Bug Review

| Monday, August 20, 2007

In 1971, we were given “The French Connection”, a gritty crime drama about the cocaine and heroine epidemic that swept the streets of New York. And then in 1973 “The Exorcist” was made and we all know what that one is about. Originally I was going to open, phrasing the director and his vision and then claim I’d never seen any of his movies. I write these ahead of time before I see the movie; bullshitting makes the world go around!

“Bug”, under the production of Lionsgate (who have brought us such films as “Kids”, “The Red Violin”, and “Crash”, just to name a few) rarely disappoints the pubic with the movies that pop out of there. The movie starts off with a preview of the ending, an unidentifiable dead man covered in blood in a blue room wrapped in tin foil. Right off the bat we know that we’re in for a very smart and thrilling story. It then fades to black and presents the landscape of the barren lands of Midwestern state. In the background a phone is ringing – picked up hastily by Ashley Judd; annoyed that there is no one responding on the receiver. This occurs three more times without any answer – suspicion and paranoia kick in. Well for me anyway, people calling and hanging up is on the top of my list that provoke those feelings.

Ashley Judd plays as Agnes, a lonely alcoholic divorcee of an ex-con (who has just come out of jail for attempting to kill her) who works at a lesbian bar and is introduced to Peter Evans (played by Michael Shannon), a shy son of a preacher man who is very perceptive but mysterious all the same. So far 45 or so minutes into the film, the title doesn’t come close into play. Granted I’ve seen the preview in theaters (for months) and was saddened that it was so shortly lived in the theaters, so I have a general idea of what I could possibly be in for. But am I? What are we really in for? Limited dialogue? Dead pan, real world settings of loss and longing? Slow close-ups of inanimate objects that spark unexamined memories? So far, yes. And I am not complaining.

I watched closely, almost attentively to see Ashley work her magic playing the battered woman, doing what she does best I guess (and it never gets old). And Michael, reprising his theater role as Peter has a rugged handsomeness about him that 1. Makes you want to get to know about him and 2. Makes you want to get to know about him even more! And playing Jerry, the abusive ex-convict husband is none other than the devastatingly handsome Harry Connick Jr. whose versatile life leaves us at a blank if he was an actor who became a singer or a singer who became an actor. Regardless he does them both well, and with a brawny new physique to top that.

Now, on to the good part. Yes, the BEST part. After a sweaty night between the sheets, the “bugs” appear. What bugs you ask? I really can’t say, neither can Agnes or Peter. “It’s really small. Well, I guess. What is that? It’s a fucking bug. Well I know that, but what kind of bug? An aphid. An aphid? An Aphid, it’s like a…uh-umm… A bed bug? Uh, no…yea…kinda more like a louse. Louse? Oh, lice. No, not like head lice, like plant lice. Oh like termite. No, that’s more like a tripe. A tripe? A termite. You mean tick? No, a tick’s like a flea, a tripe’s like a termite. What’s a bed bug like? A bed bug. No, I mean what is a bed bug? A bed bug. I thought that was a nickname. This is an aphid. Plant lice? I think so…” And from there things turn for the worse. I have never in my life so many times covered my mouth in disbelief. The chaotic spiral staircase of the human psyche spins so quickly out of control so fast that it’s amazing. Peter is no longer timid or careful with his words, but is erratic, delusional, and obscenely destructive to himself and it’s excruciating to watch. Agnes, though never mentally unsound spins right along Peter without missing a beat.

Ultimately they both see, feel, smell, and hear these “aphids” that have invaded their bodies and come to a conclusion that they only would make the most sense, a sense of comfort in their private hells. All in all, I think “Bug” was a great movie, a contained and the most intimate version of the 1990’s movie “Jacob’s Ladder”, a poetic story of a Vietnam veteran who’s come to a very unfamiliar home. This film was horrific and will literally bug you for days to come.

Celebrity Spotting!!

| Thursday, August 9, 2007

I've always been known to wander aimlessly though the city and take in sights, see a few things that I may have over looked, sing loudly in the streets - crazy stuff like that. After getting my new job, I have seen 2 celebrities so far.

Patricia Clarkson


Alan Ruck

I have gas at the moment. That is all.

One Great Cop, hahahaha

| Friday, August 3, 2007

“One distinctly different kind of cop movie!”

Hahahaha, I guess that’s appropriate for this 1991 cop drama set in New York City. Michael Keaton and Anthony LaPaglia are two detectives, trying to stay alive in the crime crazy city of drugs, murderers and rapists and oh my! It’s some hard work. It starts off with Keaton and LaPaglia casing this building and asking around about an incident when suddenly they become an incident and are attacked by some coozed up junkies in an elevator but still remain good cops.

Later, things turn for the worse when LaPaglia dies and leaves three little girls orphaned for Keaton and barren Rene Russo to take care of, and that’s when he’ll do anything to be remain One Good Cop. Now, I’ve seen lots of cop related dramas such as Someone To Watch Over Me, Out For Justice, National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon Number 1 and they all touch on getting the bad guy(s), protecting your family, avenging your family, buying milk, playing with kids, hop scotch, and saving the hostages from Nakatomi Plaza. It’s all the same mess, the common story of the street and thankfully the 21st century provided us with something out of the status quo.

Nonetheless this movie had so much slang and junkie jive talk that I kept me in tears. “Super freeze, 12 hours of power!” this I assume was crack because that’s where the best sayings come from.

Heroine, nope.
Liquor, nope.
Meth, I doubt it.
Crack is the most magical drug that procures the best conversations.

Anyway, I doubt that it’s very hard to find this movie it’s only 17 years old. One Good Cop is like Mr. Mom meets Batman who works the Night Shift. Bah, I’m done lol.

Blood Diamond

| Thursday, August 2, 2007

Darkness, so dark within the depths of the Sierra Leone bush, no one is safe.

Eight years ago amidst the diamond mines held a very dangerous curse, the workers there were forced against their will to find diamonds day and night, unknowingly put in horrific danger. The "Blood Diamond", Djimon Hounsou, a man taken away from his family violently by the government is required to work at a diamond mine in order to later gain his freedom. Little did he know that the mine didn’t only flourish with the earth’s natural riches, but also million-year old virus infecting vampire bats. Soon the other workers became infected and it was up to him and Lenoardo DiCaprio to stop it from spreading.

Okay. Even though that wasn’t really the movie, I wish it sort of was because it would have been equally horrifying. Truly the title in itself explains it all. There is actually conflict in Sierra Leone about diamonds, they’re confiscated from the workers and used to buy weapons of all kinds, and then they are sifted though the system and quoted from the movie: “You [Americans] sell blood diamond too. Who do you think buys the stones? Dreamy American girls all want a story book wedding and a big shiny rock. Like the ones they see in the advertisements of your politically correct magazines…the world wants what have and they want it cheap.” I can see that to be true, an educational channel did a special on it. The name escapes me.

I digress, Hounsou’s character was captured, violently separated from his wife and children, and sent to vast and diamond rich lands to work under a bastard of a leader. And one day he finds a diamond the size of a jawbreaker, priceless piece. The leader of the regime caught him before they were all caught and sent to jail momentarily. Confrontation resulted in denial and threats if Hounsou does not give him the diamond. And from there, there are numerous explosions, towns gutted out by rebels, and Leo DiCaprio’s hilarious Zimbabwe accent.

If this movie doesn’t touch you in some way shape or form, wither it being about the indifferences in Africa, a man trying to get back his family, or white clam chowder over red – then, you are not human. Overall, without revealing anymore this movie is a must see with friends or a cozy significant other.