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The Favourite
Powdered Go NUTS!
Official Site | Trailers & Mo

R | 121 min

We keep wanting someone to be out next Stanley Kubrick, and while some push and argue for David Fincher or Christopher Nolan to be that guy, I think people are overlooking the work and genius that is Yorgos Lanthimos, as he’s the best heir to the throne!

His Dogtooth was a revelation.  The Lobster wasn’t perfect, but we haven’t escaped its claws either and are still thinking about it years later.  The Killing of a Sacred Deer?  Oh deer!!!!!!!!!!!

And his latest, the first he didn’t have a hand in writing – The Favourite?  It’s like Barry Lyndon trapped in The Overlook Hotel, and that’s a wonderful wonderful wonderful thing.  And if you’ve found Lanthimos’ other work to be way too bleak and hard to handle, this may suit your pansy-self a lot better, you pantsy pansy you!

Corseted Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz deliciously duel each other for the love and attention of Queen Anne (a maddeningly magnificent Olivia Colman).  There is not a single non-tense moment in the film – it’s like watching one long-ass fuse burn and burn and burn, as we wait for the dynamite to explode.  Along the way in this power play, we also get a cadre of powdered up men (Nicholas HoultMr. Taylor SwiftJames Smith, and Mark Gatiss) doing their own fun scheming and conniving.  If you have a back in this movie, it will get stabbed.  

Screw Jane Austen – cause Lanthimos’ court jesting is more aligned to my nutty senses and sensibilities!

Verdictgo: Breast In Show

Favourite compels U in NY/LA today and elsewhere elsewhen

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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Nice Station Zebra

Jack White
Kings Theatre
November 17

yep, that’s me, balcony center, rocking my Nats hat and Popeyes tee and rocking the fcuk out!!!

and yep, I was thoroughly thoroughly rocked.  It’s about time Jack!  You dropped a new hot album (‘Over and Over and Over‘ forever please, like the union!) and toured it, but only came to NY for a festival and I’m too old for that festival sh!t, and also I want a Jack show indoors!  EAT IT OUTDOORS!!  But you came back!  Indoors!  Wish I went to both of yer Kings Theatre shows, and wish I went to every show there ever (movie palace + music = MOVED ME PALACE!!), but this was still one night to truly remember (like the Titanic, cept if it never sank and triumphed at rocking so hard that it melted the faces of Nazis

Jack – you are our last hope.  Rock flows through you and out of you and into us.  No one your age and of our generation is doing what your are doing.  Keep doing it.  Steady as it goes, or unsteady.  Keep rocking the good rock

Bless your soul, and crazy hair, and crazy no-cellphone policy which wasn’t so awful after all (and kinda liberating!) 

Setlist – Over and Over and Over / Everything You’ve Ever Learned / Black Math / Corporation / Hotel Yorba / Love Interruption / Hello Operator / Why Walk a Dog? / High Ball Stepper / That Black Bat Licorice / What’s Done Is Done / We’re Going to Be Friends / Missing Pieces / The Hardest Button to Button / Carolina Drama

Encore – Lazaretto / Steady, as She Goes / Respect Commander / Connected by Love / Ball and Biscuit / Sixteen Saltines / Seven Nation Army

 

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Trailer? TrailHIM!!

thank you Pablo Ferro

especially for creating the Clockwork titles AND trailer (using outtakes from the dallies!)

but most importantly, for giving the world the most insane trailer of balls thyme…

THE ZARDOZ TRAILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ZARDOZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

how do you market a film like Zardoz?

“You market it.” –Pablo Ferro

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Yes & Piano

Green Book
Opposites React
Official Site | Trailers & Mo

PG-13 | 130 min

Need a hug? A good laugh? A reason to feel good about humanity, and how we can overcome our differences to find common ground?  Or how about a chance to smile, like endlessly?  You can have all of this AND MORE by watching the candy-colored Hallmark movie-esque, but always fabulous Green Book – easily one of my favorite movies 2018.

How is this so?  It’s a serious subjected movie directed by There’s Something Dumb and Dumber About Kingpin‘s Peter Farrelly (leaving his brother Bobby at home).  The first act is filled with more New York-Italian stereotypes than if Chef Boyardee and Mama Celeste starred in a Ragu commercial.  Whatdamattawitchu???  Once we leave the stereotypes behind in New Yawk, and meathead Viggo Mortensen starts driving sophisticated musician Mahershala Ali around the deep south, in a time when African-American men know better than to travel down there, does the film’s magic really begin.  And once that magic starts – it never stops, casting some sort of spell on you until it’s time to get up and go home!

Wow – I love this movie.  I really do.  It’s truly a ‘feel-good’ flick, and one we really need right now.  And it’s all true!  Mortensen plays a bouncer named Tony Vallelonga (who later became an actor himself, Tony Lip, with parts in Goodfellas, The Sopranos, Donnie Brasco and a slew of other gangster related movies) who was hired to drive and look after Ali’s classical pianist Don Shirley on his concert tour thru the Dirty South.  The ‘green book’ in the title is an actual guidebook African-Americans would use so they would know where they could stay overnight, as many places were not so friendly with their ‘whites only’ policies.  And while race is always an issue in the film, it doesn’t over-envelope the proceedings like you think it would.  And even when Tony and Don run afoul of locals along the way, it never goes too far, keeping things nice and light.  Light is good.  You want dark, watch Mississippi Burning.  Want a movie where a white guy sells the virtues of fried chicken on a black guy?  Who doesn’t?  This movie is finger-licking AWESOME!

Verdictgo: Breast In Show

Book opens today in limited release and everywhere next week

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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Here We Gogh Again!

At Eternity’s Gate
Portrait-Self
Official Site | Trailers & Mo

PG-13 | 111 min

What a time to be a Vincent van Gogh fan.  A year ago, we got the cinematic treat of a lifetime that was like walking around, and living and breathing in his paintings!!!  And this year, artist and director Julian Schnabel gives us a cinematic treat of his own with At Eternity’s Gate.  The film shows us what it was like to walk alongside Vincent as he went about creating his brilliant art, while living a most turbulent and troubled life.  Schnabel is somehow able to express Vincent’s pain and process channeled through the steady and unsteady hands and face of Willem Dafoe (maybe too perfect a Vincent!).  More poetry than biopic, Eternity delivers on the tall task of getting into Vinny’s head and expressing how he suffered for his art.  Thank you for suffering Vincent.  And thank you Julian and Willem, for somehow materializing that suffering.  Suffering never looked so beautiful.

Verdictgo: high end Jeepers Worth A Peepers

Gate opens today in limited release

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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