Friday, October 24, 2014

Well, I Saw 'The Judge'...

To be perfectly honest, there was nothing about The Judge that drew me in. Nothing. There's always one major fall release that does this to me, and this father-son drama was it. When I showed up at my local AMC, the only thing starting was the Robert Downey Jr./Robert Duvall drama, and I was too stubborn to wait for another movie to start or go home. 

Downey plays a cocky attorney named Hank who returns to his small hometown when his mother dies. He reconnects with his two brothers (Vincent D'Onofrio and Jeremy Strong), but he clashes with his headstrong father, played by Duvall. Instead of becoming an intimate family drama, The Judge turns into a mixture of family dysfunction (a fight seriously happens outside during a huge thunderstorm) and courtroom melodrama when Duvall's respected judge is accused of running down a former felon that he convicted 20 years ago. Oh, and Duvall has cancer. One pile on another pile on another pile. 

Just when I thought I wouldn't like anything The Judge has to offer, I am reminded how great of an actor Downey Jr. really is. Sure, he's playing a smart-mouthed, cocky attorney, and he's definitely corned the market on the good-looking smarmy guy thing. I was so happy to see him out of that damn Iron Man suit. He might quarrel with his father nonstop, but it felt rather refreshing to see him not surrounded by blinding CGI the entire time.

The childhood love story between Downey and Vera Farmiga is a bit stunted, but Farmiga should be in everything. The running time on this drama is sort of killer (it clocks in just under 2 and a half hours), and it kind of feels like something could have been left out. The tension between this father and son doesn't really settle until Hank is defending his father, but the reasoning as to why these two keep fighting isn't really clear. Hank's rambunctious younger days don't seem like enough of a reason for these two to continually bite each other's heads off.

While it's not something I necessarily wanted to check out, it had a homegrown charm. Can you really do better than Robert Duvall and Robert Downey Jr. duking it out? The Judge reminds us that Downey Jr. is one of his generation's best actors even if the material doesn't live up to his talents. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Only Shot in the New 'Avengers' Trailer That I Care About...

The first teaser for Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron came out late Wednesday night, and it's superhero serious. Not only does it suggest that the clan of spandex-clad frenemies return, but it also suggest that they are crushed by this opposition. Thor drops his hammer, Robert Downey Jr. looks troubled, and Captain Ameria's shield is ripped in half. Even newcomer Elizabeth Olsen (as Scarlet Witch) is seen silently screaming. A creepy version of "I've Got No Strings" from Pinocchio plays in the background.

How is the trailer? It's pretty epic, but surely fanboys will have something to bitch about. Can't win 'em all, right? While there are some cool shots (including some random ballet dancers that I highly enjoy), my favorite shot has to be this one. Are you surprised?  

Jason Adams has a hilarious comparison over at MNPP

Random Poll: Which 'Into the Woods' Cover Will You Buy?

Earlier today, Entertainment Weekly dropped the cover for their upcoming holiday movie preview issue, and it features Rob Marshall's Into the Woods on 4 separate collectible covers. The costumes look pretty great for the most part (why doesn't The Wolf...have a wolf nose?), and I am still waiting for some character posters to drop. EW also has some concept production design and costume art here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fifty Shades of Suck: The Idiot in the Cupboard

Anastasia Steele has a slight pregnancy scare in the latest chapter of Fifty Shades Darker. It's not even good or dramatic (no shocker there). Every time someone thinks they miiiight have a baby, I always want them to launch into a rendition of "There Are Worst Things I Could Do," but, alas, we can't always get what we want. Especially when it comes to this damn book. 

You can hear Megan yawning her face off during this chapter--much like I did in the last one. How the living hell do people actually read this stuff? It's not good. The sex is even boring now. She takes her time taking off his clothes and describing every detail...she calls him a god...he stretches out her nipples...and then she collapses into a million little pieces around him. YAWN!!! 

If you are new to Fifty Shades of Suck, my best gal pal Megan and I meet up every week to read a chapter from the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, but we provide our own snarky commentary.  Last year, we subjected ourselves to the first book, and now we are chugging right along through the first sequel, Fifty Shades Darker.  If you would like to play catch up, the first set of podcasts are available here, and Fifty Shades Darker chapters are available below.  We hope you enjoy, and share them with your friends!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Willkommen, Emma!

The last time Cabaret was revived on Broadway (back in 1998), it became a celebrity stage institution. Like Chicago, Cabaret hosted a slew of well-known actors and actresses in the roles of The Emcee and Sally Bowles. When I saw it, Gina Gershon pleaded for me not to tell mama, and Matt McGrath pranced around shirtless as the playful master of ceremonies. 

Emma Stone is set to take over the role of Sally from Michelle Williams on November 11th. Entertainment Weekly has the first official image of Stone in her sexy lingerie, and, sorry to all the haters out there, she looks fantastic. I've always suspected that she would have been great for Sally, because men are always drawn to here, but they can feel comfortable with her as well.

Surely, a lot of men would have a hard time saying "no" to Stone's Sally if she asked to room with them...

Thursday, October 16, 2014

In Case You Needed to be Convinced of Neil Patrick Harris...

No one actually views Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Academy Awards as a bad thing, right? Didn't think so. In case there is one person out there who is against NPH taking the next step toward EGOT hosting, I ask this individual to take a look at Harris hosting the Tony and Emmy Awards.

So, we are guaranteed some musical numbers, correct? For good measure, let's watch NPH kill it as Hedwig from this year's Tony Awards.  

You're still secretly on the fence? Well, here's a picture of Neil Patrick Harris on a unicorn--a poster that I proudly have in my collection. Nuff said. Suck it, haters. Wait, there's no such thing as a NPH hater. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Walk in the Park: 'Jurassic World' Poster Drops

You know you want to buy tickets. I am just going to leave this here since I don't have much to say about it. I am totally geeking out over this movie.