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Don’t know why it took the Honest Trailer guys so long to get around to this, but it was done well.  Give credit where it’s due.

Enjoy!

 

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stuhlbarg

While Chalamet is still on my radar, today is the perfect day to post this.

‘Call Me By Your Name’ on the whole left me kind of cold, but THIS monologue (which I’m told they pulled directly from the book without changing it)…

Performed by one of our best character actors Michael Stuhlbarg, this is dealing with the first time you get your heart crushed, and the unconditional love of a parent, and being reminded not to let yourself become so jaded and cynical you deny yourself the chance to ‘feel’ again, and a lot more.

In a three minute monologue.  I have no shame saying this cuts me to the bone every time I watch/listen to it.

Enjoy.

 

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I knew the subject matter of this film, and it’s still not an easy two hours.

Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell carry this two hander, about the relationship of a father and son, as the son has a lifelong fight with drug addiction.  Every family has some version of this: the person you love unconditionally and who you sincerely feel like they mean well, but they continually go down a path that you can’t comprehend.  And Steve Carell (and the story’s structure) does a great job of going through every stage: complete disbelief, trying to understand, rage, disconnection; all of it.

As far as Chalamet goes, as the movie went on I thought of him as both a young Bale (an actor already committed to ‘Method’ at a super young age) and a young Leo (I want to say ‘Basketball Diaries’ was his serious druggie movie without Googling?).  I mean, if he’s already positioned as the teenage serious actor fast tracked to the A list, there are worse career trajectories.

Not even November yet so I’m not going to say either of these are ‘top 5’ performances this year.  But they could be.  We’ll see.

 

raheem

The weekend is here, and I’ve been blown away.

The Gram, THE GRAM! of all places put this cover on my radar.

3000 is one of my all time favorite lyricists, and I’ve always loved this song.  As a singer though, I say with no arrogance we’re in the same league: ‘actor singers’.  People who may impress you at a karaoke bar, who wouldn’t embarrass themselves completely in a ‘La La Land’ type musical.

But to hear this song, sung by someone who can actually, as my people say, BLOW?

Man, I’m floating!

Have a good weekend gang.

 

 

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The Shuffle put me into a romantic place on the way in this morning, so here we go:

I can’t say I’ve ever been the biggest Maxwell fan, but this song, in lyrics and vibe, just speak to me, and always puts a smile on my face.

Enjoy.

 

 

nwa

It’s been said but it’s worth repeating: there’s a lot of ways ‘Straight Outta Compton’ could have gone way wrong, but it’s still a supremely watchable movie.

And I know I’m not the only one who was all in when this instant classic scene started.

You have

  • he’s now known as ‘Chad’ from Insecure playing DJ Yella
  • ‘Weak in the Knees’, an all time classic beat in its own right
  • The first verse of ‘Gangsta Gangsta’, which is up there in ITS own right as great ‘this is who we are’ bars

It was like this is in the theatre opening weekend, it’s like this when I hear the song in the car (it’s LA baby), it was like this sitting at my desk:

‘You don’t like how I’m living well…’

(the middle finger goes up…)

Classic!

Enjoy!

 

 

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It occurred to me today that this will (probably) be the first year in at least a decade that I don’t hit up Vegas.

Two things:

At this point, I’ve done ‘Vegas Birthday’, ‘UFC Fight Weekend in Vegas,’ ‘Hangover in Vegas’, ‘New Year’s in Vegas’… there’s not really any all new variations I haven’t experienced yet.

And two, with ten or so weeks still to go, I’ve hit up the Bay Area twice, I’ve started doing film festivals again, I’ve seen family members and frat brothers I haven’t seen in years… I could call it a year socially right now and it would already be a gigantic step forward.  And I’m not remotely done.

So, until next time, Sin City.  There will be a next time I’m sure, but for now, one of my all time favorite movie sequences came to mind to start this week.

Enjoy.

 

 

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Taking you into this weekend with one of my favorite scene stealing performances in recent memory…

I rewatched ‘No Country for Old Men’ last night and forgot Margaret Bowman played a motel clerk in that one.  Not a hugely memorable role, but it made me go back and look up her one scene in ‘Hell or High Water’.  I remember seeing this in the theatre in Dallas.  Even watching it over again a few times this morning: she straight up kills this scene.  Nothing but joy and character actor envy.  You get one of these over the course of a career, you’re good.

Enjoy!

 

 

eddieg

Ahead of the the 1000th episode of ‘Smackdown’, WWE is putting out a lot of content related to the show.  This video today is one of the best pieces.

The Rock is literally a movie star of course, but as far as that show’s best wrestlers, Eddie Guerrero is almost certainly number one on the list.  It’s cool to see years later how much respect he still gets from his peers and the company.

Enjoy.

 

 

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And, another weekend…

Anyone who was a young man in the mid 90s who tells you they didn’t try to harmonize to this is a damn lie.  A DAMN LIE.

Have a good one gang.