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Everybody Wants to be Us

Graduate Student at Loyola University Chicago. Check out the blog for what I'm currently obsessed with in film and culture. Michael Fassbender, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Winslet, Christian Bale, Jesse Eisenberg, David Lynch, David Fincher, Christopher Nolan, Martin Scorsese, and Daniel Radcliffe are regulars here.

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I love mysteries. To fall into a mystery and its danger … everything becomes so intense in those moments. When most mysteries are solved, I feel tremendously let down. So I want things to feel solved up to a point, but there’s got to be a certain percentage left over to keep the dream going. It’s like at the end of Chinatown: The guy says, ‘Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.’ You understand it, but you don’t understand it, and it keeps that mystery alive. That’s the most beautiful thing.

bbook:

I love mysteries. To fall into a mystery and its danger … everything becomes so intense in those moments. When most mysteries are solved, I feel tremendously let down. So I want things to feel solved up to a point, but there’s got to be a certain percentage left over to keep the dream going. It’s like at the end of Chinatown: The guy says, ‘Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.’ You understand it, but you don’t understand it, and it keeps that mystery alive. That’s the most beautiful thing.

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At first blush, Die Another Day is sensical enough but really, what day? Had one died yesterday the point would be moot and one can’t die tomorrow since, as we saw in 1997, tomorrow never dies. Admittedly, Die At Some Point In The Future, though true, lacks stickiness. Things really turned weird after Daniel Craig’s first film Casino Royale. Whatever Quantum of Solace, his dark follow up, means is well beyond the normal cognitive abilities of the layperson. Sure, we know what a small unit of comfort may be but just because one can decipher something doesn’t mean the thing itself makes sense. It’s like ordering a cup of C8H10N4O2, instead of a cup of coffee.

The Increasing Strangeness of James Bond Titles.

bbook:

At first blush, Die Another Day is sensical enough but really, what day? Had one died yesterday the point would be moot and one can’t die tomorrow since, as we saw in 1997, tomorrow never dies. Admittedly, Die At Some Point In The Future, though true, lacks stickiness. Things really turned weird after Daniel Craig’s first film Casino Royale. Whatever Quantum of Solace, his dark follow up, means is well beyond the normal cognitive abilities of the layperson. Sure, we know what a small unit of comfort may be but just because one can decipher something doesn’t mean the thing itself makes sense. It’s like ordering a cup of C8H10N4O2, instead of a cup of coffee.

The Increasing Strangeness of James Bond Titles.

"‎This year we saw many hilarious performances by women, and many idiotic articles from men about how women suddenly became funny. Yes, imagine how great ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’ would have been had Mary, Betty White, Cloris Leachman, and Valerie Harper actually been funny. If only Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Gilda Radner, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus had been able to get a laugh. I guess what I’m saying is, this isn’t the year that women finally became funny. This is the year that men finally pulled their heads out of their asses."

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Matthew Perry, presenting at the 2012 Comedy Awards (via bbook)

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A Surprising Appreciation of Dark Shadows
It’s so super stylized with ridiculous clothes, wigs, and accessories (I have never seen so many turtlenecks under corderoy blazers); it’s the best ’70s costume design I’ve seen since The Ice Storm, and we all know that the only way that Ang Lee masterpiece could have been improved is if Joan Allen was a witch and had the gumption to punish her cheating husband with dark magic. And the music! The Moody Blues, T-Rex, Barry White. Even present-day Alice Cooper makes a cameo as 1972 Alice Cooper! That is the most stupidly brilliant thing that I wish I could have thought of myself.  

Not ashamed to say I liked “Dark Shadows” too. 
Good review.  

bbook:

A Surprising Appreciation of Dark Shadows

It’s so super stylized with ridiculous clothes, wigs, and accessories (I have never seen so many turtlenecks under corderoy blazers); it’s the best ’70s costume design I’ve seen since The Ice Storm, and we all know that the only way that Ang Lee masterpiece could have been improved is if Joan Allen was a witch and had the gumption to punish her cheating husband with dark magic. And the music! The Moody Blues, T-Rex, Barry White. Even present-day Alice Cooper makes a cameo as 1972 Alice Cooper! That is the most stupidly brilliant thing that I wish I could have thought of myself. 

Not ashamed to say I liked “Dark Shadows” too. 

Good review.  

On the Manhattan bridgeCianfrance gave each actor separate directions.  To Michelle, he said, “whatever you do, don’t tell Ryan what’s on your mind; [to Ryan] Michelle has a secret and you have to get it out of her.”

An hour later, Cianfrance remembers “my producers are freaking out because we’re wasting film. And Michelle is hard as nails, she’s not going to give it up to him, and Ryan gets so desperate and frustrated that he climbs up on the fence of the Manhattan Bridge. There’s no stunt double, there’s no safety net, we have no insurance for that kind of thing, and, thankfully, Michelle tells him and he comes down.”

(via bbook)


“I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher, but above all I am a man. Hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.”
- Philip Seymour Hoffman in the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film The Master

The TomKat divorce is only making me more excited to see “The Master”

“I am a writer, a doctor, a nuclear physicist, a theoretical philosopher, but above all I am a man. Hopelessly inquisitive man, just like you.”

- Philip Seymour Hoffman in the upcoming Paul Thomas Anderson film The Master

The TomKat divorce is only making me more excited to see “The Master”

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