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"If you'll pardon the bluntness,I am still convinced that Richard Kelly was masturbating the entire time he was filming this movie."-PoliVamp

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Lulu Wang(The Farewell)
Ritesh Batra(Photograph)
Schmidt & Abrantes(Diamantino)
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Jul 07 2019

Podcast: MidSommar & Wild Rose

with Murtada Elfadl,Nathaniel R,and Chris Feil

Index (56 minutes)
00:01 A spoiler-filled discussion of Ari Aster's new horror filmMidSommarstarring Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor.We have three different opinions about its value.
38:10 Tom Harper'sWild Rose.You've seen this musical drama before but three performances by Jessie Buckley,Julie Walters,and Sophie Okonedo and the music (the finale song is by Mary Steenburgen!) elevate it.
50:00 Lots of randomnees including Almodóvar movies,bad television,and future movies we're looking forward to includingThe FarewellandOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood.

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post ordownload from iTunes.Continue the conversations in the comments,won't you?

Reading Assignments
Chris Feil'sMidSommarreview
"The End of Empathy"-Andrew Kendall onMidSommar
Halfway Mark Actresses- Nathaniel's fav performances of 2019
Nick's VOR ratings-an explanation

MidSommar & Wild Rose

Jul 02 2019

Review: MidSommar

byChris Feil

Ari Aster's sunbleached hellscapeMidSommaropens with a horrific tragedy,a shocking act that has nevertheless long been grimly foretold for Dani,a depressed collegiate played by Florence Pugh.What unfolds for her in the rest of the film feels as projected by the warning signs around her and as cataclysmic.No,not the ominous surroundings of her European countryside getaway.She's in a relationship doomed to collapse.

Though Dani's imminent breakup with Christian (Jack Reynor) gets stalled by this horrible event,she suddenly finds herself slipping into his vacation plans with his begrudging friends.Promised a once-in-a-lifetime folk traditions in the isolated home village of one of his bros,the group descends upon the Hårga of Hälsingland looking to get a little stoned and enjoy some cultural tourism.Once there,Dani's already established isolation in the group (and her relationship) intensifies from her grief and the increasingly strange rituals in which they participate.Lines are crossed early,but for reasons that feel insignificant in the end,they still stick around.

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Feb 01 2019

Sundance Surprise: Fighting With My Family

Abe Fried-Tanzer reporting from Sundance

Each year,Sundance hosts a "surprise screening"that's printed as such on its advance schedule and only revealed during the festival itself.It's a chance to premiere a hit movie for a small audience that is usually pretty excited about it.Last year,it was Jason Reitman'sTully,and the year before that,it was eventual Oscar winnerGet Out.This year,it'sFighting with My Family,slated for theatrical release in just two weeks.

This premiere brought out some big stars,including Dwayne "The Rock"Johnson,Vince Vaughn,and real-life wrestler Paige,whose story serves as the inspiration for this film...

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Nov 07 2018

THR's 20 New Stars to Watch.Plus Ezra Miller.

by Nathaniel R

Remember when the release of Vanity Fair's "Hollywood Issue"used to be so exciting for its semi-frequent attempts to predict who would be the next big things?You could spot future superstars as well as divine which actors,great future or not,had hustling agents that managed to snag them covers with little actual work to back that up.The Hollywood Reporter is trying their hand at something similar with their new issue,which has four cover stars,two of whom (Awkwafina,Ezra Miller) aren't listed within the "NextGen"list presumably because they've already "arrived"?We don't know.The other two cover stars (Letitia Wright,Noah Centineo) are represented on the list after the jump...

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Jan 05 2018

BAFTA's 2017 Rising Star Nominees

Chrishere.This year has had so many breakthrough performances that you'd be hard pressed to whittle it down to five performers,but such is the pain of awards season.And yet one of the season's biggest prizes for new talents,BAFTA's Rising Star award,has just announced its five contenders for 2017 honors: Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out),Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth),Josh O'Connor (God's Own Country),Tessa Thompson (Thor Ragnarok),and Timothée Chalamet (Call Me By Your NameandLady Bird).

This makes for a stellar lineup of headliners of Best Picture contenders in Chalamet and Kaluuya,indie darlings with Pugh and O'Connor,and the big budget superhero badassery of Thompson.The latter actress is a bit of a headscratcher here considering she's been a ferocious talent for years (and in lead roles!) in the likes ofDear White PeopleandCreed,but we love her so much that we'll accept her placement if only to see her getting the love she deserves.This prize has been a boys club of late so my money is rooting for Pugh,such an emergent and invigorating new talent in the taxingLady Macbeth.

Now you'd have to go back to Kristen Stewart's 2010 win to find a non-Brit winner of this prize,so consider this a statistical leg up for Pugh,O'Connor,and Kaluuya.But the past two winners (Tom Holland and John Boyega) also had the visibility of franchise weight behind them - could that spell some strong chances for Thor's Thompson?Or is this just another in a string of breakthrough prizes for Chalamet?

The full BAFTA nominees will be announced on Jan.9!

Oct 27 2017

"Lady Macbeth"and the Men Who Love Her

By Spencer Coile

Even at a quickly-paced 89 minutes,Lady Macbethis unafraid to work slowly and dilligently.Based onLady Macbeth of the Mtsensk Districtby Nikolai Reskov and directed by William Oldroyd,this is a meticulously made tale of sexual repression and desire.It follow Katherine (Florence Pugh),a young woman married off to a man twice her age.Caught in a loveless,sexless marriage,she plots a better life for herself and then ensures,by any means necessary,to achieve her goal.

The film (out now on DVD) is a dizzying narrative of deceit and treachery.Despite taking place in a stuffy 19th century English household,its twisted web of sex,love,and murder smolders.I would be lying if I said I didn't find myself screaming "Ohmygod!"over and over again throughout the film.Lady Macbethevolves into something far messier,more suspenseful,and ever more intriguing than what first meets the eye...

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