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12 Days of Christmas for the Guy

Posted on November 27, 2013

This is written several years ago (before The Dodgy) as a companion piece to a “12 Days of Christmas for the Girl.” Can’t locate  the gal version, but in comparison her final total in dollars for the 12 days of gifts was in the millions.   I’m easy, I don’t need much. Some of the stuff on the original list sounds kind of annoying. Twelve drummers drumming? Too noisy. Four calling birds? My friend has a bird, and it bit me. There certainly is a lot of wildlife in that original list. Here is mine: On the first day of Christmas, Santa gave to me: A true love. You need one to really do this. Then, from here on, she can provide me with next 11 days’…

Holy “Mama” – An Interview with Javier Botet

Posted on November 22, 2013

Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is keeping Javier Botet pretty busy these days. Earlier this year the Spanish actor played “Mama” alongside arguably the No. 1 actress in Hollywood today, Jessica Chastain, in Mama, which was produced by del Toro.  Botet is currently part of two new del Toro projects. The film Crimson Peak reunites him with Chastain and also stars Sons of Anarchy‘s Charlie Hunham. The other is del Toro’s upcoming television series The Strain. How did you come to be in Mama? I was in Fantastic Fest in Austin introducing REC2 (a movie Botet is in) and I met (Mama director) Andy Muschietti. He proposed me to be Mama. How was it working with Guillermo del Toro?  Last week I was again in Toronto (the place we…

Aidan Reviews “Bill Cunningham New York”

Posted on November 14, 2013

Aidan reviewed Depeche Mode’s Chicago concert a few months ago, so I thought I’d have him review something else. He chose the fashion documentary film Bill Cunningham New York.  First off, the film is a few years old. Why now?  I’ve been in a documentary kind of mood. Especially after watching HBO docs like Seduced and Abandoned and the one about that New York film director who was pregnant or something. I came across it while I was looking for something to watch on Hulu the other night. It was free to, unlike a lot of good films on there. By the way, the one thing that sucks about Hulu – they go to a commercial break when someone is in the middle of…