Annie Hall, The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, True Romance, etc
Remember when Chrisopher Walken was in good movies, and his characters where funny/disturbing because he played them with a straighface? Remember when he wasn't a hip, tongue-in-cheek, MTV cultural icon, but an actor who liked to have a little fun within the context of a solid movie? Or was at least a good actor in an unintentionally bad movie?
Then do you remember how something went horribly awry?:
Kangaroo Jack (starring a thieving, animated kangaroo and Jerry O'Connell, Domino (starring Kiera Knightly), Click (starring Adam Sandler), Gigli (Ben Afflick and Jennifer Lopez), and lest we forget, Balls of Fury:
I was sitting on the subway this morning and saw an ad for what looked like terrible movie starring Ben Kingsley. Is the same thing happening with Ben Kingsley?
The Love Guru, You Kill Me, Lucky Number Slevin, AI. And now we have The Wackness to look forward to, in which Kingsley plays a long-haired shrink who smokes pot with his adolescent patient, desirous of Mary Kate Olson:
I am leaving the above sentence with the bad grammar intact, because it is hard/gross to tell which character sweats the Olson twin. Is it the indie-dork protagonist who wants to be Napoleon Dynamite or is it the middle-aged wig-wearing side-kick of a therapist? I don't think I'm going to see the movie to find out:
or maybe I will...
Sorry to drag you through my Post-7:45am-Morning-Subway-Ride-Thought-Process. It's ok, I feel dirty too.
Tonight I hope you are coming to the Dzinc reading at McNally Robinson (see previous post for details).
This Saturday Shaffer Hall is reading at 5ish at The Abbey in Williamsburg. If you're in the area you should go. If not, you can catch him reading again on Sunday with Chris Tonelli at the 440 gallery in Brooklyn. I believe I already threatened you with a headful of "Psssst" if you don't go, so I assume I will see you there at least.
I'm gearing up for a conference at the end of the month so I've been submerged in work and haven't had time to read/review poetry in the last week or so but I'm hoping to get back to you with info on Amazing poems later this week. Bear with me?