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Jan 01 2019

Streaming Roulette: Netflix & Prime for January

Curiously Netflix and Prime have no recent movies available to start 2019 with.  In the first half of January Netflix only hasSolo: A Star Wars Story(beginning on the 9th).The situation at Prime is a bit better withLeave No Trace(3rd),Beautiful Boy(4th),andEighth Grade13th) all available soon.In other words,now is a great time to hit the actual movie theaters and catch up on Oscar hopefuls since the streaming services won't help much.Nevertheless here's a perusal of 'new'  streaming options.

As is our practice we've frozen the films at utterly random moments without cheating (whatever comes up comes up) for this quick preview.Let's go...

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Oct 22 2017

Joan Fontaine Centennial: Jane Eyre (1943)

Part two of our Joan Fontaine celebration.Here'sTim Brayton...

Joan Fontaine's reign at the top of the Hollywood pyramid was short and intense: three out of four movies made in three out of four years netted her Oscar nominations,with a win for the second,Suspicion.We come now to the film made immediately after this golden run: the second talkie adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's 1847 classicJane Eyre,released in the United Kingdom at the very end of 1943,but held back from the U.S.until February,1944.

By the time the film arrived at 20th Century Fox,it had already passed through the hands of super-producer David O.Selznick,who had assembled all of the main components in an apparent bid to replicate his Oscar-winningRebecca.Fontaine appears once again as a delicate,innocent ingénue dropped into a rambling Gothic mansion where a bullying man falls in love with her,in a story whose horror-film atmosphere (courtesy,in both cases,of cinematographer George Barnes) could be given the gloss of prestige and class thanks to the material's literary origins.I will commit an act of grave apostasy by suggesting that Fontaine is better here than she was in that 1940 film;there's a certain toughness in her posture and facial expressions that hadn't much appeared in her screen acting prior to this,and which considerably deepens the "meek virgin"trope she's once again saddled with.

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Jun 12 2017

Beauty vs Beast: The Men In Rosemary's Life

Jason fromMNPPhere on another Monday afternoon with another round of our weekly "Beauty vs Beast"series - today happens to be the 49th anniversary of my favorite movieRosemary's Baby.Roman Polanski's masterpiece (one of his several masterpieces) was dropped from beak of the devil's stork into the world on June 12th 1968,a wailing bundle of joy (with its father's eyes) that became the 8th biggest film of the year,scoring over 33 million at the box office (aka 230 million in 2017 dollars,putting it on par with whatFantastic Beastsand Where to Find Themmade last year) and forever giving pregnant woman something shiny and new to worry themselves about.(All of them witches!)

This being my favorite film we've already devoted one of these columns to it -we faced off the womenfolkwith Rosemary (Mia Farrow) taking on Minnie (Ruth Gordon) last fall.Gordon won,same as the Oscars.亚博主页So this time around let's turn our attentions to their respective partners!There's no time like Right Now for "Sleazy White Men Who Think They Own Women's Reproductive Organs"after all,so I give you Guy Woodhouse (John Cassavetes),star of "Nobody Loves an Albatross"and a world-class creep,and Roman Castavet (Sidney Blackmer),door to door Satan salesman.Choose wisely,your womb will thank you...

PREVIOUSLYWe took a quick trip to the Moors last weekend toput poor Jane Eyre throughthe wringer again but in the end Mia Wasikowska came out on top (and who wouldn't want to come out on top of Michael Fassbender) with 58% of your vote.SaidNick T:

"I'm so happy to cheer for Jane.It's a great performance (yay Mia!),and if Jane won't act as her own hype man then I'll happily do it tor her."

Jun 05 2017

Beauty vs Beast: Bad Romance

Howdy,everybody - Jason fromMNPPhere with a brand new round of "Beauty vs Beast"for you on this first Monday of June.Coming up on this first Friday of June a movie calledMy Cousin Rachelis coming out (you can watch the trailerright here) that stars Rachel Weisz and Sam Claflin and is adapted from the 1951 book by Daphne du Maurier (who also wroteThe BirdsandRebecca).The book was already turned into a movie once in 1952 with  Richard Burton and Olivia de Havilland (which I have never seen;have you?) - anyway it's one of my favorite genres,the overheated gothic romance,brimming with lace and poisons,and I can't wait.

So in the spirit of such things this week we're tackling one of the greatest of all when it comes to these stories - Charlotte Brontë'sJane Eyre.There are a couple of film adaptations but let's go with the most recent,Cary Fukunaga's 2011 filmstarring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender,since I found it a grand adaptation.

PREVIOUSLYWe spent last week trapped in that damn cryogenic container so we've got to skip back two weeks toour last competition,which pit the Ellen Ripleyof Ridley Scott'sAlienagainst the Ellen Ripley of James Cameron'sAliens.And it was the bigger badder bitchier (her words not mine!) version of the latter who stomped away with 67% of your votes.Saidmarkgordonuk:

"Alienis my favourite movie but theAliensperformance is something else,the looks and glances,the fear,the physicality,the line readings,the no bull attitude,I could go on,such an Iconic performance,everyone knows who Ripley is."

Feb 10 2017

Mia Wasikowska is "Piercing"

Murtadahere.With her duties asAliceover,Mia Wasikowska is turning to smaller indies.Announced this week isPiercing,a psychological thriller from director Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother).Wasikowska plays a prostitute who tassles with a family man client intent on murder.That part is played byGirlsand James Whitestar,Christopher Abbott.This film is so indie it flew under the radar while it was in production.The announcement mentions that it is already completed.Also complete is her other indieDamselin which she reunites with herMaps to the Starsco-star Robert Pattinson.Directed by David Zellner (Kumiko the Treasure Hunter),little is known about the plot except that it's a period western.

When Wasikowska appeared on thecover of the Vanity Fair Hollywood issue 4 years ago,alongside Rooney Mara,Jennifer Lawrence and Jessica Chastain,we thought she'd be the one to nab the most Oscar nominations from the quartet.Yet here we are and she has yet to get her first.It's funny how these things work.We are glad to see her working with up and coming promising directors and in what sounds on paper to be challenging work.

To these eyes,her best performance remainsJane Eyre(2011).We return time and time again to this clip.Watch Jane's spirit shine as she asserts her strength and her right to love.Mia mesmerizes.

It's Oscar month,so for which performance do you think Wasikowska should've been nominated?
May 05 2014

Stage Door: Bullets Over Broadway

It's Tony season which means mucho theatergoing.Particularly if you've missed everything this year as I have.My first stop after thatEstelle Parsons-free trip toThe Velocity of Autumnwas Woody Allen'sBullets Over Broadwayand,if you can believe my luck,I got an understudy again.This time,though,it wasn't a big deal.Though the role was major ("Olive",the gangster's moll and terrible actress) I wasn't familiar with the actress playing her to begin with.And though the 1994 film won three deserved acting nominations this musical comedy's only nominated cast member is Nick Cordero who plays Cheech,the mob henchman who shows unexpected flair for dramaturgy.

Memories of the movie and pros & cons of the stage versionafter the jump...

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