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Mr. Nice (2010)
"Blow", for Brits
This is a straight-ahead biopic on Howard Marks, who was a famous drug dealer in the U.K., and who I was unfamiliar with. It was very similar in style to "Blow", the biopic of George Jung, a big U.S.A. cocaine dealer from yesteryear played by Johnny Depp. It even included a shot with the aged, incarcerated Marks meeting with his children, just as Jung did at the end of "Blow", when his grown-up daughter showed up.
Rhys Ifans plays Marks from his high school days (which surely was a stretch to look at) all the way to the very end, which shows him addressing a crowd after he's released from prison and lighting up a bat fat joint. He does a decent job, and is a very watchable actor. In between, we get the standard biopic narrative of how it all went down. The drugs are dealt, the money comes rolling in, and the law eventually shows up later. Included are some scenes with Jack Huston and a totally over-the-top David Thewlis, both great actors. Chloë Sevigny does an OK job pulling off a British accent while playing his wife, who also gets pinched along the way.
Check it out if you're interested, but there's nothing ground-breaking going on in this movie.
This was a nice diversion
I just watched this documentary about the rise & fall of National Lampoon magazine, a periodical I wasn't really supposed to be looking at when I was 14 in 1973, yet I did anyway (when I could find one). Despite average to good reviews here on IMDb, I found it quite enjoyable.
I especially liked the parts where we caught video of a pre-fame Harold Ramis, Bill Murray, and of course John Belushi. Those guys WERE FUNNY! And it also allowed me to travel back in time to the mid-70's, a time when there was and actual "underground" comedy scene. And it seemed to poke fun of everybody (whites/blacks, Dems/Repubs, Jews/Gentiles) and you could laugh and not worry about "politically incorrect repercussions". Sadly, that time is long gone.
Also, I saw a sh*t-load of 1970's era natural breasts, in both black and white and color! Say what you will about that long-lost magazine, they sure did know how to make funny visual jokes around naked women.
I'm recommending this for anyone who'd like to take a nice 40+ year rewind.
20+ years later, I watched it again
...and it was STILL STELLAR! Fincher's mid-90's crime drama SE7EN got a whole bunch of hype when it first came out, and deservedly so. Pitt was still on the upswing of his career, "Gwyn" was still not yet a household name (which was a good thing for this role), and of course Freeman was at the top of his game (see SHAWSHANK, UNFORGIVEN, OUTBREAK, etc.) once again playing the voice of reason to perfection. And throw in Spacey, who was still in the last stages of being a THAT GUY (albeit, one of the very best THAT GUYS-- he would pick up a Supporting Actor Oscar the next year for THE USUAL SUSPECTS), and you've got one helluva cast.
But it wouldn't have all mattered if the story wasn't any good, and this one, written by Andrew Kevin Walker, is top notch. I guess my only real beef is that we wait too long until we actually get involved visually with Spacey's John Doe. But once he shows, the movie is even more riveting down the stretch. The chase scene and then finally the car ride scene are tremendous, as is the final showdown which I won't spoil here but I think every movie buff is familiar with by now.
WATCH IT AGAIN WHEN YOU CAN!
Lucky Louie: Get Out (2006)
Watch a "pre-fame" Emma Stone trash her future All-American image in 24 minutes
I recently read a Rolling Stone profile on Ms. Stone, and it mentioned that she was on this show eleven years ago, appearing shortly after she first arrived in L.A. to make it as an actor. So I thought I'd check it out, as I'd never seen her Pre-"Superbad", and hadn't seen this early Louis C.K. series either.
The overall show is supposed to be a throwback to the sitcoms of yesteryear (think All in the Family and/or The Honeymooners), with sparse sets, confrontational comedy and a live audience. While it certainly was watchable, and E.S. did a nice job as a brash teen, it just didn't seem to be totally working on any level, and I can certainly see why HBO axed this thing after one season. Ultimately, I'm sure Pam Adlon was happy it got whacked, as she jumped right into a long run on Californication, which no matter how much it got bashed at the end, was a better show than this one.
John was right. They really were bigger than Jesus...
...and in some ways, they still are.
This is a group that played their last live (paying) show over 50 years ago, and they get still get a documentary movie made about their formative years which is released in theaters in 2016 and does respectable business.
I was all of seven years old when they quit touring, and don't remember it happening in real time. So even though I've seen a bunch of these clips "snippeted" in the last half-century of my life, many of the behind the scenes day-to-day nuggets were all new, and well worth a viewing.
To see the fan-love of the tours (U.S. and around the world) is still pretty unbelievable to look at. It was a different era, so instead of online mass adoration, EVERYBODY (REALLY, EVERYBODY!) JUST WENT OUT & SHOWED UP TO CATCH ANY KIND OF GLIMPSE THEY COULD GET OF THEM!
This phenomenon probably wouldn't still be looked at with this much reverence today if the music doesn't stand the test of time. BUT IT DOES.
If you like the sixties, or love the Beatles, you gotta' see this one.
Hell or High Water (2016)
No Country for The Dude
FINALLY! An original, awesome movie to watch with nary any superhero spandex or sequel-itis in sight.
This thing had me right from the get-go. From the opening shot of Dale Dickey to the final (verbal) showdown between Jeff Bridges and Chris Pine, we got some great acting from great actors, many I was unfamiliar with. But I have been a fan of Ben Foster's since I first caught him playing a mentally challenged student in the pilot episode of "Freaks and Geeks" almost 20 years ago. And he also was stellar here as an ex- con with a grudge and ultimately a death sentence on his agenda.
So sit back and watch some modern day "Old West" bank robbers tear it up in the good old dusty Southwestern U.S. of A. You can almost see the grit from the dirt roads emanating right off your TV set.
Probably the most-original movie I've seen in quite some time
but that doesn't make it any more believable.
I finally saw "Demolition" after seeing the trailer for it almost two years ago, and I'm glad I watched it. Once again, Jake Gyllenhaal has ventured into the world of smaller dramas after "Prince of Persia" crashed and burned at the box office to mostly positive results. It sure helped to have a decent cast, as all of the supporting actors were quite good (Cooper, Watts, glimpses of the alluring Heather Lind and newcomer Judah Lewis),
I bought in on most of the story, including a guy somehow getting upset at getting burned by a vending machine mere minutes after his wife dies and writing letters to the vending company looking for retribution. He was obviously a bit off-center to begin with, and certainly went over the edge after her death.
But there were a couple of things that just didn't hold up. There's no way a guy could literally destroy the inside AND OUTSIDE of his house in an upscale neighborhood and not get either questioned and/or arrested for disorderly conduct. Nary a neighbor nor the police seemed to be alarmed that a guy was throwing sledge hammers out of his picture windows and later driving a heavy equipment top-loader into the front wall of his house! It just didn't ring true. And don't get me started about the scene where an untrained 13 year- old kid fires a pistol (TWICE!) at somebody wearing a bulletproof vest!
But the final act had a decent payoff, and I'm still recommending you check this one out.
Vag Magazine (2010)
now almost 7 years old - still worth watching!
I've watched all 6 of these short videos on YouTube. According to IMDb, the whole thing was done on a $2,500.00 shoestring budget, but they seem decently shot. Pretty sure the cast were all members of the NYC Upright Citizens Brigade back in 2010, and most of them have gone on to work steadily since then, mostly on TV.
Each one contains at least one good laugh, so I suggest you check them out, too. The first and last ones are probably the best. Plus, you'll get a chance to see the comic styling of Kate McKinnon before she became famous.
So block out about a half hour and spend some quality time with Betheny, Sylvie, Fennel, Heavy Flo, Reba, Kit & Meghan. And be sure watch for the hilarious appearances by Jaybird!
Hardy again on top of his game
I know it's been fashionable to bash this movie, but I thought it was a good watch. Once again, Tom Hardy delivers not one but two awesome acting performances, and kudos to the production crew to make it all look seamless.
From what I can ascertain, the film touched on some areas a bit too much (Reggie's relationship with Frances is a key story line), and relegates the boys relationship with their mother to a mere scene or two. Also, Ron's homosexuality is portrayed as quite open, when in fact it wasn't. But that led to a couple of laugh-out-loud lines by Hardy as Ron, and this movie surely needed some humo(u)r.
All in all, a decent two-hour viewing experience, and I'm giving it a thumbs up (sorry Roger & Gene).
Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)
Linklater tries to recreate his college baseball days in a "Dazed & Confused" kind of way...
...and comes up a bit short.
Yeah, I was 21 in 1980 and knew lots of obnoxious jocks from dorm-life back then, but I didn't want to spend any time with them. Still don't.
Linklater nailed the 1980 period look, and the music was actually better than "Freaks and Geeks" (which was good and also set in 1980, but pretty much used the entire 1970's as a music catalog). But his story of insufferable jocks living in a "bro-house" JUST WASN'T SUSTAINABLE for the entire movie. I pretty much hated every character, and nothing really interesting happened other than Wyatt Russell blowing a massive bong hit listening to Pink Floyd's "Meddle".
Take a pass on this one, or certainly wait until it shows up on TV some rainy Sat. afternoon.