Friday, August 29, 2014

(146) Okay, that was a little too inside + links

By s. Friday, August 29, 2014 30 Comments

  • Let me copy and paste my thoughts on Allen's newest movie - Colin Firth was wonderful in Magic in the Moonlight, so hilarious! He also played a Stannis-type character. This is the world we live in, though - the romance was not very convincing and not romantic but people take issue with age difference instead of how weak the script was in this matter, it only worked because of Firth and Stone’s performances. He was playing a highly unpleasant guy but it was still plausible for Stone to have feelings for him, the problem was that the story didn’t really capture the moments they started to look at each other differently - in a real way - and it all felt jarring.
  • I couldn’t believe that in the scene the film took its title from nothing happened. If I saw a night sky like that and Colin Firth was standing next to me I would have banged him into oblivion. Here - nothing. Where is the romance, Woody? The man was Mark Darcy. Twice. That was just implausible. Why have such a romantic scene if there is no conclusion or even some development for the romance? He took a nap for the love of God! 
  • On the other hand the ukulele playing idiot was so awful in comparison no matter how weak the romance, the ending worked. I judged Stone’s character for not taking that ukulele and killing him with it.

  • And the theater was actually full for this movie - I'm not sure if it's our Europeans, the ones who don't have glamorous Paris or Rome in their countries, fondness for his films, ladies' fondness for Colin or guys' fondness for Emma but yeah the cinema was full.
  • I was tweeting with Alex lately and I thought to myself  'Am I the only person in the world who actually loves Anything Else?". I'm starting to think that the first guy I meet who loves that movie I should marry because that appears to be bordering on the miracle. You know how people meet and then they decide they are perfect for each other because they want the same amount of kids or live in same neighborhood etc I feel for me it's going to be 'Oh you love Anything Else too?". No seriously, what is wrong with that movie? It's funny, it's modern, it's entertaining. What am I missing? Am I mad?
  • No, don't answer the second question. It's rhetorical. 
  • Check out new Interstellar poster.
  • That new Gone Girl TV spot. Oh my God.
  • I have been making gifsets out of that like crazy. This is my favorite of the ones I made:
  • That scene in the snow! You guys who read the book know what it is!
  • SPOILERS Make his pay. Make the bastard pay END OF SPOILERS
  • I think Affleck may be scoring the nomination for this one. He is very well cast. As for Rosamund I'm so rooting for her, even in that short TV spot she showed such a range. I already have a very exciting post prepared about, among others, her character but I cannot publish it yet because you guys need to know the story first. The movie cannot come soon enough.

  • I read the script for the movie yesterday - or to be more accurate, one of the drafts of the script as already from the trailers it looks like some things were changed. The good news is that the story is very much like in the book. The bad news is that if it's the ending that is in fact in the movie it drastically changes the tone of the whole story and I really like the tone of the book story. So I'm hoping the ending stayed just as it was in the book.
  •  So apparently Tyler Perry didn't know who David Fincher was when he agreed to star in Gone Girl. You know, it would be pretty bad for an ordinary person to not know who Fincher is but for someone who for some reason is in AMPAS that is just a little but too embarrassing to be funny. Also apparently Jelly Beans are a no-no around new Batman's face. On the other hand let's not judge him too harshly - he had some great things to say too and he seems honestly excited about being a part of the movie.
  • Check out new poster for American Horror Story: Freak Show. The poster is fantastic, let's just hope the new season is going to have a better script than the last one.
  • No, I did not watch the Emmys.  I may try to see it this weekend, but I've been trying to watch Noah for 3 weeks now and so far I've seen the first 10 minutes so I wouldn't count on me actually managing to watch any of that this weekend. I have actual films that I may like - Calvary and Boyhood - to watch and I can't find the energy to see those.
  • Hey, speaking of the Emmys:
  • Here's the link.
  • I ask you - what the fuck?
  • I saw a dead rat on the middle of the road this week and I'm not sure which was more disturbing - this or Lena Dunham at her newest level of horrid.
  •  I did see Matt and Woody presenting the award, though. They're the best:
  • There's more.
  • Can they get their own talk show or something?
  • Puppy face was at the Emmys too:
  • I direct you to that Gosling laughing gif at the top of the post. 
  • You have one job Kit. To tell Stephen to make it up to women for wearing a coat in his sex scene and getting him to take his clothes off (in the name of equality, obviously...). Stop taking off your pants and creeping people who happen to be near the water out.
  • Guys, look - this is Al Pacino's new girlfriend. The great thing? It is possible for a bigger age difference out there than the girl of 25 (more on that next Friday, the actual day of my birthday) and the God of 58.  
  • Look at the comments under the article. Why are people always assuming that it's about the money? You know some women have their own money.  I think it's horribly small minded and sexist to assume that a woman going out with an older man is doing this for money. Some of us just don't want to sleep with young, immature guys and we don't find them attractive. 
  • And we probably earn more than them too.
  • Oh, was that cruel?
  •  Idris Elba took the ice bucket challenge. While wearing a suit. It's like they are competing in who makes more women faint contest.
  • Fisti celebrates David Fincher's birthday. I'm a shit blogger. I have 2 month long Fincher event happening now and I didn't even know it was the man's birthday.
  • Elina reviews Fugitive Pieces and several other movies. But nothing matters comparing to Stephen. Naked. Worshiping the woman he is with. I've gotta finish this post I cannot keep lying down, dammit.
  • MettelRay chooses 10 actors she would see in just about anything 
  • Alex reviews Calvary 
  • Jack writes about Two Days, One Night, new movie with Marion Cotillard
  • Ruth reviews Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
  • Brittani writes about True Blood series finale.
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    Tuesday, August 26, 2014

    10 Actors I Would See In Just About Anything (aka welcome to Fangirl Heaven)

    By s. Tuesday, August 26, 2014 , 30 Comments
    This may be the first blogathon ever that as soon as I saw it I knew I needed to be a part of it. I actually tweeted Mettel to pick me as the next participant, so thank you so much for doing that!

    I do realize this is not a blogathon about being a fangirl but I'm gonna make my post about that. Because other than gorgeous, each and every one of these actors is very talented too. So everyone's happy. Am I right, ladies?

    Monday, August 25, 2014

    Visual Parallels: Zodiac + Se7en

    By s. Monday, August 25, 2014 , , , , 22 Comments

    Zodiac and Se7en. On paper they should be very similar - they both deal with the hunt for a monster - enigmatic, evil man killing innocent people. They both have good characters chasing after the bad guy. Finally they are both directed by David Fincher. But although so similar on the surface, and sharing so many visual similarities, they are completely different. And completely unequal.

    Friday, August 22, 2014

    (145) The unicorn and the double rainbow* + links

    By s. Friday, August 22, 2014 35 Comments

  • So they released those portraits of the characters in season 4. Obviously Stannis is not there because I cannot have nice things. What the fuck with all the Melisandre focus on promo material. If Stannis was a hot girl he'd be there instead of her. But, no, no, why give Sati nice things to look at.
  • Meanwhile, in Belfast Roose Bolton, Littlefinger and Varys are enjoying ice cream (and they look seriously high) and Sansa, Roose and Theon attended the Killers concert. Roose is very hip, apparently.
  • There's this gem on Playlist. I laughed so hard I almost cried - "I don’t think (graphic scenes) have ever been without any purpose"; "Dan and Dave are two very sober, thoughtful men.". What's next? Are they are going to tell us cutting Arianne Martell out of the show is 'empowering'? Cause that's seems like the ludicrous thing they'd say.

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014

    Performances I Love - Morgan Freeman in Se7en (+ few words about John Doe and the box)

    By s. Tuesday, August 19, 2014 , , , 26 Comments
    When people talk about Morgan Freeman nowadays they tend to talk about how his laziness is almost up there on the levels of tardiness depicted by Johnny Depp's recent professional behaviour which is quite frankly embarrassing to witness. They talk how he stumbled from the set of Transcendence right to the set of Lucy without so much noticing the difference, or at least so it looks judging by the quality of his performances and the level of interest he seems to have in the projects. And when people talk of David Fincher's Se7en they always, always sing praises for Kevin Spacey, hailing his John Doe as one of the most memorable cinematic killers and nominating his performance left and right, completely ignoring everyone else who is in this movie. Let's break these two patterns, shall we?

    Saturday, August 16, 2014

    63 things I love about The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (that no one talks about)

    By s. Saturday, August 16, 2014 , , , 42 Comments
    Brilliant Alex who runs terrific And So it Begins has this fabulous series where he writes about things he loves in movies that no one seems to be talking about. Alex has kindly let me borrow this idea for my today's post which is the first one in the David Fincher event I'm organizing here on the site in anticipation for Gone Girl. Over the next two months most of the posts on the site - soundtrack Wednesdays, scenes of the week and performances I love - will be all about Fincher's previous movies.

    Friday, August 15, 2014

    (144) Well, this is not gonna be appropriate. At all.*

    By s. Friday, August 15, 2014 34 Comments
  • I saw 44 Inch Chest. I understood maybe 70% of the movie. It was kinda a cool movie - Ray Winstone's wife cheated on him so his gangster friends kidnapped her lover and put him a wardrobe and discuss what to do with him. The whole movie is set in one house and it also features Ian McShane, John Hurt and Tom Wilkinson. It was quite surreal at times but the actors were fantastic.
  • There was this really funny scene in which Tom Wilkinson was describing Winstone's dreams to Stephen and Stephen's bafflement was so precious. 

  • Wednesday, August 13, 2014

    Rising Stars: Chris Pratt

    By s. Wednesday, August 13, 2014 25 Comments
    It's always so cool when things go well for an actor you root for - with Guardians of the Galaxy killing it at the box office everyone is noticing its leading man - Chris Pratt. I am a huge fan of Parks and Recreation, a fantastic show that is still watched by too few and really, everyone should be watching it, where Pratt plays hilarious character of Andy Dwyer. I'm just so happy for him finally having a proper big break into the movie world.

    Chris was born on June 21st 1979 (I'm kinda shocked to find out he is not younger, he has such an infectious, youthful energy) in Virginia. His first roles include flicks called Cursed Part 2 and Strangers with Candy, so it wasn't always easy at the beginning. Chris went on to appear on popular series Everwood and The O.C. but it's Parks and Rec that was his big break into getting recognized and finally having a shot at big roles.

    Friday, August 8, 2014

    (143) Gone Girl in Dark Places* + links

    By s. Friday, August 8, 2014 42 Comments
    *There it goes, another proof that Chris Pratt is the best:

    Wednesday, August 6, 2014

    Amazing Amy is Gone - Anticipating Gone Girl

    By s. Wednesday, August 6, 2014 , , , , 22 Comments

     (all the spoilers are written in light font, to read them highlight the text)

    "When I think of my wife, I always think of her head. The shape of it, to begin with. The very first time I saw her, it was the back of the head I saw, and there was something lovely about it, the angles of it. Like a shiny, hard corn kernel or a riverbed fossil. She had what the Victorians would call a finely shaped head. You could imagine the skull quite easily. I’d know her head anywhere. And what’s inside it. 

    I think of that, too: her mind. Her brain, all those coils, and her thoughts shuttling through those coils like fast, frantic centipedes. Like a child, I picture opening her skull, unspooling her brain and sifting through it, trying to catch and pin down her thoughts. What are you thinking, Amy? The question I’ve asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: 

    What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?"

    - the opening lines of Gone Girl

    Monday, August 4, 2014

    Fugitive Pieces

    By s. Monday, August 4, 2014 , , , , , , , 18 Comments
    I rarely review older movies here on the site. When I make an exception and do so, it's either because I really like the movie or because it's very underseen and I want to spread the word about it. Fugitive Pieces is a wonderful example of both of these reasons.

    Friday, August 1, 2014

    (142) Please stop. No, don't stop. + links

    By s. Friday, August 1, 2014 38 Comments
  • There was a lot of news about the show coming from that panel.