Before Midnight is director Richard Linklater’s latest installment in his Before series starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. If you’ve already seen Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, then you already know and love these characters. In fact, you’ve probably been counting down the days till you get to see the next snapshot of their lives. And if you’re part of the Lara and the Reel Boy, you’re excited to see what Ethan Hawke’s facial hair looks like too. And if you’re one particular part of Lara and the Reel Boy, you got to see that up close and personal.
One of the movies that we are most excited about debuting at SXSW Film Festival is Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. A little film starring girls from the Disney channel who go crazy over spring break, rob a bank, and start hanging out with a corn-rowed drug dealer played by James Franco. And it just so happens that Mr. Franco has some pretty disgusting facial hair to go along with his corn rows.
Mad Max is a favorite around here. Both the original film and the franchise that followed were groundbreaking, exciting, and, most importantly, lots of fun. And while its been public knowledge for quite a while that the fourth installment in the series is currently being filmed with Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson, we’ve never talked about here (or if we did its been so long I don’t remember it). Currently titled Mad Max: Fury Road, the film also brings back director George Miller. So far, everything is sounding awesome. And to celebrate that awesomeness, let’s look at some of the fantastic facial hair our new Max has sported (followed by some crazy vehicles from the new movie). Ladies and gentlemen, Tom Hardy’s facial hair:
I realize I’m a little late to the game (which is my style these days, apparently), but I saw Cloud Atlas yesterday. And I’ve got to say: I didn’t hate it. It is flawed and it is convoluted to be sure, but I found myself enjoying it– for the most part. Because the Wachowskis and Twycker undertook tying six major storylines together, some of them triumphed while others fell flat. Though that could easily be seen as a crucial failing, I found it to be a positive: when the film was focused on a plot I didn’t care too much for, all I’d have to do is wait a few minutes and it would be back to the characters I found more captivating. Besides which, even the stories with shortcomings had elements of intrigue and beauty. Now, this is not to be seen as a glowing review. I don’t know that I loved it, nor if I will even remotely like it the more time I’m given to dwell on the film. However, I found merit in Cloud Atlas and think that it, if nothing else, it is one of the most ambitious films ever made.
One of the most polarizing aspects is the fact that the filmmakers tried to incorporate every actor in each plot… as different characters… of different nationalities…which people LOVE. Though borderline offensive and somewhat distracting, I thought it worked for the overall theme in which everyone connects throughout time and space. But there were times when it got, well, bizarro. I mean, this movie has white people in Asian face, Asian people in white face, black people in Asian face, Asian people in Latino face, white people in green face, and yet, so as not to seem racist, I’m sure, no one in black face… surprisingly. The makeup, though uncomfortable at times, was extremely well done. And it gave the viewers countless glimpses of that marvelous thing we call Facial Hair.
I grew up watching action films with my dad. So, I have a very special place in my heart for the films of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and many other fine actors. This is especially true when it comes to 1980s action flicks. Conan the Barbarian (1982) is, without a doubt, one of my favorite films of all time. I went to see it on glorious 35mm this summer at the Alamo Drafthouse. I own the soundtrack on vinyl (thanks to the wonderful Blake Palmer). And I probably go back and watch it more than any other movie I own.
With that in mind, let’s look at some facial hair news concerning Arnold.
One of the things that I love about Facial Hair Friday is that it gives me a place to talk about basically anything that I think is cool. All I have to do is find something involved that has facial hair. Sometimes that takes a while, but it usually just makes the whole process more fun. And its never that difficult because most cool things do involve facial at some level. The more research we do, the more definite our findings become. Facial Hair is a necessary ingredient if you want something to be cool.
Today, I was reading /Film, which is one of the best film websites out there, and I stumbled across one of the cooler things that I have seen recently. Planet Pulp is an online art gallery of pulp culture. It has a rotating theme that changes every 30 days. In the past they have done such excellent themes as “Rescue a Princess” (The Legend of Zelda, Earthworm Jim, etc.) and “Hero/Villain Re-Design Super-show” which featured new looks for classic heroes and villains.
This last month they have been doing art inspired by the films of Pixar. And they are amazing. To tie this all in to Facial Hair Friday, here is a little sample.
Check it out people. http://www.planet-pulp.com/