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MOVIE REVIEW | ***AFI WEEKEND*** #69. Tootsie (1982)

“The American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies was selected by AFI’s blue-ribbon panel of more than 1,500 leaders of the American movie community to commemorate 100 Years of Movies”. Every weekend(ish) during 2015, I’ll review two(ish), counting them down from 100 to 1.

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“Not threatening enough? Listen, you take your hands off me or I’ll knee your balls right through the roof of your mouth! Is that enough of a threat?”

Much like Rodney Dangerfield, comedy movies get no respect.  Sure, they can make good box office and comedy stars get massive pay cheques, but comedy movies rarely get high falutin’ awards or snooty critical recognition.  So when one does break through, it’s a sign of something special.  And because a lot of comedies rely on lazy pop culture references disguised as jokes, when one endures, it’s an even bigger sign.  Over 30 years ago, Tootsie was nominated for 10 Academy Awards.  And all these years later, Tootsie is still revered as one of the best comedies in Hollywood history.  So, does Tootsie deserve that reputation?


Michael Dorsey (Dustin Hoffman) is a struggling New York actor, going from one unsuccessful audition to the next.  Making money on the side as a waiter and acting coach, he helps one of his friends / students (Teri Garr as Sandy) prepare for a soap opera audition.  Not only does she miss out on the part, it also leads to Michael  finding out that he’s been passed over for a Broadway role he thought he had a real shot at.  While complaining to his agent (Sydney Pollack), who lets Michael know that the rest of showbiz sees him as a difficult pain in the ass, Michael takes it as a challenge to get a role, any role. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | The Gambler (2014)

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“You’re born as a man with the nerves of a soldier, the apprehension of an angel.”

When I watched the original version of The Gambler, I went in knowing that movie gamblers rarely win, which is kind of the thrill.  “Because like gambling itself, even though you know winning is a long shot, it’s still exciting to think that there’s a still a slim chance of making that big score”.  Unfortunately, the risk of seeing a totally unnecessary and redundant remake didn’t add any level of thrill to watching an updated, Mark Wahlbergian take on, The Gambler.


Tens of thousands of dollars in the hole already, Jim Bennet (Wahlberg) makes the mistake of trying to gamble is way out.  Soon he’s hundreds of thousands of dollars in the red and in massive debt to two dangerous loan sharks, Neville (Michal Kenneth Williams) and Frank (John Goodman).  His rich mother (Jessica Lang) comes to the rescue, but why pay off his debt straight away when he can use her cash to gamble and lose even more? (more…)