Director: Ridley Scott
Writer: Cormac McCarthy
Stars: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz
Some of Cormac McCarthy’s books have made successful movies (No Country for Old Men, The Road), but this time pens his own screenplay and it’s a talky, tedious mess. Novels can afford to take time to develop characters and, in McCarthy’s case, wax philosophical, but a movie needs some brevity and this one is lacking. Michael Fassbender plays an attorney who gets embroiled in a drug deal, but he’s as confused as the viewer: Who are all these people and what is their relationship to him and the deal? With almost non-stop chatter, you’d think this would be clear, but it’s just a confusing muddle. You’d think director Ridley Scott would know better, but he just adds a stylish edge.
GAY ANGLE: A few glimpses of Fassbender’s front late in the film, but it’s not worth the tedium to get there.
Director: Jeff Tremaine
Writers: Fax Bahr (story), Spike Jonze (story)
Stars: Johnny Knoxville, Jackson Nicoll, Greg Harris |
If you’re a Jackass fan you’ll have some idea what to expect. Johnny Knoxville disguises himself as 86-year-old Irving Zisman and takes a road trip with his 8-year-old grandson (Jackson Nicholl, who’s already an amazingly confident and gifted comic presence). They play out the simple narrative in real places with real people getting involved and reacting to the outrageous things that Zisman does. The laffs are plentiful, as long as you’re amused by gross bodily functions, genital humor and irreverent situations. Despite the craziness, Knoxville’s talent as an actor adds realism and emotion to this expedition in crazy excess. Think Jackass meets Candid Camera.
GAY ANGLE: No trace of Knoxville’s sexiness shows thru the heavy aging.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.