Blue Bayou – Justin Chon Scripted, Directed, and Acted with Alicia Vikander

January 15th, 2022

  • (Young up-and-coming actress Sydney Kowalske gives in a stunning performance as Antonio and Kathy’s daughter, Jesse LeBlanc, in Blue Bayou, which is only her second movie, and fourth acting effort altogether, to date.Sep 17, 2021)

    At Cannes with Linh Dan Pham

    Blue Bayou is a must see, Justin Chon spent four years, scripting, getting the steller cast.

    Justin Chon begged Alicia Vikander to work him. Alicia Vikander was impressed that Justin Chon was familiar with her early film. (See youtube here with great responses.)
    Alicia Vikander spent time in New Orleans to learn the accent.

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    Alicia Vikander from “Pure”, A gem of Swedish Cinema.

    Adieu Jean Jacques Beineix – Betty Blue, Diva, Moon in the Gutter Director

    January 14th, 2022

  • (Betty Blue)

  • Jean Jacques Beineix (8 October 1946 – 13 January 2022)

    Betty Blue director Jean-Jacques Beineix dies aged 75
    The French film-maker, who gained worldwide prominence for films like Diva, died in Paris after a long illness


    RIP – Sidney Poitier (February 20, 1927 – January 6, 2022)

    January 8th, 2022

  • (Sidney Poitier and John Cassavates from the Edge of the City directed by Martin Ritt)

  • (The Simple Life of Noah Dearborn)

  • This reader has been reading “This Life” Sidney Poitier’s autobiography.

  • RIP Peter Bogdanovich – We All Laughed, Now What??

    January 6th, 2022

  • (Audrey Hepburn & Peter Bogdanovich )

    Peter Bogdanovich A Loving Cineaste and Fearless genius of Cinema (Peter Bradshaw)

    • “We All Laughed” and “Saint Jack”(Ben Gazzara was directed by Peter Bogdanovich)

      Peter Bogdanovich on John Cassavates

    • The Thing Called Love – River Phoenix

    • What are you doing? “Driving”

    • Ben Kingsley in “Daliland”, Ben Whishaw in “Surge” – Goodbye 2021 – Happy New Year!

      December 31st, 2021

    • (Mary Harron directed the Daliland)

      Ben Kingsley as Salvador Dali – Daliland

      Oscar winner Ben Kinglsey is no stranger to inhabiting larger-than-life characters. From Gandhi to Schindler’s List and Sexy Beast, the actor’s career has spanned a wide variety of roles with presence and gravitas. Despite his comfort with such parts, Kingsley says that approaching the enigmatic and iconic Salvador Dalí in Mary Harron’s Daliland – the story of the artist’s strange and fascinating marriage to his tyrannical wife Gala (played by Barbara Sukowa) – was still a “daunting task”.
      “He was exhausting and exhilarating to portray,” comments Kingsley in his first interview since wrapping the movie. “Dali’s cup overflows. I had to give myself the opportunity to take risks. Dali encouraged me to take risks. That could have been catastrophic, but it could also pay off. If I’m in Dali’s silhouette, then I must allow myself to take certain risks. His artwork, writing and public appearances were one risk after another. He was not a character that one could portray carefully.”

      Ben Kingsley can play just about any ethnicity (see photos here)
      (Happy birthday Sir Ben Kingsley)

    • Ben Whishaw was terrific in ‘Surge”, a film he made with his friend. (Kanopy was streaming).

    • RIP Jean-Marc Vallée Canadian filmmaker, an Engaging & Energetic Filmmaker from Canada

      December 27th, 2021

      Jean-Marc Vallée Canadian filmmaker passed away

      With Reece W.
      Reece was a producer and and actress for Big Little Lies, earlier she was directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, a Canadian filmmake in “Wild”

      Cafe de Flore

    • Young Victoria

    • Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey, who played the lead won awards for “Dallas Buyers Club”

    • A Documentary of Colette Urban, by Katherine Knight

      December 20th, 2021

    • (“Pretend Not to See Me”)

      See the film at Kanopy or here online

      Katherine Knight is a Photographer who directed “Pretend Not to See Me”

      Colette U.

      What does it mean to live on the edge of the country, but at the heart of art?

      At her spectacular oceanfront farm in Newfoundland, performance artist Colette Urban becomes a half woman-half bear, dances a tango while strapped into bungee cords, wheels nonsensical record contraptions and turns herself into a parody of consumer goods.

      “I am timid in the real world. Performance and this idea of disguise are a real comfort to me. I’m not me. I’m someone else once I am in that role of the performer.”

      This is a film about following a dream, having courage and believing in oneself. It’s about embracing risk and sustaining courage through acts of the imagination. It’s an astonishing representation of Colette Urban’s enigmatic art performances set against the rugged beauty of rural Newfoundland

      Behind the White Glasses – Adieu Lina Wertmuller

      December 9th, 2021
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      Italodamericano – Lina Wertmuller Oscar

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      In general, Wertmüller’s films strongly reflect her own political commitments, with main characters who are either dedicated anarchists, communists, feminists, or all those, and the films’ main action centers on political or socioeconomic conflicts. Wertmüller self-identified as socialist.

    • Grotesque Poetry a Conversation with Lina Wertmuller

    • Witkin and Witkin – a Documentary film of Twin Artists

      December 7th, 2021
    • Review here
      Ziff has pulled off an astonishing accomplishment with Witkin and Witkin. The film works on many levels. Firstly, the viewer is drawn into the “weird news” curiosity about identical twins who go their separate ways. Then comes the compelling rush of fascination around the art they make. Finally, she delivers a tender, charming look at two very different lives of artists have gone through many experiences and relationships. It combines a sideshow with an art course and a twin biography that is exceedingly entertaining.

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      (Still Life with Mirror – Joel Peter Witkin

      Joel Peter Witkin – Heaven, Hell, Transesexuals, Deformed people (Previous post)

    • David Gulpilil – The Passing of an Indigenous Actor from Australia

      November 29th, 2021

    • (Thanks to “Walkabout”, David Gulpilil became an actor/activist.)

      The Indigenous actor, who was in his late 60s when he died, helped shape the history of Australian film

      David Gulpilil a titanic force in Australian cinema dies with lung cancer.

      David Gulpilil wiki

    • (Rabbit Proof Fence – directed by Philip Noyce, cinematography by Christopher Doyle)

    • The Last Wave

      In 1969, Gulpilil’s skill as a tribal dancer caught the attention of British filmmaker Nicolas Roeg, who had come to Maningrida scouting locations for a forthcoming film. Roeg promptly cast the sixteen-year-old unknown to play a principal role in his internationally acclaimed motion picture Walkabout, released in 1971. Gulpilil’s on-screen charisma, combined with his acting and dancing skills, was such that he became an instant national and international celebrity. He travelled to distant lands, mingled with famous people, and was presented to heads of state.[1] During these travels to promote the film, he met and was impressed with John Lennon, Bob Marley, Muhammad Ali, and Bruce Lee. (Via Wiki)

      Dean Stockwell -Delicate to Delirium – RIP Nov 7 2021

      November 9th, 2021

      Life in pictures Dean Stockwell

      Dean Stockwell wiki

      Great interview here – all about Dean Stockwell (by Michael Buckley
      Films in Review, January 1985)

      “Cannes is a good place for me,” claims Dean Stockwell, shortly after PARIS, TEXAS (one of his two new pictures) won the Grand Prize at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. He has twice shared acting honors at Cannes, with Bradford Dillman and Orson Welles for Compulsion (1959) and with Ralph Richardson, Katherine Hepburn and Jason Robards, Jr. in Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962). And it was there that he met his wife, Joy: “It was in 1976, at one o’clock in the morning, on the beach in front of the Carlton Hotel.” Says Stockwell: “Between Paris, Texas and Dune (in which he plays Dr. Yueh), I think I’ve got a pretty good start on what amounts to a third career.”

      (Dean Stockwell photo by Dennis Hopper)

      “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” states Stockwell, “was as intense and rewarding an experience as I’ve had. It’s a small cast, and one of the greatest plays of the century by one of the greatest American playwrights. We rehearsed it six weeks with a brilliant director, Sidney Lumet. I feel that the film is the best American film made from a play – that I’ve ever seen. There was no screenplay. Some cuts were made to make it feasible for a film – but nothing was transposed. It was very gratifying.”
      In the book, Kate, by Charles Higham, Sidney Lumet is quoted: “Dean would come in with a bottle of vodka, and Kate at first almost did what she did to him in the movie – struck him. She was so angry at him – out of love. But she was tender to him. The first day of work was cold, and he had forgotten to bring an overcoat. The next day, there was a coat in his dressing room; she had gone out after shooting and bought him one. She always had an enormous affinity for heavy drinkers – maybe because of Tracy.”

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      Darrow was the inspiration for the character of Johnathan Wilk in the 1956 novel Compulsion, a thinly fictionalized account of the Leopold and Loeb case. In 1959, the novel was adapted into a film of the same name, starring the legendary filmmaker Orson Welles as Wilk. Welles, whose closing monologue was the longest ever committed to film at that time, shared the Best Actor award with co-stars Bradford Dillman and Dean Stockwell.

      Compulsion (1959)

      Dean Stockwell made three remarkable films in his mid-career starting with Compulsion followed by Sons and Lovers and Long Day’s Journey into Night.

    • Sons and Lovers

      Of Sons and Lovers, Stockwell maintains, “It’s a classic film. It holds up – over a long period of time. It had a brilliant cast, and I feel it was a pretty damn good rendition of that book.” Sons and Lovers headed the National Board of Review’s 10 Best Films of 1960 list. It tied with The Apartment as the NY Film Critics Best Film. In his FIReview, Henry Hart wrote: “Rarely has so honest and meaningful a novel been turned into so good a motion picture.” He noted, “Stockwell does things . . . an actor twice his age would be proud of,” and added, “I think the thing about his performance that fascinated me most was his seemingly spontaneous use of bits of business which seemed to come . . . from his feeling for the character.”

    • The O’Neill classic, says Stockwell, “remains one of my favorite films. And Paris, Texas is certainly another. The film was put together and shot in a most unusual way. Sam Shepard, probably our leading playwright right now, wrote the screenplay. But, as we started, it was simply a synopsis, a breakdown of scenes – with no dialogue at all. At the time, Sam was shooting Country, which opened the New York Film Festival. Everyday, when he got through acting, he would type out dialogue for Paris, Texas.” (Interview with Dean Stockwell)

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      Dean Stockwell, Blue Velvet – It’s not easy to out-bizarre your fellow cast members in a David Lynch movie, but Dean Stockwell managed to do just that in his one-scene turn as Frank Booth’s (Dennis Hopper) unctuous, kabuki-faced, satin-jacketed mentor in malevolence, Ben. The mellow yin to Hopper’s manic yang, Stockwell’s eerie lip-synching rendition of Roy Orbison’s “In Dreams” just barely hints at what lies inside the depraved mind of the drug dealer/pimp. (via)

      “I hate to admit it, but you can’t do a role unless it’s somewhere in your psyche. People don’t realize how vast the subconscious is. It’s like infinity.” Dean Stockwell.

      Viggo Mortensen in Two Films, with Cronneberg & another with Lisandro Alonso

      October 19th, 2021

    • Crimes of the Future

      (On David Cronenberg)[He] has helped me do really good work, better than other directors. Maybe because he understands my process and because we have some things in common in terms of our sensibility – the kinds of books we like to read, our sense of humor is similar.
      It’s comforting to be working with someone you know will make a good movie. Some people will say, ‘Ahhh, he’s over the top, it’s gratuitous,’ [but] I disagree completely. He’s one of the most responsible filmmakers today as far as showing violence – which there’s very little of compared to other movies. It just stays with you because he shows very little of it. It just stays with you and he’s very direct about it. He shows you what happens, and what the consequences are physically and emotionally, in some cases; certainly he does in A History of Violence (2005), and also here [in Eastern Promises (2007)], that makes him very honest.

      Viggo Mortensen IMDB

    • Eureka – Viggo’s new film with Jauja director Lisandro Alonso

      The first part of the film, titled “Western” and set on the U.S.-Mexico border, will have echos of Jauja but is not a sequel, following Mortensen playing a father named Murphy searching for his daughter (Agger), who has been kidnapped. The second part of the film, titled “Pine Ridge,” is set in South Dakota on a Native American Reservation in the present-day. While there aren’t details on Part 3 yet, Part 4, titled “Amazonia,” will follow a character named Ubirajara, “a member of a far happier indigenous settlement in the Amazon who goes off to dig for gold, contracting, literally, gold fever.”

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    • Far from Men
      See Far from Men – Viggo Mortensen and Albert Camus (Previous post)

    • Viggo on his art –
      “Photography, painting or poetry those are just extensions of me, how I perceive things, they are my way of communicating.” (via IMDB)
      Happy birthday Viggo Mortensen