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Monday
Nov 26 2018

Beauty vs Beast: Black Boys Looking Blue

Jason fromMNPPhere,still a little stuffed with turkey but ready for this week's "Beauty vs Beast"poll nonetheless - Barry Jenkins' fine new filmIf Beale Street Could Talkis hitting screens in a couple of weeks,and so we turn our eyes upon 2016's most deserving Best Picture WinnerMoonlightto prepare.It seems likely that the film's Best Supporting Actor winner Mahershala Ali will at least be nominated again this year,if not win,for his best-in-show work inGreen Book,which I have few qualms with.But it does remind that I never understood why Naomie Harris' work inMoonlightwent unrecognized at the Oscars,亚博主页as she was best in that show for me.Granted her character is much more difficult to root for than Ali's conflicted dealer is...

PREVIOUSLYBefore the holidaywe had ourselves a Fassy-Off,facing down two of Michael Fassbender's best perfomances for director Steve McQueen,and I guess TFE loves itself a sex addict becauseShame's Brandon swung himself three-quarters of your vote.SaidSarah:

"I love both of these performances but I went withHungerin the poll mostly because of the "foal"speech he gives which I love but Shame is a real powerhouse performance.It's a shame (heh) how people were so preoccupied with the full frontal that they don't give the performance (and the film and Mulligan) the credit it deserves."

Sunday
Nov 18 2018

Podcast: Green Book,Widows,and the Best Supporting Actor Race

Nathaniel RandMurtada Elfadltalk new films and the Oscar race


Index (68 minutes)
00:01 We didn't seeFantastic Beasts 2
01:46 Steve McQueen'sWidowsis more than a heist movie.We dive into its themes,best scenes,and particularly its all star ensemble: Viola Davis,Elizabeth Debicki,Brian Tyree Henry,Cynthia Erivo,Robert Duvall,Michelle Rodriguez,and Olivia the dog!
25:44Widow's Best Picture chances?
28:09 'Crowd-Pleaser'Green Bookdoes not please Murtada.Thoughts on the movie,escapist laughter,road trip tropes,and Mahershala Ali's Oscar clip.
42:05 Best Supporting Actor discussion including Richard E Grant,Mahershala Ali,Michael B Jordan,Daniel Kaluuya,Sam Rockwell,Adam Driver,Steven Yeun,etc...
52:00 Spirit Nominations:Suspiriafor ensemble?We the Animals,Blameand other micro-indies that did well.Who is going to win?
1:07:00 Byeeee

Further Reading / References
Shadow & Act's pan ofGreen Book
Vox's pan ofGreen Book
Middleburg'sGreen Bookaudience win
The Spirit Award nominations
Murtada'sWe the Animalsinterview
Supporting Actor Oscar Chart

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?

Green Book and Widows

Monday
Nov 12 2018

Beauty vs Beast: And Then There Was Fassbender

Jason Adams fromMNPPhere for a new week's round of our "Beauty vs Beast"poll,wherein we ask you to choose between a "good"guy and a "bad"guy and roll and around and muck up the in between what that means.One of our modern masters in mucking up that in between has a new movie out this weekend - Steve McQueen returns withWidows,out on Friday.If you'd like my long-form thoughts on ithere's my reviewfrom last week,but if you just want short-form,here: it's great!Go see it!

I will say there's one thing I was disappointed by withWidowsthough,and that's the absence of McQueen's lucky charm Michael Fassbender,who'd starred in every one of his movies before now.And that's where we turn for this week's contest.(I'm worried about Fassbender in general,who's all but disappeared from acting since The Snowman soiled our cinemas last year - come back,Fassy!)

PREVIOUSLYAlthough we should be celebrating Parker Posey every daywe really celebrated the heckout of her last week for her 50th birthday - for our poll it was her incest-minded Bouvier twist who took top honors,swallowing up 64% of the vote along with all that scenery.SaidJames From Ames:

"Jackie O left me awestruck.It's such a star-making role and performance that it's almost painful to think on,given that Hollywood never capitalized on this huge talent.My cousin,10 years younger than me,was obsessed with the real Jackie O and wore that pink suit for Halloween.She didn't like my suggestion to add brains to the look,and I found out she had never heard of this great film!"

Sunday
Sep 09 2018

TIFF Review: "Widows"

byChris Feil

If you thought that Steve McQueen'sWidowswould be less of a body blow as his other films simply because the genius director is dipping into the mainstream,guess again.A quaint notion that is thankfully not the case - McQueen hasn't softened a bit,and thank goodness.

Watching the film is like laying on a bed of nails,danger at every turn as you dodge its narrative and formative land mines.McQueen's previous films such as12 Years a SlaveandShamedepicted viscerally physical experiences,making for intense films that can be felt as deeply in the body as well as the soul.ThoughWidowsis less concerned on physical tolls taken on its characters than those efforts,that doesn't mean you don't still feelWidowsdown to your bones.

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Wednesday
Aug 01 2018

Soundtracking: "Shame"

byChris Feil

There is reinvention of a golden standard and then there is whatShamedoes with "New York,New York".Carey Mulligan's Sissy interrupts the life her sex addict brother Brandon,played by Michael Fassbender,initiating his decent into rock bottom.But when he goes to see her perform in some anonymously upscale bar,her rendition of Frank Sinatra's musical calling card similarly halts the film's syncopated rhythms.Sparsely orchestrated,Sissy goes off-melody and off-tradition,singing an unexpectedly fragile version that McQueen uses to link the emotional brokenness between siblings.Decidedly not the triumph we are used to hearing in a Sinatra horn section...

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Monday
Jun 04 2018

YNMS: "Suspiria"Teaser Kills,Making Lots of "Widows"

Chrishere,reeling from the trailer feast happening this Monday.As teased in previous days,we get our first look at Luca Guadagnino's grislySuspiriarehash and Steve McQueen's heist thriller adaptationWidows.Both films have a host of elements to bring our anticipation to a fever pitch (Suspiria: intriguing director/genre pairing,Widows: the powers of McQueen matched with author Gillain Flynn on writing duties) but that doesn't mean they don't also have their question marks.Do both films find the auteurs reaching for mainstream sensibilities?Is there any Oscar play here?And what of the sizeable female ensembles in both?

Both films are heavily speculated to launch at the Venice Film Festival,since both filmmakers have previously debuted films there.If you haven't already gorged on both (or need a second watch,third,fourth,etc).check out the two fantastic trailers after the jump and we'll break down the Yes No Maybe So)...

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