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Tuesday
Apr012014

Visual Index ~ Can't Stop the Music's Best Shot(s)

April Fools! I needed an infamous 'bad movie we love' for today's edition of Hit Me With Your Best Shot a crowd source visual party, where anyone with a love for movies can watch the pre-assigned film and chime in on the one moment that makes it or defines it or reflects it. In other words, whatever "best" means to you.

The Village People musical Can't Stop the Music (1980) starring Valerie Perrine (of Lenny & Superman fame), Olympian Bruce Jenner (long before the Kardashian days) and Steve Guttenberg early on in his career, came through. And how. You can barely believe this movie while you're watching it but you can't exactly look away either. (Credit where it's due, the lightbulb for this week's selection came to mia via an e-mail from Awards Watch, about their new series pairing Razzie winners with Oscar winners.) 

This musical, the very first Razzie Worst Picture winner is awful, sure, but it's also adorable in its own glittery misguided 'let's put on a show' kind of way. The Razzies, which are also crowd sourced, have a long history of homophobia (they're no fans of camp or gay icons of any kind) so it's no surprise that it all started here with this super gay film that's weirdly caught between "Liberation" and the closet and the cusp of the decades it straddling. But more on that in these fine fun articles.

Can't Stop the Music's Best Shots
click on the photos for the corresponding article 

Its massively ineffective attempt to split the difference between the look and mood of the 1970s versus the 1980s...
-Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy 

The movie it might have been in another time. NOT THAT IT WOULD HAVE EXISTED IN ANOTHER TIME....
-Nathaniel R, The Film Experience


The kind of joyous, “ZOMG out of ★★★★” masterpiece that I would place in the same company as Battlefield Earth and Showgirls... 
-Robert Hamer, Awards Circuit 

Presented as a dream sequence with lyrics that veer quite close to an imagined rape sequence...
-Manuel Betancourt 

a wacko comedic origin story with occasional music-video interludes...
- Jake D, Minnesota Gneiss 


Half trying to phone it in, half trying to get out...
-Lam Chop Chop 


This is the '80s, darling. You're going to see a lot of things you've never seen before...
 - (Home) Film Schooled 

The Rosetta Stone to understanding the pleasures of Can't Stop the Music...
-Coco Hits NY 

I chose the reaction shot because I imagine he’s thinking what I’m thinking...
-Drink Your Juice, Shelby pt 1 and pt 2


It’s such a ludicrously mounted production that it thrills me to no end that it was a hit in Australia and nowhere else...
-Glenn Dunks 

I adore this shot for SO many reasons... let me list them for you"
-Nathaniel R, The Film Experience 


Following the film's gonzo logic, this sequence does nothing to advance the plot...
- Jason Henson, The Entertainment Junkie 


Guys! Wait! This can’t be The Gayest because LOOK AT THIS PRETTY STRAIGHT LADY!
- Anne Marie & Margaret, We Recycle Movies 

You can hang out with all the boys...
-Shane Slater, Film Actually 


a product of its time...
-abstew - The Film's The Thing

 

literally shooting out rainbows...
-Sorta That Guy 

These 15 articles are so fun, people. Please do enjoy them in all their jaw-dropped glory.

Previously on "Hit Me"
Eternal Sunshine & L.A. Confidential

Next time on "Hit Me"Bette Davis in the Best Picture noir nominee THE LETTER (1940). Choose and post your 'Best Shot' by 9 PM Tuesday April 15th to be included in the visual roundup.

 

Wednesday
Nov062013

Paging Lacuna, Inc. - Naomi Watts' 2013 is One She'd Rather Forget!

One of my favourite movie-going memories of 2013 was seeing the trailer for Adore play before a bemused sold out opening weekend audience at Blue Jasmine. Amongst the scattered laughs was one lady a row or two behind me who uttered to her companion, “What is Naomi Watts doing?” She, and the rest of us, are sadly still waiting for an answer. On the heels of that Oscar nomination for The Impossible, Watts has since appeared in two films that have literally been laughed off of cinema screens.

[Adore and Diana giggles after the jump...]

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Sunday
Jun032012

Twins: "You and I... we're exactly the same"

Since we're celebrating twins until the stars move on from Gemini, I wanted to give a shout out to the figurative kind as well.

Due to sad circumstances offline I'm way behind on "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"  though I did watch Joan Crawford in Possessed recently to catch up. Crawford's camp icon status got me to thinking about the best camp masterpiece in the past 25 years, one that we already covered in the first season of the best shot series. (Showgirls is hard-wired into my neural pathways so it's very easy to access). The legendary so-bad-it's-good movie pits "Goddess" superstar Cristal Connors (Oscar-worthy Gina Gershon... and I'm 100% sincere) against naive crazyperson Nomi Malone (Razzie winner Elizabeth Berkley). Cristal insists repeatedly that they're one and the same, virtually identical. Nomi vehemently disagrees but the movie itself is in Cristal's headspace through and through.

The best shot from the movie? Cristal, Nomi, and Nipples after the jump...

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Tuesday
May222012

Curio: Overlook Ephemera

Poster design by Matt HightowerAlexa here. 32 years ago this very week, Stanley Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining opened in theaters. Kubrick's masterpiece received mixed reviews and, at least initially, the audience was similarly befuddled.  (My parents love to tell me that when they saw it opening weekend the audience frequently erupted in laughter.)  

It was nominated for two Razzies and zero Oscars.

Despite Stephen King's continued distaste towards it, the film's intrigue continues to grow (for evidence, just watch Room 237). I thought it the perfect time to mention one of my favorite Tumblrs, The Overlook Hotel, a wonderful archive of ephemera, fan art, interviews, and video related to the film.

Like this Scatman Crothers portrait "Shine Baby Shine" 

“Shine Baby Shine” by artist Quyen Dinh.

Click for more Overlook treasures including caricatures and letterhead. 

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Monday
Apr022012

Linksploitation

Digital Spy Kate Winslet on Titanic then and now "he's fatter now - I'm thinner."
Baltimore Magazine an oral history of Diner (1982) the influential comedy.
Acidemic interesting piece on The Hunger Games as the They Shoot Horses Don't They of 2012
Rope of Silicon Christoph Waltz on the set of Django Unchained. First look at his character's look.
Furious Cinema films that may have influenced Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained.


The House Next Door 15 Famous Movie Bullies 
Empire new Brave character posters. So much red hair.
Stirred Straight Up... Olivia, Newton, Johns (hee)
Awards Daily Jennifer Lawrence. She's happening.
Cinema Blend Danny Boyle making a short James Bond film with Daniel Craig? Stirring.
Gold Derby Adam Sandler and Adam Sandler and Jack and Jill took all 10 of the Razzie Awards! Clean sweep. 
Guardian a bizarre story of a leprosy joke cut from The Pirates! the new animated movie. 
Pajiba on the casting of Ashton Kutchner as Steve Jobs in a biopic.

The casting is ridiculous. I mean, it’s like Ashton Kutcher playing Steve Jobs: Yes, the most extreme, hyperbolic comparison I can make is THE ACTUAL CASTING.

lmfao.

Finally... enjoy this 5 second delight called "Vampire Bash" by António Silva

Saturday
Feb182012

The Razzies Are Coming, The Razzies Are Coming

Hey everybody. Michael C here. Can you feel the suspense? Not the Oscars, that’s going to be The Artist. No, I mean that we are only one week away from The Razzie nominations, where we can get a little retribution for the cinematic crimes of 2011.

Without M. Night Shyamalan, the Stanley Kubrick* of the Razzies, in the race it’s a little more challenging to predict the nominees for worst film than usual, but I'll give it a shot anyway. Full Disclosure: I haven't seen most of these and unless someone backs an armored car full of gold bars into my driveway it’s gonna stay that way. I am judging strictly off their public and critical reception

*True Fact: At their first ceremony The Razzies nominated Kubrick for worst director for The Shining.

The Front Runner

Suicide as mercy killing?

Adam Sandler's brother and screechy voice sister opus Jack and Jill is the King’s Speech of this year’s race, a vehicle specifically designed to win Razzies. Megastar completely phoning it in? Check. Super-thin premise that quickly dissolves into a series of fat and fart jokes. Check.  Orgy of whorish product placement culminating in Al Pacino rapping about Dunkin’ Donuts while a guy in a giant donut suit dances next to him? Che- Wait. What?

Jack and Jill has got that rare “Are you effing serious?” quality like The Love Guru and Catwoman that tends to win Razzies. Most people I know believed this movie was a joke Trey Parker and Matt Stone cooked up on South Park until the horrifying image of Sandler in drag started squishing donkeys in commercials.

The Spoiler


If Jack and Jill is the King’s Speech of this year’s Razzie race then Sucker Punch is the Social Network, totally up to the minute and cutting edge in its awfulness. Zak Snyder has synthesized comic book, anime, and video game culture into one completely incoherent package of steam punk gobbledygook.

Of all the titles in contention Sucker Punch is one of the few that deserves the designation of "so bad it’s good". Snyder doesn’t fail lazily drinking a coffee surrounded by old SNL buddies like Sandler. Sucker Punch goes down in a madly ambitious wreckage of CGI automatons, zombie Germans and PG-13 masturbation fodder so spectacular you want to stand and applaud.

The Blockbusters


It’s no fun to only pick on the little guys. The Razzies always devotes a few spots to big stars, bloated egos, and cynical cash grabs. Were talking past nominees like Wild Wild West and Alexander. Michael Bay has put up three nominees including winner Transformers 2 (Pearl Harbor was no match for Freddy Got Fingered) This year there is a wealth of big-budget Summertime crap to choose from. Pirates 4, Hangover 2, Transformers 3, Green Lantern, Zookeeper, The Smurfs. Last year Twilight: Eclipse was the big money-maker on the list but I doubt Breaking Dawn has the buzz to repeat. Ditto the even sillier-looking Twilight knockoff Red Riding Hood.

My hunch is that all the action blockbusters cancel each other out and New Year’s Eve takes the spot. Gary Marshall’s schmaltz-fest takes down too many big name stars with it to be ignored.

The Wild Cards

I’m discounting the chances of the otherwise clear favorite Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence simply because it seems to be begging for this prize, and I think the Razzies prefer their choices not to be in on the joke. Ditto Shark Night 3D. Even if Bucky Larson didn’t have an unheard of 0% rating at Rotten Tomatoes it will still demand a spot for making people look at Nick Swardson repulsive buck teeth and Prince Valiant haircut for a month last fall.

After Bucky I’m betting on the inclusion of under-the-radar contender Atlas Shrugged Part 1. First, it appears to be truly, atrociously bad. The most boring series of board meetings since Phantom Menace. Second, it has the added bonus of being a bizarro right-wing infomercial whose makers imagine they will change the public discourse via endless scenes of plutocrats sipping wine and talking about steel. Unfortunately this will probably overshadow Sarah Palin’s own unhinged campaign ad, the hilariously titled The Undefeated, although I would not be surprised to see her turn up in the Worst Actress category. The Razzies aren’t sticklers for classification like the Oscars.

Predictions

  • Atlas Shrugged Part 1
  • Bucky Larson
  • Jack and Jill
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Sucker Punch

 Quick closing thought: I think the Razzies need a category for Oscar bait, don’t you? Iron Lady and J. Edgar are way too good to be included here, but someone needs to be held accountable for making me sit through endless scenes of a senile Margaret Thatcher chasing her ghost husband all over the apartment.

 The Iron Leaden J. Oscar

Feel free to tee off on your own worst cinematic experience of 2011 in the comments and to get into all the other categories. Larry the Cable Guy for Worst Actor in Cars 2, am I right? You can follow Michael C. on Twitter at @SeriousFilm or read his blog Serious Film

Friday
Aug262011

I'm Linking As Fast As I Can

The Hairpin has a huge piece on Ava Gardner's career, femme fatale posing, and storied romantic life. I always always forget she was married to Mickey Rooney because it just seems so wrong.
My New Plaid Pants Thursdays Ways Not To Die... Fashion Faux- Pwned (Serial Mom)
The Critical Condition looks at three (unfortunate) differences between "The Help" as a book and The Help as a movie. 

 

Movie|Line first pics from Bel Ami --not an historical epic about the gay porn studio -- wherein Robert Pattison sexes up various actresses we like: Uma Thurman (pictured below), Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas
The Wow Report congratulations Carrie Fisher on her new look. Jenny Craig worked wonders! 
Cinema Blend Universal keeps dropping film projects. What's going on? 
Grantland predicts the Worst Supporting Actress for this year's Razzies. Agreed that Blake Lively's got at least a nomination sewn up for Green Lantern.
Socialite Life Michael Ian Black recalls his sex scene with Bradley Cooper in Wet Hot American Summer. (Cooper is the only holdout so far on a sequel.) 
IndieWire Jim Carrey's video love letter to Emma Stone. So random.

Finally, did you hear about the big Scarface reunion party to celebrate a special edition BluRay release? Scarface himself Al Pacino, Oscar winner F Murray Abraham, 80s character actor Robert Loggia and 80s hunk Steven Bauer were on hand. But without Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (what, was she too busy?) and especially without Elvira herself, Michelle Pfeiffer, what is even the point? I'm assuming Pfeiffer wasn't there because she's filming Tim Burton's Dark Shadows in London at the moment. But if The Avengers cast can leave Cleveland for a 10 minute walk on at that Disney convention last week, shouldn't they have flown La Pfeiffer cross the Atlantic to class up that party a little?