Friday, March 27, 2020

Heaven & All The Spirits Be Damned

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Hey everybody -- I'm having one of them overwhelmed and run-down days that I am sure each and every one of y'all have gone through over the past weird couple of weeks, more than once, and will have again. So I've gone and shut myself off with a double-feature of long crazy-big and never-before-seen distractions; just finished Fellini's Juliet of the Spirits and now I'm working on Michael Cimino's infamous studio-destroyer Heaven's Gate. Cuz why not? Anyway since weekends no longer exist I'll probably post over the next couple of days, unlike days of yore, so until then...

Five Frames From ?

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Good Morning, World

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I don't know much about the actor Dennis Morgan except he was in Christmas in Connecticut and according to Wikipedia he was a "lifelong staunch conservative Republican" so perhaps I should tread lightly, posting his picture. But then I've seen his Christmas in Connecticut co-star my beloved Barbara Stanwyck described as a Republican and I always cut her slack because 1) I fucking adore her and 2) that meant kind of a different thing sixty-ish years ago. Anyway this morning I saw this photo of him taking a bath in the 1943 movie The Desert Song and I figured I'd ask if y'all have any words on the actor Dennis Morgan. Hmm?
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Daniel Radcliffe Nine Times

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I missed about 97.5% of the big Twitter brouhaha that apparently happened with the director of Daniel Radcliffe's new movie Guns Akimbo -- I just vaguely know he went nuts and said a bunch of offensive things and everybody canceled writing anything about the movie. I have no desire to know what happened or to wade into that conversation -- if I did I would have by now, and now...

... we got bigger shit to deal with in the world. It's a shame for those of us who like Dan and who've been waiting for him to get another good showcase, but I'm not exactly worried about the guy who was richer than god before he hit drinking age; Harry Potter fine. Speaking of, fine that is, hit the jump for the rest of this shoot...

Thursday's Ways Not To Die

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In the interest of shortening what was already going to be a long post I will abbreviate the start of this scene -- Little Judy is riding in the backseat through the dark, through the night, with her asshole father and her wicked stepmother Rosemary in the front seat when the car gets stuck in the mud. They get out and start walking towards the closest house, but because Judy can't keep up -- being, you know, a little girl -- Rosemary comes back and throws Judy's teddy bear into the trees. Because, tale as old as time, that's what wicked stepmothers do. Judy though, she's got quite the vivid imagination! Hit the jump for the rest...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... getting my rocks off with 
 birthday boy Lee Pace. (via)
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Which Is Hotter?

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Ken Russell's film Women in Love starring Alan Bates and Oliver Reed and Alan Bates and Oliver Reed wrestling naked and oh some women too... award winning ones at that... 

... came out in the United States fifty years ago today! That was about four months after it premiered in England, and I imagine it caused quite the scandal here like it did in the UK, given all the famous peen flopping around for the very first time on a mainstream screen. That said I know, I know, basically every single time I post about this movie I post about its naked wrestling scene...

... even though there's plenty else to recommend it -- but one, I am me, (speaking of recommendations I really recommend you scroll through our Bates / Reed archives) and two, I did some checking and I actually have somehow never asked the most basic question of all?

bike tracks
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The film's been given the glorious Criterion treatment and I just went ahead and bought myself a copy today as a treat to me as I sit holed up here at home -- I recommend you, providing you've got rent and food and all of that covered, do the same. The DVD that I have now is pretty shitty, comparatively, and I can't wait to watch it all, top to bottom, in that grand 4K restoration...

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Good Morning, World

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Sam Heughan took my advice from yesterday, wishing us 
a good morning the right way. Good work, Sam Heughan. 
Every other actor follow Sam and James' lead, please.
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... quarantined with Daddy Wolk.

(via) I'm not sure if it was actually Jonathan Tucker who started the "Push-up Challenge" that has been going around social media this week but his was the first instance of it that I saw (see some gifs here) and either way, bless him and bless James Wolk here for taking it that extra mile o' oomph. Fuck celebs singing inspirational songs -- get your damn titties out for a good cause. (In this instance "my quarantine entertainment" is the good cause in question.)


We Must Get This Crack Mended

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This week's edition of "Great Moments in Horror Actressing" is perhaps a predictable one, but I hadn't watched Repulsion in a hot minute and it felt like the right time to educate myself on maybe not the best ways to handle being cooped up in a small space for awhile. Click on over to The Film Experience for some commiseration with Catherine Deneuve's Carol, poor sweet innocent... yeah no, none of those things.
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Monday, March 23, 2020

Which Is Hotter?

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Meloni asked this question on Twitter,
we will add a pole. Excuse me, poll.
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Touched by Miguel Angel

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Well Miguel Ángel Silvestre has just jumped to the top 
of our quarantine content providers with this snap.
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My Heart Has Made Its Mind Up

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Not sure when this video of Armie Hammer reading poetry in Central Park was filmed, but I'm not ready to crucify him with snark like the Post did when they shared this -- judging off Armie's own Instagram account I think he left New York when his Broadway show closed up due to the Broadway shut-down, aka like a day after I saw the show. Speaking of, I haven't said anything about that because 1) I was in a weird freaked-out place when I saw the show and it seemed like everybody on stage and in the audience was in the same place -- it was a weird experience. The show was good, sharp stuff from Tracy Letts, but I don't think any of our hearts were really in the experience of being there, taking it in. No idea if it will re-open after this... break we're in... but in related news, his Call Me By Your Name co-star Timothee Chalamet's show in London just got cancelled today. That's a shame. He's supposed to be so great on stage, too. (thx Mac)


Today's Mood

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Suf Blessings

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Back in February (remember February? I sure don't!) I told you that Sufjan Stevens, our folsky god-loving gay boyfriend from way back, was putting out a new record with his step-pa Lowell Brams (of Suf's Carrie & Lowell record fame) called Aporia soon, specifically on March 27th. Well today Sufjan's announced he's dropping it a wee early, as in today, and half of the proceeds will be going to charity.  You can buy it on Amazon or other spots, and at 3pm there's going to be a live-stream of the album dropping on YouTube, which I've embedded below. There's also a t-shirt! For the sweet hipster boy in your life. (Meaning me, send them all to me.)
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Good (Late) Morning, World

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I'm getting a late start today, as might be expected when the past week and a half has begun to blur together into a day-less hour-less minute-less miasma. Anyway I posted over the weekend -- although to quote the Dowager, what's a weekend -- which I normally don't do, so I'm allowing myself some leeway this minute. But you can see them posts below. For now I will tell you today is the 30th anniversary of Pretty Woman and that's a movie that always makes me smile -- even if yes, I can read the retrograde sexual politics at work -- and we should probably all take two hours out of our very busy quarantines today to watch it. And then ask ourselves this question...