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Feb 25 2019

On Glenn Close's Oscar Curse

by Nathaniel  R

At this point in her long and celebrated career,Glenn Close surely has reason to wonder.Consider it a reverse Sally Field: 'Youdon'tlike me?Youreallydon't like me?'

There are many familiar time-tested ways to win an Oscar and Glenn Close has tried them all.She's tried the debut performance that makes everyone's jaw drop with 'who is THAT?' wonder (World According to Garp).She's tried being the actor who becomes a kind of symbolic representation of an entire film and cast (The Big Chill).She's tried having the necessary momentum,twice actually,with three consecutive supporting nominations ending inThe Naturalearly in her career,and then two consecutive lead nominations a few years later (ending withDangerous Liaisons).She's tried having the kind of blockbuster zeitgeist hit that can carry you to win even when youaren'tdeserving though she certainly was (Fatal Attraction)...

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Oct 26 2016

Oscar Horrors: The Dangerous Editing of "Fatal Attraction"

Boo!It's a bonus episode of "Oscar Horrors".We're looking back on horror-connected Oscar nominations until Halloween.Here'sDaniel Crookeon a Best Picture nominee's brilliant rhythms

Fatal Attractionwants you to keep your doors locked;it gets off on invasion.On lulling you into a false sense of security,sneaking in through the back gate,and shredding the nerves of you and everyone inside while it wreaks increasingly deranged havoc with maniacal glee.Such manipulation is not only the mark of a great psychopath but of a great editor,as well.InFatal Attraction,you've got both;Glenn Close's rhapsodic performance as jilted stalker Alex Forrest slashes at unexpected intervals but she meets her match in the finely screw-tuned cuts of Michael Kahn and Peter E.Berger.Adrian Lyne's classic cautionary tale of infidelity gone wrong and what happens when you turn down someone's invitation to the opera goes for the jugular (and the groin and the brain) but it's up to Kahn and Berger to keep your guard down,raise the hairs on your neck,and provide a clear path for Close to sneak up behind you with the knife.

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Dec 13 2015


Jul 06 2015


Awards Dailyset pictures on the new film from James Marsh (Theory of Everything) this one starring Colin Firth & Rachel Weitz
BloombergSteve Wozniack love theSteve Jobstrailer
SlateDana Stevens on the particular appeal of Channing Tatum,film star
The Dissolveon Ava DuVernay's hard pass onThe Black Panther.I'm so relieved she's not doing this.Now she can make more movies like Middle of Nowhere or Selma.Why lose great individualistic directors to Marvel when what Marvel wants is journeymen to realize their Cinematic Universe goals?
EWMila Kunis & Ashton Kutcher got married

Theater Maniahas an interest piece on why so many musicals disappear in the development stages
The Film Stagelooks at MoMA's Scorsese exhibit of film one sheets
CHUDan editorial on why we need gays as main characters in mainstream blockbusters - written by a straight man
GuardianHilary Swank scaling back career to care for her ailing father.Best wishes to the family

Saloncomprehensive list of booze consumed onTrue DetectiveS2
VulturethinksTrue DetectiveSeason 2 owes a lot to David Lynch
EmpireFatal Attractionto become a TV miniseries - good luck finding a Glenn Close replacement
Birth Movies DeathMarvel/Netflix may be struggling with how to do Iron Fist for the small screen.Whatever direction they go in,please make the character Asian as he always should have been considering his origins

Terminate the Terminator Franchise
Forbeson whyTerminator: Genisysopened weak in the States -- curiously no one ever mentions that Emilia Clarke is not a strong actor and she's up against memories of Linda Hamilton's Oscar nomination worthy work!
The Daily Beastinterviews Alan Taylor (who has not had much luck as a feature director after proving a hot commodity on TV) and he has curious "just go with it"opinions on how messy his movie is
NYTprofiles producer David Ellison (Megan's brother) on his struggles gettingTerminator Genisysgoing and building a multiverse like Marvel.This was a good read but the title is truly bizarre.How is investing solely in mainstream tentpole franchise moviemaking an example of 'not playing it safe.' That's exactly what playing it safe is.Not playing it safe is what Megan Ellison does with her risky art films.

Look,I am one of the biggestTerminatorfans that exists.I saw the first two a ton of times,and think they're veritable masterpieces of their form.They still play today and their action sequences are more exciting (still) even knowing every beat than anything in any of the ill-begotten sequels.Enough already.This franchise was already complete when James Cameron was finished with it twenty-plus years ago.Making money is perfectly fine asonegoal but if it's theonlygoal when making a movie,you've already failed.Movies made solely for money (and for no other reason) are never good.

Are you watchingTrue DetectiveSeason 2?Do you also wish Skynet would stay down after being defeated for the fifth time?

Apr 20 2014

Happy Easter.The Ten Greatest Bunnies in Cinematic History

Since we already namedour favorite Bible movies,it's time to turn the conversation over to the most integral part of Easter celebrations: Bunnies!Rabbits.Hares.Whatever you'd prefer to call the hoppy delights.

You will find neitherWinnie the Pooh's "Rabbit"orAlice in Wonderland's "White Rabbit"on this list because,frankly,they're way too annoying.

Because he sounds just like Hugh Jackman

<-- 09.WERE-RABBIT (2005)
Because he's the only lagomorph who doesn't answer to "Bugs"to ever win an Oscar

8 more awesome movie bunnies after the jump

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Sep 19 2013

This Comment Thread is NOT Going to Be Ignored

Today's Lunchtime Poll (what,we eat late)...

Which movie star would drive you mad if they dumped you after a brief torrid sexual affair?