Maureen Holloway –
IF YOU WENT TO THE MOVIES THIS WEEKEND, chances are you saw Godzilla. It opened big – 93.2 million dollars in all – second biggest opening of the year … Pretty good reviews too. You’ve heard what happens when you watch it backwards? It’s about a kindly giant reptile who helps rebuild a ravaged city and then moonwalks back into the ocean (Thanks internet!)
‘Zilla knocked Neighbors – the comedy starring Seth Rogan and Zac Efron – into second place, and Spidey 2 into third. On a smaller scale, Million Dollar Arm, arguably the only movie for grown-up on the list, did well enough. The film, which stars Jon Hamm as a sports agent who recruits baseball stars in India, made 11 million, which is was just what it was expected to do. I keep wanting to call it Million Dollar Baby. Seeing as how it stars Jon Hamm, maybe it should be called Million Dollar Baby’s Arm holding An Apple.
Meanwhile, over in the south of France, the Cannes Film Festival has what appears to be an early Oscar contender in competition: Foxcatcher is getting a lot of talk, thanks largely to a remarkable performance by Steve Carrell. He plays John E. du Pont in the film, a real life millionaire who suffered from mental illness and murdered Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), a gold-medal winning wrestler, in 1996. (Channing Tatum plays Dave’s brother, fellow wrestler Mark Schultz, and the film is filtered through his perspective.) Tatum is also amazing, they say. Director Bennett Miller has only made two other feature films – Capote and Moneyball, both of which scored numerous Oscar noms and wins for their casts.
Also at Cannes, Canadian director and festival favourite Atom Egoyan has a new movie in competiton called “The Captive”, starring Ryan Reynolds, and it was apparently so bad it was booed at the premiere. It was, however, picked up for distribution just before the opening, by people who are now weeping gently into their Campari.
Your daily dose of Mo with the Last Word – 05/20/14