Monday, May 5, 2014

A Fistful of Thoughts...about ambitious directors, fallen angels and a blogathon I'd readily give a B to!

Well, I initially was planning on talking about the new Star Wars cast, but Ruth beat me to it.  Then I was going to talk about Girl Meets World, but Ruth kind of beat me to that as well (thanks to one of her questions and my subsequent answers) and so then I was left a story short and a lack of patience until I stumbled across a blogathon that I just had to raise awareness for, since it sounds amazing.

So now I have five stories!

So, last week I read something that has the cinephiles all over the internet wetting themselves and I've been dying to discuss it here.  Have you read that Joaquin Phoenix is set to star in Woody Allen's next film?  Can we take a moment so that I can squeal with excitement?  I mean, this is amazing news.  Now, I kind of love the resurgence of Phoenix as one of the best actors of his generation, simply because back in the early aughts when he was being toted as the next big thing, I wasn't fully on board.  I've liked him quite a bit in the past, but I kind of felt he was overrated, and then he went off the deep end and I was a little relieved that people were going to stop talking about it (for I honestly thought he was about to disappear) and then BAM, he comes back with a vengeance and rightfully so.  He's better than he's ever been, and he's picking interesting directors and projects and just all around giving me so much to salivate over.

I have no idea what this project is going to be about, but I cannot wait to watch it, whatever it is!

Moving on from news that makes me jump with joy to news that made me really sad, Tatyana Samojlova has passed away this morning at the age of 80 (coincidentally, today was her 80th birthday).  Many are not going to know who she is, and quite frankly I've only seen her in one film, but she's a Fisti Award winner for that very performance (in the marvelous The Cranes are Flying) and for that performance alone she deserves to be remembered and mourned by the cinematic society.  

It is a sad day.

It was also a sad weekend for Ben Affleck, who was banned from The Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas for counting cards.  Sad for him, hilarious for the rest of us.  I love how this is news for someone like Affleck.  This is his biggest fuckup?  The man is so squeaky-clean I love it.  He's this family guy with a gang-banger accent and a face you want to punch (or fuck) and those attributes don't sound like they'd coexist properly and yet they do somehow.  I'm a fan.  He feels like a genuine guy, unlike George 'fake as fuck' Clooney.  No, what he did was not illegal, but the greedy casino gurus don't like that shit much.

Not everyone can Dustin Hoffman their way to a million.

And then we come to a two-fold story surrounding one of the most provocative (in many ways) directors out there, Baz Luhrmann!  I first heard that he was planning on directing an adaptation of a 70's television show entitled Kung Fu last month and I was intrigued.  One thing that I love about Luhrmann is that every one of his films feels like one of his films, regardless of the genre or themes, and yet this felt so far out of his comfort zone or wheelhouse that I was intrigued and skeptical at the same time.  But apparently, he's all for challenging himself these days.  Yup, last week we got word that he's also planning on directing an Elvis biopic!  He's got a lot on his plate right now, with two vastly diverse projects in the works, and now I can't decide which one sounds more out of left field for him, thus which one I'm more excited for.

One thing Luhrmann NEVER is is boring, so I'm really excited to see what I love and hate about both these films.

And lastly, to round out these five stories, I'm going to pimp out a fellow bloggers blogathon, which I just so happened to see today.  Katy over at Girl Meets Cinema is hosting a blogathon, a Block'busted' one at that! 

Here are the rules:

Choose a super cheesy blockbuster B-rated movie(s). Genres include: disaster flicks (examples:Twister, Poseidon), alien invasions (i.e. Independence Day, Mars Attacks), creature attacks (Eight Legged Freaks, Tremors), retro horror (i.e. The Crawling Eye, The Blob), and 80s and 90s action (i.e. Total Recall, Armageddon), supernatural (The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, Van Helsing), and others likeBattlefield Earth and the first three Star Wars. Here's a resourceful list for inspiration

In your post, include a picture(s) of your selection (etc) and reasons why you love that particular movie. Characteristics to consider may be the sense of adventure, the cast, the script, the one-liners, an nostalgic memory, the cult following. Share all the reasons why you are shamelessly in love with this particular movie; the sky's the limit!

Remember this blogathon is not about "bad movies"; it's about our unbreakable bond towards a cheesy blockbuster-esque movie with a setting, story, or character that introduces or deals with something not from this ordinary realm. (Even 90s action movies break the laws of nature and sane storytelling - so they count!)

Include one of the logos/buttons above on your sidebar or post, and link back to her post. Let her know about your post in the comment section, twitter, and e-mail. The deadline is May 24th.

I hope that everyone will play along!  I know I will!


  1. Joaquin Phoenix and Woody Allen? I like it!

    Very sad news about Tatyana Samoylova. She was wonderful in The Cranes are Flying, and she's my runner-up that year.

    Ha, I root for Affleck, but that's kinda sad.

    Luhrmann sounds PERFECT for an Elvis biopic. Sign me up!

    That blogathon sounds fun. I'll try to participate.

  2. Holy shit at that Affleck news. I hope someone uses it in some hilarious Batman meme.

  3. Thank you for spreading the word Andrew! I look forward to seeing your entry and appreciate the help. :D

    Joaquin in a Woody Allen movie is something that I never expected to read - but it is genuinely exciting casting news.

    I'm all for an Elvis biopic - though I've been meaning to track down the Jonathan Rhys Meyers one since I missed it when it originally aired on television. From what I saw, he had a pretty darn good portrayal.

    Any Affleck news is great news. :D

  4. I don't know why I can't reply to any comments right now, but whatever.

    You're so welcome Katy! I hope the blogathon gets a lot of support.

    I love the varied reactions to the Affleck news.

    I also love that Stone has just been confirmed as Phoenix's co-star!!!