Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The Fancy Man Alain Delon

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Before I run out the door for more sci-fi goodness at MoMA let me share with you the lovely news that Criterion's announced their new titles for the month of November and one of Alain Delon's greatest films, Jean-Pierre Melville's 1967 masterpiece Le samouraï, is among them! (I prefer Purple Noon myself but LS is certainly up there.) I know I recently took Criterion to task for being too expensive for a poor nobody like me but it's hard not to get swept up in the fanciness all the same. Plus any excuse to look up pictures of Alain Delon is a welcome excuse. Indeed if you want to see a few more pictures I just posted a few more pictures over on the Tumblr.

Have a good night, everybody!
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Zachary Quinto & James Franco Rubbing Scruff

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Even though it's been on Netflix for awhile I still haven't sat down to watch I Am Micheal, the gay conversion therapy movie starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto yet - have any of you? The tepid reviews dulled my enthusiasm... as did the word that their on-screen three-way with Charlie Carver was apparently a dud. How do you make that be a dud? Anyway when I saw the new Out Magazine photo-shoot of James looking really very good the other week I thought maybe I should go back and give it a chance. Thoughts?


I Am Link

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--- Sasha's Fierce - I was just thinking about American Honey actress Sasha Lane earlier today (for a post you're all going to enjoy tomorrow morning, wink wink) and wondering when the heck she was going to show up in something since she was tremendous in that movie, and he we are! I have conjured greatness from the ether with my thoughts once again. Sasha is in the process of signing on to the Hellboy reboot! The one that we're excited about despite its immediate Del Toro history because of director Neil Marshall and an amazing cast that already includes David Harbour, Ian McShane, and Milla Jovovich.
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--- Vroom Vroom - This almost became a "Quote of the Day" post but then Edgar Wright kept talking and talking and the good quotes kept coming and I realized I'd have to quote the entire thing for that so instead here I will just send you over to Vulture where the Baby Driver director got asked about the movie crossing the 100 million dollar mark this week, his biggest hit ever by a whole lot, and he used the occasion to smartly celebrate original screenplays. Lord knows I wasn't a fan of Baby Driver - an anomaly among Wright's work for sure - but I'm happy for its success all the same for all the reasons he elucidates here.
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--- Scarlet Spider - Tom Holland needs to dust off his "That's a spicy meat-ahh-ball"'s because he's about to play the real-life Italian teenager Pino Lella (you have no idea how hard I am wishing his last name was "Grigio") who was forced into the German Army during WWII and used his time there saving Jews by ferrying them through the Alps. Kind of Schindler's Mountain, then. It's called Beneath a Scarlet Sky and it's based on the book by Mark Sullivan - anybody read it?
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--- Peak Peaks - I could spend all day sharing links about Twin Peaks with you because some of the best writing on the internet is happening right now thanks to David Lynch's triumphant cacophony of sound and image aka That TV Show, and because I am currently reading two books about the world (this one and this one, and I can't believe I never knew that second book has existed for 25 years until this week).

But here's just a pair -- I wish they'd formatted this better (the embedded tweets are pretty sloppy) but Birth Movies Death did an amazing round-up of the overlap between images we have seen on the new batch of episodes with images from Lynch's artwork. He's been playing with some of these his entire career. 

And second I loved this piece at the Ringer praising Kyle MacLachlan's brilliantly fractured performance as Dougie Jones and Evil Coop, and what it all means, and I just have to share the article's conclusion (slightly spoilery obviously) because this is super on-point about the entire show's purpose, i think:

"With every tic and affectation — every burst of violence from Evil Coop, every slurred pronouncement from Dougie Jones — MacLachlan further delineates the differences between the first Twin Peaks and the follow-up. At first, the tensions in this season simply seemed like a result of Lynch and Frost making the story they wanted to make, regardless of nostalgia. But heading into The Return’s final stretch, frustrated nostalgia almost seems to be the point. It’s even written into the text: The typically catatonic Dougie comes alive whenever he makes contact with iconic motifs from the original show, like coffee or cherry pie. These aren’t meta references for meta’s sake. Instead, they’re part of The Return’s larger meditation on how much or how little people, places, and things can shift over, well, almost 30 years. We see it in the diminished state of Catherine Coulson, who was dying of cancer when she filmed her last scenes as the Log Lady; we see it in Amanda Seyfried’s Becky Burnett (née Briggs) following in her mother Shelly’s footsteps by getting trapped in an abusive relationship. Most of all, though, we see it in everything MacLachlan is doing, and how well he’s doing it."
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--- Never Halt - The second best show on TV isn't quite on TV yet but it will be in a few days - Halt and Catch Fire returns for its fourth and final (sigh) season on Saturday night (smartly side-stepping the clotted Sunday night landscape) and Vulture chatted a very fine chat indeed with its breakout bleached wunderkind Mackenzie Davis, mi amor. A big chunk of the conversation is about how her character in Ridley Scott's The Martian was Korean in the book, and she has some really interesting stuff to say about the position she found herself in with that whitewashing controversy. God I love her. I can't wait to see her in Blade Runner - she (and Villenueve) are the things I'm most excited about there by leaps and bounds.

--- Gang Bang - It's the 50th anniversary of Arthur Penn's film (although just calling it a "film" seems too small a word in this instance) Bonnie & Clyde (perhaps you have heard of it) and over at The Film Experience Eric wrote up a very fine little ode to the movie and its long, deep legacy, and oh yeah its incredible white-hot movie-star pairing with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. I mean they're so hot they burned the Oscars fifty years later!
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--- Gone West - Despite all the beefcakey trailers I still haven't gotten out to see Ingrid Goes West yet (it's been a busy dang week) but there are a good pair of interviews with its cast going around - our pal Jose got to chat with Aubrey Plaza about it over at The Film Stage and the talk turned to how fucking great Bette Midler is, of all things, but why not? Aubrey says she's dying to put together a movie where they play mother and daughter and what a coincidence I am dying to see that movie. Make it happen! And second over at BuzzFeed our pal Jarett got to talk to Ingrid co-star and resident slab of hunk Billy Magnussen and Billy calls himself "a piece of ass" and my life will never be the same. I don't know how Jarett didn't just fall out of his seat. Stronger than me!
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--- Chinny Chin Chin - Bruce Campbell's second memoir came out yesterday - it's called Hail to the Chin and it shares his exploits of the past fifteen years ever since he wrote and released his first memoir, the eminently enjoyable If Chins Could Kill. I think he's a little rough on his chin. It's not that crazy a chin, Bruce. Anyway he chatted with BD about the book and says he's got a third one already in the works but we shouldn't plan on seeing that for another fifteen years. No word on what the "Chin" title will be. He also talks about Ash vs Evil Dead's upcoming third season there, I guess but I skipped that part because I didn't want spoilers. Oh and there are also a couple promo videos (for the book) starring the man right here. (thanks Mac)
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--- Twilight of the God - As if I needed more reason to fall harder head over dick for Robert Pattinson after his great streak of acting roles culminated in this month's tour de force in Good Time (here is my review) he went and talked to the LA Times (thanks Mac) about his stiff case of cinephilia, and he said he's currently been binging the movies of Ken Russell, including The Devils. I want to watch The Devils with Robert Pattinson! He calls Oliver Reed's performance therein "unreal." Oh, Rob.
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---  And Finally some TV casting news to thrill about - Barbara Hershey, whose career is lots and lots more than starring in Beaches but who will always be Hillary Whitney to me all the same, has joined the new season of The X-Files! She's playing "a powerful figure who represents a mysterious organization" and given where the last little run of episodes ended (with a kind of apocalypse breaking out) I imagine that'll be something to see. Just like Beaches!

Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... turning my hose on Finn Wittrock. 
(via, click to embiggen)
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Don't Be Afraid of New Nosferatu

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I was going to save this couple-days-old news for a link round-up post but I felt like looking at a great big picture of Anya Taylor-Joy because good gravy is she a lovely young woman and so we're doing this instead. It's big enough news to warrant its own space anyway! Anya - who you should recognize from The Witch because you're a smart person who has watched The Witch ten times by now just like I have - is re-teaming with that movie's hyper-talented director Robert Eggers for his upcoming remake of Nosferatu

Now before you go whinging about Nosferatu not needing a remake... don't. I am perfectly fine with a new Nosferatu, and so should you be. It's a property perfectly suited to a new take every few decades, and I've heard Eggers speak at length about this specific project being a life-long dream of his, and his period-detail obsessiveness turned onto turn of the 20th century middle-of-nowhere European weirdness is the sort of thing that promises hit all my buttons hard and harder still.

Cate Blanchett is The Witch Next Door

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Well this is such an unexpected pairing that I felt the need to make that ridiculous photoshop job above - that's how ridiculous! Four minutes of my time's worth! But it's true - Cate Blanchett is about to co-star in an Eli Roth movie. Remember back in June we told you about The House With a Clock in its Walls, his upcoming adaptation of a ghoulish children's book by John Bellairs that Edward Gorey illustrated? The movie already had Jack Black attached in the adult lead (it's a kid's book so he actual leads will be kids, obviously) but today comes word that Cate is taking on the role of the next-door neighbor and maybe a witch. So basically this is her turn a la Meryl in the Lemony Snicket movie - something for her kids, but edgy (with Roth & Gorey's names up in there) enough to stay just this side of weird and interesting. I'm hoping for something a la Anjelica Huston in The Witches, personally...

Garrett Hedlund One Time

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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:

Strange Days (1995)
Mace: This is your life, right here, right now!
It's real-time, you hear me, real time!
Time to get real, not playback. You understand me?

Just a couple of weeks ago I got to see Strange Days 
again for the first time in decades thanks 
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... (I am seeing Teknolust tonight for the first time!) and I don't know if I ever knew that these words were the same words ripped and uploaded into Fatboy Slim's song "Right Here Right Now" from 1999 but as soon as I heard Angela Bassett say them this time around I had this immediate flashback to myself in college rolling on ecstasy and dancing to that song. That song also makes me think of Doug Liman's film Go, since it was on that perfect soundtrack

Anyway I'm rambling - 
it's Angela Bassett's birthday today! 
Bow down to the queen, people.
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We're Gonna Let It Burn Burn Burn Burn

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The trailer for Yorgos Lanthimos' new film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer starring a spectacularly salt-n-pepper-bearded Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman and that appealingly strange looking kid from Dunkirk, has arrived, and it's a full-on mini freak-out in Lanthimos' heady way. Lots of shots of a girl dragging herself around o the floor and the stairs and spaghetti. Meaning there is also spaghetti, not that the girl is dragging herself through spaghetti, although the latter would not surprise me if it ended up included in the final film. (I keep waiting for the world to honor Ann-Margret in Tommy.)

Kidman's giving off some extreme Eyes Wide Shut vibes, though, and that's always welcome. Anyway I googled what song it is that the girl is singing through the entire thing and it's "Burn" by Ellie Goulding - I have heard Goulding's name before but I don't know any of her music so I can't judge what sort of perversion this take on the song is, but it's creepy and effective in this context. Watch!
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Sacred Deer is out on October 27th!
Just in time for Halloween, hooray!
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Good Morning, Taika

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I had to scroll way way way back through Taika Waititi's Instagram to find that picture and even in 2013 when he posted it he said it was from "a long time ago" so we can assume that's probably what do we think in the 90s? I am guessing the 90s. I had a jacket like that in the 90s. Anyway Taika's turning 42 today and now when he lays down he lays down between Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth so I'd say things have improved, in certain ways. (He probably misses that 90s hair though, if he's smart.)
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Tahar Rahim Five Times

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I don't know French from Adam so I can't tell you what they're talking about in the interview but Tahar's on the cover of the latest GQ France looking appealingly rough in the finest most sexy sense of that word and you can see the rest of the pictures after the jump...

Which is Hotter?

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I guess the hot thing for Scandanvian actors this month is to take half-naked selfies of three (and it must be three!) lucky ladies feeling them up in their movie trailers - Michiel Huisman posted the above shot from the set of Red Sea Diving Resort (see previously) this afternoon, and just yesterday on Twitter we were gaping at Joel Kinnaman's sharing of a quite similar orgiastic experience...

I really made a terrible mistake, becoming a writer. 
Hair and make-up is obviously where the real action is.


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Pics of the Day

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Per my yearly routine I have been avoiding any and all news about the Toronto Film Fest because I am not going so I don't want to know, dammit, and so I did not know the remake of Papillon with Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek (in the Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman roles) was screening there. Not until today when these, the first pictures from it, were dropped (via, thanks Mac) anyway. They all look so hungry and dirty. Eat something and take a bath, guys!


Collect Your Business Idris Action Figure

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Now that The Dark Tower has come and gone without a chance in hell in me going anywhere near it (until it's out on blu-ray, eventually, probably maybe) I need a new Ogle Idris Elba Movie to fixate upon, and thankfully here comes the first trailer for Molly's Game with a whole bunch of Idris looking sharp in suits contained therein. I can make that work! 

Molly's Game is Aaron Sorkin's directorial debut and it technically stars Jessica Chastain (as opposed to "Idris Elba in suits" which come on, why doesn't that get top-billing) (heh, top billing) as a gambling lady of the night who talks real fast while wearing some amazing dresses and enough make-up to blot out the upcoming total eclipse.
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It is out on November 22nd.
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5 Off My Head: Siri Says 1992

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I always like it when I ask Siri for a number between 1 and 100 (as we do weekly) and she gives me a year with meaning outside of the random pleasure doing this series brings me, and so when she gave me "92" today I smiled - it's the 25th anniversary of 1992 and all the films therein! We've already noted that fact with a couple of the titles you'll see below (we just did one yesterday, in fact). 

I didn't have a hard time picking a Top 5 Faves for 1992 (unlike when we did 1993, where I had to make it a Top 10) but there are reams and reams of runners-up - movies I like a whole lot but don't love enough to expand this list past 5. So it's a good year, if not a "great" one.

Still I was just coming of age as a cinephile at this moment in time (I was 15 and living inside the local video store) so I saw a whole helluva lot, but these fall into a chasm where a lot of them I haven't re-watched many of them since they came out. Anyway...

My 5 Favorite Movies of 1992

(dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
-- released on November 13th 1992 --

(dir. Tim Burton)
-- released on June 19th 1992 --

(dir. Robert Zemeckis)
-- released on July 31st 1992 --

(dir. James Ivory)
-- released on February 26th 1992 --

(dir. Michael Haneke)
-- released on September 28th 1992 --

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Runners-upAladdin (dir. John Musker), Reservoir Dogs (dir. Quentin Tarantino), Alien 3 (dir. David Fincher), Basic Instinct (dir. Paul Verhoeven), A League of Their Own (dir. Penny Marshall)...

... The Crying Game (dir. Neil Jordan), My Cousin Vinnie (dir. Jonathan Lynn), Candyman (dir. Bernard Rose), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (dir. David Lynch), Wayne's World (dir. Penelope Spheeris), Sister Act (dir. Emile Ardolino), Universal Soldier (dir. Roland Emmerich), Single White Female (dir. Barbet Schroeder)...

... Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (dir. Columbus), White Men Can't Jump (dir. Ron Shelton), Husbands and Wives (dir. Woody Allen), Poison Ivy (dir. Katt Shea), Boomerang (dir. Hudlin)...

... Raising Cain (dir. Brain DePalma), Orlando (dir. Sally Potter), Malcolm X (dir. Spike Lee), The Mambo Kings (dir. Arne Glimcher), Porco Rosso (dir. Hayao Miyazaki)...

... Romper Stomper (dir. Geoffrey Wright), The Story of Qui Ju (dir. Zhang Yimou), Strictly Ballroom (dir. Baz Luhrmann), The Lover (dir. Jean-Jacques Annaud), Bitter Moon (dir. Roman Polanski), Housesitter (dir. Frank Oz), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (dir. Curtis Hanson), The Last of the Mohicans (dir. Michael Mann), Toys (dir. Barry Levinson)

Never seen: Bad Lieutenant (dir. Abel Ferrera), Chaplin (dir. Richard Attenborough), Passion Fish (dir. John Sayles), Damage (dir. Louis Malle), Indochine (dir. Régis Wargnier), Jamon Jamon (dir. Bigas Luna), Love Field (dir. Jonathan Kaplan), Lorenzo's Oil (dir. George Miller), Enchanted April (dir. Mike Newell)

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What are your favorite movies of 1992?
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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