Movie Review: The Amateurs (The Moguls) (2005)

Worthy effort: The Big Lebowski Lite (6/10)

Amateurs“I’m in. Except for no money, it’s a no-brainer for me. First off, making a stag film *has* to be a good time. Number two, my hat’s off to you. Good job. We can do this. Wha-what are we talking about here? Making a dirty movie – film, whatever, whatever. What does that require? Pointing a camera at a he and a she… he’in and a-she’in.” — Otis

This enthusiastic abandon of Otis (William Fichtner) gives you an idea of the characterological (!) method of the movie.  In addition to Otis, who has this childish, charming kinetic all-directions-at-once quality, virtually every one of the characters is the epitome of quirk.  [Which is why the movie reminds me so much of The Big Lebowski, at least for the Jeff Bridges role as Andy Sargentee; the key difference between The Amateurs and the Coen brothers’ classic lies in the heavier underlying plot material of Lebowski.] Continue reading

Movie Review: Crazy Heart (2009)

Fab musical story, great acting by Bridges __ 9/10
Review by Brian Wright

Crazy Heart

Bad Blake (to Jane Craddock): I wanna talk about how bad you make this room look. I never knew what a dump it was until you came in here.

When you go by IMDb for your raw material for movie reviews, usually you get the best quotes. Only with Crazy Heart, only being out for a couple of weeks now, whoever actually sits down and transcribes those quotes hasn’t done too many. And the ones he or she has written down are on the lame side. Which is really too bad, because Mr. Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) as he’s called is one walkin’, talkin’ quote machine… and brings out pithy words from most of the regular folks he gets together with, too. Continue reading

Movie Review: The Big Lebowski (1998)

The funniest 60s-burnout flick ever made _ 9/10
Review by Brian Wright

The Big LebowskiThe Dude: This is a very complicated case, Maude. You know, a lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous. And, uh, a lotta strands to keep in my head, man. Lotta strands in old Duder’s head. Fortunately, I’m adhering to a pretty strict, uh, drug regimen to keep my mind, you know, uh, limber.

Brandt: You never went to college…
The Dude: Oh, no I did, but I spent most of my time occupying various administration buildings… smoking a lot of thai stick… breaking into the ROTC… and bowling. To tell you the truth Brandt, I don’t remember most of it. Continue reading