Tuesday, July 11, 2017

I Am Link

--- Boo Brother Bill - Bill Skarsgard is really gunning for that Scream Queen sash and tiara. After having started his US career with Eli Roth's series Hemlock Grove he signed on to play Pennywise the fucking clown in the remake of It, and now he's taken it even further - he'll be a series regular on the Stephen King anthology show Castle Rock, which we told you the other week has been busy gathering up an astonishing cast of talent with Melanie Lynskey and Sissy Spacek out in front. Anyway I thought Bill was sexy but terrible on Hemlock Grove but then that was a terrible show, period, so let's hope he's bringing it for King.

--- Super Soviet - The Wrap has word that Wonder Woman 2 will be set in the 1980s and will tackle the Cold War with the Russians, a timely villain if ever there was one, I'd say! All I know is you make me think of Russians in the 80s and you make me think of Dolph Lundgren and Brigitte Nielsen, so let's get one or both of them in there, please. I mean Dolph did just join the cast of Aquaman recently so he's a part of the DC Universe already! Easy peasy!

--- One Immortal Man - In a role that will surely take excellent advantage of his talents for stripping half-naked and standing there beautiful blunk Derek Theler has signed on to be a goofy superhero called Mister Immortal in the Marvel TV show called New Warriors for the FreeForm channel. For plenty of evidence that Derek has what it takes to stand there half-naked, click here. Other "heroes" on New Warriors are called "Debrii" and "Squirrel Girl" so I'm thinking it's a comedy!

--- Confederate Pride - When I reviewed Sofia Coppola's film The Beguiled right here I talked about how I felt the movie was a parable about the specter of the Civil War lingering over the South even to this day, and so Vulture's latest piece on the film, which tackles how an absence of Race is actually a commentary on Race and the role of the "Southern Belle" in our understanding of it, well, it fits just fine alongside my take on the movie, I think.

--- Oscar To Be - I haven't had the chance to read the New York Times' long chat with Oscar Isaac yet (thx Mac) but you can do so here if you like - it has some very fine photographs of him attached! Those I have had the time for. Anyway I have been desperately frantically trying to win tickets through the lottery for his ongoing stage take on Hamlet, which is what they're chatting him up about, so perhaps posting this will put the better angels on my side. That's how things work right?
--- Big Screen Baldwin - Great news yesterday that Moonlight director Barry Jenkins has signed on to make his next feature, an adaptation of James Baldwin's 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk, which is about a young love affair torn apart by a crime not committed. I have not read this book, but it's on the list now. I'm actually woefully still behind on my Baldwin. But if you've read it any casting ideas? it sounds like the two main characters are supposed to be pretty young - 19 and 22.

--- Acid Freak - After mostly just hating the shit out of Alien Covenant I can't say I'm all that excited to hear Sir Ridley Scott yapping about all the upcoming Alien movies he's working on - I mourn the loss of Neill Blomkamp's movie with Sigourney Weaver every single day. Anyway Scott's talking about tying things up with the original 1979 film again, and he says that Ripley will be "somebody's daughter." Ooh fascinating, that will shake my world. (Please sense the sarcasm.) If you'd like to further torment yourselves you can check out the extras on the upcoming Covenant blu-ray over at BD. (thx Mac) None of them are titled "Michael Fassbender fucks himself for three hours" though so I'm already bored.

--- What Scares You - The Guardian has a good piece going around this past week looking at what they call "Post Horror Movies" - stuff like It Comes at Night and A Ghost Story and It Follows where the typical horror movie narratives are hollowed out and turned into other less obvious things. (thanks Mac) While I definitely think there's a story here - and Horror Movies are experiencing a fascinating period right now - the article reads a little blind to the genre's past to me? I mean Horror Movies invent their own rules as they go along, specifically so they can break them - that's what Horror is. So this isn't something new. It's the entire point of the genre, and has been ever since Dracula first flinched at a crucifix.


Simon said...

Are we sure Skarsgard and Spacek aren't playing their respective characters of Pennywise and Carrie in this new King series? Or is it just wishful thinking on my part?

Poli said...

I think my favorite coined phrase for the recent batch of thoughtful horror films (Babadook, It Follows, The Witch, Get Out, etc.) was 'Parable Horror'