12 items from 2015
It was Reinvention Week, and nobody was good. But who went home? Stuart Heritage found out.
And with that, we say goodbye to Kiera and Seann with sincere gratitude, because their departure means that X Factor will only be one hour and 45 minutes long next week. But Oh No Sad News: I won’t be here for it. I’m away next Saturday, which means that this liveblog will be handled by someone equally capable. I think the plan is for me to retake the reigns for Sunday’s results show, but I’ve forgotten to check with anyone. Oh well, you’ll cope either way.
Thanks for reading if you read it, thanks for commenting if you commented. I’m off to surround myself with creepy cult members who’ll sit around me in silence as I play awful songs on the ukulele. Blardigan!
- Stuart Heritage
Music biopics come in every shape and size, and considering some have earned award season acclaim — “I Walk The Line,” “Crazy Heart,” “Ray,” et al. — they’re not going away any time soon (even when their conventions gets spoofed by films like “Walk Hard”). Late ‘80s rappers N.W.A. got their due this summer, and the next major music biography film is "I Saw the Light," which centers on legendary country western singer Hank Williams. The film chronicles his meteoric rise to fame and its ultimately tragic effect on his health and personal life. It stars Tom Hiddleston (“The Avengers,” “Crimson Peak”) as Williams and Elizabeth Olsen (“Oldboy,” “Godzilla”) as his wife, Audrey Mae Williams. Based on the book “Hank Williams: The Biography” by Colin Escott, the picture tells the story of the legendary performer, who rose high and died young at the age of 29. Many assumed the »
- Edward Davis
Things aren’t going so well for future music legend Dewey Cox in the initial stretches of Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. One early scene in this send-up of rock-and-roll biopics in general — and the then-recent Ray and Walk the Line in particular — finds Cox (John C. Reilly) attempting to cut his first song in a cramped recording studio modeled after Memphis’s famed Sun Studios, home to the first recordings by Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and many others. Working with a backing band he’s just met, Cox has already flamed out in his attempt to record a twangy cover of “That’s Amore.” His producer (John Michael Higgins) is ready to cut him loose unless, he tells Cox, “somehow you are able to sing a song now, bringing these boys together that you haven’t even met, and make something so personal, so new, »
- Keith Phipps
Normally, I'm not one to brag, but I would like to say right off the bat, I think I did pretty well with my must-see list last month. Of my five official picks -- Spy, Jurassic World, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Dope and Inside Out -- the closest I got to suggesting you see a movie people generally didn't like was Jurassic World, which has broken all sorts of box office records and sits at a "fresh" 71% on Rotten Tomatoes. Not that box office results or Rotten Tomatoes are the ultimate barometers of quality, but I have to base this off something, rightc Personally I didn't much care for the new Jurassic film aside from a few scenes of enormous spectacle, but others found plenty to like in it. I also ended up seeing Dope twice -- that one might be my favorite movie so far this »
- Jordan Benesh
With an eclectic collection of films, including Step Brothers, Wreck-It Ralph, Magnolia, Gangs of New York, and Chicago, under his belt, John C. Reilly has cemented himself as one of the most popular character actors and, in recent years, comic leads working today, and the Galway Film Fleadh are delighted to announce that he will the subject of their annual Public Interviews, hosted by Sean rocks and taking place at Rte One’s Arena in the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday July 12th. With an amazing number of beloved roles under his belt, it will no doubt add up to an insightful and hilarious time for all, and will be followed by a screening of cult comedy Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. For tickets and more information, you can click here. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
You don’t often see a clip show anymore. I’d like to think the end of the trend is owed to the growing sophistication of storytelling on TV, but really, I think we can blame The Simpsons. Like how Walk Hard undermined the traditional biopic with its viciously accurate parody, The Simpsons took apart the trappings and contrivances of a TV series, when either because of financial considerations or creative drought, it must resort to a clips show. One might think that with so many mysteries to unravel that The Blacklist wouldn’t want to waste the time walking over its own footprints, but it’s finally come to this: a Blacklist clip show.
The ongoing drama of the week concerned Liz being accused of the murder of harbormaster Eugene Ames, a murder that was actually committed by her surreptitiously sneaky ex Tom, who is now undercover in Germany »
- Adam A. Donaldson
Thomas McCarthy's The Cobbler hits theaters this weekend, though you wouldn't likely know it considering I haven't even received an email about it and that's no big surprise after the savaging it received at the Toronto Film Festival last year. However, something good has come out of its release, which is a sit down with Adam Sandler's co-star in the film, Method Man. Speaking with Rotten Tomatoes (via FilmDrunk), Method Man revealed his top five (six) favorite films and it's not necessarily the list that's so great (though trust me, you aren't likely to guess them), but more his explanations. First, the list: Frailty (dir. Bill Paxton) The Station Agent (dir. Thomas McCarthy) Napoleon Dynamite (dir. Jared Hess) Snow On Tha Bluff (dir. Damon Russell) The Raid / Dredd (dir. Gareth Evans / Pete Travis) Now the best explanation for why he liked any of these movies comes with his explanation for Napoleon Dynamite, »
- Brad Brevet
Justin Bieber and Kevin Hart hit the tennis court together at the 11th annual Desert Smash in La Quinta, Calif., to raise money for Cancer for College. Justin Bieber Vs. Kevin Hart Bieber partnered with Canadian tennis pro Genie Bouchard in the game against Hart, while Hart’s Walk Hard costar Will Ferrell served as the […]
- Chelsea Regan
With my background in blogging taking me pretty close to the world of comic books, I’ve known about Tony Lee and his witty little novel Dodge & Twist for some time. Lee’s big idea was to cook up a sequel to Oliver Twist that saw the Oliver and The Artful Dodger growing up apart and then reuniting for some action-adventure fun.
This basic notion is exactly the same for the film Dodge & Twist. Is this just a coincidence? Lee says not. He posted to his website about how he met Ahmet Zappa, one of the movie’s producers, back in 2007.
But I can say, definitively, that the story similarities are actually pretty slim. I can say this because I’ve read both. They start from the same place – which comes from Dickens in any case, so neither can lay claim to it – and then go off in very different directions. »
- Brendon Connelly
It appears that Johnny Depp's comedy vehicle, Mortdecai, showed up embarrassingly anemic at the box-office this past weekend. With a tragic domestic gross of $4.13 million ($5.2 foreign), the film will have a long and arduous path towards making back its $60 million budget. According to the weekend report, Mortdecai made its debut placed at number 9, failing to even surpass the 5-week-old Selma, 9-week-old release, The Imitation Game and was most definitely denied sharing any oxygen with the 5-week-old headline-making momentum of multi-week topper, American Sniper. Compounding the film.s underperforming ignominy, it will now take its place firmly within the top 20 of the worst all-time openings (for 2500+ theater releases) at number 18, nestled comfortably between Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story and Punisher: War Zone. So, what could have possibly gone wrong to have reduced the once unbreakable force of Johnny Depp.s box office appeal? Barring the more qualitative criticism of »
Aired January 17, 2015 at 11:30 pm Et on NBC (East coast version watched for review)
Welcome back to the second half of SNL’s 40th season. Last year saw the cast and crew bring out a new title sequence, a few alumni hosts, and build up a pretty good reserve of goodwill. Now let’s watch as we see the show take the majority of that goodwill and burn it right off.
The Host: Kevin Hart has been a box office monster for at least a year now, with every project he stars in reaping ridiculous profits. And while none of those movies have been as critically successful as they have been financially, this level of success for Hart is long overdue, as he is one of the funniest stand-up comedians year after year. Hart brings that stand-up mindset and his motormouth delivery »
- Jj Perkins
Chicago – When people yawn about the dullness of movies based on life stories, they are certainly referring to films like “Get On Up,” an absurdly uninteresting portrait of a key figure of music, or so this movie claims. From the “The Help’s” vanilla visionary Tate Taylor, this 140-minute ode to James Brown is a half-assed argument about his nonpareil greatness, and full evidence that the biopic may be the weakest genre in film.
The brainchild of producer Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger, “Get On Up” does indeed have Brown’s catalogue. And they have a good Godfather of Soul too, played by “42’s” Chadwick Boseman, who is completely betrayed by a story that undercuts whatever expectations he’s trying to raise. Aging makeup looks him look goofy, and the story’s unholy jumble does his emotional work no service. Boseman is most distinct with his hustle, dancing his way through extended scenes, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
12 items from 2015
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