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Thursday
Oct182012

Oscar Horrors: "Max Schreck"

HERE LIES... The actor-or-is-he Max Schreck, brought to vivid undead-or-is-he life by Willem Dafoe in 2000's Shadow of a Vampire, nominated for Best Supporting Actor.


JA from MNPP here. When I started rewatching E. Elias Merhige's 2000 film Shadow of the Vampire the other day for the umpteenth time I was convinced that we first see Willem Dafoe's Max Schreck is when he's first being filmed by Murnau & Company - when he emerges from his deep dark tunnel, aka the hole where Murnau says he found him. I was wrong. The first time we see Schreck is a few minutes earlier when Murnau leaves a caged mink sitting outside said hole as tasty bait and Schreck's hands - white as moles, fingers long and sharp as stalactites - appear in the background and snake their way around the bars, enveloping their innocent prey.

Now I'm not one to talk about how an actor uses their hands - it makes me feel like Guy Woodhouse telling Roman Castavet about that "kind of an... involuntary reach" - but Dafoe's performance demands it...

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Thursday
Oct182012

That's Gotta Be Some Cockroach

JA from MNPP here. A wise man once said, "Aim for the flat-top!" No wait... that wasn't it. A wise man once said, "This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions... Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!" Eh close enough. The point is, much like a testy Gozarian I know, you can't keep a prehistoric bitch down. The prehistoric bitch in question, the one bringing on all the cat-on-dog stuff, is a third Ghostbusters movie. It's like the longest episode of Moonlighting ever - will they or won't they? And will Agnes DiPesto ever find love? What about Janine Melnitz, for that matter? Maybe those two should've tossed down the corded phones of their imprisonement and found sweet neurotic love together...?

I am letting this get away from me. The rumor that refuses to die, a third Ghostbusters movie, is alive again. Director Ivan Reitman is making sure his schedule's clear next Summer in order to shoot it, says Deadline. Bill Murray will of course not be involved. Unless he decides to show up on set randomly, in which case they write him in. You never know.

Anyway, I think you'll excuse me for thinking that this time the city will be attacked by the largest ever grain of salt. What do we think? Will this ever happen?

Thursday
Oct182012

How long can Russell Crowe hold a note?

I had an errant random and one might say spoilery thought involving Les Misérables just the other day. Read no further if you're the type of (possibly very young) person who was like "OMG. ANNE HATHAWAY DIES?!?!?" when people first started talking about the film version en masse...

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Okay we lost two of you.

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During Javert's (Russell Crowe) final number "Javert's Suicide", after Jean Valjert (Hugh Jackman) has inadvertently humiliated him by saving his life, he leaps to his death due to his twisted sense of honor -- apparently bayonets aren't so good with the hari kari -- and stage productions have to come up with some suggestive way to show this while the final note of the song falls with him. Whatever he jumps from, even if it's just a few feet off the stage, it's a long way down cuz his note will go on. and on. 

How on earth will they film this, sung live, without it looking and sounding absolutely ridiculous? Anyone want to guess?

 

Thursday
Oct182012

First & Last: Is this legend true?

the first and last images & lines from a motion picture (minus the credits)

first

We live in a new time."

last

He'll always be with us."

Can you name the movie?

Wednesday
Oct172012

Which is yummier?

Wednesday
Oct172012

Nic's No Nympho

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JA from MNPP here with some sad news - Nicole Kidman has dropped out of her reunion with Danish dare-monger Lars Von Trier for his next flick, the sexually explicit Nymphomaniac. She's too busy playing a Princess to mime unspeakable acts with Shia LaBeouf, it seems. The assumption is that the recently added Uma Thurman is her replacement, but (nothing against Uma) I'm hoping it's another name just added to the cast instead - let's see Willem Dafoe fill in Nicole's shoes!
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