Out of print for more than 30 years, now available for the first time as
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more than 40 hours of interviews with Coach Wooden, learn about the man behind the coach.
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by Tony Medley
children, rated NC/17.
William Friedkin, a guy who prides himself on filming graphic violence,
this contains one of the phoniest fights since Republic stopped making
Roy Rogers movies (which was 1951 with Roy's second to last western
feature film, Pals of the Golden West; he made one more, Son
of Paleface in 1952, but that was with Bob Hope and Paramount).
Emile Hirsch gets beat up by two bikers in the middle of the film and it
is so poorly done you can actually see space between the attackers'
fists and Emile's body. It's so bad it's laughable.
Friedkin makes up for this with the final 20 minutes of graphic and
emotional violence that ruined the movie for me. Before that, it's a
clever story, based on the 1994 play by Tracy Letts' (who also wrote the
screenplay). Hirsch and his father, Thomas Haden Church, hire Dallas
detective, Killer Joe (Matthew McConaughey), who moonlights as a
contract killer, to kill Hirsch's mother and Church's first wife to get
The acting is
very good, highlighted by Juno Temple, who plays Hirsch's sister and
whom McConaughey demands as collateral for the job since neither Hirsch
nor Church has the money to pay him up front. Juno is the pivotal key to
the movie, allowing her family to prostitute her out. McConaughey views
her as his potential salvation. The movie wouldn't work without her
effective performance as a kind of Baby Doll, which required lots of
nudity, some of it full frontal. Gina Gershon gives a terrific
performance as Church's present wife. Church provides needed comic
relief as the simple-minded husband who just goes along with his goofy
son and wife.
continuing his effort to be recognized as more than a pretty smile,
taking more challenging roles than the frivolous leading man in romantic
comedies, and this one shows his breadth of talent because he's a
charming psychotic killer until the last 20 minutes.
intricate tale that would have gotten a much higher rating from me but
for the disgusting, over-the-top graphic violence and really silly but
graphic simulated sex scene in the finale.
June 21, 2012