GOD BLESS AMERICA Review
Goldthwait doesn’t want to make us question our animosity towards pop culture. He wants to celebrate it and pat us on the head and tell us we’re right to hate trashy reality shows, the mean people on the TV, and jerks we encounter in our day-to-day lives. We’re right to hate them because they’re ruining America because America used to be awesome. In his climactic speech, Frank laments a time when we were kinder to each other, and he’s right. Just ask African Americans, Native Americans, Jews, Women, or anyone who wasn’t a white Christian male. In another rant and without a hint of irony, Frank compares American Idol and its ilk to the entertainment of the coliseum and how it preceded the downfall of Roman civilization. Frank neglects to mention that in the coliseum they killed people for entertainment. That may happen on reality TV at some point down the road, but I suppose the gleeful fake murders of God Bless America will have to suffice for now.
Hockey, as viewed through the eyes of Michael Dowse’s Goon, is 60 minutes of fighting occasionally interrupted by moving a puck around on an icy surface. It shouldn’t bother hockey aficionados or anyone else too much since the film is delightfully crass, painfully funny, and grounded by a cuddly performance from Seann William Scott. The movie has a big place in its heart for George Roy Hill’s Slap Shot but it’s not trying to upstage its predecessor or make itself the heir-apparent. It’s just trying to make you hurt from laughing so hard.
Tilda Swinton Says She’ll Face Off With Bruce Willis In Wes Anderson’s ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ > The Playlist
: One of the reasons we’re more excited for “Moonrise Kingdom” than we have been for any Wes Anderson film in a decade is the cast. While a few of Anderson’s usual repertory company—most notably Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzmann, are returning—the leads, a twelve-year-old boy and girl, are newcomers (Jared Gilman and Kara Hayward), and the supporting cast are made up of some intriguing new names, including Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Frances McDormand.On working with Anderson for the first time on the project, Swinton said that, “It was a real joy. [The film]‘s the most recent party that I accepted to go and enjoy, and that was really great fun.” The 1960s-set tale involves the aftermath of two children who run away from a small New England town together, and Swinton confirmed that the plot will also follow the grown-ups involved in the search, of which she plays one. “It’s about a community of adults who don’t really know what they’re doing, and I play one of them. She’s the point of authority, she’s social services, and she’s brought in as a sort of last resort, force majeure. And she has a head to head with Bruce Willis, which you can imagine is quite fun.”
<em>50/50</em> :: Hollywood Elsewhere
Jonathan Levine's 50/50 (Summit, 9.30) is an exceptionally honest, no-punches-pulled, very honorably acted adult drama about a young guy (Joseph Gordon Levitt) grappling with The Big C. It's seasoned with occasional laughs, for sure, but there's no way this is a light mood comedy, as the 50/50 trailers have implied. And I mean that with the utmost respect.
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Man...North Hollywood UA theater...me and Joe Fiss, Ghostbusters and then Gremlins on opening night. Some things you just can't forget. Best double feature EVER! If they cleaned up the print who wouldn't want to see Ghostbusters in a theater again. It really is damned near perfect. Still.
Ok...I apologize. You are correct.