Has anyone noticed the lack of good Republicans in this town? Right? I mean, you go to any self-respecting city in America, and there is some good Teabagging Republican action to be had, but here? Here, it’s just a bunch of leftie hippie communists, stirring the pot and arguing about who’s lefter than who, and how big’s your carbon footprint. Hey, my carbon footprint is huge! And that is why I wear huge carbon socks, fitted with gasoline powered toe-warmers. Yeah, they cost a lot of energy, but my little piggly wiggly’s are always warm. And that is what counts. That and no more ring around the collar.
Have you noticed I am in NORMAL MODE in the hair department recently? Where’s my freak flag? What is up with my salty-brown short republican hair-do? Well, maybe I am just trying to spice up the political landscape – did you ever figure that? How boring is it if I just have a multi-colored rainbow on my head? How drab a spiked black Mohawk? How cliché a bright pink moptop? I am risking overexposure here, people. It is much more earth shattering neighborhood news that I have a mousey haircut with my ears exposed.
Did you watch the Golden Globes this weekend? I hear that Ricky Gervais has been blacklisted for his “mean-spirited” but nasty funny comments. I didn’t see the show, but I read this article, and it made me wish I had. THE SOCIAL NETWORK took home some serious hardware…I am looking forward to seeing some of the other big movies of the year as they come out in the next month. None of those have likely come out this week, with JACK GOES BOATING, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s directorial debut, being the biggest title. Hoffman plays an introverted guy named Jack who is seeking love with Connie, another highly introverted person. Good luck, Connie and Jack!
Also out this week is PAPER MAN, starring Jeff Daniels and Emma Stone as a couple of people struggling on the perimeter who provide a bit of sympathy and support to each other.
Also of note is FREAKANOMICS, a new documentary explore the weird and hidden side of life. This film is based on a novel of the same name.
Alrighty, that’s all folks, hope to see you at the stores.
Love and Kisses,
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Directed by David Michod.
* A seventeen year old seeks a home with his Melbourne based crime family after his mother dies of an OD. This film won a fair amount of world wide awards including the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in the World Cinema – Dramatic category.
ARMY OF CRIME.
Drama/History/War/Foreign (French and German).
Directed by Robert Guediguian.
* This intense tale tells the story of a young poet, Missak Manouchian, leading a small group of misfits in a resistance against the Nazi occupation of France.
Directed by Ruba Nadda.
* Clarkson plays a married woman on her own in Cairo who hooks up with a local.
DEATH RACE 2.****BD****
Luke Goss/Danny Trejo/Ving Rhames
Directed by Roel Reine.
* It’s a prequel! There are very serious races. Dangerous, fast races. Barely survivable races. Death races. And women.
Bob Hill/Robin Hill.
Directed by Ben Wheatley.
* This crime comedy follows the misadventures of a crime family trying to determine who is the snitch in their midst.
JACK GOES BOATING.****BD****
Philip Seymour Hoffman/Amy Ryan/John Ortiz.
Directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.
* But not for most of the movie…For most of the film, Jack is struggling to connect with his new girlfriend Connie, who his good friends have set him up with. Jack and Connie are both very introverted people who live on societies edges, averting their eyes, and mingling little with the other creatures passing by. Jack wears skanky blond dreads and listens to his positive vibe Reggae music in his walkman (that he must have bought on Ebay, cuz where else would you get one of those things?). He talks in a mumble and dreams of doing something for himself. His best friends, a married couple, continually remind him of the potential miseries and pitfalls of coupled life. Yet, he persists in his desire for it and other new experiences, and eventually, Jack does indeed go boating.
Directed by Samuel Maoz.
* This claustrophobic tale of a tank and its crew during the 1982 Lebanon war was based on the director’s brutal experience as a soldier in that war. The story takes place almost exclusively inside the tank, with its young occupants scared shitless.
Jeff Daniels/Lisa Kudrow/Emma Stone/Kieran Culkin/Ryan Reynolds.
Directed by Kieran Mulroney and Michele Mulroney.
* Daniels plays a washed-up writer with a successful doctor wife (Kudrow, seeming to get better and better with each role she plays). He is somewhat banished to a small town in order to get writing on his next novel, which he cannot do. He has a secret buddy that he’s had since he was a kid named Captain Excellent (Reynolds – actually, this is what he looks like when he is NOT acting). The good Captain at this stage is just worried about his shlumpy buddy. Emma Stone plays a damaged teenager, with a secret buddy of her own (Culkin, in another charismatic performance). Although this movie has some dialog struggles, and maybe could have used my brother-in-laws superior editing, it still manages to retain a sweetness and an internal struggle that should be relatable by many of us.
Robert De Niro/Edward Norton/Milla Jovovich.
Directed by John Curran.
* Stone (Norton) seeks to get out of jail, and Jack (De Niro) is his hard-ass parole officer. Lucetta (Jovovich) is Stone’s super hot wife who Stone suggests Jack get to know better in a misguided attempt for a get-out-of-jail free card.
SUMMER IN LA GOULETTE.
Directed by Ferid Boughedir.
* Three seventeen year old girls are determined to lose their virginity in 1967 at the beaches of Tunisi.
* Think there’s a connection between all these bank robbery movies and today’s economy? Not sure, but in this one, a seasoned gang of robbers is tracked relentlessly by a rogue cop played by Matt Dillon.
Directed by Alex Gibney and Morgan Spurlock and more.
* You’re gonna need to take some freakazoloft to get your mind to stop spinning after you watch some of the great documentarians of our time tackle the bizarre underside of our reality. Adapted from a book of the same name.
JUSTIFIED: SEASON ONE.
* Raylan Givens is a U.S. Marshal. He’s a throwback to another century, super tough, with a quiet manner, sort of like Clint Eastwood. His brand of justice, borderline outlaw-style, has gotten him reassigned to Eastern Kentucky, where he grew up.
BEN 10: ULTIMATE ALIEN VOLUME 1.
LEAPFROG: AMAZING ALPHABET AMUSEMENT PARK.
HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE.
* This was the fourth of the series, and we needed a few new copies, so we snagged them...