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A tribute to an underappreciated comedic talent that takes a startling midpoint shift toward much graver material, “Call Me Lucky” is a terrifically engaging surprise. Bobcat Goldthwait’s documentary feature manages to avoid both excessive cronyism and soapboxing as it traverses from a portrait of his professional mentor, influential standup Barry Crimmins, to something that could scarcely be less of a laughing matter. Acclaim is likely to push the pic from the festival circuit into some theatrical play, with cable and other home-format sales a given.
“Call Me Lucky” immediately establishes its subject as a simultaneously nurturing, courageous, intimidating and angry figure who walked away from a degree of national success more than two decades ago. The reasons for that prove very complex. But first, the film focuses on Crimmins’ earlier years as a furiously committed purveyor of comedy — both his own and that of younger hometown acquaintances Goldthwait and »
- Dennis Harvey
Whether it's an actor, producer, writer or director, it's always nice to sit down for an interview when your subject has good news. Last month, I pulled up a booth on the Clyde's set -- Yes, the booths are disconcertingly moveable -- with "New Girl" star Jake Johnson hot on the heels of the announcement of the 2015 Sundance Film Festival schedule, which includes Joe Swanberg's "Digging For Fire," an ensemble that represents Johnson's co-writing debut. Johnson also co-stars as part of a rather astounding cast including Anna Kendrick, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Melanie Lynskey, Sam Rockwell, Sam Elliott and Chris Messina among many many more names. Johnson was excited about the Sundance announcement, as well as this summer's reunion with his "Safety Not Guaranteed" director Colin Trevorrow on the slightly larger scale "Jurassic World." And yes, Johnson is also excited about Season 4 of "New Girl." He has perhaps my »
- Daniel Fienberg
2 items from 2015
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