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Apr 01 2019

Beauty vs Beast: Nanny Dearest

Jason fromMNPPhere with this week's "Beauty vs Beast"-- today we're wishing a happy 32 to one of our absolute favorite working actresses,the great Mackenzie Davis.If you watchedHalt and Catch Fireyou got it the second her "Cameron"showed up and from that moment on it's just been a long slow waiting game for the rest of the world to catch up.But catch up they have,I think - I mean she is about to star in aTerminatormovie so I think they have.Whether she'll have anything of actual substance to do in that we'll have to wait and see.

But we'll always haveTully!Jason Retiman's 2018 film was one of our faves (Nathaniel gave it several nominations and a win for its screenplay inhis Film Bitch Awards),spinning an exquisite dissociative dramedy out of the newborn fugue state -- it reeks of new parent smell.The film's a showcase for Theron and Davis' easy charms -- one of the year's true pleasures was getting the chance to explore the constant moment of total anxiety in such capable hands.You feel a little bit saner on the far side ofTully.

PREVIOUSLYLast week'sSpring Breakerspollturned out to be closer than I anticipated,given how well James Franco's "Alien"was receieved at the time,but he won it only at 54% -- indeed nobody had anything kind to say about him or his performance in the comments.So we'll share some love for the girls,viaTom G:

"I give credit to Hudgens for trying to take risks with her career post HSM.She did Broadway as well and is generally regarded as the saving grace of the live musicals she appears in on TV."

Mar 25 2019

Beauty vs Beast: Girls Gone Wildin'

Happy Monday to one and all,Jason fromMNPPhere with this week's brand new edition of "Beauty vs Beast"-- enfant terrible provocateur Harmoney Korine is tossing another neon grenade our way this forthcoming Friday with his filmThe Beach Bum(reviewed at SXSW),twisting our sexual stoner preconceptions of Matthew McConaughey to suit his perverse needs.So for this week's contest,with Britney's voice still warbling in our heads,let's toss it back seven years to Korine's last much celebrated ode to the wacky Florida lifestyle,Spring Breakers.

In one corner we've got our four bikini kill co-eds (played by Vanessa Hudgens,Selena Gomez,Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine) and everywhere else we've got the drug-dealing pistol-fellating Alien (James Franco),owner of shit.

PREVIOUSLYI figuredlast week'sEternal Sunshinecontestwouldn't be close but it really,really,wasn't close -- Kirsten Dunst walked away with 92% of the vote over Elijah Wood's mega-creep;saidFitz:

"Mary,Mary,Mary.No contest.I think Kirsten Dunst's performance,as a supporting actor,was perhaps more impressive than Kate Winslet's with the limited time she got.Mary's arc was devastating,and Dunst (no surprises) was heartbreaking in the role.Sadly—just another Oscar nod that was denied Dunst who should have at least 6 and 1 win by now (her turns in Melancholia,The Beguiled,Bachelorette,All Good Things,The Virgin Suicides,Marie Antoinette,The Cat's Meow,Eternal Sunshine,Interview with the Vampire were all Oscar-worthy performances)"

Oct 07 2018

NYFF: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Jason Adamsreporting from the New York Film Festival

Anthology films always have a bit of an under-cooked quality - you like a chunk of meat here,a chunk of potato there,but the stew's uneven,the broth skinned over from sitting.Even the very best ones can feel haphazard - you can and should certainly argue thatPulp Fictionis an anthology film,albeit one that's po-mo'd up in glorious fashion,but some days you're just not in the mood for Honey Bunny,ya dig?  The Coens' six-partThe Ballad of Buster Scruggsmaintains that streak - highs,lows,and everything in between,slapped between two fraying book covers...

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Dec 10 2017

You're Tearing Me Apart,Franco!: "The Disaster Artist"

By Spencer Coile

Tommy Wiseau'sThe Roomis a train-wreck.This is not a unique statement to make.Ask anyone who has seen it,and you'll surely be met with a healthy mix of laughter and endless quoting from 2003's "so bad it's good"disasterpiece.For years,fans have flocked to midnight showings at local theaters or gathered with friends around their TV to enjoy the messy writing,acting,and directing -- just three of the many hats Wiseau wore throughout filming.

What many fail to address,however,is thatThe Roomwas not always comedy;it began as a labor of love -- a melodrama with strong connections to Wiseau's personal (but very private) life.Adapted from the memoir byThe Roomco-star Greg Sestero and journalist Tom Bissell,James Franco dramatizes Wiseau's journey from obscurity to cult stardom inThe Disaster Artist.But is his portrayal of Tommy Wiseau given the same loving treatment as Wiseau intended forThe Room...?

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Oct 27 2017

Calling "The Disaster Artist"

Chrishere.We don't spend much time celebrating movie turkeys here at The Film Experience,亚博主页but the upcoming release ofThe Disaster Artistprovides a unique opportunity of sorts.The film (which Ireviewed at TIFF) recounts the making of "worst movie of all time"The Roomwith James Franco directing and starring as the film's eccentric creator Tommy Wiseau.And it's looking like the film is drumming up an equally idiosyncratic Oscar campaign before its early December release.

What looks like an homage billboard has something a little more special.Take note ofArtist's posted phone number - because James Franco has been taking calls.

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Sep 14 2017

TIFF: "Disaster"is James Franco's Best Performance

byChris Feil

It takes a particular kind of cinematic appreciation to love bad movies.For some,there can be a special charm to misguided clunkers and turkeys of only the best intentions.There is a stark difference between laughing at something and laughing with something.The Roomhas been one of the more recent additions to the beloved trash cinema pantheon and stands as a fascinating psychological testament to its creator and star Tommy Wiseau.As told on the page by Wiseau's costar and close friend Greg Sestero,the making of the film was as haphazard as you expect.

The risk ofThe Disaster Artist,adapted from Sestero's book,is confusing the affection or morbid fascination of The Room's fanbase for something mockingly mean-spirited.Luckily the film is built on love for its subject,as directed by James Franco who also stars as Wiseau...

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