REVIEW: ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

Ladies and gents, we give you the worst film of the year

In Silver Linings Playbook, Pat (Bradley Cooper) — a mentally unstable romantic and Philadelphia Eagles fan (as if those aren’t all the same thing) — gets out of the loony bin a skosh too soon. He went in due to his nervous condition, to-wit: He nearly murdered a man who was buggering his wife, and went to a mental hospital rather than jail. But mom wants his home for the holidays and checks him out. Bad idea. Pat delusionally believes his wife still wants him back, and goes ape-shit all over the depressing ‘burb where his parents (Robert DeNiro and Jacki Weaver, both slumming it shamefully) to prove he’s worth having back. Problem is, every time he hears the song “My Cheri Amour,” he gets violent. (The Stevie Wonder song that should set him off, though, is “Superstition” — his dad is a bookie who blames losses on the TV remotes not being properly aligned.)

Even the thumbnail description of this execrable piece of cinematic detritus sounds banal, and I’m not exaggerating to say my write-up is 10 times better than any 30-second stretch of SLP, which defiantly sets out from the opening scene to be the unchallenged Worst Film of the Year. It wins by a landslide.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Movie Monday: Heads will roll in ‘Machete’

‘Machete’ succeeds in B-movie glory

Some elitists used to think the ”B” in B-movie stood for bad.  Well, they weren’t out to win Oscars.  They were just lower-budgeted pictures without big stars and some of them were more fun than their more expensive brethren. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez have made it their mission to bring back the Bs, bigger and better than ever.  The results have been mixed but still reach a pinnacle of sorts with Machete, expanded by Rodriguez and company from a fake trailer in the 2007 release of Grindhouse which featured a classic double-bill of Death Proof by Tarantino and Planet Terror by Rodriguez.

Like Russ Meyer’s films Machete works on two levels.  It has enough boobs and booms to please fans of cheap action movies, but others will see it as a hilarious spoof of that genre.  Like Avatar, it has a liberal political message that may go over conservative heads.

For the full review, click here.

DEETS: Machete starring Robert DeNiro, Jessica Alba, Danny Trejo. Rated R. 105 minutes. Now playing in wide release.

—  Rich Lopez

BBC mentions 'Ticked Off Trannies with Knives' in Tribeca report

BBC reports on how Tribeca has grown as a film festival but also mentions its inclusion of Israel Luna’s controversial short film. Festival co-founder Robert DeNiro even talks about the Tribeca’s obligation to feature diverse voices in cinema and you could say he basically defends the movie.

UPDATE: Well, shucks. It turned out I had the incorrect BBC clip and now having trouble with the embed code. In the meantime, click here to for both the video and the story.

—  Rich Lopez