Friday, October 30, 2015

(207) The week of 9 films + links

By s. Friday, October 30, 2015 25 Comments

  • The Queen of Mischief was featured in the pics in Empire magazine. Oh my God. I may actually stop living while watching this movie.

  • Thursday, October 29, 2015

    American Horror Story 5x03 Mommy / 5x04 Devil's Night

    By s. Thursday, October 29, 2015 4 Comments
    Yeah, so this is awkward - I didn't have the time to recap the episode last Thursday and then I kinda forgot to recap it. But I warned you it may happen. So we are doing the double feature today.

    Last week's episode unfortunately showed us more of Alex. Is there anyone watching who actually cares about this arc? Anyways it turns out Alex loves her abducted son way more than her husband - whom she wants to divorce - and daughter - whom she throws the most epic side eye since Catelyn Tully. So Alex goes to Hotel and after being teased by Naomi Campbell's ghost (by the way don't you badmouth Zara) she runs into Holden and takes him home, because oh well what could possibly go wrong?

    Tuesday, October 27, 2015

    Crimson Peak

    By s. Tuesday, October 27, 2015 , , , , , , , 16 Comments

    Before I discuss the many problems Crimson Peak unfortunately has, let's just get this out of the way - this is the finest haunted house in cinema since Alejandro Amenabar directed The Others, back in 2001. The house in Crimson Peak is a true marvel - beautifully designed, meticulously planned and definitely worth seeing on the big screen. As advertised, this is the house that breathes and bleeds - the wind sounds like wailing, the red clay spilling through wooden boards looks like blood. This house is truly magnificent and one of the strongest things in the movie.

    Friday, October 23, 2015

    (206) So madd(en)ing + links

    By s. Friday, October 23, 2015 24 Comments
  • Tom Hardy became a father again! His wife Charlotte gave birth to their child yesterday. While searching for the news I found this pic of Tom and his first son.
  • There are no words.
  • I was supposed to see Crimson Peak today but I was too exhausted to go to cinema. I'm just so tired. I've been falling asleep at 10 pm lately. I came to work at 7.20 today and finished working around 14:40. It's madness.
  • I finally sat down and watched Far From the Madding Crowd last weekend. I'm creating the dumbest character of the year category in my annual awards just for the main chick.
  • JFC this movie. First some sheep committed mass suicide by jumping off the cliff. Then I think a dog got shot, but it was out of frame so I can always pretend it didn't happen. Then that main bitch gets a lamb from this guy and he proposes and she says no. Then Michael Sheen proposes and the bitch says no. And previously in the movie she sent him a valentine but when it is pointed out to her by the lamb guy that she led the poor guy on she fires him. But then some sheeps' stomachs start exploding - or something - so she rides after the lamb guy because only he can help her. Then some gigolo soldier arrives and waves a sword - literally - at her in the woods and she marries him. He is of course a douche and gets her in debt and impregnates some plot device played as usual by Juno Temple and then plot device and its baby die and then he is pronounced dead after he allegedly drowns so poor Sheen proposes again and just as she maybe kind of will graciously agree the dead husband comes back and Sheen shoots him so he is sent to jail and the one left who gave her a lamb is leaving her but - poor guy - she catches on to him and they make out.

    My God.

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015

    Visual Parallels: A Single Man + The Hours

    By s. Tuesday, October 20, 2015 , , 21 Comments
    Stephen Daldry's The Hours and Tom Ford's A Single Man are both beautiful movies dealing with the subject of loneliness. The first follows three women, each living in different time, but each of them hopelessly stuck in their lives. The second shows a day of a man who lost his lover and is set on killing himself.

    Friday, October 16, 2015

    (205) Fuck you, Pixar + links

    By s. Friday, October 16, 2015 30 Comments
  •  You know every single time I watch Scream Queens I shop. 

  • Thursday, October 15, 2015

    American Horror Story 5x02 Chutes and Ladders

    By s. Thursday, October 15, 2015 4 Comments

    This week at the Hotel we got to truly suffer trough the introduction and the following scenes featuring Finn Wittrock's character, we got to learn a little bit about Countess Elizabeth and we got a truly awesome black and white flashback which was so incredibly brutal I'm almost sure it would not be allowed to air in color.

    We opened with Sally being sadistic to that raped dude and sewing him into the mattress. Then one of the Swedish tourists died after vamp kid fed on her and Iris and Liz Taylor along with the maid got rid of her body. Iris comes over to Elizabeth's room because she wants to speak with Donovan but he hides from her. Elizabeth tells him she wants to go out but he wants to stay in and watch House of Cards. So Elizabeth goes out on her own.

    Wednesday, October 14, 2015

    Simply the Best: 2009 - 2005

    By s. Wednesday, October 14, 2015 31 Comments
    The Oscar season is almost upon us so I thought it would be fun to assemble a list of my winners in 5 big categories. I originally wanted to just share the list but once I started to write about these movies and performances the post grew so much I had to split it into three. So here is the second one with my winners for Best Picture and best performances between 2009 and 2005:

    Friday, October 9, 2015

    (204) Tear you apart + links

    By s. Friday, October 9, 2015 41 Comments

  • So Scream Queens is so dope. Yes, it is dumb as hell but it is supposed to be dumb as hell. I feel like people who hate on the show were expecting serious horror and now they are just flabbergasted. I find the show very fun and very witty. I wasn't one of those people who went "OMG Emma Roberts!" when she was on Coven but she is so good in this kind of role. The show is paying homage to Heathers - Roberts' character is called Chanel and her minions are the Chanels - one played by Abigail Breslin and the other by Carrie Fisher's daughter. They are all really wonderful. There's also Jaime Lee Curtis as shady as fuck dean of the university. And the music is fantastic, as are the outfits in the show. It's so much fun. It's the most enjoyable show on TV right now. Sadly, the ratings aren't too good which makes perfect sense that the show that I like may not be renewed for a new season. I hope they continue it, because it's really a gem.

  • Thursday, October 8, 2015

    American Horror Story 5x01 Checking In

    By s. Thursday, October 8, 2015 12 Comments

    American Horror Story is back and what a triumphant return it is. Everyone was worried when it was announced that season 4 was the last one for Jessica Lange. Then everyone was even more worried when they found out that Lady Gaga, who apparently called Ryan Murphy expressing her desire to be on the show, will replace Lange as the show's leading lady. But people were worried for nothing because "Checking In" is a very promising start of the season and the most intense and atmospheric episode the show had to date.

    Saturday, October 3, 2015

    Simply the Best: 2015 - 2010

    By s. Saturday, October 3, 2015 40 Comments
    The Oscar season is almost upon us so I thought it would be fun to assemble a list of my winners in 5 big categories. I originally wanted to just share the list but once I started to write about these movies and performances the post grew so much I had to split it into three. So here is the first one with my winners for Best Picture and best performances between 2010 and 2015. 2015 picks are likely to change but at this point I just want to praise these performances. Fury Road is safe where it is, though.

    Friday, October 2, 2015

    (203) Heavy breathing + links

    By s. Friday, October 2, 2015 31 Comments
  • I started watching The Knick. So far I've seen 5 episodes and it's really good. I've seen autopsies and was fine but here I got a bit lightheaded - turns out there is a big difference between a live autopsy and fake operation and that difference is blood. And there's enough in The Knick to make everything pretty damn hard to watch.
  • I've also saw Sicario which was awesome. It appears that the only way I'm actually seeing movies nowadays is if I drag myself to cinema after work. There was about 11 people in the cinema during my screening which believe me is a decent crowd. During Ant-Man there was just three of us there. 
  • I found this post a while back on tumblr that said how people love strong female characters but when it comes to male characters some of us go " Look I found him in a dumpster, can I keep him?!"
  • and it is so accurate:
  • because DEL TORO in that movie OMFG. How is it that all the critics are shouting praise yet I don't see you people building shrine in honor of his performance here in the blogosphere? For shame!
  • Also seriously go see this movie in the cinema. I read about the score being good before seeing the movie and then on Monday morning I listened to it on the way to work and I was like "it's not great" but then that same afternoon when it was blasting from the speakers during the film it was just fantastic.
  • Anyways I have actual post coming up soon because I managed to list my winners in 5 major categories from the last 15 years. Just the winners because I don't know how the hell some of you do entire line ups, for all categories no less, that go years and years back. I could barely remember the order and the movies from given year prior to the year of the Swan - 2010. So thanks to imdb I managed to refresh my memory and list them. I need to make images for that thing which takes more than researching 15 years worth of films I've seen and loved so this will probably be up late next week.
  • So Marion Cotillard has said some stuff this week that was, to put it extremely mildly - dumb. No, you know what, fuck it, I'm not gonna put it mildly. What she said was so moronic I think she should start a female commune with Natalie Dormer. Just go off on the island somewhere and say dumb shit about feminism. But, oh wait. That would be that so called "separation", probably.  I have previously heard that she doesn't sound particularly intelligent because she has issues with English language, but I don't think it was the issue here....There's also stuff like this - "Did a man really walk on the moon? I saw plenty of documentaries on it, and I really wondered. And in any case I don’t believe all they tell me, that’s for sure."
  • Please send Mrs. Cotillard to the moon. And on her way there, explain what feminism is. And maybe hit her over the head with dictionary, just so she remembers.
  • I know you guys luuuv her and I'm not denying she is a terrific actress but seriously, what a stupid thing to say. 
  • And then we have Chastain. In what way was her character in Interstellar as interesting as the male character there? Her character wasn't even as interesting as male in Mama and if I remember correctly the male character spent some time in coma in that one.
  • I'm starting to think there is some sort Stepford Wives thing going on here. Someone is killing these actresses and replaces them with replicas that just blurt out dumb stuff.
  • Of course there are some who need no replacing in the first place....
  • Meanwhile Matt Damon made some comments about gay actors and man, did people go insane over that. 
  • I kinda think this is Hardy's fault. That whole hoopla at TIFF - when Hardy said his sexuality is none of anyone's business and has nothing to do with his work (which is correct) - caused a chain reaction. Now people are getting asked all sorts of questions while Hardy doesn't need to give a fuck because I'm fairly certain all he needs to do at this point is look at the journalist and that guy urinates all over himself due to crippling fear.
  • Damon is not wrong that when the person is openly gay it is more difficult for them to get roles. How else will you explain to me why Matt Bomer isn't a huge movie star? No, they shouldn't be required to stay in the closet but even progressive (USA! USA!) Hollywood, in this regard, seems to be only emerging from 50s mentality. And then I need to link this because they are quoting Ellen Page as some hero. Ellen Page hid in the closet for years. The moment she stopped being as relevant as she was she decided to come out.  BAM! Publicity, BAM! Gay icon! Who cares if she hasn't played a decent role in years. 
  • "Straight" is the default." - it is. In Hollywood - it is. In pairings in movies and real life - it is. It is the default. You may not like it. It's not a fair situation, especially in this day and age that the sexual orientation has any kind of influence on art and work and chances. But the Damon is right. The less we know about the actor, the sooner we buy what's he is selling in his performance. When I see Page cast as desirable female in Allen's movie that men supposedly drool over, do you really expect me to buy it? Especially since she is a very limited actress? Please.
  • So Damon is drowning and Cotillard isn't getting any shit. Because people are afraid to criticize women - Damon is getting shat on while I don't even see much outrage over what Cotillard said. Feminism means equality, Marion. But it appears you were right it causes separation - it is you who should be hit with outrage and here you are, protected by your sex. 
  • But what Cotillard and Damon have in common? They should have shut up in the first place. That they have opinions -that when it comes to Damon people will misinterpret or when it comes to Cotillard are so stupid it's shocking - is their business. But these opinions have nothing to with the films they are currently promoting. So for their sakes, they should just be quiet until they get better publicists who will run towards them in the middle of the interview while shouting "TRAIN! THERE'S A FUCKING TRAIN COMING!" when they start talking.
  • Yes, that is In the Loop reference.
  • Moving on...
  • Here they are. The credits for AHS: Hotel and they are awesome. Love the neon letters, the peephole vision and those things look super creepy.
  • We also have new Lana Del Rey's music video. It's lovely but at this point I'll take anything with decent production values. Remember Ultraviolence video? What the fuck was that?
  • Brittani is hardcore - she actually saw Green Inferno
  • FeelinFuzzier reviews Pan
  • Flixchatter reviews Sicario
  • Fisti shares some thoughts on that incredible The Revenant trailer
  • Alex celebrates his blog's eight anniversary with list of his favorite films
  • m.brown reviews The Intern