James McAvoy rides high in the adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel Filth
Hopefully the new sci fi actioner from Neill Blomkamp can deliver on it’s promise.
In case it doesn’t at least it’s got Syd Mead design and Alice Braga.
I’ve learned when you work with people that are heroes to you, you have to be really careful, especially if you’re directing them. It’s unsettling to act and you feel a little untethered, and the director makes you feel like someone else is in control and it helps you. So when the director is someone going, “Oh my God, I’m like the biggest fan of you” – when he showed up, I said “Hi” to him, quickly. “You have any questions? Thank you for coming.” And I stayed away from him. And we just started shooting. The first thing we shot was him coming to say goodbye to me, his last scene. And he comes and sits down and he just says, “Well, I’ve done my part. Now it’s up to you. It’s just, if you can do it.” I’m sitting there in character, going, “I can’t believe how good everything he says is. This is way better than I thought it would be.” He had it perfectly memorized. He had something to prove as an actor.
When we did the scene in the office where I dance around, it was really humiliating. I’m doing this in front of this guy, who I love, and it gave me a stomachache. At one point, out of self-consciousness, I said, “This isn’t even funny.” And David said, “No, it’s not funny. It’s not supposed to be.” He said, “Jack doesn’t give you the extra week ‘cause he thought you were funny – don’t make any mistake of that. He gave you the extra week because you did something. He finally got you try and do something. And by the way, that extra week was pretty close to, you didn’t get it.” He had a few things to say like that. I got to hang out with him, smoke cigarettes with him, even though I haven’t smoked in a year. I love the guy. I love him.
Can’t wait for this show to return
Les Blank RIP
(November 27, 1935 – April 7, 2013)
I’ve always been in awe of Blank’s film Burden of Dreams, his documentary on the making of Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo. I’ve never been able to really separate the two films or decide which one is a bigger feat of strength or a greater exploration human obsession.
Here he is talking about one of his crazy experiences in the jungle
This interview can be seen in full here.
Some sneaky Spanish devil has uploaded Shawn Christensen’s Oscar winning short film Curfew. Some of the imagery is a bit on the nose but it’s definitely worth 19 minutes of your life. Watch it while it lasts.
Little Fatima Ptacek’s dance scene is pretty damn awesome.
(Hashtag dropping babies)
This week I’ve watched two Danish films, both starring Mads Mikkelsen and both incredible emotional powerhouses. After the Wedding directed by Susanne Bier and The Hunt directed by Thomas Vinterberg, click to watch the trailers. I challenge anyone to watch either of them and not be completely distraught/exhausted by the end, it is simply brilliant drama.
Mads’ playing Hannibal Lecter in NBCs new television series Hannibal, but unfortunately the whole thing looks pretty B grade.
Missed Badlands at the Astor in February, so I’m stoked to see it lovingly restored for Bluray by the Criterion Collection.
Go read Michael Almereyda’s new essay:
It’s a terrifically restrained, persuasive performance, and worth savoring—a glimpse of the visionary filmmaker, twenty-eight years old, at the start of an unconventionally brilliant career, before he took the Kubrickian high road and disappeared into a strict vow of silence and invisibility, allowing no further cameos, interviews, photographs, or even the slightest public evidence that his films emanate from a knowable human source. Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. This edict, we can hope, allows the wizard to get on with the more essential business of living his life and making his movies. Still, here he is in Badlands, plain as day. The worried, humble man carrying the rolled blueprint can seem, at this juncture, to be looking back at us and through us, like the figures locked in Holly’s stereopticon, like the mysteries and miracles unfolding throughout Malick’s best work—a presence on the way to becoming an absence, offering intimations of a future that will engulf us all.
Here’s the trailer for the feature film Machotaildrop written and directed by Corey Adams and Alex Craig. It features Rick McCrank, John Rattray, Anthony Amadori, James Faulkner, Lukacs Bicskey, Vanessa Guide, Fred Mortagne, Frank Gerwer, Steve Olson.
Check it out in full here.
Seen on Tattface’s Instagram: DY3065
While I don’t think he’s got the same obsession with style as say, Errol Morris or Adam Curtis, you can’t deny that he’s probably the most prolific documentary filmmaker at the moment, directing 14 feature docos in 5 years. This is his newest release We Steal Secrets, and look out for his film on Lance Armstrong later this year.
This scene in The Master might just be my favourite.
For those that are as keen as I am for any more of this film, here’s a fantastic overlapping twenty minute cut of deleted scenes.
Hoffman riding the fence is awesome, so are the laughs at the end.