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A Guide to Follow All Upcoming True Crime Movies

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Note: This post will be updated as new information comes. Feel free to message me if I’m missing something so I can add it

“My Friend Dahmer”

Based on the graphic novel by Derf Backderf, a classmate of Jeffrey Dahmer, the movie explores the childhood and teenage years of the man who’d later become one of the most notorious serial killers in the United States. The movie distribution rights were recently picked up so it will be shown in selected theaters in North America.

Premieres: Fall of 2017 in the US. Also, if you live in LA, you can catch it on June 18, at 6 PM, in the ArcLight of Santa Monica as part of the LA Film Festival Lineup.

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“Oscar” Academy Award Statue Modeled After Undocumented Immigrant Emilio “El Indio” Fernandez

At the Academy Awards, the Oscar statuette is as iconic as the gowns and the red carpet. With his square shoulders, tapered legs, and strong features, Oscar looks like an art deco god. But, as familiar as he may be, it turns out we don’t know Oscar very well. 

For one, Oscar’s name isn’t Oscar.

Those broad shoulders belonged to Emilio Fernandez — a.k.a. “El Indio.” He was an actor in dozens of Hollywood films, one of Mexico’s greatest directors. Fernandez worked on Night of the Iguana, acted in The Wild Bunch, and directed dozens of films. But his own life was the real adventure movie.

Fernandez was born in Coahuila, Mexico in 1904. His father was a soldier, his mother a Kickapoo Indian. He grew up during the bloody revolution of 1910-17, was a teenager when Pancho Villa was killed, and dropped out of high school in the fall of 1923 to become an officer for the Huertista rebels. The following spring, after the rebellion was quashed, Fernandez was captured and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He escaped soon after (thanks to some dynamite) and crossed the border to Los Angeles, where he lived in exile for the next decade.

It was there, while working as a bus boy, that Fernandez got his break in the movie business. Some crew from The Thief of Baghdad were eating lunch at his restaurant and, desperate to come up with an opening sequence, pulled Fernandez over. He offered a simple idea, they took it, and the next day, the studio sent Fernandez a new Ford. His career in Hollywood had begun.

But Fernandez owes his tribute in gold to the silent film star Dolores Del Rio. She was his muse, his unrequited love… and MGM Art Director Cedric Gibbons’ wife. In 1927, shortly after the Academy was founded, Gibbons was tasked with designing an award statuette. He’d sketched a figure of a knight holding a sword and standing on a reel of film. He was looking for a suitable life model and Del Rio suggested that Fernandez would be perfect. She asked, he agreed. He stood for hours in the nude while they shaped the statue. And the rest, as they say…

The very first Oscar was handed out on May 16, 1929. In the years that followed, Emilio Fernandez received amnesty for his role in the Huertista rebellion and returned to Mexico to direct films. In all, he directed over 40 movies. His most famous, Maria Candelaria, won the Grand Prix at the 1946 Cannes Film Festival. He died in 1986.

And no, he never did win an Oscar. Or, perhaps we should say, an Emilio.

lost in spaces in between - gramander time travel au 

Growing up in modern day, Newt learned about one of MACUSA’s greatest aurors, Director Percival Graves, who helped in the take down of Gellert Grindelwald, before mysteriously disappearing. Newt had wanted to be an auror like his older brother, but was always very interested in history. When a unique opportunity to travel time presented itself to Newt at the age on 22, he immediately took it. 

Time travel has it’s risks and it’s own rules. Newt couldn’t travel anywhere where he had gone before, and he had to be very careful about not changing fixed events. With his knowledge, Newt was always careful to avoid such points. He couldn’t even travel to certain points in history. 

Many years later, Newt makes a small mistake and finds himself in New York in the autumn of 1923. Unsure about where he ended up, Newt immediately runs to look for landmarks and signs, in the process he runs right into Percival Graves. The man is confused but immediately offers to help Newt and takes him to get lunch. 

Newt cannot resist such an offer of course, though he knows he should stay away from this man. Newt finds that Graves is so much more handsome than he thought and on top of that extremely nice to him. 

Despite his better judgement, Newt finds himself visiting Graves and going every couple of months. Newt lived his life in parallel to Graves Eventually leading to Newt showing up on Graves doorstep whenever he retuned. The two slowly fall in love with each other over several years. 

Newt is full aware of Graves’ fate with Grindelwald and can do nothing about it, he never tells Graves the truth about himself. Finally he finds himself on Graves’ doorstep on a wet afternoon in November of 1926. When Graves opens the door he immediately embraces Newt and kisses him. Newt enjoys it but Graves could not have picked a worse time, knowing what awaited him in the next days. 

They confess their feelings for each other and spend the night together. Newt tries his best to hide his sadness, and in the end leaves in the morning, crying the whole way back. 

The next thing he does is travel several months into the future, where Graves is laying in the hospital, in a coma. Newt is there as a complete mess, still dressed in his modern clothes. He can’t stop crying, trying to apologize to Graves for not being able to do anything, to save him. 

(To be continued…. Fic coming eventually)

Listen, I don’t think you guys understand how incredible Rian Johnson is. 

People started lining up for The Last Jedi panel around 3pm the day before, outside the convention center. They don’t let people in to sleep out until 8pm, mind you, and I got there around 5:30pm, the line was already INCREDIBLY long. Over a thousand people there already!

So we sit outside in the heat for a bit and then spend 45 minutes getting through security before finally all heading inside and camping out on the cold, hard concrete floor in the convention center. By now it’s barely 9:00 and they won’t be handing out wristbands for the panel until around 6:00am the next day.

So we all hunker over and try to get as much sleep as we can. It’s hard and uncomfortable but we’re all surrounded by fans who are so dedicated to this franchise and everyone in it that it’s worth it.

And then Rian Johnson shows up, unannounced, around midnight.

He’s mobbed, immediately, of course. He knows exactly what we’re lined up for. And guess what? He stays for THREE HOURS, walking around, signing as many things as he can, hugging fans and taking selfies. This man has a panel at 11am the next morning (and likely a full day ahead) but he stays.

And in the panel he mentions us too, the ones who camped out. He seemed so genuinely humbled by fan’s support, he just can’t help but keep expressing gratitude. And then when Kathleen Kennedy is gushing about him and how incredible he is, he’s so HUMBLE about it! She says he’ll be up there as one of the greatest directors of all time and he just looks down and nods his thanks. 

I believe this movie is in perfect hands. I trust Rian Johnson so much, especially with the knowledge that he worked and reworked the script with Carrie Fisher’s help because he admired her SO MUCH as a writer, more than anything else. I trust him because when Kelly Marie Tran came out, he was brimming with excitement to introduce us to someone who, according to him, has quite a big role in the next movie.

Getting to brush shoulders with him and watch his humble artistry makes me so confident that The Last Jedi is going to be an absolute MASTERPIECE. 

Audrey Hepburn photographed in 1988.

“As a child I was taught that it was bad manners to draw attention to yourself and make a spectacle of yourself.  I then went on to make a rather nice living doing just that–with a little help from the greatest directors, the best writers, the most fabulous stars, glorious photography, terrific scores, super clothes, and the best crews in the industry.  My job was to be on time and know my lines.  [Others] helped and honed, triggered and taught, pushed and pulled,…guided and nurtured a totally unknown, insecure, inexperienced, skinny broad into a marketable commodity.  I am proud to have been in a business that gives pleasure, creates beauty and awakens our conscience, arouses compassion and perhaps most importantly, gives millions a respite from our so violent world.” - Audrey Hepburn

Akira (1988): Film Review

In this dazzling work of animation, arguably one of the all time greatest, director Katsuhiro Otomo gives his masterpiece. It’s a complex and stunning tale of power and the ideas of good and evil intertwined into a cyberpunk tour de farce. Not to mention the nonexistence in computer use, this is a significant relic in the world of film.

Grade: A+

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Happy 74th birthday to the greatest director of all time, Martin Scorsese! Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese grew up in the same neighborhood but never talked as kids. Brian De Palma was the one who officially introduced them to each other in the early 70′s and they clicked automatically. In 1978, Martin Scorsese was at an all-time low  due to a near overdose resulting from an addiction to cocaine. Robert De Niro visited him at the hospital and told him that he had to clean himself up and make this movie about a boxer. At first, Scorsese refused (he didn’t like sports movies anyway), but due to De Niro’s persistence, he eventually gave in. Many claim that De Niro saved Scorsese’s life by getting him back into work. Robert De Niro and Martin Scorsese have collaborated on a total of 8 films together: Mean Streets (1973), Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), Raging Bull (1980), The King Of Comedy (1983), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1991), and Casino (1995). 

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Movie of the Day: 6/15/17
“A Clockwork Orange” (1971)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
I truly believe Stanley Kubrick as a director saw things that no one else could see, without his direction, this may well have been a complete disaster buried in the archives of 70’s duds. This adaptation of the novel of the same name follows a young man who is used as a governmental excitement to see if the youths sins can be washed away. Having not read the novel, I can tell you that I don’t care to read it because I already know I enjoy the film for its stunning visual quality. The film is dark, complex and at times a bit freighting but nevertheless you won’t take your eyes off it. A perfect social commentary on the youth of the time, “A Clockwork Orange” is a classic film from one of hollywoods greatest directors.

EXCLUSIVE MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS OFFICIAL TRAILER RELEASED

To say I’m exited to see this film is an understatement. There’s a combination of things that really make me interested in seeing a film. 1. A great story. It just so happens this film is based on the bestselling novel ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ penned by Agatha Christie. 2. A great director. We have that in Kenneth Branagh, whom I have previously called, one of the greatest directors of our time. 3. A great cast. With 60% of the lead cast consisting of Academy Award nominees and winners, not to mention the remainder 40% involved in hit films and theatre productions, you couldn’t ask for a more talented cast.

The film directed and starring Kenneth Branagh, see’s him bring acting greats Judi Dench and Derek Jacobi (actors with whom he has worked closely with in film and theatre), along with Hollywood heavyweights Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Michelle Pfeiffer and Johnny Depp. Branagh mixes in the new class of Hollywood; Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley and Leslie Odom Jr. to bring us a really strong cast. A nice addition to the cast includes Australian actor Adam Garcia, who like Dench and Jacobi has worked with Branagh before.

Coupled with that, the fact it’s based on a mystery and is set on a train (channelling my inner Sheldon Cooper there) we can’t help but be excited. Add to that, the prospect of putting my Sherlock Holmes deerstalker cap on, in an effort to figure out who the culprit is.

The imagery in the trailer is quite stunning. Mountains, covered in a carpet of snow, with the train passing through, it’s incredibly beautiful. Then there are the interiors, exactly what you’d expect to see on a habitable train. The use of narration helped draw you into the story. Especially as we are placed into the perspective of the inspector, a great use of point of view. The digital labels that popped up introducing each suspect intrigues. It’s perhaps a hint towards the possible inclusion of a modern style of analysis (when it comes to the inspector) whilst still being set in more traditional times.

I can’t wait to see it in theatres this November.

Trailer courtesy of 20th Century Fox YouTube

who would win in a fight

hetero white folks glorifying revenge suicide vs young poc in a genrebending artful masterpiece, directed by one of the greatest directors of our era, with accurate representations of a variety of minority groups in some of their most violent and formative historical ages, the culture that arose from which has recently come back into vogue

Happy Birthday to Stanley Kubrick, the incomparable genius, who helped to create some of the greatest villains of all time!