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What movies are you thinking about right this very second?

I've got four movies playing in my head at the moment, two still imaginary and two just screened. The still-imaginary ones are, first, the Bill Condon / Sir Ian McKellen / Dame Helen Mirren thriller The Good Liar which got strong buzz out of the industry promo event CinemaCon. The second is the film adaptation of Cats which sounds Titanic-like (the boat not the movie) in its possibly epic high profile sinkability. Apparently the cats are not fully mocapped creatures but still look like the actors with fur digitally added but they're cat-sized (but why would they mention the cat-sized bit unless they shared scenes with humans which Nooooo).

As for the real movies that already exist in competed form, Laika has another winner with Missing Link (they've yet to make a stinker!) which we currently have in the 'most likely to be nominated' spot in the Best Animated Feature race. It opens in just one week so more on that one real soon. The other is Sebastian Schipper's Roads which we can't talk about yet because it doesn't premiere until later this month at Tribeca but let it be known that we love it. Oops. We weren't supposed to talk about it! But it's from the German director who made that exciting 'how'd he do that?' entirely continuous shot movie Victoria a couple of years back. This new film Roads could, like Victoria, be categoried in the subgenre of "Protagonist having dangerous and unexpected soul-shaking adventure whilst travelling abroad" movie but its much different so Schipper is no one-hit wonder or one-trick pony. The leads Fionn Whitehead (Dunkirk, Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) and Stéphane Bak (Elle, Farewell to the Night) have terrific chemistry. If you're planning to hit Tribeca, schedule it.

What's on your cinematic mind? 

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No yes no maybe so for The Joker teaser?

April 4, 2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Just watched the JT LEROY trailer. In a twisted way, I still kind of think of JT as a real person, and at the end of the trailer I thought, "Oh, I hope JT isn't hurt by this."
I guess it is a side effect of living in SF and working in the arts community in the 90s.

April 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterCorey

Good repertory weekend here in Chicago - headed to a rare screening of 1983's "City of Lost Souls" tonight and this weekend is Micklin-Silver's "Between the Lines".

April 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDave S.

Just revisited Peter Ustinov's Billy Budd.

Crisp, striking cinematography from Robert Krasker, the script crackles with ratcheting tension and Terence Stamp is breathtaking. It feels like the performance was nominated as much for how stunningly beautiful Stamp is as the acting itself.

April 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBJT

The cats detail is odd since... they're catsized in the musical as well.

Cats, which is filled with celebs, stars, and singers, seems like the perfect type of failure: it will sink Tom Hooper's career, but all the screen talent will be fine (once they're mocked for a while).

April 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

Cats is sounding like a spectacular mess.

April 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterReady

MEGALOPOLIS, by Francis Ford Coppola.

Boy, if he do what is in his mind... And achieve that...


April 4, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer

I'm not getting the Mary Kay Place coverage I was expecting, so I might never ever come back.

April 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

@Peggy Sue

What's the point? They'll deny her like Glenn Close.

April 4, 2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

@Peggy Sue

She could be the best performance of the year, not having a leagues better competitor like Colman, and they’d still ignore her. Pointless.

April 4, 2019 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

Irene Dunne in My Favorite Wife. The Southern belle fakery when she meets the second wife. “ ‘xactly”. I love her.

Also, Matthew Goode in A Single Man because someone mentioned it here in another post. Gawd, that was a good film.

Also thinking about Julianne Moore bc my friend just told me she went to see Gloria Belle last night and hated it.

April 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Cats might be a mess, but did everyone see the clip of Jennifer Hudson singing at Comicon? Spoiler alert: She sounded amazing.

April 4, 2019 | Unregistered Commentereurocheese

the academy really missed the boat on not awarding Ian McKellen for TLOTR. what a damn shame.

April 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterAnon

Currently obsessed with anything Elizabeth Holmes, the podcast, the HBO documentary... so of course I've been thinking of who will be cast in the inevitable biopic. I'd love Gwendoline Christie or Elizabeth Debicki. (I don't know why but I assumed she's tall - but I just googled and shes 5'5) OK so I guess it's going to be Jennifer Lawrence.

April 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJWB

What’s on my cinematic mind? That two actors won Oscars for THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES and neither of them are even in the top three best performances in that movie.

Also, when is Paul Thomas Anderson going to make Maya Rudolph the star of one of his movies? Enough is enough!

April 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Steve: What you said about The Best Years of Our Lives reflects what I think about Mystic River!

April 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEdward L.

Curious to know if you think ROCKETMAN will be a hit with Oscars a la BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY? The press machine sure does want it to be.

I'm hopeful that it will be better than BR (from a quality respective) because I love the cast and Elton John's music. Plus, Taron Egerton is so damn cute.

April 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge

“Motherless Brooklyn”.
This one finally got made, after being in the works for years?
I’ll believe it when I see it.

April 5, 2019 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Cannot wait to see The Good Liar - super excited.

It is first time that Dame Helen and Sir Ian will be in a film together.

Although they did once appear on stage in Stingberg's Dance of Death.

Here's to Oscar nods 5 and 3 respectively!

April 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew UK

Having watched the video of Jennifer Hudson's gorgeous rendition of "Memory" this morning, Cats is currently on my mind, most particularly how much of a spectacular mess it has the potential to (and in many ways probably will) be. Considering that Tom Hooper's last three films combined have garnered a total of 24 Oscar nods and eight wins -- three of which were for acting -- it might be foolhardy to count it out, however. The smartest money would be on J. Hud for supporting actress, but who knows?

April 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

I just rewatched Cold War again on Prime, and it holds up so well from the theater. The Sound mix was so wildly underrated.

April 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDrew C

I've been thinking about movies that I enjoy more after repeated viewings. Once such recent example: Brooklyn. I thought it was OK when first released, good performances but my initial reaction was Merchant-Ivory lite. I've seen it 5 times since, and each viewing reveals more layers, to the point I think it's actually a masterpiece in disguise. I'm very much looking forward to see what Crowley does with The Goldfinch, which I could argue is the best novel of the young century and very cinematic in the right hands.

April 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSawyer

@JWB - it's already been announced:

April 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMDA

I'm encouraging my friends to watch the 2013 Chilean movie "Gloria" instead of the unnecessary remake. Why are Americans afraid of foreign films? My blood boiled when there was a remake of "secret in their eyes' the original is so great.

April 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMMinDC

You've sold me on Roads. Victoria was such an interesting film, even if I didn't love it 100%.

Just purchased a ticket!

April 5, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEvan

Is Best of Enemies going to be the next feel-good Hidden Figures or Green Book? Certainly looks like it!

April 6, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMarcos

Edward L: We are in complete agreement on Mystic River!

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Agree with /3rtful's clarified second statement.

April 7, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

MMinDC - I've heard a lot of people say they "don't want to read movies." And they talk about how annoying it is to look down to read the captions while you're missing what's happening on screen, which...I kind of understand. I like foreign films but that part can be frustrating.

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