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Thursday
May 09 2019

Tribeca 2019: "The Projectionist"and "Circus of Books"

Here is Jason Adams reporting again from theTribeca Film Festival.

Sex is disappearing.Look at the Ken-like plains of our Marvel Superhero pant-fronts -- or even look how sexless our superstars made the concept of Camp look at the Met Gala this week,as if horn-dog horniness doesn't go hand in hand with that over-heated sensibility.Paul Verhoeven'sShowgirls: the true end of an era.On this theme two documentaries that played Tribeca last week looked back at two nearly extinct modes of orgiastic delivery -- the porn theater and the porn shop...

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Wednesday
Apr 06 2016

HBO's LGBT History: Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures (2016)

Manuelis working his way through all the LGBT-themed HBO productions.

Last weekwe talked about race in HBO's LGBT properties while briefly discussing Dee Rees'sBessie.If there's one thing media in general (but gay media in particular) needs to work on is intersectionality: ay attempt,for example,at framing the gay rights movement as "the new civil rights"movement not only suggests the plight of black people in America has been "won"but it refuses to understand how they intersect in sometimes very troubling ways.This week we're jumping on HBO's most recent release,Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures,which aired just this past Monday and which I got to see last week in the big screen.Not only is the doc wonderful,featuring candid interviews with those who knew (and posed for!) him,but it dovetails nicely with these issues of sex and race that we keep discussing.

The film borrows its subtitle from the famous words Jesse Helms used during a congressional hearing about Mapplethorpe's "pornographic"pictures: "Look at the pictures!"he implored,arguing that one couldn't deny the fact that they werenotart.Cannily,this HBO documentary lets us admire plenty of Mapplethorpe's pictures—I didn't count but the doc is exhaustive,showing us hundreds of photographs,scanned and offered up to us for close inspection.

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Sunday
May 10 2015

Podcast: Is Ex-Machina Great or Slightly Flat?

Katey Rich rejoins Joe Reid and Nathaniel R to discuss Alex Garland's buzzy sci-fi artificial intelligence thrillerEx Machina,now A24's biggest box office hit.Amir Soltani,from Hello Cinema & TFE,guest stars.This podcast is filled withmany spoilersabout a surprising movie so please see the movie before listening,if you haven't made it to the theater yet.

Running Time - 43 Minutes
00:01 Intros,Randomness,Cannes project
06:00Ex Machina- Misleading promos vs going in cold
11:22 [SPOILERS]  - Mood versus Substance,sexual issues and slavery metaphor,Princess and Mad Scientist and Frankenstein Tropes,seduction and porn profiles.And we're split on the ending.[/SPOILERS]
29:45 What else we're excited about this summer
36:20 Reader Questions: Bald women,Oscar Isaac
41:50 Goodbyes

Please to enjoy and continue the conversation in the comments.You can listen at the bottom of this post ordownload from iTunes.


Further Reading (Related/Referenced):Nick's Cannes Jury/1995 Retrospective;Michael'sEx MachinaReview;Nathaniel's Oscar Isaac Tweet;Stephen Whitty'sThe Third ManTweet;Ava's Drawings & Sessions;Ricki & The Flashtrailer

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Tuesday
Feb 25 2014

Links

Psssst.Oscar voting closed 2 hours ago.Can you believe we're almost there?!

Film School Rejectsgood god,Warren Beatty is still going to make that Howard Hughes picture and it started shooting today (!!!) Lily Collins,Alden Ehrenreich,The Bening and the rumors go...Jack Nicholson to co-star
IndieWireporn stars pick the Oscars亚博主页
E OnlineJared Leto's mom reacts to going to the Oscars亚博主页

/FilmSony wants to release a Spider-Man movie every year now.As I've predicted one day film and television will totally merge since tv got way more cinematic and nearly all movies Hollywood wants to fund are basically tv series with huge budgets that franchise their way across decades with new "episodes"
VarietyOscars are always under heat about omissions and hierarchies of the In Memoriam section.亚博主页A sordid thing for controversy but it's true.People are always upset by something in it
Screenerinteresting interview with an Academy member on what they really talk about and how they like to vote
AdvocateOur friend Nick on Oscar's dotage and the shrinking window of films they consider
Varietythe winners of the makeup and hairstyling guild includThe Butler,Prisoners,American Hustleand actual Oscar nomineesBad GrandpaandDallas Buyers Club.I'm unclear on why the makeup category is the only category that is still less than 5 nominees.It's not like every single film non-animated film that exists doesn't use hair and makeup.

Oh and it's good to see Anthony Mackie get his own poster for something even if,for all we know,this is another thankless role (albeit an expensively costumed one).Here he is as The Falcon inCaptain America: Winter Soldier.Superheroes movies always start packing in the characters in their sequels.This one will be juggling the good captain,the titular villain,Black Widow,Nick Fury and The Falcon.

small screen
Caryn Jameson Ronan Farrow's new show on MSNBC
Shadow and ActViola Davis has a few TV projects in the works (sigh,but good for her) includeHow to Get Away With Murderfor Shonda Rhimes
The Playlistsuggests that a tweet from the writer ofTrue Detectivemeans two female detectives next season.The tweet doesn'tactuallysuggest this.It just says that structurally there are only two POV characters and this time they happened to both be men.(My guess?opposite sex partners next year)

and finally...
A huge congratulations to Steve McQueen,John Ridley and Fox Searchlight.Solomon Northup's memoirs "12 Years a Slave"is finally making its way into American high schools.From thepress release:

The National School Boards Association is honored to partner with Fox Searchlight Pictures and Penguin Books to ensure that every public high school student in America has the opportunity to stare the stark realities of slavery in the eye through books and film,"said NSBA President David A.Pickler."We believe that providing America's public high school students the opportunity to bear witness to such an unrelenting view of the evils of slavery is essential toward ensuring that this history is never forgotten and must never be repeated."

When I attended the AFI Steve McQueen event late last year,the push to get the book in school was all that McQueen seemed to want to talk about,barely mentioning the acclaim or the Oscars or anything of the sort during his conversation with that evening's moderator.亚博主页

Friday
Feb 14 2014

Linkers Dozen

TFEMrs de Winters or Danvers?So little time to vote for these ladies without first names.It's Beauty vs.Beast
Googlehas Valentine's stories today,with simple line animations and audio,and they're just adorbs
NY Timesfilm restoration isn't only for old hollywood.They also do porn!
/FilmBlack Widow film still being considered by Marvel Studios.But then,what isn't?
Coming SoonRon Howard replacingAlejandro González Iñárrituin the director's chair on a new Jungle Book.Because a) they're so interchangeable!and b) we need another Jungle Book for some reason I guess.
LA Timeswhat are the most memorable clips for the lead nominees.How to choose a key moment?

Extension 765features a must-read list by Steven Soderbergh of everything he's watched last year.All I can say about this is that I LOVE THAT HE WATCHED ALL THE EPISODES OF "SMASH"
All Things Consideredon the friendship between Shirley Temple and Bojangles
Cinema BlendThe Spencer Tracy & Katharine Hepburn romance may get its own biopic.Take that one millionth,Liz Taylor movie!
Varietywith her remake ofMurder She Wroteno longer happening,Octavia Spencer picks "Red Band Society"as her TV series
Awards Daily"Meet the Academy"a pie chart
VFLeonardo DiCaprio on why he didn't star in Moulin Rouge!

To be honest,I'm not really prepared to do a musical,simply because I think I have a pretty atrocious voice

Bye!

P.S.Right after I posted this news update,Ellen Page came out.What timing.

Sunday
Nov 24 2013

Yes,No,Maybe So: Nymphomaniac

I have been remiss in my Von Trier worshipping duties.He was once basically vying for Nathaniel's Favorite Working Director since I lovedeverythinghe made from 1996 through 2004.But in roughly those same years Almodóvar was peaking and Lars lost the Battle of the Auteurs.In the past nine years I have gone off Lars a little thoughMelancholia(2011) camethiscloseto reginiting the passion.If it had only been tighter!I've tried to rewatch it a few times because I think it's a near masterpiece but the padding and wandering repetitions really undermine its potency and actively make me angry since it could have been one for the all time lists!

Which brings us toNymphomaniacwhich is NOT keeping it tight as if to spite me.It's the story of a very loose woman,played by glutton for punishment Charlotte Gainsbourg (3 films with LVT now),and it's reportedly 5 hours long.(One wonders what it is that editors actually do on an LvT picture beyond lining up the scenes and calling it a day.)

So let's do aYes No Maybe Soon the very very veryNSFWtrailer so don't click on the "click to read more"亚博足彩applink if nudity offends you since there will be screen captures...Okay,prudes and whores,let's do this!

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