Garbage comes in all sizes, and every one of them seems to fit into a load of violent, hateful and incomprehensible trash called Seven Psychopaths. Written by talented Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, who shocked Broadway audiences with dark, funny, gothic creepshows like The Beauty Queen of Leenane, The Cripple of Inishmaan and A Behanding in Spokane,this movie is proof that moving to Hollywood is poisonous Kool-Aid to the creative process. Kneeling at the trough of Hollywood pop psychobabble that has come to symbolize the New Cinema, Mr. McDonagh seems to have taken leave (temporarily, I hope) of his senses. He proved in 2008, with a brooding job called In Bruges, about hit men on holiday in Belgium, that he cannot stretch his bristling ideas into one full-length feature. Unfortunately, he also thinks he’s a director—a job for which he shows no patience, aptitude or proficiency. The result is a twitching convulsion of vicious drivel passing itself off as a movie, which can be best appreciated by the kind of people who dig Showgirls, the Saw franchise and Spike Jonze-Charlie Kaufman flicks.
For starters, the title means nothing.
In the early 1990s, Woody Harrelson went on Jay Leno’s show and put out an all-points-bulletin for Frankie Hyman, a friend he’d spent a summer in the summer of 1983; while Mr. Harrelson was starring on Cheers, the private investigator he’d hired told him that Mr. Hyman was not using his Social Security Number.
“I Read More
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The Hunger Games (Gary Ross) March 23
Your children have been refreshing Fandango daily to see if tickets are available yet for the movie based on Suzanne Collins’ kiddie novels—think of them as Twilight, except with actual murder instead of benign vampirism. Games promises a chaste love triangle and lots of angst for the tween Read More
Woody Harrelson plays a corrupt cop in the new film Rampart, depicting the police-force meltdown in late-1990s Los Angeles. But the actor has nothing against the fuzz—even despite his history of arrests and liberal stance on marijuana. During his research for the role, Mr. Harrelson rode along with police officers, and “most of the ones Read More
Yesterday we suggested fun questions to ask Woody Harrelson during his AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on link aggregation juggernaut Reddit, but as it turned out, our suggestions were probably mooted by Mr. Harrelson, who clearly did not understand what he was getting into. Mr. Harrelson appeared to treat the question and answer session like any other sit-down interview focused on promoting his upcoming film, Rampart, and that was his first mistake. Reddit users (Redditors) flayed him for the strategy, and have continued gleefully roasting the actor as only Reddit could for the last 24 hours or so.
Woody Harrelson is doing the rounds for his new movie Rampart, but in this age of viral buzz, press junkets just aren’t enough. These days, people don’t want to read the same canned answers asked by reporters and filtered through a PR agent: they want to directly interact with famous people. (Isn’t that why Twitter was invented?)
In less than two hours, Mr. Harrelson will be taking to Reddit’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) subforum, where for an hour he’ll be answering nerd questions about just how much marijuana he likes to smoke and some-such. So to stand out from the crowd and make sure the actor answers your query, here are some awesome questions to ask Woody Harrelson.
An edgy, prize-worthy performance by Woody Harrelson as uncomfortable and raw-knuckled as a bruised fist elevates Rampart. It’s a lacerating look at the life of a dirty cop, set during the immoral, violent and headline-making lawlessness of the Los Angeles Police Department in the Rampart squad scandals of 1999. The background and a lot of the thinly disguised facts assembled by the great crime writer James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) have been fictionalized to concentrate on one man instead of a whole gang of rogue cops, but Oren Moverman’s sucker punch direction and script (co-written by Mr. Ellroy) reek of authenticity.
With the calendar turned over to December and the Carpetbagger blogging once again (now with a new Bagger!), awards season has officially started. And to that we say: finally. In an effort to get a jump on the equally irrelevant Golden Globes, Film Independent announced the nominees for the 25th annual Spirit Awards Read More
Running time 105 minutes
Written by Alessandro Camon and Oren Moverman
Directed by Oren Moverman
Starring Ben Foster, Jena Malone, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton
The box office has not smiled on movies about the Middle East conflicts or the men who fight them. Stop-Loss, Grace Is Gone, The Lucky Ones, In the Valley Read More
How do we know fall is officially here? Because not only are the temperatures dropping—we needed to pull out shirts with long sleeves this week, people!—but the movies are finally getting good. Four potential gems hit theaters today, and as usual, there is something for everyone. As we do every Friday, here’s a handy guide Read More