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Movies: Smoking Debates, Oscar Buzz and a Gay Vampire Request

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Matthew Goode's cinematic confusion: Went to bed with Colin Firth in December, woke up with Amy Adams in January.

GuestbloggerNATHANIEL ROGERS
...would live in a movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience.


YOUR FEATURE PRESENTATIONS
January and February at the movie theater tends to be Oscar holdover focused. It's easy to forget that a new film year actually begins, too. 2010 is already serving it up. Whether these movies are being dumped by the studios -- January has a reputation you know -- or they actually have something to offer is the question. Which has no answer for those of us who are still busy with the Oscar holdovers or seeing Avatar again. The big release this weekend is the romantic comedy LEAP YEAR which must be existing out of time since this is not a leap year. Maybe it takes place in 2012 and the world is destroyed before Amy Adams & Matthew Goode consummate their relationship? YOUTH IN REVOLT starring Michael Cera and Michael Cera (you'll have to watch the trailer to understand) is also opening. It could be a big year for him with the comic adaptation SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD (new photo) also on its way later in 2010.

Dafoe_vamp DAYBREAKERS, an apocalyptic vampire actioner starring a mysterious Willem Dafoe and a fanged Ethan Hawke, completes the wide release rundown. Since the vampire subgenre is now big enough to contain action movies, horror films and romantic melodramas... can we get some gay bloodsuckers, please?

Here's an idea AFTER THE JUMP...

How about a film adaptation of Poppy Z Brite's Lost Souls. Have you read that? It's not like there's a shortage of gay vampire fans who'd like to see some gay vampire books adapted for the big screen. I'll even take a Hollywood reboot of Interview with a Vampire that doesn't pretend that Louis (Brad Pitt) and Armand (Antonio Banderas) didn't hook up.

BONUS SCENES

Picture 36  road  80s lovers should LOL at these 'remix' prints of superheroes as original motion picture soundtrack stars. Elektra for Flashdance, Bat Girl for Purple Rain, and The Teen Titans for The Breakfast Club. "...but what we found out is that each one of us is an archer, and a speedster, and a swimmer, a princess, and an acrobat. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Teen Titans.”

 road  Speaking of 80s movies, trust Rich at fourfour to remember one of the most insane moments ever sanctioned by the MPAA -- totally NSFW -- and to think that anything gay will still get you an automatic R!

Picture 48 road  Have you been following the Oscar buzz? The BAFTA (British Oscars) "long list" is out... that's their finalists from which their nominees are then drawn. An Education looks like the favorite over there. The Directors Guild also announced their nominees and Lee Daniels (Precious), an out gay man, became their first black nominee ever (for motion pictures at least). Avatar keeps raking in the cash, and sparking editorials but none of this makes it the automatic frontrunner. The annual critics "top ten list" orgy has The Hurt Locker, Up in the Air and the Coen Bros A Serious Man vying for the 'best of the best' title. Do you have a favorite film you suspect to see in the running?

 road  Decade in Review lists has been clogging the net. But I hadn't seen (or noticed) much small screen nostalgia. Here's an expansive Top 50 Seasons (only one allowed per show) of the Aughts. 

 road  There's renewed debates about banning smoking in the movies, somehow occasioned by Sigourney Weaver's Dr. Grace Augustine in Avatar whose first line, if I recall correctly, is "where's my goddamn cigarette?" [SPOILER: how is this a positive representation of smoking? The second she lit up my best friend turns to me and whispers. 'Awww, Sigourney's going to die!'. Well, duh. Everyone knows that smoking is punished in the movies]. Black Book, irreverently goes the other route listing the 'hottest nicotine fueled performances in film history'

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... though how you can say "film history" and "nicotine" in the same sentence and not mentally flash to dozens of Old Hollywood giants like Liz & Monty or Joan & Bette instead of Bruce Willis & Kevin Spacey is beyond me. I'm not a smoker but I frankly don't see what all the fuss is about when someone lights up onscreen. We see a lot worse frankly. Besides, smoking only looks truly glamorous in black and white or in Wong Kar Wai movies. And they don't make either of those too often anymore.

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  1. A film adaptation of Lost Souls?? Yes, please!!! That book is dirty hot!

    Posted by: Michael | Jan 7, 2010 7:47:06 PM


  2. Good article. I enjoyed reading it. Especially the part about Louis and Armand. Broke Back Coven anyone?

    Posted by: Connie | Jan 7, 2010 8:30:20 PM


  3. I'm just stunned to see Ethan Hawke's name tied to a movie title. A good movie from the looks of it! ;) peace

    Posted by: Leonard | Jan 7, 2010 8:52:37 PM


  4. can we get some gay bloodsuckers, please?

    Wasn't that what the Anne Rice vampire craze was about? 90s vampires are gay, 00s vampires are Mormons.

    I guess you could always just go re-watch Interview.

    Posted by: mcc | Jan 7, 2010 9:08:39 PM


  5. Smoking looked really glamorous in Rebecca, when at the beginning the old woman put her smoke out in a jar of cold cream. I'm at a loss to explain the success of michael cera, other than an attempt at cashing in on "indie" geekyness. He's not very good or funny. Superbad was somewhat funny primarily because of jonah hill.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 7, 2010 9:08:41 PM


  6. And a serious man was excellent. It was relentlessly hopeless to the point where you just couldn't help but laugh. No control. I loved the end with "No jews were harmed during the making of this movie".

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 7, 2010 9:12:28 PM


  7. Wow, I didn't find Single Man hopeless at all. On a day he designated for his death, he went from moment to moment, encountering small kindnesses along the way, reminding him at the end of the film that it was being in these moments fully to appreciate the wonder in life. The beauty that the sun can make of smog; the kindness of a stranger; the connection to an old friend; the hope found in youth; even his own death, which would seem to have come at just the right time--though unexpected--it came in that moment that he recognized and appreciated the beauty in a single day, dying in that moment of gratitude, rather than in a moment of despair. Did anyone else see it this way?

    Posted by: MackMichael | Jan 7, 2010 10:35:15 PM


  8. That's PRECISELY how I saw it!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 7, 2010 11:00:39 PM



  9. Gay Vampire Movies? I agree that LOST SOULS would make a great flick, but there are quite a few out already.

    * FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)- cast includes Amanda Bearse, Roddy McDowall, Stephen Geoffries. Vampire (Chris Sarandon) and day-protector (Jonathan Stark, who wrote ELLEN's coming-out episode) pose as lovers to divert attention from vampirism. The sequel also has a bisexual vampire, and the first transsexual vampire in cinema!

    *THE BROTHERHOOD (2000): All the vampires are gay, and hot!

    *SCAB (2007)- A Gay couple's relationship is tested when one of them becomes a vampire.

    TRUE BLOOD (TV series)- Eric and Godric are canonically lovers.

    THE LAIR (TV series)- everyone is Gay, not just the vampires!

    Posted by: wirrrn | Jan 7, 2010 11:27:25 PM


  10. MackMichael, Tank was talking about A Serious Man, the Coen Bros. film - the one mentioned in the story above - not A Single Man.

    Posted by: Jordan | Jan 7, 2010 11:45:12 PM


  11. There's a series of gay vampire mystery novels by Kyle Cicero titled "Mark Julian," if you really need a fix. But I thought "The Hunger" was the epitome of lesbian vampire chic and "Lost Boys" was gay in everything but honesty.

    Posted by: Kyle Sullivan | Jan 7, 2010 11:49:49 PM


  12. Yes, yes, The Hunger. Those lovely NYC interiors, even if they weren't all shot in NY. And Bowie in Hag-drag.

    Posted by: JD | Jan 8, 2010 3:37:44 AM


  13. I quite loved Sigourney smokin it up in Avatar. But then again, I love Joan Crawford movies and a tough talking dame with a cig or a drink in her hand warms my heart the way Jimmy Stewart movies do for other people.

    I had smoking in my last play--it was inspired by early 60s Italian Cinema, so it needed it--and the scene where we used the smoking (along with a film score from Antonioni's L'Eclisse) was really beautiful.

    And no, I don't smoke.

    Posted by: Alex | Jan 8, 2010 9:44:52 AM


  14. I'm a huge fan of the stuff they show on Turner Classic Movies and, of course, the characters smoke like factories in most of them. It's hilarious how often a cigarette is used as a penis substitute! :-)

    MackMichael, totally agree. I loved "A Single Man" and Colin Firth has to be the front-runner for the Best Actor Oscar.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jan 8, 2010 2:23:27 PM


  15. "Lost Souls" is an amazing book, but I somehow don't think it would translate into much of a movie.

    Posted by: SeeingI | Jan 8, 2010 3:06:31 PM


  16. What many people don't realize is that the glamorization of smoking in movies is often paid for by the tobacco companies as a form of stealth advertising.
    I actually discussed that scene with my partner when we left Avatar. At first, I wondered how much the tobacco companies paid Avatar, but also wondered whether they cared that it was a "bitch" character doing it. Later, on when she proved herself as a brave, risk-taking heroine, it all seemed totally typical and consistent.
    Tobacco kills millions every year, and most become addicted as kids when they are most vulnerable to on-screen influences. (Meanwhile on-screen nudity harms no one.) If this kind of pay-out is even to remain legal, perhaps it should at least lead to an NC-17 rating.

    Posted by: GregV | Jan 8, 2010 7:10:15 PM


  17. Yes, Greg...whatever. You know, if don't burn the throat it ain't worth the smoke. That's why I smoke one of the worst cigarette for you. But only occasionally, as I can't do it regularly anymore. It's just too trashy. But it's also extremely unhealthy, and changes your brain chemistry. But there's no greater compliment to a sweaty glass of 30 year old scotch than a cigarette.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 9, 2010 12:39:35 AM


  18. Monty was the most beautiful face that camera ever saw. The cigarette is neither here nor there: he could make it work, even if it had been a Himalayan yak tail.

    Posted by: MSteph | Jan 16, 2010 1:54:50 AM


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