Monthly Archives: June 2011

Jackass’ Ryan Dunn dies in car crash, aged 34

Ryan Dunn, the 34-year-old Jackass star, died in a fatal car crash on Sunday night in Pennsylvania, MTV News confirmed today.

According to TMZ, the accident occurred at 3 a.m. on Route 322 and New Street in West Goshen Township. While it’s unknown who was driving at the time, an unidentified passenger also died in the crash. April Margera, the mother of Dunn’s Jackass co-star Bam, broke the news to WMMR 93.3’s “Preston and Steve” radio show.

In the last photo Dunn posted to Twitter, he and two friends are seen drinking what may be alcoholic beverages. TMZ also reported that the car caught fire in the crash. A tow truck was later sent to the scene to remove the car. A photo obtained by an NBC affiliate in Pennsylvania, showed the wrecked car on the side of the road. As of press time, no further information was known about the accident.

Dunn, Jackass’ resident skateboarder and daredevil, first came to the public’s attention through his appearances in CKY Crew videos. He joined the Jackass crew in 2000, going on to appear in all of the Jackass films & becoming known for his outrageous stunts. His fellow pranksters have ye tot make a comment on his tragic death.

SWINGING WITH THE FINKELS

I think we need to see other films. It’s not me, it’s you.
SWINGING WITH THE FINKELS
Directed by Jonathan Newman. Starring Mandy Moore, Martin Freeman, Melissa George, Jonathan Silverman.84 mins
Rating: Half a Star/Five
In cinemas June 17

PAINFULLY BAD NON ROM- NON COM ISN’T SMART, SEXY OR SASSY, DESPITE ITS PROGRESSIVE PREMISE

Swinging with the Finkels, a (non)rom-(non)com from (non)director Jonathan Newman is being pitched as a sexed-up Richard Curtis comedy. Now Curtis has had his stupid moments – Bridget Jones 2, having Hugh Grant chose Andie “Is it raining, I hadn’t noticed” Dowell over the goddess that is Kristen Scott Thomas – but never, NEVER has he made a film so offensively stupid to warrant such a slanderous comparison.

In its opening “hilarious” scenes, Mandy Moore, a woman whose husband (Martin Freeman) no longer desires her, has never heard of a vibrator and so masturbates with an apparently turbo-jet cucumber (she didn’t hear about that E.Coli scare then?) that launches itself from her vagina into the crotch of her on-looking grandfather. I remember when something similar happened to me – oh how we laughed!

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Run Film Critic, Run!

It’s a monumental event in history, ladies & gentlemen: a film critic is actually doing something useful! I mean, not ME, obviously, but I’m blogging about it, so I’m being useful by proxy.

Mike Sheridan, Entertainment.ie’s resident film editor & critic (also known as Movie Mike or “yer man who does the film stuff on TwoTube before Home & Away”) is running a ridiculous 100km marathon in Lapland this July to put my non-existent exercise routine to shame & to raise money for the ARC Cancer Support Centre. It’s a great cause so if you feel like sponsoring him please do so I can take the credit for blogging about him. Danke!

To sponsor Mike, he has a link on MyCharity.ie


(Not actually Mike Sheridan.)

THE BEAVER: Forcing me to talk about the proverbial elephant.

THE BEAVER
Directed by Jodie Foster. Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence.
Rating: Three/Five
In cinemas June 17

HE WHO SHALL NOT BE NAMED PUTS IN A MAGICAL PERFORMANCE IN THIS UNCONVENTIONAL DRAMA

Right, let’s address the giant, sugar-titted elephant in the room. Supporting Mel Gibson is now practically taboo, and it may well prevent audiences from watching him play Walter Black, a depressive alcoholic who uses a puppet to create a psychological barrier between him and the world. It’s ironic, given that Gibson’s personal difficulties actually strengthen the impact of this must-see role of his career. Because as Walter’s furry friend tells him to “forget about home improvement – blow up the whole building and start again,” Gibson’s clearly listening. In The Beaver, his performance doesn’t just push the envelope – it burns down the entire bloody post office.

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COUNTDOWN TO ZERO: Nuclear documentary is a propaganda-filled near miss

COUNTDOWN TO ZERO
Directed by Lucy Walker. Featuring Valerie Plame Wilson, Tony Blair, Jimmy Carter, Mikhail Gorbachev. 91 mins.
Rating: Two/Five
In cinemas June 24

DOOMSDAY DOCUMENTARY ABOUT NUCLEAR WEAPONS IMPLODES INTO PRO-AMERICA PROPAGANDA

Jimmy Carter, Tony Blair, Valerie Plame Wilson, Mikhail Gorbachev, director Lucy Walker and a United Colours of Benetton-worthy selection of vox-pop contributors think nuclear weapons are bad. Not because nukes are bad in general, you understand, but because some eight other countries apart from America have nukes, and that’s bad.

Combining compelling footage with lots of interesting talking heads (and lots of uninteresting talking heads), Walker’s doomsday documentary presents chilling evidence that a nuclear disaster could easily occur – and very nearly has, numerous times – due to simple miscalculation, tiny technical errors or shockingly lenient security measures. The current state of the nuclear arsenal is discussed; the ownership of the 23, 000 weapons revealed and the ease with which weapons could be smuggled, bought or assembled is clearly outlined. It’s terrifying stuff.

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BRIDESMAIDS: Not just The Hangover for the Not-Hung

BRIDESMAIDS
Directed by Paul Feig. Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Jon Hamm. 125 mins.
Rating: Four/Five
In cinemas 22 June
A HILARIOUS, OUTRAGEOUS FEMALE LED COMEDY MARKS SNL REGULAR AS COMIC ACTRESS TO WATCH

In this long overdue female-driven comedy, SNL regular Kristen Wiig, Freaks and Geeks writer Paul Feig and Judd Apatow finally mange to break down Hollywood’s Madonna/Whore complex about women. In a film where men play the sidekick romantic interests, Bridesmaids allows its female leads to be smart, sexy, hilarious and loveable, even while humiliating themselves, drinking heavily, stealing puppies or suffering a bad case of diarrhoea (admittedly some of the sexy leaves at that point.)

Wiig plays Annie, a woman whose career and love life are slowly circling the drain, and whose mood isn’t helped when best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) announces her engagement. Smiling through jealously gritted teeth, Annie’s stretched even further to the limit when the irritatingly perfect Helen (Rose Byrne) threatens to usurp her role as Lillian’s best friend and Maid of Honour.

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BAD TEACHER: Bad experience

BAD TEACHER
Directed by Jake Kasdan. Starring Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel, Lucy Punch. 92 mins.
Rating: One and a Half/Five
In cinemas June 17

BAD TEACHER? MORE LIKE BAD FILMMAKING, AS CAMERON DIAZ FAILS TO AMUSE IN THIS CLICHED COMEDY

Blame Bad Santa. Apparently Hollywood’s cheat-sheet to writing comedy now involves picking a profession, putting “bad” in front of it, giving their character a drinking problem and expecting us to laugh uproariously. Nice try, but Bad Teacher barely scrapes a pass.

A gold-digging alcoholic forced into teaching to pay for a breast augmentation, Elizabeth (Cameron Diaz) is selfish, charmless and – unlike Billy Bob’s hilarious misanthrope in Bad Santa – isn’t even funny. Not smart enough to provide any memorable one-liners or charismatic enough to make the long, vacuous spaces between feeble jokes enjoyable, Diaz’s character could only have entertained if her outrageous antics were genuinely hilarious. But the only shocking thing about Elizabeth’s checklist of bad behaviour is how horribly clichéd it all is. As she swears, sleeps during class, smokes marijuana in the staff car park and sexes it up at a school car wash, there’s a painful sense of been there, seen that – only usually funnier.

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THE MESSENGER: Nothing’s fair in love or war, but the performances are damn good

THE MESSENGER
Directed by Oren Movermen. Starring Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Samantha Morton. 113 mins.
Rating: Three/Five
In cinemas June 17

BRILLIANT PERFORMANCES AND A TRAGIC PREMISE MAKE FOR AN AFFECTING WAR DRAMA

After being injured in Iraq, Sgt. Will Montgomery (Ben Foster) is sent home and assigned to three months working on the Casualty Notification Team alongside seasoned partner Stone (Woody Harrelson.) Having experienced the unfathomable pain and tragedy of warzones, he’s now forced to relay that pain to the families of dead soldiers, in a job where there’s “no such thing as a satisfied customer.”

The notifications are heart-rending, fascinating and realistically varied, thankfully avoiding the potential clichés of distraught widows sliding tearfully down walls. Steve Buschemi is haunting as a bereaved father who becomes violently angry towards Montgomery, while a sweetly vulnerable widow Olivia (the brilliant Samantha Morton) actually apologizes to the men for how difficult their job must be.

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Samuel L Jackson tucking your kids into bed….

Of all the actors out there, who would you like to read a bedtime story to your child? Ian McKellen & Liam Neeson have those beautifully soothing voices but they’re so overused. Sarah Jessica Parker is used to giving quippy voice-overs, but your child would run the risk of growing into a neurotic, man & self-obsessed socialite. Personally I’d go with Peter Blegvad (check out his incredible rendition of Charles Bukowski’s ‘The Man With The Beautiful Eyes’ here) but that may be because he has the most seductive voice in history, which is probably not a quality kids look for.

How about Samuel L. Jackson? The tough man himself has made a recording of himself reading Adam Mansbach’s best-selling book Go The Fuck To Sleep, the most realistic goodnight story I’ve ever heard. The recording is hilarious, & the film rights to the book have been optioned by Fox, but until that comes out, here’s a bit of Sammy’s version.

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