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The honesty in Perfume Genius’s music has attracted him a devoted audience, and he receives a lot of messages on Twitter from young kids going via the method of coming out, or dealing with their personal addictions. “I think men and women come to my music just to feel less lonely,” he says. “When I create, at times I think, What would I have liked to have heard when I was younger?” But on his new record, out this Might, he aimed for anything a small more developed: primarily, he wanted to make a grown-up album about life after you’ve trudged by way of the trauma… the complicated melodrama of tiny items, the strange anxieties that persist even when you have ultimately got your life, to some extent, together.

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Doug Jones Reveals Details About the Mysterious Upcoming Guillermo del Toro Film, ‘The Shape of Water’

Doug Jones — aka the Faun and the Pale Man (scrawny Shar-Pei-thing with hand-eyeballs and evil grapes) in Pan’s Labyrinth, Abe Sapien in Hellboy, other strange things in just about each other Guillermo Del Toro project, and Bette Midler’s zombie ex-boyfriend in Hocus Pocus — lately did an interview with Collider, and spoke about his role in an upcoming del Toro film. Given that the information of said movie, titled The Shape of Water, have largely been kept secret, the interview revealed a excellent deal much more than was previously identified of the project.

What was previously recognized is quite considerably what’s there on the IMDB page: beyond Jones, its cast includes Sally Hawkins (quite good commence), Michael Shannon (the good continues), Octavia Spencer (yup, great), Richard Jenkins (also great), and A Critical Man‘s Michael Stuhlbarg (so that’s 6/6 for a cast of fantastic character actors), and it’s “an other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963.” In his interview, although, Jones makes it clear that one particular of the the factors that earns the “other-worldly” description is that he’s not specifically playing a man (as usual), but rather a fish man:

I’m a fish man that is kind of a one particular-off. I’m an enigma, nobody knows exactly where I came from I’m the last of my species so I’m like a all-natural anomaly. And I’m getting studied and tested in a U.S. government facility in 1963, so the Russian Cold War is on, the race for space is on, so there’s all that backdrop and that undercurrent.

He notes that mentioned fish-man — like so several mutant movie humans prior to him — is currently undergoing government tests for use in the military (or, significantly less frequently, for space travel). The government is attempting to hold the piscine technology a secret from Russia. Sally Hawkins, he explains, plays a cleaning lady who gets entangled in a really like narrative with the fish-man. Jones says, “She comes and finds me, has sympathy on me, and then that is the story that you’re actually gonna adhere to with this entire backdrop.”

Collider notes that the fish-man theme had currently been rumored, but people had assumed that Shannon would be playing that starring function — so we’ll have to see what sort of creature (or, sure, anything’s feasible — human) del Toro has up his sleeve for the actor. For those who’ve been waiting for a return to the historically-interested fantasy/horror noticed in Pan’s Labyrinth and The Devil’s Backbone, this statement from Jones ought to further pique your interest: “It is artfully and beautifully [produced]—if this does not end up with Guillermo back at the Oscars, I will be surprised. I will be very surprised.”

Jones as Abe Sapien in 'Hellboy'Jones as Abe Sapien in ‘Hellboy’

Uproxx notes the similarities amongst The Shape of Water character and Hellboy‘s Abe Sapien, who was also played by Doug Jones (though he was voiced by David Hyde Pierce), and was likewise a fish-man stuck in a government facility. Even so, even on the off-chance that The Shape of Water actually sees Jones reprising that role, it seems like, no matter what it is, this won’t be anything resembling a classic superhero movie: “It’s not a sci-fi [film], it is not a genre film, but I am a creature in it,” he said.

Here’s some fishy promotional art:



Watch the Tense New Trailer for ‘A Separation’ Director Asghar Farhadi’s ‘The Salesman’

Asghar Farhadi, director of A SeparationAbout Elly, and The Previous, is about to release his next film, The Salesman, and a new trailer was just shared by Amazon studios. In the vein of his earlier films, The Salesman sees the lives of his characters spiraling out of control following an instance that pushes them to their limits and tests their morality. It surrounds a couple of young actors (played by Taraneh Alidoosti and Shahab Hosseini, both of whom had been in About Elly) currently playing the leads in a production of Death of a Salesman in Tehran. When the couple is forced to move out of their apartment due to construction next door, their new living predicament sees them confronting the ghosts of an old tenant’s past.

The film won Farhardi the Ideal Screenplay award at Cannes, as nicely as Very best Actor for Hosseini, and it’s been announced as Iran’s submission for Ideal Foreign Language Film at this year’s Academy Awards. (A Separation won that award in 2012.)

Flavorwire Film Editor Jason Bailey caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, and wrote:

The Salesman engages with the selections of its characters, and their consequences, with a specific urgency. That is Asghar Fahardi’s present, and it ought to not be undervalued.

Watch the new trailer:

The film will hit theaters in the U.S. on January 27.


The 5 Greatest Films to Get or Stream This Week: ‘The Jungle Book,’ ‘Elvis & Nixon’

One of the year’s biggest commercial and essential successes lands on disc this week, a massive-name, massive-budget remake from Disney that manages to use its pricey effects to inform a story of genuine heart and awe. Meanwhile this week’s primary streaming release of note is on the other side of the spectrum, a tiny-scale character comedy about the bizarre meeting of a pop icon and a political pariah. Plus, a Criterion double-header of late-period Orson Welles, and a cult film icon’s very best/worst picture.


Elvis &amp Nixon: There are few common culture figures far more imitable than Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley, so it’s fun to see what two fine actors like Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon do when tasked with playing them. Spacey leans in on the impersonation – hitting the familiar cadences, the plosives and the stacatto declaratives, and builds his characterization from them. Shannon does not do significantly impression he has the look and the swagger, but he mainly plays Elvis as a character, filtered via the sympathetic weirdo prism he’s fine-tuned over the past few years. That study in contrasts is one of the several pleasures of Liza Johnson’s giddily goofy dramatization, which treats a fundamentally silly bit of political pandering as a quintessentially American moment. It is a lot of fun, but it is no throwaway.


The Jungle Book: Disney’s ongoing remake parade appears, on its surface, like the most cynical type of branding opportunism – thanks in no modest part to film that kicked that trend off, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. But amongst the recent Pete’s Dragon and final spring’s Jungle Book (out nowadays on disc), it is grow to be clear that filmmakers who approach these photographs as possibilities for heartfelt storytelling rather than easy cash can make them their personal, a situation in which everybody wins. Jungle Book director Jon Favreau ingeniously reworks the 1967 animated Kipling adaptation into the type of live-action adventure yarn the studio churned out regularly in the identical period, with a enormous help from impressively convincing personal computer-generated speaking animals. The voice talents are aces – Bill Murray’s delightful Baloo, Christopher Walken’s gangster orangutan King Louie, and Idris Elba’s purringly evil Shere Khan are the standouts – even though newcomer Neel Sethi, as young Simba, impresses the most (do not underestimate the difficulty of acting against characters that aren’t there). The all-or-nothing at all inconsistency of the music is peculiar (only two of the songs show up), but that’s a minor concern this is an exciting and often moving family members film, and like much of Disney’s output, it is about kids on its surface, and the troubles of parenthood underneath. (Involves audio commentary and featurettes.)


Chimes at Midnight: As he aged (and sized) into the part of Falstaff, Orson Welles must’ve despaired that the character’s appearances in Shakespeare’s plays, although memorable, were comparatively brief. So he, rather subversively, created that second banana role into a focal point, taking a jigsaw-puzzle method to the Bard, lifting out and pushing collectively the Falstaff scenes from several plays to produce this ingenious narrative. And it’s one of his very best performances, rich and funny and melancholy, each the overall performance and the direction wittily navigating the tonal shifts inherent in any Shakespeare adaptation, but especially such an unconventional montage. He gets the gregariousness and comic beats, certainly (watch how wonderfully the intensity of the battle scenes is offset by Falstaff, squat and wide in his armor, a figure out of silent comedy), but the wistful way he mutters “I am old… I am old” in a moment of silent reflection definitely breaks your heart. Lengthy an object of wish for Welles and Shakespeare aficionados alike, Chimes ultimately makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut by means of a gorgeous Criterion restoration it is a single of the year’s must-have discs. (Contains audio commentary, vintage and archival interviews, and trailer.)

The Immortal Story: It is a big week for Welles fans, thanks to the 1st official house media release of not only Chimes but this lesser-recognized 58-minute film he created for French tv in 1968. It’s a lot more of a curio than a lost Welles masterpiece, but there’s far more happening in his curios than in most filmmakers’ masterpieces. Making his very first color project and final completed narrative film, Welles not only writes and directs but stars in and narrates this adaptation of an Isak Dinensen story, exploring some of his recurring themes: the fluidity of storytelling, the pain of alienation, the fear of morality, and the haunting specter of the past. It’s mainly carried out as a series of two-scenes, none less than dynamic considerably like in his Shakespeare pictures, the technique (namely the inventive angles and unexpected edits) can be flashy, but the telling is patient. (Consists of original accompanying Welles profile documentary, audio commentary, interviews, and alternate French-language version.)

Disco Godfather: Vinegar Syndrome, continuing to do God’s function, finishes out their loving restorations of the Rudy Ray Moore oeuvre (following current releases of Dolemite, The Human Tornado, and Petey Wheatstraw: The Devil’s Son-In-Law) with what may possibly nicely be his magnum opus: the 1979 antidrug action/dance epic Disco Godfather (or, as it was christened on subsequent house video releases, Avenging Godfather and Avenging Disco Godfather). Moore is cop-turned-nightclub-owner Tucker Williams, who goes back into action when his nephew Bucky gets hooked on angel dust, or, as Tucker calls it, “aaaaangel duuuuust.” Charmingly, soon after 4 starring cars, there’s no noticeable improvement whatsoever: Disco Godfather, like its predecessors, is clumsy, silly, and technically dubious, prompting stone faces in comic scenes, and uncontrollable laughter when it gets earnest. But you gotta give Moore’s motion pictures this considerably: they’re not boring. Put your weight on it! (Includes audio commentary, soundtrack, producing-of documentary, and stills gallery.)