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Monday
Sep292014

NYFF Surprise! While We're Young: Or, The Kids Are All Wrong

Our NYFF coverage continues with Matthew Eng on this year's surprise screening -- which was less of a secret than usual this year, continually hinted at by the NYFF themselves, even spoiled ahead of time by IndieWire...

Ben Stiller & Naomi Watts star in "While We're Young"

Noah Baumbach is showing his age.

Not that this is the first time, mind you. Anyone who stuck through his exquisitely harsh and thus totally divisive Greenberg will surely remember Ben Stiller’s crusty, titular protagonist sourly announcing to a party full of fuzzed-out twentysomethings, “I hope I die before I end up meeting one of you in a job interview.”

There’s something instantly more pronounced about Baumbach’s evident unease towards the current generational divide in his latest adult dramedy, While We’re Young, in which Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star as Josh and Cornelia, a deceptively comfortable urban couple who are surprised to find themselves befriended and seduced by Jamie and Darby, a married pair of kind-eyed, porkpie-wearing, Bushwick-dwelling hipsters, played by Adam Driver and Amanda Seyfried. What starts as a casual, multi-generational friendship soon transitions into something more consuming, as Josh, a struggling documentary filmmaker whose sophomore follow-up has taken ten years to finish, finds himself both aping and inspiring Jamie, who just so happens to be an aspiring documentarian himself. [more...]

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Tuesday
Apr292014

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Mean Girls (2004)

For this week's Hit Me With Your Best Shot, we're reairing one of the earliest of episodes. We invited new readers to select a shot if they weren't around in 2010 when "Best Shot" first began so this survey of Mean Girls best shots, as chosen by each participant (click on the link for the corresponding article) is an fusion of old and new pieces 'round the web. Here's my choice:

And what I originally wrote:

The camera tracks Regina through the hallway after she's hatched her brilliant revenge plan. She's regained control of the screaming rage we saw in the prior scene and she's just gliding through the hallways, with a neat hint of actressy athleticism. Gone is the sex kitten and in her place the marathon runner. 

The shot functions like a reverse Hansel & Gretel; the witch leaving a bread crumb trail. In the bookend shot that follows the camera is still moving, gliding away from her, but the witch isn't. Witness her hungry self-satisfaction while she watches the children gobble up the crumbs; They're already baking in her oven!

So, that's my choice. What's yours?

14 MORE BEST SHOT(s)
as chosen by 16 of the greatest people you'll ever know
click on the image for the corresponding article 

a blink-and-you-miss moment in the film... absolutely hilarious."
-Sorta That Guy 


The best performance of her career..."
-Coco Hits New York 


The conspicuous gap between them...
-Antagony & Ecstasy

No shot in the film makes me bust out loud laughing more..."
-Best Shot in the Dark 


I love to think about Regina...
-Intifada 


Each of "The Plastics" has great lines, but Karen takes the cake"
- Dean A 

This could not be more on point."
- I Want to Believe 


...captured the insanely fun spirit of the film but also encapsulated the plot really well."
- Awkward is What We Aim For 

And she's not just maintaining a place among North Shore royalty, she's threatening to take over..."
-Cinemamelie


She even describes herself as 'a woman possessed'..."
-Film Actually 


...a wicked Madonna from a Renaissance tableaux."
-Movies Kick Ass

The queen of the jungle..."
-The Entertainment Junkie 


Daniel Franzese, far and away the funniest part of Mean Girls"
- Serious Film 

Her flock who've come to worship..."
-Musings and Stuff 

 

My pick for Best Shot has actually accrued more meaning over time....
-Dancin Dan

 

Oh you girls keep me young I luv ya..."
-The Film's The Thing 

 

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Next on 'Hit Me With Your Best Shot' - JOIN US
05/06 Altman's strange / wonderful Three Women (1977) with Shelley Duvall & Sissy Spacek
05/13 Antontioni's mod classic Blow-Up (1965) Vanessa Redgrave and a mysterious murder 
05/20 Choose any or multiple Batman films. Pick and post your fav shot for his 75th

Monday
Apr282014

Podcast: Mean Girls Commentary, Two Parts

You own a copy of Mean Girls (2004), right?

Pull it off the shelf, rent it or Netflix Instant it (it expires May 1st!) so you can watch as you listen to this podcast. In this very special 10th anniversary celebration, Nathaniel R (The Film Experience) and Joe Reid (The Wire) return to North Shore High to watch Mean Girls together and provide you with our very own DVD commentary track. If you don't watch while you listen we'll sound like mad men giggling out of context or merely like we're too gay to function.

We discuss everything: performance, writing, costumes, set design, scoring and even casting that almost was -- it would have been such a different film. We also talk the reliable time capsule worthiness of the high school comedy film genre and tangents occur. Due to file sizes and the 97 minutes of running time, I can't embed both parts here in the post but you can download the 2 part conversation on iTunes. Or, if you don't have iTunes, both parts are here on the podcast upload page

Joe and I would really love you to continue the conversation in the comments. (Katey and Nick couldn't attend. But they love Ladysmith Black Mambazo!)

Articles referenced in The Podcast
Mean Girls Cast power rankings
Hit Me With Your Best Shot 
'let me tell you something about Lindsay Lohan' 
IndieWire: Daniel Franzese's coming out letter 
The Map of North Shore High's Cafeteria

Wednesday
Apr232014

Beauty Break: "On Wednesdays We Wear Pink"

Mean Girls Week Begins! For the next seven days (betwixt the normal blogging) we'll be dropping in occasionally on the students of North Shore High to celebrate 10 years of Mean Girls which opened April 30th, 2004.

For now please to enjoy this very pink gallery with a lavender note from Damian...

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Sunday
Aug252013

Podcast: The Spectacular Now & Lovelace

On this week's podcast -- four in a row bitches! (bet you thought we'd falter by now) -- Katey, Joe, Nick and Nathaniel discuss Amanda Seyfried's VOD title Lovelace and "research" on Deep Throat. We also hit the touching romantic teen drama The Spectacular Now with Miles 'Hit & Miss' Teller and Adorable Shailene Woodley. Before wrapping up we offer up 10th birthday gifts to Beasts of the Southern Wild's adorable star Quvenzhané Wallis.

To find out how Diane Warren's oeuvre, Eric Robert's junk, Lindsay Lohan & Amanda Bynes twin trajectories, and Maggie Gyllenhaal's marriage figure in to all of this you'll have to tune in.

 

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download it on iTunes. Did you see Lovelace or The Spectacular Now? What would you give Hushpuppy for her birthday?

Lovelace & The Spectacular Now

Wednesday
Jan302013

SAG Carpet Pt 2: Classic Penguin & Effortless Amanda

previously on SAG Red Carpet, Kurt and I discussed the huggability of Sally Field and which Best Actress we preferred. Now we're on to other more varied cloth.

NATHANIEL:We move on now to Screen Actor Beauty Guild members who were not nominated -- I amend! Not nominated in categories I tend to obsess over. That's an important distinction. To some degree I find myself surprised with TV awards. It's not that I don't know who is nominated, just that I don't commit it to memory and on awards night I'm like "ohmygod Michelle Dockery!". I love so much as "Lady Mary" on Downton Abbey and I'm happy she emerged a winner (for Ensemble) but this dress was already a big win, modern and sexy enough to pull her away from that massive PBS estate in casting director's imaginations I hope. And speaking of winners, I'm as happy as anyone that Julianne Moore is finally struggling to climb steps in tight gowns in order to give acceptance speeches. That's been a long time coming. And I'm especially glad that she chose this dress at this moment. Juli has always been delicious in deep plunge necklines and at 52 years young, she's still definitely got it. She kept it tight.

 

KURT: What a terrific lineup! I'm mad for Michelle Dockery, and Lady Mary Crawley may just be my favorite female TV character since Carmela Soprano. I hear her icy-perfect British voice in my head all the time now. It's like my new conscience: "Oh, Sir Kurtis, don't be absuuurd!" This is the first time I'm seeing her SAG frock in its entirety, and I must say, I'm a little alarmed by that much boobage from the aristocracy. But I do like it, and you're spot-on regarding the message it sends--she certainly doesn't want to get pidgeonholed in Corsetville. 

To be honest, I've thought of you often this season as Julianne has repeatedly climbed the stage steps to collect her metal. I know we share the long-delayed thrill of seeing her so honored, even if it's for the circus-act dreck that is Game Change (each time, I just pretend it's for something else: Far From Heaven! Safe! Assassins!). I'm not really feeling this dress, nor do I usually admire her awards-show outfits, but I certainly agree about the neckline, and holy moly, that age defiance. Moreover, I think she falls just second to Naomi Watts in the sideswept hair department. 

I'm not quite sure what's going on with Melanie Lynskey (nor can I pinpoint what she was doing at the SAGs). I know she's close to TFE's heart, and we all adore her, but this green getup, while flattering at the waist, isn't quite doing the trick. The girls look trapped and even she seems anxious to remove it with that not-so-comfortable smirk. My gold medal here goes to Amanda Seyfried, who looks regal, and whose talent I believe in without reservation. Lovelace may not be the vehicle to bump her into a higher league, but I trust she'll get there. I even find her compelling in garbage like Gone, and if I were a young, female, Best Ensemble nominee, this is what I'd wear.

NATHANIEL: Every time I begin to doubt Amanda's talent -- it's hard not to because it seems she chooses projects with several shot glasses and a dartboard -- I think back onMean Girls or Big Love and all is forgiven. It's too bad she didn't play Eponine because that Les Mean Girls tumblr could have had a field day with all the 'my breasts know when it's raining' absurdist comedy. As a celebrity she somehow manages to exudes both total confidence and 'where am I?' nonchalance like fame is a natural fit but she's forgotten to make a fuss of it.

I actually really like Melanie's dress -- great color on her but I mostly included her in the lineup because I am always surprised/ delighted to see her and if you look back through the history of the red carpet lineups, i like to throw in curveball choices that other blogs aren't featuring in their same old same old stargazing. As for Juli in Assassins! LOL. I'm sure that sentence had readers doing a double take which is good since reading comprehension in the days of blogs and twitters - yeesh. But speaking of assassinations, figurative mind you!, here's my votes for people who killed the red carpet (it hides stains well)... not in the good way..

I don't understand what is happening with these massive unflattering front pieces like silk bibs that Sigweavie and Rose Byrne are wearing. I don't understand why the usually perfect looking Frieda looks so frumpy in such a loud color and with January Jones' paired with Nicole Kidman's hair from the previous lineup, maybe David Bowie was the unofficial spirit animal of the SAG nominees this year.

KURT: basically always hate January Jones's looks. She seems to believe that she moonlights as an edgy, avant-garde model, yet she always misses the mark. At least this one is uncharacteristically undersexed, unlike that one outfit a while back that was very Fifth Element. Rose Byrne is giving you real fish--sailfish, that is. And those fins are swallowing her, poor thing. I saw her in the flesh once at Bryant Park, and she certainly didn't look so...engulfed. I do like the pseudo-finger-weave coif, though. 

I was thrilled to see Sigweavie in attendance, as she is, if I'm not mistaken, a frequent no-show, but I'm not getting this slimmed-down homage to Missy Elliot's "I Can't Stand the Rain." She's in pretty good shape for her age, and needn't hide it behind a virtual breastplate of cheap-looking fabric. I like my Sigourney when she's working with what she's got, whether that's barely clothed in a Gigerian escape pod, or playing sexiness one-ups with daughter J. Love-Hewitt in Heartbreakers (remember the line when she insisted to Jennifer's character that she was as tight and toned as ever? "Feel my butt!" Love.).

And, yes, Freida looks afright. I generally believe that she is one of the most good-looking women on the planet, and she usually turns it out on the red carpet, but this oddballs. One might make an argument for Weaver covering up, but what on Earth does Frida Pinto have to hide? Beneath a neon smock, no less? She's my worst offender in this lineup, and needs that thing torn off of her. Where are Anastasia and Drizella when you need them?

NATHANIEL: i can always trust you to put me in a good mood by coming from a Ripley-Loving place.

Finally, I thought we'd sign off with some men since they never get their fashion due but I think there was slightly more going on than usual men's fashion wise at the SAG awards. This lineup is weirdly symmetrical and I'll tell you why: all of these men are over 6' tall? Aren't male movie stars supposed to be short?

Hugh Jackman and Daniel Day-Lewis went classic but they should since they're both true movie stars -- albeit in diametrically opposed ways. Bradley Cooper went blue (I wish he would chop off the hair but I guess he can't mess with The Hangover paychecks). Justin Timberlake went very slim tight in multiple patterned grays.I would never be brave enough to wear something like that but it looks great on him (though this isn't the most flattering photo). My choice for best dressed is totally 100% I'd-love-to-wear-what-he's-wearing is Eddie Redmayne. It's SO perfect for his coloring.

KURT: Yes, I've been very pleased with Eddie Redmayne's maturation on all fronts, and good style is certainly among them. I think he's one of the most appealing untraditionally-handsome male stars to come along in some time. And I agree, he gets best-dressed here by a mile. Not to imply any femininity whatsoever, but he takes after SJP--clothes just look good on him. I'd often say the same about JT, and this look is fine, but rather predictable. Very Timberlake-y. His best move next time would probably be to subvert his own hipness by going more traditional. 

Bradley Cooper makes me yawn in general, and here we are again. I suppose there's nothing wrong with a blue suit and a bowtie, but this just reads prom-ish to me, and while I don't begrudge Bradley any of his success, I just find him to be such an unremarkable entertainer overall. In Silver Linings Playbook, there was simply more volume and flailing about. I won't comment on the hair, as the "Hangover paycheck" point is a good one. Agreed completely on the apt simplicity of all-stars Jackman and Day-Lewis. The transcendant ones needn't get flashy with the rabble. I'm always taken aback by how dashingly handsome Hugh is, and, no offense to the other gentleman, that kind of magnetism tends to make accessories irrelevant. I suppose the big race really is down to these two gents. Will they dial it down and penguin it up again on Oscar night?

NATHANIEL: If they penguin it up, Jackman wins. He already played one. And a singing penguin no less. Not that Daniel Day-Lewis wouldn't be convincing as a penguin if he put his mind and method to it.

Readers, who was your best dressed penguin at SAG?
Could you pull off Justin Timberlake's suit and tie shit?
Do you hear Lady Mary's voice in your head?
Do you think Amanda Seyfried won the gown wars?

 

Tuesday
Jan292013

Misérables No More. Les Joking.

You know a depressing drama has achieved deep market penetration when no one can stop joking about it. Is this a communal embarrassment from making ugly cry faces in the movie theater (don't worry, no one can see you.)? Whatever it is, Les Misérables has now joined Brokeback Mountain and Titanic and _____ in the small club of deeply sad dramas that everyone loves to make jokes about.

Have you seen "Les Mean Girls"? The tumblr mashes the musical up with Tina Fey's classic comedy, Amanda Seyfried being the key to all things (no seriously. she's everywhere).


But my favorite current Les Misérables joke is this expert repurposing of the big "I Dreamed a Dream" showstopper as Living FYC Satire. I totally love this even though I think Anne Hathaway is everything in the movie and totally deserves the Oscar.