Thursday, August 12, 2010
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is pure pleasure, a zippy Pop grab-bag, a joyous celebration of comic books, video games, rock music, fast movies, dumb TV, and (apparently) whatever the hell else struck director Edgar Wright’s fancy. Based upon a series of graphic novels by Bryan Lee O’Malley (unread by me), it is a big, noisy, giddily energetic little corker of a picture, utterly ridiculous—gleefully so, in fact—but uncharacteristically sweet and good-hearted as well. It’s just fun, plain and simple, and anyone who can’t enjoy it has clearly forgotten how to have a good time at the movies.
“Mom kept me away from her family because she was scared.” After seeing Animal Kingdom, you can’t blame her. The “me” in that line is Joshua “J” Cody (James Frecheville), who looks on impassively in the film’s first scene as paramedics work on his overdosed mother, a game show blasting on the TV. He calls his grandmother Janine (Jacki Weaver) primarily because he doesn’t know what else to do. She gladly welcomes him into their large family, a collection of gruff men who specialize in masked, armed robberies. To call the domestic dynamic tricky would be something of an understatement.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
Aloha From Hawaii special the following year offer perhaps the last glimpses of Presley as we'd like to remember him.