Thursday, February 11, 2016

Happy Burtday Mr Reynolds! Burt Reynold’s turns 80.


 Burt Reynolds is 80 today! I still remember him from his visits to the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson; there was one especially crazy-memorable night when Dom Deloise rubbed whipped cream all over Reynolds tight leather suit, leaving Johnny howling, tears streaming down his cheeks, making those of us watching at home, laugh even harder. Both Johnny and Dom are gone now, but Reynolds is still here, kicking around, hanging on, making a living in film and tv. 
Man, if you remember him from the 70s, he was something, a flashy, mustache-swaggering, macho man, that deep down you had a sense was making fun of his whole schtick. 



While we all loved him in 1997’s Boogie Nights, his heyday was the 70’s & 80’s, in films like Smokey & the Bandit (all of em)Starting Over, The Longest Yard, At Long Last Love, The Man Who Loved Women and Cannon Ball Run, todays #ThrowbackThursday movie is another iconic film. Deliverance, the film with the scene that epitomized every guys worst nightmare. Starring Jon Voight, Ned Beatty in his debut, and Ronny Cox along with Reynolds, Deliverance, based on the book by James Dickey, was nominated for Best Picture and its direction by John Boorman. Burt, still boasting plenty of chest hair, must have felt nigh naked without his trademark mustache. 






I couldn’t find a trailer but who needs it when you’ve got this clip featuring the famous Dueling Banjos scene? 



Deliverance is available to stream on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, YouTube and GooglePlay. What’s your favorite Reynold’s movie?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Rebecca Ferguson joins Michael Fassbender in The Snowman


This one’s a long way down the track but fans of 
a) Michael Fassbender
b) Rebecca Ferguson 
c) nordic crime novels
will want to watch out for The Snowman set for release October 13, 2017. Save the date. You dont want to get caught washing your hair. 

The Snowman is based on the Jo Nesbø novel featuring Harry Hole, the Swedish detective investigating the disappearance of a woman, the only trace left behind, her pink scarf found wrapped around the neck of a snowman. 

In detail: 
One night, after the first snowfall of the year, a boy named Jonas wakes up and discovers that his mother has disappeared. Only one trace of her remains: a pink scarf, his Christmas gift to her, now worn by the snowman that inexplicably appeared in their yard earlier that day.  Inspector Harry Hole suspects a link between the missing woman and a suspicious letter he’s received. The case deepens when a pattern emerges: over the past decade, eleven women have vanished—all on the day of the first snow. But this is a killer who makes his own rules . . . and he’ll break his pattern just to keep the game interesting, as he draws Harry ever closer into his twisted web. 
I first told you about The Snowman last fall in the post Michael Fassbender: Movie Star Rising. The news is that filming is underway and that Rebecca Ferguson has officially joined the cast as Katrine Bratt, recently assigned to Harry Hole’s unit. 


Norway Lake/Camera Nordic

The Snowman is the 7th in Nesbø's 9 book series so it could be the start of a beautiful franchise for Fassbender. What a relief: theres life after X-Men! Filming in Norway now, The cast includes Charlotte Gainsborough & James Darcy in unspecified roles and is directed by Tomas Alfredson, the Swedish director who gave us the horror film Let the Right One In and the masterful LeCarre film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Tinker came out in 2011; Alfredson hasnt made a film since.

I couldn’t help but notice the tagline for the novel: “Beware the Falling Snow” Not to be confused with the title of Rebecca Ferguson’s upcoming film Despite the Falling Snow.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

A Wrinkle in Time or Intelligent Life? A wrinkle that’s welcome.


There was a television series in 2003 but Disney has new plans to turn Madeleine L’Engle’s classic, 1963 Newberry Medal-winning fantasy novel, A Wrinkle in Time into a feature film. Good news for women in film, Selma director Ava DuVernay has been offered the job of helming the project, based on a script by the Oscar winning writer of Frozen, Jennifer Lee. 

But there’s a wrinkle! Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment also wants DuVernay for a sci-fi thriller titled Intelligent Life. Rumor has it Intelligent Life might star Lupita Nyongo. According to IndieWire, ‘the story is about a UN worker in a department designed to represent mankind if there was ever contact with aliens, who falls for a mystery woman who turns out to be an alien.’ 
A plethora of choice? For a female director? It’s almost as if that big bright klieg light turned on the face of Hollywood with its gender inequities is starting to make a difference. And for DuVernay, an unexpected wrinkle—what project to pick? That’s got to be the kind of wrinkle DuVernay welcomes. I wonder which one she’ll choose?

Monday, February 8, 2016

Bonjour from BROOKLYN starring Saoirse Ronan: The French-dubbed trailer

Voila, the bande-annonce (français for trailer) for Brooklyn, dubbed in French. 
Hearing Saoirse Ronan speaking French as the young woman who emigrates from her home in Ireland to New York, can’t help but remind us that Eilis’ story could just as easily have been the story of a French girl from Paris or indeed the story of a girl from Italy, Poland, Germany or Viet Nam. And indeed, Mr. Trump, it could be the story of a girl from Jalisco, Mexico or Damascus, Syria. 

We are, have always been, and shall continue to be, a nation of immigrants. N’est-ce pas



Linking to Paulita Kincer’s Dreaming of France meme

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter: The Revenant Cast Interview #SlackerSunday

If you saw The Revenant, you’ll enjoy this Sunday Slacker interview with Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter, a pair of actors from the British Isles who play a couple of early Americans beautifully. In one of this year’s most riveting films, Gleeson is the well-meaning leader of a group of fur-trappers who orders two men to stay and bury Hugh Glass (Leo DiCaprio) after a bear attack leaves him close to death.
Will Poulter plays Bridger, an innocent young man who volunteers for the task because his conscience tells him its the right thing to do, while Tom Hardy (Fitzgerald) stays only because of the extra money he’ll be paid to stay. While Bridger other does everything he can to look after Glass, Fitzgerald wishes resentfully for Glass’ demise. 
If you haven’t seen The Revenant, get to your multiplex ASAP. It’s more than the gore and violence you’ve heard so much about. The Revenant is gorgeous, both in the stunning natural world its shows, and in how reverently it shows it. It’s deeply respectful and authentic in how it reveals the lives of Native Americans and how early European Americans swept in and took what they wanted, entitled white men right from the get go. And it’s deeply moving, to see the lengths a man will go, when he feels he has nothing left to lose. 
Because my husband works in film, I usually stay in the theater until the credits finishing rolling, out of respect for the crew. This time I stayed in the theater while I gathered my emotions. The first time I felt that kind of widespread draining of emotion was after seeing The Deer Hunter in 1978. That’s the kind of film The Revenant is.
Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

James Dean in ‘East of Eden’: #SaturdayMatinee


Not that we need an excuse to watch the legendary James Dean in East of Eden, but it’s Dane DeHaan’s 30th birthday today, and since DeHaan plays the most famous rebel without a cause in the biopic Life, we figured, I figured, what the hey.

While the film, and Dean, have achieved cult status, East of Eden wasn’t automatically loved by all the critics. Some of them—certainly this reviewer in a 1955 piece in the NY Times—didn’t think James Dean was all that. 
“For the stubborn fact is that the people who move about in this film are not sufficiently well established to give point to the anguish through which they go, and the demonstrations of their torment are perceptibly stylized and grotesque. Especially is this true of James Dean in the role of the confused and cranky Cal. This young actor, who is here doing his first big screen stint, is a mass of histrionic gingerbread.
He scuffs his feet, he whirls, he pouts, he sputters, he leans against walls, he rolls his eyes, he swallows his words, he ambles slack-kneed—all like Marlon Brando used to do. Never have we seen a performer so clearly follow another's style. Mr. Kazan should be spanked for permitting him to do such a sophomoric thing. Whatever there might be of reasonable torment in this youngster is buried beneath the clumsy display.”
 A mass of histrionic gingerbread? OUCH! Despite that review, Dean received a poshumous Academy Award nomination for his work on the film. James Dean would receive another posthumous Academy Award nomination the following year for his work on Giant. James Dean died in a car accident on a highway in San Lois Obispo County, California on September 30, 1955. He was only 24 years old.






















East of Eden directed by Elia Kazan and written by Oscar nominee Paul Osborn also stars Julie Harris, Raymond Massey and Richard Davalos as the other brother. Jo Van Fleet won an Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her performance as Kate. East of Eden is available to stream on Amazon, Vudu and iTunes. That’s my #SaturdayMatinee. What are you watching?


Friday, February 5, 2016

Making Of The Revenant [A World Unseen] : This is what it looks like when you’re fighting for your life.


I finally saw The Revenant, a movie that left me so swimming in emotion I hardly know how to put my thoughts into words. I’ve never seen a film that so immediately makes you feel as though you were a part of it, absolutely in it. 


In the documentary on the making of the movie (below) Leonardo DiCaprio says the director ‘puts you there, almost like virtual reality, where you really feel like you’re out in the elements with these characters, you really feel immersed in their lives and you get the visual perspective of a character in the movie almost.’ 


I think that says it all. Being one with the characters, your feelings are ratcheted up, you are just as wrapped up, just as gutted as the actors playing the parts.From frame one, like the bear in the mauling scene, the movie picks you up between its teeth and won’t let you go. It swings you around and simply won’t let go. 







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