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Thursday
May 23 2019

Yes No Maybe So: Terminator Dark Fate

byJason Adams

The longest time to pass betweenTerminatormovies was twelve years,from James Cameron's action masterpieceT2in 1991 to Jonathan Mostow's shoddyRise of the Machinesin 2003.Since then,even though they continually struggle to find and resituate their stories and main characters,it's been five to six years from film to film,taking us fromSalvationtoGenisysand to now,as of this fall,we'll haveDark Fate.Which,it must be said,finally brings the great Linda Hamilton and her iconic Sarah Connor character back for the first time since 1991.

Today they've just released the first fairly loaded teaser trailer for the film -- so let's take a look...

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Monday
Apr 08 2019

Beauty vs Beast: Only a Mother's Love

Jason fromMNPPhere -- it's safe to say that there isn't a week (a day,an hour) where something having to do with John Waters doesn't drift through my happily polluted brain,but this week's really turning it out.(It's good to gear ourselves up forJohn's new book out in May,I suppose!) For one this upcoming Saturday the 25th anniversary of his last truly great filmSerial Mom,starring a deliciously unhinged Kathleen Turner as the sunny recycling-prone Jekyll & Hyde of suburbia.And for another MoMA,as part oftheir "What Price Hollywood"serieson cinema's transgressive sexual politics,is screeningFemale Troubletwice this month.So with Mother's Day already in the air (and by "in the air"I mean "on the seasonal shelves of my local CVS") I ask us for this week's "Beauty vs Beast"to turn our eyes upon these two of John's most loving mothers...

PREVIOUSLYLast week'sTullypollwas relatively tight,which is as it should be with two characters so inextricable,but it was momma Margo who pulled it out at the end with 56% of the vote.SaidJF:

"Charlize is straight-up one of the greatest screen actors of all time.Male,female,living,dead,any era,any genre,*tongue pop*.I have never been ready for how great she is an I hope I never am."

Monday
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."

Monday
Aug 06 2018

Ranking Tully's Figures of Speech


Seven years after fucking upCharlize Theron's silk,Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody teamed up again to fuck up just about every other fabric in her house in this year'sTully.Here Theron plays Marlo,a soon-to-be mommy of three struggling to find any room for excitement or naps in her caffeine-deprived days.Enter Tully (Mackenzie Davis),the night nanny she hires to add some hours of sleep to her frustrations.

From the opening scene,Cody assures the audience she has no intention of grounding these characters in the reality that corresponds to them.Her script keeps this up throughout by frequently using figures of speech and occasional underwater reveries to buoy up the characters in their imagination.She reinforces the fantasies her script's players construct and dress themselves up in (from Tahitian home bars to cat ears headbands) with an equally rhetorical language.We've ranked enough of our favorite metaphors and similes fromTullythat we can already hear the wheels of your high school English teacher's TV cart rolling up to your classroom.

Ten of our favorite lines and very wet spoilers after the cut...

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Sunday
May 06 2018

Review: "Tully"

byChris Feil

WithJuno,screenwritwer Diablo Cody and director Jason Reitman made a quippy comedy on teen pregnancy with more subtlety than first meets the eye.Pairing again forYoung Adult,they approached the bitter delusion of its alcoholic protagonist with patient and understated compassion.Now arrives their third collaborationTully,an equally gracious and hilarious look at personal growth and self-awareness,this time with motherhood at the forefront.

It's a special thing when we get even one great comedy with such a deep well of empathy for its subject,but Cody and Reitman have gifted us with an unimpeachable trilogy on empathy that challenges audience bias.AndTullyis their riskiest entry yet.

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Saturday
Apr 21 2018

Jason Reitman & Diablo Cody,Round Three!

byMurtada

By now you've all heard about the post-screening Tribeca Film Festival panel that went around the world.The moderator at aScarface35th anniversary screening,asked Michelle Pfeiffer about her weight during filming.

As the father of a daughter,I'm concerned about body image.The preparation for this film — what did you weigh?

The horror!The audience met the question with groans,and Pfeiffer handled it superbly,focusing on her work for the film.

I was at another Tribeca event happening at the same time.One that was markedly devoid of sexist questions and uncomfortable moments.In fact it was the opposite of that...

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