5 items from 2016
The ladies of the moviegoing public are delivered a multipack of fairytale delights, care of this week’s major offering The Huntsman: Winter’s War. While there’s more than enough dwarf ‘n sword action for the guys, the prequel is notable for featuring a raft of great actresses.
Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Sheridan Smith and the returning Charlize Theron fill the bill. And while male attendees won’t exactly be complaining about that, the rippling Chris Hemsworth is very much front and centre for the girls (and indeed guys) who fancy him more than a juicy apple from the Wicked Queen’s local greengrocer.
As it’s one of those rare occasions where women lead the blockbuster charge, let’s celebrate some of the most memorable female fantasy characters who worked their magic on the big and small screens. “Mirror mirror on the wall… I’m sorry I haven »
- Steve Palace
Sure, you've seen Brie Larson in Room, but did you catch her in Short Term 12? How about Brooklyn's Saoirse Ronan in Hanna? Or Tom Hardy in The Drop? Here are some of this year's Oscar nominees' terrific earlier films. Matt Damon and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Departed Starring two of the frontrunners, The Departed is a double dip in this year's Best Actor pool. Damon is the bad boy, mentored by Jack Nicholson's South Boston mob boss (loosely based on Whitey Bulger) to be a mole in the state police. DiCaprio is the local kid trying to make good, »
- Alynda Wheat, @AlyndaWheat
Jason from Mnpp here, flashing my signature look your way as we mount this week's "Beauty vs Beast" -- it's fifteen years later and we're set to return to the Derek Zoolander School Who Can't Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too this Friday with Zoolander 2, the 2001 film's slow-cooked sequel. The film reunites most of the original cast while bringing in a few new (stretched, preening) faces - I can't even tell you how many times I've watched Kristen Wiig's "Youth Milk" commercial; she's the entire reason I will be returning. I do have good feelings towards the original film though, so let's make our best right turns and flash a Blue Steel backwards in time...
'Broadcast News' with Albert Brooks and Holly Hunter: Glib TV news watch. '31 Days of Oscar': 'Broadcast News' slick but superficial critics pleaser (See previous post: “Phony 'A Beautiful Mind,' Unfairly Neglected 'Swing Shift': '31 Days of Oscar'.”) Heralded for its wit and incisiveness, James L. Brooks' multiple Oscar-nominated Broadcast News is everything the largely forgotten Swing Shift isn't: belabored, artificial, superficial. That's very disappointing considering Brooks' highly addictive Mary Tyler Moore television series (and its enjoyable spin-offs, Phyllis and Rhoda), but totally expected considering that three of screenwriter-director Brooks' five other feature films were Terms of Endearment, As Good as It Gets, and Spanglish. (I've yet to check out I'll Do Anything and the box office cataclysm How Do You Know starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, and Jack Nicholson.) Having said that, Albert Brooks (no relation to James L.; or to Mel Brooks »
- Andre Soares
Jason from Mnpp here with this week's "Beauty vs Beast" for your consideration -- Jennifer Jason Leigh will be celebrating her 54th birthday this upcoming Friday February 5th, after finally earning a long overdue Oscar nomination this year with her joyously profane work as "Daisy Dahmer-goo" (sorry I can only type it like Kurt Russell says it) in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.
But Daisy's hardly my favorite villainous turn from the actress - she's always been willing to tap into the crazy, and that was a willingness that reaped righteously trashy rewards with 1992's psycho-roomate-thriller Single White Female, one of my favorites from the "psycho [fill in the blank] genre" that dominated in the early 90s. And meeting her all the way was a terrifically sweet and dazed Bridget Fonda (good god I miss Bridget Fonda), slinking around foolishly in that silver coat that haunts my dreams.
Previously Last week's actressy showdown »
5 items from 2016
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