Here’s The Teaser For Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria!

Seriously, everyone, I’m trying to keep an open mind here.

On the one hand, I really, really, really hate it when classics are remade.  And make no mistake about it, Dario Argento’s Suspiria is a classic.  It’s one of the best films ever made and anyone who disagrees with me on that is more than welcome to walk their dog through a plaza in Freiburg.  I have a fear that, much as happened when David Fincher and Daniel Craig ruined The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, the remake is going to cause people to overlook the original.

And yet, from what I’m hearing from people whose opinions I usually respect, the Suspiria remake my actually be not only effective but also respectful to Argento’s original.  Whatever optimism I may have largely comes from the fact that the film is being directed not by an American hack but instead by another Italian, Luca Guadagnino.  And the teaser, which you can watch below, is undeniably effective.

So, we’ll see what happens!  Out of respect for Guadagnino, I’m forcing myself to keep an open mind.  I’m also hoping that the same people who are excited for this version will also take the time to watch Argento’s original as well!


Here’s The Trailer For Steve McQueen’s Widows!

Widows is one of those films that I’ve been looking forward to seeing since I first read about it.  Based on a BBC miniseries and featuring an amazingly talented cast, Widows is also director Steve McQueen’s first film since the Oscar-winning 12 Years A Slave.

The film deals with four women whose husbands are all killed during a failed heist.  The widows, under the leadership of Viola Davis, join together to pull off the heist themselves.  That may not sound like a typical Oscar movie but Widows has got tremendous buzz.  Plus, you’ve got a cast that’s full of past Oscar nominees and winners (Viola Davis, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Liam Neeson) and actors who seem to be destined to be nominated some day (Colin Farrell, Michelle Rodriguez, Andre Holland, Carrie Coon, Garrett Dillahunt).  All in all, there’s a lot of reasons to get excited for this one!

Here’s the trailer:

Here’s The Trailer For White Boy Rick!

Here’s the trailer for White Boy Rick!

Now, White Boy Rick is based on a true story that’s actually pretty interesting.  At the age of 14, Richard Wershe, Jr. was the youngest criminal to ever become an informant for the FBI.  Of course, once the FBI got what they wanted from him, Wershe was left on his own and, when he was 17, he was arrested for selling cocaine and sentenced to life in prison.  Wershe, who was finally paroled in 2017, claims that the harsh sentence was politically motivated and that he basically learned how to become a successful drug dealer through his work for the government.

It’s a great story and, with more and more people questioning both drug prohibition and national law enforcement, a timely one.  The film’s got a good cast, with Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bel Powley, Rory Cochrane, Piper Laurie, and Bruce Dern all in supporting roles.  The director, Yann Demange, previously directed the great ’71 and is definitely an up-and-coming filmmaker.  Rick is played by a Richie Merritt, who will be making his film debut in the leading role.

As for the trailer itself, it’s effective.  I had a hard time understanding some of the dialogue and it’s hard to really judge Merritt’s performance based on what’s present here.  But I like the look of the trailer and the music is damn near perfect.

Some are saying this movie might be an Oscar contender.  We’ll have to see!

Here’s The Trailer For Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2

When the trailer for Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 first began, I have to admit that I panicked a little bit.

See, I really enjoyed the first Wreck-It Ralph, even though I’m not totally convinced that it’s a film that really needed a sequel.  However, whether needed or not, a sequel to any successful animated film is pretty much a given so my main hope was that the sequel would at least not damage the legacy of the original.

And then this trailer started.

And there’s Wreck-It Ralph entering the internet and we get some quick, cutesy product placement for Twitter and Snapchat and I was just like, “OH MY GOD!  EMOJI MOVIE!  NOOOOOOO!”

Am I alone in that reaction?  I bet not.

But, I stuck with the trailer and actually, it looks like this movie might be a little bit more self-aware than the Emoji Movie.  I mean, it basically looks like it’s going to be a commercial for Disney but maybe it’ll actually have a sense of humor about its reason for existing.  The scene with all of the princesses would seem to suggest that might be the case.

Plus, Iron Man’s in it and y’all know how much I love iron men…

I’ll give it a shot!


The Cosmopolitan Covers of Bradshaw Crandell

Bradshaw Crandell, who was known as the “artist of the stars” because of the many portraits he did of contemporary stars, was born in Glen Falls, New York and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Though Crandell is best known for his portrait work, Crandell also did several covers for Cosmopolitan Magazine in the 30s and 40s.  Here are just a few of them:


Music Video of the Day: Sun & Moon by Above & Beyond featuring Richard Bedford (2011, dir by Ferry Gouw)

This video, I have to admit, was a last minute selection for today.  The end of Sunday and the start of Monday managed to sneak up on me this week.  It’s odd how that can happen, especially considering that I’m usually hyperorganized.  Maybe it’s the heat.

Anyway, the main thing that appealed to me about this video is that it starts out wistful and kinda happy and then quickly gets rather ominous and kind of disturbing.  The club, to me, looks like it should be full of gangsters from a Martin Scorsese movie and once the dancing begins, it’s impossible not to be reminded of the Roadhouse scenes from Twin Peaks: The Return.  I assume the gentleman with the shaved head towards the end is either a football hooligan or a Kray brother.

Above & Beyond are the freaking best, aren’t they?


(Incidentally, my supertalented cousin, Paulie Marchi, used to have a band called Sun & Moon.  They never made a music video, though.  It’s a shame.)