Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Just Cuz We're Pretty Everybody's Jealous

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I honestly literally don't even know what to do with myself in the wake of today's announcement that the Film Society of Lincoln Center is hosting a John Waters retrospective in September. It's not just that they're showing all of his movies, and he'll be there for a bunch of them, including the early stuff that he's the only person even with copies of. It's that they're showing those early movies on a night they're calling "Celluloid Atrocity Night" and it's taking place on September 11th. (I'm pretty sure we now know that the fox in Antichrist actually said "BAD TASTE REIGNS.") It's that they're showing Polyester in Odorama, with the scratch-n-sniff cards. It's that John Waters is going to be introducing a screening of FINAL DESTINATION. I am at a total loss, you guys. It's like all the oxygen has been sucked out of my balls. It's too much. TOO MUCH!


Ryan Kwanten Three Times

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This Is My Sophie's Choice

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Egads it's another painful instance of how living in New York can sometimes present me with terrible choices between incredibly awesome things. The night of August 1st shall tear me in twain! I've already got tickets to see the Talking Heads doc Stop Making Sense at the Film Society of Lincoln Center with living genius David Byrne attending for a Q&A. David Byrne! David fucking Byrne!

But just now I've spotted that the Anthology Film Archives is doing a Klaus Kinski retrospective from July 31st to August 10th and the night of August 1st they are showing the awesome WTF-ery of Crawlspace, and the director David Schmoeller will be there! CRAWLSPACE, you guys. Let me refresh your memory - Crawlspace, the movie where Klaus Kinski wears Cosby sweaters as an exiled Nazi who kills people by shooting arrows up their butts. Crawlspace, the movie with Tané. Tané!!!

Style Maven, Songstress, Icon. What if Tané shows up too??? What if I could get a picture of myself with Tané, and I miss that opportunity? What if I could sing a duet of her breakaway pop hit* called "Just Tonight" with her in person? WHAT IF THAT???? (*not a breakaway pop hit)


Five Frames From ?

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Here Comes The Nightcrawler Time

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I didn't even notice that the "skinny Jake Gyllenhaal movie" Nightcrawler was playing at TIFF when I skimmed the fest's titles the other day - I still haven't gotten the title Nightcrawler lodged in the front of my brain yet; it doesn't on its own jump out at me. Anyway they're working hard to change that - there was that terrific manic viral clip they dropped over the weekend, and now there's a more proper teaser trailer and that beautiful poster (via) to stare at. 
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I really, really, really wanna see this movie now. I feel bad that I doubted - I was irritated when Jake lost all the weight for this role, I feared McConaughey-esque awards-baiting, but looking at it in context, well, string me up as a pitiful Doubting Thomas and shame me in the public square. This movie seems way too weird, slash wonderful, for what I feared. Jake had that lull where he slowed down his career post a couple of flops and I kept whining about wanting more, but it seems he used the time well to find the right projects, because he's been on fire. End of Watch, especially Enemy, and even though I wasn't crazy about what he was doing in Prisoners (too twitchy) it was still an interesting movie. Anyway yeah, I'm talking to you, big boy. Keep it up.


Gratuitous Miguel Ángel Silvestre II

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It occurred to me yesterday that it'd been a little while since I went looking for pictures of Spanish actor Miguel Ángel Silvestre (best or maybe only known here in the US for Pedro Almodovar's last movie I'm So Excited... or maybe this gigantic previous gratuitous post I did for him, or maybe this one too) and that there might be a few pictures that I'd missed... a few was not what I found. A lot, a lot was what I found. Including these here shots from something called Sin Tetas no Hay Paraiso - I think that's a Colombian soap?

A Colombian soap that took the time out of its busy schedule to give a starring role to Miguel Ángel Silvestre's spandex-clad ass, that is. Sign me up!

Sign us all up! They've all got the right idea. Anyway I found a ton of new pictures of Miguel, so hit the jump and take it all in.

I Am Link

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--- Motion Picture Soundtracks - Sometimes a post shows up somewhere that just gets me - this lengthy piece at The Dissolve by David Erlich on the music of Radiohead finding its way onto movie soundtracks is one of those times. I'm sad to hear it was inspired by one of their greatest songs showing up in I Origins though - that movie's trailer with all that yucky Brit Marling in it made my skin crawl.

--- Little Big Man - There's not a whole lot to this chat with human wig-stand Corey Stoll but in it he does confirm he's definitely making Ant-Man, and he sounds really very excited about it. Says he:

"Reading the script – and the script that Edgar wrote, and the script that there is now – it’s insane that this movie hasn’t been made before. Obviously, you need the technology because it needs to look great. But the whole idea of the changing of scale and the experiential effect of size changing is just so cool. You read these scenes on the page, and I just got giddy. I think it’s gonna be so much fun. You can get a little fatigued with superheroes because everybody is just punching everybody, or shooting everybody with ray beams. This is a completely different kinetic experience in the theater. Shrinking and growing back, there’s just so much material there to root it in."

--- Hag Time - Slap on your ice skates and dig up your hag mask, it's time to celebrate Curtains-style - the 1983 slasher movie we've been watching on shitty and I mean shitty boot-leg copies for years and years is out on shiny remastered blu-ray next week, huzzah! In case you're all Whatchu-talkin-bout-Willis you can head over to Final Girl to get a sneak peek at the disc itself and hear from the lips of Stacie Ponder what she thinks of the movie. Also if you're all Whatchu-talkin-bout-Willis you need to update your cultural references. Have you been in a long-term coma or something? And if you have been in a long-term coma, this blog might not be the website you should be reading to catch up with the world via. I don't need that responsibility. Christ what a skewed world you'd see!

--- Blood Moon - Speaking of great little horror gems getting released onto blu-ray, the werewolf-menses movie Ginger Snaps got a terrific release this week, and if you've never seen it, see it see it see it. I love it so. Here's a piece at The Dissolve looking at it.

--- Second Rule - I don't know if you saw these gifs I posted over at the Tumblr earlier this week of Brad Pitt's ass in Fight Club, but there they are for you just in case you missed. Nobody should miss such things! Fight Club is in the air right now though - Slash has details on the comic-book based sequel that Chuck Palahniuk has written, picking up with our nameless protagonist a decade after the events of the first story... the comics start hitting the street next May.

--- Prior Further - I guess we've got our answer as to whether the third Insidious movie will be giving us more Patrick Wilson & Rose Byrne family-time - a big fat nope. Which really might be a relief, since after the events of the second film, that would've maybe been kind of hard to tackle convincingly - how many bad things can those folks get through? Anyway the third movie is a prequel and will be set at an unspecified past date with another family dealing with The Further. I bet they tie them together somehow before the end though. I just bet!
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--- Alien Encounter - The Film Experience and friends tackled Jonathan Glazer's unforgettable probably-already-a-classic Under the Skin last night for the "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" series - because there's not a single frame in that movie not worth looking at three times, the whole list of images will tickle your toes. There's also a nice piece at Buzzfeed about the movie's subversion of the male gaze right here. Everybody's writing about the film because it too hit blu-ray last week - I can't wait to re-watch it myself. I need to do a double-feature with Enemy.

--- And Speaking of ScarJo, that movie Lucy from Luc Besson is out this weekend and I really hadn't been giving it much thought (the trailer is so goddamned silly, with the hair-changing) but this review over at The Wire is making me rethink my stance - I hadn't bothered thinking how loopy Besson might go with the premise, I thought he might be reined in, but it sounds like he goes all the way and around the bend.
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Good Morning, World

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Happy 53 to Woody Harrelson today, who got me through the suffering of True Detective with some flapping remnants of sanity left to me - if it'd just been McConaughey's dopey cartoon drawl up in there I'd never have made it. Course maybe I should hold it against Woody - his being good kept me watching the damned show, when I should've quit it way before it meandered to its pointless conclusion. Aaaanyway I'm rooting for you and McBongo to split the vote at the Emmys to make sure that Bryan Cranston gets his rightful statue, Woody! Good luck!


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Spike Jonze One Time

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Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... juiced by Pratt.

A five-minute clip from Guardians of the Galaxy has been released (thanks anon) and knowing what they got in what they got with Chris Pratt it features the moment they've already showed off in the trailers - that is to say, Chris Pratt's hot bod.

Watch in wonder as he's hosed down and then man-handled by prison guards whilst wearing just his outer-space-underpants! I am so happy I bought tickets to see this movie in IMAX, you guys. Hit the jump for more pictures plus the actual clip....

Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Run Lola Run (1998)

Manni: What if I were in a coma, 
and the doc says, "One more day?" 
Lola: I'd throw you into the ocean. Shock therapy. 

Happy 40 to Franka Potente!
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Baby Driver

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Edgar Wright is setting up his next movie after the spectacular kaboom that was his bust-up with Marvel over Ant-Man - the new project is called Baby Driver and the only other info that Deadline shares is that it's "a collision of crime, action, music and sound." So with so little info to go on at this juncture, surely you'll forgive me for immediately picturing the above image. Won't you? Somebody? Please forgive me for that. I need forgiveness.
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Make The Space Beast With Two Backs

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The trailer for Space Station 76, the 70s outer-space comedy with Patrick Wilson and Matt Bomer, has arrived - only thing is it's exclusive to EW for the moment and I'm not posting EW's shitty video here, I hate their embeddable things, so til it pops up on YouTube you can click over and watch it here. (Which yes is exactly their diabolical plan, the bastards.)

But hey here's something even better that I will embed here - E!News interviewed Matt Bomer on the set of the movie while he was just wearing that wifebeater. What else do you even need?
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Today's Mood

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Please Be My Besties

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Anna I promise I won't try to steal your husband, at least not right in front of you, I'll wait until you're in another room, I promise. (via)
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Gerwig of the North

The Toronto International Film Festival just announced their slate for this Fall and I'll leave the in-depth dissections of it to the people who are actually going to go (note twinges of jealousy, natch) - what caught my eye, surprising nobody nowhere, was the Greta Gerwig stuff. Specifically, what is there and what isn't. Her movie that is playing the fest is Barry Levinson's movie The Humbling, which stars Al Pacino as (and I quote) "a legendary stage actor who has an affair with a lesbian woman half his age." Oh goodness. Has anybody read the Philip Roth book it's based on? I don't know about all that. There are a couple of pictures at The Playlist, which look like it's Pacino in prime ham mode.

As for the absence at the fest that's catching my eye, I saw Noah Baumbach's name amongst the film-makers hitting TIFF and I figured he was finally going to show that second movie he and Greta shot geurilla-style around the same time they shot Frances Ha; it still doesn't even have a title, IMDb is still calling it "Untitled Public School Project." But no, Noah is showing While We're Young, his movie with Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose friendship with a younger couple (played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried) mixes up their lives.

Point being - where's my pseudo-Frances-Ha sequel dammit?!?!?
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Poster of the Day

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Director Colin Trevorrow tweeted out that from Comic-Con.
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I Am Link

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--- Watts Up - While I'm wary of Jake Gyllenhaal's upcoming movie Demolition entirely due to the fact that it's the director of the insipid Dallas Buyers Club making it (no I haven't seen his other movies), Jake working opposite Naomi Watts, who's apparently in line for the lead female role, is promising. But tell me this line, from that linked article, isn't confusing as fuck:

"Watts would play a pot-smoking customer service representative for the company behind a vending machine that eats the protagonist's money."

That is a weird fucking sentence.

--- Into The Past - FX might've passed on Charlie Kaufman's prospective television show - BOO! BOO! - but they did just announce that Fargo is renewed for a second season so I'll cut them a little slack. I loved Fargo. Some details are out for what the next season will look like - they're jumping backwards in time, to look at the lives of Molly Solverson's parents, apparently.
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--- Xena Onatopp - Lucy Lawless is joining the cast of The Agents of SHIELD! Lucy Lawless is joining the cast of The Agents of SHIELD! While the second half of the show's first season actually began to get really good, the show still needs some oomph in the personality department, and... well hiring Lucy Lawless drags in a whole lotta oomph. A whole heckuva lotta oomph! I hope her character can then make the transition to the Marvel movies from here - I wanna see her punch Robert Downey Jr in the face if it's the last thing I ever see.

--- Down Girl - I haven't seen Toni Collette's new movie A Long Way Down yet (co-starring Pierce Brosnan and Aaron Paul) so thankfully she keeps talk of it brief in this interview and moves along to the more pressing and important topics, like how people still adore Muriel's Wedding. My fave bit actually comes after that, where she's asked about "Hollywood's gender imbalance" and if it's tough for her to find roles and she immediately says, "Well, not personally." One thing I've never stopped being in awe of is how much work Toni gets. I adore her and will watch her in anything, but she works SO much. It does surprise me. She's atypical.

---  Hair Today Gone Tomorrow - Ha ha I love that the out-cry over Corey Stoll's terrible wig on The Strain was so loud that the producers have felt the need to address its reasons for existing. Giving him a step forward to transform from (clearly his hair will be falling out at some point) is nice and all, I get it, Guillermo Del Toro... but shouldn't that thing have been convincing as actual real honest-to-goodness hair at some point, to make its loss effective? Or are you telling us that it's actually one of your monster creations sitting onhis head, and it will sprout legs or wings and attack someone soon? I'd be down with that if that's what you're saying. Short of a wig-monster though that thing gets the gong, dude.

--- Round The Clocks - Are any of you familiar with James Thurber's children's book The 13 Clocks? I was not until this morning; Neil Gaiman wrote the introduction for an edition of it and for some reason he's been touting the book all over the place lately; here's a prime example (thanks Mac). Gaiman's calling it "the best book in the world," which is kind of high praise, ya know. I'm curious.

--- All About Billy - Steven Spielberg's Cold War spy-thriller with Tom Hanks is gearing up to shoot this Fall and a bunch of cast has just been announced - blah blah this person that person hey look it's hot-piece Billy Magnussen! See a lot of him (and when I say a lot, I mean all of it) right here. We sure like Billy!

--- Blood Brothers - Somebody watch the thirty minutes of test footage from James Franco's attempt at making a movie out of Cormac McCarthy's book Blood Meridian and tell me whether he shot any footage of his brother Dave bathing naked in a river or something similar; that'll get me to sit through it. Otherwise...

--- And finally, Guy Ritchie is keen on making a movie about the Knights of the Roundtable next and apparently his RockNRolla star Idris Elba is keen on slipping into some sexy chain-mail for him. Idris would play Arthur's elder trainer and trusted friend named Bedivere. I feel like there's some fun puns to be had with that name. Anyway all I want is Idris Elba reenacting that creepy armored sex scene from Excalibur. Yeehaw!