Trailer: Personal Shopper

Clouds of Sils Maria was far and away my favourite movie of 2015 and while hitting the back catalog over the years I’ve come to really love the many different flavours of Olivier Assayas’ direction. So with Clouds being one of my favourite films of the past decade, it’s exciting to see him doing something similar with the same lead (who’s been showing amazing versatility and charisma since the Twilight garbage) in Kristen Stewart.

Well received at TIFF and in limited screenings around the country, this trailer gets me really excited for Assayas neest project, Personal Shopper.

Friday One Sheet: John Wick 2

Do I look civilized to you?” Criminally underseen in theaters in 2014, John Wick took the internet fanboy forums by storm and within a year was an instant cult classic and has everyone drooling for the further adventures of Mr. Wick in his assassin underworld. Needless to say, part deux will be a much bigger success at the box office than its predecessor was.

Here is a nice bit of marketing that is eye-catching in its high-contrast, near black and white facade. It’s also a pretty nice use of the top/down aesthetic and cleverly using the dual wielding pistols of Keanu Reeves to form part of the title of the movie.

All signs point to a high bit of ass-kicking awesomeness in the theaters next weekend.

How Bingo Stars in Movies

If you’re an avid movie watcher then you will most likely have seen scenes that focus on all kinds of activities. One popular type of scene focuses on bingo and how people from all walks of life play this game. These games may traditionally be thought of as one for the elderly but you’ll see something totally different in these games.

Adam Sandler is more thought of a live action star but he also makes an appearance in one of our favourite kids films. The animated Hotel Transylvania is a smash hit and within this movie you see a few monsters getting their fix on this game. The bride of Frankenstein is just one of these characters, she’s a classic Jersey woman and even fights with her fellow cheating players.

Funnily enough, this isn’t the only time that a Sandler movie has had a reference to this game, perhaps he’s a closet player. In his hilarious classic Happy Gilmour, his grandmother is stuck in a nursing home but there is one glimmer of hope in there.

The thrilling movie Rampage may be the last place you’d expect this game to be featured but it does make an appearance. The joke in the scene is that the hitman walks through the bingo hall in full body armour but the players are too engrossed in their game to notice. This is one of the top scenes from bingo movies because it really captures the spirit of the game and makes fun of the players too. Even those on bingo sites can get so engrossed in the game that they don’t notice the world around them.

If you’re a fan of slapstick comedy then you may have seen the next movie on our list, Bad Grandpa. The cast of Jackass decided to take their comedy to a new level with this creation, which sees Knoxville in full prosthetics. His aim in this movie is to be as gross and offensive as possible, so he heads to the bingo hall to complete this goal.

The fellow players in this hall have never played with someone quite like him and he’s going all out to gross them out. If you have a delicate temperament or stomach then this may be a movie you want to miss! Of course, playing on bingo sites means that most players avoid meeting kooky characters like this.

Those that love comedy films might know about Wog Boy, the Australian movie that says something about the welfare system in the country. The religious main character, played by Nick Giannopoulos, helps out at his local Greek Orthodox church by calling the numbers for the elderly in the halls. This hilarious scene really sets viewers up for the rest of the movie with plenty of jokes and hilarity to get you in the comedic mood.

We see bingo in movies more often than you’d think, these are just a few examples of our fave movies with the hobby thrown in for good measure. Each of these says something different about the group playing it or the average player, for better or for worse!

Mamo 463: Uber Iger

America is dying a very specific “Germany in the mid-1930s” sort of death, and even if we don’t know the outcome, we’re beginning to identify the collaborators. Not so Mamo-related when it’s a taxi company, but what about when it’s the chairman of Disney? What are our responsibilities to this “popular culture” we’ve been gabbing about for 12 years? Before you say “stay in your lane,” sorry friends, this shit is our lane.

Cinecast Episode 470 – Delightful

With Kurt very decidedly out of the country, in a location housing only one movie screen, you’d think there wouldn’t be much to get into; but luckily Andrew is still playing catch-up on 2016 and we actually have, more or less, three full reviews today. First up is a good talk on the origin and evolution of The McDonald’s Corporation with Michael Keaton in The Founder. There’s a little more to this film than at first meets the eye. The Watch List this week is actually more like an extension of the main reviews with The GIrl with All the Gifts still making the festival circuit and available in VOD in some markets as well as arguably the performance of the year in Christine – and no it’s not a 1958 Plymouth Fury. Some tangents on other culture’s movie-going habits, the weather and William Fichtner makes for an all-around delightful show!

As always, please join the conversation by leaving your own thoughts in the comment section below and again, thanks for listening!

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Guest Hosting on The Director’s Club Podcast [Danny Boyle]

Andrew had the pleasure of guest hosting on the all new, inaugural edition of The Director’s Club Podcast this week! Jim and Patrick have retired from this particular game and Brad and Al have filled the shoes; and filled them wonderfully. And there are not many better ways to kick off the next generation of the podcast than with Mr. Danny Boyle.

Danny Boyle is my go-to name when someone asks me who my favorite director is. I always say, “well, besides the obvious: Coens, Tartantino, Kubrick, et. al., Danny Boyle is near the top of that list.” And the great thing about Boyle is, he started strong and aside from slight missteps here and there, only gets better as his filmography goes along.

Andrew, Brad and Al debate some merits and demerits of the dreaded Boyle Third-act syndrome, dig into why Ewan McGregor is better than Leonardo DiCaprio, have a love-in with the genre-hopping, look at some of the many infuences clearly indicated in Boyle’s work and discuss many of the recurring themes that blanket most of his films.

And we don’t stop at movies either. Boyle directed a sensational Olympic Opening Ceremony as well as some stage work with Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller. Yes, there’s a lot to get into here, my little droogies, and this episode will take nearly four hours to cover it all. So strap on the ear-goggles and get ready to go – – we’ll find ourselves stuck between a rock and a hard place, visit the dregs of Scotland, defeat a worldwide(?) infection of rage, visit a secret marijuana island, a contestant on a game show, travel to the heart of our solar system and even get a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of heaven – and Dan Hedaya is there!

After the Credits Episode 203: February Preview

Keanu has a new suit and is ready to kick some ass!

January came and went in the blink of an eye bringing with it a solid assortment of early-year winners as well as a couple of major stinkers. Now February looks to topple the balance of good entertainment. Will it succeed? It’s certainly looking optimistic.

Join us this week as Colleen and I (Letterboxd) mourn Dale’s (Letterboxd) absence before jumping head first into February’s movie offerings which bring everything from cheesy romances to kick-ass action.

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John Hurt: 1940 – 2017

Legendary actor John Hurt as passed on just less than a week after his 77th birthday. How does one even begin to sum up his career? From British Television in the 1960s to a small role in the multi-Oscar feted, A Man For All Seasons, to drunken patsy and terrible spouse, in 10 Rillington Place, to the shockingly gaunt Emperor Caligula in the greatest BBC miniseries of all time, “I, Claudius.” Even though the actor always looked older than his actual age, he was just getting started.

All of this was before that iconic scene in Ridley Scott’s Alien (and Hurt was deprecating enough to re-enact it as a comedy bit in Mel Brooks Spaceballs, nearly a decade later). Later came memorable roles David Lynch’s The Elephant Man, Michael Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate, Stephen Frears (deeply underrated) The Hit, and his iconic Winston Smith in the 1984 adaptation of George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. Hellboy, Harry Potter, “Dr. Who”, Snow Piercer, The Proposition and several collaborations with Jim Jarmusch and Lars Von Trier demonstrate that the man had one hell of a career in front of the camera; on screens in the arthouse and the multiplex.

The man was outspoken and forthright in his own public life, by all accounts. In short, he is one of those prolific, truly great actors.

You can still see him in the cinema, right now he as a significant supporting role in Pablo Larraín’s Jackie. And has several pictures in post production, including Joe Wright’s Winston Churchill biopic, Darkest Hour, where he plays infamous British PM Neville Chamberlain.

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Friday One Sheet: Dark Night

I have not been keeping a close eye on Sundance this year, but Tim Sutton’s documentary on the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting that took place in a movie theater showing The Dark Knight, played Sundance last year. Dark Night is getting a commercial release shortly (February 3 in NY, February 9th in LA.)

The poster has a lovely use of negative space, and grain. I like the red emphasis on the exit light of the cinema which matches the title and unconventional location of the credit block. The three street lights echo the ‘shine a light’ on the subject which is obviously the intent of the docudrama.