Tag: Armie Hammer

FALLING APART

In January 2018 I added an actor to my list of ‘Dish of the Weeks’
He was ‘Dish of the Week #74’ and this entry can be read HERE.

Armie Hammer.
He is a strikingly beautiful man who is 6’5 with amazing blue eyes and has been in a couple of my favourite films, namely ‘Mine’, the stunning ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and ‘On the Basis of Sex’.

However, over the last year I have become increasingly disheartened with news reports and allegations made against him.
At first I thought that maybe these were just being made by opportunistic women, but the more I heard, the more I was becoming uncertain.

Things started to go wrong for Armie back in 2020 when he and his wife of 10 years, divorced. What I’m asking myself now is, did she know something about what was to happen next?

In January this year, several women made allegations of abuse they said they had experienced during relationships with Armie and a former girlfriend accused Armie of being emotionally manipulative and abusive during their relationship in 2020, and even alleged he said he wanted to eat her flesh, and would suck or lick her wounds if she had a little cut on her hand. Another ex-girlfriend claimed Armie made a serious suggestion that she have her lower ribs surgically removed so he could eat them.
An attorney for Hammer stated, “These assertions about Mr. Hammer are patently untrue. Any interactions with this person, or any partner of his, were completely consensual in that they were fully discussed, agreed upon, and mutually participatory.” which in itself is a little worrying because it doesn’t deny he actually did any of this or made the suggestion, only that it was all consensual!!

It started to snowball from there as in the same month, an anonymous Instagram account released screenshots that claimed to show Armie’s Instagram direct messages to various women between 2016 and 2020, describing sexual fantasies including violence, rape, and cannibalism. 
Although Armie denied these messages, he started to drop out of commitments for a film and a couple of TV shows.

On February 5, Armie was dropped by his talent agency ‘Endeavour’ and it was also reported that his publicist would no longer represent him.
This just does not happen unless there is good evidence to support all the allegations.

This brings me onto the latest piece of news, and one which is probably the nail in Armie’s coffin.
On the 18th March, the woman who initially came forward with abuse allegations accused Hammer of violently raping her in April 2017 and the Los Angeles Police Department subsequently confirmed that he was under investigation for sexual assault.

Armie is obviously still denying all allegations and I am still clinging to the hope that he is innocent and just the victim of a jealous woman, but unfortunately, the more I hear, the more I am becoming unsure.

‘Innocent until proven guilty’.
I am now waiting with baited breath.
I will cling to my hope until the end, however, if the allegations are true then unfortunately he deserves whatever he gets and it will certainly be the end of his career.

If he is proved innocent?
I feel sorry for him if he is proved innocent because there will be a lot of repair work to do.

It’s all a waiting game now.

DISH OF THE WEEK #75 TIMOTHEE CHALAMET

Ah, if only I were 25 years younger!!!
Yep, seriously old enough to be this ones mother and then some.

As you will have noticed from recent posts, I have fallen in love with a film called ‘Call Me By Your Name’, for which this young man has earned himself a ‘Best Actor’ Oscar nomination and a ‘Best Actor’ BAFTA nomination at the age of just 22.
The film is also shortlisted for the Best Picture Oscar and BAFTA and he also co-stars in ‘Lady Bird’ which is also nominated for Best Picture Oscar this year.

Timothee Chalamet.

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This is a young man to seriously watch out for.
Talented is an understatement. Just take a look at this monologue from ‘Miss Stevens (2016)’

I first saw him play the teenage son of  Matthew McConaughey in ‘Interstellar’ but it is undoubtedly his stunning performance in ‘Call Me By Your Name’ that won my heart.

As a taster, watch this scene that was shot in one complete take where he’s not only holding dialogue with Armie Hammer, he is also playing a piece on the piano and playing it three different ways!!

Then take a look at this wonderful inteview he did alongside Armie Hammer on the ‘Ellen’ show and see what a heartbreaker this young man is going to be!!

He and the film are up against some very strong competition this year but I am sending all my best wishes.
If he misses out this year, I am in no doubt we will see him win plenty more in the future.

EXCITING NEWS…. FOR ME ANYWAY

As I sit here trying to relax my knee on a day off, I am doing my usual trawl through internet news and snippets.

Today I am attempting to cook a whole chicken in my slow cooker.
It is sitting on a bed of onions, carrots and celery and the smell is now wafting nicely through the house. Why did I not try this sooner!

I have just poured a nice large glass of wine and I have just discovered a piece of exciting news…. for me anyway.

I have made it no secret that I have fallen in love with a film called ‘Call Me By Your Name’
A film with quite a bit of awards buzz.

‘Call Me By Your Name’ is based on a novel by André Aciman and follows 17yr old Elio as he experiences first love with twenty-something Oliver during a summer in Italy.

It is a beautiful film.

It perfectly captures a young man’s conflict about his own sexuality during a time that is not very accepting.

Since premiering  at the Sundance Film Festival, it has made a bit of an impact with critics and a lot has been said about about the chemistry between its leads, the intelligent script by 90-year-old screenwriter James Ivory, and the way Guadagnino frames the romance in nonjudgmental terms. There is a lot of buzz around its more-salacious moments, including an erotic encounter between Chalamet and a peach!!
Believe me, you will never eat a peach and think the same thing again!!

Anyway, today I came across an article that states…

“Luca Guadagnino Planning ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Sequel For 2020”

My heart skipped a beat as I read on.

‘Richard Linklater’s “Before” trilogy is famous for checking in on the relationship between Jesse and Celine (Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy) every 9 years, and Elio and Oliver from “Call Me By Your Name” will operate similarly on the big screen if Luca Guadagnino has his way.
ScreenDaily reports that the Italian filmmaker is planning a sequel to his Sundance darling in which the movie will pick up with the characters three years later. Similar to the “Before” trilogy, actors Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer will match the ages of their characters.’

Yes!!
This makes my heart sing.
I was crestfallen (along with Elio) when Call Me By Your Name ended.
The thought that we could now see Elio a few years later and the decisions he’s made in his life and his loves and the possibility of seeing Oliver again makes me so happy!!
I know it won’t be an easy watch considering the choice Oliver made at the end of Call Me By Your Name and the fact that Elio’s own sexuality is still very much in the air, but I really can’t wait to see where Luca will take this beautiful romance.

Luca Guadagnino has been quoted….

“I want to do a sequel because Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar, Esther Garrel – they are all gems,” Guadagnino said during the BFI London Film Festival. “The texture we built together is very consistent. We created a place in which you believe in the world before them. They are young but they are growing up. If I paired the age of Elio in the film with the age of Timothée, in three years’ time Timothée will be 25 as would Elio by the time the second story was set.”

The way recent awards have been going, Call Me By Your Name stands a good chance of being in with a ‘best movie’ Oscar nomination along with Timothee Chalamet for best actor and possibly Armie for supporting actor.
Not to mention screenplay and cinamatography nominations!

I’m not a big reader but I am now going to find the novel this film was based on and enjoy myself all over again in a little more detail.

DOUBLE WHAMMY!

So, Call Me By Your Name.
Yeah, I know, I’ve told you already that I ‘LOVE’ this film.
The whole film reels you into these two final moments.
If you don’t want it to be spoilt, then don’t watch these clips.

I first started crying in the train station scene.
I was fine until Elio got on the phone to his Mum.

And then, just as Elio is getting back to normality, he gets ‘the phone call’

Elio: Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio!!
Oliver: I Remember ‘everything’

OMG! This is where I started crying again and couldn’t stop!!

Seriously, if you get a chance to see this film, see it!!
It is absolutely stunning.

There….. gushing over until I ‘OWN’ the film for myself or it wins some up and coming awards.

WHAT A MESS!!

I must apologise for my last blog about Golden Globe winners and BAFTA nominations.

It was a complete mess and so rushed.
It was late and I was tired and was just trying to get the important information down.

Now that I read back through it, I can see that ‘maybe’ I should have waited until I had more time to play with it and give more of my own reviews.

Anyway, the deed is done and I’ve learnt a lesson. It was sloppy!

I can’t do anything about it now except try and keep catching all the potential Oscar nominations so that I can give an honest prediction or hope of winners and then a final review of the actual outcome.

The only problem with that is that I will have started back at Uni by then and probably fully ensconced in my first Essay! At level 5 I’m assuming the word count will be going up too.
It was hard enough writing a fully referenced 2500 word essay at level 4. If level 5 goes up to 3 or 4000 words I don’t think I will be seeing the light of day for the next year and any real blogs about anything else will be few and far between.

Anyway, if the Golden Globe Winners and BAFTA nominations have shown me anything, it’s that, as much as I love ‘Call Me By Your Name’ and want it to win everything it’s been nominated for, it’s actually up against some stiff competition.

If my last few blogs are anything to go by, I think it’s pretty obvious that this film has weazled it’s way into my life in a pretty big way.
It’s just ticking all my boxes at the moment.

It is beautifully shot.
It is set in Northern Italy.
It is a HUGE reminder of my stay in Italy last summer.
It captures the era (1983) perfectly.
It tells an achingly heartbreaking love story.
It will leave you in tears.
Armie Hammer plays Oliver. What’s not to love!!
Timothee Chalamet plays Elio. A rising star who is destined to go a long way.
Both of them beautiful.

I can safely say I will gush about this film whenever possible.

AWARDS SEASON!

The only good thing about the beginning of a new year is the buzz around films and awards.
I have always loved the Oscar buzz and as a little girl I used to stay up and watch the Oscars live on TV.
Unfortunately, the BBC stopped showing the Oscars years ago here in the UK and now we have to hunt around for anyone showing ‘highlights’ or streaming online.
Apparantly, this year, Sky Cinema will set up a channel (304) and show the Oscars live.

Whoopie!! (Can you feel the snark?)

I refuse to pay for a Sky package just to be able to watch the Oscars.

So it looks like I will be waiting for results in the news the next morning or watching pathetic highlights with the bulk of the ‘show’ cut out and absolutely no red carpet footage.

Anyway, now that I have that off my chest.

Academy members are currently voting on their choices. The voting closes on Jan 12th and the nominations will be announced on January 23 with the Oscars themselves on March 4th.

The BAFTAs announce their nomination on Jan 10th with the final show being aired on Feb 18th.

Tomorrow evening, we have The Golden Globes.

The BAFTAs and the Golden Globes are usually a pretty good indication as to where nominations for the Oscars will go but the Oscars regularly surprise us with the final outcome.

Anyway, I can’t wait to find out the nominations for Best Motion Picture Oscar.
I try to make it a thing that I see as many of the ‘Motion Picture’ nominees as possible before the awards themselves, so that I can see if I agree with the Academy.

Last year was the first year I’d actually managed to see ‘all’ of the nominations and I virtually didn’t agree with ANY of the winners.

Best picture ‘should’ have gone to Hacksaw Ridge or Hidden Figures.
Best Actor ‘should’ have gone to Andrew Garfield.
Best Actress I could live with. I hadn’t seen the other movies so couldn’t really comment.
Best Director ‘should’ have gone to Mel Gibson.
Best Cinamatography ‘should’ have gone to Silence.
Best Visual Effects ‘should’ have gone to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The supporting Actor and Actresses are probably the only winners I really agreed with.

Anyway, back to 2018 and the Golden Globes.
The nominations, and I will only be listing my favourite film categories here.
I don’t watch an awful lot of TV these days, so I can’t really comment on it.

I also have a lot of catching up to do on some of the films so I can’t really comment on a few categories.
As we learn more about nominees and Globe and BAFTA winners, I will ‘hopefully’ be able to give more of an opinion when it comes to the Oscars themselves, so for now….

Best Motion Picture, Drama nominations……

Call Me By Your Name
Dunkirk
The Post
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

I have only seen 2 of these movies so far.
I’m hearing a lot of buzz around Three Billboards but as it stands, I REALLY want to see Call Me By Your Name win this one. It’s a stunning film.

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Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy nominations…….
Why do the Globes split the motion picture nominations??

The Disaster Artist
Get Out
The Greatest Showman
I, Tonya
Lady Bird

How does ‘Get Out’ get put into the musical or comedy category?
Anyway, I would love to see The Greatest Showman win this one.

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Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Drama – Actor……..

Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Tom Hanks, The Post
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Denzel Washington, Roman J Israel Esq.

My vote goes to Timothee Chalamet all day long!!
Look out for this young man, although he’s up against some tough competition.

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Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Drama – Actress…..

Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
Sally Hawkins, Shape of Water
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Meryl Streep, The Post
Michelle Williams, All The Money In The World

I’ve only seen Molly’s Game, which is the biggest snore fest so far this year, so I can’t really comment.

Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – Actor………

Steve Carrell, Battle of the Sexes
Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
James Franco, The Disaster Artist
Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

I would dearly love to see Hugh Jackman get this one.

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Best Performance in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy – Actress…..

Judi Dench, Victoria and Abdul
Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird
Emma Stone – Battle of the Sexes

I haven’t seen any of the movies so I can’t comment.

Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture, Actor…..

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Armie Hammer!!! His onscreen chemistry with Timothee Chalamet in Call Me By Your Name was spinetinglingly good! I cannot tell you the ‘feels’ I had in the closing few minutes of the film with the ‘phone call’. My heart broke.

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Best Supporting Performance in a Motion Picture – Actress…..

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
Hong Chau, Downsizing
Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Haven’t seen any so can’t comment.

Best Director…..

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Ridley Scott, All the Money In the World
Steven Spielberg, The Post

Only seen one so I can’t comment.

Best Original Song…..

Home – Ferdinand
Mighty River – Mud Bound
Remember Me – Coco
The Star – The Star
This Is Me – The Greatest Showman

This Is Me ‘HAS’ to win this one!!!!

So there you have it!
I have a lot of catching up to do before the Oscars but the race is now on.
I can pretty much guarantee that none of the ones I want to win will actually win, but it’s fun to try and guess!
Thankfully I’m not back at Uni for a while so I can sneek in as many movies as I can before Oscar day. Starting today!!

DISH OF THE WEEK #74 – ARMIE HAMMER

Right , here it is.
First ‘Dish of the Week’ for 2018.

As I have just watched him in a beautiful film that I would highly recommend watching, Call Me By Your Name, and, as this is not the first film I’ve seen and liked him in, I thought it was about time that Armie Hammer got a ‘Dish of the Week’ mention.

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Look at those eyes!

Armie was born in 1986 (how depressing) and is a staggering 6 foot 5 inches tall.
He is a stunningly beautiful work of natural art.

He first hit my radar when he appeared in Mirror Mirror as Prince Alcott and when he took the lead role in The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp.

Neither film left me ‘wanting’ to see them again unfortunately, but then he starred alongside ‘Henry Cavill’ (Dish of the week #20 #25 AND #39…. tough competition!!) in The Man From U.N.C.L.E!!

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It doesn’t show in the poster but Armie is a whopping 4 inches taller than Henry!!
It certainly shows in the film.

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I liked the original TV show and  I loved this film, I hope to see a sequel but unfortunately I’m not holding out much hope at this point.

I’ve seen him in Nocturnal Animals that he appears in alongside Jake Gyllenhaal who is Dish of the Week #62.

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I don’t think I was in the right frame of mind however, and can barely remember anything about it. I will have to try it again.

Before ‘Call Me By Your Name’ I saw him in ‘Mine’

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WOW!!
He plays a soldier who is on an assassination attempt that goes wrong.
He ends up triggering a land mine. He’s on his own, in the middle of the desert, exposed to the elements and he must survive the psychological and physical strain if he is to see his rescue!
It is literally Armie, standing on a landmine, in the middle of the desert and tackling every demon imaginable.
It is a brilliant film!!

But ‘Call Me By Your Name’ is an absolute masterpiece.
I hate to jinx it by saying ‘Oscar’ worthy as we are just a couple of weeks away from nominations, but I really think this stands a chance of a few nominations.

So there it is.
The first Dish of 2018.
What a tasty dish he is.

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

I have just managed to catch up on a film that was released back in October here in the UK.
I completely missed it at the cinema! and now I can’t wait for it to be released on DVD.

Call Me By Your Name.

What a beautiful film.

IMDB states….

In Northern Italy in 1983, seventeen year-old Elio begins a relationship with visiting Oliver, his father’s research assistant, with whom he bonds over his emerging sexuality, their Jewish heritage, and the beguiling Italian landscape.

What’s not to love about this film.
It’s set in Italy, a country I absolutely fell in love with last summer.
Oliver is played by Armie Hammer.

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An actor I have admired for a while now.
In fact, I feel ‘Dish of the Week number 74’ on the horizon.

It is beautifully shot and brings back lots of lazy Italian afternoon feels (I really want to go back!!)

The acting is stunning and if Timothee Chalamet doesn’t get an Oscar (or at least a nomination) for his portrayal of Elio, there is no justice in this world.

It is the story of self discovery and forbidden love, unable to be expressed in an unforgiving world and time.
It is a stunning film, both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
I actually found myself crying during the last few minutes.

Elio, Elio, Elio, Elio!!
Oliver….. I remember everything!

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NOW I’M DEPRESSED

I took some time out this afternoon to go and see The Man From Uncle with Ian.
I’ve been wanting to see this film for weeks and simply haven’t been able to find the right time.
Either I had work commitments, or Ian had work commitments, or there was simply another movie that took priority.
Anyway, today was the day.

I went into it with some trepidation as I was never a huge fan of the original series.
I was, however, a fan of Henry Cavill. I’ve loved him ever since he was King Henry’s right hand man in the Tudors, Charles Brandon and I am so happy he is the new Superman.

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At 6 foot 1 inches, he is tall and smouldering and has beautiful eyes and a wicked smile and knows how to pile on the muscle when needed.

However, watching The Man From Uncle, I found my attention being pulled away from the smouldering Henry by Armie Hammer.
I’ve never really seen him in anything.
The Lone Ranger just looked so bad I’ve never gone near it.
I may rectify that.
Armie hammer stands a clear 4 inches taller than Superman himself and this kept steeling my attention.
He’s quite a handsome man.

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On closer inspection of his IMDB profile however, it turns out that I’m old enough to be his mother!!!
HOW DEPRESSING IS THAT!!

I’ll end this blog by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed The Man From Uncle.
I would like to see a sequel but I don’t think it’s been doing very well and may not make it to another outing.
Time will tell.