One of few criticisms people have about the war in Vietnam is that the war was unwinnable, a quagmire from which there was no escape. Well, Ben Stiller has proven that the war was indeed winnable... or, at least, that a movie about people making a movie about Vietnam can be a winner at the box office. For the third weekend in a row, Tropic Thunder has taken the #1 spot, pulling in another $14.3 million over the long holiday weekend for a total gross (so far) of $86.6 million. While the movie's controversy seemed to have helped it at first, the repeat business can only be from positive word-of-mouth -- or possibly the fact that the rest of the movies coming out this weekend and last looked so devastatingly boring.
Have you ever seen those "WWJD?" bracelets or bumper stickers and wondered, "What would Jesus really do?" Well, at long last, I've found the answer to the question that has weighed on the minds of philosophers, theologians and crafty religious merchandisers alike. As it turns out, Jesus would go to Comic-Con. Jesus Christ, like many other superstars in "the biz", will be out promoting his movie at the multimedia convention in San Diego later this month.
It's difficult to sum up the oddball brilliance and hilarity of Hamlet 2. In a nutshell, it's the underdog tail of consummate loser Dana Marschz, a failed actor whose crippling daddy issues are at the root of his myriad problems. He's got a soul-crushing job as a high school drama teacher to a gaggle of aggressively indifferent hoods (and two conspicuously perky theater geeks), a floundering marriage to a bitch-on-wheels wife, played with cutting genius by Catherine Keener (who I'm beginning to worry is being type-cast as a castrating wench), and an unflagging desire to prove his relevance while simultaneously acknowledging that he's really really crappy at his chosen craft. All this while wearing an undercarriage-revealing caftan.