Friday, July 3, 2015
Have a Happy 4th of July weekend! I'll be laying low dealing with ear infection problems due to evil allergies from the rain soaked hells of Michigan living. Meanwhile, if you see comments on the Internet from non-thespians complaining that Michael's accent in the Steve Jobs trailer isn't American enough, challenge them to speak with a perfect Irish accent for a full five minutes in front of witnesses, or, STFU! Danke!
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Monday, June 29, 2015
When I was a kid growing up in the 70s, I used movies to escape and daydream from the mundane of my youth. So it’s no surprise that I would idolize select celebrities over the years and wind up placing my focus on one particular actor these days. Every summer, Hollywood gives us a rehash of an awesome classic movie or a film we didn’t even like back in the day, and this summer is no different. With the success and brilliance of Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road, it got me to thinking about what films would I like to see Michael Fassbender star in a remake of.
Here are five films from the 70s, 80s, and 90s that I think would be fantastic if they were re-made with Michael as the lead actor:
Fatal Attraction (1987)
This sexy thriller starring Michael Douglas (Dan Gallagher), give us a glimpse into the dangers of a weekend bootie call with a dangerous colleague. Michael Fassbender is the perfect age to play a rising star lawyer in NYC with a pretty wife and cute kid, a dog and… a rabbit. In the remake, I would love to see a woman of color as either Michael’s wife, or better yet, the crazy mistress played by Glenn Close (Alex). In a 2015 version, with social media and the internet controlling our lives, we can only imagine how the pissed off mistress can seek revenge on Dan through SM after rebuffing her. Co-star suggestion: Zoe Saldana
Taxi Driver (1976)
Films in the 70s were a lot bolder than films are today in this PC society we live in, so I don’t know if Hollywood has the guts to remake this. Also, since it’s such a great classic, and played by the brilliant Robert DeNiro as Travis Bickle, would anyone dare to remake it without fear of it failing spectacularly because no one could top DeNiro’s disturbed loner taxi driver in NYC? In today’s adaptation, Michael Fassbender could perhaps play an Uber driver (no, seriously) who suffers from insomnia and is available at all hours of the day, driving around, and watching all the filth and greed that takes place all around him, until he becomes attracted to one of his riders who also happens to work in the campaign offices of a political figure. Toss in a teenage rising star as a teen prostitute for someone for Travis to save and redeem him, and he’ll appear more like the cool anti-hero that films are lacking today. How about it Hollywood, can’t we consider Taxi or Uber Driver?
The Crying Game (1992)
Set in Ireland – check. Use of an Irish accent – check. Michael’s history of playing a character associated with the IRA – check. The Crying Game is the youngest of my remake requests, but it’s a classic like Taxi Driver that I fear will never get remade, because it’s brilliant as it is. However, when I recently watched this film, I imagined Michael as Ferguson (Stephen Rea’s character), and David Oyelowo as Jodie (Forrest Whittaker). Who would play Dil, I don’t know, but with transgender folk out, loud, and proud these days, the actor for this part could be found. This is a love story with a twist and crazy politics that still ring true today, and Michael could knock this performance out the park with the right script.
Three Men and a Baby (1987)
When this movie came out, it was crazy popular, and I still love it to this day, even though I haven’t seen it in a while. And with that said, it says a lot how this film resonated with me to make it to my top five remake choices. This would be a great comedic adventure for Michael, and I see him playing the role that Tom Selleck played. It will still be set in NYC (yes, this is the third NY based film), and Michael would be the alpha-male architect who reluctantly becomes enchanted with a baby girl who was left at the door of the townhouse he shares with his roommates, with one of them being the father. Co-star considerations: James McAvoy in the Steve Guttenberg role, and Bradley Cooper in the Ted Danson role. Now with these three guys, who in the hell wouldn’t want to see this funny film?
Dirty Harry (1971)
My favorite potential remake of all films, Dirty Harry has Michael Fassbender written all over it! An Irish cop with a bad attitude in San Francisco is confronted with the task of drawing out a completely sadistic psychopath (co-star suggestion: Paul Dano) who is on the loose causing havoc in the city. In order to take this guy out by any means necessary, the mayor needs Dirty Harry. Michael has already confessed that he’s a “complicated” person, so he could understand and empathize with Harry in his no holds barred way of dealing with scum and “punks” on the street. Update the film with current popular drugs and how the killer would use social media to threaten the city and its citizens, and we have Dirty Harry 2020.
These are just a few of the dozens upon dozens of films from these eras that could benefit from a brilliant remake. I don’t like films to be remade just for the hell of it, only when technology and modern themes can be used to reinvigorate these classics for a newer generation, and for fans of the original to enjoy both. So, what do you think of these suggestions? What films do you have in mind that you would like to see be remade with Michael Fassbender in the lead, or co-star in?
Friday, June 26, 2015
The thing I love about Michael Fassbender is that when he is dressed for a special occasion, he looks absolutely handsome and dashing. And when he's just walking the streets of London in jeans he wore three days in a row, a t-shirt, and sexy-messy wavy short auburn hair, I love it even more because he still looks damn good. He looks real, approachable, and down to earth. If you haven't had the opportunity to meet Michael Fassbender up close, trust me when I say that photos don't often do him justice. Some folk forget that Michael is a human being just like the rest of us and sometimes he looks tired. In the real world, this is called being normal. So to those of you expecting a plastic ass Ken doll actor 24/7/365, move along, Fassy is not for you! Flaws and all, he's perfect just the way he is!
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
|I look forward to adding Slow West to my Blu-ray collection.|
I was interacting with someone on Twitter yesterday after I tweeted about how some
Michael is not obligated to have a social media presence to be pestered by his fanbase, just because some of them are obsessed to the point where they make up stuff about him just to bicker with one another. All one needs to do is refer to Tom Hiddleson's greatly diminished twitter presence to see that for some celebrities, having a twitter account can do more harm to one's PR than good. Every time that man tweeted something, some deranged dingbats would write rude comments. Frankly, there are just too many unstable people out there in the world, and celebrities take a risk by creating a social media presence, and thereby, indirectly invite these questionable people into their lives. The overwhelming majority of Michael Fassbender fans are good, normal people - it's just the few rotten apples that he has to protect himself from. I've lost count of how many celebrities I read about who had to delete their twitter accounts due to the horrible behavior by supposed fans. I don't want Michael Fassbender to be one of them.
As much as I consider myself a social media professional and enjoy interacting with family, friends, and my worldwide audience - having a Facebook, Instagram or Twitter account is not for everyone, or for every celebrity. We already know that Michael claims to be not so on top of technology - not that he's a technophobe either, but it's obvious that he just doesn't need twitter and for that, I'm very happy.
Lastly, to address a casting rumor regarding Assassin's Creed, it has been confirmed that Michael's gal pal Alicia Vikander will not be in the film, which is scheduled to start filming in London in September. Instead, she'll be in the next Bourne film starring Matt Damon. I love those Bourne movies!
Friday, June 19, 2015
A really interesting interview article with Michael Fassbender was posted earlier this week at Independent.ie where he speaks about the Slow West filming (my review after the jump), and how he considers the media a distraction. I like his attitude about not paying too close attention to what is written in the media about him and his work because it's human nature to take to heart most of what is written about the individual, good or bad. So the less newspapers he reads, and the less Internet static that he is exposed to, the more balanced and focused he is on his work and life. Michael also admitted that he gets a little depressed when he's preparing for roles in his really dark films, like 12 Years a Slave. As the sensitive and compassionate man that we know Michael to be, this comes as no surprise. Heck, being the viewer of some of his dark films is a depressing experience (I still refuse to watch Eden Lake again). Michael reveals that he doesn't understand why he's considered a sex symbol (look in the mirror brother), and admits that he's a complicated person. Complicated is good, he's no simpleton or a push over.
The upcoming weeks should give us our second heavy dose this year of Michael as he continues to work on X-Men in Montreal and doing pre-production work for Assassin's Creed, which will be filmed in London starting in September.
After volunteering 25 hours for the Cinetopia Film Festival in the past week, I was able to watch six films, and one of them was Slow West.
Friday, June 12, 2015
Michael Fassbender must feel like a juggler in a circus right now because he's been everywhere and conducting a lot of business in support of completed and pre-production filming projects; in both actor and producer modes. One minute he's in Montreal, the next afternoon he's in New York, then the next day he's spotted in London. In all instances, he was mixing business with pleasure. And as my local film festival winds down this weekend after I volunteer for 20 hours, I get to see Slow West Saturday night (it's opening in Canada on Friday). I feel now more than ever it's a great time to show the support that I have had for Michael since 2007 - more about that after the page jump.
I feel now is the time to comment on the alarming debate about Michael's personal life with his co-star Alicia Vikander.
Friday, June 5, 2015
This is a portrait of Michael Fassbender at Cannes from Scott Gries. He really captures the depth of Michael's blue eyes, and the delicate wispy ginger whiskers of his perfectly handsome, chiseled face. I always look forward to the TGiFassy image because oftentimes, it's an image that I think embodies the highlight of the end of a Fassbender week. And as all the Cannes chatter winds down, and the Macbeth official trailer out, I just love this image.
I was complaining on Twitter earlier today that I was disappointed in the lack of Fassbender/Macbeth coverage in The Hollywood Reporter (THR) and Entertainment Weekly, both of which I have a print subscription to. For the past three issues, THR covered Cannes, but they couldn't be arsed to have one picture of Michael. They did print his name in a brief article in passing, along with a bunch of other celebrities that attended AmFar, but that's it! I'm biased, obviously, but Macbeth is a film event, and it stars two of the best performers of their generation: Michael, and Marion Cotillard. Alas, there are many stars vying for the same attention so I guess the ones with the loudest PR team wins. To conclude Fassy Cannes 2015, there is a new interview video with Michael, Marion, and Justin Kurzel, the director, posted up at Daily Motion.
This weekend, for a second year in a row, I start my volunteer work at the Cinetopia Film Festival here in Ann Arbor and Detroit. I'm a Venue Manager Supervisor. I'll oversee all the volunteers and box office at a Detroit venue where my two screenings will show (one of ten theaters for the entire festival). Michael's 'Slow West' will screen this Sunday evening at a different Detroit theater, and next Saturday in Ann Arbor. Because I have several other volunteer roles through the week, I'm saving my screening for the movie for next Saturday, after the end of my last volunteer shift. This is the fourth year of this new regional film festival and we have expanded it from four days, to ten this year. As much as I love movies and film festivals, it's great to be a part of a hometown film festival that attracts some high quality films and talent.
If you're interested in viewing my photo album for my Killarney and London holiday, visit my Flickr.
Thursday, June 4, 2015
Thanks to StudioCanal UK for the heads up on the trailer release! Additional information: The highly anticipated tale of war, ambition, love, murder and betrayal, directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) and starring Academy-Award nominee Michael Fassbender (Twelve Years A Slave, Shame, Hunger) and Academy-Award winner Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night, La Vie En Rose) will see a UK release on OCTOBER 2nd. Macbeth is the story of a fearless warrior and inspiring leader brought low by ambition and desire. A thrilling interpretation of the dramatic realities of the times and a reimagining of what wartime must have been like for one of literature’s most famous and compelling characters, a story of all-consuming passion and ambition set in war torn Scotland. MACBETH is from the producers of The King’s Speech and Shame. MACBETH also stars Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), David Thewlis (the Harry Potter series), Sean Harris (Prometheus), Jack Reynor (What Richard Did) and Elizabeth Debicki (The Great Gatsby). --- Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard look brilliant in this fascinating nearly 2 minute clip.
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Monday, June 1, 2015
|Michael and Marion at Cannes.|
What does this have for its Oscar chances? The Oscars are very different than Cannes, so I think that if Macbeth receives great critical reception this fall, and does decent at the box office, it could garner a few award nominations. But the main award we're concerned about is a best actor nomination for Michael for Macbeth. However, Macbeth is just one of three films that Michael has a chance of being nominated for this year, the others are - The Light Between Oceans, and of course, Steve Jobs. If you're a betting person, start placing your bets on the Steve Jobs film, if Michael delivers like we know he can. Even though I was on vacation, I still got my Fassy fix by skimming the pitiful Google alerts, and reading tweets. I was fascinated by the obsessive monitoring of Michael's private time behavior at Cannes, as per the comments at one message board forum that is more tolerable than others, that was not related to the real reason why he was at Cannes: to promote a film. People seem to forget that Michael Fassbender is an actor, not just a regular 38 year-old man doing what normal 38 year-old men do in their private lives, and especially at a cool place like the Cannes film festival where he doesn't have a pay a penny out of his pocket to have fun there.
If you're a real FAN of Michael Fassbender, ignore the gossip and stop criticizing, speculating and passing judgment, just focus on the fantastic work that Michael always puts his heart into in order to entertain us. The other stuff is industry static, and that's all I'll ever say. I'm here for Michael Fassbender and his work and that's what real fans should be interested in too.
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Vera and Stephanie will keep posting the most current articles and images on Michael Fassbender while he is at Cannes to promote Macbeth. So far, there appears to be a load of buzz on several films to capture the Palme D'or award (Carol, Youth, Mountains May Depart). Macbeth will screen on the final day, this Saturday, 23 May, so have your eyes glued at FFF because Vera and Stephanie will be updating as the Michael news and images from Cannes come in.
For those interested in my journeys to Killarney and London, you're welcomed to check out my Instagram account for fun images documenting these two fantastic cities. I'll be tweeting as usual, just not as frequently. TGiFassy will be suspended for the next two Fridays!
Good luck to Michael at Cannes!
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Friday, May 15, 2015
|But it still works.|
Did you read that "interview" of Michael with Variety from Wednesday? I've already expressed by disgust with the lack of professionalism, and lack of active listening skills the "reporter" demonstrated during his "interview" with Michael, so I won't go there again. However, Michael's responses were smart and witty, and very patient with a nitwit. We learned that Michael can't be arsed with going to the gym, he's just naturally lean and sexy; still can't stand LA; he's willing to play Magneto 100 more times; he relies on the internet for information about him (FF is the best source dude!); and he wants to direct one day but helping produce films is keeping him busy. But the true gem of this article is that Michael is like me, he likes to hold onto shit until it ain't working no more. He's a clinger!
Apparently Michael has a busted iPhone 4. He has mentioned this in a previous interview from earlier this month, and it's no big deal, loads of people have iPhone 4. But because Michael is a wealthy A-list celebrity guy, some segments of society think he should have iPhone 6, and gold, to boot. But Michael isn't like that, he likes his 4 series, and better yet, it WORKS and it's still functional for him. I love this so much and it makes me want to hug him because I can relate. I don't even have an iPhone, I have a Samsung android, and it's the first smartphone I got just last July. Yes, I finally got a smartphone in 2014, because my regular people non-smartphone, WORKED for me.
I'm also one of the last human beings who doesn't have a plasma TV yet - even my 3 year old baby nephew has a 45 inch plasma in his room. My fat, heavy 36 inch 1999 Panasonic TV still, WORKS and I like it. I have all kinds of old fashioned shit still in my possession, but the moral of this ranting confession is that, I understand why Michael is clinging onto his cracked, raggedy, old iPhone 4 - it's his and it still works. You don't owe anyone any explanations Michael, you're a clinger like me, you keep your phone and tell people to fuck off! :)