REEL MEN, REAL MEN, PART ONE: Movie reviews of Foxcatcher, Rosewater and The Imitation Game by Howard Casner

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imitation oneIt’s November, which means we few, we happy few, we band of brothers, are fast approaching awards season, which in turn means distributors, producers and studios are bringing out a bunch of stunt performances, or as we vulgarly call them in the vernacular, bio-pics, to qualify for the Academy Awards (among other competitions).

And this year is not only no different, it may actually set a record as it’s quite possible that three of the five female nominees for best actress Oscars will be for movies with characters based on real people and the male category may have up to four.

So please join me for the first installment of Reel Men, Real Men.

Foxcatcher is a movie about a poor younger man with daddy issues who becomes entangled in the life of a wealthy older man with mommy issues. The filmmakers seem determined to raise all the goings on to the level of Greek tragedy, but I’m not convinced it comes close to anything remotely Sophoclean. Read the rest of this entry »

WORST DATES EVER: Movie Reviews of LUCKY BASTARD and IN FEAR by Howard Casner

Lucky Bastard, the new movie written by Lukas Kendall and Robert Nathan (who also directed) has one swell line of dialog.  Someone rings a doorbell and the heroine (porn star and amateur averse Ashley Saint) says it’s the real estate woman.  Our hero (the psychotic, premature ejaculator Dave G.) says, “no, it’s not the real estate woman”.


Exactly why this is such a bees’ knees and cats’ pajamas of a line will only be revealed upon seeing the movie.  But trust me, it’s damn swell. Read the rest of this entry »