Friday, January 9, 2015

(165) You think Fletcher was bad? Oh, my sweet summer children... + links

By Sati. Friday, January 9, 2015

  •  So you guys know how I saw Begin Again on Halloween (it was magical) and then for 2 months I was meaning to rewatch it but all I rewatched were the scenes with Mark being shirtless (all three of them, God what a lovely use of him in this movie)? I'm finally gonna rewatch it tonight. The key is to get drunk enough so that the ending doesn't hurt. 
  • Yeah, I'm gonna get really drunk.
  • I'm also gonna rewatch In the Cut. Because after the week I had I deserve full frontal Ruffalo telling women to take their panties off. I should really review this film. It's so good and so few people saw it. It has amazing atmosphere and that's only in part thanks to Mark, I mean the cinematography and the score are really fantastic.
  • Work has been hellish - no, no -apocalyptic - I have been working non stop 8h a day, bringing stuff home with me (we had Tuesday off but I worked at home) and then working some more and I'm still not done for deadlines and my boss is gonna yell at me next week. I can confidently say now, having seen Whiplash, that if you took the profanity out, some of the people I deal with at work are actually worse than Fletcher. I mean Fletcher had good qualities, they have none. And they are even more unpleasant. Seriously. I mean at least the guy gave these people clues. You know what my job is like? It's like that final performance where I walk in and they tell me to play and I do not know what this fucking song is. Hell, it's like I don't even know what drums are.
  • My job is essentially just reading and writing and what did I get this week? Pink eye. My left eye's tear duct was weeping like a motherfucker for three days so I went to the doctor and after 2h - some of it in waiting line, some of it during the eye exam which was pointless, a lot of money (I could have bought a dress for that!) she tells me that indeed it is pink eye. Have you ever spent 40h in one week reading and writing on computer while one of your eyes is continuously oozing stuff and you need to apply eye drops every hour? It's so much fun, you guys!
  • Do you know what tonight is? That's right. Mark, James McAvoy and Meryl Streep are gonna be on Graham Norton show. Here's a preview:
  • God bless Now You See Me. This glorious look he has now - and will have throughout this Oscar season - is for the sequel. Can I please have him, please?
  • Have you seen this Tim Walker photoshoot for W magazine featuring Best performances? 
  • All of the above are great.
  • But what the hell is this?!  ---------->
  • Why would you make my baby look like this? Why are people continuously either cutting his curls or covering them up? Are they insane? 
  • I mean look at him, he looks like a lesbian!
  • Golden Globes are this Sunday! I'm gonna see the ceremony after work on Monday so you can expect my recap Monday evening.
  • Holy crap between ceremonies recaps, my reviews and the upcoming Best of 2014 (which is not just gonna be one list but one big list and smaller posts too) there's gonna be a lot happening on the blog. I trust you guys remember my pretty damn epic lists for the end of the year? I've been working on the one for 2014 for WEEKS. And I have few new categories. As you can see every year it gets more extensive. Soon it will be so grand it will devour the universe.
  • I mean I cannot believe only 7 days passed since last RF because I've been working like crazy, writing posts left and right and watching a shitload of films. Granted I slept 2h per day every day, but still.
  • You know things like that make me wish I actually watched People's Choice ceremony:
  • Rosamund is in America! And she already picked up an award for best Breakthrough actor during Palm Springs festival (Carrie Coon and Kim Dickens presented the award to her) and is on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine which features a wonderful photoshoot of her:
  • Before you ask, yes I did see that Ant-Man trailer.
  • This is all I remember from it -------->
  • Good God, Paul.
  • Can we have Bruce Banner, Star Lord and Ant-Man spin off where they are all just adorable and shirtless together?
  • So since RF last week during which I was in the middle of watching Gone with the Wind I actually finished watching it and I liked it a lot. I mean Scarlett was pissing me off - you are married to an actual man who has looks and money and you pine for some pussy in a mill? What the hell, woman? If I had a guy this rich and this good looking I'd do so many things and not one of those things would be sneaking of to the mill. As much as Scarlett made the choices, I'd never make, Leigh was incredible in the role. Also, good God, what a beautiful woman.
  • Whiplash was awesome! Without a doubt the most amazing ending to 2014 movie. The film was so well made and while I do not think Miles Teller was especially great, J.K. Simmons was really unbelievable.
  • Two Days, One Night was really good and it had great performance by Cotillard.
  • I also saw Selma which is the most overrated piece of shit of the year. This was more boring than Boyhood.
  • But! The Imitation Game. That was great. You know what, Keira Knightley is actually underpraised for this role. I am writing entire review for the movie pretty much just because I want to praise her. She was so....heavenly in that. Cumberbatch was great and Matthew Goode is always so awesome (especially to stare at lovingly). The film had beautiful score and even though it had issues it was all in all far and above The Theory of Everything. I wouldn't mind it getting tons of Oscar nominations. Good God that scene where the machine begins working? That was one of the finest scenes of the year.
  • Into the Woods was about 50 minutes too long. Giants? Also what the hell with that sobfest near the end? Streep was really committed to the role and Pine and Blunt really gave it their best but the whole thing can be described in three letters - meh. And someone needs to help Johnny Depp. Not only was he underused in a thankless role but that thankless role and the whole song had some seriously disturbing and awful undertones.
  • But there is the one movie that I want to talk about more than all the others yet I cannot find the words. My new favorite film of 2014:
  • Holy fucking shit, Birdman. I cannot even wrap my head around this movie. That look on Emma Stone's face here was the look on my face when I was watching it. It's Enter the Void meets Black Swan (and also can I just say it's so fucking sexist to call Birdman 'Black Swan for guys'? What can't men enjoy and relate to Black Swan? Can't women do that when it comes to Birdman? Just fuck off!) meets Fight Club. It is glorious. I'm working on a review but it will take some time - I currently have reviews for Whiplash, Foxcatcher, The Imitation Game and Birdman in draft. For now let me just say - that film is the most alive movie I've seen in my life. It's wonderfully bizarre, insanely energetic, absolutely beautiful and just a masterpiece all around. WATCH IT!
  • I didn't like Theory of Everything that much but it looked good. You can check out the look of the movie in Courtney's post
  • Before Golden Globes, check out Brittani's thoughts on who should win and who will win
  • Alex is treating us to his awesome end of the year lists - here are his 15 favorite male performances in 2014
  • Robin writes about Gone Girl's Oscar chances
  • Nika reviews terrific Imitation Game
  • Ruth chooses her 10 favorite female performances in 2014
  • Check out our thoughts on Vivien Leigh's Oscar winning performances over at Fisti's site
  • And finally Katy writes about Jake Gyllenhaal's climb to leading man material
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    38 comments:

    1. Thanks for the link Margaret.

      The W magazine photoshoot is just brilliant. Loved every piece of it.

      I could not agree about Miles, I found his performance amazing. He is constantly getting better and better actor. He also had some good scenes, though I would not compare him with Simmons.

      I loved that scene in The Imitation Game too. It just felt so freaking amazing. And Goode's performance is also great. the scene "Your machine Alan, it better bloody work" is very good. And of course, we agree on Keira's performance. Can't understand why people considered her to be "wrong" Joan.

      I just finished Birdman and I loved it. Honestly, never thought I'd like it that much, but it was brilliant. I will review it as soon as I wrap up my thoughts about its ending.

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      1. You're very welcome!

        Miles was great but in comparison to some other lead performances in 2014 he is barely in my top 10.

        I really hate the claims people make that any actress could do what Keira does in this movie, not many actresses can be this effortlessly natural when in front of camera

        So glad you loved it! That ending I think is meant to be whatever you want it to be, but there are so amazing theories out there

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    2. Mark Ruffalo on a unicycle.... yes, him looking like a lesbo... no...

      Chris Evans offering his arm to Betty White.... now that is being a gentleman.

      Birdman rules! Rosamund looks great. Johnny Depp sucks now.

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      1. Depp was actually quite awesome in Tusk but he was so useless in ITW.

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    3. Omg those Whiplash gifs are fantastic! I'm so glad you liked it; I saw it twice, and I agree that it had the best ending of 2014!

      And Birdman was great! I feel like I need to give it another watch for the cinematography alone...it was tremendous! And Emma Stone in the final scene...brilliant.

      Thanks for the link :D

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      1. That ending had me on the edge of my seat. Amazing stuff

        Birdman is so good, I still cannot organize my thoughts on it

        You're welcome!

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    4. That Walker shoot was mostly awful. Wtf did he do to Ruffalo, Bradley Cooper, and Jenny Slate? They looked awful.

      Ahh I hope your pink eye gets better soon! I had that when I was younger and had to wear an eye patch for awhile. They do wonders for self esteem.

      I'm so glad you loved Birdman! It's my favorite of the year along with Gone Girl. I'm glad you liked Imitation Game too, I'm seeing that on Monday.

      I want to see Selma, but maybe I'll put it off for a bit and watch Inherent Vice instead lol

      Thanks for the link! I will get drunk for both of us on Globes night.

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      1. I hope you'll like The Imitaton Game! It's a standard Oscar season biopic but it is very moving and entertaining!

        I hate the fact that I can't watch Globes live but i hate that I have to go to work on Monday more :/

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    5. I hope your pink eye gets better soon! :)

      OMG, Whiplash. I think that's my favorite movie of 2014 next to (maybe surpassing) Gone Girl; really enjoyed J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller. My review for that is going to be really long. haha Can't wait to read your reviews on Birdman and Imitation Game; still need to see those SO bad. :D

      Gone with the Wind used to not be a favorite of mine but I set aside time last year to watch it and fell in love. Good god, the acting in that movie. I agree about Scarlett and Ashley. She had Rhett, for heaven's sake. Unfortunately, Leslie Howard didn't want to be apart of the movie at all and that really comes through, no matter how great the movie is.

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      1. Almost no weird stuff comes out of it today so it's better:)

        I hope you'll like Birdman and Imitation Game! Whiplash is my number 3 after Birdman and GG

        Yeah it was really noticeable! I think maybe had they shown the previous actions of Scarlett and Ashley, those that happen before the movie story started, it would be more fleshed out and interesting love triangle

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    6. Thank you for the link, hon! <3 Sorry I missed that in the last comment. :)

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      1. You're welcome! I'll finish reading your piece today

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    7. Your job sucks ass. And it's probably even worse than it sounds. How long do you actually plan on enduring this? It looks like you're in an AHS episode and might end up dead from fatigue ;d. But seriously, it makes my week look like heaven.

      I've seen a couple positive reviews on Birdman and the trailer that I saw seems pretty bizarre to me. But since you liked it, I'm going to watch it and I'm never sorry for seeing movies you liked.

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      1. Yep it is :/ Well I need a job, everyone needs a job. Hopefully something changes in autumn but that requires me taking exams again so it's not gonna be easy.

        Oh the film is absolutely bizarre. But it's amazing, it actually has something to say it's not just pretentious bullshit like some of the other experimental movies.

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      2. You even changed the header to a shot from Birdman. Okay, off to downloading it. :)

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    8. I hope you get better soon!

      Whiplash was fantastic, and I agree on you on it having the best ending of 2014. Miles Teller was great and J.K. Simmons was something else entirely. I would watch the movie again sooner, if not for my expanding watchlist. I still have to see The Imitation Game and Birdman, something I'm excited about. Into the Woods was underwhelming; my expectations were sort of high because it's from the same director who did Chicago.

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      1. Thank you!

        I really liked Chicago, but Marshall also did Nine, didn't he? That one was terrible, so I didn't have big expectations here. I also disliked the look of the film, why is everything blue and golden these days?

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    9. Yaay love for Matthew Goode! He was honestly my favourite part of Imitation Game. I liked it but not that much. I personally liked TToE more. Sorry you felt that way about Sel. For me it was far and above the other biopics of this year but whatevs.
      Aww man, Chris Evans is so sweet.

      Yaay for Whiplash and Birdman!!

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      1. I was just so bored by it, it was very restrained movie with not many emotions I felt it should have more passion. In Imitation Game music alone was giving me so many feels

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    10. I hope your pink eye gets better soon!

      Both Whiplash and Birdman are undeniably brilliant films, I'm very happy that they are getting recognition this awards season. And for Imitation Game, I didn't like it as much as you did, but I think the acting really saved the film, especially Keira Knightley, she was really good.

      What are your thoughts on the BAFTA nominations?

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      1. Thank you!

        I don't much care for BAFTAs, I think they are not relevant a kind of a joke,I mean there is no way in hell Carell was supporting in Foxcatcher.

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    11. Ugh, Pink Eye sucks. Birdman is probably the best movie I have seen in years. It deserves every amount of Oscar/awards love it receives. Keaton should win for best actor. I'd like to see Ed Norton and Emma Stone get supporting actor/actress nods too. Miles Teller, I just cannot get with, he's given some douchey interviews promoting Whiplash...I think the PR people shut him down after that. Maybe his press tour for Fantastic Four will go better. But he dissed JK Simmons a couple of times promoting Whiplash and that was not cool.
      I hope your eye feels better soon and reading your blog, my Netflix queue is going to be very busy. I still have not seen Gone Girl.
      PS: WTH with the picture of Mark Ruffalo? What did they do????

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      1. Birdman is seriously amazing, I think Keaton will win! I haven't seen Teller in any interviews but yeah he gives off kinda unpleasant vibe. He dissed JK? What the fuck? That's really awful

        Hope you'll like Gone Girl!

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    12. You know how much I love Black Swan, but honestly didn't enjoy Birdman as much. Not a movie I plan on rewatching...it has interesting moments, but as a whole it didn't move me as Black Swan did.

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      1. It's acquired taste, I think. But it's also such a great experience for the cinematography alone.

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    13. Thanks for the link Sati!

      Sorry to hear how hellish your work life has been. Man, seems like your boss is even worse than Miranda Priestley! Hey, I got a pink eye this week too, and in fact, I also got it just before Christmas. Not sure what the heck is going on but fortunately it went away after a couple of days.

      Ooooh do you know if the Graham Norton episode w/ Mark & James is on Youtube already? LOVE those boys, and they seem to be having such a fun time. Those W photoshoots are so weird, but I haven’t seen the Mark photo until now. What the heck did they do to Mark??! OMG I didn’t even recognize him in it and the first thing that came to mind is, noooooo don’t hide those curls!!!

      I LOVE how Chris Evans escorted Betty White, he seems like a genuinely chivalrous guy.

      Bummer that you didn’t like Selma. There’s some slow parts but David Oyelowo’s performance kept my attention throughout and it’s really a heartbreaking & dark times in our history.

      I do agree about the awful-ness of Into the Woods. Hey glad I’m not the only one who noticed the disturbing undertones in Depp’s wolf segment. Ewwww!

      Oh and lastly, I’m glad you love Birdman too!!

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      1. You're welcome!

        Oh she is definitely worse. Infinitely worse.

        I don't know, it's in other places on the web, though :) Putting wig on Mark should be punishable by law. Severely.

        I thought Oyelowo was fine but it would be preposterous to nominate him for this imho. Most of the time he just stood there. The actress who played his wife was better.

        That wolf segment was seriously disturbing :/

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      2. "Putting wig on Mark should be punishable by law. Severely." Ahah yeah, I'd agree! He has one of the BEST hair in Hollywood!

        I actually think Oyelowo's quieter scene is powerful as to me, it shows his internal struggles and I like that the film didn't make him out to be some sort of saint. I agree though Carmen Ejogo is fantastic.

        I'm surprised I didn't see a lot of flak regarding the child molester undertones in Depp's performance in Into The Woods. I mean seriously, it made me cringe the whole time I watched that scene.

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      3. I actually saw a lot of people mention the creepy undertones there. I was shocked they even kept it, it was crazy suggestive. Also the whole red riding hood story was probably the dumbest one in the whole movie.

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    14. Yay! Thrilled that you also loved Birdman. I still have several films to see, including Whiplash and Two Days, One Night, but I expect it will remain my #1 film of 2014. I'm probably going to spread the love at the CinSpecs though, so it might only win a few awards.

      So glad you liked The Imitation Game. It was much better than I thought it would be, and I wouldn't mind seeing it get a lot of Oscar noms. I'm just glad that Keira is back in the Oscar mix. She's not in my supporting lineup, but I'm hoping that she remains in my Best Actress lineup for Laggies. :)

      Can't wait for your Best of 2014!

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      1. I'm gonna see Laggies tonight! Keira had really fantastic year.

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    15. I read your title as Felcher and...well...don't Google that.

      Anyways, you've seen so many things that I need to see RIGHT NOW...I'm jealous as fuck!

      Word on the Johnny Depp scene in Into the Woods...the stage play is supposed to be VERY adult, and the wolf is played off like a serious pedophile, so if those undertones came across, it was intentional. I know they watered some down for the 'families', but it always seemed like an odd choice for a Disney film.

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      1. I did that, oh my. Well, you learn something new every day.

        But it's Disney. They make everything kid friendly. I don't think that was intentional, that was just Depp being high or something :)

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      2. LOL, or Depp being Depp :-P

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      3. Apparently he plays with dolls in spare time? I think he may be past the point of help

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    16. I love that you loved Birdman so much. That flick is so damn special. Also thrilled that you like Whiplash. I could watch that final scene on repeat. Thanks so much for the kind words and the link!

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      1. You're welcome! Birdman is honestly the movie I saw in hears

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