Father of Invention

October 24th, 2011

October 20th, 2011
Fear and Loathing in Las VegasRaoul Duke: Let's get down to brass tacks. How much for the ape?

Nowhere Boy

September 14th, 2011

Nowhere BoyA lonely teenager, curious and sharp, growing in the shattered city of Liverpool. Two incredible women clash for his love. Mimi, the formidable aunt who raised him and Julia, the spirited mother who gave him up. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into music. His fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the young Paul McCartney. But just as John's new life begins the truth about his past leads to a tragedy he would never escape. Poignant and powerful, the untold story of the boy who created The Beatles. Nowhere Boy is the highly anticipated debut feature from British artist Sam Taylor-Wood, written by Matt Greenhalgh (Control) and stars newcomer Aaron Johnson as John Lennon, Kristen Scott Thomas as Lennon's Aunt Mimi, and Anne-Marie Duff as his mother Julia.

This is the origin story of John Lennon's genius. As a teenager he was constantly in trouble; he had no interest in fitting in and playing by the rules. He wasn't like most other children anyway, growing up raised by his aunt and uncle as non-traditional parents. He lacked direction (despite the rigid upbringing from Aunt Mimi) and had no passion until he met his muse, his mother Julia. She was the non-conformist who teaches John that life isn't only about fitting in and doing what you're supposed to do. And she teaches him music; to play, appreciate and live music. I believe you know the rest.

I would never have thought of John Lennon as a renegade teen who cut his classes and idolized Elvis Presley. I had pictured him as the quiet, artsy poet. As it turns out, he was both. And that mix proved John to be revolutionary.

Aaron Johnson, most known to me as the titular character in the recent cult phenomenon Kick-Ass, was fantastic as John Lennon. I thought he did a great job singing and playing guitar on film. I am surprised that he went after such a cheesy role as a graphic-novel, kid super hero after taking on a challenging role as one of the most iconic musicians the world has seen. Let's put Kick-Ass behind you, Aaron. You are made for bigger and better movies. Nowhere Boy proved that.

It is always hard to watch a movie that is a true story, or even based on a true story, when you want the situations you witness on screen to be amazingly true and not just amazingly scripted for the movie. To think of how certain chance meetings and passing conversations shaped a person is crazy. I am not normally a fan of "biopics" and I think that is because I do not get very star struck. But I think even I have a hard time down playing the influence of John Lennon and this one was very well done. That, and I think of this less as a "biopic" since this was not about John Lennon The Beatle, it was about an awkward teenager named John who learns to love music. I enjoyed this movie immensely and am already telling everyone I know that they have to see it.

Amazon

September 13th, 2011
Nowhere BoyJohnny Hooker: Hey, where's June?
Loretta: She quit. I'm filling in for a couple of days, till I can get a train outta here.
Johnny Hooker: Yeah? Where ya going?
Loretta: I don't know. Depends on which train I get on.

Drive

September 12th, 2011

September 8th, 2011
Nowhere BoyJohn: Is Nowhere full of geniuses, sir? Because then I do probably belong there.

50/50

August 18th, 2011

August 17th, 2011
BladeBlade: You give Frost a message from me. You tell him it's open season on all suckheads.

Rory O'Shea Was Here

August 11th, 2011

Rory O'Shea Was HereAn inspiring story of independence that follows two unlikely friends determined to face the world on their own terms. Young Michael (Steven Robertson) is a patient resigned to his quiet life within an institution's safe, predictable boundaries. Then, the rebellious Rory O'Shea (James McAvoy) bursts onto the scene. Now, with the help of the beautiful young Siobhan (Romola Garai), who signs on as the boys' live-in aid, Rory will show Michael what it takes to truly be free.

Rory O'Shea moves from group home to group home rebelling against authority and rebelling against his handicap. All he has ever wanted is to be treated like everyone else. And when he comes to his latest group home, he meets another resident named Michael, who knows he will never been treated like everyone else. But then a strange thing happens when Rory shows Michael that they need not blindly accept their fates and their wheelchairs and teaches him how to live.

If, you hadn't heard of Rory O'Shea Was Here, you now have. And if it has been sitting in your queue, wait no longer. This movie has the right amount of creativity, intelligent writing, wit and heartbreak (almost a little bit modern-day One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). Like I did, hopefully you will care about Rory and Michael; you will be happy when they laugh and you will even be mad at Rory if you feel he's pushing Michael too far. I like a movie that can keep me engaged and gets me invested in the lives of its characters. I liked Rory O'Shea Was Here a lot.

Amazon

August 10th, 2011
Sucker PunchWiseman: If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything.