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Monday
Feb 09 2015

Living For Love & Skimming Through Grammys

Annie takes us to church,then puts a spell on usWith Taylor Swift's cheekily titled "1989"the music world's best-seller of 2014,and a least half of all movie franchises with their roots firmly embedded in the "me"decadeis pop culture forever frozen in 80s amber?We hardly needed another reminder that the 1980s are still roaring but what were the chances that the two best performances of the Grammy's would come from Annie Lennox and Madonna?

I don't ask this as someone with significant ties to loving the 1980s (though I am someone like that) but from genuine surprise.It's not that there aren't great performers that are verynowbut they all seemed conspicuously absent last night or visibly subdued within the long procession of funureal ballads the Grammys showcased.Hell,even Pharell's boppy "Happy"which memorably gave us Streep shimmying and Nyong'o jumping to her feet at the Oscars last year,亚博主页was performed with 'everything isnotawesome' minor key ominousness.

After the jumpmovie & Oscar related Grammy stuff and big wins.But first a few words on Madonna and the delicious deep red new video from the undeposed Queen of Pop.

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Wednesday
May 11 2011

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: "MATADOR"

In theHit Me With Your Best ShotWednesday evening series we look at a pre-selected movie and choose what we each think of as its best shot.Anyone can play and we link up.(Links and next week's topic are at the end of the post.) This week,to coincide with the opening  of the Cannes film festival we thought we'd look at the one (or two) of the earliest Pedro Almodóvar / Antonio Banderas collaborations since the men are reuniting at Cannes to show off their first collaboration in two decades,The Skin I Live In(2011).I gave participants the option of eitherMatador(1986) orLaw of Desire(1987) the films which elevated Banderas to Pedro Muse status,the only actor with a penis to hold that honor.

WhileLaw of Desire(1987) is my all-time favorite Pedro,I chose to rescreenMatador(1986).Why?I thought this absurdist mystery about men and women who think of killing as an art form,mightprove a fine companion piece tothe director and star's new film,given the similarly violent and grotesque subject matter.

The title character trains new bullfighters in retirement.

So did I change my mind aboutMatador,my least favorite from my very favorite auteur?The answer is both No and Yes.

The opening credits ofMatadorseem to be challenging the audience to throw tomatoes and openly hate the movie as the title character,a retired matador named Diego (Nacho Martinez) masturbates to images of extreme violence against women.Moments later we see an explicit sex scene turn murderous.This time the corpse will be a man.All moviegoers have different levels of stamina with explicit material and I have the opposite constitution from the MPAA.Which is to say that I'm totally fine with sexually graphic imagery but I have a hard time watching people be brutalized.Pedro,a subversive artist and equal opportunity offender,is still working his way out of his "shock"phase.It's definitely a confrontational first reel but the rest of the film is much easier to watch.

The thing I forgot aboutMatador(I haven't seen it since...1990?) is how completely erotic it is.Yes,all of the characters are either killers or caught up in the drama of death,but they're all horny about it.

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