“In Bruges” Martin McDonagh, Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson Re-Team for “The Banshees of Inisheer”!
Martin McDonagh is a superstar playwright who has ventured into the film world with some great results, as writer/director of “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (starring Frances McDormand, nominated for Oscar’s Best Picture), and of “In Bruges”, a dead-on classic with Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson. See it now if you haven’t already! Word is that he’s reteaming with Colin and Brendan on a new film titled “The Banshees of Inisheer”. Inisheer is the smallest of the three Aran Islands
In my attempt to add tone to the site, a second day of arthouse fare!
Taron Egerton was a fabulous Elton John in “Rocketman” and got robbed of an Oscar nomination after winning the Golden Globe for Best Actor (Musical or Comedy). How can you win like that and then not even get nominated for an Oscar? Okay, it happened to Madonna. But well… Well, all that’s really important is that we get to see Taron conquer more great roles. So luckily, there’s now an announcement that Taron is being sought to play Seymour in
My vote for best moment at the Oscars goes to Cynthia Erivo singing “Stand Up”, nominated as Best Original Song from her movie “Harriet”. Doubly amazing was finding out that she co-wrote the song (with Joshuah Brian Campbell), meaning she had two Oscar nominations this year (also as Best Actress). Triply amazing is Erivo’s career trajectory. She’s one of the very few actors to make the transition from theater to films, and so quickly. Looking at her cv, she started
Theme this year: Desperation. And the Award Goes to…The Academy for Trying Too Hard. They were attempting (again) to answer the criticism about the fact only one of the acting nominees was a person of color (Cynthia Ervio) and only men were nominated as Best Director, so they grabbed every person of color in Hollywood to appear in the telecast. Sort of like Pete Buttigieg’s rally in Iowa where they seemed to have not only grabbed every black person in
Tina Fey is untouchable. The Beyonce of comedians. Not only did she master SNL, she went on to write a hit movie “Mean Girls”, star in her own sitcom “30 Rock”, star in hit movies, capture the national zeitgeist with her flawless portrayal of Sarah Palin, write one of the best selling biographies of the past 10 years, and then turned “Mean Girls” into a hit Broadway show. And now it’ll become a movie musical. Fetch? Didn’t it use to
Road Dahl’s “Matilda” is making the journey that so many properties are nowadays, going from book to movie, then to Broadway musical, and finally (?) to movie musical. However, despite my usual eye-rolling, I love “Matilda” as a musical and so welcome the new iteration. I mean, really love it. Now, the rumor is that Emma Stone has been approached to play the teacher Miss Honey and Ralph Fiennes Miss Trunchbull for a movie version of the musical for Netflix
Closing soon on Broadway, “Ameican Utopia” is David Byrne’s theatrical concert in the tradition of the Talking Heads’ “Stop Making Sense”. It features songs from Byrne’s 2018 album of the same name mixed in with Talking Heads classics such as “Once in a Lifetime”, “Road to Nowhere” and “This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)”. The overall theme of the show is optimistic about America and its future, with Byrne telling Rolling Stone magazine “the amount of change that there
“Hamilton” is one of those Broadway shows that only rich people get to see, or those who go into deep debt. If you don’t monitor the buzz on new shows and swoop in to get tickets before the hype kicks in, you’re screwed. When we lived in New York, we rarely ever paid full price to see a show and as a result, we never saw “The Book of Mormon”, “Dear Evan Hansen”, or “Hamilton”. Instead, we stretched our dollars
Disney+ launched with very few new shows but they were of such great quality (“The Mandalorian” and “Encore” have been among my favorite new shows) that it has become a runaway success; well, those shows plus the deep Disney library and rabid fanbase. The quality of these new shows bodes well for the announced but not yet aired Marvel Studios shows just teased during the Super Bowl. Check it out! WandaVision looks particularly odd. I think we get a shot