The story of John Callahan might not be familiar to you. It certainly wasn’t to me prior to this trailer. But after reading up on his life and watching Joaquin Phoenix work his magic in the trailer, I’m very interested.
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot Trailer – Joaquin Phoenix
Of course the casting of Phoenix as Callahan had some people upset. The reason? Phoenix, a non disabled person, was playing Callahan, a quadriplegic. If you look too far into things you’ll find a reason to get upset about it, and that’s exactly what that “outrage” was about. As far as the trailer goes, it looks fantastic. ‘Isolation’ by John Lennon plays in the background throughout, while Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black star.
You’d be hard pressed to find a better actor than Phoenix to play someone with the life story of John Callahan. A drunk who became a quadriplegic after a car accident and used his new lease on life to became an edgy, derisive cartoonist? That role has Joaquin Phoenix written all over it. The script was adapted by director Gus Van Sant from Callahan’s own autobiography. Van Sant has delved into biographical territory before with the Oscar nominated Milk. Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot is slated for a May 11th release.
Jonah Hill was back at SNL this weekend for his fourth hosting stint, and it was kind of disappointing. The highlight of the show for me was the ‘Voters for Trump Ad’, which was the first sketch after his monologue. The rest of the show wasn’t bad, but when you have someone with the comic chops of Jonah Hill, you expect a lot more than what we got. Anyway, this sketch was really good, and although it would’ve been better if SNL hadn’t let Trump host earlier this season, it was still a solid approach. Will the media’s constant hammering at Trump and his supporters matter come election time? It’s tough to tell, but I’ll take sketches like this any day of the week.
The Golden Globes took place Sunday, and there was a lot to love about them. Ricky Gervais was naturally hysterical, and I will burn my own home to the ground before I dislike any awards show host who drinks a beer all night. The speeches were good, as were the presenters, and Denzel even won a makeshift lifetime achievement award. What were our favorite moments? Well, that’s what we’re hear for.
Sly Stallone Wins Best Supporting Actor
Sly Stallone has been in movies for 5 decades now, and while you’ll never hear him mentioned in the ‘greatest actors of our generation’ conversation, the characters he’s created will last forever. In that vain, it was pretty awesome to see him get recognized for his role in ‘Creed’, as the aging, wise and still emotionally fragile Rocky Balboa. Rocky is hands down one of the most iconic characters in movie history, and Stallone has found a way to breath life back into a character that we thought had thrown his final punch. ‘Creed’ was a very good movie, and the combination of Stallone and Michael B. Jordan was a fun one to watch. His speech was unjustly criticized, as he forgot to mention his fellow actors and director, but that’s just the society we live in now. We refuse to let anyone enjoy the moment, and even though this is Stallone’s first Golden Globe nomination in THIRTY EIGHT years, it’s much more accepted now to criticize his speech than congratulate the man who’s making it. My favorite part of his acceptance speech was when he proclaimed “I am the sum total of everyone I’ve ever met.” I really like that line, and I hope he has another chance to speak come Oscar night.
Jonah Hill puts a bear head on and Channing Tatum laughs like a school girl
The bartender at the Globes was over pouring and I LOVED it. It seemed like everyone who went to the mic was hammered off their ass. When Channing went up and introduced the Bear from The Revenant I knew exactly who would be lumbering on stage, Jonah “fluctuating weight” Hill. He did a hilarious little bit from the perspective of a bear on a big Hollywood set. The banter was funny, but was was even funnier was Channing laughing hysterically behind him. Its like he slipped a little bit of the drug from 21 Jump Street before going on stage.
I love that Jonah and Channing are best friends. If Ryan and I had the opportunity to get on stage during the Golden Globes I feel this is exactly what would happen. Moments later Ryan would be singing ‘Fast Car” and I would be screaming into the mic looking for Bill Paxton. That’s when we get banned from every hollywood event for the rest of our lives. Until that moment comes we will have to live vicariously through Jonah and Channing.
Paparazzi are probably regular people just like you and me, but I hate them still. Why do they feel it to be necessary to follow Jonah Hill down the street while he is walking with one of his buddies. I don’t get it, he isn’t doing anything video worthy, he is just walking down the street. The only explanation for them to be filming him and prodding him with dumb questions is so that he will have the reaction at the end of this clip, and guess what? it’s all over the internet now. Mission accomplished, you pieces of shit. LEAVE JONAH ALONE!
PS- When I get super famous for my portrayal as Harry Stamper in the remake of “Armageddon”, I am going to let the paparazzi take all the pictures and video they want right from the word “go”. That way i’ll be old news by week two of my superstardom. Game, set, Vieira.
The Wolf of Wall Street
From the people who brought us District 9 comes Elysium. Let me start by saying that I loved District 9. The movie was pure original from start to finish. No one has told the story of segregation and the plight of a people quite like that movie. A mix you could only get by taking Alien and crashing it head first into any Spike Lee movie. Now for Elysium. This movie seems to follow the same look and feel as District 9 with a slightly different story…and Matt Damon.
The Wolf of Wall Street ,aka “The complete opposite of what my friends and I do on the weekends”, stars Big Leo, Matty McConaughey, Jonah “Fluctuating Weight” Hill, and “Carlos” from How I Met Your Mother (You might know him as Shane from The Walking Dead). This movie looks like a smash hit right from the get-go. Look for Berno and I, in jean jackets/vests, camped out for tickets.