Tuesday, October 17, 2017

To Riz Or Not To Riz

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I'm still sitting here waiting for more pictures of Oscar Isaac's turn as Hamlet Sans Pants to turn up, but the world's apparently all ready to move on to the next Hot Piece Prince - Riz Ahmed is in talks with Netflix to turn his own modern-day take on the tale (along with his college friend writer Mike Lesslie, who co-wrote the recent Michael Fassbender Macbeth) into a movie. I'm always up for more Riz, and Hamlet's certainly proven itself malleable over the years - every actor with lofty ambitions has taken a stab. Which is your favorite...

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If you have an alternate (lord knows there are more) 
please share it in the comments!
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Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... taking in a movie with Monty.

I've always loved these strangely seedy shots of Montgomery Clift watching a movie with some mustachioed man - doesn't it feel like they were taken during an FBI sting at a porn theater? (And I kind of doubt that vibe was accidental.)

Monty was born 97 years ago today.
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Jason Momoa Four Times

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Great Moments In Movie Shelves #115

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I missed this yesterday but a happy 25 to Bernard Rose's film Candyman, which was released on October 16th 1992 and promptly took over the way we look at ourselves in the mirror. Not that those mirror chanting games didn't exist before Candyman, but Candyman co-opted them fairly successfully I'd say. (Oh dear I just said Candyman three times!)

Anyway the character of Helen (played by a wonderful Virginia Madsen) is a student (her research is what brings her into this nightmare) so obviously she's gonna be surrounded by books, and once it happens I just adore how ridiculously out-of-place the big C (an iconic Tony Todd) looks in his fancy-man fur-lined coat inside Helen's bougie book-stuffed breakfast nook. A great shot:


This Movie's Got Sole

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I was hoping a better quality clip of this would appear but I've grown impatient for that so I'll just share this one that this Twitter user was kind enough to upload -it's a thirty-second spot for Call Me By Your Name that's airing in the UK and it has some different footage, including that flash o' footsie seen above.
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Here's the first trailer if you missed it. There've also been some new clips from the film dropped online - Towleroad was kind enough to gather them up right here. I think if you haven't seen the movie yet you should probably hold off, but I'm not one to talk because I remember how rabid I was for footage before I saw the movie, and saw the movie, and saw the movie a third time.The movie's out on November 24th so just five weeks to go, folks!


Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, World

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Former Veronica Mars star Chris Lowell (that's where we fell for him) is turning 33 today and we're anxiously awaiting the second season of GLOW, which will hopefully feature some more of his ribald money-man Bash. Here's a thing I didn't know - he's been in a relationship with Halt and Catch Fire's magnificent Kerry Bishé for several years now! They both have great taste in partners. Anyway I think I say this every time he comes up but you should follow Chris on Instagram if you don't - he's an excellent photographer.


Monday, October 16, 2017

One Dame Day

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It's Angela Lansbury's birthday and she's great so we're celebrating her with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" over at The Film Experience - go forth and vote, y'all. And I knew the only chance anybody might have getting a vote against her would be to just go for it and so I put her up against Meryl fucking Streep! Will that be enough? I doubt it, but she'll certainly do better than Laurence Harvey would have.
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Michael Fassbender's Big Gay Wedding

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Oh that I actually had something to say about Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander getting married this weekend... but I don't. (My absence of an opinion probably counts as an opinion.) That said I do have a plenty solid opinion on the pictures of Michael playing around on the beach with sexy friends before the ceremony... plenty solid, and rising. Hit the jump for another dozen or so...

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Rudy: Why are you smoking? 
Terry: Um, because it's bad, don't ever do it. 
Happy 55 to Kenneth Lonergan today!
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Before You Go To Bed...

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... or perhaps when you wake up, why don't you head on
over to The Film Experience and read my Lady Bird review.
And we'll be getting a late start on Monday, so read it twice.
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Sunday, October 15, 2017

NYFF Diaries: Day 19

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Well the 2017 edition of the New York Film Festival ends today, and I am off to my final screening tonight. This isn't the end of my writing about the festival - I still have a reviews to write, both here and over at The Film Experience too - but we're only seeing one more and it might look a little bit familiar...
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October 15th

That's right! I'm seeing it again! If you've been paying attention you knew this already, I haven't shut up about it, but I certainly don't hold not keeping track of my craziness against anybody. (I mean how exhausting!) Anyway this is my third time with the movie - it screened for critics on October 3rd and as soon as I got back to my office from that screening an emotional outburst shook me and I spilled out a tale of old love and loss of my own

That piece (as well-received as it was) didn't actually talk about the movie itself that much though, so the next morning I sat down and shared a list of thoughts about the movie specifically. And then luck struck and I was given a ticket to see a public screening of the film, with Luca Guadagnino & Armie Hammer & Timothée Chalamet & Michael Stuhlbarg & the book's author Andre Aciman all in attendance - I posted pictures and video of that right here, with a few additional thoughts.

In the week and a half since then I have... been unrelenting about the movie. Click through our archive to see that but if you've been here at any point in the month of October, you know. YOU KNOW. And so tonight I see it a third time. (Bonus: I'll have my boyfriend with me this time, which probably means I will weep even harder.) So basically what I am saying is... you should steel yourselves for another week of unrelenting CMBYN coverage. And until then...

... LATER!
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Saturday, October 14, 2017

NYFF Diaries: Day 18

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After Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel plays the role of "Closing Night Film" tonight (we saw it yesterday) the 2017 New York Film Festival is basically over, save some re-runs of things that have already screened - but since we're still catching a couple of those repeats we'll keep this going through tomorrow. Click here for all of our previous coverage, including links over to The Film Experience where we've been writing our reviews. As for today's movie...

October 14th
(dir. Griffin Dunne)

I suppose I should have known that Joan Didion is Griffin Dunne's aunt, but I did not. Did you? It is one of those things that make sense now that I have heard it, it but it was news to me when I saw his name attached to directing this movie about her. Anyway I am curious to watch the film after reading my pal Manuel's read on how Didion exemplifies the "ultimate white girl" - I love her, I will always love her, but he's not wrong.
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Friday, October 13, 2017

Luke Evans Invites You...

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... to come and see his new movie, Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, in select cities this weekend. I think that's what he's inviting anyway. One never knows with Mr. Luke! Anyway it's gotten good reviews, and it co-stars Rebecca fucking Hall, so anybody with half a brain is gonna see this movie, I think. If I can squeeze it in (Luke's heard that one before) in between my final couple of NYFF screenings I certainly will. (The movie is also playing NewFest in another week and a half so that's a possibility.)

What are you guys watching this weekend? 
Tell me about something you've seen in the comments!
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Blade Runner 2049 in 150 Words or Less

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Sterile as a freshly unwrapped hospital sponge the best thing about Blade Runner 2049 is its surefooted commitment to boredom - blast me if you want but Ridley Scott's original film is boring too; boring not as a pejorative but merely a descriptor. A kinder phrasing would probably be patient, but I mean boring. Problem with the sequel is we've been bored by all this before - we've luxuriated in this dystopia in a million things since, and I don't think Villenueve & Co. bring much new to the table. It's pretty, but almost entirely in an obvious way - I can't really think of a single shot that made me gasp with real awe. (Arrival it ain't.) And its world feel big and empty, and save Luv herself (a deviously splendid Sylvia Hoeks) sparingly populated with shit worth caring about to a fault.
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Leave it to Voorhees

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While I'd love to do something big and proper to celebrate this here holiday of Friday the 13th I've got too much other stuff on my plate to get to, so thankfully something even better than any nonsense I might spew has presented itself - out favorite Final Girl Stacie Ponder has gone and dropped Death Count, her highly anticipated illustrated ode to the endless imaginative murders of Jason & Friends - YOU CAN BUY IT RIGHT HERE!!!

Stacie's got more info over at Final Girl, including word
 on a couple of limited editions she's doing of the book,
 so click over there for that. 

As for me I'm off to see Friday the 13th Part III 
 in glorious 3D at The Quad in a bit! A dream fulfilled!
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Elio of the Future

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On Wednesday I shared with y'all a quote from Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino where he talked about making an entire series of films that follow Elio and Oliver through time a la Richard Linklater's Before Sunrise trilogy - the book goes further into the future than the film does, so there are hints about where it could go in there. Well Luca's out there giving interviews still because it's still six weeks until CMBYN is even out here in the US, and he's explained more about this with Screen Daily today; he says for a first sequel he'd want to move seven years into the future (that would be 1990) getting the characters closer to the actor's actual ages:

"I want to do a sequel because Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel – they are all gems... The texture we built together is very consistent. We created a place in which you believe in the world before them. They are young but they are growing up.

... I don’t think Elio is necessarily going to become a gay man. He hasn’t found his place yet. I can tell you that I believe that he would start an intense relationship with Marzia [Esther Garrel’s character] again.

... It is the time of the fall of communism and the start of the new world order and the so-called ’The End of History’ that Francis Fukuyama established then. It would be the beginning of the Berlusconi era in Italy and it would mean dealing with the war of Iraq.” 
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Michael Fassbender's Harry Hole Is (Almost) Here

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I'm hoping I can make time and find room for Michael Fassbender's Harry Hole next week (ETA an earlier version of this post had the movie out this weekend but I guess they moved it back a week; it's out next Friday) - with the New York Film Festival coming to a close on Sunday there might suddenly be space, space with which I can stuff Michael Fassbender's Harry Hole. Fingers crossed for Michael Fassbender's Harry Hole! In all seriousness (yeah it's too late for seriousness at this point) I have avoided reviews of The Snowman (see the trailer here) but I haven't really had to put any effort into avoiding them at all, which is not the best sign. Did Tomas Alfredson manage to make a bomb out of Michael Fassbender's Harry Hole? I don't understand how that could even come to be! Well if any of you manage to see Michael Fassbender's Harry Hole I want to hear every word, every descriptor, you have about it. Really fill me in with regards to Michael Fassbender's Harry Hole. I want it all.
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Gay Songs From Sufjan

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You maybe don't have Twitter (god I envy you) so you maybe missed me dancing like I'm Armie Hammer on there last night when it was announced that the Call Me By Your Name soundtrack, including two new songs from Sufjan Stevens that we are quite fond of, has received a release date - the soundtrack is out on October 27th, in just two weeks! Yahoo! That's an entire month before the film itself comes out, which surprises me - don't you usually have to wait until after a movie's out to get the soundtrack? Anyway I'm not complaining. Not complaining! You can buy it right here.

In other Sufjan news the folky fella is dropping an album of b-sides and so forth that same day - it's called The Greatest Gift and it's mostly stuff that goes alongside his last album (slash masterpiece) called Carrie & Lowell. He dropped one of the songs off of that earlier this week called "Wallowa Lake Monster" and you can listen to it right here:
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