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Jul 17 2014


Compleximagining TV prequels to movies.Hilarious.The description of "Kramer Loves Kramer"is priceless.
New Republic"I don't f***ing care if you like it."an excellent piece on gender politics in the now with framing guest appearance by Amy Poehler
In ContentionDavid Fincher'sGone Girlwill open NYFF this year.Yay!
AV Club"I KilledAt the Movies"interesting article from Ignatiy Vishnevetsky on film criticism for the camera

The Dissolvean excellent review ofSex Tapewhich I have no plans to see and therefore can read interesting reviews freely
Daily MailSullivan Stapleton gets anAnimal Kingdomtattoo
VarietyBen Whishaw will be the new voice ofPaddington
Cinematically Insaneon possible corporate mergers and what that might mean for classic film fans.Uh oh.
PajibaEwan McGregor rumored forTrue DetectiveSeason 2?(at this rate with the male cast the female role is going to be supporting)
VF HollywoodLisa Kudrow,Courteney Cox and Jennifer Aniston seen dining together.This changes everything!
The Wiredissects the VMA nominations.I didn't realize they'd happen but there's lots of Beyoncé of course
Kenneth in the (212)Desperately Seeking Susanfinally coming out on Blu-Ray

And look at this beautiful poster ofThe One I Love.I am the one that loves it.I loves it much.I hear the movie is really good too but I haven't yet seen it.

Apr 19 2014

YNMS²: Foxcatcher & Gone Girl

Unless you countthe LEGO Movie's probable Best Animated Feature bid andthe Sundance bow ofLove is Strange(I'm still hopeful - it's playing Tribeca right now) 2014 hasn't seen much in the way of Oscar contenders just yet.Recent trailers are changing the collective shrug to raised eyebrows - betweenThe Homesman(previously discussed),Jersey Boys(if you're feeling very generous),theCannes lineup announcementand these two trailers from past nominated directors Bennett Miller (Foxcatcher) and David Fincher (Gone Girl)the body is ready for the first wave of Oscar predictions.We'll manage them before April wraps.

Both of these trailers have been around for a bit and both blissfully play more like teasers despite their length;the job of a trailer is to sell a future ticket,not to make you feel like you've already seen it so you don't need one.Foxcatcher's traiser was actually released last year and then swiftly pulled before we could get to it but it recently resurfaced andGone Girlhas been kicking around for a week but I've heard your plea to discuss so a couple of quick notes follow


Yes.What's not to love really?Remarkable use of music and uncomfortable juxtapositions in the montage.Plus,Rosamund Pike's gorgeousity turning to the camera just in time for the vocals of "She"is just a marvelous 'we're-making-a-star here' relief given that her career,though healthy,deserves more fame and a richer choice of scripts.That final shot of her in the water is so disturbing.(Yikes).And though they aren't prominently featured in this trailer the supporting cast is really good with a lot of underused faces like Sela Ward and Missi Pyle.

No.I got nothing though I guess I hope Fincher takes a break from crime thrillers soon and that greenish color palette which was fun for a couple of films but three in a row.It's approaching Eastwood's inky black and Soderbergh's yellow as a default rather than an artistic choice.

Maybe So.Casting Ben Affleck as your leading man has to be considered kind of risky,right?Aristically speaking.He's not the terrible actor some say he is but neither has he ever proven himself a great one.


Yes.Another minimalist peak at a crime drama,this one being a horrible and super weird true story.It has a very good chance of being riveting given the cast,the story and the writer/director (Bennett Miller ofCapoteandMoneyballfame).The "A coach is..."speech here is beautifully judged as a teaser framing device,especially with that pathetic shuffle into the gym with the pistol out.Steve Carell,Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum seem like a pretty great trio to hang a movie on.And did I just spot Vanessa Redgrave?!?( "Yes,please"times so so so many.)

Also Yes.Channing Tatum in a singlet

No.I dread any potential "sweepers"in any of the acting categories -- just on principle because there are ALWAYS more than four great performances in a film year -- so though I've long thought Steve Carell was an Oscar calibre actor (I nominated him right here for Little Miss Sunshine) I don't relish seeing him win everything because he went the prosthetic and vocal affectation route.He looks good in the trailer,don't get me wrong.I just know that no matter how brilliant he is,he'll be wildly overpraised merely because of this and the meat of the role.

Maybe So.I suppose the ultra specific details of this tale might not help it with accessibility for the masses,or even to feel potent thematically.But we'll worry about that later if it happens.

Are you a Yes,No or Maybe So?
And does the strength of your answer coincide with your faith in their Oscar play?

Jan 25 2014

We Can't Wait #12: Gone Girl

[Editor's Note: We Can't Wait is a Team Experience series,in which we highlight our top 14 most anticipated films of 2014.Here'sDeborah LipponGone Girl.]

Gone Girl

Loosely based on Gillian Flynn's best selling noverl of the same name,the film tells the story of a woman who mysteriously disappears on the day of her wedding anniversary.

Directed by a modern master of American thrillers,David Fincher,and starring Ben Affleck,Rosamund Pike,Neil Patrick Harris,and Patrick Fugit.

Why We Can't Wait

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