Thursday, April 19, 2018

Just Mangled Guts Pretending

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I'm about to head out to another pair of Tribeca screenings for the day (I'm seeing Tully, Jason Retiman's new Diablo Cody penned joint with Charlize Theron and Mackenzie Davis in a hot minute, whoop whoop) so here to keep you fickle people entertained I recommend you go read our pal Louis' piece on the current run of Angels in America at Buzzfeed, which contextualizes the show in our current political moment with some quotes from the folks behind it. And I'm gonna talk like I'm inside of one of Louis' monologues of verbose word-vomit all day now that the show's again stuck in my head. (Click here if you missed my pics from the show last month.)
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Great Moments In Movie Shelves #146

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Who remembers that somebody made a movie called Dylan Dog: Dead of Night in 2010? (And does that title belong to be in the Bad Title Hall of Fame alongside Ballistic: Ecks vs Sever or what?) I had forgotten it existed until I saw that yesterday was Superman's 80th birthday and went diving through our Brandon Routh archives and found a photo from this scene in the trailer. I never even saw this movie! But this scene deserves credit for reasons obvious to all of us. Oh Brandon. You should have a bigger career. A career as big as your shoulders, even. Anyway hit the jump for a couple more gifs...

Why the Long Face, Michael Myers?

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The poster for David Gordon Green's Halloween... reuppening... has arrived - it is great! But doesn't it seem longer than normal American posters are supposed to be? Maybe my eyes are just playing tricks on me, I don't know. He seems very lonely up there at the top with the type so far away! Poor Mikey. I'll be your friend. We can watch The Thing From Another World together and I won't even stick a knitting needle in your neck, pinky swear.
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Tye Sheridan Five Times

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Well hello! I've got some downtime in between Tribeca screenings and this was quite a thing to bring that downtime up. Tye's on the cover of the new W Magazine (via, thanks Mac) and there's quite the crazy colorful 90s-inspired photo-shoot attached. He sure has grown up right before our very eyes. This reminds me I haven't reviewed Ready Player One... yeah let's keep it that way. How about instead let's hit the jump for the rest...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... taking Joel Kinnaman to the mat.
Here's the full video (via):
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Jonathan Tucker Three Times

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I just saw a picture of Jonathan Tucker (sartorially navigating the pitfalls of a pink suit with his usual confidence and panache) at the Westworld premiere yesterday which reminded me to my delight that he had joined the second season of the show, huzzah!

The show is back on Sunday night - they're screening the premiere at Tribeca on Friday and I'm going to try to see it. Speaking of this as good a time as any to remind y'all the Tribeca Film Festival officially begins today so the next eleven days will be spotty as I'll be in lots of screenings, but there will also be plenty of reviews rolling out over at The Film Experience. Stay tuned!


Great Moments In Movie Staches

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"They should have put you in a glass jar on a mantlepiece."

I think perhaps we underestimate the power of Daniel Plainview's mustache. It sits there like a brick wall across his face - a perma-frown even when he's smiling. It slices his face into quadrants, all dissected planes, like land being carved up for the prospector himself. It is judging you.
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You Got The Wright Stuff, Baby

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I'd forgotten that Ansel Elgort is actually kind of tall - we'd be eye to eye at 6'3" - until I started looking up pictures of him with his Baby Driver director Edgar Wright today in order to wish the latter a happy birthday; Edgar looks like Frodo kneeling before Cate Blanchett in every single one, ha ha. Anyway even though we were not fans of Baby Driver we're staying bullish on this Edgar Wright fellow, given his previous output - we think he's going places. (Like to an animated movie called Shadows? Why is this the first I've heard of this when this news is four years old?) But for now let's look back to previous places and judge his Cornetto Trilogy, just cuz...


bike trail guide
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Seymour: Poor... all my life I've always been poor... I keep asking God what I'm for... and he tells me, "Gee, I'm not sure... Sweep that floor, kid!" Oh, I started life as an orphan, a child of the street. Here on Skid Row he took me in, gave me shelter, a bed, crust of bread and a job. Treats me like dirt, calls me a slob... which I am. So I live...
Company: Downtown!
Seymour: That's your home address. You live...
Company: Downtown!
Seymour: When your life's a mess, you live...
Company : Downtown!
Seymour: Where depression's just status quo.
Company : Down on Skid Row.

A very happy 65th birthday to the long-retired Rick Moranis - now that we've got Joe Pesci acting again maybe Rick can be coerced. He was such a big part of my developing years in the 80s - I can't tell you how many times I saw Honey I Shrunk the Kids in theaters. And of course Little Shop, which is a movie musical I adore, putting it in slim esteemed company since I am so picky about musicals. (Seeing Jake Gyllenhaal play Seymour with Original Audrey Ellen Greene was too much for my brain to handle.) 

In related news the Tribeca Film Festival, which officially opens tonight, is screening the documentary Howard - it's a doc on Howard Ashman, the legendary lyricist behind Little Shop and Disney's holy trifecta of 90s animated classics The Little Mermaid and Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast who died of AIDS, and I'm not sure if I'll actually properly review that one or not but I highly recommend catching it when you get the chance. I found it tremendously moving; like "shaking in my seat with tears" moving.


Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, World

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I missed this yesterday so a belated happy birthday to the ever adorable Nicholas D'Agosto (click through our archive for more) who just turned 38 - these images are from the first season of Grace & Frankie, which I do not watch but don't hold it against you if you do. (There are many shows I do not watch that I do hold it against people for watching; too many probably.) Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin deserve all their legend status, so watch away. Anyway Nick was only on one episode of that - he's been playing Harvey Dent on Gotham more recently, and he's also on something called Trial & Error which... I have no idea. I would probably hold it against you if you said you watched that, but I have no idea what it is. Maybe it's secretly a show about Nick trying every week to cum on his own face. That would be awesome. On that note, ahem, good morning everyone! And hit the jump for the rest of the G&F gifs...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

5 Off My Head: Siri Says 2002

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You know how I tell you that it's gotten rough when I ask Siri to give me a number between 1 and 100 for this series? How I've done so many at this point that it takes me a dozen or so tries to get her to cough up a number I haven't already done? Well she apparently really wanted to talk about The Movies of 2002 today because "2" was the very first number she gave me. 

So 2002 we go. At first glance the year seemed fine but the deeper I dug into the list the bigger the list grew - turns out this was a hell of a year for the movies. But I decided to clamp down on myself - no top tens today. I twisted myself into knots and kept us at just five like we're supposed to do. Of course when you get down to all the runners-up you'll see - brutal. Absolutely brutal. 

My 5 Favorite Films of 2002

(dir. Todd Haynes)
-- released on November 5th 2002 --
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(dir. Park Chan-wook)
-- released on March 29th 2002 --

(dir. Paul Thomas Anderson)
-- released on November 1st 2002 --

(dir. Hayao Miyazaki)
-- released on September 20th 2002 --

(dir. Spike Jonze)
-- released on December 6th 2002 --

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Runners-up: Minority Report (dir. Spielberg), Spider-man (dir. Raimi), Catch Me if You Can (dir. Spielberg), The Hours (dir. Daldry), Signs (dir. Shyamalan), About a Boy (dir. Chris Weitz), Panic Room (dir. Fincher), 28 Days Later (dir. Boyle), One Hour Photo (dir. Mark Romanek), Femme Fatale (dir. Brian De Palma), Dirty Pretty Things (dir. Stephen Frears)...

... The Good Girl (dir. Miguel Arteta), Hero (dir. Zhang Yimou), Laurel Canyon (dir. Cholodenko), Talk To Her (dir. Pedro Almodovar), Ten (dir. Kiarostami), Movern Callar (dir. Lynne Ramsey), Bubba Ho-tep (dir. Don Coscarelli), 8 Women (dir. Ozon)

Never seen: Irreversible (dir. Gaspar Noe), Frida (dir. Julie Taymor), Death To Smoochy (dir. Danny DeVito), Solaris (dir. Soderbergh), Equilibrium (dir. Kurt Wimmer), Bend it Like Beckham (dir. Gurinda Chadha), Full Frontal (dir. Soderbergh), Moonlight Mile (dir. Brad Silberling), Russian Ark (dir. Alexander Sokurov)

What are your favorite movies of 2002?
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Born Yesterday (1950)

Paul: A world full of ignorant people
is too dangerous to live in.

The great William Holden was born 100 years ago today!
Check out the just-begun celebration over at The Film Experience.
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François Arnaud One Time

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Pic of the Day

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I was just looking for an excuse yesterday to post about Armie Hammer's currently filming thriller with Under the Shadow director Babak Anvari, and Armie was nice enough to post this picture of the two of them on the set for me last night - thanks, Armie. You could've done it during the day when i was looking but I suppose you do have other things you're busy with. I suppose! 

Anyway I just wanted to share that the film finally got an official title, after being name-less for too long (now we can call it by its name, as it were!) -- the movie is titled Darkest Dark. Oh and there's an official synopsis too and it sounds way more like a horror movie than I had thought it was from the original basic description we heard way back when; here's the newer scarier synopsis:

"Will’s life descends into a nightmare when he discovers a cell phone after a violent brawl. Friendly and charismatic, he’s been skating across life while in a state of carefully maintained contentment. He decides to keep the cell phone just until the owner returns and everything changes. Then the messages begin. Finally, Will has discovered something unheard of and it’s crawling slowly into the light."

Unknown things crawling are never good! Listen to somebody who went to college and knows. Anyway Darkest Dark is filming in New Orleans right now, so it'll probably be out next year. It co-stars Dakota Johnson (requisite link to this picture) and Zazie Beetz and Karl Glusman, yum.
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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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Imagine this
is the first thing you see in the morning.
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Sometimes Dead Is Better

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I don't re-watch the 1989 version of Pet Sematary all that often but when I do I'm always like, "Yeah, that's not a bad movie." There are all kinds of classic 80s horror moments contained therein - Zelda anyone? - that haunt anybody of the right age. So I don't know that it really needs a remake... but if they are gonna remake it they're making some smart choices. Like casting Jason Clarke in the lead, for one, which just happened today. And like hiring the duo behind 2014's super duper flick Starry Eyes for another. (Here's my review of Starry Eyes, which I sure hope you have seen by now.) Now that I think about it I don't think I've ever read Stephen King's book - have any of you? Is it worth it?  Is it very different from the film? Tell me about it in the comments and then hit the jump for a couple more pictures of Jason Clarke if you like...

Great Moments In Movie Staches

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Happy 129, Charlie.
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