Nobody Listens To Woody Harrelson

by Tippi Blevins July 15, 2008 12:08 pm
Nobody Listens To Woody Harrelson Actor and activist Woody Harrelson has been preaching the "Save the Planet" message for a long time now. As a twelve-year-old, he wrote fifty pages about threatened wildlife. He's campaigned to save the California redwoods, touted the myriad benefits of hemp, and toured the West Coast in a biodiesel-fueled bus for a documentary. Now, as he tells MTV Movies Blog, he gets to take his message to the big screen, by way of Roland Emmerich's apocalyptic 2012. He's set to play a doomsayer who's been "talking that there's gonna be hell to pay for what's been going on ecologically," but no one pays him any mind. Why? Well, he's Woody Harrelson! If you saw him coming at you with a "The End is Nigh!" sign, would you believe him or would you look for his stash? Let's take a brief look back at just a few of the disreputable characters he's played over the years:

Out of the Furnace: Hot in Herre

by Ethan Alter December 6, 2013 5:55 am
<i>Out of the Furnace</i>: Hot in Herre

With Gotham City in his rear view, Christian Bale ventures down Appalachia way in Out of the Furnace, the sophomore feature from actor-turned-would-be-auteur, Scott Cooper. Like his debut film, Crazy Heart, Furnace is a ruggedly regional film about working-class men who have long since let go of any youthful ambition and are now just looking to get by, wringing whatever modest pleasures out of life that they can. Also like Crazy Heart, Furnace is simple and straightforward to a fault. You spend the whole movie expecting it to lead someplace challenging or, failing that, genuinely interesting, only to arrive at the end credits without it having ventured any further than surface-level.

Seven Psychopaths: Psycho Killers, Qu’est-ce Que C’est?

by Ethan Alter October 12, 2012 11:21 am
<i>Seven Psychopaths</i>: Psycho Killers, Qu’est-ce Que C’est?

Ever had that experience where you've seen a comedy that made you laugh an awful lot, but you leave the theater not certain how much you actually liked it? That's the reaction I had coming out of Seven Psychopaths, the sophomore feature from acclaimed Irish playwright and filmmaker, Martin McDonagh. It was a strange feeling, because I enjoyed McDonagh's first film, the Colin Farrell/Brendan Gleeson hitman picture In Bruges, unreservedly. It was wonderfully written, impeccably acted and precise to the last gunshot and profanity-laced one-liner. Seven Psychopaths, in contrast, is almost deliberately messier -- a sprawling, intensely self-aware movie that is constantly commenting on its own narrative gamesmanship and even, to a certain extent, its shortcomings. The movie's meta-ness is a reliable source of laughs, but it's also somewhat exhausting; after a while, you kind of wish that McDonagh and his band of gun-toting psychopaths would stop being so cheeky about everything and just shoot straight.

The Hunger Games: Katniss Deserves Better

by Ethan Alter March 22, 2012 11:30 am
<i>The Hunger Games</i>: Katniss Deserves Better

If there's a single takeaway from The Hunger Games, the first of four planned movies based on the omnipresent YA book franchise by Suzanne Collins, it's that Jennifer Lawrence is a genuine, true blue, big time movie star. Coming off a deservedly acclaimed breakout performance in the indie drama Winter's Bone and a strong supporting turn in last summer's comic book blockbuster X-Men: First Class, the actress picks up the archer's bow wielded by Katniss Everdeen, the girl revolutionary at the center of the novels. On the page, Katniss functions as a kind of wish-fulfillment character for every teen reader -- girls and boys alike -- that has ever felt alienated and aggrieved by an unjust society. (And that's pretty much every teenager from the dawn of time.) The great accomplishment of Lawrence's performance is that she takes a person that every fan of the book has imagined themselves being and makes her completely her own. From the opening scenes, she's completely locked in to Katniss's headspace and vividly portrays her transformation from amateur hunter to battle-tested fighter. So yes, Lawrence is terrific. The movie itself, unfortunately, is a disappointment.

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