Friday, February 23, 2018

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

The Runaways (2010)

Cherie: What is this?
Sandy: It ain't baby shampoo. I call it the dirty sink.
A little bit of everything from my parent's liquor cabinet.
Just a little, so they can't tell I'm dipping into their stash.
Cherie: My dad would notice - he likes his booze.
Sandy: Is he an alcoholic?
Cherie: No, he just likes it. He says that's the difference.
He likes to drink, he doesn't need to drink.
Sandy: I like to drink.
Joan: The dirty sink is where we're gonna
be puking that shit up tomorrow.

A happy 24th birthday to Dakota Fanning!
I have gotten behind on The Alienist, I have to catch up
this weekend. Have you guys been watching it?


Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Oh, Will Wonders Ever Cease?

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I work in a quiet office so believe me when I say that me involuntarily yelping out the word "HOORAY!" out of nowhere does not go unnoticed. But that's what just happened when I read this morning's wonderful news that Sufjan Stevens will indeed be performing his Oscar-nominated song "Mystery of Love" from Call Me By Your Name at the Oscars on March 4th. But I meant it, embarrassment be damned. HOORAY!!!

Sufjan is not the sort of performer that gets invited to even play the Grammys - he's done talk shows but not tons of them - so the hundreds of millions of people watching the Oscars are kind of going to be a big audience for him. Dude is still on his own label - hey is just a tenth of the audience goes and listens to a song by him that's gonna keep him in diamond-tip angel wings for the rest of his days. Hooray for a musical hero. (Buy the soundtrack here!)

Also -- did you hear about the special Record Store Day edition of these songs getting released? Anyway I'm under no pretenses about him winning the award - it will probably go to those awful La La Land people. But I'm rooting for (if not Sufjan, obviously) "Remember Me" from Coco to snatch the statue away because that's a lovely song and I was in a puddle of tears the last time it gets sung in that movie.
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Good Morning, World

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I feel as if I should probably say "Good morning!" to y'all before I start cursing, so first, good morning! And second, where the fuck has my fucking head been that I missed that Aaron Taylor-Johnson & Charlie Hunnam have been spending "quality time" together for the past several weeks making a movie? FUCK. I'd read that Aaron was making a movie out of James Frey's controversial (read: fake fakey fake) drug rehab memoir A Million Little Pieces with his wife Sam Taylor-Johnson directing, but I somehow missed Charlie being part of the cast. (pics via)

This is of interest to not just for reasons of my own prurient and indulgent imaginations, but because Charlie went on that public-chastising tour for dropping out of the Fifty Shades of Gray movie that STJ directed - I guess he did really want to work with her after all and wasn't just spinning bullshit. Or maybe he was spinning bullshit because he knew this job was ahead of him? Oh who cares - I never read the book so somebody tell me - just how much gay sex happens? ALL THE GAY SEX, right? (Just lie to me.) 


Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Little Peach That Could

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Just a reminder (aka an excuse to post that picture of Timothée staring Armie down like he's the most tender and delicious pork cutlet on the menu) that Call Me By Your Name, a fun little movie you've maybe heard me talk about once or twice, is hitting iTunes in five days on February 27th, and then it hits blu-ray on March 13th. My guess is we'll get some glimpses of behind-the-scenes stuff that we somehow haven't glimpsed yet when the latter date gets closer, and my guess is that I will cover those things when we do. Just an educated guess. To see all of our previous coverage click here.
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Billy Magnussen Four Times

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Read his chat with DuJour magazine here!
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Great Moments in Movie Shelves #130

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Has it really taken me this long to include the "Channing Tatum giving a blow-job  in the stacks while wearing full football regalia" scene in 22 Jump Street for this series??? I am slipping...

Of course this scene's just a gag (perfect pun placement) -- all actual gay blow-jobs on the set of 22 Jump Street were sadly kept off-screen. Alas. (Watch the full scene here.) 


Who Wore It Best?

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Tonight I'm seeing the National Theatre Live screening of last year's London-based Cat on a Hot Tin Roof production that starred Sienna Miller and Jack O'Connell - we've posted some pictures of Jack in the show previously, see here and here and here, which tell the entire story of why we're going out of our way to see this. Anyway my enthusiasm's got me ruminating on Bricks of yesteryear...

... and while it wouldn't be fair to pit anybody against Paul Newman's classic turn in the 1958 film there are other options to opt! Mainly the two that sprung to mind were Jason Patric in the 2003 stage version opposite Ashley Judd, and Benjamin Walker's just a couple of years back opposite Scarlett Johansson. So I ask you...

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A World of Its Creation, Defying Explanation

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"If you want to view paradise... simply look around... and view it... anything you want to... do it... you can change the world... there's nothing ... to it." Gene Wilder's endlessly eerie delivery of Willy Wonka's signature song echoed through my head while watching Alex Garland's sci-fi head-trip Annihilation last night - Annihilation is what happens when you give a curious filmmaker the reins to indulge his own pure imagination.

And Annihilation is precisely about that freedom - you could argue that in a way it's a manifesto about modern film technology and our ability to create absolutely anything now. What are we going to do with it? Are we going to create, are we going to destroy, and are those the same impulses? What is the line between beautiful and horrible? Where does our impulse to project ourselves onto our surroundings cross the line from art to ego, or is there no distinction?

Heady thoughts, and thank goodness for it! Heady thoughts and bear-monsters to boot - you know this movie came right for me, and it got me but good. There are moments where its reach outdoes its grasp but I'll take that any day over a Transformers movie that just gobbles up everything like a maelstrom of mindless metal shards. Annihilation is meandering and thoughtful and emotionally resonant - yes it falls prey to the edict that female heroines must have an emotional purpose to their quest, and four times over at that, but it stakes that territory out as fertile ground, worth tilling.

And man, the sights! And the sounds! See this thing in a great big room with great big speakers. There are extended periods of quiet, of conversation, but when the movie needs to make those speakers count, they count. There are visuals ready to write themselves on your forever-places in this thing, and not always the great big stuff either - watch the way Garland shoots two hands embracing behind a water glass, for god's sake. This is a film-maker having fun, and feeling free to take us into magic lands - open your eyes and you will see one; want to be a dreamer? Be one, dammit. 
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Tristana (1970)

Don Lope: Poor workers. Cheated and then beaten. Work is a curse, Saturno. Down with work that you have to do to survive. That work isn't honorable, as some say. All it does is fatten the exploiting swine. However, what you do for pleasure ennobles man. If only we could all work like that. Look at me, I'd rather be hanged than work! So, I live poorly, but I live without working.

Luis Buñuel was born on 118 years ago today.
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Good Morning, World

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A very happy 59th birthday to the great Kyle MacLachlan, fresh off giving the best male performance on TV - actually I guess he gave the best three male performances on TV? Man, I want 18 straight uninterrupted hours to myself to just sit down and re-watch all of Twin Peaks: The Return in unbroken silence, like church and shit. I'd float out of there like a religious painting. (PS in case you're confused trying to remember the scene where Dougie Jones rubbed one out these gifs are instead from Kyle's stint playing Charlotte's weirdo husband Sex and the City)
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Matt Bomer Eight Times

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Isn't it kind of weird that I have no desire to see The Boys in the Band when it plays on Broadway this summer? I'm actually a fan of the movie and not offended by the play in the slightest, even though I came of age circa The Celluloid Closet telling me I should be aghast at the nasty unhappy queens on display - it's an important historical document, giving a voice to the voices of its time. 

I suppose the only reason I'm not excited is because I can't afford to be - I don't have Broadway money these days. So I'm pretending this and Angels in America just don't exist. Voila, problem solved! Anyway Pretty Pretty Matt Bomer is starring in a new ad campaign, hit the jump for the rest of the photos...

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Don Jose: We all dream of being a child again,
even the worst of us. Perhaps the worst most of all.

Sam Peckinpah was born on this day, 1925.
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Izzy Is Whatever Izzy Does

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Will there ever be a memorable movie that has an expletive in the title? Trick question: Gregg Araki's 1993 film Totally Fucked Up is memorable, I win a cookie. Seriously though it seems like every couple of years somebody tries and then these movies just vanish into the ether, but I have good hopes for 2018's version of swear-jar cinema - Izzy Gets the Fuck Across Town (I don't have time for asterisks) stars the ever astonishing Mackenzie Davis as the titular Izz, getting across town, navigating her Izzy-ness opposite a terrific cast of co-stars like Carrie Coon, Alia Shawkat, Haley Joel Osment, Annie Potts, and the tremendously hot two-some of Alex Russell...

... and Lakeith Stanfield...

... in other words I was sold on this movie even before there was a trailer, but the trailer revels in its Mackenzie-ness and that's a revel I love to revel in. Yay her. Watch:
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Izzy and her F-word experience hits theaters on May 4th!
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Boyd Holbrook Ten Times

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Here are two things we always like to see (we're counting Boyd Holbrook as "one thing" because if we start breaking him down into separate favorite parts we'll be here for a very long time) -- Boyd Holbrook getting fresh new work, and writer-director Jim Mickle being the one giving the job! Mickle, who made Mulberry Street and Stake Land and the remake of We Are What We Are and Cold in July (which are all worth seeking out) is going to make a thriller called In the Shadow of the Moon for Netflix, and Boyd will be its star. 

There's not much being told plot-wise so far but BD calls it "genre-bending" and they've also got a quote from the director, if you're curious. While his role in Logan was fun I keep waiting for Boyd to have a break-out moment - maybe this'll be it. And while we're at it Mickle should break out, too. Anyway for more of this photo-shoot (via) which we somehow missed when we did our great big gratuitous post on Boyd way back when you can hit the jump...

5 Off My Head: Siri Says 2005

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I accidentally took a couple of weeks off from our "Siri Says" series but that's okay - I recently crossed the halfway mark on these posts and it's getting harder and harder to get Siri to randomly give me a number that she hasn't given me before. The odds are not in our favor! I usually have to ask her for a number about a dozen times now before we get a fresh 'un. And anyway it'd be a shame to run out of these posts too fast - I like doing them too much.

Anyway today Siri, after a few tries, gave us the number "5" and so today we're going to choose our favorite movies from THe Year 2005. (My apologies to the year 1905 but you know what you did.) Some very good stuff is becoming a teenager this year! Let's take a look see at my favorite thirteen-year olds...

My 5 Favorite Movies of 2005

(dir. Ang Lee)
-- released on December 6th 2005 --

(dir. Greg McLean)
-- released on December 25th 2005 --

(dir. David Cronenberg)
-- released on September 30th 2005 --

War of the Worlds
(dir. Steven Spielberg)
-- released on 2005 --

(dir. Park Chan-wook)
-- released on September 30th 2005 --

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Runners-up: King Kong (dir. Peter Jackson), Munich (dir. Spielberg), Constantine (dir. Francis Lawrence), The 40 Year Old Virgin (dir. Judd Apatow), Pride & Prejudice (dir. Joe Wright), Cache (dir. Haneke), Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire (dir. Mike Newell), Match Point (dir. Woody Allen), Me and You and Everyone We Know (dir. Miranda July), Serenity (dir. Joss Whedon)...

... ... Jarhead (dir. Sam Mendes), The Devil's Rejects (dir. Rob Zombie), The New World (dir. Terrence Malick), Red Eye (dir. Wes Craven), Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-rabbit (dir. Nick Parker), The Constant Gardener (dir. Meirelles), In Her Shoes (dir. Hanson), A Bittersweet Life (dir. Kim Jee-woon)

Never seen: Cinderella Man (dir. Ron Howard), 
Memoirs of a Geisha (dir. Rob Marshall), 
Melissa P. (dir. Luca Guadagnino)

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What are your favorite movies of 2005?
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