Sunday, March 30, 2014

Dyke & Fats

There should be like, I don't know, a petition, for this to become a regular series of some sort?
These girls rock.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Carol, On Set

It is really what I'll be doing. 
Posting Carol non stop, because this is my event of the year, one of the highlights I guess...
Below, Rooney Mara with a hat.

And this will legendary. And beautiful (I hope, we hope, we all do). It can only be.

Update, 27th of March: An accident on the set, it seems.
Here are the headlines.
I'm not entirely sure if this is true, but if it is, I'm glad everyone is ok.
God how I wished I was on this set 24/7.


Happy 29th to the magnificent Keira Knightley.
It is one of the fastest names I can type on the keyboards...

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Carol, on Set

Here are a few new images as the filming of Carol goes comes from a lot of different places...everyone seems pretty excited about it.

Broad City

This is pretty much a great example of the electric, crazed and hilarious duo composed by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson.

I can't stop laughing with this.
But there are more.

This is one of those cases where two talented performers, coming from the Upright Citizens Brigade, go from  having a successful web series to being able to land on a television series. The show has Amy Poheler as Executive Producer. And Broad City is nonsense, crazy and hilarious. I bing watched it, as they say these days, and it was really fun.
These two girls kill it. 

Happy 80TH Birthday to Gloria Steinem

"Without leaps of imagination, we loose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming after all, is a form of planning."

Take a look here.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Well, he looks pretty confident.
Todd Haynes on the set of his new film Carol.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Call Me Kuchu

I will talk about this film again, because even though I’ve watched it last year, it is important to remember that these men and women are still fighting in Africa, because it is unthinkable what’s happening in Nigeria for example, and because I need to remember it too. I need to remember the staggeringly different realities we live in. It is yet another quite personal take.
So let me try to resume what’s happening in Nigeria. These days, gay men and women and non gays, are being persecuted, are being beaten, and are being arrested and sentenced to jail by law, because of who they love. I think this is the main idea. Now there are a number of secondary lines attached. It’s prominently political.
Click here and here for more information.

Call Me Kuchu
This is a documentary about the LGBT community in Uganda. When I look at the current and recent LGBT history in Uganda, I can’t help but think of my choices and my liberties being a European, but also how far and strangely and unremarkably undeveloped is the harmful thinking in this placed called Rwanda. And yet, you can still relate to it, because no matter where you are, you will still find someone who is as anal as some of the Ugandan people, whether you’re in France, Russia or American. But these are different realities.
The basics – no matter how underdeveloped Uganda is, this is a country where a group of people is fully invested in objectifying and labeling homosexuality as a crime. Then there are the western people. And this is another huge part of the problem. The people from Uganda say homosexuality was brought to their place by the western people, its part of the western culture, part of the developed countries. But then you have the missionaries, you have Priests and so on, from the western civilization, who come specifically to these countries and make up the civilians’ minds, they screw them with literally delusional ideas, known ideas, such as homosexuality as the devil on earth, etc etc. So the Rwanda people don’t want to follow the western society and culture, but then at the same time they’re listening to these dangerous, extremely confusing and delusional westerns (who in my view should be left in psycho wards).

There is a lot of bravery in this film, from the ins and outs of it. Like I said at the beginning, it is a recent history. You have the story of a young woman, who likes other women, who was outed, not under her own will, in a place where gays are under danger. But before being outed she has gone through worse. She was raped when she was younger, because the boy she was friends with realized she preferred to make out with another girl instead of him so he raped her. Because she was too young to realize, she had to abort at about five months of pregnancy. Here I was in my sofa, watching this girl’s story, doing whatever I want and don’t want to do with my life and I am shushed as a Kuchu, hiding myself and not appreciating and welcoming to the experiences of possibilities and in this moment, my image is absolutely depressing, whereas that young woman, forced to be who she is under a place she can be killed, suddenly her bravery comes out to the surface effortlessly. I have no bravery.

With these stories, it becomes clear that there are no boundaries, no boundaries in general, and no boundaries to where and how much a human being is capable of withstanding a tremendous amount of pain. So Call Me Kuchu is about bravery.

A luta continua. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Talking about Films

When one’s mind is obsessed and away, one’s mind is incapable of watching a bunch of films! So suddenly, I went from watching twenty seven films in January to ten to currently three.

In a World…
Lake Bell is too charming in here.
I like what she decided to portrait with this story of a voice over coach, who is a woman, trying to break out in a men’s world. You could say that the male dominant voice over community could represent the ultimate bigger picture, which is the male dominance in general. Too obvious?

Greetings from Tim Buckley
It is not your typical career biography. I get this film’s premise, I think I could find some recognition in the story but I also felt it was quite empty for the most part and pretty depressing.

Along with the likes of Nicole Holofcener, Alexander Payne masters the mundane, the reality, the ordinary.

It’s so delightful it feels like a light story, or a human story, as they say, but it isn’t. It is quite heavy, Philomena’s burden was quite heavy and only a mother can begin to understand her pain and her sorrow. It is a human story, a really good one.

Afternoon Delight
It’s a middle life crisis for a young married wealthy hipster couple living in California. It’s understandable, quite a truthful story I suppose. It is identifiable depending on the age you’re in but I guess there’s this one thing I can see as mainly universal and is that we’re all quite selfish, no matter what circumstances, at the end of the day what we’re doing we’re doing it for ourselves. And that’s the case for Rachel. Though if there’s someone who I think completely shatters this idea is my mother, she’s the most altruist person I’ve ever met, she does not think about herself not for one second. She genuinely always comes last in her own considerations. She will blame herself for something she’s sure she didn’t do. So what do I know? Humans are complex creatures.
Loved Kathryn Hahn.

Reaching for the Moon
Oh when a poet was a poet for a living. Oh I’m sure there are poets today making a living as poets…The thing is that poets were and are ever so rarely poets as a living. But I should mean figuratively, to live life like a poem. As a poet. Ok, I like to play with words and I’m sure I confused you. I’m talking about the protagonist of the story of course.
Elizabeth Bishop was an American poet who traveled to Brazil, out of boredom and uninspired, who fell in love with a brilliant Brazilian architect. These were two inspiring women with wonderful and complex views of the world they lived, and how they perceived it, they influenced each other, they loved each other, they lived with each other, they learned about each others’ cultures. It is what romance is supposed to be, but then it is also tragic, pretty tragic. I wished it was avoidable instead of inevitably.

The Armstrong Lie
Alex Gibney can’t seem to disappoint. I wouldn’t mind watching another hour or so, of substance. More substance. But sometimes enough is enough, which is something that isn’t in Lance Armstrong vocabulary. The truth is that he remains this fascinating human being.

! Women Art Revolution
It’s pretty amazing as I dive in this unique and particular world, desperately underground, revealing these groups of strong and unheard women. It took decades for them to be heard and maybe even today, they’re still not heard. The film helps to showcase a great number of feminist artists from the past in the United States and it is a great revelation for me, but it is also a great reminder of how long was and still is the road towards some tangible equality.

Hannah Arendt
What a powerful story, what a powerful woman. I am fascinated.

Camp Takota
These famous youtubers are really fun, but the script isn’t in any way daring. I am sure these girls are way more interesting and complex as Grace, Hannah and Mamrie because they’re a pretty good example of successful women themselves, so it’s a pity we can’t really see that in full spectrum in this story. Maybe they should try something more personal and introspective the next time. I hope they have more.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Pic of the Day - Carol Edition

Remember saying something like, after Blue is the Warmest Color, Carol would be my next big obsession?
Well, it started obviously.

Saturday, March 15, 2014


And we're slowly coming close to some pretty great months. 
In April we have ORPHAN BLACK.
There are so many new stuff  from Orphan Black that I can't even go to tumblr so to speak, because I really don't wanna watch anything before the premier date.

In May we have Cannes.

In June we have OITNB.

Carol and Therese on the road.

Dardennes and Cotillards

First look at Marion Cotillard in Two Days, One Night, the new Dardenne's film expected to be at this year's Cannes Film Festival line up.
I can't wait for Cannes.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Denials and Disappointments

I think it is really funny how Jared Leto mentions human rights, the Ukrainian fight and the people from Venezuela in his Award winning accepting speech, and then hangs out with someone like Terry Richardson, actually being best friends, with this abusive, pedophile who thinks jerking off and making young women do whatever sexual pleasures he feels like doing it's a normal thing to do, like he's legit, he has permission to do that kind of stuff. He even has a fucking assistant to record it. Well, of course he has permission, because everyone seems to allow it. It disturbs me that every fucking celebrity takes a photo with him, from Liv Tyler to Léa Seydoux to Lady Gaga and Dakota Fanning. They're all part of his denial. It's a major denial. It's sad.

Click here and let's be done with this.You shouldn't like his photos, you shouldn't encourage him and them.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Pic of the Day

I'm going to London for a few days.
So I'll leave you with this glorious photo, quite epic, quite brilliant, quite breathtaking.
They're pretty perfect.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Oscars 2014

I guess I might be live blogging.
For now, I found this pretty hilarious.

Of course, this is the night I sweat like a pig.

I need someone to clear this for me, please! I'm astonished. After jumping and freaking out - So Sarah Paulson just met her soon to be co-star Cate Blanchett right now, in the red carpet? Did I understood that right? And Cate said it was great to meet her? What is happening? They start filming tomorrow or something!

I had a laugh attack watching this live, Jennifer falling down. You're impossible Jennifer!

This is so funny.

So Brad Pitt, as of 2014, will be an Oscar winner?? I think he will.

I'm so bored.

After listening to Scriptnotes (John August and Craig Mazin screenwriting podcast) with guest star Jennifer Lee, I was in awe with the work they did, especially Jennifer Lee. Amazing. To think that they weren't even sisters...

The Lady in Number 6.
I desperately need to watch this film.

20 Feet From Stardom
This documentary is absolutely well made, it is. But it also feels like such a bitter win for me. I so wished to see something like Stories We Tell recognized. I so wished to have seen Jehane Noujaim up there winning an Oscar. The work she made, her documentary The Square will become a reference whenever someone mentions the Egyptian Revolution. They're all great, inspiring documentaries, so it feels always strange. 
They're all brilliant.

The Great Beauty
It is exceptional. No doubt. Great line up right here.

I love 'Ordinary Love'. But I'll probably get tired of it in a couple of months.

The cool kids. Great highlight of the night. Look at Angie, so so so cute, like a sweet little girl!

Is Juno stealing this?

This is so so so so sweet.

Oh the pizza! This is great! Jennifer Lawrence looks so happy eating that pizza.

Our heroines, Hushpuppy, Katniss, The Bribe...I want more. Jesus.

Damn, I really want to eat a pizza right now.

And...Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Damn, Bette Middler sings so well.

Brilliant. Only Ellen, making the Oscars a comfortable place...Jesus. This is so funny.

I'm here watching the Oscars, and I'm continuously remembering Hugh Jackman's year as the Host. I mean, the all show was something utterly unique and I don't think it will happen again, because it was really something special. 

Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful. Let it go.
I hope it wins.
It won it won it won. How nice.
Great great great great great great speech. Awesome. This is really good.

Still hilarious.

Oh look, writing machines!

Before Midnight - THE PERFECT FILM.
Oh this is absolutely great. John Ridley, 12 Years a Slave.

Penelope Cruz has a funny accent. 

I whished it had been Steve McQueen, as much as Cuaron is as deserving as the others, I would have very much enjoyed watching history happen before my eyes.

Meanwhile, I've been cracking up really hard. It has already become a phenomenon.
John Travolta pronunciation of Idina Menzel. He said something like Adele Nazim. Jesus Christ this is hilarious.

Now - the soon to be Carol, it is Cate Blanchett's moment.

And now we can say it, Matthew McCounaghey, Oscar winner.

Oh this is good.
12 Years a Slave.

"I dedicate this to all the people who have endured slavery and for the 21 million still suffering slavery today."
Steve McQueen.

Good night.