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Outrage Squared

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Doing it wrong, Magnolia style!

It was bound to happen. Takeshi Kitano’s latest trip back to the world of shark skin suits, lobbed pinkies and embracing other men the only way Yakuza know how (hint: a shank) opened in New York and Los Angeles last Friday. Well, except it didn’t in New York if you checked Google.

In a twist of inappropriate fate, if you live in New York and search for for Outrage you find this fun, no-star review of Outrage, the 2009 documentary by Kirby Dick about closeted conservative politicians and media personalities playing. Click the trailer link and you’re brought to Kitano’s film about aging Yakuza dealing with the loss of the “ideal” Yakuza.

Check in LA?

Doin' it right, Magnolia style!

Doin' it right, Magnolia style!

Hoo ray! Don’t fret, even if you live in New York and assume you’re about to watch the doc, you can just rent/buy Outrage…er…no, the other Outrage…oh whatever. You can find them both as video-on-demand.

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December 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm

In Which The Muppets Have A Parents Guide

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Found while browsing Reddit, like anything worth while. But I’d like to present this special selection of IMDB thanks to the users, who felt the need to craft a guide for parents to ensure their children’s Muppet experience isn’t like the bawdy pun-filled childhood they once experienced.

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November 28, 2011 at 2:26 pm

A Junket Question

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Media junkets aren’t anything groundbreaking or new. Most of the time, they involve a very long table in one of the conferene rooms at the Beverly Hills Hilton in Los Angeles or Waldorf Astoria in New York; and if they ever happened in Washington, DC I’m sure someone would spring for the Americana Motel in Crystal City.

Junket Questions, though, are another beast entirely. These are the best that the brightest from People, Teen People, Seventeen, Tiger Beat, TV Guide, and other illustrious print/online sites that cover media purely for the SEO dollars. They ask the hard hitting questions for their allotted 45-minute press conference or 25-minute roundtable interview with five other people and the selected talent.

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November 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm

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What I’m Thankful For: The End of 2011 Edition

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This. Only this.

Gumbel pretty much remains the only thing out of this entire year that makes me consistently smile and that I want to rematch, next to Bellflower and Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

So, go eat turkey and drink wine and sleep it off.

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November 24, 2011 at 9:25 am

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Long Live The Old Flesh: A Dangerous Method

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Michael Fassbender feeling shame--an all too common issue this year.

The exact point when “body horror” became one of the defining critical tropes around David Cronenberg’s work is hard to place. Ok, it isn’t (Stereo, Crimes of the Future, Shivers etc) but it’s a welcome shift in A Dangerous Method that the horror is kept in a subdued tone compared to, say, if Carl Jung’s dreams were brought to life on screen.

Ok, maybe it isn’t that subdued. Paralleled by carriage rides, Method opens on a hysteric Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) being signed into  Burghölzli hospital where she picques the interest of Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) into trying out the fabled “talking cure” of Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Jung struggles between his dislike of the military (“I just look at cocks all day!”) to analyzing his dreams as he takes Sabina under his wing as an assistant while coaxing out the nature of her “humiliation.”

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In The Age of Spiritual Meme-chines: Shut Up! Little Man

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The Internet is serious business, or at least that’s how the online adage for folks lurking around the chans and message boards go. Fun with audio and video alike is the content beast that churns out BuzzFeed‘s feeds and gave us mash-ups, crossovers and fan art to go along with an ever-evolving creative culture based on what’s already there.

Shut Up! Little Man is one of the found (audio) footage holy grails since it goes all the way back to the days when recording via  a make-shift boom and tape deck were the best two punk roommates on the Haight in San Francisco could accomplish. Those two idiot savants, Eddie Lee Sausage and Mitchel D., happened to strike gold thanks to their sociopathic alcoholic neighbors (Peter J. Haskett and Raymond Huffman) who couldn’t go a night without drunkenly attacking each other either verbally or physically.

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November 15, 2011 at 9:30 am

Crafty is King

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There’s a clear zen when it comes to manning the craft services table on film and TV shoots. The table itself is often metaphorical, instead being a bar, a series of shelves or–ok, maybe it is just a 72″ folding table set up against the far side of the wall. It’s informal name is simply “crafty” and it is the lifeblood for any production that needs to chug along for the requisite 12 hours before everyone can go home, sleep for half that time and be back on set for an eight a.m. call time.

So, what’s crafty made up from?

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November 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm