Compass (dir. Chris Weitz), The Orphanage (dir. JA Bayona), Away From Her (dir. Sarah Polley), Hostel: Part II (dir. Eli Roth), Juno (dir. Jason Reitman), The Darjeeling Limited (dir. Wes Anderson)

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What are you favorite movies of 2007?
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Rami Malek Eight Times

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Even though we're side-eyeing Bryan Singer's Freddie Mercury bio-pic -- although I've heard they don't want it called a "Freddie Mercury bio-pic ," they want it to be known as a portrait of the entire band Queen, and of course they do because the entire (surviving) band is responsible for the story they're allowing to be told -- kind of hard these days thanks to that tad too glossy first picture of Rami in mustache we are rooting for Rami because we like Rami, so let's look at Rami. We've seen and posted one very fine photo from this photo-shoot before but thanks to this Tumblr (and Mac for sending the link) for sharing these here several more; see the rest after the jump...

NYFF Diaries: Day 1

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Okay so I start attending NYFF press screenings today, which means for you people that big chunks of my day, mostly every day, for the next couple of weeks, will be eaten up by me not being here but being inside a theater unable to provide you with your minute to minute updates on what pants Jake Gyllenhaal is wearing today. Oh noes, says the cat hanging off a stick. But instead of just leaving you hanging, which is what I usually do, instead I'm going to share What I Am Seeing Today. (Or try to. We'll see if I manage doing this day in day out.)

I won't actually be reviewing the movies here since I am covering the fest for The Film Experience, and those reviews won't be going up until the fest starts (NYFF runs from September 28th until October 15th). But maybe something I'm seeing will sound good to you and you can try to score tickets to the festival's public screenings if you're in town. Let's share the wisdom...

September 19th 
Before We Vanish (dir. Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa is the director of the 2001 film Pulse (we just posted about that movie when the new fancy blu-ray came out) which ushered in the J-Horror boom as much as Ringu or any other titles from that era. He went off and became a fancy man for a few years with movies like Tokyo Sonata but he's been trending back towards his genre roots again lately (last year's Creepy, for example, although I wasn't a fan of that). Before We Vanish is a sci-fi horror film that sounds a lot like an update on Invasion of the Body Snatchers or Lifeforce - three aliens come down from space and start draining humans of their essences.

Before We Vanish screens on September 30th at 9pm and October 1st at 6pm. Right now both screenings are "Standby Only" but NYFF often releases new batches of tickets at random times or even schedules new screenings later in the fest for movies that sell well so follow the fest on Twitter to keep appraised of that.

And follow me on Twitter
and on Instagram for off-blog updates!
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Roland: There would not even the possibility of nuclear war, or any war, if millions of men had been prepared to stand up against authority, as I did, and refuse to join the army - refuse to take orders. It's mindless obedience that's the killer. I've broken the rules. All the rules. Because someone has to say no. 

I was just going to wish the director Sally Potter a happy birthday today but then our so-called President went and threatened to blow up the world and now this quote seems terrifyingly purposeful. So happy birthday, Sally Potter... may we all make it to see your next.
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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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A happy 33rd birthday to Kevin Zegers today - his Instagram is mostly pictures of his kids these days with the random "LGBT ally" stuff sprinkled in (there's some nice trolling of Kirk Cameron too) so I had to go aways back through to find these two shots, but they were worth the effort I think. Kevin still works plenty but I do think he should've gotten more and better work post-Transamerica, don't you? He showed a lot of promise in that movie, for the adult post-Air-Bud portion of his career.


Monday, September 18, 2017

We Love You James Marsden

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Although he has yet to post a Birthday Suit Selfie on his Instagram today, it is indeed James Marsden's birthday - we're waiting, James. Tick tock. TICK TOCK. Until then we'll entertain ourselves with 1) today's edition of "Beauty vs Beast" over at The Film Experience, which is hitting up Jimmy's role in the much-beloved 2007 movie Enchanted (can you believe it turns 10 in another month?) and 2) a dozen or so sexy adorable pictures of James after the jump...

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Donnie Darko (2001)

Rose Darko: Kitty, do you even know 
who Graham Greene is? 
Kitty Farmer: I think we've all seen Bonanza

A very happy birthday to the divine Beth Grant today!
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The Emmys That Weren't

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I had a friend's birthday party yo attend last night so I wasn't able to watch the Emmys -- somebody tell me the most important things I missed so I can seek them out, please. What happened? I know that Laura Dern won but I am waiting to watch her speech until the Internet dubs her so it sounds like she says "Enlightened" instead of "Big Little Lies." Also I think I might be bad luck now because so many awesome people won last night - maybe we watching awards shows is a jinx? In summation, here's some extra gay:


Which is Hotter?

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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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A quick howdy to y'all from myself and Russell Tovey plus pups here before I scamper off for maybe a bit to try and get a couple last minute chores done before NYFF screenings start this week. I'll be back in a few! Ish. Fewish.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Set Aside Some Time For Mother This Weekend

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Well it's time for the weekend, meaning it's time for new movies, and this weekend's got a fine pair. This weekend's big offerings says me are Darren Aronofsky's mother!, which will be the big conversation piece even if it doesn't make a ton of money (which it probably won't, which is probably fine because this isn't a movie most people are going to want to grapple with) and which I reviewed right here yesterday. Watching the movie I flip-flopped from second to second whether it's Too Much Too Much or Just The Right Amount Of Too Much, but I have also spent the past two days not wanting to think about anything else and seriously contemplating going to see it a second time, so it's a sticker... and then some.

The other movie out this weekend is Mike White's movie Brad's Status, which stars Ben Stiller as a dude having a crisis of self when confronted with some old friends' successes - I'm seeing that tonight I think, so stay tuned for my thoughts on it next week. If you see anything of interest tell me in the comments, of if you want to scream about mother! do that in the comments. Next week screenings for NYFF start so things might get a bit quiet, but I'll be here Monday, and until then have a nice weekend, everybody.
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I Wanna Hear About Stewpot

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Okay so most of you probably know that I don't know musicals from a hole in the floor, so it shouldn't surprise you that I have never seen and am nearly 100% unfamiliar with the 1958 Rodgers and Hammerstein WWII musical South Pacific. Honestly... everything I know about South Pacific I just wrote in that sentence. Rodgers and Hammerstein! World War II! The end! But today, I don't even remember how, I stumbled upon these pictures of the actor Ken Clark playing the role of "Stewpot" and... well, I hear music. I feel dancing. And I want you people to tell me what you know. Is this movie nothing but an obscenely bulging gay sailor speedo fantasia? How did I not know this before? Tell me more and you can see some a dozen plus more pictures after the jump...

The Return of Laurie Strode

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Just yesterday I mentioned what a delightful nerd director David Gordon Green is and how he is trying to get John Carpenter to do the score for his new Halloween movie. Well today, like an atomic bomb of nerdiness aimed straight at my heart, comes the above news. Jamie Lee Curtis is returning to the role that gave her the title of Queen of the Scream Queens forty years ago, and me, I'm all...


Who Wore It Best?

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Pictures and video of Rami Malek performing as Freddie Mercury in a recreation of Queen's legendary Live Aid performance for the upcoming movie Bryan Singer is making have shown up on this here internet thing - you can much more over at DH, but for now let's just get the most relevant question off our furry chests...
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5 Off My Head: Tom Hardy at Forty

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One of the two finest actors born the same year as me is celebrating his 40th today - Edward Thomas Hardy was born in Hammersmith, England on this day in the year 1977, the son of a painter mother and a writer father. His father is named Chips Hardy! I want to be named Chips Hardy! Maybe if I marry Tom Hardy I can have him call me Chips. I don't care if that's weird, it's now my fantasy, and I'll do all within my ability to make it happen.

Anyway! Tom is 40 today and he's in the thick of his career glory, getting praise lavished across those lascivious lips at every turn. Ahead he's got a new movie from The Assassination of Jesse James' director Andrew Dominik, he's probably got another Mad Max movie, there'll be another season of the great fun Taboo, and he's playing another big brawny superhero bad guy in the Venom movie. But what about what's behind Tom Hardy?

No no not that. I mean career-wise. He's already accomplished quite a bit in the decade since his artistic breakthrough with Nicolas Winding Refn (they should really work together again), and surprisingly I haven't done a list of my favorite performances from Tom before this. So let's do just that right this minute!

(Oh and sidenote: if you know me then you might be surprised by a couple of these choices since the actual movies that two of these good performances come from I do not like. But Tom's the best thing about them both. Can you guess which ones I mean?)

My 5 Favorite Tom Hardy Performances

Charles Bronson, Bronson (2008)
"You shouldn't mess with boys that are bigger than you."

Eames, Inception (2010)
"You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling."

Bane, The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
"The shadows betray you,
because they belong to me!"

John Fitzgerald, The Revenant (2015)
"God giveth, God taketh away."

James Delaney, Taboo (2017)
" I witnessed and participated in darkness
that you cannot conceive."

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What are your favorite Tom Hardy performances?
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