Tuesday, February 28, 2017

10 Off My Head: Siri Says 1986

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Happy Tuesday and welcome to another round of "Siri Says...," the fun game for movie-lovers where we ask our telephone to choose a number between 1 and 100 and then pick our five favorite movies from the corresponding year. It appears Siri is feeling pretty 80s this month (maybe she got her hair crimped) and so after last week's turn with the year 1983 this week we turn our eyes three whole years later, to The Movies of 1986. Which turns out to have been an amazing year for the movies! So amazing I couldn't narrow it down to just five. And so I give you...

My 10 Favorite Movies of 1986

(dir. David Lynch)
-- released on September 19th 1986 --

(dir. Woody Allen)
-- released on March 14th 1986 --

(dir. John McNaughton)
-- finished in 1986 but not released until 1990 --

(dir. Francis Ford Coppola)
-- released on October 10th 1986 --

(dir. Pedro Almodovar)
-- released on March 7th 1986 --

(dir. David Cronenberg)
-- released on August 15th 1986 --

(dir. Ken Russell)
-- released on November 30th 1986 --

(dir. Frank Oz)
-- released on December 19th 1986 --

(dir. David Jarman)
-- released on August 29th 1986 --

(dir. James Cameron)
-- released on July 18th1986 --

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Runners-up: Stand By Me (dir. Reiner),  Big Trouble in Little China (dir. Carpenter), Parting Glances (dir. Bill Sherwood), Labyrinth (dir. Henson), Manhunter (dir. Mann), Cobra (dir. Cosmatos), The Hitcher (dir. Robert Harmon), Mauvais Sang (dir. Carax), The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (dir. Hooper)...

... Crawlspace (dir. Schmoeller), Betty Blue (dir. Jean-Jacques Beineix), Pretty in Pink (dir. Deutsch), In a Glass Cage (dir. Agustí Villaronga), Ruthless People (dir. Zucker), Down and Out in Beverly Hills (dir. Mazursky), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (dir. Hughes)

Never Seen: She's Gotta Have It (dir. Spike Lee)
Crimes of the Heart (dir. Bruce Beresford)
Vamp (dir. Richard Wenk) 

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What are you favorite movies of 1986?
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Pic of the Day

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Order your copy right here!
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Beautiful Monsters

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Oooh the first teaser for Okja, Bong Joon-ho's new movie
starring Tilda Swinton and Jake Gyllenhaal, has arrived!
Watch:
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First off I don't think I knew this was set to come out on June 28th -- that's much sooner than I anticipated. What a thrill! We can totally make it to June 28th without Trump getting us all murdered right? Fingers crossed. Okja has an official synopsis now too:

"From visionary Director Bong Joon Ho, this grand global adventure follows a friendship too big to ignore. Meet Mija, a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja. Following her across continents, the coming-of-age comedy drama sees Mija’s horizons expand in a way one never would want for one’s children, coming up against the harsh realities of genetically modified food experimentation, globalization, eco-terrorism, and humanity’s obsession with image, brand and self-promotion."

There's no sign of Jake in that teaser but I'm sure you all remember those pictures of him snapped on set - we're in for some real nuttery, it seems. Okja also co-stars Lily Collins and Paul Dano (who I photographed on the set when I visited) and Steven Yeun and Giancarlo Espisito, among others. Stay tuned!


Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

The Pirate (1948)
Serafin: It's hard to kill an actor.

Seriously you guys, that is good advice. 
I learned it the hard way. 

So the director (and the papa to Liza) Vincente Minnelli was born on this very day in the year 1903. He's the type of director whose big movies have escaped me for most of my life - lavish technicolor studio musicals of the 40s 50s and 60s have never really been my bag, ya know? Then the election happened and I decided that the movie-channel TCM (aka Turner Classic Movies) was exactly the hole I needed to bury my head in, and suddenly I was watching Vincente Minnelli movies all the time.
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Good god they play Gigi and Meet Me in St Louis constantly. Anyway alongside my Minnelli education I have also, thanks to other TCM offerings, been getting a good dose of Gene Kelly too. I mean nobody needed to teach me that Gene Kelly was worth watching -- I have eyes. But I had never used them to take in what happened when Minnelli & Kelly came together with this film The Pirate, and good...
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... goddamn.
Watch this entire insane sequence right here:
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Good Morning, World

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Another day, another way to celebrate the Oscar win for Moonlight, my favorite of the nine nominees for Best Picture this year -- my favorite hardly ever wins! Scanning back through all the Best Picture winners over the years the last time that happened was actually just a couple of years ago when 12 Years a Slave won (that movie placed 4th on my own personal favorite films of the year) although there's a chance I might, with a re-watch of the both of them, switch that film and Spike Jonze's Her around now? I don't know, I haven't seen either since 2013.

But to find another Best Picture winner that is my favorite of the nominees you have to go back all the way to the controversial year of 1998 when Shakespeare in Love won -- and yes I'm saying I value Shakespeare in Love more than Saving Private Ryan, so get that straight-bruh bullshit outta here. Shakespeare in Love is a delight.  

When was the last time your favorite 
of the Best Picture nominees won?

Anyway, as I was saying, hooray for Moonlight, and hooray for all the Trevante Rhodes we can muster. You know how he posed in his underwear for Calvin Klein yesterday? Well we got another picture last night; we posted it on the Tumblr but I';ll share it here down below along with a couple more gifs from this wet dream scene of Trev's after the jump...

Monday, February 27, 2017

Flubbing Warren Beatty

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With this week's edition of "Beauty vs Beast" over at The Film Experience we're striking while the iron's hot on the Oscar topic du jour and forcing you to take sides with last night's Best Picture kerfuffle -- sure, nobody's really to blame, but where;'s the fun in that? Take sides like your life depends upon it! Because otherwise you might start thinking about the real world, and I need a goddamned break from that for 24 hours anyway. GO VOTE.
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Suspiria (1977)

Madame Blanc: I must tell you what I have to say very quickly... Because those gentlemen are waiting for me. Something terrible, truly horrible, has happened. One of our students, Pat Hingle, who was expelled just yesterday for improper conduct, Was murdered last night by some madman. It's a frightening story. But I always warn our students, Don't I, Miss Tanner? I tell them to be careful, not to get involved with questionable friendships. 

I hope Luca Guadagnino keeps the dialogue for his Suspiria remake as stilted and Babelfish-translated as the dialogue in Dario Argento's original sounds, because it's got a wonderful one-of-a-kind weirdness to it, and I think  (I know) that Tilda Swinton (who's playing this character) will make quick magic of it.

Anyway the great Joan Bennett was born on this day in the year 1910. Here's are my two favorite fun tidbits via IMDB:

"She made five films for Fritz Lang, more than any other American actor or actress who worked with him (many actors disliked working with Lang)."

"She was a popular target of disdain in Hedda Hopper's gossip column. To get her point across Bennett mailed Hopper a skunk as a Valentines Day gift in 1950 with a note that read, "You Stink!"
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Let's Celebrate Moonlight's Win Today...

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... with these pictures of Trevante Rhodes
 in his underpants.


Good Morning, World

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Chris Pratt shows his big meaty impressive butt twice in the execrable film Passengers and here they both are -- there, I just saved you two hours of your life. You're welcome.


Friday, February 24, 2017

Daniel Kaluuya One Time

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I am seeing Get Out this weekend!
Are you seeing Get Out this weekend?
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Since Everybody's Doing Justin Trudeau's Butt

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I had posted this picture on the Tumblr two days ago (and for the record, because such things matter, I totally got there first) but now that the original high-quality version of photo has been unearthed (it comes via this Twitter account right here) I feel it's time it gets a rightful position here on the blog proper, because oh my god you should click on it -- it gets big, you guys.
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Great Moments In Movie Shelves #96

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I had totally forgotten that Mark Strong's villainous character in Kick-Ass has a book-lined hallway in his evil lair -- excuse me, in his Evil Lair - which the climactic battle of the film takes place in. The movie was on TV last night and I stopped to watch a little for...

... reasons, and there it was. I'm still not the biggest fan of the movie (save how Aaron looks in that jumpsuit, obvs) but rewatching it I did find it a little less annoying now that I don't entirely hate Chloe Grace Moretz anymore.

It's tempting to say the film, which fetishizes brutality so lovingly, is mocking Mark Strong's character for his love of books and art, which his fancy apartment is stuffed to the brim with (and which the film gets a lot of pleasure out of wrecking gleefully) but Kick-Ass himself also has some shockingly thick...

... you know, shelves. 
I was gonna say shelves!
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