Thursday, July 12, 2018

I'm a (Birthday) Creep

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Alright well I guess this week's done? It wasn't my most prolific, I acknowledge, but the combination of the heat and the politics, they're wearing my brain down and making it difficult to focus... apologies. Them's the breaks! Anyway I've got a pretty big three-day weekend weekend ahead - tomorrow's Friday the 13th, I'm seeing Radiohead in concert on Saturday, and... oh right Sunday is my birthday!

It's my birthday and I'll be lazy if I want to, dammit. Next week we'll start reviewing films from the Fantasia Film Fest (if you missed our intro to that click here) so it should probably perk up a bit. Until then... well y'all have a nice weekend. That's all I got.
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Do Dump or Marry: The Guys of July 13th

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Tomorrow is a big day in Hot Guy Birthdays (no not me I'm not until Sunday, sillies) - it's the birthday of Harrison Ford, Fran Kranz, Stanley Weber, Colton Haynes, and Steven R. McQueen. I'm gonna ignore those first two (although if you click on their names you'll see I've done the opposite in the past) and focus on the latter trio for a round of our favorite gratuitous parlor game Do Dump or Marry

Colton & Steve McQueen's Grandson seem like they co-starred in something, don't they? But I guess they didn't even though there are lots of pictures of them together, I don't know. Maybe the CW connection (McQueen was on the Vampire Diaries and Colton was on Arrow). Anyway our third is Stanley Weber, who should really really really be put in more things I watch, but if you're unfamiliar check out this big ol' post we did and make yourself the opposite. 

And now give us your answers in the comments...
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Rupert Friend Five Times

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Has anybody heard anything about the new show for that CBS All Access streaming thing (god I sound old) called Strange Angel? Our boy Rupert there co-stars in it opposite Jack Reynor and Jack Reynor's mustache...

... and it's about rockets and the occult and sex and the sexy occult rockets and nice suits, maybe not in that order? I don't know. It took me awhile to warm  to Rupert Friend on Homeland but I eventually did (scenes like this helped, as did photo-shoots like this one) and then (spoiler) they went and violently murdered him over and again (end spoiler) and I must look elsewhere for my fix. Similarly I'm waiting for Reynor to get That Role that grabs me - I did like him in Free Fire an awful lot but I still confuse him with about ten other actors. Anyway here's that show's trailer:
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The show is from the writer of Black Swan - if any of you have watched any of it tell me something! Tell me anything! For god's sake, speak! And after the jump I'll share with you the rest of this new shoot of Rupert...

Pics of the Day

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The first official pictures of M. Night Shyamalan's upcoming film Glass, which unites the characters in 2016's Split with the characters in 2000's Unbreakable as foreseen by the final scene in the former, are here - head over to EW for the whole shebang. I focused in on James McAvoy in spite of Bruce Willis & Sam Jackson though, as is my wont dammit. McAvoy, as we've taken note of from all the shirtless time he spent roaming around the set, went and got himself real real juiced for this movie. Glass is out on January 18th.


Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... show-downing with Seb Stan at the gym.

Seb's been posting some goofy (yet well-produced) short videos on his Instagram as of late and if you click on over today you can see the latest, which involves him and a handsome friend bad-assing off against each other work-out-wise. It's worth a minute of your day, probably! Why not? World's on fire, there are worse ways to burn.


Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Customer: Never smoke cigarettes
and you'll be a big strong man like him.

The great Tod Browning was born 138 years ago today!
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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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Do you guys think it's possible that it's more upsetting for me to see Dominic Cooper and Ruth Negga have to play alienated lovers on Preacher than it is for them to have to play alienated lovers, as real-world alienated lovers? Because I find all the smoochy scenes on this season of the show, knowing they've busted up their perfect and beautiful union (no I am not projecting here at all), full on traumatic. Be kind, there is a very trying time for me!
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Anyway like the tweet says this week's episode had what will probably be the gratuitous bone Dom will throw us this year, so natch I capped it, lovingly, thoroughly, just like I have the previous times - see here especially and then see here and then see here and then see here and then see here and then see here and then see here. I did say "thoroughly" y'all. Anyway for this week's Preacher flavored pleasures hit the jump...

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Great Moments In Movie Staches

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File this one under "Staches I Am New To" but the Anthology Film Archives here in New York just announced they're screening Jean-Paul Godard's 1986 made-for-TV film noir called The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company this weekend  and a google later color me impressed by star Jean-Pierre Léaud rocking a shadowy hang-dog stache. I am super into it.
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Not sure if I can make any of the screenings this weekend (this being my birthday weekend I'm already a little packed schedule-wise and that's before I even get to the Radiohead concert) but since they mention it being a new restoration I think we can count on some sort of release, be it blu-ray or digital, in the near future. Now if you'd like some more Léaud-stache (he kind of looks like Logan Marshall-Green with a mustache, doesn't he?) hit the jump and I've got it...

Barry Keoghan is Your Yorick, Yours & Mine

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Barry Keoghan gave last year's greatest performance not given by a person named Timothée Chalamet in Yorgos Lanthimos' The Killing of a Sacred Deer, and we've been smitten ever since - hell he even makes us look back at Dunkirk askance and we fucking hated Dunkirk. So needless to say when I read this afternoon's news that Barry's been cast as Yorick Brown, the lead in the forthcoming Y: The Last Man series -- a series I have been covering every up and down in production for almost exactly a decade (seriously my first post, titled "Shia's Pecker Is Of Dire Importance" was in July of 2008!) -- well, I met the news with a buoyant jig. A jig, people!

Don't look at me like that, Barry. Anyway after going through several iterations the Y: The Last Man series (which started as a comic book written by Brian K. Vaughn that I deeply recommend) is now being shepherded to FX by Michael Green, aka the dude who gave us the first season of American Gods alongside Bryan Fuller. Of course making a pilot isn't the same as going to series, so they've got to film this thing first. But Barry is a big heck-yes in the right direction.

Other names have been cast too, including Diane Lane as Yorick's mother and Imogen Poots as his sister - you can read through them all here (Thanks Mac). A couple of weeks ago there was a rumor that Jodie Foster was going to play the major character of "Dr. Allison Mann" but that casting hasn't been officially announced yet so we'll have to see if the rumor's true. For now though we're just gonna keep jigging over our boy Barry. Most excellent!


Our Second Summer Fantasia

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Last year I covered the Fantasia International Film Festival for the first time, and it's that time of year again - the festival opens tomorrow in Montreal and runs through August 2nd and I'll be reviewing some films (from my perch here in NYC thanks to the magical invention called The Internet) both here and over at The Film Experience, so stay tuned. But speaking of if you head over to TFE now I've written up a list of several movies I'm pretty excited about seeing, which include one that funny enough stars our well-bearded fella seen up, top, Vincent Cassel. It's called Fleuve Noir, and here's it's International (aka it's in French) trailer:
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Fleuve Noir is the first film from director Erick Zonca since Tilda Swinton kicked all our asses in 2008's Julia, and that's enough to get me excited on its own - add Vinnie & Romain Duris having a competition to see who can rock the bushiest beard in a crime-thriller and I'm basically leaking enthusiasm from all my ports.

That movie (which is actually out in France next week, by the way) is just one of dozens that I want to see though - head over to Fantasia's website and check out the whole schedule; it's pretty insanely stacked with genre movies that sound nuts or awesome or nuts and awesome. So stay tuned! And until then I wouldn't be me if I didn't note that bless the French with their trailers that have obscured flashes of full-frontal nudity in them -- hit the jump for a couple of gifs...

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Cha Young-goon: Mom, I think I'm a cyborg.
Mother: What is that?
Cha Young-goon: I think it's kind of... like a robot?
Young-goon's mother: Have you missed your period?

A happy birthday to South Korean actress Soo-jung Lim!
I've really been meaning to re-watch this Park Chan-wook film;
I adored it when it came out, but then there was Rain...


The Redhead Across the Way

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Truth be told you really can't have too many redheads in one place at one time, so I'm pretty psyched to read that Julianne Moore is going to star opposite Amy Adams in a movie! The sky will bleed ginger that day, my friends! And not just any ol' movie - I posted about this one before but here's the gist: Joe Wright, director of Hanna and Anna Karenina (note that those are his two films out of many that I choose to highlight), is making a thriller called The Woman in the Window (based on this book here) and it sounds real Copycat like. Or, I suppose, Rear Window like. But with a chick instead of Jimmy Stewart and agoraphobia instead of a cast. Amy Adams plays a psychiatrist who can't leave her house who witnesses a crime - Moore will play the mother of a young boy who lives across the street and I think is involved with said crime. Basically Julianne Moore is our Raymond Burr, I am guessing. I see it!


Xavier Dolan's Hot Horror Movie Boyfriend

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I don't know who Taylor Frey is (or at least I didn't until just now preparing this post) but Taylor Frey is the latest hot piece to join the cast of the It sequel - he's going to play Don Hagarty, aka the boyfriend of Xavier Dolan's character who spoiler spoiler spoiler in the movie. (We told you about Xavier's role when he was cast, right here.) Looking Mr. Frey up he was in G.B.F which I did see and liked; he was also on that Sex and the City spin-off show The Carrie Diaries, which I (clearly) never watched. Anyway he looks great in a speedo, which I am sure will come in handy when Pennywise comes a'knocking. Can I just ask though - WHO is doing the casting on this movie? The actors they've cast are one of the hottest collections we've come across in some time. (See here and here and here and here and here and here.) Whoever's doing the casting deserves some sort of award. A gilded beefcake statue, kind of like...


Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, Ángel

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Hey as long as Miguel Ángel Silvestre wants to keep providing me with easy content my lazy-ass is gonna keep taking advantage. Thanks, Miguel! Watch Sense8, everybody!
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Jason Momoa Wants You... To See

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Jason Momoa is heading back to TV, sort of - he's going to star in See, the new series from Steven Knight, aka the dude who put Tom Hardy in a loincloth (and less, cough cough) in Taboo. Let's hope there are more loincloths to be had! Let's hope he just rolled the loincloth rack right on over from the Taboo set. We know very little about the show, story-wise - all the info we have is "it’s a future-set drama described vaguely as “epic” and “world-building.” Momoa will play the lead role of “Baba Voss, a fearless warrior, leader and guardian.” Mkay. Anyway...

... I said it's "sort of" a TV series because it's for Apple's forthcoming streaming service. Apple's throwing piles and piles of money at getting this thing off the ground - here's a partial list, as of last month, of the shows they've got in development. This is one among many. Anyway besides Knight writing the series it will be directed by Francis Lawrence, who's hit-or-miss but I tend towards somewhat favorable - I love Constantine, I like a good solid half of I Am Legend a lot, and I might be the only person who liked Red Sparrow. I guess we'll see! Just like "we'll see" a lot more of Jason Momoa shirtless if we hit the jump...

Pics of the Day

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Last night the Alamo Drafthouse screened Paul Thomas Anderson's 2015 music documentary Junun, which is about Radiohead guitarist and Oscar-nominated composer Jonny Greenwood traveling to India to make music with local musicians inside a dilapidated palace, and your trusty movie blogger was there! I'd seen the film at the New York Film Festival when it screened back then - you can read my review right here. I believe I use to word "transcendence." 

Anyway I went to see the movie a second time because it is indeed transcendent but also, and most enticingly, Jonny Greenwood has dragged all of the Indian musicians to the US (they're opening for Radiohead's current tour) and they were all there at the Alamo in Brooklyn last night for a Q&A about the movie (PTA also showed) and after that a live performance! Holy crap! It was, to put it mildly, even transcendentier. Here's a smidge of video I took:
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You can see another photo on my Instagram.
These are the nights I live in NYC for.
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Great Moments in Movie Staches

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I've still never managed to watch The Lives of a Bengal Lancer all the way through from start to finish but I did catch the last act on TCM this past weekend and was reminded that more than anything else Gary Cooper has a mustache in this movie.
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We've posted about this hella gay scene involving Coop and co-star Richard Cromwell before (see here) but, well, not with gifs! And not with video either. I couldn't find the clip online so I recorded it - you'll have to make due without sound but believe me, the visuals are plenty...
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The scene continues even past this point and involves Franchot Tone wrangling a snake for Gary Cooper - it's ridiculous, utterly ridiculous, in the best of ways. But you'll have to watch the whole movie for that. For now a smattering of gifs after the jump...

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Pi (1998)

SoSol: Have you met Archimedes? The one with the black spots, you see? You remember Archimedes of Syracuse, eh? The king asks Archimedes to determine if a present he's received is actually solid gold. Unsolved problem at the time. It tortures the great Greek mathematician for weeks - insomnia haunts him and he twists and turns in his bed for nights on end. Finally, his equally exhausted wife - she's forced to share a bed with this genius - convinces him to take a bath to relax. While he's entering the tub, Archimedes notices the bath water rise. Displacement, a way to determine volume, and that's a way to determine density - weight over volume. And thus, Archimedes solves the problem. He screams "Eureka" and he is so overwhelmed he runs dripping naked through the streets to the king's palace to report his discovery.

Darren Aronofsky's Pi came out on this day twenty years ago today - I've only seen it once and I wasn't really a fan when I did; it wasn't until Aronofsky put out Requiem For a Dream after that that I became a fan. I should probably give Pi another chance? Truth be told mathematical puzzle box movies aren't really my cuppa - I don't feel much affection for Primer or more recently things like Inception or The Endless, which would fit under this umbrella, either. But all these movies sure do make their respective directors beloved Straight Dude figures, don't they? Anyway that said I've loved everything Aronofsky's done post-Pi so I need to give Pi another chance. Give Pi a Chance! Any fans?