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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."

Mar 25 2019

Beauty vs Beast: Girls Gone Wildin'

Happy Monday to one and all,Jason fromMNPPhere with this week's brand new edition of "Beauty vs Beast"-- enfant terrible provocateur Harmoney Korine is tossing another neon grenade our way this forthcoming Friday with his filmThe Beach Bum(reviewed at SXSW),twisting our sexual stoner preconceptions of Matthew McConaughey to suit his perverse needs.So for this week's contest,with Britney's voice still warbling in our heads,let's toss it back seven years to Korine's last much celebrated ode to the wacky Florida lifestyle,Spring Breakers.

In one corner we've got our four bikini kill co-eds (played by Vanessa Hudgens,Selena Gomez,Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine) and everywhere else we've got the drug-dealing pistol-fellating Alien (James Franco),owner of shit.

PREVIOUSLYI figuredlast week'sEternal Sunshinecontestwouldn't be close but it really,really,wasn't close -- Kirsten Dunst walked away with 92% of the vote over Elijah Wood's mega-creep;saidFitz:

"Mary,Mary,Mary.No contest.I think Kirsten Dunst's performance,as a supporting actor,was perhaps more impressive than Kate Winslet's with the limited time she got.Mary's arc was devastating,and Dunst (no surprises) was heartbreaking in the role.Sadly—just another Oscar nod that was denied Dunst who should have at least 6 and 1 win by now (her turns in Melancholia,The Beguiled,Bachelorette,All Good Things,The Virgin Suicides,Marie Antoinette,The Cat's Meow,Eternal Sunshine,Interview with the Vampire were all Oscar-worthy performances)"

Mar 20 2019

Soundtracking: Spring Breakers

byChris Feil

Harmony Korine'sSpring Breakersis a masterstroke as definitive for its musical sensibility as any film in recent years.The film is a septic portrait of neon dreams gone sour,its partying coeds representing a state of mind numbed by a need to escape their bland existence.Where Korine finds more than beneath the drunken surface of their ultimately violent misbehavings,he also finds more pathos beneath the acid pop veneer that fuels their waywardness.

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May 12 2014

Four Stories Lukewarm from the Presses That I Didn't Write About At First Because Reasons

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Brangelina II: The Sequel
FINALLY.The world's most famous movie couple Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt will reunite onscreen 10 long years afterMr & Mrs Smith(2005).Jolie wrote the script which is rumored to be about a troubled couple on vacation attempting to save their marriage.She's obviously been working hard atbecoming a force behind the camera(I'm guessing she's announcing retirement from acting by 2018 or so...a hunch) so it's possible she'll direct it,too.It's a complete mystery as to why it's taken this mega-star couple this long to co-star again when a) they're still highly bankable and b) by all sane non-gossipy accounts they're still enormously fond of each other ten long years after their affair onMr & Mrs Smithcaused such a ruckus in Hollywood.

We so rarely get viable recurring screen couples anymore outside of franchises with infinite parts and iron clad contractual obligations.Occasionally accidents will happen and we'll get 3ish pairings of a couple that really works together onscreen (Turner & Douglas in the 80s,Ryan & Hanks in the 90s) but for the most part,Hollywood doesn't even attempt to capitalize on the proven success of onscreen chemistry.That's tremendously weird if you think about it for more than 2 seconds since Hollywood attempts to capitalize on EVERYTHING ELSE that's proven successful in the past.

Speaking Of...

Spring Breakers 2.But Why?
You've undoubtedly heard by now that the divisiveSpring Breakers(which was loathed and loathed in equal measure)is getting a sequel.That sequel is apparently without the original cast and the original director so it begs the question of "why".It's not like Spring Break,that boozy young ritual,is not a marketable topic in and of itself.People have been making movies about that since at least the 1960s.So why connect it to a film that wasn't loved by  general audiences.Sure it opened well but it plummeted soon thereafter and at least in my screening there were many walkouts from the crowd that was not suspecting a subversive auteurist movie with a major male actor fellating firearms but just,you know,tits and ass.I heard a few "that's the worst movie I've ever seen"as I exited the theater.

Jonas Åkerlund (mostly known for smash music videos like "Ray of Light,""Smack My Bitch Up,""Telephone,""Paparazzi"and more)  is on board as the director.Maybe they want to sell it like a mainstream franchise that's also a rotating auteurist franchise -- like,I don't know "Aliens"?In which case awesome/ good luck!

Baz ♥ Elvis
The news floating around that Baz Luhrmann is considering an Elvis Presley biopic came so quickly on the heels of the news that he was considering a bigscreen adaptation of TV'sKung Fu(which we did write about) that I didn't have it in me to go into speculationagainabout what he might do next.Largely because I don't trust him to make anything until at least 2017.He's notoriously non-prolific after all despite the web's interest in suggesting that he's about to do something every few months.Which is why I've illustrated this paragraph witha graphic I made in 2011instead of with a photo of The King.Word and Filmhas casting suggestions and especially likes the idea of Zac Efron in the role.

YNMS: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Sometimes theYes No or Maybe Soseries is defeated/delayed by sheer Yesness.Such is the case withDawn of the Planet of the Apes.I was a fan ofRise of the Planet of the Apes(2011).It's not that it gave reboots a good name (in the end nothing can do that since they're still,at their core,cash grabbing regurgitation) but it did show that if you're going to riff on franchises with plentiful cultural history that doesn't need to be replaced in the first place,you can do it with contemporary thought,artistic conviction and something like passion instead of doing it absent-mindedly or ineffectually while cashing your checks (*cough*The Amazing Hobbit-Man of Steel Pt.2).

But the new trailer but for argument's sake...

Yes- Jason Clarke (so excellent inZero Dark Thirty) replacing James Franco as the human lead?Upgrade!It still looks classy and artfully mounted despite the rich cheese potential and dated B-movie pull of the premise.
No- Some CGI fakery with those baby apes.That halting voice talking might get old when stretched to 120 minutes and beyond.
Maybe So- Environmental and sociopolitical themes can be tough to deliver with anythink like subtlety or grace so we'll see.Will it be too grim/heavy-handed?And might it fare better in the long run with a little humor or cheese?

If you have thoughts on these stories you've kept bottled up,now is the time to spew them!

Jan 06 2014

The 50 Best Movie Posters of 2013

Glennhere with my yearly tradition of counting down 2013's best movie posters.I've done this for the last however many years at my own blog crowning such gorgeous designs as An Over-Simplification of Her Beauty, Here I Am, The Runaways,and Antichrist.but this year we've shipped it on over to The Film Experience.亚博主页I've gotten a bit of a reputation as "the poster guy"due to being one of the only people online who seemed to look at poster art in details and with any sort of critical eye. Thankfullythat's not so much the case anymore with more and more websitesstarting features and writing lists dedicated to key art.For once I was ahead of the curve!

This year's list was remarkably easy to compile.Perhaps it goes hand in hand with being a good year for film in general,but 2013 was an excellent year for the art of movie posters.I didn't have to scrounge around for titles to finish the list.In fact,despite the list being a whopping 50 titles long,I still had to leave some out.It will become obvious that I have a thing for horror andindietitles because I feel they have to work harder at convincing audiences to give them the time of day.Still,the lack of Hollywood blockbusters isn't me beingcontrarianor anti-populist,but just reflecting the rather lacklustre year in that department.But,hey,if it means I get to share the likes of Zero Charisma, Simon Killer, Mystery Roadand more with you then I'm okay with that.

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Dec 27 2013

Oscar Voting Begins!Three Suggestions for Academy Members

And so we've come to it!Oscar ballots go out today and voting begins.That'spotentiallygreat timing forTheWolf of Wall Streetand (maybe)Saving Mr Banksneither of which have done well in the "precursors"-an awful reductive name,sure,but an accurate one since we're long past the days when awards groups weren't primarily existing to either influence or predict the Oscar race.Both of those late blooming films could still find Oscar favor if voters are taken with them over this holiday break.The timing is also probably good news forAmerican Hustlewhich is doing strong box office and doesn't have that 'shrugged off' by precursors feeling to overcome.

But,if early predictions from the vast array of pundits hold,this is going to be yet another year that reminds distributors that October is areallygreat time to release Oscar contenders (Captain Phillips,12 Years a Slave,Gravity) and maybe not everything needs to wait until the last week of the year.


01Watch two more screeners before voting.You can do it.For those in the acting branch might I suggestShort Term 12andEnough Said?For those in technical fields,why not trySpring BreakersorThe Grand Masteror something else off the beaten path?Sometimes the small,weird or foreign movies that can't afford huge campaigns have incredible performances and brilliant craftsmanship.Gravitydoesn't need your votes anyway.It's safe.

Throw in a couple more screeners.You can find 3 and a ½ hours this week.

02PLEASE STOP CATEGORY FRAUD IN ITS TRACKS.The only cure for this madness is for you,the most important movie awards voters on the planet,to reject it.You have the power.If you thinkJulia Robertsis brilliant inAugust: Osage Countyvote for her in Best Actress.Even the author of that film refers to her as "the protagonist"Remember that when you pretend that leading movie stars are supporting,you are in point of fact,penalizing the hardworking character actors for whom the supporting categories were created in 1936.And with so many great supporting ladies available to you this year (Sally Hawkins,Léa Seydoux,Sarah Paulson are all under-loved and why is that?) why waste one of the five spots on a leading performer.Leading ladies have their own category.Vote for Julia there!

03Ignore the precursors.If you want to vote for James Franco inSpring BreakersorBlue is the Warmest Colorfor anything or,if you're in the costuming or production design branches and really believe in the work that's happening in a contemporary or out of time film likeStokerorHerorThe Bling Ringor whatever but you feel like you're wasting your vote,do it anyway!Longshots can win Oscar nominations but they only can when people like you go with your true favorites and not with whatever high profile accomplishments are happening within the presumed Best Picture nominees.

What three things wouldyouask AMPAS to consider?