July 1, 2012 |
The setup: "Magic Mike" was released Friday, and the movie - which is about male strippers ... not that we need to remind you - is full of sexy scenes and ridiculous laughs, but it doesn't include any true frontal male nudity. It got us wondering ... is male nudity sexy or funny? SEXY Let's be clear about something: Yes, male nudity, as it is currently portrayed in mainstream film, is totally giggle-worthy. Jason Segel didn't flap his junk from side to side in"Forgetting Sarah Marshall" for the added drama - he did it for the nervous laughter.
December 15, 2011 |
*** (out of four) Here's a list of things less complicated than the brain. Almost everything. End of list. In “A Dangerous Method,” psychoanalysis develops from the pursuits of psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), who's equally convinced that sexual desires explain everything and that his opinion represents the correct one. The men's debates explode with intellectual curiosity. Freud perceives himself the wise mentor; Jung pursues, as he puts it, another hinge into the universe other than...
May 1, 2014 |
*** (out of four) In the latest issue of Esquire, the magazine identified Tom Hardy as the greatest actor of his generation. That may be a stretch - the guy's only five months younger than Michael Fassbender. Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Lawless”), however, is always very good. “Locke” needs him to be: The entire movie takes place inside Ivan Locke's (Hardy) car as he attempts to address numerous, major threads of his life via speaker phone during a late-night drive.
May 22, 2014 |
** (out of four) You can call it superhero burnout, but it's really just idea burnout: “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is a big-budget, highly anticipated comic-book movie that does nothing to set itself apart. The story? The action? Yes, there's a lot going on. But the texture and wow factors are gone. Don't get me wrong. I really, really liked 2011's “X-Men: First Class,” and “Days of Future Past” does, uh, travel all over the world in hopes of being entertaining.
December 1, 2011 |
**** (out of four) Obviously the sex-addiction drama “Shame” has been rated NC-17 because of its nudity (something everyone experiences every day) and sex (something many people wish they experienced every day). Much has been written about the pro-violence, anti-sex rating system's foolishness, so we'll leave that alone. What deserves more conversation is star Michael Fassbender (Rochester in "Jane Eyre," Magneto in "X-Men: First Class"), who's fantastic in everything; in the riveting...
December 14, 2011 |
When the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) announced its 2011 nominations this morning , a few things ran through my mind that I'd like to ask the voters (politely, of course): 1. Do you really think Jonah Hill's sidekick role in "Moneyball," which merely required the actor to be quieter and less obnoxious, contributed more to the story than Albert Brooks' softly chilling villain in "Drive," a marvel of simmering menace? In the battle between "funny guy becomes low-impact supporting player" and "funny guy becomes one of the year's most memorable...