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On October 10, 2013, actress Tilda Swinton and director Jim Jarmusch discussed their latest film, “Only Lovers Left Alive” at the New York Film Festival at Alice Tully Hall. The film is about two vampires whose existence is threatened by the modern world. Finally, a movie about vampires that didn’t suck! Pun definitely intended. As it’s a Jim Jarmusch film, you’ll see his trademark minimalistic plot, huge focus on character development and tone. The film is set in Detroit (yes!) and Tangier and Jarmusch discussed during the Q&A that he’s left his mark on vampire films by including that “when vampires are out and about, they wear gloves.” Even if you’re not a fan of his films, the lead actress Tilda Swinton is extremely exotic and always entertaining.
Tilda Swinton and Jim Jarmusch
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Ben Stiller and Geoffrey Dicker
The other day I attended a screening of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” as part of the New York Film Festival and as a nice surprise, two of the stars of the movie were in attendance – Ben Stiller and Kristin Wiig! I wore my finest Bankrupt Slut T-shirt for the occasion, though neither star seemed to notice. Ha! The film features music by Jose Gonzalez, which is awesome, and is a modern-day reboot of the original 1930s classic (based on the short story by James Thurber). The film has some cool visual effects and obviously as Ben Stiller and Kristin Wiig are in it, it’s got some funny moments. The film comes out at Christmas time and will likely be a big success. Thanks and good luck to Ben Stiller and Kristin Wiig!
Kristin Wiig and Geoffrey Dicker
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“Flight” star Denzel Washington and director Robert Zemeckis
On October 14, 2012 Robert Zemeckis’ latest film “Flight” made its world premiere at the closing night of the New York Film Festival. Aside from some way too real scenes of an airplane crashing, the film plays like an after school special about the dangers of becoming an alcoholic. It’s extremely predictable and considering that Robert Zemeckis has made worldwide classics such as the “Back to the Future” franchise, you’d think he’d change this to an Alan Smithee film as the plane crash is not the only disaster you will see if you check out “Flight.” John Goodman, though only in the film briefly, is definitely the highlight, unless you enjoy watching Denzel Washington smoke cigarettes.
The Cast of Flight (including Melissa Leo, John Goodman and Don Cheadle)
But regardless of the movie failing to take off before crashing and burning (pun definitely intended), I am grateful for the experience and had fun. Plus, I even got to meet a few awesome stars at the premiere. See who after the jump.
How many weeks will this film be in a theatre before going straight to DVD? Robert Zemeckis has the answer.
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During the 2012 New York Film Festival, actress Nicole Kidman was being honored for her achievements in film (yeah, I was just as surprised), prior to a screening of her new film “The Paperboy.” While I thought Nicole was a good speaker, I think most of her films suck. Don’t get me wrong, I loved “To Die For” and “Moulin Rouge” was good for one viewing only, but “the Hours” seemed to drag on for that amount of time and when on a retrospective reel of your career, they highlight your performance in “Batman Forever,” it reaffirms why I stick with music and art over movies. She expressed her worst career moment was that she’d seen “Eyes Wide Shut” for the first time the night before director Stanley Kubrick died and instead of calling him, she decided to wait until the next day. Turns out, it was too late because he croaked. She didn’t address the topics that would have been most interesting – her massive amounts of plastic surgery or her marriage to Tom Cruise, so while I am grateful for the experience, I am billing Nicole for 3 hours of my precious time the next time I see her.
Richard Pena and Nicole Kidman
The discussion was followed by the New York premiere of Nicole Kidman’s latest film “the Paperboy.” It was directed by Lee Daniels, who also directed the highly overrated “Precious.” Here’s the basic plot of “The Paperboy”: A reporter returns to his Florida hometown to investigate a case involving a death row inmate. Sadly, it doesn’t get more exciting than that. However, one of the stars, Zac Efron, who is mega-buff – almost to the point of overkill, is shirtless and in his underwear for almost the entire movie. Nicole Kidman wears some spicy little numbers that show off her great legs and she smokes cigarettes A LOT. There’s a scene that is sure to make headlines because people are very small minded, where Zac gets stung by a jellyfish and Nicole Kidman pees on him to save his life. The scene was totally extraneous and was SO obviously included for shock value. If Zac or smoking Nicole or a non-sexy pissing on someone scene are your thing, you might want to check out this movie. If none of those things float your boat – SAVE YOUR TIME! By endorsing these shitty films by going to see them, it allows more crappy films to be made. If you really must see a film just so you can say afterwards “wow, that sucked,” you are an enabler. Remember, the people have the power – but only if they choose to exercise it.
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The 2011 New York Film Festival came to a close on October 16, 2011 with the premiere of the new George Clooney vehichle, “The Descendants.” Clooney was in the house to wave goodbye to the festival (as you can see pictured above). The film is about a man whose wife is in a coma (due to a boating accident), his two troubled daughters, new information that his wife had an affair on Georgey and the fact that Clooney’s character has the sole right to sell or keep a ton of land in Hawaii. While the film was shot beautifully on location in Hawaii, the film would have been a better Lifetime movie of the week as it was totally predictable and not really that well acted. There were holes in the plot as deep as the bodies of water the film was made in and I found myself wishing that they would just pull the plug on his damned wife so this movie would end. Interestingly, the film takes place in tropical weather and there was not one scene were George Clooney was shirtless. That wouldn’t have made the movie all that much better for me, but I am just pointing it out since a lot of people get wet when they think of ole GC. He does wear shorts in some scenes and he has quite nice legs. I had to pay attention to something other than the movie and since so many people appeared to be enjoying it, I wasn’t going to be “that guy” who is a total dickbag at movies and starts texting. Of course by now you know I am a movie curmudgeon, so this movie will probably win every award known to man and you’ll hear talk around town that everyone loved it. Everyone except me! Don’t forget that!