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Film Critic Catch-All
"Never heard of Wake Island? Its fall terrified Americans at Christmas of 1941. The war’s just begun, we’re definitely not winning, and the assignment was to make a movie about a tragic defeat that might be the first of many tragic defeats for the U.S.A.. Paramount’s careful morale-builder doesn’t exaggerate or sentimentalize the brutal fall of a tiny atoll in the Pacific, and stands as an example of filmmaking reaching for hope in the face of disaster."

CineSavant

Wake Island

by Glenn Erickson Aug 04, 2020


https://trailersfromhell.com/wake-island/

"The first WW2 Hollywood combat film based on an actual battle is the beautifully made Wake Island. It’s also cleverly crafted to achieve multiple public relations aims in a time of great crisis. Until 1941 Wake Island had been little more than a stop for Pacific-hopping Pan-American flying boats; Japan bombed it a few hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor. It had recently been fortified with 450 Marines, 70 Naval personnel and over 1200 civilian contractors building a military base.

Hollywood had already unofficially ‘enlisted’ in the war effort, and within weeks film studios were cooperating with Washington (instead of being censored in the name of isolationism). Studios continued to grind out standard entertainment — cowpokes still chased stagecoaches and actors sang and danced, waiting to be called up to serve or voluntarily enlisting. Paramount became the studio to tell the recent saga of Wake Island, which wasn’t pretty. Planning for the movie began before the battle was finished. The filming took place when all the news from the Pacific Theater was bad. Wake fell just before Christmas ’41. We lost the Battle of the Java Sea in February, Corregidor fell in early May. The news was so grim that the U.S. Military undertook the daring Doolittle Raid on Tokyo in April, just to demonstrate America’s resolve and to provide a morale boost. Events in the Pacific began to look a little more hopeful in the Summer, but when Wake Island premiered in August, the retaking of the South Pacific had barely begun.

Hollywood’s war films were split between two kinds of movies. Morale boosters like Errol Flynn’s Desperate Journey were feel-good escapist fantasies. More realistic depictions sometimes framed defeats as noble lost causes, with exaggerated heroes going on suicide missions, etc.. Grim battle movies peaked later, when victory seemed closer. These could be way on the bloodthirsty side, as with another Errol Flynn movie, Objective, Burma!, in which a soldier coming upon the scene of a barbaric war crime, shouts his intention to “wipe all those Japs off the face of the Earth!”

What’s impressive about Wake Island is its measured, non-hysterical approach to the stinging defeat of the previous December. It stars competent, un-glamorous actors. The facts of the battle are not exaggerated beyond recognition. The Japanese attacking force is somewhat overstated, but the defense was indeed spectacular, with enemy ships sunk and planes downed. Hardboiled scribe W.R. Burnett’s co-screenplay openly admits that CINCPAC back in Pearl Harbor had no choice but to strategically abandon Wake and sacrifice its company of Marines. Our Navy was in such sad shape that it couldn’t lose more ships. No relief or rescue effort was mounted.

The film also needed to function as propaganda. All America would want to see it, and it couldn’t leave a defeatist message. The film presents an Alamo-like fight to the last man, which was an okay choice considering that the full facts weren’t known. A year later, Hollywood simply made up a fantasy about the assassination in Prague of the Nazi ‘Hangman’ Richard Heydrich. But the makers of Wake Island knew that Americans wouldn’t accept a falsely optimistic whitewash."

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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Been watching a lot of old Later with Bob Costas interviews. One of the best ones I've caught was this 1989 sitdown with Chevy Chase:




(Part 2 of the interview also on YT).

If you're a fan of Chevy at his most obnoxious then this is a must see. Highlights include:

-Opening where he talks about his backstage "fight" with Bill Murray.
-In-depth discussion of when he was sued by Cary Grant for calling Grant a gay slur on the old Tom Snyder show.
-Completely throwing John Landis under the bus when explaining why THREE AMIGOS wasn't a big hit.
-Hilariously tepid take on Eddie Murphy's run on SNL ("Gumby I didn't particularly care for. I thought he was okay.")

Good stuff.
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A 100 + reasons to watch Starship Troopers.
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I've got good news and I've got bad news. The bad news is I've lost my way. The good news is I'm way ahead of schedule!
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"Vincent Vega: Did you just rent a $30 Mulan?
Mia Wallace: Mm-hmm.
Vincent Vega: That's Mulan. That's a remake of a cartoon when most PVODs cost at most $20?
Mia Wallace: Last I heard.
Vincent Vega [turns to waiter]: You don't put bourbon in it or nothin'?
Buddy Holly Waiter: No."


https://twitter.com/mattprigge/status/12...0984268800

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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I watch VladTv a lot, the Trejo interviews keep popping up in my feed. This is the best segment:






I had no idea there was a hit out on Edward James Olmos for ASMERICAN ME. People were murdered for its disrespect:




"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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RIP, legend:

https://twitter.com/Glenn__Kenny/status/...7537334274

RIP Pete Hamill. His movie cameos, ranked:

6) “Badge 373,” best inadvertent “defund the police” pic
5) “One Fine Day,” why not an Ephron romcom, Pete?
4) “Exposed,” cheeky
3) “The Paper,” Howard high
2) “The Insider,” auteurist fave
1) “King of New York” gonzo auteurist fave

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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Jodie Foster rules:

"A: No, but in a way that was part of the attraction - it was interesting to do something I had not done. I had nothing against thrillers, in fact a lot of my favourite films have been thrillers. I just had never come across a script I particularly wanted to do. Yes, so it was quite exciting; and at that point Jodie Foster was attached to it. I met with her a lot of times and we went through the script a few times. She said to me once, when we were having . . .not an argument, we had different points of view over something, and she said, 'We'll have to do it my way, I'm afraid.' And I said, Why, Jodie? And she said, "Because I'm so intelligent. I'm such an intelligent person that there is no point in disagreeing with me because I'm always right.' I thought she was joking, but she wasn't! [laughs] She had this extraordinary opinion of her own IQ. Anyway, she fell out of the project, because she got pregnant, and we had to recast. That's how Ashley Judd wound up in it."

http://www.urbancinefile.com.au/home/vie...interviews

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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BLUE COLLAR Forever

https://twitter.com/JFrankensteiner/stat...6926290944

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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Jodie was probably right. From another interview with Bersesford:

"Beresford initially was dubious about Bening, rating her performance as Queen Elizabeth in Richard Loncraine’s 1995 movie Richard III as the weakest, which paled besides the other women, Maggie Smith and Kristin Scott Thomas. He bristled initially at Fox’s suggestion of Jodie Foster, writing, “I‘ve never shared the general euphoria over Jodie Foster.” When it looked like Nicole Kidman would be unavailable to play Susan because she was committed to Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, Beresford remarked, “God I hate his films; along with Hitchcock, I think he’s the lousiest famous director.”"

Look, BREAKER MORANT is an alltimer, but shut the fuck up.

http://www.cinematographer.org.au/cms/page.asp?ID=22108

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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Chewer Legend Dan Whitehead tweeted this, and it killed me.

"Please take a minute to appreciate how perfectly the Cheers theme song fits onto the opening credits of the 1993 super-powered killer dog horror movie Man's Best Friend."

https://twitter.com/DanWritehead/status/...4263329795

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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ICYMI:

‘Living In Oblivion’ at 25: Director Tom DiCillo On How He Turned The “Deepest, Darkest Period” Of His Life Into A Classic Of Independent Cinema

By Abbey Bender
Jul 21, 2020 at 8:30am

https://decider.com/2020/07/21/living-in...interview/


"One of the most entertaining niche cinematic genres might just be the movie-within-a-movie. There’s something uniquely exciting about seeing a dramatization of what goes on behind the scenes of the filmmaking process, and contemplating the onscreen layers and how the director offers the audience a stylized look at something elusive to the average moviegoer while remaining fully in control of the entire aesthetic and narrative. Tom DiCillo’s 1995 film Living in Oblivion, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary today, is a low-budget indie that skewers low-budget indie clichés with droll humor and playful visuals and remains a model of the meta-movie at its creative peak. The film endures not just because of its stacked cast—featuring Steve Buscemi as the film-within-a-film’s director, Catherine Keener as its star, and Peter Dinklage making his debut as an actor who gives an unforgettable pissed-off monologue, to name just a few—but because of DiCillo’s innate understanding of the simultaneous joys and frustrations of filmmaking on a shoestring budget.


DiCillo began his career in the ’80s, working as a cinematographer on films like Jim Jarmusch’s Permanent Vacation and Stranger Than Paradise and Bette Gordon’s Variety, and was immersed in the indie boom of the early ’90s. Looking back on the era in a phone conversation with Decider, DiCillo observes, “It was such a different time. Because there was no doubt that if you made a movie, it was going to end up on a screen. If you were lucky enough to get a distributor there was no other venue for it at that time other than projecting it in theaters with an audience. There was a cycle, a rhythm to making a film, getting it released, that was very exciting… it was like this moment of non-Hollywood films having life.”


In 1991, DiCillo made his directorial debut with Johnny Suede, starring a then-unknown, baby-faced Brad Pitt as an aspiring ’50s-style rock star with a comically oversized pompadour. The director spent four years on Johnny Suede, but the film ultimately “didn’t make much of a splash.” Living in Oblivion “originated from one of the deepest, darkest periods of my early career,” DiCillo recalls. After Johnny Suede‘s lack of success, DiCillo had a moment of inspiration borne out of frustration: “I had another movie—which ended up being my third movie—Box of Moonlight, which I was trying to get money for and could not get made. In the interim, after three martinis at a party, I had this idea. Some guy came up to me who I had known from an acting class eight or nine years earlier. In my alcohol-vodka haze, this guy floats up and says, ‘Wow, Tom! So great to see you again, man! You made a movie! Lights, camera, action!’ And I was so pissed off that I had spent so many years trying to raise the money for just this one movie that I just said, ‘Oh just shut up, will ya?’ I said, ‘You don’t know the first thing about making a movie, how hard and tedious and frustrating it is. You can have an actress all ready to do a scene, and everything’s ready to go, it’s a scene you love—and at the last minute, someone drops the microphone into the shot.’ That’s when I got the idea, right then. That second. And I went home and wrote it, after my hangover wore off.”"

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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Wild this popped up in my timeline since I'm obsessing over BASIC INSTINCT. Fascinating write up.


YEAR OF THE BUFFALO GIRL:

"I wrote for BWDR about the about the bastard children of erotic thriller BASIC INSTINCT--a trio of mainstream Hollywood fuck noirs from 1994 suffused with masculine panic concerning gender roles & the women who refuse to conform to them.


The Softcore Anxieties of Disclosure, Color of Night,and The Last Seduction


Travis Woods


https://www.brightwalldarkroom.com/2019/...tion-1994/

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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"Fuck Noir" really is the perfect term for that subgenre.
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."--Steve McQueen
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"All the while, Tom remains rooted in the performance autopilot Douglas essentially created, the Affably Reptilian Upper-Class White Guy Whose Day Is About To Become Worse."

"Color of Night plays as if Brian De Palma downed a handful of Viagra with a bottle of Nyquil and proceeded to shoot a script lustily whispered into his ear by Tommy Wiseau. It also has a theme song."

hahahahah
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Pinkerton had been on a rll the last few days:

"Brie Larson's frictionless visage epitomizes a particularly 21st century North American manifestation of the Banality of Evil."

"In my new series One Dogshit Shot I'll be exploring inept or incredibly ugly sequences from movies that nevertheless rule because "perfect" technical proficiency is worthless without a sensibility behind it.

"Note how this shot is pretty out-of-focus the entire time and horribly underlit and you can see a PA cowering behind a bounce card in the background. That owns.""

"Someone, I think Joe Carducci, once described Eddie Van Halen as a "frictionless slickster," and this has stayed with me as a handy go-to description for a type of artist that I deeply dislike. (For the record, I enjoy some Van Halen.)"

"Nothing has been so horribly overrated in the still-young 21st century as has the Good Person."

"As noted theologian Christopher Wallace observed, in heaven with the goody-goodies one can neither eat all day nor get one's dick licked."

https://twitter.com/NickPinkerton

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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This interview popped up in my feed. It covers all my interests movies, hoops, hip-hop, race & politics. I didn't know where to put it, hoping this is the best spot.

I never knew or forgot HIGHER LEARNING almost had Leo, Paltrow, & 'Pac!

If u ever wanted to know what I was always like in real world conversation, this is probably the closest simulation:


His take on cancel culture is surprisingly astute. Or at least close to my own stand.

Listen without prejudice.





"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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He is aging into Danny Aiello beautifully.
If I could change to liquid, I'd fill the cracks and bend the rocks.
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Nicholson's swagger in the god tier, constantly in disbelief he's a real person.


https://twitter.com/JFrankensteiner/stat...6268300291

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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"Grab some popcorn and pull up a chair, it’s a moral imperative that we celebrate the 35th birthday of Martha Coolidge’s science whiz classic Real Genius!

The wise-cracking Val Kilmer starrer, which details the adventures of a group of brilliant physics undergrads at the fictional Pacific Tech University (clearly a stand-in for Caltech), stands as a wonderful slice of ’80s fun. It’s the kind of feel-good adventure that can be watched over and over again, spun like a favorite album."

Real Genius
by Alex Kirschenbaum AUG 07, 2020

https://trailersfromhell.com/real-genius/

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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A re-run, but a good one:


Second Glance: The Dazzling Experimentation of the Restored ‘Raising Cain’

https://www.flavorwire.com/608513/second...ising-cain


"In other words, the degree to which De Palma is quoting himself in Raising Cain is its own entertainment, a parlor game for fans (and, I suppose, detractors too). And to top it off, these are often double frames of reference: the undying De Palma dig is that he spent his whole career ripping off Hitchcock, so I’d like to think that when he quotes Psycho as directly as he does here (first with a scene pushing a dead-body-carrying car into swampy water, and then with a scene of a shrink explaining the killer’s split personality to the cops), he’s doing it with a wink, acknowledging that he knows we see him, and sees us too."

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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"An artist’s life is always more than their ‘published’ works, but that this massive ‘Agnés in a box’ comes close to being the last word on an impressive filmmaker sometimes dubbed The Mother of the French New Wave. It certainly is as comprehensive and complete as possible when it comes to her films. So far they’ve all been pleasant discoveries. This review describes the collection and separately reviews two previously unfamiliar titles, the quirky sci-fi fantasy Les créatures and the worthy pro-feminist drama One Sings, the Other Doesn’t."

CineSavant

The Complete Films Of Agnes Varda

by Glenn Erickson AUG 08, 2020

https://trailersfromhell.com/the-complet...nes-varda/


" The great Agnès Varda passed away just over a year ago. She appears to have been creatively active almost to the very end, an insatiable, unstoppable filmmaker of taste & discretion and natural ability. IThe first time I became aware of her was with Le Bonheur, the effect of which was devastating. That disturbing movie and the less subtle Diary of a Mad Housewife had a big influence on my attitude regarding women. It was much later that I was able to see more than a few of her pictures. The door to her work opened wider with Criterion’s disc sets 4 by Agnès Varda (2008) and Agnès Varda in California (2015). Now this massive The Complete Films of Agnès Varda arrives in a form that can only be called a cinematic event."

"Got concrete rhymes, been rappin' for ten years and

Even when I'm braggin', I'm bein' sincere"



"Teenage angst has paid off well/ Now I'm bored and old"


"Drunk as hell, but no throwin' up

Half way home and my pager still blowin' up"


"I'm tired of living all alone
yeah, nobody ever calls me on the phone
But when things start getting bad
I just play my music louder"





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Le Bonheur was really good. If I had unlimited income, I'd buy that set.
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