Monday, October 3, 2011

New York Film Fassbender Festival

I'm sending a call out to all FF readers who plan on attending the New York Film Festival to see both of Michael's films, 'A Dangerous Method' and in particular 'Shame'. If you are going, I would like to invite you the opportunity to be a guest writer to cover the Fassy aspect of the NYFF. I do not know yet if Michael will attend, I think he will because it's NEW YORK CITY, and in regards to Shame, it is set in NYC, and everyone who is anyone in the business, will be there who missed Venice or Toronto. It would be a wonderful chance for a FF reader to author an exclusive report from New York. Not only will you be writing a review of one or both of the films, but if you are able to take pictures of Michael, that would be even better. But most importantly, I would like to feature one or two articles from people who will attend the festival.

Please email me expressing your interest and I'll give you additional information. As per the NYFF website, it has 'A Dangerous Method' listed as a Gala and it has two showings on Wednesday, October 5th at 6pm and 8:30pm, tickets are still available. However for Shame, it is part of the Main Slate program and it has two showings starting on Friday, October 7th at 6pm, and on Sunday, October 9th at 12pm, standby only - meaning, tickets are off sale and you'll have to get in the Rush line or hope and pray tickets are released. Needless to say you can see which Fassbender film is the hottest ticket at the film festival. Here is a tantalizing synopsis posted at NYFF:

In his much-anticipated encore to his superb first feature, Hunger, British artist Steve McQueen reunites with the extraordinary Michael Fassbender in this ferociously sexual drama. An explosive portrait of a sex addict walking a tightrope between presentable respectability and the wild side, this incendiary drama captures the anger and the ecstasy of its anti-hero's incessant drive for conquest in contemporary New York, where any woman he meets he believes is ripe for the taking. Madly attractive but with cruelly cold eyes, this compulsive Casanova finds his style cramped by the abrupt arrival of his unstable sister (Carey Mulligan), whose insecurities crack open issues of his own. Daring, stylistically brilliant and erotically charged, McQueen's heady, beautiful and disturbing film seems as determined to leave the viewer unsettled as it will surely serve to further propel Fassbender into the front ranks of contemporary screen actors.

I believe the NYFF audience will love Shame just like Venice and Toronto!

This can't be serious: There have been some articles in the past week or so about some director who wants Michael to star in the reboot of one of my all-time favorite movies from the 80's, Robocop. As much as I love that film classic, I cannot imagine Michael even bothering to entertain the thought of being a part of this remake. I bet the director was just using Michael's hot name just to get some media attention about the remake. Notice I'm not mentioning the director's name, I forgot it and I'm too damn lazy to look it up. But my point is, I don't want to give him more attention to this asinine suggestion. Michael is hot, but he's very selective about what jobs he takes on and I think one fantasy anti-hero (Magneto) is enough for him at this point. So take reports like this with a grain of salt unless it's like really high brow and reasonable to assume it is something that Michael may really consider.

Off Topic: It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I will be doing my part to recognize this cause. I lost my sister Suzy 3 years ago to this horrible disease and not a day goes by without me thinking about her. I'll be wearing something pink everyday this month, and if you want to do your little part, I sell Avon and you can go to my Avon website and buy some pretty pink inspire items - as a matter of fact, I'm wearing the Pink Power nail color right now. Portions of the proceeds will go to fund breast cancer research. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

Not that I particularly want to see him make it, either, but before you jump to conclusions, this director, Jose Padhila, is a very well-respected Brazilian director who has won acclaim in multiple film festivals, including Berlin and Sundance, and this year is behind Brazil's submission for the Oscars. So I think he's bring something different to the film and the genre.

NazOrs said...

I don't think it was a jab at the director as much as it was the idea behind it. Robocop is by no means a "classic" and remakes almost always tend to be inferior to the original. What is the point? Seems like another bad attempt at making quick cash. Considering Fassbender is trying to be taken more seriously as an actor, I really hope it turns the offer down. Not because of the director, but because of the idea.

I'm not even sure if I like the potential for him to be a future James Bond. However, I would much rather that than RoboCop

Dionne said...

I don't like the idea of a Robocop reboot, especially not with Fassy! His face would be covered!!!!!!!!!!*(breath) It should be a crime to even consider doing that. But then again that jaw... ;)

Jordan said...

"[Shame] will surely serve to further propel Fassbender into the front ranks of contemporary screen actors."

*I'm beginning to find myself to be a quote nerd. :D

I think that the Brazilian director just really wants Fassy's jaw of justice. It would fit splendid with that helmet. But I *personally* think that Fassy is too good of an actor to play this part. But I can't say much on the movies themselves as I have never gotten around to watching Robocop.

As for the NYFF... *sniff* I won't be able to go. Kinda rough when you are a college student living on the other side of the country. I'm excited for whoever takes up the part!! Boochow.

I'm so sorry for your loss Simone. That must of been really hard. Although not breast cancer, I lost my uncle to aggressive sarcoma cancer. :( My prayers go out to all families effected.

Anonymous said...

The protests and NYFF just had to happen at the same time... Hope Fassy can get in and out alive and unscathed.

I bluntly say No, to Robocop, even though I too am I fan of Robocop.

annd I'm so sorry about your sister! :(

Anonymous said...

well, he plays an android in much for one fantasy character.

Also, sounds like you are being condescending to a very well respected director.

And if you do some research you will quickly realize that he's not the one who suggested Fassbender for the part. A journalist did. The director merely agreed that he would be a good choice.

Simone said...

@ NazOrs - thanks for understanding. BTW, Robocop is a 'cult' classic. I may have seen it 50 times, maybe. ;)

@ Jordan and Anon 7:09 - thank you for your kind words.

Katie said...

I have never seen Robocop.. although as he will already be a robot in Prometheus, I think he should not take this role. But if he does, it's not like I'll complain!! haha But his sexy face will be all covered! >:(

I'm pretty sure the director wanted Fassy all along Anon#2.

And I quote:
"He's an incredibly talented actor, I can understand why everyone wants him. Padilha doesn't mention too much, but this is what he says: "I can't talk yet, it's too early to speak, but there are some actors I like. I really like Fassbender, I'd like to talk to him — I'll talk to him." So the director's current top choice to play the new Officer Alex J. Murphy, better known as your friendly neighborhood RoboCop, is the Michael Fassbender."