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Dec 21 2018

18 Beautiful Examples of Co-Star Chemistry in 2018

Year in review list mania each day.Here's Nathaniel...

This is our fourth year of highlighting that unpredictable spark between actors that can elevate a movie whether the movie is able to catch up or not (see previously installments for'15,'16and'17,if you're so inclined).  If only we could bottle these formulas but the thing about great chemistry is that it can't ever befullyrecreated even if old movies during the studio system teach us that the same pairing can at least generate similar energy again.Why Hollywood doesn't still try to repackage successful combos of actors (rather than just all the brand do-overs) remains an unsolved mystery

Herewith the most beautifully realized relationship energy of the year...

18 [TIE]Ben Foster & Thomasin McKenzie,Leave No Trace
ANDJosh Hamilton & Elsie Fisher,Eighth Grade(Single Father/Teenage Daughter)
There's a lot to recommend in both films,two sleeper arthouse successes this year,but neither film would have the same emotional resonance without that authenticity of feeling in the central duet.Marvel at the way Hamilton looks at or speaks to Fisher,for example,perpetually impatient to be let in on her interior life,but also nervous about intruding on her journey and walling her off yet further.Equally impressive is the difficult balancing act McKenzie plays as both dutiful daughter and emotional caretaker for her troubled father,as she grows ever more restless to escape him withoutlosinghim.What a quartet of performances...

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Dec 19 2018

Podcast: Ben is Back,Beale Street,Vice,and those pesky SAG nods

Nathaniel RandMurtada Elfadlwelcome special guest Alfred Soto to talk new films & SAG fallout

Index (61 minutes)
00:01 SAG nomination leftover feelings
05:00 None of us likedViceand the reviews are mixed.We still think it's an awards contender so we discuss the question of latebreakers in each awards season.
11:45 Randomness: Ethan Hawke,Bohemian Rhapsody,and the Florida Film Critics Circle
20:40Ben is Backstarring Lucas Hedges (with sidebars ofBoy ErasedandBeautiful Boy)
33:40If Beale Street Could Talk
45:00 Reader Q: A fine element of a buzzy movie that's not being talked up
49:17 Reader Q: Is Best Actress actually set already?
51:00 Reader Q: If there wasn't Category Fraud this year what would be happening in Supporting Actress?
53:30 Reader Q: Reassign an Oscar win - what's the cascading effect?
59:40 Wrap up

Further Reading / References
Murtada'sIf Beale StreetReview
Nathaniel'sIf Beale StreetQuick Take
Alfred's controversial review ofRoma
Alfred's Florida Film Critics ballot
Best Actress Race

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?

Beale St,Ben is Back,Vice

Dec 11 2018

The Sad Relatable Story of "Boy Erased"

Please welcome guest columnist Eurocheese,who you probably know from the comments section.We realized we hadn't reviewedBoy Erasedin full and he wanted to share his own story and how the film affected him.Here's Eurocheese...- Editor

Fifteen years ago,I came out to my conservative religious parents as a gay man.One of their first suggestions was that I voluntarily send myself to a gay conversion camp.Fortunately,I had accepted myself by that time and refused to go.What would have happened if I had been outed sooner,or if I still thought I could somehow change?I have seen several films addressing these so-called conversion camps,but never one that felt more in line with my personal story thanBoy Erased...

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Dec 11 2018

Review: Ben is Back

by Eric Blume

In writer-director Peter Hedges' new filmBen is Back,Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges perform a heart-rending duet.They're so locked into their characters,with their lived-in emotions so close to the skin,that they make the film soar.

Young Ben (Hedges) returns home for Christmas,77 days clean from sober living from his drug addiction,to the joy and hope of his mom (Roberts),and the skepticism of his family.While the plot is straightforward,Peter Hedges takes the peace out of the domestic setting in the second half of the film,where he has his two main characters on the road facing various elements from Ben's past...

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Nov 27 2018

The Hedges

Lucas Hedges,Susan Bruce,and Peter and Simon Hedges

The Hedges were out in force in NYC last night for a special screening ofBen Is Backstarring Lucas Hedges and written and directed by his dad Peter Hedges (Pieces of April,Dan in Real Life).The movie opens in limited release on December 7th.[More pics of the event at Just Jared]

(Woof at Lucas's older brother.Pity he's not an actor!But heisin the industry: he's an assistant director,recently worked on the great Jewish lesbian dramaDisobedienceand currently working on the newLes Misérablesminiseries)

Nov 04 2018

Podcast: Bohemian Rhapsody and the Best Actor Race

Nathaniel R,Murtada ElfadlandChris Feiltalk new films and the Oscar race

Index (65 minutes)
00:01 Bryan Singer'sBohemian Rhapsody,homophobic storytelling,and cat reaction shots
10:25 Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury,the limits and strengths of the performance
14:08 The Best Actor race: Bradley,Ethan,Viggo,Willem,and Rami?Plus floundering campaigns forFirst ManandThe Front Runnerand the default possibilities ofVice?
35:00 Lucas Hedges in bothBen is BackandBoy Erased
37:30Boy Erasedin general,Nicole & Russell's fine parental performances,and a bit ofThe Miseducation of Cameron Poston the side
50:30 Recent DVDs:Mamma Mia 2,Leave No Trace,Skate Kitchen,andSorry to Bother You
55:55 Return trips to bothA Star is BornandBlacKkKlansman
01:02:00Can You Ever Forgive Me?afterglow andWildlifefade?

References / Further Reading
Nathaniel's review ofBohemian Rhapsody
Best Actor Chart
Murtada on Carey Mulligan
Jorge'sMamma Miaobsession

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?

Bohemian Erased

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