Butt Boy: Sodomy is the monster?

Butt Boy is the most incredibly kink shaming horror movie. I cannot believe it was made in 2019. Have we not yet moved beyond sex equals murder. I’ve never been more offended by a movie. Seriously! Sodomy is the portal to purgatory, not even a clever metaphor? Do better, move past making pleasure in sodomy the sign of a monster!

So obviously as you can tell I did not like the premise of this movie. It was a child’s joke taken to the extreme and sexualized. And I could lecture more why I felt this was low hanging fruit or why we need to do better. But instead I want to discuss the few things I did like.

Tyler Rice’s performance was fantastic. He was agonizingly broken, greasy and yet vulnerable. I wanted to know his story, I cared about his character. While I could care less about the wife or even the main character. The supporting cast was colorful. The styling of the set and cinematography were truly well done. The final chapter was just the right level of disgusting. I was nauseated by the foley work (Zach Landreneau), even as set design was not from a grand studio budget. The beauty of William Morean’s cinnamotogrphy makes up for the movies uneven pace and I am sure we will see Tyler Rice and Tyler Cornack again. Over all if you can get past the concept it is a fair movie. It’s like watching a movie while holding your nose. Something I just don’t want to do.

Butt Boy 2020

Directed by Tyler Cornack

Staring Tyler Cornack, Tyler Rice, Angela Jones

Hollywood Fairytale Goes Dark!

Quentin Tarantino’s filmography includes eleven movies that he has written and directed. His plan is to only make one more two more and then move on to other pursuits leaving his directorial filmography complete. Those movies are Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Volume One, Kill Bill Volume Two, Grind House Death Proof, Inglorious Bastards, Django Unchained, The Hateful Eight, and now Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Tarantino likes to make films that look at a genre of film and highlight great film makers. He plays homage to the greats while creating something original, which is just one of the reasons why he is so respected as a film maker. Yet to do this successfully you must still have characters people care about, or want to watch and a well developed story. Another score for Tarantino in Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Etc. His work is critically acclaimed and he deserved the awards he has won. I grew up loving, quoting and re-watching Reservoir dogs, Jackie Brown and Pulp Fiction. Inglorious Bastards, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight are two of my favorite westerns. True Romance and Four Rooms, though not complete directing credits are writing credits and I love those movies too, so I have been looking forward to this fantasy twist of the Manson story of Hollywood for a while. How would Tarantino play it? What part would the Tate murders play in the story? What was his interest in the sixties?

Tarantino it turns out was interest in the friction between the two cultures that existed during the end of the sixties. The rising hippy culture and existing culture Hollywood. As always he was very aware of the zeitgeist of the times he was portraying and he was exploring the tension it created at the time and its affect on the put together, uptight culture that preceded it. Rick Dalton, played so beautifully by Leonardo DiCaprio is just one such aging actor of the sixties who is not on the hippie train. He is watching his world crumble and change as his flame is either extinguished or can go to ittaly and make spaghetti westerns to try and salvage his dying carrer (sound like anyone you know). While the film makes references to Steve McQueen going so far as to show you the Great Escape, Clint Eastwood kept poping up in my mind with Rawhide and then all of his westerns. Will Rick be able to adapt to the new world he is living in or will the “Fucking Hippies” get him? He is emotionally vulnerable, often stuttering, dim witted, and breaks down into tears several times.

Brad pit plays his long time friend, Cliff Booth, a man’s man and though slightly in touch with the changing times more aware of his surrounding as well. I am less aware of stunt men from the time, but there is a story to his character that reminded me of the actor Robert Wagner. He is of the times though often saying horrifically crass things like “Don’t cry in front of the Mexicans” when Dalton breaks down outside of a restaurant. But he is definitely more grounded.

The story is essentially a buddy flick about these two characters decide what they will do next with there lives and I wanted to know what would happen next. I cared! Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski are side characters. Margot Robbie does an excellent job, but she is unessential for most of the movie. And of course, as with all Tarantino movies, history is unimportant because this is a fairy tale and the ending is what he wants it to be. As with Inglorious Bastards where he killed Hitler, do not expect the evening on August 8, 1969 to go the way you expect.

As to the end of the film. The only other thing I will reveal, because I do not believe in revealing spoilers. I will warn you it is horrifically brutal. I am somewhat desensitized to violence. I watch a lot of violent stuff because of what I do and I have done some internships for school so many times film violence does not bother me. This did. At first I was laughing along with everyone else and then I cheered. And then I just sat there appalled. It is graphic and a little much. It’s not even that there is a lot of gore, it’s more the absolute brutality of it, and perhaps slightly the reaction of my audience mixed in. I’m not sure, but it disturbed me.

As to the rest of the movie, there are a few pacing issues. A bout half way through the movie I was ready for it to get moing a little faster. Pitt and DiCaprio are fantastic together, I will go see them in any other collaboration. The use of music was brilliant. Not just as foreshadowing cues like Mrs Robinson’s when Pitt Meets Pussycat, played by Margaret Qualley, but also “Out of Touch” as the airport arrival song but also the use of commercials on the radio and the fact that we got song snippets as they characters were driving instead of full songs, showing they were actually traveling!

Another brilliant scene worth seeing and one of my favorites is the Cliff, Lee fight scene. From the dialogue to the fight scene the entire thing was hilarious. DiCaprio’s break out scene was his meltdown in the trailer and his comeback lines with Luke Perry. He actually does such a good job the whole movie its hard to pick just one scene because as I write this I want to point out more but I don’t want to start giving away anything.

I would love to say I loved this movie, but it’s more I loved the performances in it. I was bored at times, their was once again FEET (WHY, JUST WHY, three times no less?), and a pit bull is used to attack and maul someone. As if the dogs don’t have enough PR problems. This is not a Tarantino great film. Its OK and does not have to be seen on the big screen at all. If you can’t wait to go see it I won’t discourage you, but really at an average of $9.00 a ticket, I should never have a desire to check my phone in the middle of a movie. I liked his last two more, but this is definitely above Kill Bill which I did not like.

Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (US Release Date 7/26/2019)
Writer, Director Quentin Tarantino
Cast Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie, Luke Perry, Timothy Olyphant, Austin Butler, Maya Hawke, Margret Qualley, Dakota Fanning
Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EleMaP8EPAA

Booksmart: Smart Girls can be Fun Too!

Another ‘Chick Flick’ touches a nerve. This time however, it is in the most delightful of ways! Booksmart took me back to those awkward, delicious moments in high school that only the truly young and unfettered teenager can experience. I recognized everyone in this movie, done with just a slight bit of movie flare to make them iconic, but not a joke or unrelatable. Yes everyone was a troupe or stereotype, but I also knew a lot of these troupes too. I would have liked to see a few of them turned on their heads, but the movie did a great job of hitting its comedic notes and not going so far I was too uncomfortable to laugh.

While Molly and Amy chose to rise above their peers and focus on academics so they could get into good schools, their peers were busy having fun, getting a life and also getting into good schools. Me I was more like Gigi in school or T ripple A, that weird girl everyone ridiculed and made up rumors about. The only thing missing from this movie was sexual assault but hey, it’s a comedy so let’s keep it light, right!

Let’s unpack some of this movie shall we? Molly and Amy’s confidence ruled. While I played at being that confident and was really chicken shit inside, they thought they were the shit! They felt their superiority fully, which is filmed so well in the opening scene as we watch them strut to a rhythm only they can hear. Who needs music when your awesome! This scene is edited beautifully as it goes from fun – with music – to awkward – silent – and we see them in reality.

Could they be faking it? I was good at it, I had everyone fooled. I remember one mourning during my weekly “Skip Breakfast” at the bagel shop. I ran into a senior who joined me. As we talked he admitted he had liked me for a while but was always afraid to ask me out. I walked to school looking so angry he was afraid I’d bite his head off if he stopped to talk to me. And considering I put my cigarettes out at the school door, it was obvious I did not give a fuck what anyone else thought. I really had them fooled, because I definitely cared what everyone thought. I just hated school and figured most of the people in it hated me. Were Molly and Amy the same?

On the Last day of school Molly’s world is shaken as she overhears a group of kids talking about her in the coed bathroom. (Same thing happened to me in my middle school Library, only it was my friends and it was devastating) Molly handled it like a boss and confronts them only to find out that instead of being superior to these people she is just like them. They are going to good schools too, Tripple A is even going to Yale! Only instead of spending all of high school studying and ignoring fun, they partied and acted like teenagers too. Freak out in 5-4-3-2-1.

The cinematography by Jason McCormick is fantastic at this point! The ‘water balloon’ shots are absolutely beautiful. I adore the time lapse face shot, the use of framing and color. I love the way the entire movie is shot, but this was my favorite scene.

When Molly comes back to reality she decides that they must party on this, their last night of high school. Thus the premise of the movie and so the festivities begin.

While some of the humor is crude, it is done with a restraint that Super bad lacked. Those dramatic scenes in the movie serve to give this film a vulnerability it needs. At times I laughed so hard tears came out. At other times I worried if their friendship would make it. While I agree that it is relying on a traditional story line, it is told with skill, sensitivity and humor that comes right up to the line. I went to a 4pm showing so the crowd was older. The couple next to me was much older. I loved their response at the end when the lights came up at the end. The wife sat silent and the guy said, “Well I thought it was funny.” Me too. If you need something to take you mind off a few things and just laugh, this is a movie to see.

Booksmart (US Release date 5/24/2019)
Director: Olivia Wilde
Writers: Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, and Katie Silberman
Cast: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jessica Williams, Jason Sudeikis, Lisa Kudrow, Skyler Gisondo, Molly Gordon, Billie Lourd
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzE8kz8iGTM

The Hustle: Fails on all Fronts!

Why, just why? If you want to see Dirty Rotten Scoundrels just watch the original 1989 version because this was just not worth seeing! All they did was flip genders and update the con for the times. While Rebel Wilson is a phenomenal actress the script the gave her just did not bring the laughs. Steve Martin got more with less. During his scenes as the imbecile brother he had iconic moments that my husband and I will still quote to each other and I saw that movie as a child. This time I mildly chuckled, if that. Anne Hathaway slept through the entire movie. I don’t know what has happen to her. She was a great actress in her teens and has just gotten hammier and hammier. All I can say is she has finally proven definitively it is possible to give nothing and overact at the same time. Script wise the jokes they added to the movie, added nothing. If you want to empower women, write original scripts that are actual good. And maybe have a woman write or Director!? Please don’t waste your money or your time and see this movie. I’m sorry this is coming out a week late, Hopefully I saved a few of you from a mistake.

The Hustle (US Release Date 5/10/2019)
Director: Chris Addison
Writers: Stanley Shapiro, Paul Henning, Dale Launer, Jac Schaeffer (Lone Woman writer involved
Cast: Anne Hathoway, Rebel Wilson, Alex Sharp, Tim Blake Nelson, Ingrid Oliver
Production Company: MGM
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j5hwooOHVE