Tuesday, October 25, 2016

FF from LA!

Wow, the past week has been a whirlwind for me. I am officially in the Los Angeles area and I'm coming along fine. No matter how often I have visited LA, actually living here is a whole new ballgame, and I'm up to playing a long game here. I have been able to post a few updates on FF@FB in the past week. There were times when I was in my various hotels, and with Wi-Fi connection, I needed a break from navigating WEST in my car and I needed to do some navigating on the Internet to keep up to date with Michael Fassbender stuff. He's had another premiere of The Light Between Oceans with Alicia in London, a new trailer for Assassin's Creed has been released, and an excellent new interview with the Guardian was posted this weekend.  I can't tell you how refreshing it is to take a break from this major life relocation move for me to read up on something so familiar and that I enjoy so much.

A special thanks to April for pitching in to keep FF current. I hope you all are looking forward to future postings from April as her help in keeping Fassinating Fassbender blog updated will be greatly appreciated.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Michael Monday 19

Happy Monday, Fassinators! Excellent new interview in The Guardian, in which Michael is a bit, well, unguarded. Nice insights into his process, his growth as an actor, and which flag his heart flies. Happy reading!

Friday, October 21, 2016

TGIF 10.21.16

Hi All! Simone has landed safely in California, and I'm not sure whether she'll post this weekend or not, so here's a link to a quick, not-quite-standard article in which Michael talks about why he was drawn to the "Trespass Against Us" project. And an old, but good, picture!

Friday, October 14, 2016

TGIF 10.14.16

Michael Fassbender is so considerate to me. He knows when to lay low because I've been extremely busy this week as I close out my final days here in Michigan. After so many years of thinking about moving to Los Angles, I'm just days away from fulfilling this dream. In the event I get too bogged down with my relocation, I have enlisted April K, a long-time FF friend and supporter who will update the blog if I'm unable to. She's got a busy life too, but she is a much needed back up for FF in emergencies.

The next time I update FF, it will be from California! ♥

Monday, October 10, 2016

Michael Monday 18

Michael Fassbender in Killarney 2016

Michael had a glorious weekend in his beautiful hometown of Killarney. All the pictures we've seen since late Friday reveals an extremely happy and peaceful Michael Fassbender. He and his family must be filled with so much pride! For this Michael Monday, we celebrate it with an image from the Killarney festivities, and with a throwback photo from when Michael was a wee lad teenager of 1994. In the two visits I have made the Killarney in the past 4 years, tour guides proudly mentioned that Killarney is the hometown of  'the handsome actor from 12 Years a Slave and Inglorious Basterds'. One even pointed out the neighborhood division that the Fassbender's currently live in Fossa as we drove through their area. I won't be surprised if in 10 years, after Michael won his much deserved Oscar, that Killarney will erect a statue of Michael. Yup... you read it here first!

Reminder, after I write up TGiFassy on Friday, I will be offline for a week until I get settled in the LA area. All plans are coming along fine and again, I truly appreciate kind words of support and well wishes that I have received as of late. This cross country move to utilize my Master's degree will pay off and I'm so excited about my future on the West coast!

To live, you must take a chance at something different; make sacrifices to be truly happy.

Michael in Killarney 1994 'Reservoir Dogs' self-directed play

Friday, October 7, 2016

Michael is honored in Killarney

Congratulations to Michael for being honored tonight in Killarney into the Order of Innisfallen at Muckross House. Michael's parents and Alicia were there to support him on this very special occasion. As some of you know, I have had the pleasure of visiting Killarney twice, and I went to Muckross House on both trips. Such a lovely place, and seeing images of Killarney on this autumn day is beautiful and inviting. I'm so proud of Michael today!

Watch this interview clip of Michael on RTEnews!

TGIF 10.7.16 (Updated)

This has been a very stressful week for me, but as it's coming to a close, a wave of calmness is chilling me out. And Michael Fassbender has a lot to do with that. I find that when I'm stressed out or bummed out, and I have to update the blog, it's therapeutic. While I'm at work during the day, I'm happy to update FF@Facebook with the even the most mundane, but newest information on Michael. When things are chaotic for me, that's when I really rely on Fassinating Fassbender to perk up my mood. Michael Fassbender can have a sedative like effect on you.

And on the same token, when I read about something very negative about Michael, it really pisses me off - I get defensive for him. Earlier this week, another half-ass, slanderous article was written on Michael by some lame, quasi-feminist, social justice warrior wannabe idiot, and it was a pure click bait trap. It was so poorly written and researched, that she only wrote it to use his name to get visits to her article. People like her give bloggers a bad name because she used old, fabricated lies in a hyperventilating style of  "journalist writing" to compare Michael to real scumbags. I did not share the link because I did not want to promote her click bait crap. Nor did I write a comment, because oddly enough, after all that faux outrage, she didn't have the balls to permit comments to her article.  But even if she did, I would not have written anything, such people write recycled crap to stir up a new controversy and visits to their advertising heavy websites. If you come across such articles don't re-tweet them or post the link on public forums. Just ignore them because they are counting on us to share the article so that they can get paid. Do you want to be party to someone paying their rent or crack habit from you sharing their lame ass article? I didn't think so.

Edited to Add: Michael is being honored in Killarney today by being inducted into the Order of Innisfallen - Killarney Advertiser

Congratulations Michael, you make Killarney proud!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Michael Monday 17

Photographer Nino Munoz sure knows how to capture the handsome essence of Michael Fassbender. If Michael had a fragrance inspired after him, this picture would be used in all the ads.

Friday, September 30, 2016

TGIF 9.30.16

This final day of September marks the closing of a very busy and productive month for me. I made two round-trip day trips to Toronto to attend TIFF for Michael Fassbender related events. Originally, I was going to skip TIFF this year, but I'm so glad I was able to attend for Fassinating Fassbender readers, and I hope you all enjoyed the things I shared with you. No other Michael Fassbender fan website devotes as much personal time, effort, and money to try to bring to you and share with you, exclusive insights into the latest regarding Michael Fassbender's life and his career. The video I recorded of a portion of the TIFF Soiree has received almost 3K views, so it's great that people wanted to see just a snipet of this rare opportunity to hear Michael talk about his career at such a high profile fundraising event. My love, adoration, and respect for Michael is as strong as ever, and as I transition into a new phase in my personal and professional life, Fassinating Fassbender will continue to be a beloved 'professional hobby' that I will update regularly and maintain as time permits. 

Being in the LA area will also permit me to capture even more unique opportunities to cover Michael at events in Hollywood. Not that I'm associated with anything in the entertainment industry, at least not yet, but my proximity to the epicenter of the entertainment world will be much more closer than being 2200 miles away in boring Michigan. So I'm really looking forward to those types of opportunities that will continue to allow me to further develop Fassinating Fassbender as a fan blog with a unique, fresh, and exclusive insight and commentary about the life and career of Michael Fassbender. 

I visited Los Angeles last week where I had some job interviews and secured housing. I will be leaving for California the week of October 17 and I will chronicle my travels on Instagram from Michigan to California - all 2,247 miles of the journey. With that said, my updates will be sporadic for the month of October as I really buckle down with the planning of this cross country move. And during the week of my move, there will be no FF updates. I'm lucky to have found the place where I will call home immediately upon arriving in Los Angeles, I'll even have maid service which is included in the rent! I'll be living about 30 minutes outside of downtown LA, and the views of the San Gabriel mountains inspire daydreams and will offer miles of beautiful hiking. This living arrangement will be very welcomed to help offset the anticipated stress of life in a new big city and the commute to work. I have no friends in LA, so I look forward to making new friends so that I can really come to love and enjoy living in LA. To inaugurate my new life in LA, I'm going to attend a concert on the evening of Oct 24th at an Irish Pub called Molly Malones. 

I hope you all have seen or plan to watch The Light Between Oceans, it's really a well made and beautiful film (review). I don't know when Trespass Against Us will be released in theaters, but it's another great film starring Michael that deserves your support (review). I realize that with the poor history of how video games turn to movies have not fared well at the box office, but Michael's Assassin's Creed should set a new precedence and do very well because he's starring in it and producing it. It's also starring Marion Cotillard, and it's directed by Justin Kurzel. So this is no C-list starring attempt to jump start a video game movie franchise, this is serious business with top talent, which also involves Ubisoft, the video game software creators. I've read a lot of people's cynical views about the potential for this to fail, mostly due to the history of video games turning to movies failing at the box office, and because of the release date, December 21, which scares some people since One Rogue opens a few days earlier. Be that as it may, Assassin's Creed will do good business and it can't steer clear of certain movies just because of a massively build in fan base, if anything, this may be a simple sign of confidence in Assassin's Creed's ability to still do well enough to earn the respect that it should have. 

Here I go again. For your sake, please continue to ignore the hateful segment of the fandom because the energy they exude is too negative and vile. Unfortunately, things have gotten much worse with that lot in recent months and it's troubling, it's as if they all ran out of their anti-psychotic medication at the same time. I know it's like watching a bloody car crash and you feel compelled to keep tabs on them to read their hateful, ignorant, racist shit. I know some of you read that junk for a laugh at their insanity. I do too, but I monitor them every so often to keep up to date on the crap. It's akin to a normal, sane, compassionate human being journalist being professionally obligated to cover the Trump campaign. It sucks, it's gross, it's demoralizing, but, it's part of the job. But some forums that cater to feral trolls for the traffic are just too dark and nasty for the average decent fan. So take it from me, don't pay them the attention they desperately seek, they are much more uglier than those they attack, very ugly, that's why they don't reveal themselves; racist ghetto trolls are very, very hideous people, inside and out, with pathetic lives and no one in their life that loves them. They project their hate onto a beautiful and kind man and his close associates because they aren't getting what they need from him. Which is, the ability, via outlandish fantasies, to project themselves into his personal life because his personal life does not offer a reflection of what their warped reality identifies with. They fear to be held accountable for the pure crap they write about from their caves, so they hide behind computers while spouting insane nonsense among each other while enjoying the fact that an audience is reading their psychotic, sadistic, anti-social, narcissistic, racist bullshit. The overwhelming majority of the audience does not share their views, they are just going to the zoo to see what the animals are up to in their cages, which is flinging shit straight out of their asses and tossing it wherever it will stick. 

On a calmer note, I want to say thank you to the few select individuals who made donations to my personal fundraiser. Although I did not meet my goal, I am moved by the kind charity of people who I consider the best part of why I do what I do for FF. In the 8 years (Sept 8, 2008) of writing for Fassinating Fassbender, I have never asked for a penny for any of the personal costs associated with managing this blog, the raffle prizes, or the expenses related to traveling to events to cover Michael Fassbender; so in the one and only time I asked for donations to help fund a personal project, I'm humbled that a few of you responded to my call. Thank you so very much!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Michael Monday 16

Michael was spotted in London over the weekend going into Chiltern Firehouse to have dinner with his The Light Between Oceans co-star, Alicia Vikander. Although Oceans has been released in the US since September 2, it will premiere in the UK on January 6, 2017. Meanwhile, Michael has also been hard at work finishing up final edits and some re-shoots for Assassin's Creed. Last minute re-shooting is normal and a sign that the film is being perfected prior to its release on December 21st.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Michael Monday 15

I will be extremely busy managing some important personal things so I will not be around this week. I hope to give you very good news by next weekend.

Have a great week and Happy Michael Monday!

"I never thought of myself as good looking. I think of myself as, you know, all right." - Michael Fassbender | UK Elle | 2013

Friday, September 16, 2016

TGIF 9.16.16

You have to be an ugly person to hate this handsome face!

Michael Fassbender cries a lot... a LOT in his movies; red face, quivering lips, and snot for bonus believability. So do you ever wonder how he does it so well? Michael shared his secret to movie crying last week at the TIFF Soiree that I had the pleasure of attending.

He toggles between two methods to get to an emotional place where he needs to cry for a scene.He either tries to remember something sad or traumatic and re-live it or just relaxes physically and mentally and focuses. “You exercise that muscle over many years and go into that state, and it becomes a trigger. So sometimes I just need to say a sentence to myself that would trigger it. I pray to relatives that are dead and I ask them to look out for me if I’m going into a scene like that. You hope that you’ll get to that place truthfully because it’s horrible to pretend cry.” - Fashion Magazine

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Final day of the Fundraiser | Assassin's Creed

Assassin's Creed is going to make this much money on opening day!
Thank you to the people who have donated to my fundraiser to help me raise funds for my move to California in less than a month! I received two donations yesterday totaling $140, so it just warms my heart knowing that I have some great friends in the FF community who want to help me in this big life change. Today is the last day of my actively begging for money, however, the donation Paypal link will remain active through the end of this month for last minute donors who have a few spare bucks to donate.

Now that I have seen The Light Between Oceans and Trespass Against Us, I'm now greedy to see Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed, coming out on December 21. When I was talking to a Fassbender fan in line at TIFF this past weekend, she didn't have high hopes for the movie. Because it seems like every film adaptation of a video game falters at the box office, she thinks the same will happen with Assassin's Creed. Although I think Rogue One: Star Wars will be major, major competition for people's attention at theaters in late December, I truly believe that the number one video game in the world, for multiple years, has a built in audience that will go see it. And with a two-time Oscar nominated actor playing the lead, and the video game maker, Ubisoft, helping to produce it, I know it's going to be a great film.

Check out the latest stills from Assassin's Creed at Playlist!

Monday, September 12, 2016

Michael Monday 14

The past seven days has been high alert levels for Michael Fassbender reporting. With two new films released in the theater and at TIFF, and attending the TIFF Soiree for Michael this past Wednesday, has left my head swirling with Fassy news. Please read my review below of Michael's Trespass Against Us, a great film where yet again, Michael shines in another unique role. Michael had a successful visit to Toronto and I'm glad I was there to enjoy it and see it first hand. I will skip TIFF in 2017, I need a break from the festival, which makes dramatic changes every year much to my dismay, but I still love and support TIFF.

FF Review: Trespass Against Us (3.5/5)

Fassbender and Gleeson 'Trespass Against Us' (2016)

Michael Fassbender is one of a handful of actors who can go between blockbusters and small indies seamlessly. In Adam Smith's Trespass Against Us, the film revolves around an British gypsy/traveler family clan of ruthless outlaw criminals. As Chad Cutler, Michael Fassbender is the son of the family leader, Colby Cutler, brilliantly played by Brendan Gleeson. Chad was raised by a man who refused to allow Chad to be formally educated, and thus, Chad is completely illiterate, he cannot read or write, but, Chad is smart in spirit and he knows well enough that he does not want his children to grow up illiterate like him. To survive, the Cutler clan rob businesses and do a variety of illegal things to earn money. Even as a grown married man in his late 20s or early 30s, Chad's relationship with his father has Chad behaving like a controlled and oppressed teenager, unable to not do wicked deeds his father demands him to do on his behalf. Under the dark threat of having Chad's 7-year old son follow Chad's same dismal path, Chad makes plans for his family to move from the Cutler trailer camp, in hopes of living within the established surrounding community of law abiding citizens. However, once his father finds out about his future plans, Colby destroys Chad's one chance at having a normal life.

In one scene between Colby and his grandson, Colby tells the child that the 'other people' trespass against them with their brainwashing education system, and rigid society rules. In the Cutler community, they live life in the normal and natural way, all the other people and rules are wrong and bad for them, especially schools and church. In the latest criminal heist that Chad reluctantly handles, a lot of things go wrong and the police are out to get him by any means necessary. As Chad discovers that his opportunity for a normal and honorable life is now impossible, and that his children are gravely affected by the criminal actions and repercussions of the Cutler compound, Chad does one final act that gives him a way out from the deadly grip of Colby. The ending is very bittersweet in where Chad makes the ultimate sacrifice to assure his son that he loves him, and in getting away from Colby forever.

Trespass Against Us was briefly discussed by Michael Fassbender at the TIFF Soiree where he described that there is a community of people like the Cutler clan that live on the edges of society, and they have stories that need to be told. There is active prejudice against them because of their non-traditional and unruly outlooks on life. Adam Smith's directorial debut started off very good as I enjoyed watching Trespass, and there was great tension filled moments, and white knuckling high speed car chases, and running on foot from law enforcement scenes. Now this is not a criticism of the film per se, but I think Smith used Michael Fassbender's good looks to help sell the film. The viewer can be distracted by Michael being such a handsome man, the camera loves him in this film, and the director makes the most of every second to admire Michael's face, body, legs, hair, arms, chest, eyes, fingers, mouth... etc. Imagine using a beauty queen to sell the strongest plastic garbage bags that money can buy. A bit ridiculous, right? It was hard believing that such a beautiful man can be so uneducated and dress so poorly, living among very plain people. There was one scene where Chad and some of the community boys were in a car and one had to go into the gas station to buy petrol for a robbery job. Chad told the one guy to go into the store because he was the best looking of the bunch. The audience chuckled because it was silly and nonsensical, but we went with the joke. Even with Michael's face covered with a black knitted face mask, it was still MICHAEL FASSBENDER wearing a ski mask, not covering his laser beam blue eyes and sexy pout.

Go see Trespass Against Us, but be warned of the foul language and some British slang that is hard to understand. It's a good film study about an outlaw gypsy family that most of us did not know existed, and this is a culture whose story needs to be told. Michael was excellent in portraying a man seriously conflicted with his outlaw destiny under his father's heavy hand, and forging a new law-abiding destiny out of the love for his family.