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Friday, June 21, 2024
MODERN CLASSIC
AUSTIN BUTLER RECENTLY REWATCHED DE PALMA'S MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE ON THE PLANE


On a recent episode of Movies with Ali Plumb (in an excerpt viewed via tweety), Austin Butler was asked:
Ali: Are there any more recent movies that you found yourself really drawn to and revisiting? Modern classics.

Austin: Modern classics? Uh… you know, I just actually watched all of the Mission: Impossibles on the plane. And it had been a while since I’d seen that first, Brian De Palma [nodding with a smile]

Ali: With the… helicopter…

Austin: Yeah… Yeah.



Posted by Geoff at 10:56 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, June 21, 2024 10:57 PM CDT
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Wednesday, June 19, 2024
CINEMA, FROM A FASCINATING FILMMAKER
CAMERON GEISER LOOKS AT SNAKE EYES FOR THE FIRST TIME


"No, this isn't the G.I. Joe spinoff film, this is cinema," Cameron Geiser begins in his review of Brian De Palma's Snake Eyes at the blog Films Fatale. Geiser continues:
Brian De Palma is a fascinating filmmaker. His oeuvre is wild and wide ranging with films like Carrie, Blow Out (my favorite De Palma film), Scarface, Body Double, The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible, and Dressed to Kill to name a few. With the disaster that was The Bonfire of The Vanities (again, I highly encourage giving The Devil's Candy a read) De Palma rebounded in the 90s with a few really solid hits like the first Mission: Impossible movie a couple years prior to this film's release. Snake Eyes was one I never knew about and only added it to the list as it was a Nic Cage movie from the 1990s that I didn't know about until now.

In fact my interest tripled during the opening credits when I realized that this was one of De Palma's films. Snake Eyes is a conspiracy thriller surrounding a high profile boxing match in Atlantic City where a powerful politician is mysteriously shot dead during the height of the match. It just so happens that erratic Atlantic City Detective Rick Santoro (Nicolas Cage) was sitting front row for the killing and immediately puts himself at the forefront of the crime scene. Rick's best friend Commander Kevin Dunne (Gary Sinise) is the head of security for the Senator thus the two attempt to solve the case through their divergent methods.

What I loved about Snake Eyes was, in order, the (inventive) cinematography, the screenplay, revisiting the same scenes and events with new information or from different angles, and the tension/pacing. Obviously Nic Cage entertains here, he's not quite as insane as his Face/Off performance from the year prior, but this character is closer to his Castor Troy character than any other Nic Cage performance I have seen so far. I really dug this film, it reminded me to look further into Brian De Palma's career.


Posted by Geoff at 11:52 PM CDT
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Tuesday, June 18, 2024
PAYPHONES IN DE PALMA (PART 19) - WISE GUYS
HARRY & MOE SIMULTANEOUSLY CALL THEIR RESPECTIVE WIVES; HARRY PLAYS UP THE IMPORTANT CALL TO UNCLE MIKE
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Posted by Geoff at 11:53 PM CDT
Updated: Tuesday, June 18, 2024 11:55 PM CDT
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Monday, June 17, 2024
TRIBECA - DE NIRO & SCORSESE DISCUSS MEETING VIA DE PALMA
DURING "DE NIRO CON" PRESENTATION OF 50TH ANNIVERSARY MEAN STREETS


From a Variety article by William Earl, headlined, "Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro Go Deep: The Pair Reflect on Meeting Via Brian De Palma, How Their Partnership Thrives and Paying the Mob to Make ‘Mean Streets'" -
Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro presented their first collaboration, the 1973 crime drama "Mean Streets," and then discussed the film during a De Niro Con presentation at the Tribeca Film Festival.

The celebration of the film's 50th anniversary took place Saturday at the Beacon Theatre, where the screening was followed by a conversation between Scorsese and De Niro, moderated by legendary rapper Nas.

While "Mean Streets" was the beginning of their 10-film, 50+ year creative journey together, Scorsese said their introduction first came at a Christmas dinner where they were urged into conversation by another to-be-legendary filmmaker: Brian De Palma. Although the pair grew up just two blocks away and heard talk of each other in the neighborhood, they had never been properly introduced until that fateful night.

"Bob was sitting there after dinner and then he looked at me and they had gone inside or something," Scorsese said. "He said, ‘You used to hang out with so and so and so and so.' I said, ‘Yeah, how do you know?' And he said, ‘I'm Bobby.' I said, ‘Bobby? Bobby. Oh, my God. We had seen De Palma after doing "Hi, Mom!" After you did that, he said, "You got to meet this guy."‘ Then he had seen ‘Who's That Knocking,' and it was very accurate as to the nature of that subculture in the neighborhood. He identified with that, so when ‘Mean Streets' was finally put together, he came on."


Previously:
DE PALMA HELPED TO EDIT MEAN STREETS, WHICH IS TURNING 50 THIS YEAR

Posted by Geoff at 7:08 PM CDT
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Friday, June 14, 2024
SISSY SPACEK TO APPEAR AT PLAZA CLASSIC FILM FEST IN JULY
IN EL PASO, TEXAS, SHE'LL BE ON STAGE BEFORE COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER - WITH CARRIE TO SCREEN AFTERWARDS


Sissy Spacek will appear at a screening event for Coal Miner's Daughter on July 27 at the 2024 Plaza Classic Film Festival in El Paso, Texas. According to a festival Facebook post, Spacek will take the stage of the Plaza Theatre at 7pm for a Q&A, and the film will follow afterwards, at about 7:30. Brian De Palma's Spacek-starring Carrie will screen in that same theater at 10:30 that evening. Here's the news item:
Academy Award winner — and Texas native — Sissy Spacek will appear at the 17th annual El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival, which runs from July 18-28 in and around El Paso’s historic and restored Plaza Theatre.

Spacek will appear with Coal Miner’s Daughter at 7 pm Saturday, Juy 27 in the Plaza Theatre. She received the Academy Award for her inspired portrayal of legendary country singer and songwriter Loretta Lynn in the 1980 Michael Apted classic, in which Spacek did her own singing.

Sissy Spacek has been one of the industry’s most respected actresses in a career spanning six decades. Her many honors include an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, five additional Oscar nominations, a Grammy nomination, three Golden Globe Awards, and numerous critics awards.

Born in Quitman, Texas, Spacek aspired to be a singer-songwriter before her acting career took off. She first gained the attention of critics and audiences in Terrence Malick’s widely praised Badlands, on which she met production designer Jack Fisk, with whom she celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary this year.

Spacek earned her first Academy Award nomination for her chilling performance in the title role of Brian de Palma’s Carrie, based on the Stephen King novel (also showing in PCFF 2024). Other notable film credits include Three Women, Fisk’s Raggedy Man, and Oscar-nominated performances in Missing, The River, Crimes of the Heart, and In the Bedroom. Other film credits include The Straight Story, JFK, and The Help. She also starred in Netflix’s Bloodline, Hulu’s Castle Rock, and Amazon Prime Video’s Homecoming and Night Sky, with a recurring role in FX’s forthcoming Dying for Sex.


Posted by Geoff at 11:44 PM CDT
Updated: Friday, June 14, 2024 11:45 PM CDT
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Thursday, June 13, 2024
THE BLOG 'EVEN BETTER' TAKES DEEP DIVE, RANKS DE PALMA FILMS
DOMINO, PASSION, REDACTED ALL MAKE TOP 20, FEMME FATALE "ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF THE CENTURY"
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"Last month was De PalMay," write Elliott Duea and Shawn Cook at the blog Even Better. "This month, we ranked his greatest movies." Their rankings of Brian De Palma's top 20 films feels fresh and fascinating, and the writing is insightful. Here's the intro:
Not going to say there’d be no Even Better without Brian De Palma, but he certainly helped get the ball rolling on this thing. Last spring, we embarked on our first joint project — watching as many De Palma pictures as we could in the month of May. And thus De PalMay was born. (Yeah, it doesn’t really rhyme or make any phonetic sense, but you’ll have to roll with it.) We watched a whole bunch of his movies last year, and dedicated the 2024 season of De PalMay to an even more robust slate of big blindspots and classic rewatches, in preparation for a combined ranking of his 20 best films, which you’ll find below.

More than most of his contemporaries, De Palma’s kind of a Rorschach test for moviegoers: to some, he’s the guy who directed Scarface and Mission: Impossible. Others, the voyeuristic pervert who mastered the erotic thriller. Or maybe, the (fossilized) assessment of a schlocky Hitchcock imitator. A deep dive into his work reveals all of these and more — a lot of Hitchcock, a little bit Godard, a bit more Brecht. But all told, he’s far greater than the sum of his influences, bending their approaches to become one of the greatest film stylists of all time and an expert practitioner, refracting the history of cinematic form into a language all his own. Few modern filmmakers have traversed the boundaries of the studio system and bristling outsider irreverence quite like De Palma, emerging with their techniques and identity so fully intact.


Posted by Geoff at 10:53 PM CDT
Updated: Thursday, June 13, 2024 10:55 PM CDT
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Wednesday, June 12, 2024
PAYPHONES IN DE PALMA (PART 18) - ONE MORE FROM SCARFACE
FROM THE PAN AM METROPORT, TONY CHECKS IN ONE MORE TIME BEFORE HEADING HOME
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Paragraph from Glenn Kenny's new book, The World Is Yours: The Story of Scarface:

From another phone booth, this one at the 60th Pan Am Metroport, an airport shuttle for the very comfortably well-off in a hurry, Tony learns that things have gone off at home, too. The bodyguard nicknamed "Nick the Pig"-who Elvira called her "only friend" before walking out on Tony (she was being sarcastic, they weren't close), tells Tony that Manny's been gone the past couple of days. Also, Tony's mom called, looking for Gina. Hmm. Elvira has not called.

Posted by Geoff at 6:35 PM CDT
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Monday, June 10, 2024
CINEMAEDITOR MAGAZINE - 'CUTS WE LOVE' - 'BLOW OUT'
2-PAGE SPREAD BY ADRIAN PENNINGTON IN LATEST ISSUE, WITH QUOTES FROM PAUL HIRSCH
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Posted by Geoff at 11:42 PM CDT
Updated: Monday, June 10, 2024 11:52 PM CDT
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Sunday, June 9, 2024
MTV ORIGINALLY AIRED 9-MINUTE 'DANCING IN THE DARK'
COURTENEY COX RE-CREATES HER DANCE FOR CURRENT TIKTOK TREND
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I didn't just dream it - it really exists and it really did play. I distinctly recall seeing a full-on version of the video for Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing In The Dark" when MTV premiered it almost 40 years ago, in 1984. It was the year of the Purple Rain, and MTV would make a big deal about world premiere videos. I remember being ready for the world premiere of this new Springsteen video, and I distinctly remember an intro, prior to the song proper, where Courteney Cox and her two friends were buying T-shirts before the concert. I have not been able to find anyone besides myself who remembers seeing this version of the video.

Back a few years ago, I contacted someone who knew a lot about Springsteen, and who had written up a detailed article about the scrapped Jeff Stein version of "Dancing In The Dark," prior to Brian De Palma being brought on to direct, and this person had not heard of a longer version, and had never seen it. I've searched for the long, full version of the video in archives around the web, but have only ever been able to find the standard version, which begins by showing Springsteen's foot stomping on the stage, to the beat of the song.

"NINE-MINUTE CLIP"
Last week, while searching around through the archives of Billboard Magazine, I did land on this passage in the July 21, 1984 issue, in a "Music Monitor" article written by Faye Zuckerman, which describes De Palma as "hard at work" in St. Paul the week before "on a nine-minute clip for 'Dancing In The Dark.'"

In 2017, Courteney Cox described the intro portion of the Springsteen video to Sam Jones:

So it was shot in St. Paul, Minnesota. And actually, the story was going to be a … it was a bigger story than just what you saw in the video. They filmed this… it was me and two other girls, we were buying T-shirts, we were putting on make-up in the bathroom. It was like a whole little thing about, “Oh, my God, I’m so excited about this concert – I can’t wait, I can’t wait.” And we get there and then one of us gets picked out of the audience. So they filmed all this stuff, but they didn’t show that – they just showed, you know, that part [she means the famous dancing part].

But I'm here to tell you, dearly beloved, that they did show it...! At least that once.

Meanwhile, from the Deadline article by Glenn Garner:

A decade before Monica Geller came into our living rooms, Courteney Cox was just Bruce Springsteen‘s biggest fan.

The Friends alum threw it back to her appearance in Bruce Springsteen’s 1984 music video for ‘Dancing in the Dark’ as she jumped on a TikTok trend that asks parents how they danced during the decade.

“1980’s dancing…in the dark,” Cox captioned the video.

In the clip, she begins dancing to the 1984 synth-pop hit ‘Smalltown Boy’ by Bronski Beat, which is commonly used with the social trend.

Looking uncomfortable during her dance, Cox then strips off her hoodie to reveal the same Springsteen t-shirt she wore in the “Dancing in the Dark” video as the track changes and she recreates her dance.

Cox was 20 years old when she was selected by director Brian De Palma from a casting call for the video, which was filmed at the opening night of Springsteen’s Born in the USA Tour in Saint Paul, Minnesota and featured The Boss pulling her out of the crowd to dance on stage with him.


Posted by Geoff at 12:01 AM CDT
Updated: Monday, June 10, 2024 12:52 AM CDT
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Saturday, June 8, 2024
PAYPHONES IN DE PALMA (PART 17) - BODY DOUBLE
"I've got to talk to someone. Today. The Beach Terrace motel? I'll wear something special. You'll see."
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Posted by Geoff at 11:51 PM CDT
Updated: Saturday, June 8, 2024 11:56 PM CDT
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