Friday, December 2, 2016

New York Post's Kyle Smith doesn't seem to like SILENCE very much

Amy Schumer is going to play "Barbie"

In more WTF news today, Deadline is reporting Amy Schumer will be playing Barbie in the live-action movie due out summer 2018. It's no secret the popular doll/toy has had major issues when it comes to image in recent years so I guess Schumer, not being super thin and all, was chosen as a body image issue, as well her having a decent sense of humor as a comedian of course. 

According to Deadline, "Schumer will play a character that lives in "Barbieland" ... Barbie gets kicked out, basically because she’s not perfect enough, is a bit eccentric and doesn’t quite fit the mold. She then goes on an adventure in the real world and by the time she returns to Barbieland to save it, she has gained the realization that perfection comes on the inside, not the outside, and that the key to happiness is belief in one self, free of the obligation to adhere to some unattainable standard of perfection."

I like the message, I like the female empowerment aspect of the picture, but this is just not for me folks. There's something almost migraine-inducing about Schumer these days and I just can't fathom watching a whole movie with a PG Schumer leading performance. I'll take an R-rated Schumer ala "Trainwreck," but not this.

Also, Barbie doesn't have a vagina, what is Schumer going to make jokes about?

Pic of Rooney Mara, playing Mary Magdalene, on a cigarette break next to a crucified Joaquin Phoenix, playing Jesus, on a set break for next year's "Mary Magdalene"

Garth Davis' "Mary Magdalene" has been filming for a few weeks now, but this is a great on-set picture of production. That's Joaquin Phoenix on the cross.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Who keeps green-lighting all of these Steven Seagal movies?

Look at all these movie he has coming out? The man is a paycheck machine. Most of these are going straight to DVD infamy, but, still, there's something almost sadistic about how there might actually be a contingent of Steven Seagal fans out there. As far as I'm concerned, the only good movie he has ever made in his career was "Under Siege" which benefits, greatly might I add, from the once-in-a-lifetime chemistry Gary Busey and Tommy Lee Jones had as the film's killer antagonist's. I guess having a competent director such as Andrew Davis at the helm didn't hurt either. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, wasn't "Under Siege" the most successful movie of his career, box-office wise?

Peter Travers' Best Movies of 2016

22nd Annual Critics Choice Awards

I never really liked the Critics' Choice Awards, their picks have always struck me as being too safe and in praise of formulaic fare. Remember, in 2014 they nominated "Unbroken," "The Theory of Everything" and "The Imitation Game." YUCK. This year it's not so bad, but they still managed to nominate the icky "Lion" which has a killer first half that is purely subtitled and set in a foreign country, but the second hour is atrocious and meant to bait awards bodies, such as this group.

It's that time of the year! John Waters' Top 10 Films of 2016 feature KRISHA, TICKLED, EVERYBODY WANTS SOME and much more

Tom Cruise tries to kickstart a new franchise in his resume with THE MUMMY

I usually like the roles and films Tom Cruise chooses, he just has a knack for picking smart, but entertaining fare, but this? This is just a sad attempt at trying to kickstart a new franchise in his resume. I don't see any other reason why. Cruise used to pick smart, adult roles ("Minority Report," "Collateral," "Magnolia," "Eyes Wide Shut,") but now it seems like he's trying to bank on a bunch of different franchises to keep his career going into the future. It's Tom Cruise the businessman.  The director for "The Mummy" is Alex Kurtzman and he's been a writer for most of his young career, but his writing resume reveals a hack, not an artist: "The Island," "Transformers," "Cowboys & Aliens," "The Legend of Zorro," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Yikes. Is this really the best this film could get for director? This looks horrible, I guess the better Tom Cruise movie next year will be his, already, Oscar-buzzed "American Made" directed by Doug Liman.

LA LA LAND named Best Picture by New York Film Critics Circle

BEST FILM: La La Land 👍
Great pick

BEST DIRECTOR: Barry Jenkins for "Moonlight" 👍 
If there ever was a director's film this year it's this or "Silence"

BEST ACTOR: Casey Affleck for "Manchester by the Sea"👍 
Basically Affleck or Denzel Washington in "Fences," both deserving of award

BEST ACTRESS: Isabelle Huppert for both "Elle" and "The Things to Come" 👍💗
Tour-de-force performance in "Elle," Emma Stone and Natalie Portman also great

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR: Mahershala Ali for "Moonlight"👍
Great pick

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Michelle Williams for "Manchester By the Sea" and "Certain Women" 👎😕 
barely in "Manchester by the Sea" and she was the weak link in "Certain Women"

Great pick

BEST DOCUMENTARY: "O.J.: Made in America" 👍💗
"Weiner" also deserves serious mention, but nothing can beat the 8 hour landmark

... or "Elle

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: James Laxton for "Moonlight"👍
... or "La La Land"

BEST SCREENPLAY: Kenneth Lonergan for "Manchester by the Sea" 👍
Great pick

BEST FIRST FILM: "Krisha" and "The Edge of Seventeen" 👍👍💗
The two best possible choices

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

First Reactions to Scorsese's SILENCE


New Image of Ridley Scott on the set of Alien: Covenant

New picture of Ridley Scott on the set of Alien: Covenant

Sundance Film Festival announces its lineup

You can now listen to the score for Scorsese's 'Silence' online


"The Eyes Of My Mother" Director Nicolas Pesce [Interview]

Image result for the eyes of my mother

Nicolas Pesce stunned more than a few audiences at Sundance with his horrifically hypnotic goth show. The story was disturbing, with a precisely constructive narrative that never let up in its dark, twisted surprises. No fair revealing any plot details about this one, except to say that it is from film collective Borderline Films, which gave us in the past few years Martha Marcy May Marlene, James White, and Simon Killer. This might be the best one of the bunch, it's that good.

We spoke to the writer-director about his absorbing gothic-horror fairy tale.

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