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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Alec From the Outside

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Alec Secareanu, the Romanian dreamboat from last year's homosexual success God's Own Country, has just lined up a nifty sounding new gig - he's going to star in a horror movie called Outside that will be the directorial debut from Atonement actress Romola Garai. The film will also star Blade Runner: 2049's Carla Juri and oh some lady named Imelda Staunton. The jist via DH:

"The story follows a young male refugee traumatised by war who is brought to a dilapidated house in order to care for a woman and her dying mother. Falling in love with the younger woman he begins to suspect she is enslaved to a demon and resolves to fight it and rescue her… but all is not what it seems."
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Turn 'Em On! Turn 'Em On! Turn On Those...

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I was hesitant to even post about this news because we've heard this same song sung several times over the past year (and nevermind all the times we heard the same song sung about Tom Hardy for a few years before that) but Deadline is reporting that it's officially official, that Taron Egerton will be playing Elton John in a musical bio-pic about the singer. And Taron will sing himself! Love this bit:

"Egerton, who has not hidden his wish to play this role, will sing the songs himself, and sources said that everyone who has heard him has been gobsmacked by the quality of his voice and its proximity to the subject as Egerton sang numerous of his classics."

Gobsmacked! Indeed. I bet Taron learned to sing beautifully under Hugh Jackman's tutelage. Speaking of it's the director of the movie Eddie the Eagle, which brought Hugh & Taron together so memorably, that is directing this, and it's set to start filming this summer. Anyway since we're here we might as well post these Taron pictures we found, since we're here and all, hit the jump for 'em...

Michiel Huisman One Time

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Swoon. (via)
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Smiley Face (2007)
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Jane: That is where corn chips come from. Hmm... Maybe ol' Professor Hardwood is onto something. He probably really loves corn. And all corn-related products. I mean, isn't that what you're supposed to put in a frame? Things you love? I'm gonna do that. When I'm get home, I'm gonna frame a bunch of stuff I love. Like lasagna. I *love* lasagna. It's SO good. And cheesy. You know who else loves lasagna? Garfield. Man, that cat really loves lasagna. Maybe I should put a picture of Garfield in a frame. You know, as a kind of shorthand way of saying 'I love lasagna.' That would be so f*cking inside. Or how 'bout a photo of *President* Garfield? Oh shit, that would be totally meta! People would be all like: Jane, why do you have a photo of President Garfield on your mantle? And I'd be like: Because I like lasagna, of course.

Happy 4/20, y'all.


Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, World

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I have no idea what this gif is from (he looks awful young) but Martin Freeman has a horror movie out in theaters today so let's go with some Martin Freeman this morning then. The horror movie is called Ghost Stories and it's only opening in theaters here in New York (it opens in LA next week) but it's also hitting VOD so that applies to everybody, hurray, the democracy of technology. I've heard good stuff about it - it's an anthology story wherein Martin's character connects the three tales o' spooks - but haven't been able to see it yet. Here's the trailer:
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Martin actually has another horror movie playing at Tribeca, 
a zombie thing called Cargo - and that I have already seen 
and you should stay tuned for my thoughts on that...
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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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