Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tuesday Night Movie: Good Dick

Revolutionary Road has three Oscar worthy performances in Winslet, DiCaprio, and Michael Shannon as the truth teller. It is not a bad movie. It's an Oscar movie. It didn't seem like anything new or interesting to me, though.

As a counter balance to good movies of that ilk may I suggest Good Dick. Written and directed by and starring Marianna Palka, it's one of the best American indie flicks I've seen in a long time—not "shot on a cell phone" indie, it's got good production values. It's edgy, smart, and very funny. And a little painful. It also stars John Ritter's spittin' image son Jason. It has a cameo by Charles Durning that is pure money and one of the best "guitar riffing with effects" soundtracks EVAR. The first fifteen minutes of the movie have one song, three different musical interludes, and about three paragraphs of dialog. I think I prefer that to people saying stupid things trying to provide character development. Gran Torino I'm looking at you.

When the boy and girl sit down to watch an Annie Sprinkle video together. Priceless.

I will watch Good Dick again just for the soundtrack and to freak out on the 250 pound Carson Daly look-alike. Some kind of optical illusion, I think.

Now, about the name ....


Utah Savage said...

This sounds like a do not miss kind of movie. I'll look forward to having the book thing gone and over with. Then I'll see Good Dick.

Stella by Starlight said...

Stella rants

lisahgolden said...

Sounds like one to see. And dang, I'm still sorry we tossed our Annie Sprinkle videos when we moved.

darkblack said...

Hey, at least they didn't call it Good Dick Hunting.


Comrade Kevin said...

I still cannot take Leonardo DiCaprio seriously. He looks and acts way too young for the role. But Kate Winslet always does a fantastic job.

The book is better, IMHO.