Love crappy movies but are too ashamed to admit it? Are you a big Rob Schneider fan but you're tired of being burned? Not sure if you want to waste your money on the same old movie? That's why you have Joe.
Joe Loves Crappy Movies is by Joseph Dunn. Joe willingly goes to see the very worst that Hollywood has to offer. Whenever a crappy movie comes out Joe will be there to see it, make fun of it, and actually review it. Nothing is safe, and nothing is sacred. From the big budget action disasters to the low brow fart based comedies, to anything starring Martin Lawrence? Joe will tear it apart.
With each entry you'll get not only a comic poking fun at the movie, but also a detailed review. Joe's not educated in film or cinematography or acting, he's just a guy that draws comics and likes movies. So if you're looking for the everyman perspective and a little joke in comic form... you're in the right place.
Pride and Glory
Starring: Colin Farrell, Edward Norton, Jon Voight, Noah Emmerich, Jennifer Ehle, John Ortiz, Frank Grillo, Lake Bell
Directed by: Gavin O'Connor
New Line Cinema
The Official Site of Pride and Glory
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Pride and Glory does a miserable job of getting to the point but in describing the movie I won’t make you guys jump through the same hoops. It’s long. Uncomfortably long in how it chooses to unravel, but at the same time there are flashes of brilliance that some might say make this big screen tale of dirty cops and family feuds worth the wait. I wouldn’t say that, but I did enjoy the flashes. Flashes of great moments and great performances like the one that will remind you Jon Voight was a phenomenal force in acting once upon a time (he nails the wistful drunk at Christmas dinner here). Those moments of brilliance are hidden though, in a movie filled with little bits of build up that lull you to sleep before something interesting forces you to attention. Yes… Pride and Glory is the movie equivalent of sleep apnea and, as much as I enjoyed the performances and story line (when they worked), it's not worth the irregular sleep patterns.
Edward Norton plays Ray, a cop pulled back into duty when his former partner is killed on the job. He used to be the top cop in the department but was sidelined by a mysterious incident that left him weak-willed and with a badass face scar. You'll have to wait for the movie to present the pieces of that story and slowly put them together for you but it's the typical tortured cop story. His estranged wife can't stand to be near him, he suffers in the shadow of unfulfilled potential… he lives on a houseboat for Christ's sake. He might as well start the day by cleaning is gun alone in the dark.
Pride and Glory becomes a race between Ray and the crooked cops of Precinct 31 (Lead by Ray's brother-in-law Jimmy, played by Colin Farrell) to find the man responsible for their friend's death. If Ray finds him first - justice will be served. If Jimmy finds him first – well… imagine the worst. The film gives you a few reasons to picture the worst as we see some pretty dark sides to Jimmy in his quest for revenge. One of the more memorable scenes of the movie includes an interrogation involving an iron and a baby. I thought the movie jumped a few levels too quickly in that scene but it’s certainly one of things audiences will be buzzing about on their way to the parking lot.
Themes of “right vs. wrong” and “protecting your fellow cops over fulfilling justice” are addressed throughout. It's interesting and well structured but sort of clumsily presented. There are a number of layers to the decision-making that multiple characters have to go through and the set-up of their lives is less compelling than the questions they’re confronted with in the end.
Pride and Glory is a film filled with brilliant pieces, fantastic storytelling, incredible displays of one-on-one acting (everyone has their time to shine), but even with an ending heavily stacked with more good than bad (Voight trying to talk his son into playing it safe, Farrell vs Norton in a ruthless barroom throw down, and an unexpected hostage situation) I can’t say with a good conscience that the entertaining finale is worth its sluggish introduction. As I look back at those moments I think of them fondly. I appreciate them… but not enough to forget about the clunky trip there.
Rating: 4 out of 10 - Like I said, everyone on screen has one or two scenes where they absolutely kill it but, in more scenes than not, it’s the same old thing: Tough cops acting tough, doing DeNiro impersonations and peppering every conversation with the F word. At one point I was watching Farrell and thinking that I’d seen this performance from him a dozen times. Then ten minutes later he would do something completely unexpected and have me questioning where my head was at in that last scene. Still, for a guy so talented, you want to see him take chances and really do something original every time he’s on screen. He doesn’t and so help me I couldn’t think of a time he had since Bullseye in Daredevil. Yeah he was a goofy cartoon in that comic book disaster, but it sure was fun to watch.
Norton similarly plays it safe. He’s most fun to watch during his extremes. During the quite moments like the one-on-one conversation he has with a very young witness, or when he’s pushed to the point where he needs to push back. As things boil up towards the end of the movie he has confrontations with his brother and father over the right thing to do. Norton is electric there.
I struggled one too many times getting through Pride and Glory to see myself actually paying to do it again, even in the comfort of my own home.
Doubt - This is a surprisingly powerful trailer. It gives a little too much away about the story of a powerful and confident nun confronting a priest over the suspect abuse of a young black student, but does so with the kind of authority that will pull people into the theater. And this is a movie about a crotchety old nun, faith and priest molestation. Doubt is adapted to the screen from the play written and directed by John Patrick Shanley. It’s the kind of movie that won’t reach too far beyond its target audience, but the performances look outstanding so I’ll definitely be a face in the crowd.
Okay, I’m going to be straight with you – I didn’t expect to find anything of significance on the Pride and Glory Official site. Every movie should have a web site for promotional purposes, but with something as straight forward as Pride and Glory, aimed at a demo that doesn’t really visit the web as much as the crowds going to see something like Nick and Nora or even Saw V, you wouldn’t think there’d be anything there beyond synopsis, cast and crew and the movie’s trailer. Bare bones DVD – Now on the web!
I was completely shocked when I followed the link titled “The Badge” which led to a history of the New York City Police Department, including images of every badge used throughout the decades and detailed analysis of the NYPD patch. Granted, this is still information targeted at a crowd that hasn’t gotten to the point where they check their e-mail everyday, but it was a fascinating and unexpected find. It’s worth a quick look if you’re into the history and symbolism of the Police Department.
I feel a little silly about how today’s comic came about. I took a line from the trailer a little too literally. One officer says, “We sold our badges to the highest bidder” which had me thinking a group of cops on the run literally sold off their badges. They were just selling off the power though. Dirty deeds done at a price and all that. It was too late to change the comic but honestly I don’t mind too much. I think this one is nice and silly. Who doesn’t love gram crackers?
The Triple Feature will go live in about 45 minutes and we’ll be talking about the new releases or… Halloween stuff… I’m not really sure. We’re a little unprepared this week but it should be okay. Stop by to witness the chaos first hand.
In other news… I had some trouble getting into Twitter at first. I kept forgetting about it and ended up going days without posting anything at all. Being at home all day has certainly changed my perspective though. I’ve learned to use it more both casually and professionally having updates from everything including my first reactions to the films I see to what I’m having for lunch. It’s a lot of fun following the daily deeds of other friends and creators too. It makes being inside all day seem somewhat bearable. Anyway – I’m officially pro-Twitter now. Let it be known!
Thanks for reading guys. Another comic before you know it and hopefully some early reviews for the stuff that had a limited release here in New York. We’ll see how the week plays out.
Joe – The creator of the strip who has embraced giving crappy movies the chance they deserve. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.
First Appearance - The Introduction
Yeo – Yeo is Joe’s wife and often the voice of reason in the strip. Having her act rational allows the rest of the cast to embrace being in a comic strip which primarily involves randomly punching people, interacting with fictional characters and talking about boobs. Yeo is smart, beautiful and way too good for Joe. Don’t tip her off.
First Appearance - Fever Pitch
Irv – Joe’s movie-going sidekick who’s always down for watching Jason Statham crescent moon kick some thug through a plate glass window and getting some drinks before after and during a Vin Diesel movie. Like the majority of the cast he’s obsessed with boobs.
First Appearance - Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior
Agent 337 George Jones – A government Agent that took over for Joe after he was bad-mouthing President Bush in the V for Vendetta strip. George ran the show for over a month bring a much needed sense of patriotism and justice to both the strips and reviews. He eventually got too attached to his work, empathizing with Joe’s plight to give crappy movies a fair shake. In a way he came to love crappy movies as well and was pushed out of the position. He spiraled out of control and ended up in prison. His adventures will be told in the limited series JLCM Presents: 337 Locked Up which is set to début Christmas of 09.
First Appearance - V for Vendetta
Other Notable Appearances: Stay Alive, Ice age 2, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, Slither, Here Comes Guest week, Let’s Go To Prison
Leonidas – The former king of Sparta who has traveled into the future and is having trouble coping with the modern times. Yelling loudly and kicking people into giant holes doesn’t really work the same way it did in the olden days. As time as gone by he’s adjusted but it’s a safe bet that he’s always one bad message away from throwing a spear through someone.
First Appearance - 300
Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Strip# 300, The Golden Compass, Rambo, Untraceable, The Ladies of Max Paybe
Palpatine – Former Senator, Emperor of the Galactic Empire, Sith Lord... He shows up in the Joe Loves Crappy movies galaxy on occasion to let people know that they’re being stupid. No one’s really sure how he shows up in this universe but chances are it breaks all kinds of copywrite laws.
First Appearance - Episode III: The Dark Side
Other Notable Appearances: Four Brothers, Night Watch, Saw 3, Are We Done Yet
Slow Billy – Billy is a sweet kid but he’s not the sharpest tool in the shed. If you’re watching him for the day be prepared to explain to him the plot of the movie or how popcorn works or, not so much where babies come from, but what babies are. He’s a complete moron.
First Appearance - Four Brothers
Other Notable Appearances: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Da Vinci Code, Vantage Point, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Kyle the Movie Snob – Be careful what fun facts about movies you tell your friends at a friendly gathering or in line for the latest blockbuster, because if you’re even slightly wrong, Kyle will be more than happy to let you know. He usually gets what’s coming to him though. Poor guy has cracked three ribs since joining the JLCM cast.
First Appearance - Ultraviolet
Other Notable Appearances: 16 Blocks, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Transformers, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Jean-Luc Picard – Another lawsuit waiting to happen is Jean Luc Picard who, towards the end of the strip’s first year, became the go-to background character. If there was ever a seat to fill or a random person to place wandering around in the background, nine times out of ten it was Picard. While Picard has crossed paths with Irv he and Joe have never met. Perhaps they will some day but for now just can an eye on the background.
First Appearance - The Producers
Other Notable Appearances: I’m not telling you, that’s no fun. It’ like Where’s Waldo – go find him!
Ice Cream Sandwich – Delicious and… deadly? Usually when you see someone eating an Ice Cream sandwich, someone else is experiencing a substantial amount of pain. Still, how nice is an ice cream sandwich on a hot summer day?
First Appearance - Saw IV
Other Notable Appearances: Bee Movie, Run Fatboy Run, Saw V