Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Make Like Rob And Split

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Today's a wonderful example of why you should never put off today what you can do tomorrow -- wait do I have that backwards? Never do today what you can just never do -- that's it. Point being I didn't quite live up to my To Do List this Tuesday, and now I have to run, and that's that. Oh well. As that dumb-eyed doe girl once said there's always tomorrow for dreams to come true, or what the fuck ever. Bye until hello.
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Quote of the Day

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Apparently Olivier Assayas' literature-comedy Non-Ficiton is still coming out somewhere -- the UK, in this instance -- and so he's still giving interviews about it, even though I've already seen his next movie since I saw NF at the New York Film Festival in 2018. For the record I was a fan of Non-Fiction, here's my review. Anyway like I said he's given a new interview on the movie to Little White Lies and they talk a bunch about his relationship to the new media landscape, which is the subject of that film, and I really loved what he had to say about living in a world of "content" that most horrifying word:

"It’s horrifying. The minute people started using the word content, it led to this idea of software versus hardware. The culture has shifted in favour of hardware. People are not on the side of art, which becomes content. They’re on the side of the computer. The computer embodies power. People have gotten used the fact that they are ready to invest in the hardware. They are ready to invest in high-speed internet. They have no problem lining the pocket of some corporate behemoth. But they have a major problem paying very little money to buy a newspaper or a film. That’s the moment when art becomes content.

The scary issue now is that it all becomes about feeding the hardware. Meaning, to generate flux. In the end, in terms of moving images, it becomes the age of the series, because with series, you put the episodes in a pipe and there’s a flow. You only cut off the flow when there’s some industrial logic to it. Movies are the opposite of content or flux. They are singular. They are specific."

This isn't what he was precisely talking about but I think about this a lot when it comes to movies that are genuinely weird or aggressive or actively off-putting to a lot of people -- conversation gets shaped so much these days by box office or awards, by "success" meaning lots and lots of people like something, as if every thing needs to be for every person, appeal to all the quadrants, or it's failed.

This was vaguely what was on my mind when I wrote about my style of review-writing the other week -- I am okay with my writing not being for everybody. It's for me first and foremost, and hopefully if I find the sweet spot making me happy it makes somebody else happy too. That's the best we can hope for. Funny enough it was The Irishman that inspired that train of thought and Scorsese himself has been doing his own battle with the Pop Culture Wolves over Cinema versus Marvel. We're in this together, Marty, Olivier and Me!
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

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Alvin: You don't think about getting old
when you're young... you shouldn't.
Steve: Must be something good about gettin' old?
Alvin: Well I can't imagine anything good about
being blind and lame at the same time but, still
at my age I've seen about all that life has to dish out.
I know to separate the wheat from the chaff,
and let the small stuff fall away.
Rat: That's cool, man. So, uh, what's the
worst part about being old, Alvin?
Alvin: Well, the worst part of being old
is remembering when you was young.

A happy 20 to David Lynch's wonderful and lovely and least Lynchian movie, and yet another modern classic from that astonishing year named 1999. This movie actually came out on the same day as David Fincher's Fight Club, a film I've prattled on and on and onnnn about over the years just plenty -- better to let this love letter to Richard Farnsworth's low-key charm have a moment to shine, I think. But no need to come to blows -- we love you too, Tyler Durden...


Original Witch

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Just in time for All Hallows the fine folks at Criterion have gone and released Benjamin Christensen's 1922 silent terror Häxan onto blu-ray, available today this very day! Hard to believe but I've never seen this classic before myself -- it's been on my list ever since I first heard about it in college [redacted] years back, and I've seen clips here and there, but somehow the whole thing kept slipping through my bony fingers. Until now! I'll definitely be plunking myself down this Halloween Season with this devilish beauty that Criterion's gifted us with. So should you! If you hit the jump I'll share the extra features that are included on Criterion's typically exhaustive set...

Zoë the Cat

You've no doubt heard by now that Big Little Lies star Zoë Kravitz is going to play Catwoman opposite Robert Pattinson's Batman in the next Batman movie The Batman, from Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves. I think she's good casting, I like Zoë a lot and she'll look killer in whatever costume they come up with, although she's always come off so reserved and "too cool" in everything I've seen her in before that I do have to wonder what her Catwoman will look like? Every Catwoman has been different through the years so she doesn't necessarily have to have Michelle Pfeiffer's manic frenzy in the role...

... although that was clearly the best take to date. Zoë was just so (pointedly, purposefully) somnambulistic in the last thing I saw her in (that'd be BLL season two) that seeing her go big, well, it's hard to picture at this juncture. But who knows what Reeves is going for tone-wise at this point. Not I. He's hiring terrific actors and that's half, hell that's three-quarters, of the battle. Now I just want him to cast Zoe's hot husband Karl Glusman as somebody too. Preferably somebody in really tight tights, given what we know about him thanks to that Gaspar Noé 3D porn movie he did. Riddle me that.
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Sterling K. Brown Six Times

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Just a little under a month until Trey Edward Shults' new movie Waves hits theaters on November 14th -- watch the trailer here -- and we see what all that buzz from Toronto was about. This remains one of the big question marks for me for the rest of the year -- well this and Little Women but I have no doubts is Greta. Anyway for now the film's father figure Sterling K. Brown is showing off his brawn for Men's Health (via) -- see the whole shoot after the jump...

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Fresh Wounds

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Wounds, Armie Hammer and Dakota Johnson's new horror flick with Under the Shadow director Babak Anvari is hitting Hulu this weekend, and several new photos of Armie have been released -- there are a couple more at this link where I got them from. And you can watch the trailer right here.

I'm disappointed at how this thing seems to be getting dumped, I've got high expectations! Under the Shadow is fantastic and it got some good notices at Sundance in the spring.I was hoping to get my hands on a screener for review but that doesn't seem to be happening so I'll just watch it on Hulu this weekend with the rest of you.


Good Morning, World

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I've got a work meeting this morning so I'm throwing what I thought were some extra Boyd Holbrook photos at you quick (via), but then a quick check proved there's nothing extra about them -- save Boyd being "extra" all on his lonesome, obviously -- as I'd never posted any photos from this shoot before; this one slipped by. Huh. 

Well in my defense he was all over the place in the lead up to that Netflix movie In the Shadow of the Moon getting released -- did anybody watch that? I started it and still haven't finished it; I've been awful busy though. Speaking of I gotta run so hit the jump for this extra not-extra photoshoot if you care to...

Monday, October 14, 2019

Good Grouchy

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Well I slammed hard into a wall this afternoon -- the figurative exhaustion sort, that is -- and haven't been able to get myself back up again, so I guess that's that for this Monday. There's a lot ahead this week, what with this year's Brooklyn Horror Film Festival opening on Thursday (lots more to come from that) and my favorite movie of the year (as of now) opening in theaters on Friday (more on that soon too, you can bet). so I'm gonna rest up, get my mind and body and (absence of) spirit ready. Y'all just enjoy that picture of David Harbour until then. Did anybody catch his SNL this weekend? All I saw was the Grouch trailer, but I found it fairly hysterical...
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Pics of the Day

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Jake Gyllenhaal managed to wring a little more (bro) juice out of his bromance with Spider-twink co-star Tom Holland this weekend at the ACE Comic-Con in Illinois by Instagramming a photo of the two of them and saying that they are getting hitched -- I've  already made it clear that their gay-bating doesn't bother me (quite the opposite!) but I did like MNPP friend Glenn's take:
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I'd be down if the next person who interviews either of them asks them about the engagement seriously -- find out the date, and so forth! Really go for it. It's time to metaphorically shit or get off the pot, bros...
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Anyway until that happens (ha) we'll have to make do with the photos the two took together at ACE this weekend, a few of which I've gathered up (via) to dull the edges of this endless Monday afternoon after the jump...

The Goth is Strong With This One

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Have you been keeping track of our pal Stacie Ponder's Suspiria-thon over at Final Girl? She's been devoting a post a day to Luca Guadagnino's glorious and under-appreciated 2018 remake (the word remake really always feels so inadequate here) and will continue doing so through the entire month -- oh what a time to be alive! Anyway I couldn't let Stacie have all the fun so I devoted a little bit of love to Mia Goth's work in the film for this week's edition of "Great Moments in Horror Actressing" at The Film Experience -- click on over for that. Viva Goth!
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Glen Takes Flight

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I guess Glen Powell really liked his time in (and out) a flight suit for the Top Gun sequel because he's just signed on for another stint in uniform -- he's going to star in Devotion, a "harrowing true story" biopic about a pair of Korean War fighter pilots who are apparently known as "the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo." Powell will play "Lieutenant Tom Hudner" while they'll be have to be casting a black actor for his partner "Ensign Jesse Brown," who was the Navy’s first black carrier pilot. Here's what they really looked like:

Y'all know I think Powell is attractive, obviously given how much I've posted about that, but that real life dude might actually be better looking than the movie star this time around? Anyway the film will be based on the 2014 book by Adam Makos -- who do we think should play Brown? It's a shame David Oyelowo is too old, I can totally see him in that picture above. I'd also say Jason Mitchell but I think his career's pretty cooked after those assault allegations. Ideas?


Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

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Heather: Every kid knows who Freddy is.
He's like Santa Claus, or King Kong, or...

Man I still can't believe we don't have Wes Craven anymore. Sometimes it hits me and I'm depressed about that all over again. It's supposed to be time for Wes to revolutionize the horror genre all over again, like he did decade after decade. New Nightmare was the bridge between his 80s Nightmare classic and him taking the 90s by storm in 1996 with Scream; you can see the genesis of that self-reflexive tsunami on its horizon.

It's weird that kids never watched or talked about horror movies inside horror movies before that, but they didn't, and I think New Nightmare's even more creative on that front than Scream is, playing explicitly with the conservative fears of a "bad" entertainment poisoning the minds of the youth, turning it into a curse upon the makers. It's not just clever -- it's meaningful, and insightful, and all Craven. New Nightmare came out 25 years ago today -- yes, on the very same day as another 90s revolution, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. Not that we have to take sides here but I am very much Team Wes on this particular match-up.

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15 Days Until Elio's Return

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Andre Aciman's Find Me, his sequel to his book Call Me By Your Name, hits in fifteen days, y'all. Fifteen days and we'll know the further adventures of Elio and his dad and that cowboy nerd from America... I've refused to put too much mind or energy towards this before now but all of a sudden this morning it's struck me like James' proverbial giant peach fell out of the sky and onto my face. 

I know that EW posted a little excerpt from the book last week -- click here if you want to read it, which I did not; I'll wait for the whole damn thing, thank you. I'm enjoying this feeling of anticipation right now anyway. I should probably dig up my dog-eared copy of the first book and give it a re-read before October 29th, since my recollection's no doubt been clouded by Guadagnino's film, which isn't super different but is different enough. Have any of you gone back yet to read Elio's Original Adventures in preparation for his imminent further exploits?


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Good Morning, World

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A happy 43rd birthday to Crouching Tiger and Happy Together actor Chen Chang, who'll be turning up in Denis Villenueve's Dune film with our boy Timothée next year -- Dune will be a 2020 film right? You never know with these special-effects heavy films. Anyway we told you about Chen's casting at this link -- he's playing Timmy's doctor. And you can see more of him at this lick. Ha I mean "link" but I'm leaving that type. Morning!
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Friday, October 11, 2019

Andrew Scott Seven Times

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While we wait to get a good look at all of Andrew Scott's many many upcoming projects -- he's in the His Dark Materials series! He's playing Tom Ripley! He's in Sam Mendes' forthcoming single-shot WWII epic! Hey maybe he'll be in my bed when I get home! -- we also light a prayer candle that more fashion mags will give us photo-shoots like this one that Mr. Porter (via, thx Mac) dropped today. We love our Openly Gay Friend! Hit the jump to see more of the "Hot Priest" dropping the collar...

I Just Can't Wait To Be

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There's a phenomenally filmed battle sequence across the last act of David Michôd's The King that feels like the heaviest thing I have ever witnessed -- not "heavy" in the stoner sense but literally, physically weighted down. We see the Medieval Knights in all their tuna-can finery just slamming into each other blindly in a valley of mud, like somebody dropped a store-shelf's worth of Tin Man action figures into a washing machine. 

We're used to these "gritty" sorts of action scenes at this moment in time -- well passed "used to" actually, I'm practically at the bored stage by now -- but Michôd stages it all so beautifully, with absolutely resplendent cinematography from Adam Arkapaw, that it feels fresh, it feels sparkling and surprising and alive, in ways that make most modern herky-jerky so-called action spectacles look like the blended up mish-mash that they sadly are. 

And nowhere is that ballet and beauty more clear than when the film's one true knight Timothée Chalamet comes spinning through the chaos, a chainmail dervish dashing up and down in a trick single take of melee and moves -- the choices laid upon the head of the Boy King are as heavy as those armored plates, as the heels sinking thigh-high into the mud, but Chalamet makes them shine, and dance, and twinkle. We might miss the Shakespearean sonnets but Chalamet becomes the poet's words in their stead. When was the last time one of these movies wrung a tear from me as the leader led his men into battle? I cannot recall, but Timmy managed.

The film itself doesn't find anything particularly new to say about Men and War and the all that Heavy Shit -- is there anything new to say? We keep playing the same awful tunes ourselves here in the real world, seemingly never learning our lessons. But time and again The King plays the standards like the most beautiful music, like re-hearing music for the first time -- this film is like Rembrandts brought to life, like light and shadow and fire delivered to you on a lace pillow, plopped right next to the head of your most sworn enemy. It's delicious stuff.


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