Part One of BEE's late-at-night conversation with Marilyn Manson. This is a prelude before things got really dark: PodcastOne.com/pg/jsp/program…
Paul Walker was probably the most beautiful American movie actor of the past two decades.
As a gay man I'm appalled by certain bullying members of the gay community who distorted the Alec Baldwin case into a hate-speech narrative.
Now available: Part Two of my conversation with Kanye West on The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast. bit.ly/HZFA5H
"I like a moral problem so much better than a real problem." Elaine May.
I really liked THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE. Even when it kind of stumbles it's still the best American movie I've seen this fall.
"Now, that's someone I love! And you I don't even like! You got an assignment, cheapie: find my money!" Marty Augustine in The Long Goodbye.
Everyone involved with PHILOMENA should know better (and they do!): Steve Coogan, Stephen Frears, The Weinstein's, Judi Dench, U.S. critics.
chats with @kanyewest
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Extremely recommended: THE FALL, starring Gillian Anderson, with Jamie Dornan as one of the most compelling serial killers ever. NETFLIX.
Last 4 movies I've seen: COMPUTER CHESS (Bujalski, 2013), HICKEY & BOGGS (Culp, 1972), NIGHT WATCH (Hutton, 1973), NEBRASKA (Payne, 2013)...
Premiere episode of The Bret Easton Ellis Podcast debuts today: a conversation about movies with guest Kanye West. bit.ly/HZFA5H
"The way out of a room is not through the door. Just don't want out. And you're free…" Charles Manson.
The song I've listened to the most in the last 5 days (and the best SNL performance in memory): youtu.be/16Ut5B1K-14
It's now the 12th of November and the best American movie released so far this year is still Richard Linklater's BEFORE MIDNIGHT.
BRING UP THE BODIES is a smoother, faster read than WOLF HALL, even though there are seven introductory pages reminding us who everyone is.
"Each time I have tried to communicate with someone, love has disappeared…" Michelangelo Antonioni, La Notte.
Antonioni's great film LA NOTTE (1961) is one of the few things that Don Draper ever admits to actually liking in "Mad Men" so far.
Just re-watched Michelangelo Antonioni's amazing LA NOTTE. A great film and one of Stanley Kubrick's top-ten favorite movies of all time.
Kenneth Lonergan's MARGARET is a masterpiece. Anna Paquin and Jeannie Berlin give legendary performances. The death scene is bloodcurdling.
The worst thing I noticed about this last Halloween: American morons who got wildly offended and pissed-off by, um, yep: Halloween costumes.
THE CANYONS opens in Italy on November 14th. Here's the slightly more explicit Italian trailer: thecanyons.it
Halloween costume: the 27-year-old is going as Sandra Bullock's vengeful, unforgiving dead daughter in GRAVITY, rooting for mom to drown...
There's so much self-righteous hatred aimed at THE COUNSELOR because it dares to laugh darkly at the "Victims Are Our New Heroes" culture...
I liked the bloody feel-bad nihilism of Ridley Scott's THE COUNSELOR, a much-needed rejoinder to "noble" and "humanistic" movies everywhere.
I'll be with artist Luc Tuymans at The Menil Collection in Houston on Tuesday October 29 6-7pm. A conversation and book-signing.
I think that Jamie Dornan is the perfect choice to play Christian Grey in FIFTY SHADES OF GREY. Smartest casting decision in a long time.
Interesting book: bit.ly/1bWTnn4
Why remake one of the greatest American movies of the 1970s? CARRIE 2013 was the most depressing filmgoing experience I've had this year...
This is one of the best things I've ever read about Brian DePalma's CARRIE and why certain movies change you: insidemovies.ew.com/2013/10/18/car…
The basic story in any movie is always, again and again and again and again, about one thing: loneliness.
I've been thinking about the painful and nightmarish images from "12 Years a Slave" all day. Impressed but conflicted. Very troubling movie.
I'm reading the wonderful "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" by Ben Fountain as slowly as I can because I don't want it to end.
With its constant fetishization of brutality "12 Years a Slave" is grim and powerful but because of the subject matter it also feels rigged.
Parts of "12 Years a Slave" are very powerful but why did it seem like "Mandingo" for the guilty-liberal, show-biz, art-conscious crowd?
"If you can't make fun of bad movies on serious subjects, what's the point?" Pauline Kael on being a film critic.
"I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress..." John Adams.
Being acknowledged in Joan Didion's acceptance speech at PEN last night was very moving because she's the writer who means the most to me...
At the PEN dinner in L.A. honoring the great Joan Didion, the writer who has influenced me the most and the writer I most love. Emotional...
"Dogs are loyal, yes, but to us, not to other dogs..." Karl Kraus
What's so bad about American movies now is that they're overcome with righteousness. Decency has replaced everything interesting about them.
"Runaway" by The National sung by the amazing Matt Berninger from the great record HIGH VIOLET youtu.be/3dC4bHlNCr4
The sentimental hatred for me has made me want to re-read Munro, who I never really got, because now I feel like I've beaten-up Santa Claus.
Today's horoscope: Emotionally you are a sea creature. You have no fear of the deep waters; it's the shallow water that gives you a fright.
Alice Munro was always an overrated writer and now that she's won The Nobel she always will be. The Nobel is a joke and has been for ages...
Alice Munro is so completely overrated.
Sightings this week: Tim Tebow in cargo shorts at Mr. Chow. Paul Nassif in scrubs at Mr. Chow. The Pet Shop Boys at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
The song I've listened to the most in the last 5 days: "Scenario" by Dramarama... youtu.be/VuT9Do5hfGs