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Trailer Park: June 2023
A week or so early, as we're headed out on vacation, here is another batch of fresh trailers for upcoming movies. Films featured include: The Creator; The Color Purple (2023); Oppenheimer; Black Lotus; Sheroes; Mad Heidi; The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster; Killers of the Flower Moon; The Miracle Club; The Meg 2: The Trench; The Auschwitz Report; Susie Searches; Robots; Maybe I Do; The Walking Dead: Dead City; Theater Camp; Brooklyn 45; God Is a Bullet; Surrounded; Earth Mama; May December; A Haunting in Venice; Kraven the Hunter; Project Silence; Caviar; Bird Box Barcelona. [more inside]
Trailer Park: May 2023
A few days early, here is another batch of fresh trailers for upcoming movies. Films featured include Hypnotic, The Wrath of Becky, Follow Her, Dalíland, Americonned, Sanctuary, You Hurt My Feelings, White Bird, The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds & Snakes, It Comes Inside, Next Goal Wins, Maggie Moore(s), The Black Demon, Five Nights at Freddy's, Blood & Gold, The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future. [more inside]
Trailer Park: April 2023
I had this idea that it might be fun to share trailers for upcoming movies. For this first installment, I'll be sharing the trailers (with brief bits of info) for Polite Society, Sisu, Past Lives, The Boogeyman, The Last Voyage of the Demeter, On the Line, The Last Boy on Earth, Fool's Paradise, Talk to Me, and The Blackening. [more inside]
Basil Dearden's landmark 1961 noir about gay men in London victimized by a blackmail ring is credited with helping shift British attitudes about homosexuality. Closeted actor Dirk Bogarde plays the guilt-ridden lawyer who decides to fight back. Surprisingly thrilling, and sympathetic to a range of gay characters who are presented with minimal stereotyping (for the time). Banned from wide release in the US because Dearden refused to make concessions. 100/87 at Rotten Tomatoes, on HBO and the Criterion Channel. [more inside]
Lessons are learned when cadets at a military school stand up for their values and traditions. [more inside]
Movie: Somebody I Used to Know
On a trip to her hometown, workaholic Ally reminisces with her first love Sean, and starts to question everything about the person she's become. Things only get more confusing when she meets Sean's fiance, Cassidy, who reminds her of the person she used to be. [more inside]
Movie: School Ties
Lines are draw at a New England prep school when a new student's secret is revealed. [more inside]
Movie: You've Got Mail
Book superstore magnate, Joe Fox and independent bookshop owner, Kathleen Kelly fall in love in the anonymity of the Internet, both blissfully unaware that he's trying to put her out of business. [more inside]
Movie: A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas
Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner pals Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) have grown apart and found new friends. As each is busy making holiday preparations, a mysterious package mistakenly arrives on Kumar's doorstep. Unfortunately, Kumar's attempt to redirect the package to Harold goes up in smoke -- along with a prize Christmas tree belonging to Harold's father-in-law. The pair's journey across New York City to find a replacement tree threatens to blow Christmas Eve sky-high. [more inside]
Movie: The Man Who Invented Christmas
In 1843 London, author Charles Dickens (Dan Stevens) finds himself in financial trouble after writing three unsuccessful novels in a row. Desperate for a hit, Dickens relies on real-life inspiration and his vivid imagination to bring Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters to life in "A Christmas Carol," forever changing the holiday season into the celebration known today. [more inside]
What is your unavailable for streaming wishlist for FF?
While there's no rule against posting movies on FF that aren't available streaming, generally speaking, most of us usually try to avoid it. With that in mind, what are movies you'd love to discuss on FF that aren't currently streaming anywhere? [more inside]
MST Club Presents: "30" Nights of Horror
valkane had an idea: showing a horror movie in the MST Club room every night in October, AT 8 PM Eastern! We use that room for other things on Thursday and Sunday nights, but the other nights should work out! valk's doing this by the seats of his pant, and we're worried by sudden Youtube takedowns (where we're getting our films, we've been stung before), so we're not announcing movies ahead of time. Drop by if you want to! [more inside]
Movie: Ocean's Eleven
Less than 24 hours into his parole, charismatic thief Danny Ocean is already rolling out his next plan: In one night, Danny's hand-picked crew of specialists will attempt to steal more than $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos. But to score the cash, Danny risks his chances of reconciling with ex-wife, Tess. [more inside]
Podcast: The Besties: The Video Game Movie Canon with Kahlief Adams
With the McElboys on tour, Plante and Frushtick bring in a special guest, Kahlief Adams of the Spawn on Me podcast, to talk about just what makes a great video game movie, and whether we could narrow down five that best represent the medium. Also, what's up with those Goombas? [more inside]
Special Event: Oscars 2022: Predix, Red Carpet, Event
Welcome to the 2022 Oscars post! In the US, they air on ABC beginning at 8 pm Eastern/5 pm Pacific. [more inside]
Movie: Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time
In the fourth and final film in the Rebuild of Evangelion series, Shinji gets in the robot, possibly for the last time. [more inside]
Movie: Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker
This psychological slasher and queer cult classic from 1982 tells the story of orphaned teen Billy (Jimmy McNichol) who becomes caught up in the twisted mind of his increasingly unhinged Aunt Cheryl (Susan Tyrrell, really going for it). It's driven by a surprisingly upfront queer subplot involving a bigoted detective who suspects Billy is part of a gay love triangle that ended in murder, and features a positive portrayal of a gay high school basketball coach along with some campy, gorey thrills. (It also lingers an awful lot on Jimmy McNichol's topless chest and butt, and includes a young Bill Paxton as a homophobic teammate.) Available on Shudder. [more inside]
Movie: The First King
Romulus and Remus, two shepherds and loyal brothers, end up taking part to a journey that will lead one of them to be the founder of the greatest nation ever seen. However, the fate of the chosen one will pass from killing his own brother. [more inside]
Special Event: Academy Awards 2021
Steven Soderbergh says he's going to direct tonight's ceremony "as if it were a film itself." Taking place two months late and in Los Angeles Union Station (Easier for Ed Begley Jr. to get there), let's see what the heck the 93rd Annual Academy Awards is going to look like. [more inside]
Inspired by her mom's rebellious past and a confident new friend, a shy 16-year-old publishes an anonymous zine calling out sexism at her school. [more inside]
Mother Tongue Film Festival
There may or may not be enough interest to talk about the films, but I just wanted to alert people to the upcoming Mother Tongue Film Festival. It will be free online February 21 to May 31, 2021. The theme for the Festival this year is "The Healing Power of Storytelling”. Main website link. [more inside]
Movie: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
Lifelong friends Barb and Star embark on the adventure of a lifetime when they decide to leave their small Midwestern town for the first time - ever. [more inside]
Movies to grow up with
I'm working on a list of movies to watch with my kids (son, 7, daughter, 5) and trying to show them the right films at the right ages to expand their worlds and bring them joy. If you have opinions, you can help! Give me your #1 best movie and the age my kids should be when they watch it. [more inside]
Book: "Shit, Actually" by Lindy West
I love making fun of movies. I love turning a piece of criticism into a piece of entertainment. I love pointing out a plot hole that makes a superfan write me an angry e-mail. I love turning my unsophistication into a tool. I love being hyperbolically, cathartically angry for no reason. I love being flippant and careless and earnest and meticulous all at once. Shit, Actually is inspired by a series of essays I started at Jezebel, in which I’d rewatch successful movies from the past to see how they hold up to our shifting modern sensibilities... What do we do now with beloved cultural works that don’t hold up?
Special Event: Academy Awards 2020
The Oscars are tonight. Get on your best gowns, come on inside and let's see who wins for best documentary short film! [more inside]
Movie: Charlie's Angels
When a young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology, Charlie's Angels are called into action, putting their lives on the line to protect us all.
Movie: Instant Family
When Pete and Ellie decide to start a family, they stumble into the world of foster care adoption. They hope to take in one small child but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15 year old girl, they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight.
Mike Flanagan Appreciation Society
Given how fantastic The Haunting of Hill House is, I've been revisiting the other works of writer-director Mike Flanagan. They are consistently terrific. Anyone interested in a series of posts for Absentia, Before I Wake, Oculus, etc.?
Movie: Singin' in the Rain
A silent film production company and cast make a difficult transition to sound. [more inside]
Movie: Chuck Norris vs. Communism
In mid-1980s Romania, under the nose of the Securitate, Ceaușescu’s secret police, thousands of Hollywood films were smuggled into the country by an underground operative named Zamfir, and they were all covertly dubbed by Irina Nistor, a courageous translator whose distinct voice captivated the nation and became a symbol of freedom. Chuck Norris vs. Communism is a documentary, a thriller, and a comedy.
New Club: Marvel Cinematic Universe
If you enjoy any of the movies or TV shows set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, please join us in our new Fanfare Club!
Which MCU movies and shows are most worth watching?
With 200+ hours of footage in the MCU, not everyone has time to be a completist. Given that the MCU contains both hits (Black Panther, Jessica Jones) and stinkers (Incredible Hulk, Inhumans), which do you consider to be must-see vs. not worth it?
Whole-universe discussion vs. individual movie/episode posts?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe presents challenges to FanFare's default spoiler scope in that the MCU now comprises 18 feature films, 10 TV shows, and a variety of one-shots, web series, and tie-in books/comics, with more to come. [more inside]
Proposed formatting change: [Movie Title] (Year)
I was wondering if it's feasible, or supported, to add (Year) after movie titles in the main FanFare view? Years are added to the movie-specific page, so I figured it was a design choice. [more inside]
Special Event: Academy Awards 2018
It's the Academy Awards on ABC! Who wins, who loses, who gives a funny speech! Vox: winners -- Vulture: Red Carpet -- Deadline: Liveblog.
Everything Sucks!: Season 1 Season 1, Ep 0
A coming-of-age story, set in the 1990s, that revolves around the A/V and drama clubs at a Boring, Ore., high school; the two crews of outsiders join forces to make a movie and endure the purgatory that is high school. Think Freaks & Geeks, but a bit more diverse. Most critics aren't particularly fond of this show, and they are wrong. [more inside]
Anyone want to watch some Billy Wilder movies and talk about them? Unfortunately they're not free on popular screening services right now, except Sunset Boulevard, but local libraries have a lot of them and also they're only 3 bucks streaming rental. Anyone in?
MST3K Club FAQ 2.0
This revised post (original) describes how to join our weekly MST3K Club showings of Mystery Science Theater 3000, technical details of the show, and some minor related bits of weirdness. tl;dr: Watch the show at https://cytu.be/r/Metafilter_MST3KClub, at 9 P.M. Eastern/6 P.M. Pacific Thursday nights. Other topics covered involve technical details, preshow material, viewer controls and powers, and whimsical lore. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Hollywood Whitewashing, Abortion Season 3, Ep 2
This week.... Donald Trump wins the South Carolina Republican Primary despite a feud with the Pope, and Jeb Bush finishes fourth. Republicans dig in on not confirming whatever replacement Supreme Court Justice Obama nominates. The "Judicial Crisis Network" makes an ad saying Republican senators should not confirm made mostly of smiling faces bought from stock footage sites. Last Week Tonight provides a stock footage rebuttal. How is This Still a Thing: Hollywood whitewashing. This week's main story:
breast implants abortion (16m), and the stealth efforts of the right to outlaw it de facto by making it impossible in some states to operate an abortion clinic through the imposition of ridiculously onerous rules. The show finishes up with footage of a bucket of baby slothes -- and one in person, in the studio. Metafilter thread. [more inside]
Announcement: Old Timey Film Club!
Come join the Old Timey Film Club for black-and-white film discussion! [more inside]
Anyone interested in a Turner Classic Movies film club? [more inside]
Movie: Mad Max: Fury Road
In a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, two rebels just might be able to restore order: Max, a man of action and of few words, and Furiosa, a woman of action who is looking to make it back to her childhood homeland. [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: The worldwide tobacco boom Season 2, Ep 2
This week: The US Government pulls diplomats out of Yemen as Houthis take control of the country. Theaters saw the worldwide release of the movie version of Fifty Shades of Grey. Ecuador president Rafael Correa carps back at John Oliver on Twitter (Washington Post). How Is This Still A Thing: the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue (YouTube, 3m). The main story (YouTube, 18m) is on the current boom times for the tobacco industry around the world, and the efforts they've gone through to ensure them, which include suing countries through international courts to repeal and prevent public health legislation. Oliver presents a new mascot for free use of the tobacco industry, Jeff the Diseased Lung in a Cowboy Hat. Twitter uses can show their support for Jeff with the hashtag #jeffwecan. [more inside]
THE SPIRIT OF '79
We talked about it, and considering the success and good run of the Spirit Of 99 Club, why not a Spirit Of 1979 club? Eh? Eh? [more inside]
Podcast: NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast: Selma and the Use of Dramatic License in Historical Dramas
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson and Glen Weldon are joined by NPR Code Switch's Gene Demby to discuss the Civil Rights Era film Selma. They'll discuss the direction by Ava DuVernay, the Oprah of it all, and how well it brings Martin Luther King, Jr. to life. Then they'll discuss other historical dramas and the advantages and limitations of dramatic license. All that plus What's Making Us Happy this week.
Podcast: NPR: Pop Culture Happy Hour Podcast: Into The Woods and Movie Franchises
This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello discuss Disney's film adaptation of the Broadway musical Into The Woods. Then they'll discuss movie franchises--why do some take off while others never fail to leave the ground? All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.
Movie: The Accidental Tourist
An emotionally distant and depressed writer of travel guides must carry on with his life after experiencing family tragedy. [more inside]
Podcast: NPR: Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Chris Rock and John Cleese
Two comedy giants this week. First, Jesse talks to Chris Rock about what it was like to become one of the world’s best stand-up comics in the 1990s. Rock’s got a new movie out. It’s called Top Five. Then, Jesse sits down with Monty Python member John Cleese. They’ll talk about his early life and about what Cleese really thought about the recent Python reunion. Cleese’s new memoir is called So, Anyway. Plus, we ask Scott Aukerman what piece of culture he wishes he had made. His answer? Twin Peaks. Lastly, Jesse tells you about a TV show that lets people just be people.
Movie: Dead Poets Society
English teacher John Keating inspires his students to appreciate poetry and make the most of their lives. [more inside]
Movie: Good Morning, Vietnam
An unorthodox and irreverent DJ begins to shake up things when he is assigned to the US Armed Services Radio station in Vietnam. [more inside]
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