“Kink,” a documentary about the porn web site Kink.com, debuted in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Yesterday, the film, which explores the largest BDSM online porn empire, released a new trailer in anticipation of a limited release. I’ve heard complaints about the film — it’s “boring” (which is unfortunately always something that some kinky folks say in order to be dismissive); it doesn’t address allegations of abuse at Kink.com — but I’ll see it regardless. Christina Voros directed “Kink” and James Franco executive produced, so you better believe I want to know how they handled the material. Also, this probably goes without saying, but the trailer is NSFW! [Queerty; First Showing]
I guess, in our post-”Harry Potter” world, a lot of people would be really excited when a new movie comes out starring Daniel Radcliffe.
Alas, I am not one of those people.
When I heard about the cast for the new rom-com “What If,” I was more excited about Zoe Kazan. The Yale graduate does things like tweet about Criterion films and how “Boyhood” reminded her of Truffaut’s Doinel stories. She a star of stage and screen, appearing in shows like “The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie,” and films like “It’s Complicated,” “Revolutionary Road” and ”Ruby Sparks.” In fact, it’s “Ruby Sparks,” which she wrote herself, that made me a Zoe Kazan fan — there’s something very badass about writing yourself a lead role in a movie.
In “What If,” Kazan is a leading lady once again, playing Chantry, a young woman with a boyfriend (Rafe Spall) who befriends her cousin’s aimless pal, Wallace (Radcliffe). As their friendship gets closer and closer, Chantry and Wallace both start to wonder whether it’s possible to remain friends when you’ve got romantic feelings. It’s super emotionally realistic in a way most rom-coms usually aren’t.
Earlier this spring, I met up with a bubbly Kazan to chat about “What If,” rom-coms, feminism, and femininity. Our conversation is after the jump:
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The much-loved movie “Garden State” turned a decade old on Monday and to celebrate the Huffington Post put together some epic charts to demonstrate what solid life lessons we can take from the film. “Garden State” is pretty damn great (or at least easy to poke fun at), so let’s reflect on the infinite abyss with these giggle-worthy images after the jump … (You can see the full set at the link!) [Huffington Post] Keep reading »
“Nymphomaniac” is notorious for being one of the most sexually explicit movies of the year, but that’s not stopping New York’s Sunshine Cinema from letting babies attend screenings of the Lars Von Trier film … for free. The theater offers noon screenings so parents can bring their crying babies to the movies without getting the stank eye from other theatergoers. The website reads:
“The Sunshine Cinema welcomes caregivers and their babies on Wednesdays for our special Rattle & Reel screenings. Adults pay normal admission prices but all babies are FREE! Tickets available at the box office only on the day of show. Screening Wednesday, March 26 at 12:00 noon: Nymphomaniac Volume I. Screening Wednesday, April 2 at 12:00 noon: TBA”
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I’ve been waiting for Lois Lowry’s YA novel The Giver to be made into a movie ever since I was a kid reading the book 100 times. It’s not until my adulthood that I got my wish and I have to say, judging from today’s trailer, disappointment. I know it is just a trailer, but the setting, the costumes and the music look pretty indistinguishable from a lot of the big blockbusters aimed at teens and tweens, like “Divergent” and “The Hunger Games.” They’re all dystopian YA fiction, but The Giver was the original. (And what is Katie Holmes doing there?! Is she really old enough to be Jonas’ mother?!) The presence of Meryl Streep can improve a lot about a movie, so let’s hope she does. Take a look at the trailer and let me know if you agree. [YouTube]
In a move I can only call brilliant, Starz Entertainment Group art director Suzanne Heintz shunned the traditional marriage and family life in favor of something far more unconventional. For the last 14 years, Heintz has been living with her strong but silent husband Chauncey and her never-rebellious teenage daughter Mary Margaret as part of an art project she calls “Life Once Removed.”
We’ve all been there: being needled by friends to “put yourself out there,” being pressured by family members to “settle down and have kids.” Enduring the same indignities, Heintz was thinking about her single life, walking past a retail liquidation store that sold mannequins when she said she realized, “I can buy a family!” And she’s been photographing their life together ever since — traveling all over the world with her family of “mute quadriplegics” and loving every minute of it. If that’s not unconventional enough for you, Heintz also has a real, live-in boyfriend of seven years, but has no interest in marrying him. Yet, she plans to renew her vows with Chauncey this June in front of friends, family and mannequins. Keep reading »