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"New Girl" has begun its new season with multiple episodes, and I have thoughts on both coming up just as soon as I figure out my sex character is named Sgt. Giddyup Carruthers...
I reviewed FOX's "Ben and Kate" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched tonight (or in one of its many online preview windows over the last few weeks), what did you think? Did you like the sibling chemistry between Nat Faxon and Dakota Johnson? Did you find it funny? Do you also want to draw attention to your mouth? And will you watch again?
Have at it.
Ben Wheatley has quietly turned into one of the most interesting voices in English film right now, a guy who seems fairly adept at bending his personal storytelling style to the material he's shooting instead of imposing one voice on everything he does. He is sly, with a jet black sense of humor, and he seems to take great pleasure from pushing his audiences to deeply uncomfortable places.
His breakthrough film was "Down Terrace," and I remember how excited Tim League was about that film. It's a very small-scale, well-observed film about a family scratching out a low-level criminal existence, and I liked it a lot. His next film, the genre-bending "Kill List," absolutely flattened me when I saw it at SXSW, and I felt like it marked a real step forward by him. With his third film, "Sightseers," he's made what could be his first cross-over hit, a film that still plays dark and that surrenders none of his personal voice, but that is universal in a way that "Kill List" was never going to be. It is little wonder it found a place in the Fantastic Fest 2012 line-up as Tuesday night's first secret screening.
Chris (Steve Oram) and Tina (Alice Lowe) have fallen in love, and they've decided to take a trip together. Chris has a caravan that he's decked out for the trip, and Tina's as excited as she could possibly be. She's been living with her demanding, angry mother her whole life and she's reached a point where she can't imagine doing it any longer. Chris isn't just a possible romance, he's an escape from a life that has become insufferable to her. She's got the trip idealized in her head before she even leaves the house, and if Wheatley just wanted to tell a story about how real life rarely meets our expectations, that could be potent material. He's got something much more sinister in mind, though, and we get hints of it from the early part of the film when we see hints of Chris's temper, particularly in response to what he sees as the coarse and the rude.
The last time I saw Johnny Simmons and Mae Whitman in the same place at the same time, it was on the Toronto set of "Scott Pilgrim Versus The World." I have a sneaking suspicion I'm going to see members of that cast colliding over and over in the future, and that it's going to remain a very dear memory for them.
This time, we were in Toronto to discuss the new movie "The Perks of Being A Wallflower," and they had three of the young actors who make up the ensemble grouped together for the chat, including Whitman and Simmons. I didn't meet Ezra Miller in Cannes when "We Need To Talk About Kevin" was playing there, and I'll admit that after I saw that film, I thought Hollywood was going to typecast him because of how completely effective he was in the part.
Instead, I think this film will introduce him to a much broader audience, and I think it's going to have a long shelf life. While I may not have known the book, I've come to realize that there's a big audience out there who read and really enjoyed the book, and it's important to them. This isn't just another teen movie to them. The book's characters are significant because they recognize themselves in them.
I'm still processing the film "Holy Motors," which rolled into Fantastic Fest this week. What's taking me next to no time in dismissing is the music video for the song "Flower." What they both have in common is Kylie Minogue.
"Holy Motors" is a dream-like cinematic history lesson and funeral, through the lens of director Leos Carax who unveils his own personality through actor Denis Lavant. Lavant is led through a series of "appointments," movie scenes in which he must act: he plays a killer, a father, a monster, an executive, a woman, a man who's dying... among these, he's also lead love interest, during a break from his appointments with a lost lover, Ms. Minogue. She, of course, is also playing yet another character, one who breaks into song like in a movie musical.
It’s the night of the living No Doubt. In the band’s video for “Push and Shove,” the title track to the group’s new album out today, the quartet runs through the city streets in a various outfits and in various speeds (depending upon the song’s varying tempos).
Gwen Stefani does the heavy lifting here since she’s lipsyncing most of the time, while her bandmates join in on the fun, including giving her a pink belly, but have left their instruments at home. The most work they do here is hefting a drink or two.
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Another "Bachelorette" reject will get a second chance this January. Sean Lowe, the guy "Bachelorette" Emily Maynard dubbed the "perfect man" before kicking him to the curb, will be the new star of "The Bachelor" when the show returns for its 17th season next year. If you're wondering what kind of crazy he's up against, you can meet the new bachelorettes online, too.
After just ten episodes (I'm guessing even TLC didn't predict the crazy ratings "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" would bring in or the network would have ordered more), the first season of the show will be wrapping up with an hour-long episode on Wed. Sept. 26 at 10:00 p.m. Though things start out with a sweaty, overheated family photo shoot (it was apparently 101 degrees out), that's just the beginning. Later in the episode, Alana gears up for her big pageant, but plans change last-minute when Chickadee goes into labor. Baby Kaitlyn soon makes her appearance, and we're told she makes it clear she's a "very special baby." Draw from that what you will.