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"If you'll pardon the bluntness,I am still convinced that Richard Kelly was masturbating the entire time he was filming this movie."-PoliVamp

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Lulu Wang(The Farewell)
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Nov 01 2017

BIFA Nominations: Lady Macbeth and Three Billboards Boosts

by Nathaniel R

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool received 4 nominationsHot on the heels of the Gotham Awards,the British Independent Film Awards have announced their 2017 nominations.Though they don't tend to get much press in the US due to the the first two words in their title,they're worth noting.And,we'd argue,they're worth noting precisely for their limited jurisdiction.Awards groups with their own identity / purview are all too rare.Lady Macbethled the field (15 nominations) with gay romantic dramaGod's Own Country(11 nominations),political satireThe Death of Stalin(13 nominations),I Am Not a Witch(12 nominations) and one big tragicomedy Oscar hopefulThree Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri(11 nominations) also super popular

I think the nomination I'm happiest to see (just because it was no sure thing) is Jamie Bell inFilm Stars Don't Die in Liverpoolfor Best Actor.He's just brilliant in the film as I've mentioned before but it's the type of role -- nuanced / romantic / skewing "feminine"in its appeal -- for which male actors are rarely honored no matter how good they are.The complete list of nominees is after the jump...

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Jul 01 2017

C O N S I D E R - Favorites of 2017,2nd Qtr

THE YEAR'S FIRST HALF IS OVER!But rather than wait for this "halfway mark"for year in review listicles we started at the end of the 1st quarter so you'll have to combine those lists (movies/actresses/actors) with the highlights from your host's April through June screenings for a complete "halfway mark"take.Got it?Unlike many critics orgs and the Oscars,亚博主页The Film Experience believes that moviegoing is a 12 month long activity and each month can hold worthy efforts.亚博主页Here are 4 or 5 highlights of what we've seen the past three months per Oscar category in alpha order.How will they measure up to what's still to come?

Key movies I regret missing this quarter:Beatriz at Dinner,Hero,Gifted,Manifesto,andTheir Finest

(i couldn't decide which to cut so this first grouped selection is 6 wide)

BABY DRIVER (Edgar Wright)
THE BIG SICK (Michael Showalter)
THE LOVERS (Azazel Jacobs)
LOST CITY OF Z (James Gray)
THE WEDDING PLAN (Rama Burshtein)
WONDER WOMAN (Patty Jenkins)

Lots more after the jump...

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Jun 25 2017

Podcast: My Cousin Wonder Woman,The Beguiled

Well,that was quite a hiatus.The podcast is back though we might be a bit slow to rev up to weekly again and please excuse all our airconditioners and fans running in the background.We're melting here in NYC.

In this episodeNathanielreunites withJoeandNickto catch up and talk five newish movies.

Index (40 minutes)
00:01 "What's this lady for?"(Part 1)
02:20The Beguiled
08:25My Cousin Rachel
13:50Wonder Woman
29:30Beatriz at Dinner
33:30It Comes at Night(*spoilers*)
37:45 "What's this lady for?"(Part 2)

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?

My Cousin Wonder Woman

Jun 12 2017

The Furniture: Ghosts of Property in My Cousin Rachel

"The Furniture"is our weekly series on Production Design.You can click on the images to see them in magnified detail.

byDaniel Walber

Location is everything.Daphne du Maurier'sMy Cousin Rachelis so intimately associated with the Cornish landscape that you can go take a "My Cousin Rachel Walk"along the coast.Its cliffs and pastures feature prominently in the new adaptation of the book,starring Rachel Weisz,which was shot close to the novelist's home.

The 1952 version,meanwhile,was shot almost entirely inside an American film studio.The real Cornwall only makes a few brief appearances.But,despite the appeal of literary tourism,authenticity is not necessarily art.The location choice forces much of the plot indoors,taking full advantage of the complex and Oscar-nominated work of art directors Lyle R.Wheeler and John DeCuir and set decorator Walter M.Scott.It's more subtle,more effective.

After all,natural beauty is not really at the heart of the drama.This is a story about wealth,property and suspicion...

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Jun 12 2017

Box Office: My "Secretary"Diana and My Cousin Rachel

By Nathaniel R

Universal's attempted monster movie franchise launch didn't go so well.The Mummymet scathing reviews and a disappointing opening weekend.Now,a $32 million launch would be major news for many films but not for a $125 million budgeted feature starring Tom Cruise that is intending to launch a whole "universe".Not everything can be Marvel's Cinematic Universe,Hollywood!

In the absence of a strong competitor and on terrific word of mouth (no small thing),Wonder Womancontinued her reign at the box office.Given a relatively small second week drop (43% while DC's usual superhero sophomore frame drop is 67%) the Amazon princess is looking to join the $300 million club stateside which will put her right up there with Supes and Batman.DC's "Big Three"indeed.

Charts and further comments after the jump...

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Mar 22 2017

Yes No Maybe So: "My Cousin Rachel"

by Robert Balkovich

TheRachel Weiszenaissancelooks to be continuing at full speed after last year's indie hitThe Lobsterand her good notices for the otherwise middlingLight Between the Oceans.We now have the trailer for her latest project,a Victorian era thriller based on a novel by the OG spookmaster Daphne du Maurier calledMy Cousin Rachel.

There have already been a few film adaptations over the years,but none that star Rachel Weisz,so I'm very excited to see what this latest has to offer.

Let's do a "Yes No Maybe So"after the jump,shall we?

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