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Tuesday
May202014

Open Thread. Fix Your Face! "Look at My Muscles"

Jim Broadbent fixes Katherine Helmond's face in Brazil (1985)This week's banner is going out to Dusty who won the Kidman focused Say What contest. (Last week's "eye roll" was a hit so why not continue?) Dusty chose facial restoration of any kind. Cheeky! Thus I am obliged to pose thusly (see right hand sidebar) and find celebrity photos to accompany my goopiness up top. Hope you enjoy.

But this leads me to three questions.

01. Is this some sort of hint that I need to fix myself? It's true I have been looking worse for the wear (I don't recommend turning 40+)  as stated in the "weight watching" thread. So I'll take the hint given what I suggested there and set up a weekly offsite email group for encouragement (exercize, self-improvement, whatnot... probably with movies to help us) because it's easier to stay motivated in numbers. If you're interested, let me know. Consider it a sidebar experiment.

02. What's your favorite facial restoration technique or makeover sequence in a movie? 

03. Have you seen this little clip* from Ryan Gosling's Lost River? I'm only displaying it here because I was typing about self-improvement / possible exercize when I first heard its weird in your face mantra... 

Look at my muscles. Look at my muscles. Look at my muscles. Look at my muscles. Look at my muscles. Look at my muscles. Look at my muscles. Look at my muscles. Look at my muscles. Look at my muscles. Look at my muscles. Look at my muscles. Look at my muscles. 

Yes, Matt Smith says it 13 times in this clip.

 

*I hope at some point there is a great reckoning about the lawlessness of YouTube and claims of "officialness" The account that posted this calls it the "official trailer" which it is clearly not (they are not the production company and there's no title or names or anything so if it's official it's doing a terrible job of making people aware of the movie) and a ton of websites are calling it the "first official teaser". I believe this is what's always been known as a "clip," a little moment (or moments) from the film. Words have meanings. Use them appropriately. 

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I saw Matt Smith do his "best" Patrick Bateman at the American Psycho musical in London. Everything about the show was awful, but he was the low point (he actually personally showed up 30 minutes late to the performance, and then complained about it onstage, during the show. Plus they had to accompany his singing with autotune. It was painful). That's why I'm disappointed that I'm intrigued by what I'm seeing from him here. I sort of want to look at his muscles.

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercatbaskets

Would you consider Faye Dunaway's morning routine as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest as a proper makeover sequence?

Have you tried FitBalance? It's a mix of yoga, pilates and Tai-Chi. It's fabulous.

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

It's definitely facial restoration, Peggy Sue. It would also be my choice (well, either that, the "bring me the ax" scene later in the film or the Brazil sequence pictured above).

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Lisle Von Rhoman: Now, a warning.
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May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarek

Most might disagree (or not?) but I think Jim Carrey in The Mask had a great face fix. He looked so good in green!!!
And I ADORE Madeleine's transformation in DBH, but... tbh, I'd have given EVERYTHING to see Helen's! o_O

"Eternally youth.... Hah! And enternally FAT."

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

Not a makeover, but very powerful is Glenn Close removing her make-up at the end of Dangerous Liasons.

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPedro

You don't look 40+ to me. :)

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSad man

sad man -- that's sweet but i'm feeling it lately hence the despair about 'gotta get motivated' I can't afford the Streep/Hawn ageless potion so i gotta work at it.

May 20, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

For the record, I went with "facial restoration" because it seemed like a fun visual pattern and the word "facial" alone seemed a little dirty. I love the banner and didn't mean to imply your sidebar photos had been looking shabby!

May 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDusty

Dusty :) - glad u like the banner

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