Tuesday, July 29, 2014

She Has Her Mother's Eyes

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I'm not really the person to sort out if this movie would work for someone not familiar with Rosemary's Baby - heck I'm not the person to sort out if this movie would work for someone who's only so familiar with Rosemary's Baby that they only quote it on a weekly, not daily, basis - seeing as how I've digitally tattooed Roman Polanski's 1968 film and all of its even most randomly associated ephemera onto the inside of my eyelids and I'm slightly, ever so slightly, biased. (Just ask the recent TV miniseries remake.) But as a modern riff on all of forty-six-ish years of My Favorite Movie, Lyle is shockingly gangbusters.

For starters it's a really nice time for those of us who enjoy what Gaby Hoffmann is selling these days. Obvious Child and Girls have both exploited her brand of hirsute crazy beautifully but it all shoots straight back (imagine two gigantic eyebrows as your furry guiding arrows) to her revelatory work in Crystal Fairy. And while there's a whiff of Crystal here (methinks Crystal's scent lingers) as Gaby's paranoia-stricken mom-to-be slips into the inflatable birthing tub, Lyle gives us a brand new angle on this patchouli present tense and Gaby's more than up to the task of finding brand new nooks and crannies of cotton-blended cave diving.

What sparks most is a modern feminist lesbian spin on the ultimate victim of patriarchal pregnanacy scams - how ripe this story is after all for some fun re-imagining! Would you have ever thought you'd hear this tone from me after that NBC debacle? What Lyle smartly does is forgo any kind of straightforward remaking - it flits around the original lightly, jabbing with good humor and great love at it. It never feels ponderous with slavish devotion to the original - it lets in air and light and good to great humor. A Skype session from Hell leads to a website of exploding baby graphics, and the next door neighbor's making her nipples drip for the UPS guy. And don't even get me started on the ending, which you might see coming but is just so fun in its, well, deliverance, you wanna jump and cheer.

I saw Lyle last evening thanks to NewFest, the annual LGBT festival here in New York; here's a picture of the director Stewart Thorndike and two members of the cast giving good Q&A after. The film is being released for free on its website on August 4th, I definitely recommend you check it out. Thorndike says this is the first in a trilogy of thematically-linked genre films she plans on making and she's hoping that people will watch Lyle for free and then follow the links from the site to the Kickstarter campaign she'll be kicking off to fund the next parts. I want it all! Make it happen!
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Charlie Hunnam Rub Down

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It's a shame I already used up my Fanboy Delusion post for the day because this video that Charlie Hunnam sent to Comic-Con in his absence of him getting a semi-naked rub-down and ass-slap from  his Sons of Anarchy co-stars could probably have teased a few good n' dirty puns out of me. Oh well! We'll just post the video and spare y'all our yammer. (Collective phews indubitably abound.)
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Naturally this kind of thing calls for screencaps. 
Bouncy, bouncy, hit the jump for more...


Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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I Am Link

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--- The Lady Eva - I haven't exactly been shy about sharing my current head-over-heels status with regards to Eva Green these days but this piece I just wrote up over at The Film Experience greeting the news that she's probably starring in Tim Burton's next movie, an adaptation of the kid's book Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, is a high-water mark in my praise of her all the same. Seriously though having to wait for the second season of Penny Dreadful is going to break a piece of me.

--- Half Point - Have you been following "The Fifties" over at Nick Davis' site? Those are where he and Joe Reid choose their favorite movie things at the half-year mark. They're still going strong I believe, with everything from Best Ensemble to Best Score under their belt but much more to come, so keep checking it out. 

--- Double Stuff - Some interesting real-world news that will hopefully affect some not-real-world storytelling - one of the gangsters who dealt with the real-world thugs the Kray brothers is saying that both of the twins were gay, not just one as had been long reported. Tom Hardy is playing both men in Legend, which we've posted about several times. And apparently Hardy's been in talks with this real-world dude about his real stories. (thanks Mac)

--- Pod Peopled - In the swarm of Comic-Con news I missed the info that Quentin Tarantino was there and besides confirming he's set to make The Hateful Eight next he also gave some other good tidbits - he says that the merged together version of the Kill Bill movies, long called Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, will see it's way into theaters next year! But even more exciting to me is word that he's got the germ of an idea for a science-fiction film rolling around in his head - at the same time he mentioned Body Snatchers, so people think it might have to do with that story. Um, yes please.

--- Devil May Care - Also left over from SDCC - I didn't know that the Daredevil show for Netflix was already filming, or that they're saying it will be released come May of next year. That means that somewhere in this world Charlie Cox has already stepped into a spandex costume. I will sleep soundly tonight. Also here are some interesting quotes from the Marvel head dude on what they want to do with Doctor Strange; how they might make him fit into their established universe.

--- Ruled Out - This is clearly the only time you're ever going to get a link from me to anything having to do with Robin Thicke, but my friend Glenn Dunks' take on that creep's "acting" debut in something called Making the Rules is too funny to pass up. Poor Jamie Pressley, she deserves better. We all deserve better. Let's all decide right here right now we will do better okay? Okay.
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Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... rolling in the deep with Sullivan Stapleton.

He is so much sexier here than he was in 300: Rise of an Empire
with his body hair back and a few extra pounds on him, isn't he?


A Hard Candy Kubrick-mas

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A lot of movie-geeks are going to get their stockings stuffed but tight and good this holiday season! Yesterday we told you about that Criterion boxed-set of Jaques Tati's six masterpieces, and a few weeks ago we learned about both that beautiful Herzog boxed-set (which is out TODAY, swoon, must have) as well as a slew of Lil' Stevie Spielberg's movies coming to blu-ray at last... and now here comes a humdinger of a collection from that dude who Spielberg stole A.I. from once he was dead, huzzah!

On November 4th Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection will hit the streets, as the saying goes; it's ten discs of material including several docs and then the films, oh god the films - Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket and Eyes Wide Shut. It's an excellent time to be a movie nerd, y'all. Have I missed any good sets coming out soon?

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Nick Charles: Have you made any New Year's resolutions? 
Nora Charles: Not yet. Any complaints or suggestions? 
Nick Charles: A few. 
Nora Charles: Which? 
Nick Charles: Complaints. 
Nora Charles: All right shoot. 
Nick Charles: Well, you don't scold, you don't nag, 
and you look far too pretty in the mornings. 
Nora Charles: All right, I'll remember: must scold, must nag, 
musn't be too pretty in the mornings. 

Good morning, world - the great William Powell was born 122 years ago today! Everybody be on your classiest, wittiest behavior. Wear a silk robe or a smoking jacket at some point. And drink, drink, drink.


Monday, July 28, 2014

All About Tati

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I'm not really much of a Criterion collector (too pricey for me) but this, this, this, this is something right here isn't it? All six of Tati's films, including multiple versions, and no doubt looking their best, plus the shorts and so forth... basically any and everything a Tati lover could want, all out at the end of October. One of the few Criterion discs I already own is Playtime and it's a glorious sight.

Chris Evans, Senior Molester

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That Aaron Johnson grope at Comic Con this weekend
was hardly Chris' first time at the man-tit rodeo. (gifs via)


Zack Snyder Costume Math

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5 Off My Head - Rode Hard

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As I expressed on Twitter over the weekend, the trailer for George Miller's fourth Mad Max film, subtitled Fury Road, that was released at Comic-Con over the weekend, it... it gave me some thrills, it did. I've been wrting about the possibility of this movie through the reality of it being filmed and filmed and then filmed some more for so long that the original thrill of it had maybe dulled a bit? But any of that was gone in sixty seconds (actually more like three hundred seconds) once this thing had zoomed across my face leaving tracks upon my soul. Watch it immediately in case you haven't:
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And now, here are five things that the trailer got me excited for...

1. The Beauty - George Miller, it should never be forgotten, is a real director. He's not some anonymous hack pointing his camera any which way. He knows how to shoot things.


I mean he made a movie (two movies!) about talking farm animals essential childhood cinema filled with the most memorable sort of visuals. And here you can already tell...

... this movie is gonna look like a billion bucks. 

2. The Storm - I suppose this is related, but the shots in the footage of a chase happening inside some kind of electrical dust storm... they are heart-stopping.

I mean come on.

Are you kidding me? I am prepared to buy every single seat in the IMAX theater right this second.

3. Shirtless Freak Wrestling -
I feel as if this one speaks for itself.

4. The Stunts - I don't know how much of this stuff was filmed practically, with stunt-men and wires and all that jazz, but guessing from what Miller's done before I'm gonna say it's a lot. And it shows.


When you think about what the trailer's showing us, it really is just a bunch of people racing cars around in the dirt, and yet I bet you already just via these 2.5 minutes that it's all going to be ten times more thrilling than the entire last hour of Man of Steel with its dreary drudging CG.

5. This Shot - I hate that there are rumors about Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy not getting along - I love them both so, and I really want their pairing to be electric. We don't see a lot of Charlize acting in the trailer - it's a lot of posing around looking bad-ass with a robot-arm for now (which is fine; again, only 2.5 minutes of highlights here) but Tom's little thumbs-up already feels imbued with a ton of character, doesn't it? The off-beat little nod... I am sold a thousand times over. How about y'all?


Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... writing in the sand with Julian Morris.

(pic via) Dunno who his friend is, but he can stay. 
See a lot more of Julian here.
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Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:


Carter Blake: That's the answer to the riddle. 
Because that's what an 8000 pound mako thinks about. 
About freedom. About... the deep blue sea

There was a nonsense article going around last week about how 1999 was the last great year for the movies - that's not to say 1999 wasn't a great year for movies, it was, we did an entire series of posts on the greatness of 1999 way way way back in this blog's early days; we're just saying there have been great years for the movies since then - and nowhere did the article even mention Deep Blue Sea, can you imagine! Have they no memory of Samuel L. Jackson getting chomped in half mid-rah-rah? Or Thomas Jane first in just those little shorts and then for the rest of the movie in just a wetsuit?

LL Cool J knows what I'm talking about:

Eyes on the prize, LL.
Point being, Deep Blue Sea came out 15 years ago today. Celebration.


Kit In Tennis Whites

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Making a comedy is probably a smart decision for Kit Harington, since everybody's always commenting on how dour he is on Game of Thrones - but making a tennis comedy? Gold, Jon Snow. Gold. He's set to star opposite Andy Samburg in the HBO (brand synergy!) mockumentary 7 Days in Hell about Wimbledon rivals. It was written by a Girls writer and already has Lena Dunham on-board in a supporting role, so you know, what I said about "brand synergy," I was not joking. let's hope they find room to have Alexander Skarsgard and Ryan Kwanten playing doubles somewhere too...
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