Seven: The Backwoods, Depression, and The Manliness of Carrying Your Own Shotgun

I was feeling a little depressed last week when I settled in for my screening of The Backwoods on my laptop. I know, I know, watching movies on one's laptop is not primo, not if you're a REAL CINEMA fan, but as I said I was feeling low and liked the idea of holding off … Continue reading Seven: The Backwoods, Depression, and The Manliness of Carrying Your Own Shotgun

Tiny Gary is exhausted.

As you may have noticed, I skipped a week of Gary-blogging. Tiny Gary and I were in California, collecting sea glass together. Here he is, organizing his personal haul and remembering better times. Both TG and myself are having a hard time resuming our regular lives. Also, I've noticed that the traffic for this blog … Continue reading Tiny Gary is exhausted.

Six: Lost in Space, the horrors of ’98, villainous career advice, and life lessons from Vincent Price

And here we have it! The first truly, truly terrible movie from Gary Oldman's oeuvre that I've hit this year. When I say this movie is heinous, I'm not joking. Just when you think the cinematic dust has settled (and there's a lot of literal dust in this movie. Space dust?), just when you start … Continue reading Six: Lost in Space, the horrors of ’98, villainous career advice, and life lessons from Vincent Price

Five: Sid & Nancy, videotapes, tragic romance, and The Artist’s Responsibility

Gary Oldman doesn't like Sid & Nancy. He and the director, Alex Cox, don't seem to like one another at all, actually. Cox's issue with his once-lead actor seem to have to do with his objections to Oldman trashing the movie, which, other than Repo Man, is Cox's strongest film. Oldman, in response to questions … Continue reading Five: Sid & Nancy, videotapes, tragic romance, and The Artist’s Responsibility

Four: Criminal, Limitations of Independence, and Personal Growth

I went to go see Criminal last week on a Friday afternoon, by myself. Admittedly, 4:45PM is not necessarily when the big crowds roll in, but it still counts as the weekend, so I was surprised to find that I had the theatre all to myself. I knew the movie had pretty much bombed on … Continue reading Four: Criminal, Limitations of Independence, and Personal Growth

Three: Track 29, The Love Ladder, and the Unexpected Value of Ugliness

Track 29’s ranking on the Oldometer: 6/10 Gary Oldman character quality: If Martin were written to be real flesh and blood, this character would not make a whit of sense, however as we are not sure how much of him is real, Oldman has the chance to get weird, and boy does he. Martin is the best … Continue reading Three: Track 29, The Love Ladder, and the Unexpected Value of Ugliness

Two: Robocop, Reinvention, & Nostalgia

Robocop’s ranking on the Oldometer: 4/10 Gary Oldman character quality: Dr. Norton is not the best-written character of all time, but he fares better than most of Oldman's latest supporting roles, and turns out to be essentially the protagonist of the movie. Does Gary die in this one? No. Robocop is one of the few Gary Oldman movies … Continue reading Two: Robocop, Reinvention, & Nostalgia

One: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Character Building, and The Gift of Loss

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix's ranking on the Oldometer: 5/10 Gary Oldman character quality: Sirius Black is troubled, interesting, solid. Also has great hair. Does Gary die in this one? Yep. I didn't read the Harry Potter books when I was a kid. I recognize that this is weird for a millennial, … Continue reading One: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Character Building, and The Gift of Loss