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HMYBS: Magic Mike (Part Two)

Did you know that Magic Mike (2012) won TFE's Bronze Medal for Best Picture of 2012?Hit Me With Your Best Shot is looking at Magic Mike (2012) before strapping on possessed ballet slippers for The Red Shoes this coming Wednesday.

Due to some scheduling snafus / switcheroos this week we ended up divvying up our look back at Steven Soderberg and Channing Tatum's still undervalued but much enthused over Magic Mike (2012). So you got it in three parts, the first visual roundup (8 early bird participants), this roundup and my own choice, this weekend when I finally get myself together. It's been a looooooong week for me off blog.

The first batch of shot choices included a few takes on the Dallas/Kid training scene, and two surreal shots involving Dallas and Ken. This time it's the act of watching (Cody), the love of being watched (McConaughey), and the commodification of bodies / people.

Magic Mike (2012)
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh; Cinematography by: Steven Soderbergh as "Peter Andrews"

(Pt 1) 7 Images
...and now (Pt 2) 9 Images a couple NSFW so it's all after the jump...
click on the images to read the corresponding article -- really good articles this week, I think. 


Here I am, ladies, all for you
- I Want to Believe

Something sloppy, sexy, almost youthful...
-Movie MoJoe 

Why I miss our annual Soderbergh: He was able to create mainstream cinema that was equal parts playful, invigorating and smart...

Tthe warped reality of Mike’s world and his aspirations towards the more natural world synthesized in a single image...
-Film Misery

Tries to smother you with yellow, in the way that Cries and Whispers tries to kill you with red... 
-Pop Culture Crazy 

Steven Soderbergh didn't have it in him, by 2012, to make anything as straightforward as a crowd-pleaser about strippers...
-Antagony & Ecstasy


But what struck me most this time around was just how much the film is about the act of watching... 
-Dancin' Dan 

[VIDEO ENTRY] The shot I picked is a Not Safe For Work Shot...
-Movie Motorbreath 


 Be that as it may Matt Bomer, Best Shot goes to an image of veteran stud... 
-Paul Outlaw 

On a scale of 1 to 10 how excited are you for Magic Mike XXL next month?

NEXT WEDNESDAY: The Red Shoes (1948)

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Reader Comments (8)

Nat, did you lose mine? E-mailed to you on the 17th and just re-sent...

June 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

I will always defend Cody Horn. She's like Elisabeth Shue sucking a lemon.

June 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Magic Mike is Channing Tatum's version of Chance Wayne in "Sweet Bird of Youth."

June 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterrick gould

Can't wait to read these

June 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterBrianZ

Am loving reading all of these! And Tim Brayton's shot just reminded me how great Betsy Brandt is in her one-scene role as the bank lady who declines Mike's loan. Love how much she does with just that one scene.

June 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

The Male Gaze turned on itself.

June 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Cody Horn was my MVP by far. So natural and fresh... with or without the lemon sucking face.

June 20, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterdomgogo

think you may have lost mine as well, emailed it on Wednesday.
Love this series!

June 20, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterChris James

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