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Jun 21 2018

Podcast: Disobedience and Tully

An intimate convo this week asNathaniel RandNick Davisdiscuss recent flicks.This was recorded right beforeNathaniel's birthdaybut we are late uploading it.Here it is now for your enjoyment.Lots ofTullyandDisobediencetalk (among other films) all without spoilers if you haven't yet caught those early release gems!

Index (40 minutes)
00:01 Silliness about Nathaniel's Birthday
03:30 Favorites of 2018 thus far including Diablo Cody & Charlize Theron's brilliance inTully
10:25 A long anedcote-filled conversation about Sebastian Lelio'sDisobediencestarring Rachel Weisz.It's quite discussable from a number of angles
25:00On Chesil Beach,Deadpool 2andReady Player One
30:15Let the Sunshine In,andGrace Jones,Bloodlight and Bami
34:45 More randomness includingBook Cluband the exquisite beauty of Michelle Pfeiffer inWolf

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?

Disobedience,Tully,Ready Player One

May 05 2018

'just link a prayer,your click can take me there...

Guardianhas a really fascinating interview with Sean Penn about his novel (yes he wrote one),his ex-wives,his humanitarian work,the Me Too movement and more
AV ClubNetflix suggests it's going to back away a bit from its war against the movies...or at least from competing on the awards battlefield.Does this mean they're abandoning their Oscar campaigns?This statement is quite vague.
Boy Cultureconnects two of my favorite things of all time: Madonna's "Like a Prayer"phase and...Natalie Wood?
TimeCanOceans 8bring back the glamourous caper?

EWUma Thurman willing to work with Quentin Tarantino again
Winterviews Grace Jone about her fierceness "I pack a good wallop"
VarietyYES!A24 is planting the seeds for an Oscar campaign for Toni Collette in the horror filmHereditary
Coming SoonFor some reasonMonty Python's Spamalotis going to become a movie
VarietyOlivia de Havilland talks about being Cannes very first female jury president decades ago
Electric Literature"storytelling"in WestWorld and how literary it actually is
Awards DailyAcademy votes to expel Roman Polanski and Bill Cosby
AV ClubSteve Martin and Martin Short are actual best friends
i09beautiful posters forKing Kong's Broadway musical debut
Playboy"Hollywood's pansexual moment"- interesting points in this article but I'm really quite annoyed that we've jumped from gay rights to "let not define ourselves and let's explore fluidity"and are acting like homophobia is solved / gays are accepted.There are literally still laws being pushed in the US to discriminate against queer people -even this very week!

Click to enlargeAvengersMania
<-- ThisCaptain Marvelposter going around looked so official I thought it was.Apparently it's actually fan art by a Brazilian illustratorFabio Rodrigues

VultureInfinity Warfacial hair rankings
Monkey SeeGlen Weldon coins a genius term for the ending ofAvengers: Infinity War.Well worth a close read.
Crooked MarqueeEric D Snider wins the award for "best headline to anAvengers Infinity Warreview"
/FilmBlack Widow's solo film actively looking for a director (even though no screenplay is written yet.Hmmm)
AV Filmhow are we supposed to care aboutAnt-Man and the Wasppost the brutal ending of Infinity War
Coming SoonInfinity War has been out just one week and it's already nearly at a billion dollars globally.Jesus.
Expressa very elaborate theory on how Captain Marvel and Ant Man could save the day inInfinity Wars Part 2

Apr 03 2018

Doc Corner: 'Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami'

ByGlenn Dunks

Documentaries about musicians can feel like a dime a dozen.It's no wonder,too,since they're such easy sells for festivals and home entertainment in a market that is over-saturated with exhibitors and distributors in need to properties that don't require elaborate marketing campaigns -- just a hope and a prayer that they will ‘catch on'.

Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bamiis not exactly one of those films.It is unconventional as rock docs go in a whole host of ways,but it's also a film that even its subject's fans may struggle with.It eschews a typical birth-to-death narrative and instead focuses on Grace's experiences in Jamaica and Paris recording her 2008 albumHurricane,recorded in garish lo-fi digital video,juxtaposed against richly filmed concert footage that echoes her 1982One Man Show.It's a documentary that leaves questions – like what exactly are "Bloodlight"and "Bami"(I had to look them up)?Why did it take so long to complete?

It drifts by for 115 minutes on its own sort of trippy wavelength which is,if you think about it,entirely appropriate for a documentary about Miss Grace Jones,one of the most enigmatic and exciting pop stars of the 20th century...

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May 19 2016

Happy Birthday Grace Jones

Kieran,here wishing the happiest of birthdays to one of our most talented,specific,peculiar and mysterious pop culture icons--the great Grace Jones.

There are countless pop music mainstays today who owe a great debt to the trails blazed by Grace Jones and many have gone to great pains to cite her as a predecessor.Her signature,striking style,her unique music,her fascinating,inimitable look are incredibly influential.Make no mistake--a lot of your favs (and I take nothing away from them by saying this for it's the best artist that borrow from other artists) can be traced back to Grace Jones.

Jones has made forrays into film here and there,though she's arguably most known for her appearances inBoomerangwhere her character brashly declared...

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Sep 29 2015

"my link saw something that night"

• The next James Bond will be...Damian Lewis?Our first ginger 007 you guys!Rumor only but I could see that happening.[Mirror]
• It's weird that there's not a definitive feature about the airplane-building Wright Brothers.Steven Spielberg wants to make one as it turns out.Seems like a good fit,no?[/Film]
• Life on the red planet?There's water at least.Did Fox pay NASA to announce this the week before the opening ofThe Martian;)?[The Guardian]

• Rising star Jonny Beauchamp says he owes everything to Roland Emmerich.Oh noooo.Tough debt.Also there's a photoshoot [Interview magazine]
• "I was being talked to like I was a silly pop singer."Grace Jones is still quotable/fabulous/singular.Just released a memoir [Time Out]
• "I've got tea.I've got cookies.No cake!"I cannot tell you how often my best friends and I quote The Log Lady fromTwin Peaks.RIP Catherine Coulson [Wired]
• "Marlene Dietrich believed her pussy was magic"is the first sentence of this article so you know you want to read it.Why can't we get a biopic about THESE anecdotes?[Pajiba]
• Is this really Frank Grillo (fromCaptain America: Winter Soldier) younger & NSFW?[OMG BLOG]
• Everyone in the world has forgotten that Disney was going to make an Enchanted sequel.Except Disney apparently.It's going to be calledDisenchanted.I shudder to think of the web exploding with "who should replace Amy Adams?"articles  [Coming Soon]
• "we were certainly looking for shots that told the story without a lot of cutting."- Roger Deakins on point of view and action sequences inSicario[The Film Stage]
• First image of Woody Harrelson as LBJ in Rob Reiner's forthcoming biopic [Empire]

Image of the Day
Thor and The Vision making out from theAvengers: Age of Ultrongag/blooper reel.Love the elegant placement of Thor's hammer.The best part of the image is surely that man about to shoot in the corner.

P.S.My favorite part isElizabeth Olsen dropping her accent when she messes up a line.

Video of the Day #1
The Revenantgets a new nearly 3 minute trailer.I won't be watching it because I love the teaser so much (previously discussed,the one with all the heavy breathing) and I don't want any more information in my eyeballs before seeing itthan we've already gotten.The reaction online seems breathless/"MASTERPIECEY"!but one should never bank on trailers to tell you what the finished quality of a movie will be,only to tell you whether it looks like you must see the movie.The last trailer that fooled me with "oh,this will be a masterpiece,hands down!"wasLittle Children(2006) and that's where I learned my lesson once and for all that the art of cutting trailers into 2-ish minute expressive gems was an entirely different art form (a beautiful art form if you don't give too much away) then making a 2 hour movie.

Video of the Day #2
"Bitch Better Have My Money"BarbershopQuartetQuintet style with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Jan 28 2012

Eiko Ishioka (1939-2012)

Deneuve with Ishioka on Oscar night 1993The cinema lost one of its few truly unique visionaries this week.We've paid homage before and multiple times.73 year old costume giant Eiko Ishioka,who didn't work in the cinema frequently enough for our tastes succumbed to cancer on Thursday.

We first fell in love with her work viaBram Stoker's Dracula(1992) and it was hardly an idiosyncratic crush.Millions were instant converts and she won the Oscar for her spectacular creations,from inside out red musculature armor to dazzling perverse lizard-like bridal wear for vampire brides.Just stunning stuff.

I'd be very disappointed/surprised if some goth girl somewhere hasn't tried to copy Sadie Frost's indelible vampire bride look for her wedding night.

Sadie Frost in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Best single costume of the 1990s?Maybe.

In the past decade Ishioka wowed again through Tarsem Singh's filmography (The Cell,The Fall,andImmortals)

Bjork,Grace and a few more film picsafter the jump...

Kellan Lutz filming a scene from Immortals (2011)

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