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7 items from 2016


‘Madonna: Truth or Dare’ Director on the Film’s Legacy, Lgbtq Impact, and David Fincher’s Next Projects

26 August 2016 12:22 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Many who haven’t seen Madonna: Truth or Dare can still claim to know it in a cultural sense — probably thanks to Saturday Night Live, if anything else. The film’s recently been restored on the occasion of its 25th anniversary, and will begin a new run at Metrograph today. This also marks an occasion to speak with the film’s director, Alek Keshishian, who’s had a closer access to Madonna than just about any filmmaker, working or otherwise, and who proved remarkably open about the story behind his documentary classic.

But how else could one be? Truth or Dare still surprises in how much it revealed, even if we’re only talking about the star’s distaste for Kevin Costner and even (or especially) if its all-access quality means a bit less in light of today’s social-media-obsessive stars — one of many areas we managed to cover in our time. »

- Nick Newman

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"A Commercial Piece of Shit": Madonna on Film

25 August 2016 6:28 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

In his elephantine sixth edition of The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (2014), critic David Thomson reserves his most scathing, uncharitable critique for Madonna. To him, her mere existence on film is an affront to the medium itself. He finds that she is incapable of understanding the art of acting, and spends the space of nine paragraphs belaboring the point. “There is nothing in Madonna to be advertised,”he writes, “except for her ironic, deflecting contempt. She is an ad for advertising.”It is a curiously mean-spirited entry in a book filled with thoughtful, sympathetic reconsiderations of women whom critics wrote off in their time. Thomson’s entries on Tippi Hedren and Kim Novak are among his most articulate and impassioned. Yet Thomson is utterly heartless when it comes to Madonna, suspecting that “[s]he is disappointed about something, and hugely driven by resentment.” Thomson wasn’t exactly staking out a contrarian position. »

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Madonna Surprises 400 Fans at 25th Anniversary Screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare in N.Y.C.

24 August 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Madonna: Truth or Dare turns 25! Madonna surprised 400 unsuspecting fans that were in attendance at the anniversary screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Wednesday. "She came out to support Alek Keshishian, her longtime friend and director of the celebrated documentary," a source tells People. Madonna Randomly Attending A Truth Or Dare Screening At Moma NYC Right This Very Moment!! I'm dying! Someone please take me there now lol #Madonna #truthordare #inbedwithmadonna #surprise A photo posted by Rachel (@ohmadonnaa) on Aug 24, 2016 at 5:45pm Pdt Dressed in a red off-the-shoulder dress, »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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Madonna Surprises 400 Fans at 25th Anniversary Screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare in N.Y.C.

24 August 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Madonna: Truth or Dare turns 25! Madonna surprised 400 unsuspecting fans that were in attendance at the anniversary screening of Madonna: Truth or Dare at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on Wednesday. "She came out to support Alek Keshishian, her longtime friend and director of the celebrated documentary," a source tells People. Madonna Randomly Attending A Truth Or Dare Screening At Moma NYC Right This Very Moment!! I'm dying! Someone please take me there now lol #Madonna #truthordare #inbedwithmadonna #surprise A photo posted by Rachel (@ohmadonnaa) on Aug 24, 2016 at 5:45pm Pdt Dressed in a red off-the-shoulder dress, »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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26 July 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

The Ringer Who is winning the Chris wars: Evans, Pine, or Hemsworth?

/Film Stranger Things will get a sequel season, Netflix confirms. I'm a bit disappointed honestly because I thought an anthology approach would be more satisifying, with a whole new story. Season 1 was resolved satisfyingly. Who needs every story thread neatly tied up? Boo.

The Metrograph has a Madonna week in August which will include a Q&A with Truth or Dare director Alek Keshishian - alas, the latter is already sold out. They also have a fun series in a week called "This is PG?!" featuring movies from the late 70s to the mid 80s when the MPAA was pressured into adding "PG-13" (I really have to get better at this Metrograph thing. They're big nights with Q&As seem to sell out instantly so I keep missing them.)

IGN interviews Joss Whedon at Comic Con. They talk Buffy comic book, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Podcast Special: 25th Anniversary of Madonna's "Truth or Dare"

10 May 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Nathaniel, Nick, and Joe revisit the seminal rock documentary by Alek Keshishian  Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991). The film was a blast in 1991, became one of the biggest documentary hits of all time, and proved prophetic thereafter for celebrity culture and reality TV narcissism which hadn't been invented yet. Well, reality TV hadn't; Narcissism precedes Madonna.

Topics include but are not limited to: Our first viewings, Warren Beatty's terror at the project, the Antonio Banderas fixation, celebrity cameos, and Madonna's relationship to both the camera and Lgbt culture.

You can listen to the podcast here at the bottom of the post or download from iTunes. Continue the convo in the comments...

What's the story of your first viewing?  Have you watched it recently (Hint: it's streaming on Netflix!)?  Do you think Blonde Ambition is Madonna's best era?

 

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- NATHANIEL R

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Film Review: ‘Strike a Pose’

16 April 2016 3:24 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A frank on-and-off-stage record of Madonna’s Blond Ambition World Tour, 1991’s “Truth or Dare” invited controversy for numerous reasons — not least the conspicuously out-and-proud image presented by her male dancers, who underlined a sex-positive, diversity-embracing message many weren’t quite ready for at the height of the AIDS epidemic. A quarter-century later, a new documentary from directors Ester Gould and Reijer Zwaan, “Strike a Pose,” checks back in with the surviving performers, weighing both the iconic value the original film imbued them with as representatives of the gay community, and their individual struggles afterward.

There’s undeniable curiosity value to the subject. But once its flashback aspects are exhausted, “Pose” doesn’t prove all that revealing or substantial, its last third feeling like a padded over-stretch of thin material. Nonetheless, pic will be a must-see for many veteran Madonna fans, with gay fest dates and home format sales assured; theatrical prospects look more marginal. »

- Dennis Harvey

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