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Thursday
Nov 01 2018

Netflix in November: Doctor Strange,16 Candles,Children of Men, etc...

Time to play Streaming Roulette.Each month,to survey new streaming titles we freeze frame the films at random places with the scroll bar and whatever comes up first,that's what we share!

Here's what's new on Netflix...

When you leave,you should forget me.

The English Patient(1996) won 9 Oscars.亚博主页Nine!As much as that's a wonderful movie -- and my god it hurts to look at these two (Ralph Fiennes and Kristin Scott Thomas in they're prime) they're so superhumanly gorgeous -- 9 is a lot.I'm glad Oscar has recently moved away from giving all the statues to one movie.It's been 10 years since we've had that kind of overkill (Slumdog Millionaire with 8)...and lately things have been winning closer to 3-5 which is more than enough for most movies,even the great ones...

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Monday
Nov 13 2017

The Furniture: 25 Years Trapped in Castle Dracula

"The Furniture,"byDaniel Walber,is our weekly series on Production Design.You can click on the images to see them in magnified detail.

Bram Stoker's Draculaturns 25 years old today.It is,appropriately,not dead.Not that a film can die,exactly,but this one has held onto its toothy vigor with particular success.Even the ridiculous way Keanu pronounces "Bewdapest"still charms.Eiko Ishioka's Oscar-winning costumes seem simultaneously ancient and way ahead of their time.The same goes for the Oscar-winning makeup,which transforms Gary Oldman across centuries with bewildering commitment.The visual effects,which went unnominated,remain thrilling,a dizzying phantasmagoria of cinematic shadow-puppetry.

But I'm here to rave about the only nominated category that the film didn't win.Production designer Thomas E.Sanders and art director Garrett Lewis were nominated,but they lost toHowards End.Hard to argue with that,of course.Yet their work onBram Stoker's Draculais just as worthy in its complexity,engaging with the material deep within the extravagance and color.Sanders and Lewis demonstrate a creativity well beyond the Gothic castles and thick cobwebs of the genre's lesser films,shining a newly bloodstained light on this most famous of vampire stories.

The home of the monstrous count itself is a perfect example.Dracula lives in a decaying tower,but a fraction of his former seat of power.It hovers over a cliff in a remote corner of Transylvania,all but removed from the eyes of the living.It cascades upwards,every story more mangled than the last...

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Wednesday
May 03 2017

Today's Five: Don't go into that castle,Jonathan Harker!

by Nathaniel R

We got a little carried away with our "on this day"posts these past few months.They were meant just to be fun and festive quickies and not take over so REDUCEREDUCE.Moving forward we'll give you 5 reasons to celebrate any given day because a) we're trying to stay positive b) it's good to be alive and c) who knows how much longer we'll be able to do that with nut-job man-babies running the world's most weaponized countries?So put on your party hatseveryday,is the point.

Five Showbiz-Related Anniversaries (May 3rd)

2002Sam Raimi's pop and playful superhero pictureSpider-Manopens in theaters to massive then record-breaking returns.We were all so innocent back then.There was really only Batman and Spider-Man (Superman still on his long hiatus) and no "universes"to obsess over.If only even 1/10ths of the superhero pictures that came after it these past 15 years were shot as inventively (but they can't all be Raimis)

In its honor today: Look at yourself in the mirror the appreciative way Tobey Maguire does when he wakes up after that spider-bite,improved.You're awesome.Maybe you just didn't notice it before?

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Saturday
Oct 29 2016

Oscar Horrors: The Makeup of "Bram Stoker's Dracula" (1992)

Boo!It's "Oscar Horrors".Each evening we look back on a horror-connected nomination until Halloween.Here'sChris Feilon Bram Stoker's Dracula's makeup...

Bram Stoker's Draculais as drenched in blood as it is in design excess.Nearly 25 years on,the film is surely one of Francis Ford Coppola's strangest in his filmography.Opulent while utilizing practical effects,the film is smartly-made eye candy that flashes both its brain and budget.Imagine a lavish and gruesome horror film for adults being dropped on today's audiences during the holiday/awards months - stranger yet,imagine it being a hit and nabbing some Oscars too,亚博主页including for it's makeup design.

Part of the film's goal is establishing a vision somewhat closer to that gothic romance of Bram Stoker's original novel,including that of the titular monster...

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Thursday
May 26 2016

Bram Stoker's Dracula,Helena Bonham-Carter,and Peggy Lee Fever

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1828Feral teenager Kaspar Hauser is discovered wandering Nuremberg,claiming to have been raised in total isolation.Theories abound and the story inspires many artists down the road including Werner Herzog in the filmThe Enigma of Kaspar Hauser(1974).
1877Influential dancer Isadora Duncan is born.Vanessa Redgrave gets an Oscar nomination playing her inIsadora!(1968)
1886Al Jolson is born.Will later star in the first "talkie"The Jazz Singer(1927)
1894Silent film star Norma Talmadge is born
1897Bram Stoker's epistolary novel "Dracula"is published.Never stops being adapted for film and television but our hearts will always belong to Francis Coppola'sBram Stoker's Dracula(1992) despite the aggravating double possessive
1907John Wayne was born.Did he always talk like that?
1913Peter Cushing is born in England.Later stars in Hammer Horror films with his irl best friend Christopher Lee,the Dracula to his Van Helsing.Perhaps most famously Carrie Fisher 'recognizes his foul stench' when she's captured inStar Wars
1914Geoffrey Unsworth,two time Oscar winning genius cinematographer is born.Shot so many gorgeous movies like2001,Cabaret,Tess,Supermanas well as a legendary bad one inZardoz.

1920Peggy Lee is born.The popular singer was mysteriously left out of AMPAS's annual "In Memoriam"section at the Oscars despite numerous film connections,亚博主页like voicing multiple characters inLady in the Tramp,starring in a remake ofThe Jazz Singer,popularizing the song "Why Don't You Do Right?"inStage Door Canteen(later spectacularly used inWho Framed Roger Rabbit?),and even nabbing an admittedly strange supporting actress nomination forPete Kelly's Blues(1955).Now where's that biopic we were promised from Todd Haynes starring Reese Witherspoon?
1926Miles Davis is born.Hisbiopicis in theaters currently because famous men get biopics.
1948Stevie Nicks emerges with her diaphamous shawls from mother's womb;starts spinning.We see her gypsy.
1949The legendary Pam Grier is born.Also answers to "Coffy,""Foxy Brown,"and "Jackie Brown"
1961Tarsem Singh is born.Eventually trades truly weird beautiful auteurial stuff for still weird CGI mainstream drudgery


1966Helena Bonham Carter is born.Initially pegged as Merchant Ivory's favorite dress up doll,she goes on to have a rather spectacularly enduring career.Happy 50th Helena!

Helena's 10 Best Performances?My List...

  1. Wings of the Dove(1997) shoulda won the Oscar
  2. Fight Club(1999) shoulda been nominated for the Oscar
  3. Howard's End(1992) shoulda been nominated for the Oscar
  4. Sweeney Todd(2007) shame about the singing voice.because otherwise...
  5. A Room With a View(1986)
  6. Suffragette(2015)
  7. The Curse of the Were-Rabbit(2005)
  8. Eyesore in Wonderland(2010)
  9. Lady Jane(1985)
  10. Hamlet(1990)

1971Lenny,by Julian Barry.opens on Broadway.Barry adapts it to film three years later with Bob Fosse directing.They both receive Oscar nominations.Lennyeven gets a third life in a way when it basically serves as the film within the film ofAll That Jazz
1984
"Let's Hear It For the Boy,"fromFootloose,hits #1 on the pop charts.Goes on to an Original Song nomination at the Oscars.亚博主页Loses to "I Just Called To Say I Love You"by Stevie Wonder fromWoman in Red
2006X-Men: Last Stand,the thirdX-Menmotion picture, opened in theaters and was bad enough to destroy the franchise...except they kept right on making them.TomorrowX-Men 6opens,better known asX-Men Apocalypse.