Archive for October, 2009
POKER RUN (2008)
Movie Review: “POKER RUN” ruined by dumb characters, laughable script
This will contain some spoilers…
Two city dwelling laywers want to live out some adventure in their
lives, so they decide they want to buy motorcycles to attend this poker
run event with their wives. They happen upon two weirdos who just
happen to be selling 2 bikes on the cheap. The two weirdos are just as
they seem- weird. They kidnap the guys’ wives and lead the men on a
chase, making them follow clues along the way to their women.
The idea is decent, but stupid characters and a dumb plot line ruin any
good that could come out of this.
The two main characters aren’t all that likable, and they’re pretty
bland. You just don’t know anything about them outside of their broad
stereotypical traits. The younger guy is more clean cut with short
hair, the older attorney has longer hair and is a bit more on the wild
side as far as looks go. Throughout the whole ordeal, we hardly care
what happens to either of them or either of their wives.
The two villains are so over the top that no one with any brain cells
in their head would ever buy anything from them, let alone $10, 000
motorcycles, and they sure as heck wouldn’t follow these guys into the
desert for a trip together. That’s what ruins the script, the
characters keep doing stuff that makes no sense. A hallmark of bad
horror movies, of course, but better writing would have allowed us to
skip this annoying hallmark and get on with a decent storyline.
There are some inventive death scenes here, if you’re into that sort of
thing, but ultimately they serve no purpose, as most of the characters
are just so over the top that you can’t take any of them seriously. A
deranged family on vacation in cahoots with the villains, everyone
along this route seem to be in the pockets of these two guys- but why?
Money? Can they really be making that much money by selling the same
bikes over and over? The plot holes are, of course, so big that it’s
hard to suspend disbelief for even a second.
There are some tense moments, and you get a sense of the movie SAW and
a bit of Wolfcreek. It’s shot well for the most part, but the audio is,
from the version I watched, sub-par, at best. The acting is decent for
what it is- the problem comes in with the dialogue and the way some of
the characters act. Again, it’s just too over the top, so you end up
laughing at how absurd it is when I guess you’re supposed to be scared.
I’d skip this completely. It’s not a terrible movie, but it’s too far
from good to even waste the 90 mins. The synopsis sounded interesting,
but the execution falls completely flat.
This is a bit late to post, but it’s interesting information nonetheless. The Monty Python documentary aired in 6 parts last week on IFC. I believe it will run again over the next month, and it might be available on IFC OnDemand. I’d check into that, because it was a lot of good Python information…for example, did you know that both Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones directed Holy Grail? They both had very different styles and would often contradict each other, so the cast had issues with this…it all worked out well in the end though, as the movie was a success overall. Not to mention, it’s often listed as one of the funniest British movies ever.
Check out the Pythons below and Eric Idle singing Always Look on the Bright Side of Life with the Fallon house band, The Roots!
Monty Python Interview, Part 1 (10/14/09) [5:17]
Jimmy asks Monty Python’s John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and Terry Jones how they would describe Monty Python and how they came up with the name.
Monty Python Interview, Part 2 (10/14/09) [3:36]
Jimmy talks to Monty Python’s Cleese, Gilliam, Idle, and Jones about their IFC documentary and the Monty Python animations.
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (10/14/09) [3:36]
Monty Python’s Eric Idle performs “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” with The Roots.
Hulu has the first reason of the British comedy series, KINGDOM, starring the always funny Stephen Fry.
Speaking of Fry- he might be coming to a PBS station near you. His 2008 6 part documentary series, STEPHEN FRY IN AMERICA, is now airing on HDNet in the US, but it starts feeding to American Public Television subscribing stations (most PBS stations get various feeds from APTV) this Monday. So, I assume some stations around the country will start airing it.
USA NETWORK PRESENTS THE “WHITE COLLAR SHIRT BAR”
OFFERING VISITORS FREE CUSTOM-FITTED SHIRTS COURTESY OF THOMAS PINK
Stars of new original series WHITE COLLAR Matt Bomer, TimDeKay and Tiffani Thiessen
to attend first-of-its-kind luxury shirt bar at Rockefeller Center in celebration of show’s premiere
Adding excitement leading up to the premiere of new original series WHITE COLLAR, USA Network proudly presents the “WHITE COLLAR Shirt Bar,” a pop-up experience offering men and women complimentary custom fitted shirts courtesy of Thomas Pink, open to the public Thursday, October 22 from 10 AM to 6 PM and Friday, October 23 from 8 AM to 6 PM. In addition to custom shirt fittings, the “WHITE COLLAR Shirt Bar” will also feature lounges, free shoeshine and complimentary coffee stations.
On the morning of Friday, October 23, join stars from the cast of WHITE COLLAR – Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay and Tiffani Thiessen – to celebrate the launch of USA’s new series at this extraordinary activity.
WHITE COLLAR Premiers Oct 26 on USA after Monk!
UPDATED: The full transcript has been added to the end of this post.
Talked to Tony Shalhoub and Bitty Shram today. They gave us some insight on what it has been like working on MONK for 8 years, and what we should expect of them in the future. They didn’t really reveal anything about what happens in the last few episodes of the series- Tony was very hush hush on any information, saying he wasn’t at liberty to reveal anything really.
We did learn that, at some point in the final episodes, there is a wedding between a man and a woman. Anything more than that is a mystery. We will, as Shalhoub mentioned in another interview I was part of, learn all the details of Trudy’s death and that all the major plot points will be tied up quite nicely.
In fact, Shalhoub said that he thinks the last few episodes are some of the best stuff of the entire series as far as the storylines go.
We also learned that Tony visited a Los Angeles psychiatrist before starting the role to learn all he could about OCD and mental health issues. This was basically just normal research, he said.
I asked the duo what was the most important thing they took away from the series in regards to people who deal with mental health problems. Bitty sat the question out, but Tony said that the biggest thing he took away was that sometimes we all have problems, we all have our own idiosyncrasies, but often these so-called negatives turn into positives. Monk’s obsessive attention to detail was what made him a brilliant detective. His problem was turned into an asset, and that happens with a lot of people.
Bitty mentioned she’s written a pilot that she’s trying to get off the air, and Shalhoub joked that he would stalk her now that Monk has ended for a big role in the series.
They talked more about the series and what it meant to them, and to expect everything to be wrapped up. The fans of the show should be happy once the series finale comes around.
It’s been a pleasure to watch Shalhoub as one of the greatest characters ever written for television. It’s been an interesting run, and the characters and the show itself will be sorely missed.
A full transcript of this interview will be posted once that arrives.
TRANSCRIPT CAN BE FOUND BELOW….CLICK THE LINK TO SEE THE REST OF THIS ENTRY!