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Jan 21 2019

Beauty vs Beast: Queen Anne's Choice

Happy Oscar Nominations Eve,everybody!Jason fromMNPPhere with this week's "Beauty vs Beast"which this week shall tackle one of the probable juggernauts nomination-wise tomorrow,or so we hope -- Yorgos Lanthimos' giddily profaneThe Favouriteboasts a triumverate for the ages,with Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) sitting astride two wars,the more interesting one between her comely,craven subjects Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) and cousin Abagail (Emma Stone).Everybody's predicting richkly deserved nominations for all three (while simultaneously bickering about their Lead vs Supporting placement) but we're more interested where you'd come down from Queen Anne's place...

PREVIOUSLYLast week you guys wisely took Joan's advice and didn't fuck with her,fellas - Faye Dunaway'sstark-raving turn inMommie Dearesttrampled through the roses to a win of just under 80%.SaidRoger:

"I love MOMMIE DEAREST.In terms of Oscar eligibility,Faye Dunaway absolutely should have won the Oscar.Her performance is incredible and almost experimental.I think this is a rare example where the overused remark of losing one's self in a role is warranted.The line between Faye Dunaway and Joan Crawford is blurred beyond distinction. Both actresses are so enthralling that seeing one as the other,Dunaway as Crawford,is so electrifying it borders on hyperreality."

Jan 14 2019

Beauty vs Beast: Why Must EVERYTHING Be a Contest?

Jason fromMNPPhere - I'm sure if Faye Dunaway were to come to The Film Experience and stumble upon us wishing her a happy 78th birthday here today with a亚博主页Mommie Dearestthemed edition of our "Beauty vs Beast"poll she'd roll her eyes in that certain way she does that makes you quake in your slippers and utter some four-letter word...and that's just why we love her.She may not love the movie that turned her knobs up to Full Camp and then snapped right off,but we do,and we always will - her stratopheric take on Joan Crawford has the stuff of myth about it,as if she squeezed heaven and hell like a wet rag and drank down every last drop right before they said "Action!"That said...Joan's a tough vote all the same!

PREVIOUSLYI think this is the first time this has ever happened,y'all - we ended witha tie on last week's poll!Mahershala Ali's performance inGreen Book& Rami Malek's turn as Freddie Mercury inBohemian Rhapsodycame down 50/50.So I guess we'll go with the most magnaminous comment then...saidlylee:

"Recognizing these were both problematic movies,I still really enjoyed them - and these performances.Fine acting by a couple of fiiine men.I pick Don because I have a soft spot for brilliant pianists and Freddie seems like he'd get exhausting after a while."

Mar 11 2017

Feud: Bette and Joan. "Pilot"

by Nathaniel R

The title sequence forFeud,really couldn't be better.The Saul Bass inspired graphics cut-outs act out both the iconic beats in hagsploitation classicWhatever Happened to Baby Jane(1962) and Joan Crawford and Bette Davis's own rivalry as stars while alluding to their embattled natures (the hearts as tears is a particular fine move) within Hollywood where both had been wildly successful but not without their backs up and claws out,as it were.

When the action kicks off inFeudthough we're in 1961 and both were now "has been"at least in terms of A list leading lady roles at 55 (Crawford) and 53 (Davis).Feud: Bette and Joancastsmucholder actresses to play them with Jessica Lange (67) and Susan Sarandon (70) which is maybe the most unintentionally positive takeaway of the show;it takes much longer to be considered "old"in Hollywood now!

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Aug 05 2016

Method Linking

The Matineeon the trouble with "classics"and drawing timelines in the sand
Kenneth in the (212)theMommie Dearestmansion is on the market
The Stakeon why blockbuster franchises are all boring now.Even the good ones
National Postpop culture power rankings best and worst in method acting from Daniel Day Lewis to Jared Leto
Uproxxmovies have sucked this summer - well,the big ones have.Lots of goodies in limited release

MNPP* NSFW* Orlando Bloom made the internet all sweaty with his nude paddleboarding adventure
MNPPI love the "Siri Says"series Jason does.She picks a number,he delivers his favorite films from that year.
VarietyMaya Rudolph to co-star in Melissa McCarthy'sLife of the Party(2018)
The Tracking BoardHollywood is planning to remake Mexico'sMiss Bala(sigh).Good luck finding a lead to match Stephanie Sigman in the 2011 original
Coming SoonAngelina Jolie has opted not to take the lead role inMurder on the Orient Express.Charlize Theron is the new possibility.And ICYMI...
TFE...we held a Cast This about the other roles in that remake recently.
Film Stagenew Antonio Banderas movie is coming calledFinding Altamira.I hadn't heard of this but it's directed by Hugh Hudson who I've suddenly realized is still alive.He hasn't made a movie in 16 years.I was just watching hisGreystokemovie the other day
AV ClubAntonio Sabato Jr hilarious thinks his career is over because of his support of Trump.Oh babe,it's been over for a long time.That's like blaming Obama for the death of Captain Khan who died four years before he was in offic-- oh wait.
EsquireIn case you had forgotten that Clint Eastwood is an old guard conservative/misogynist,they have a new interview he does in tandem with his son Scott in which he uses "pussy"as a pejorative,disses Hillary and Obama,and tries that old chestnust "both sides"argument about Trump's behavior.Nope.Sorry Clint.Only one party tries to motivate voters with bigotry.(He also talks movies and at least he lovesSunset Blvdso he's not100%a terrible person.)
Women and HollywoodAva Duvernay to become the first black woman to helm a $100 million budgeted film withA Wrinkle in Time- this is news because she's quite successful already and men with a lot less success have been handed blockbuster budgets often.Crossing our fingers that it's a financial and artistic success!

Here's the very quick new tease for Christopher Nolan'sDunkirkwhich seems certain to net him that Best Director nomination that's eluded him so longif it's any good at all,it being a WW II movie and him being "overdue"and such.And he knows how to direct spectacle films after all.

Off Cinema
Buzz Feed"every time President Obama lost his chill around kids"if you need something adorable to look at
The GuardianLeonardo DiCaprio is "with her".He's hosting a $33,400 a plate fundraiser
The Daily GoodYes the mediadoesplay favorites in politics,but as this study shows,it isn't the people complaining about it who are getting the unfavorable treatment

Apr 06 2015

Beauty vs Beast: Wet Hot American Rudd

Jason fromMNPPhere with this week's "Beauty vs Beast"-- you know who's been in love with Paul Rudd for twenty years?This guy's been in love withPaul Ruddfor twenty years.Almost exactly -Cluelesscame out in July of 1995 and I think it's safe to say that 95% of everyone who sawCluelessin theaters fell in love with Paul Rudd that summer twenty summers ago.Well today is Paul's 46th birthday and here on the verge of what's probably his biggest role ever (a literally little superhero movie calledAnt-Man) it seems a good time to look back... something small,super small,that changed the course of his career.Even thoughWet Hot American Summerwasn't a hit when it came out in 2001 I can still remember it being a topic of conversation,how everybody was a bit surprised at how funny Rudd was in it.He'd done light romantic comedies a laCluelessbefore but his work inWHASwas diffrent - raunchy,and going-for-broke.And as the Apatow School of Comedy took over the decade,Rudd slipped himself right into the zeitgeist.

As forWet Hotit was a cult movie pretty much immediately - I've certainly been banging the drum for it from my microscopic corner of the internet for a good long while now,and that dedication's been rewarded with Netflix's upcomingWet Hotseries,which will premiere on the streaming service on July 17th (aka two days before the 20th anniversary ofClueless.Weird right?)

As for this week's "Beauty vs Beast,"I'm focusing in on a single scene in the 2001 film (one I've probably re-enacted to my boyfriend's chagrin far too many times when I'm asked to pick up some mess I've made) in order to face off two of my favorite characters in the movie - in the left-hand corner we've got Andy (Rudd),the Camp's bad boy,and in the right-hand we've got Beth (Janeane Garofalo) the responsible-ish Camp Director.

Whose team are you on?
Team Andy 0%
Team Beth 0%

PREVIOUSLYAs Nathaniel noted inFriday's editionof April Showers last week was ALL aboutMommie Dearest,andthis contest was no different- and it wasn't Mommie's first time at the rodeo,and it 80% Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) trounced the competition like...well like those rosh buses,and that talcum powder,and Christina herself.Although it was par who made the most sense:

"Team Christopher![mostly for having the sense to stay out of this mess until the end]"

Apr 03 2015

April Showers: Joan Crawford & "The Man Who Seduced Hollywood"

waterworks,some weeknights at 11

The danger ofthe "Best Shot"seriesis that sometimes the film consumes me for a whole week when I need to be focusing on other articles and behind the scenes duties (Oscar Prediction Chartscoming soon!) But let's washMommie Dearest(1981) out of our systems with one last post by way of kicking off April Showers,our annual misadventure of gawking at shower scenes.

Mommie Dearestdoes practically begin with one.And not just any shower scene.It's funny.It's weird.It's glamorous.It's expensive.It's monogrammed.It turns wildly inappropriate during the dismount!

Surrender to Joan's pinkafter the jump...

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