Movies: Martha, Musketeers, Muppets and Margin Calls

Muppets-piggy  roadSeems that some of the original team aren't too pleased with the new takes on the iconic felt characters. Frank Oz, who used to voice Miss Piggy and told British site Metro

"I wasn't happy with the script. I don't think they respected the characters. But I don't want to go on about it like a sourpuss and hurt the movie."

I'm still excited to see it but if they misrepresent Miss Piggy, there will be karate chopping.

 roadAntenna has an interesting piece on Glee and the show's failure at subverting traditional gender notions with the recent storyline about Kurt and Blaine's auditions for the school's production of West Side Story.

 roadThe most horrifying Anne Hathaway moment you've ever seen.

 roadMoving on to something decidely more adult, Fox Searchlight has a tough job on its (admittedly capable) hands, trying to sell the sex-addiction drama Shame to Oscar voters (both Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan are sensational in it)… never mind the public, since it will most certainly get an NC-17 rating. Anyway, isn't it time that an adults-only rating wasn't a shameful thing for serious filmmaking?


 roadThe ever funny Pajiba is conducting ascientific study of hotness, the "exploding ovaries edition", though men are also welcome to record their reactions to these hot photos of actors playing daddy.

 road Joseph Gordon-Levitt may join the starry mostly-male cast of Quentin Tarantino's racially charged Django Unchained. Someone sent me the screenplay… but I'm not sure I want to spoil the movie? It's always such a gift to hear Tarantino's dialogue for the first time.


 roadMark Harris, the author of "Pictures at a Revolution" (always on top of my list of recommendations for those interested in insightful books about the movies) recently made suggestions of three Oscar rules that need to change. I'd love to co-sign. 

 roadFinally, if we can't always have out actors like Zachary Quinto playing gay roles, can we please have more straight actors like Hugh Dancy who is just so damn good at playing gay and can do it with so little angst? Mr. Claire Danes speaks with Out magazine about his career and the sexuality of his characters.

He's a wonderful actor. To tie this post up with a pretty bow, Mr. Dancy also happens to co-star in this week's must-see Martha Marcy May Marlene where he plays the husband to Martha's sister Lucy (played by the out actress Sarah Paulson). Olsen is the star attraction but Paulson and Dancy generate a compelling portrait of a marriage shaken up by an unexpected houseguest.


  1. luminum says

    The Midnight Cowboy was the first film rated X-rated filem that won an Oscar for Best Picture. Of course, back then, X-rated would probably be R or PG-13 now.

  2. tune says

    Since when does Jonathan Groff’s career deserve a supersizing? I prefer not to reward mediocrity.

  3. says

    Hated “Martha Marcy May Marlene” with a passion.

    I have spent the better part of my 64 years avoiding psychopaths, and see no reason to hail a movie that supports them.

  4. El says

    Possibly a subtle difference to the general public, but massively important to the artist: Frank Oz didn’t just “voice” Miss Piggy, he physically performed and basically created her character!

  5. Never_Again says

    I remember when you recommended “Drive”, the most boring, vapid, pretentious movie I have seen in the last 20 years and now you are praising “MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE” in similar terms.
    I have learned to never ever follow your recommendations for indie films, it seems you have found the cure for insomnia again. Now go take a nap.

  6. jaragon says

    I saw Almodovars ” The Skin I Live In” and it left me cold. The film lacked suspense so I don’t know why everyone is comparing it to Hitchcock. “SPOILER” alert I already knew the big twist- which is revealed half way into the movie and unlike “The Crying Game” a masterpiece compare to this, it does not send the story to another level-perhaps Almodovar was trying to say something about gender and sexuality and the Stockholm syndrome which is the only way to explain the “patient’s” behavior.

  7. MichaelJ says

    In spite of a wonderful performance by the Elizabeth Olsen, I thought “Martha Marcy May Marlene” left a lot to be desired. It isn’t clear how the obviously intelligent Martha would end up in a cult. Something didn’t add up.

  8. jaragon says

    A lot of people don’t like “Drive” which I found interesting if yes a bit pretentious but Ryan Gosling is so hypnotic that I could watch him in almost anything…

  9. Dave Porter says

    Re: Drive. A lot of critics went nuts over “Drive” – perhaps surprised that any September release wasn’t a steaming pile of crap. However, damned with faint praise, I agree with Never_Again – the movie was boring and pretentious. I’m in no rush to see “Martha, etc.”