In a 2.28 Vulture piece titled “The Cult of Daniels,” Daniel Kwan, the co-director of Everything Everywhere All At Once, recalls a conversation with his mother, June Kwan, who owns an East Village Asian food restaurant called Spicy Moon.
“My mom was very proud but confused by the [Oscar] nominations,” says Daniel K. “She was like, ‘I know people like the film, but can you explain why people love it?‘”
Bilge Ebiri, the article’s author, also speaks to June directly:
It was reported two days ago that Chris Rock will finally open fire about Will Smith and the Oscar slap in Chris Rock: Selective Outrage, a Netflix livestream broadcast that will “air” on Saturday, 3.4. The show, which will also feature Amy Schumer, Jerry Seinfeld and Leslie Jones, will be performed at Baltimore’s Hippodrome Theatre.
An “insider:” to Page Six: “People need to [stay with Rock’s set until] the last joke…they will not be disappointed.”
Nearly 14 months after debuting at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, Jamie Dack‘s Palm Trees and Power Lines, a fearless film about teenaged sexual vulnerability if I ever saw one, is finally opening commercially.
I saw it on my computer 13 and 1/2 months ago, and raved…well, not actually. My initial review conveyed serious shock at how dark and sinister this film is. A “holy shit” rave.
I plan on seeing it sometime late tomorrow at the Village East Angelika. The reason it look so long to sell is that very few are going to want to sit through this stunning and ghastly film, albeit composed in a masterful fashion.
The Palm Trees review (1.24.22) by Variety’s Owen Gleiberman conveys a pretty good taste. I expect it to do less-than-zero business.”
“Hawk Swoops Down, Carries Away Prey,” also posted on 1.24: “Three days ago I stated that Jamie Dack‘s Palm Trees and Power Lines, a Sundance Film Festival Dramatic Competition entry, is among the festival’s three best films.
“I actually didn’t convey my true, deep-down feelings, which is that in the realm of stories about young girls dealing with predatory relationships and the sexual issues that always come with that, Dack’s film is one of the most shocking and upsetting that I’ve ever seen — period.
“I’ve already reported that it’s about a hugely creepy relationship between a fatherless 17 year-old (Lily McInerney) and a 34 year-old opportunist and latent scumbag (Jonathan Tucker), and that what happens would make any decent person gag. Without divulging specifics I should add that the film contains what I regard as the most odious and grotesque sex scene in motion picture history. And the ending is completely shattering.
“A friend doesn’t believe the ending, which again I can’t be specific about. But I can at least state that each and every dude in this film is either a dog or a beast. We’re talking implications of sexual cruelty, brutality and animality in every scene featuring a male of any age.
“I recently described the plot to a female friend with a 20something daughter, and she said, ‘This is basically how younger Millennials and GenZ see all white cis men…they think they are all rapists and assaulters.”
“I’m not disputing that many if not most younger males (late teens to mid 30s) are animals in terms of their sexual behavior. This view or judgement is certainly out there, so it wouldn’t be the craziest thing in the world for Dack to share this opinion.
“The shocking part of Palm Trees and Power Lines is the degree to which McInerney’s character is seemingly off-balance and emotionally starved for paternal attention and affection. Because right away you’re wondering how and why McInerney would go out with Tucker in the first place (there are all kinds of red flags). By the end of the film you’re left with an even more perplexing question. I thought McInerney might be safe at the end, and then she does something that made me go “oh my God!”
“You can argue that what she does is not entirely believable, but for me the dramatized horror outweighs the credibility.
“Friendo to HE: “I could totally buy that [McInerney] is damaged and would get seduced by this guy’s tricks…all of it. But as the movie portrays it, what she goes through in that motel room is so horrific, and in both that scene and the aftermath she is so filled with fear, that I just thought: The fact that she’s got daddy issues is going to transcend that?
“Her mother” — a good performance by Gretchen Mol — “seemed nice enough, not perfect but loving. Why would she be so alienated from that home situation?”
Elementary school drag shows for toddlers is basically about soft-clay positive imprinting — acclimating little kids to the idea that gay or trans culture is cool and that homophobia is unacceptable, etc. But the school-board officials approving this stuff are obviously sexualizing grade-school atmospheres, and this is alarming if not horrifying to not just red-state parents but sensible blues.
Where is the upside in agitating parents over their kids being exposed to flagrantly sexual behavior?
Be honest: If you were running a school board in some rural or suburban community, would any of this stuff give you pause? Or would you just say “fine!” and wave it all through?
This is beyond crazy. I thought it was a bunch of Dame Ednas. Instead: this. When will gay organizations say no to this? Why the lockstep defense of the indefensible? The damage these extremists and crazies are doing to gay rights is incalculable. https://t.co/hp7BCwIHhZ
— Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) March 2, 2023
The real Eddie Ginley has been an HE voice for some time and has posted 3900 comments. The fake Eddie_Ginley, a shit-talker and an all-around bad fellow, has an underscore between his two names and has posted 40 comments. Deep-sixing is obviously required.
Besides the obvious description, Sarah Polley ‘s Women Talking (‘22) is a long nocturnal discussion in a barn about whether or not a group of Mennonite women should more or less submit to an obviously intolerable situation or gather their things and split. You’re sitting there throughout the film and asking yourself “what’s to debate?”
Sidney Lumet ‘s 12 Angry Men (‘57) is about an all-male jury deliberating the guilt or innocence of a teenaged boy who may have stabbed his abusive father to death. And yet it’s really about the issue of reasonable doubt, which a single, well-educated, fair-minded juror (Henry Fonda) persists in exploring on a logical basis until he gradually persuades 11 fellow jurors that he has a point.
It started with a 3.1.23 Katie Herzog tweet. It sure feels good to know that EEAAO haters are legion.
If EEAAO wins, it will be like the meteor that slammed into the Yucatan during prehistoric times and killed all the dinosaurs.
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