Saturday, December 14, 2019

Should Pale Death, With Treble Dread...

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On Tuesday I shared with you a new featurette for Robert Egger's grand high flick The Lighthouse, aka my favorite movie of 2019, and I told you I'd update y'all with the info once I had it for the forthcoming blu-ray release -- well, in the immortal words of Valerie Cherish, I got it! You can pre-order the blu-ray at this link -- it hits the street and the lobster pot on January 7th! The disc will have deleted scenes and a commentary track from Eggers himself. So slide into your hip boots and buy it, ye wenches.
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Friday, December 13, 2019

Well I Guess That's It For This Week

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Turns out I am very much not feeling it today, which has been a little too dominant a mood as of late but whatcha gonna -- the world's on fire and my shit feels singed. Would've loved to get a review of something anything now out in theaters -- I did not like Uncut Gems! I did like A Hidden Life! I have not seen Black Christmas! -- but all I've been managing to manage is to stare with terror at basically everything I have come into contact with, while feeling anxious and nauseous and luxuriously angry. Never has the basic-ism "TGIF" felt more apt. Let's everybody try and find some kind of comfort this weekend -- be less like the Taika above and more like the Taika below:
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You Can Count on Claes

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In all the world of movies and television shows there's only one piece of entertainment that my boyfriend has been nagging at me for more information about, and that project is Claes Bang playing Dracula. So this one's for him, and y'all can come along for the ride if you so desire. Dearest love of my life, the three-part Dracula series will air on the BBC starting on January 1st and airing three nights right in a row. And then the entire thing will drop onto Netflix for us Americans on January the 4th. Following up on the trailer that was released at Halloween -- the one that showed this Drac's gonna suck on boys too -- a new trailer's just dropped and here that is:
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It looks like grand trash, I think! I enjoyed Sherlock well enough -- this series is from Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, who were responsible for that series -- and so I have a bit of faith this could be a good ride. If nothing else we'll have Claes sinking his teeth into Patrick Walshe McBride...

... and getting lots of gore all caught up in his chest hair, and that will probably be plenty for me. I have to admit I'm getting a little whiff of a Dario Argento's 3D Dracula feel off of everything we've seen too, but... well let's just push those feelings deep deep away for now, like everything associated with that gargantuan disaster.

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Anyway several more photos have been released from 
this new series, and I'll share them after the jump...

Friday the 13th's Ways Not To Die






Happy Friday the 13th, everyone! We just had a Full Moon a couple of nights ago, and here we are with everybody's favorite Cursed Day -- how could I not celebrate, and how could I not celebrate with one of the weirdest most homoerotic death scenes in all of the Friday the 13th franchise? Hit the jump for the whole dirty business...
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Pic of the Day

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I'm just gonna leave that (amazing, incredible, awe-inspiring) photo there (sigggghhhh) while I remind y'all that the legend himself Mr. Paul Reubens is touring in the spring with the movie Pee-wee's Big Adventure for its 35th anniversary, and tickets are officially on sale today -- find all the dates and such at this link. It's seems impossible that movie is turning 35 but I guess that's how math and time work! Ha ha!


Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Good Morning, World

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Yes I know that Luke Evans has had an album out for a few weeks now, and I also know that I haven't said a word about it here at MNPP... well I'll let Olympia Dukakis do the talking for me...
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(In all seriousness I haven't listened to a whisper of it, I know 
what my likes are and this would only come between us.)
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Thursday, December 12, 2019

Bring Your Parasites Home With You

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While I attempt to comprehend the above photograph of Train to Busan and Parasite actor Choi Woo-shik existing in the world I will use it as an excuse to heads-up y'all that the latter, Bong Joon-ho's tremendously well-received thriller about two families clashing in a class struggle for the ages, has just gotten a blu-ray release date -- Parasite is out for home consumption on January 28th.

I like Parasite quite a bit -- here's a link to a thing I wrote about it -- but I'm kind of taken aback by how strong the reaction has been here in the States all the same? As much as I do like it I don't even know if it will make my Top Ten for 2019, and that's not me playing Devil's Advocate -- I just think it is maybe being sliiiiightly over-praised.

I have some pacing issues with it, and none of the three times I've watched it have I really been as emotionally stirred by it as I want to be. I find it clever and funny and absolutely beautiful to look at, but it keeps keeping me at a distance I can't really find my way through. That's been true of most of Bong's work though, save Mother and of course the emotionally manipulative pet-in-danger portions of Okja.

Am I nuts or what? I mean I'm certainly not going to complain about Parasite edging its way into the Awards Conversation -- it's such a weird movie to do so, and it would be a real first of its kind for South Korean Cinema, one of the world's great bodies of work and one that's ridiculously never been nominated at the Oscars once. (Justice For Park Chan-wook, I says.) By the way our pal Nathaniel Rogers of The Film Experience wrote exactly this up in Vanity Fair recently, and I recommend you just ignore me and go check that piece out. Or just stare at these pictures of Choi. Whatever.


Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Doctor: Shall we try something to get you
off the drugs for a while?
LĂ©o: But... Why?
Doctor: What do you mean, why?
LĂ©o: To do what?
Doctor: Hold on a second.
It's not either crack or nothing.
LĂ©o: It is.
Doctor: You don't want to change?
LĂ©o: Why would I?

A happy 27 to the French actor FĂ©lix Maritaud today! After starring in the three-punch of this movie and the gay giallo Knife + Heart and the AIDS drama B.P.M. all within just a  twelve month period he certainly caught our attention.

You can see why. And you can see a lot more of why here. (Most especially here.) Up next for FĂ©lix is a role in Gaspar NoĂ©'s Lux Æterna, which is incredibly, amazingly, described thus:

"Two actresses, BĂ©atrice Dalle and Charlotte Gainsbourg, are on a film set telling stories about witches - but that's not all. Lux Æterna is also an essay on cinema, the love of film, and on-set hysterics."

Tell me that doesn't whet yer whistle. The movie -- which appears to only be fifty minutes long, so perhaps "movie" doesn't exactly apply to whatever this is -- also co-stars Karl Glusman from Gaspar's 3D pornstravaganza Love and Felix and Karl actually posed together looking all hot n' fancy in tuxes when it screened at Cannes earlier this year...

Oh I would watch something starring the two of them, I would. Get on making that movie, Gaspar. Meanwhile the rest of us can hit the jump if we want to stare at a couple more photos of FĂ©lix...

Quim Gutiérrez Three Times

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I have no recollection of how I came to know who Spanish actor Quim Gutiérrez is -- a quick skim through his IMDb page doesn't offer up any clues, nothing listed looks familiar to me -- but then... isn't it obvious? He is gorgeous, that's how.
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I make it my business to know all the world's gorgeous people. Anyway you should follow Quim on Instagram I guess, so you can be like me. Constantly distracted and all the dumber for it. If y'all are familiar with Quim feel free to share any insights you have about him in the comments!


Great Moments In Movie Staches

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The film director and lifelong stache practitioner YasujirĂŽ Ozu was born on this day in the year 1903 and died sixty years later to the exact day -- are any of readers well-versed in Ozu? I've seen only one of his films and he comprises a shameful blindspot in my cinematic erudition. Besides Tokyo Story what should I see?


Pic of the Day

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That there is the very first picture (click to embiggen) from The Nest, the long long long awaited second film from Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin that stars Jude Law and Carrie Coon -- I told you about this movie way back in April; I guess it's premiering at Sundance in a few weeks! Lucky SOBs. The rest of us will have to wait and see how Sundance goes I guess. Here's how the film's now being described:

"Charismatic entrepreneur Rory (Jude Law), relocates his wife Allison (Carrie Coon) and their children Sam and Ben from suburban America to his native England with ambitious dreams of profiting from booming 1980’s London. While Rory thrives chasing lofty deals in the city, Allison and the kids struggle to adapt. Once a businesswoman in her own right, Allison finds herself idle and resuming the role of housewife in a run-down mansion they can’t afford to furnish. As the eerie isolation of their new home drives the family further apart, and the promise of a lucrative new beginning starts to unravel, Rory and Allison have to face the unwelcome truths lying beneath the surface of their marriage."
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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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A happy 23rd birthday to everybody's favorite sad boy Lucas Hedges today -- I don't know about you but if I'd worked with Kenneth Lonergan and Greta Gerwig and Wes Anderson and Martin McDonagh and Jason Reitman and Terry Gilliam and Trey Edward Shults and Joel Edgerton and Steven Soderbergh by the tender age of 23 I might take a day off and celebrate!

Lucas can currently be seen in two of the year's best movies -- there's Schults' film Waves, which I sorta reviewed here; in my review I didn't mention Lucas by name but I usually don't mention people by name in my reviews so that was nothing personal, especially since he's one of the best parts of the movie. His scenes with Taylor Russell are the film's life blood. The other film he's in is the excellent Honey Boy opposite Shia LaBeouf, and...
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... if that scene was online that's what I'd be sharing this morning, but it's not, so we're lucky I stumbled upon this photo-shoot you see here. I wish I could've found a higher res version of this photo-shoot, but I did what I could with it. Hit the jump for the rest...

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Fast Boy The Movie

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Finally an update on The Flash standalone movie with Ezra Miller, as much as you can consider a release date a proper update -- Warner Brothers has announced the movie will hit theaters on July 1st, 2022. That's all, but hey I'm just glad they're still saying that Ezra Miller is attached. He was the only non-Cavill-pecs thing worth anything in Justice League, but I was worried they'd find somebody else once they kept delaying and delaying this thing. I don't think we even know who's directing it at this point though, and 2022 is still a bit of a ways away -- we might all be dead by then, ha ha ha sigh -- so I suppose we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves. Although isn't that the point of The Flash? That Flash! He's always getting ahead of himself, that's what they say! Because, you know, he's... quick.
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Quote of the Day

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"It’s just a wholly, wholly different thing... I couldn’t imagine anyone more suited for the tone of the original Frank Herbert novels than Denis. There are some things that are — for lack of a better word — nightmarish about what you see… There’s just this kind of brutalist element to it. It’s shocking. It’s scary. It’s very visceral. And I know that definitely between Denis and myself and Chalamet and Rebecca Ferguson as the family unit, we really searched for the emotion of it. I’m beyond myself with excitement. I think it’s good to feel cool, unique, and special.”

I'm like a sand-worm in search of sweet sweet spice out here, thirsty for any and all information we can get about Denis Villenueve's Dune film (or films, maybe), and so these little tidbit type nuggets that Oscar Issac threw at EW this week are keeping me alive for another few days. Release a photo already, dammit! Anyway as to the content of what Oscar had to say -- I think David Lynch's movie is a mess but it's not exactly a surprise, seeing what he did 35 years ago, that somebody would make this material look "nightmarish" right?

I also wonder if Oscar is misusing "brutalist" to mean "harsh" or if he's actually referring to the architectural design movement -- I hope it's the latter because I'm a huge fan of Brutalism and would love to see Villenueve shoot it... well, shoot it more since he already did some of that with how he visualized Toronto in his 2013 movie Enemy aka still my favorite movie of his.


Promising Young Actress

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I liked Marriage Story very much (read my review-ish thing from yesterday if you don't believe me) but I've also spent the past few weeks thinking about how I liked Paul Dano's 2018 parental split film Wildlife starring Carey Mulligan and Jake Gyllenhaal more, and so Carey's been on my brain a lot. I mean "more" of a lot, since she's never far, given how fucking amazing she's been time and time and time again. Anyway this trailer for her new movie called Promising Young Woman really couldn't have shown up at a more apt time, is my point...

... but it still goes the extra mile just looking all sorts of amazing on its own. Written and directed by Killing Eve and The Crown writer Emerald Fennell, and co-starring an absolutely killer bunch of folks -- Molly Shannon! Allison Brie! Chris Lowell! Max Greenfield! Adam Brody! Bo Burnham! Christopher Mintz-Plasse! Alfred Molina! Jennifer Coolidge! Connie Britton! Clancy fucking Brown! -- the movie's has Carey's character getting revenge on all the douche-bros, one douche-bro at a time. Did I mention Chris Lowell?

I know I did, I just really love me some Piz. But he makes the perfect douche-bro, as do all those fellas I mentioned above. But actors aside visually it looks terrific, very Killing Eve with lots of outlandish feminine clothing being weaponized -- the Sexy Nurse's outfit is great and I might have to do a side-by-side With Daryl Hannah in Kill Bill when this sucker comes out. Here's the trailer:
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Promising Young Woman comes out in April!


Ed Skrein Five Plus Times

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As promised last week when I shared the sleazy-hot cover image here is the rest of Midway star Ed Skrein's sleazy-hot photoshoot for the Spanish magazine ICON El Pais -- there's something kind of Fight Club about it right? (Especially the red leather pants down below.) But only just. If only Ed had taken a photo wearing nothing but yellow rubber gloves, or even just aped any of the photos in Steven Klein's W Magazine famously gratuitous shoot of Brad here, then it would've been even more extra special indeed. IF ONLY. But we'll sure make do with these ones. Hit the jump for the rest, along with a few gifs I made from their behind-the-scenes video...