How would you feel, honestly, if your daughter was hooking up with this dude? He may be one of the most scholastically brilliant or super-creative fellows currently walking the planet, but he's pretending to be the lowest of the low...like a Latino gangbanger with friends in the joint...like a character out of Walter Hill's The Warriors. What is that, a little chickenshit moustache? And that apparel...dorky sandals, baggy green pants, shitty-looking Times Square tourist-shop hoodie, shaved head. What kind of ding-dong dresses like this? God, I hate normcore. Login with Patreon to view this post
Friendo who told me to watch FX/Hulu’s The Bear: “Did you watch it? Whadja think?”
HE: “Yeah, I watched it. The first episode, I mean. Too much chaos, too much shouting, too much clatter and I don’t like Jeremy Allen White. Fuck that guy. If the entire crew had been killed by a terrorist bomb I wouldn’t have blinked an eye. And all for some fucking Chicago sandwiches.”
“These are the guys who think all complaints about identity politics, political correctness, and cancel culture are just the dying gasp of reactionary old men, which is why they lie awake at night praying to god that they never get canceled. These are the guys who put their pronouns in their bios in hopes that doing so might get them a little pussy. These are the guys who will harangue you about how white dudes do this and white dudes do that, speaking to you from their blameless white dude mouths in their righteous white dude faces. These are the guys who look at the discourse about white supremacy and patriarchy and see market opportunity.” — from Freddie deBoer’s “The Good White Man Roster — a database of progressive white men who are thirsty for credit” (6.13.22).
I can imagine a husband and wife breaking up over sharply diverging views on certain films, but why would they get married in the first place if they strongly disagree about the look and sound and soul of great cinema? I could never feel close to someone who disdains Zero Dark Thirty or I Confess or Manchester by the Sea or The Battle of Algiers. You can always smell where a person is coming from or how deep their passions are when it comes to film. It's not rocket science. Login with Patreon to view this post
Little-remembered fact: Elvis Presley BEGAN shooting Love Me Tender on 8.22.56 and the film OPENED in theatres on 11.15.56 — 11 weeks later. Out of fear, one presumes, that Presley might be a flash in the pan — strike when the iron is hot.
Love Me Tender was previewed, however, sometime in early to mid October, so the actual answer-print turnaround was probably closer to eight or nine weeks. Wiki page: “Test screenings of the film resulted in people being upset at the death of Presley’s character. Attempting to reach a compromise between the death and pleasing his fans, Presley filmed an extra scene and recorded an extra verse to the title track to be played over the end credits.”
Correct me if I’m wrong, but this makes Love Me Tender the new Big Daddy of Fast Hollywood Turnarounds.
Otto Preminger‘s Anatomy of a Murder (’59), which began shooting on 3.23.59 and had its first preview on 6.18.59, is now in second place — a span of 12 and 1/2 weeks between the start of principal and the first-ever public showing. Love Me Tender beats Anatomy by a week and a half.
In third place is Oliver Stone‘s W., which filmed between 5.12.08 and 7.11.08 — two months or eight weeks. The film opened on 10.17.08, or 13 weeks after the finish of principal photography.
Almost as fast was Floyd Mutrux‘s American Hot Wax (’78), a biopic of rock ‘n’ roll disk jockey and promoter Alan Freed. I interviewed Mutrux at a Manhattan junket a couple of weeks prior to the 3.17.78 opening, and as I recall the Paramount-produced film had wrapped as recently as the previous December…something like that.
The filming of Lorene Scafaria‘s Hustlers took 29 days, having begun on 3.22.19 and finished on 4.22 or thereabouts. It opened four months later at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival.
Any other quickie turnarounds that I’m forgetting?
I don’t know how old this Joe Rogan clip is, but if I was running Starbucks, I would immediately circulate a company-wide advisory that under no circumstance will ANY Starbucks employee suggest to ANY customer that the terms “wife” or “husband” are somehow incorrect or inadvisable and that the term “partner” (which is primarily a gay relationship term) is preferable. Failing to respect this rule, I would emphasize, is a firing offense.
That’s it…Noah Baumbach’s White Noise is all but finished as a Best Picture winner, and the proof…okay, the suspicion is due to the enthusiastic, fair-minded Eugene Hernandez having selected it as the opening night film for the 60th New York Film Festival. Or so says David Poland, at least.
Writing on the wall, game possibly over, history of the Baumbach brand, etc.
Hernandez has done well, of course. White Noise is a good prestige-level score for the NYFF.
This Mystery Scoop “Smilin’ Abe” video is a year old, but I’ve only just discovered it. All my life the nation’s 16th President has been this sad-eyed, weary-looking monochrome fellow with a creased face and in need of a comb. Now he’s not only in believable color, but slightly grinning and twinkle-eyed and attuned to the mood in the room. Clearly a feature film (or at least a short) will be made within five or ten years in which the actual Lincoln speaks, moves, reacts, converses. This is really fascinating.
I’m sorry but I don’t do summer movies as a rule. Smartly strategized, semi-realistic action and thrills are great (especially if they adhere to the forbidden laws of basic physics, which were more or less banned from filmmaking circles 20 years ago), but later with “turn off your brain and submit to the crap”, which is what Bullet Train is about.
Don’t get me wrong — I adore expertly rendered escapism. Being goosed and transported out of my own miserable head and taken to someplace fresh or surprising or hilarious or super-exciting is what movies have occasionally done for decades, and are certainly still capable of doing, and I mean going all the way back to the absolute gymnastic brilliance of Buster Keaton and his dazzling command of action choreography.
Alas, Bullet Train is not a Hollywood Elsewhere type of action flick. Because director David Leitch, an ex-stuntman who allegedly co-helmed the original John Wick (’14) and then actually directed Atomic Blonde (’17) and Deadpool 2 (’18), hasn’t the slightest interest in delighting people like me, and he might even be the kind of guy who would spit on the sidewalk when Keaton’s name is mentioned.
Okay, he might be a Keaton fan but he certainly doesn’t get him.
I vaguely respect (sort of) the fact that Leitch is basically giving people like me the finger and loving it. I vaguely respect (in a perverse roundabout way) that Leitch is fiercely opposed to realistic action chops and focused on fusing martial arts, manga and dry humor in a kind of bullshit Guy Ritchie wacky cartoony vein.
For all I know Bullet Train, which is looking to excite those tens of millions of action fans who also despise the idea of realistic action (you know, the kind with roots in that tedious realm that exists right outside the theatre doors or when you take off your headphones and turn off your Playstation games), and if it winds up making money, great.
Because that’s who and what Leitch is — a man of impudence and conviction and hunger who’s out to make money. And Sony loves him for that. And Brad Pitt, who was allegedly paid $30 million to star in this thing, is almost certainly swooning with affection
I’m making myself clear, I presume. I’m not saying Bullet Train is a bad, empty, cynical, unfunny, idiotic, overwrought, soul-polluting film (although it is). I’m saying I’m not in this. Bullet Train wasn’t made for people like me. It was made in order to sell tickets to people with a jaded (corrupted?) sense of taste in this stuff, but the secondary motive (and Leitch will be the last one to deny this) was to make people like me feel poisoned and bored and drained while watching it.
That’s how I felt last night, all right. But it doesn’t matter because action movie fans with standards don’t matter. The entire corporate movie-making, escapist-driven culture of 2022 is brushing away the lint of my opinions as we speak. Go away, you grumpy-ass fuck.
For me, the funniest thing to come out of Bullet Train so far is a line from Peter Debruge‘s Variety review: “There’s something callous about how casually Leitch takes human life.” Facetious Steve Martin remark from Planes, Trains & Automobiles — “Do ya think so?”
Yes, Debruge does think that something callous this way comes when we (you, me, your kids, your parents, your coworkers, your enemies, bus drivers, students, terminally-ill cancer patients) sit down to watch Bullet Train. Just a teeny weeny bit callous. As in “wait, am I getting a slight vibe of callousness from this film, or is it me?”
Maybe it is me. Maybe I’m a callous columnist and Bullet Train is a harmless provider of dazzling, good-humored, twinkle-eyed distraction.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson plays Tangerine, a British assassin who’s professionally partnered with Brian Tyree Henry‘s Lemon, a chubby idiot whose modified Afro hair has blonde tips. For what it’s worth I really liked Taylor-Johnson’s Don Logan accent. He’s not as funny as Ben Kingsley but he made feel a bit of that old Sexy Beast elation. Taylor-Johnson is better than Pitt in this thing…honestly.
The film takes place aboard a bullet train (Shinkansen) travelling from Tokyo to Kyoto. The Tokyo departure begins sometime in the (late?) evening, and the big finale (you know what happens) comes at daybreak. Except the real-life bullet train makes the Tokyo-Kyoto journey in about two hours, or maybe a bit longer depending on how many stops. So even if the train leaves Tokyo at midnight, how could it arrive in Kyoto as the sun is coming up? How could this happen even with a 2 am departure?
Go see Bullet Train and have a blast. Forget what I’ve said here and just see it…turn your brain off and just submit to the damn thing. Tom Rothman will love you for it. Some people were laughing here and there during last night’s screening, and maybe you will too. Pay no attention to sourpusses like myself. I am like a crust of bread left over from a half-eaten chicken salad sandwich that’s sitting on a crumb-filled plate in a truck-stop diner somewhere in Indiana. Nobody cares about that crust, but they do care about the cinematic visions of David Leitch!
Daily Mail investigative reporter Laura Collins has visited the Kentucky backwater apartment of Carolyn Bryant Donham, 88 — the one-time Mississippi storekeep who accused 14 year-old Emmett Till of wolf-whistling her in the summer of 1955, and in so doing incited her deranged redneck husband, Roy Bryant, and his brother, John Milan, into killing Till. The brothers were found not guilty by a local jury. A long-buried unserved warrant for Donham’s arrest (dated 8.29.55) was recently discovered. Chinonye Chukwu’s Till (UA Releasing) will premiere at the ‘22 New York Film Festival.
- All Hail Tom White, Taciturn Hero of “Killers of the Flower Moon”
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