In a weekend that included some holiday shopping/wandering, wrestling with tree lights and watching the SDCC wheel of exclusion spin for a couple of hours, I did manage to get into some stuff.
Let's take a look.
The Disaster Artist
- is it possible to make a good movie about the making of an notoriously bad one? I'm pleased to report that the answer is overwhelmingly yes. Now, I've never seen The Room
, but I was fascinated watching James Franco inhabit the spirit of Tommy Wiseau on his quixotic quest to make his movie. It's a top notch performance from both Franco brothers filled with guest stars galore. At the end of the day, the movie isn't a comedy, but a Horatio Alger story about following your own American dream no matter how ridiculous it may seem. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
- I finally had a chance to check out the new animated Nick Kroll/John Mulaney series on Netflix. Holy hell is it good! Imagine if Judy Blume co-authored her books with Judd Apatow. Got that? Well, then you've got an idea of what you can expect from this wonderfully rendered look at the trials and tribulations of puberty. It's heartfelt AND profane. I can't wait to finish it up later this week. Oh, and Will Arnett as the voice of the horrifying Hormone Monster is inspired casting. I'm just saying.
- And finally this week, while I was struggling with those tree lights I stumbled upon this Jason Statham vehicle. See what I did there? It's an update on the Corman 70s "classic" with Statham drafted into service in the eponymous race. I like Statham as an action hero, I just wish he didn't rely so heavily on cars. As I was watching the movie I couldn't help but think it's Mad Max
meets Cannonball Run vibe took place in the post-apocalyptic world of the Fast and Furious
universe. It kinda makes sense.