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Has Meryl Streep left the movie? News of her casting was an initial big deal.
Sounds like an endurance.
Time certainly passes by too quickly – here’s Joaquin getting his childhood start in showbiz on a hit 80s show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICGQCXMblVA
lmao he was TERRIBLE! He’s come a long way since.
Isn’t our dude a deeply weird hippie mid40s actor starring in a movie from a deeply weird but talented director. For you sake and all of our sakes as readers I hope we don’t get a version of Vice Phoenix.
It looks like he has actually shaved the front of his head, not balding.
One of the very few reasons to stay enthusiastic about 2022.
Few things chill the blood like the words “Ari Aster.”
HEREDITARY was laughably terrible. MIDSOMMAR was dumb and felt 17 hours long. And with DISAPPOINTMENT BLVD “Ari Aster” is threatening to make a movie with a literal 4-hour run time, which will feel as long as an entire semester of film school.
I found HEREDITARY to be okay, the barely there figures in the background were nice, but the histrionics of the son and Toni Collette were a bit much. Gabriel Byrne was severely miscast, looked like he wanted out of that family so bad. Everything after the brilliant smash cut into the airplane bathroom in MIDSOMMAR was just not for me. It was a remix of much, much better films. Not sure how this dude gets away with basically just tossing non-American and non-mainstream horror films into a blender and getting all this praise for being so original. I do respect him though, since he seems to just do whatever the fuck he wants and somehow is allowed to get away with it.
Hereditary was ordinary replacement-level Rosemary’s Baby, not to mention miscast (Wells, normally the scourge of terrible genetic casting, has a ridiculous blind spot for a son that looks nothing like his parents and sister), but I give credit for the roadside death scene.
Midsommar also gets a hall pass for being deeply weird and memetically-inspirational, but it was also replacement-level Wicker Man.
Still waiting for the Aster hit that feels deeply original.
He has some technical skill, but it was obvious to me watching both his features that he doesn’t give a shit about any of the trauma he’s portraying or the characters wielding it. He’s pure affect, just after cheap kicks.
What is “normcore”?
I sincerely hope I’m not the only guy here who just had to Google “normcore”.
Uh-oh — Phoenix may now be out of contention for People’s Sexiest Man Alive.
We’ll have to see if he can turn it around over the next month… but there’s not a lot of time left: they announce the winner in November. Come on, Joaquin! There’s still a chance!
I appreciate your restraint in not also mentioning that Gaby Hoffmann is 55 in this photo.
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