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The Skeleton Twins

hr_The_Skeleton_Twins_1Alex Jowski: This looks kinda interesting except for Bill Hader being too gay. I mean I was with it up until he started getting all flaming gay and singing that stupid song and then there was a drag moment. I don’t like when movies make gay characters so insufferably and obvious gay. Oh I bet there’s a gay joke in here – maybe quite a few – one of those insipid things that’s basically “you suck dicks so that’s FUNNY!”

Kristen Wiig is cool though. I dig her.

Mike White: I had the chance to see Skeleton Twins a few months ago and opted out. The description just screamed “Indie Film” and I didn’t have the patience for it. I still don’t. It seems like this might be worth a look once it hits cable but I’m not going to rush out to see it.

mister X: so…uh, sorry folks-this one is SO out of my wheelhouse that i seriously have nothing to say

~mark the date n’ time~

Charley McMullen: CASTING MATTERS!! This is a movie that I would probably not want to see at all -what with the melodramatic depictions of white people problems in the manner of Ed Fucking Burns- but because it’s Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig, the two best performers Saturday Night Live has seen in decades, I’m all over this. I have long taken a certain bitchy, snarky satisfaction in the fact that it’s way easier for comedians to be dramatic than it is for thespians to be funny. It’s a confidence builder in a life that really needs it. The story, such as it is, may be no better or worse than anything we’ve seen before, both from Ed Rat Bastard Burns and from others, but because I’m such a huge fan of the leads, this one is innocent until proven guilty for me. There are a lot of different themes working together on this. On the one hand, you’ve got an openly gay man from what appears to be a small New England town. Having played that type of role to it’s most broad and cartoonish on SNL as Stefan, it’s just a matter of toning that down until it’s the perfect characterization. Remember what I said; it’s easier for comedians. On the other hand, you’ve got a relationship between a manic-depressive guy and his sister. Gay or straight, dudes like us have issues with their older sisters. It’s a fact. Alex Jowski and I have drunkenly talked about this very thing many times. It’s a relatable aspect to the story. Then, on a third hand, you have Kristen Wiig’s character cheating on her doofusy husband. Having seen Mike Judge’s Extract a number of times, I know she can play this role in a way not many other actors are capable of. This will probably be worth a watch for her performance alone. I’d see the shit out of this, kids.

Glenn Criddle: It seems like a nice enough film, It’s refreshing to see a gay character who’s not a flaming queen and the story seems to be pitched at a reasonably good level for this kind of film. I’m not sure it’s for me but I can’t really say anything negative about it as the performances look to be pretty decent and it’s nicely shot. I’d say it’d be worth a watch if this kind of story appeals to you.

William Wright: I just don’t know.

Caroline Madden: This looks really great! Great cast, Bill Hader looks especially funny and you can’t go wrong with Kristen Wiig. I will definitely be seeing this.

Nuttawut Permphithak: Great use of 80’s music and probably another indie drama film (Come on! Why nobody uses songs from Poison, Winger, or New Kids on the Block in indie films?), but what the hell is going on? According to Wikipedia, it’s about ” twins who independently cheat death on the same day. They get together to consider how their lives went so wrong”.

Yeah, because when you cheat death, you know what’s going to happened…

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Justin Widerski
Justin Widerski
Justin Widerski aka Etrigan Blood is a time-traveling alien ginger with a penchant for sarcasm and a weakness for muffins. Into comics, horror, anime, video games, Star Trek, Doctor Who, etc… Justin is a jack of all trades when it comes to geek fandoms, but a master of none. He started doing film reviews as a way to appease the voices in his head, but after getting proper medication he just does them for fun and in the pitiful hopes of doing it professionally. Justin's dabbled in podcasting, with a total 2 1/2 failed shows and used to be creative director on a local cable program called YRU-Up. He currently studies Film/TV at *redacted* and is a news writer for Geek Juice.
  • p. stewart
    September 15, 2014 at 5:49 am

    “those Atlas Shrugged movies. Ayn Rand’s novel is it’s own beast. I happen to like the book and what Ayn Rand is saying with the novel, though I no longer completely subscribe to all of her theory of objectivism. It’s good theory but in practice it wouldn’t work 100%.”

    “had to cover a lil ayn rand in college (as well as occasional debates with my peers) n’ the conclusion i’ve always come to is that objectivism is attempted justification of being egocentric twats who not only love the smell of their own farts but thinking one should be paid, respected & REVERED for producing said farts”

    “since the book is really huge and I don’t have amount of time to read right now, I want Alex Jowski to do an Ayn Rand Podcast here so we can learn about her ideology and her books. I’m serious.”

    make it so.

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