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Monday
Jan302017

Beauty vs Beast: Witchy Women

Jason from MNPP here, tackling one of my favoirte movies of all-time for this week's edition of "Beauty vs Beast" -- unless it's Halloween-time I mostly try to lean away from horror films for this series but I gotta make an exception this week, for Wednesday marks the 40th anniversary of Dario Argento's fairy-tale giallo Suspiria getting released in Italy. I love that the movie came out just in time for Valentine's Day - with its lurid reds (not to mention a character being stabbed directly in the heart) it feels tremulously appropriate for the season.

It's also a timely moment to celebrate the movie because as you might've heard A Bigger Splash and I Am Love director Luca Guadagnino is currently right this minute in the process of remaking the film, with a starry cast including Tilda Swinton and Dakota Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz. Oh and Jessica Harper, the star of the original film, will appear as well! If only Joan Bennett & Alida Valli, the wickedly cruel mistresses of the dance academy, were still around for cameos...

PREVIOUSLY One week ago we were still holding out hope for the hopeless, aka a ton of surprise Oscar nominations for Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster. But we're happy it got that one nomination at least, and that we got to give love to its two key supporting men - and of the two Ben Whishaw kicked John C. Reilly square in the chin, taking 70% of your vote. And I gotta go with what Nathaniel had to say:

"Team John always. I admire the committment, injuring himself for love. or rather "love""

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As much as I like Jessica Harper come on the leaders of the coven are Alida Valli and the mistress of Dark Shadows herself-freaking Joan Bennett!! You just can't compete with that.

January 30, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterjoel6

God, I love Suspiria so much. In college, I presented the opening scene as a showcase for an assignment revolving around the visual and aural elements of a film blending well. That score and those colors? YES PLEASE.

Side note: Hate that Chloe Grace Moretz is in the remake. Can't handle her.

January 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterKeelay!

I gotta go with Suzy. Suzy defeated the coven with nothing but her brave, insatiable curiosity, and her beautiful wide eyes. Yeah, Suzy! She was badass at her core.

January 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterRob

aren't you required to side with the villain in genre movies because they're more fun? I'm voting coven

January 30, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

I feel like the race should be a close one. But in light of recent events, I think many might feel urged to vote against an evil establishment with control issues. I'm voiting for Suzy.

January 31, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom

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