So let’s talk about movies…
A Scanner Darkly: Now why exactly did I watch this movie? Some great actors, some groundbreaking animation techniques, a storyline by Philip K. Dick… and still I’m wondering. Eh.
Grilled: The two shows I BUY on dvd are Everybody Loves Raymond and the King of Queens (and Mad About You, whenever they get around to it). So, I’m walking through Blockbuster and see a movie with both Ray Romano from ELR and Kevin James from TKoQ on it. Pushing past my inherent squeemishness for under-advertised movies I’ve never heard of, I pick this one up and bring ‘er home.
Yeah… Favorite shows or not, this was just kind of a bad movie. It had its moments (good) and it had its moments (bad… oh so bad), but overall, it did what movies that bypass theatrical release and go straight to dvd always do- it failed to work. That’s all- a ton of recognizable actors, two bona-fide funny, funny guys, a can’t miss premise (door to door meat salesmen? C’mon people! There’s gold in them thar hills!) and still… it just kind of laid there.
I’ve been watching this in chunks when I work out, and to be honest- I had forgotten just how good this movie is. Excepting the Godfather, when they were never on screen together, this was Pacino and DeNiro’s first time acting together. One plays a manic cop, the other as a cool-as-permafrost criminal. Pacino virtually chews up the scenery (and Hank Azaria, in one particularly funny scene) as the cop who is so angry that the biological father of his step-daughter is ignoring her, but simply can’t see he’s doing the same thing to his wife… and DeNiro is at his absolute best as the mastermind of a crew that takes down intricate scores so well, and experiences such personal failure that you end up rooting for them…
There are some deep things going on in this movie, not really addressed explicitly… I don’t think it’s the kind of movie you can have a good discussion around, but maybe I’m wrong. It is, however, the kind of movie that makes you feel, and that’s good.
If you’ve never seen Heat, and can handle a bit of the ol’ gunplay, you should check it out. Worth it just to see Henry Rollins get his butt kicked