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A Bear To Cross

A Doc Which Will Live In Blasphemy
Trailers & Mo

Somewhere between the annoyingly in your face fact finding missions of Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11 and SiCKO) and the annoyingly folksy laymen exploits of Morgan Spurlock (Super Thighs Me and Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?) lies the annoyingly I’m right and your wrong yay and nay sayings of Bill Maher (who looks like a grown up Breckin Meyer) and Religulous, his broad documentary (with help from Borat director/Rick Rubin doppelgänger Larry Charles) that pontificates about what’s wrong with religion, and the world’s relationship with it. Primarily centered on Catholicism, with some love/hate thrown towards Islam and Judaism, Maher (his mom was Jewish, but he was raised Catholic, and now he considers himself an apatheist) goes to town (and many of them, from the Holy Land to… The Holy Land theme park in Orlando) armed with science and reason and attacks the fundamental beliefs of these religions and their followers. He’s not out seeking answers, since it’s purty clear that his mind is made up with his overly opinionated opinions, so the doc ends up being one giant soap box derby for him to continue his ‘know it all’ attitude, which is one of the main reasons why we’ve never been interested in watching his HBO show. Every time he sits down to interview a priest, cleric, rabbi or any other devout person, his tone is instantly set to ‘mock’ that it’s sirprizing anyone agreed to meet with him. Jesus (seen above) is the only one able to penetrate his thick head/hair. After Maher scoffs at the idea of Gawd existing in three forms, Jesus retorts by saying that water exists in a liquid, solid and gaseous state. It makes him think, a little, which is about as much thinking as you’ll do while watching the film. Sum mo knowledge woulda been nice (czech out the docs Jesus Camp or Constantine’s Sword if yer thirsty), but Religulous is thighly entertaining and easy to digest with its endless high-larious intercut footage of olde Hollywood religious epics. To shot put it simply: it’s a real (good) time with Bill Maher. Whether you find him annoying or not doesn’t make a bit o’ difference. Juss be happy he’s not interviewing you

Aint Gawd Just Like An Overhyped David Blaines?: peep Ali G’s roundtable discussion on religion, which is equally mockilicious, yet far more probing. Imagine the hilarity that woulda ensued had director Charles made Religulous with Ali G instead. BOOYAKASHA!

Verdictgo: Jeepers Worth A Peepers

Religulous opens in very limited release today

until next thyme the balcony is clothed…


Grate Things Come In Wacky Packages

More Like HanPOPPYcock
Trailers & Mo

And the most misleading trailer of the year goes to… Hancock! What looked like a kooky fun anti-superhero superhero flick delivers such promised goods for the first third, and then ugliness rolls in with unpromised bads for the rest of it. The idea of a reluctant alcoholic superhero who decides to turn his life around is a solid one to run with, but when you exhaust it so quickly, there’s nowhere to run cept out of steam. It was enjoyable to watch Will Smith play a deplorable character for once, and then it wasn’t when the script made a 180 degree turn into poopsville. And what’s up with Charlizezzee Therszszzzoseeon? She’s in the trailer for a total of 4 seconds, yet she plays a major role in the poopsville part. What kinda major role? Well, since it’s so redonkeylous, we’ll tell you. She’s like Hancock’s superhero soul mate or something who has been hiding her abilities as a suburban housewife to Michael Bluth. She used to run around the globe for hundreds of years with Hancock, but at some point, he got hurt and amnseiad or something like that and he doesn’t remember her, but then he does or something and then they realize that when they occupy the same space their powers are about as powerful as Powers Boothe asking for a booth in a restaurant that only has tables. Do you follow that? If so, follow us out of the theater and into another one playing anything but this

Cameo-flage: Hancock producers Akiva Goldsmith and Michael Mann both make cameos as bidness executives. It marks the first time Mann has been credited for being in front of the camera, but maybe Hancock woulda benefited a bit mo with him behind it

Verdictgo: this should be Slit Youreffic, but we’re getting soft in our old age so Sum Merit But No Stinkin Badges

Gonzo: The Life and Work of
Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Cheer & Loving On The HST Trail
Trailers & Mo

The life (which ended with a tragic suicide in 2005) and work of the gun totting, non-stop drug and alcohol ingesting, gonzo journalist extraordinaire Hunter S Thompson could easily fill 24 hours in documentary form. So to cram all the fear and loathing into 2 measly hours and try to paint a full portrait of the man and the myth of the man he created and could never cut loose is an impossible task to tackle. Hot doc director of the moment Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, our pick for 7th best of ’05, and this past year’s Oscar winning Taxi to the Dark Side) is certainly up to the challenge, even if the strokes we get are pretty broad. Colored with a wide spectrum of interviews, from politicians he glorified and vilified (George McGovern, Jimmy Carter, and Pat Buchanan, filling in for the dead Nixon), literary compadres in awe of him (Tom Wolfe, Rolling Stone honcho Jann Werner), to loved ones who had to live with his Jekyll and Hyde lifestyle (his two wives and son Juan), and brought to life through the trippy drippy artwork of his collaborator Ralph Steadman, and in his own words, read aloud by Johnny Depp (who perfectly captured him in Terry Gilliam’s rightfully manic Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas flick), Gonzo is a fantastic film sure to capture the attention and imagination of HST novices and textpert experts alike. What a time for docs about writers who shaped and were shaped by the eras they lived in. This would make a great double feature with Trumbo, another muss see, so buy the ticket and take the ride (which is the name of another doc on HST with purty much the same set of talking heads that we haven’t seen and therefore cannot compare or comment on)

From Hunter To The Hunted: The Smoking Gun‘s gots the police report from HST’s death scene and here’s a nice article about his loony funeral from editor and friend Douglas Brinkley, who also appears in the doc

Verdictgo: Breast In Show

The Wackness
Down In Smoke
Trailers & Mo

1994 was a formative year near and dear to our hearts, and apparently that’s also the case with writer/director Jonathan Levine. He pours his love (and some hot tunes, like Biggie, the Wu-Tang Clan and Nas) of that more mellow time into The Wackness, but we didn’t necessarily pour ours into his tale of a NYC weed peddling yo boy’s last summer of discovery before he heads off to college. Our hip-hoppin protagonist Luke Shapiro (Drake and Josh kid Josh Peck… btw, no Jews name their boys ‘Luke’) is actively courting the stepdaughter (Olivia Thirlby, ready to break out of the shadow cast by being Juno’s BFF) of a bong-rattled psychiatrist (Ben Kingsley, doing his best Cheech and Chong song) he’s dealing to. While Luke dispenses the dope (via his awful Rastafarian imitating dealer Method Man), the doc dispenses his wisdom of love, life and his own failings on him so he doesn’t fall down the same hole he’s currently in (with wife Famke Janssen, who has such a nothing role, you’ll forget that she was even in the film). It all comes off as being sincere, but it also goes on and on and on, hispecially the spaced-out stylings of Kingsley’s character. When we see these screenings, they hand us press notes that usually detail the making of the film. The notes for The Wackness contained a timeline for 1994 that evoked a better picture of what life was l
ike back then than what we saw on the screen. Had Levine sprinkled more of the real-life events into his fictional ones (besides a bus w/a Forrest Gump poster on the side) it woulda worked a lot better. Maybe you all should read the press notes and skip the flick. Then again, they don’t hand these babies out to just anyone, although we think they should, cause in the end, aint wees all critics?

Aguirred Taste: we love us Douglas J. Aguirre’s typecast resume, which seems to be an endless career of playing some sort of law man. In The Wackness he plays a ‘Desk Officer in the Prison’

Verdictgo: it’s like Kids lite, so Sum Merit But No Stinkin Badges

Hancock and Kit Kittredge [review here] open at a theater new Jew today, while The Wackness rawks out tomorrow and Gonzo on the Fourth of Jew-lie in limited release

until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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Mr. Do! & Mrs. Don't!

don’t bother chasing Olafur Eliasson’s waterfalls. we’ve seen more impressive waterworks in Vegas and after watching Terms of Endearment. this giant waste of money makes us long for The Gates, and for some reason, it really makes us have to pee. maybe dearest Andy was right

Dalí & Buñuel. Dalí & Hitchcock. Dalí & Disney. Dalí & himself. the only collaboration that’s missing is Dalí: Painting and Film @ MoMA and your eyes, so juss do it

do not do coke while watching the frenetic and beyond fantastic doc Cocaine Cowboys. can’t bee leave we missed this one upon its release, hispecially with that hot arsed Jan Hammer soundtrack, but we won’t make the same mistake twice when the follow-up drops on DVD next month

do trip yer balls off w/o the use of mushrooms, but by looking at them. peep © MURAKAMI @ the Brooklyn Museum

do not bother reading the calories posted on Nathan’s menu in Coney Island, cause nothing should stop a human from going to town on a box o’ bacon-cheese fries. can you smell our farts from there?


More Than Meets The AFI

Wees suckers for those AFI top whatever specials that air every year on CBS. Although it appears as if they’re running outta ideas already (as well as talking heads… Amy Madigan? guess she had the most spare time outta anyone), as last night’s affair was the top 10 films for 10 different genres: Animation, Romantic Comedies, Westerns, Sports, Mystery, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Gangster, Courtroom Drama and Epics. While they did a purty decent job with their picks, some of the choices didn’t seem to fit the category they were filed under, like Field of Dreams getting listed under ‘Fantasy’ instead of ‘Sports’, and who ever considered Pulp Fiction to be a ‘Gangster’ film? And whatta bout the absence of Horror films? And why no love for Documentaries, ever (here’s our flavs)? To hells with that shiz, so we decided to come up with a bunch o random lists of our own…

(not including anything by Stephen King or Hitchcock)

1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
2. Alien
3. The Exorcist
4. The Wicker Man
5. Jacob’s Ladder
6. The Silence of the Lambs
7. Halloween
8. Rosemary’s Baby
9. The Omen
10. Poltergeist

boo-nus: Time To Leatherface The Music

Stephen King

1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. Stand By Me
3. The Shining
4. Carrie
5. Misery
6. The Mist
7. The Running Man
8. The Dead Zone
9. The Lawnmower Man
10. Children of the Corn

boo-nus: visit Mansfield, Ohio for the Shawshank Redemption trail tour, which includes a stop at the Ohio State Reformatory

Alfred Hitchcock

1. Psycho
2. Strangers On A Train
3. North By Northwest
4. Rear Window
5. Notorious
6. Rebecca
7. Vertigo
8. Rope
9. The Birds
10. Dial M For Murder

boo-nus: Saul Bassstoryboards for the Psycho shower scene

TV Shows Turned Into A Movie
(doesn’t include characters plucked from a show, like Borat or the Blues Brothers)

1. The Untouchables
2. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!
3. The Fugitive
4. The Brady Bunch Movie
5. The Addams Family
6. Jackass: The Movie
7. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
8. Star Trek IV
9. Beavis and Butt-Head Do America
10. Dragnet

boo-nus: 30 Upcoming Movie Sequels You Didn’t Know About, including an Untouchables prequel


1. Trainspotting
2. Requiem for a Dream
3. Pulp Fiction
4. Midnight Express
5. Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas
6. Boogie Nights
7. Scarface
8. The Big Lebowski
9. Carlito’s Way
10. New Jack City (and no, we aint kidding)

boo-nus: when in Scotland, take the Trainspotting literary tour


1. Pink Floyd The Wall
2. Tommy
3. The Commitments
4. The Devil and Daniel Johnston
5. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
6. The Filth and the Fury
7. A Hard Days Night
8. Buena Vista Social Club
9. DiG!
10. The Blues Brothers
and this list goes to
11. This Is Spinal Tap

boo-nus: I Need A Dirty Woman, I Need A Dirty Girl


1. A Clockwork Orange
2. Planet of the Apes
3. THX 1138
4. Children of Men
5. Twelve Monkeys
6. Sleeper
7. Starship Troopers
8. A.I.
9. Gattaca
10. 1984

boo-nus: Real Horrorshow

Awful Movies We
Kinda Sorta Vouch For

1. Zardoz
2. Can’t Stop The Music
3. Escape From The Planet of the Apes
4. The Terminal
5. The Apple
6. Ghost Dad
7. Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle
8. 2 Fast 2 Furious
9. She’s All That
10. Bratz/From Justin To Kelly (tie)

boo-nus: the Zardoz trailer, which may well be the greatestest trailer EVER

previously AFIing it up:

100 Songs Mostly Wrong
& Quothing At The Mouth

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