Dad bod Farrell by tooth, by claw. There’s a lot of talk of stabbing stomachs at the Last Chance Hotel. Verdant bracken, the bay laps the shore. Feral singles in the turgid wood. A brutal film, richly imagined. John C. Reilly would like to be a macaw when the torture’s over.
D & W by: Yorgos Lanthimos; More W: Efthimis Filippou; P by: Thimios Bakatakis; E by: Yorgos Mavropsaridis; w/Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Léa Seydoux, Angeliki Papoulia, Ariane Lebed, Olivia Colman, John C. Reilly, Michael Smiley, etc…119 min, Ireland, 2016
According to Eckhart Tolle our slavish devotion to the mind robs us of the deep divine stillness of being. Turtle brothers battle a brain. Taoist, hormonal, subterranean, CGI New Yorkers in the latest filmic entry of an ip with an awesome/grotesque toy-line from my youth. Megan Fox symbolically strips onscreen out of old April into new. Will Arnett does a comedy bit with a wall cable. There’s a pop punk cover of the 80’s cartoon theme. Tyler Perry is wonderfully unrestrained here, he never turns into a fly though. Not even post-credits.
D by: Dave Green, W by: Josh Appelbaum & André Nemec, P by: Lula Carvalho, E by: Bob Ducsay & Jim May, M by: Steve Jablonsky, A by: Ryan Bradley, Oz Gani, Wong Joe, Kai-Hu Lan, etc…thnx Peter Laird, Kevin Eastman, Michael Bay; w/Laura Linney, Tyler Perry, Megan Fox, Will Arnett, Stephen Farrelly, Gary Anthony Williams, Brain Tee, Tony Shalhoub, etc..112 min, USA, 2016
Christian orphans ask Mickey Rooney for a bedtime commercial. Outer space angels of the Ursidae family keep tabs on sad earth kids. A magician is named after pasta. Eventually the bears face off against a dark carnival run by murderous toddler sociopaths. Some of the bears are bears and some of the bears are penguins, lions, raccoons, monkeys and pigs.
D by: Arna Selznick, W by: Pater Sauder, A by: Anne Marie Bardwell, Charlie Bonifacio, David Brewster, John Collins, etc… E by: Stephen Mitchell, Jim Erickson, Shelia Murray, Gordon Kidd, etc…, w/ Mickey Rooney, Jayne Eastwood, Cree Summer, Sunny Besen Thrasher, Bobby Dermer, Brian George, Janet-Laine Green etc…, 77 min, Canada, 1985
Asshole Dad slicing up steer haunches and dogs take Budapest. The picture aches. There’s a lot of cool rampaging mutts footage and a lot of boring music recital stuff. A dog is a wolf is a man. I remember renting Frankenweenie (the live action one) in ’87, Tambo was fresh in the ground and my heart was bleeding. Now here I am, dirty 30, passing rescue Obi off to a more stable home. Seems I’m always picking inopportune times to watch weird dog movies.
D & W by: Kornél Mundruczó, More W by: Viktória Petrányi & Kata Wéber, P by: Marcell Rév, E by: Dávid Janscó, M by: Asher Goldschmidt w/Zsófia Psotta, Luke, Body, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth, Szabolcs Thuróczy, Lili Monori, Gergely Bánki, etc… 121 min, Hungary, 2014