Booze Revooze: SPRING BREAKERS

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From the juiced-box and the soundtrack: Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites

[Press ‘Play’ for some moody music to read by]

You know what? And i know you don’t else i wouldn’t have asked, Spring Broke early in Yeaman so i got to see the goodies weeks before any Yanks. This is to make up for the fact we got Django Unchained months late. Anyway, read this and weep or get wet another way while checking out the screen shots i got.

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Yes, i did get a new phone, thanks for noticing.

Ramblings: One Hot Spring

Final Proof: 2½ Shots

2 & 1-2 shots

You know how you get drunk with a popcorn bowl full of Gummi Bears? Sure they’re good and even give your buzz a buzz cuz of all the extra sugar but the problem is you can’t stop eating them just like you can’t stop drinking and you realize there is such a thing as too much of a good thing especially when both of them together don’t mix but make you a little sick to your stomach so you sit there uncomfortably on your stool trying to hide your spontaneous erection with a cock-tail napkin that’s a layer too small while you fight not to throw up all at the same time. That’s exactly what Spring Breakers was like.

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Jail Bait

To help put this movie in perspective for y’all, take a look at the poster up top. See the babe bent over in the pink hair? She’s 26 years old and married to a 40-year old guy…who also directed this movie. Yep, that’s where this movie is hardly coming from.

There is a reason oil and water, whiskey and firearms, or Debs at a Barely Legal convention don’t mix and Spring Breakers is it because it tries to be both a serious coming of age tale and a T&A flick but just ends up being a seriously aged coming again and again film without enough flick of her tale. Harmony Korine (the 40-year old director who brazenly ignores the “½ your age + 7” rule) tried to make Scarface meets The Hangover but instead of getting the art of Scarface and the humor of The Hangover, what he threw up on screen had the comedy of Scarface and the artistry of The Hangover.

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Franco finds his dentist

But what about the actresses, you ask, you curious sins of the bitches you. They were hot if you like the finely toned, perfectly honed, willingly boned teenage girl prancing around in her bikini type but let’s face it, if Selena Gomez could act, we’d of heard about it by now. If Vanessa Hudgens was an actress, she’d have acted in Sucker Punch. If Ashley Whatshername was talented, i’d remember her last name. They were more than pretty enough for you to see the flick just for their skin as long as you don’t expect anything more, because booty is skin deep. And so is Spring Breakers.

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Practice makes perfect

This was so obvious that even the Harmony (who’s a guy despite his name) realized it so he tried to edit the film around their gaps in talent but the gaps were so big the style devices (flash forwards, repeating scenes, odd lighting, extreme closeups, blurry lenses…) became the movie and looked like he was a drunk little boy who’d just discovered the effects panel on Windows Movie Maker.

The final word? An artistic movie about near teens in bikinis going gangster looks great on paper…just not on the screen

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Shitting Bricks

Buzz Kills (Watch Out for Spoilers)

Sex: 4 Shots

4 shotsNot a big surprise here, i know. What do you want, they parade the babes in their early 20’s in their bikinis for the whole fucking movie. Not just a lot of the fucking movie, the whole fucking movie. The actresses no doubt caught all kind of colds and shit during the filming but i don’t care what diseases they have because, like a Pokémon, i wanna to catch them all.

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Wow, check out her jug!

FYI, there was too much hot for this one post so the individual shots of the actresses are smoldering over at The Girls From SPRING BREAKERS post.

i’m gonna start off with a mystery. IMDB lists the stellar Heather Morris as “Bess”, but i  didn’t recognize her anywhere in this movie. Maybe if one of y’all spot her you could leave a comment on where she was hanging out, other than right here because i don’t care if i could find her in the film as long as i could locate her in the Bar None.

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Heather Morris Bar None Wallpaper – Click on the Shot for a Wallpaper

There’ll be some drawer shots of her at the bottom of the post. Just scroll all the way down to where it says “Continue reading…” and then click.

Before i show some more skin, here’s the blow by blow:

  • Opening credits is hot girls in bikinis drinking beer
  • Slo-mo big breasts shaking while guys pour beer on them close-up.
  • Lots of topless
  • Vanessa [Hudgens] simulating fellatio
  • Blonde neighbor girl. Platinum short hair. [Actually, this might be Heather Morris]
  • Girls exchange kiss hits of grass
  • Count money in their bras

This money makes my pussy wet. It makes my tits look bigger.

  • Girls peeing together

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  • Coke off a flat chested girl’s naked tattooed body
  • 3 way in the pool, Franco, Ashley & VH [Vanessa Hudgens], girl on girl kisses [this was a super hot scene]
  • glimpses of VH topless
  • André with 3 [naked] women in bed & they’re chubby chubby
  • France gives head to a gun
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What happens in my lap, stays in my lap

Here, then are the girls. Like i said, the solo shots of them are located in a different post, but here are the Wallpapers.

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Selena Gomez Bar None Wallpaper – Click on the Shot for a Wallpaper

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Vanessa Hudgens Bar None Wallpaper – Click on the Shot for a Wallpaper

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Ashley Benson Bar None Wallpaper – Click on the Shot for a Wallpaper

Silken Butterflies

There were Butterflies a-plenty flitting across the silver screen all too briefly and i was only able to net three of them.

Emma Holzer rocked the role of “Heather”…

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Cait Taylor sparkled as “Tiffany”…

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And i don’t know how the Oscar committee could have overlooked Lauren Vera’s incarnation of “Spring Breaker”…

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For those of you more into Spring than Bounce, there was James Franco. Kind of.

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That moment you realize the poster teeth are better than yours

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James Franco Bar None Wallpaper – Click on the Shot for a Wallpaper

A Smoke

Drink: 4 Shots

4 shotsDudes. It’s a movie about Spring Break. The sole remaining vestige of a Roman orgy. How could there not be booze?

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Fairy Tails

  • Beer
  • Drinking contest where guys “pee beer” from a can into babes’ mouths
  • Whiskey squirt gun, home alone in the evening (Ashley)
  • SG [Selena Gomez] smoking
  • [Girl] passed out in bathroom with puke filled toilet

I’m not drunk enough for that.

  • Champagne bottle on the piano outside
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i’ll take one to go, please.

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A Smoke

Rock & Roll: ½ Shot

1-2 shot

Are you kidding me? The soundtrack had a lot of shit by some act called Skillrex or something and that guys knows as much about rock as he does hair styling. There may have been some pretty decent rap but for the most part, the OST was pretty lame.

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DangeRuss Slumming It

What did not make the soundtrack, however, was a cute moment when Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens sing “Hit Me Baby (One More Time)” a capella while drinking.

What was less cute was James Franco rapping, but this doesn’t mean he didn’t do a good job. i thought he held his own, and i should know, i’m kind of the expert on that. But you be the judge.

[Press ‘Play’ for James Franco rapping with DangeRuss – Hangin’ with da Dope Boys]

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Unrapping

Boring Technical Crap

Written by: Harmony Korine

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Find Waldo

Directed by: Harmony Korine

Starring

Selena Gomez – Faith
Ashley Benson – Brit
Vanessa Hudgens – Candy
Rachel Korine – Cotty
Heather Morris – Bess
Lauren Vera – Spring Breaker
Emma Holzer – Heather
Cait Taylor – Tiffany
James Franco – Alien

Bottom Line

Let’s be honest. Four hot nearly jailbait girls getting drunk in bikinis and shooting people is not a good idea for a movie–it’s a good idea for a religion.

Another Round

You think this was bad, you should check out…

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Booze Revooze of SUCKER PUNCH

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Booze Revooze of PIRANHA 3D

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The Girls of Spring Breakers in the Bar None

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Al K Hall’s Drawers

That’s the review done. If you’re still not and want to see pics of Heather Morris, click on. If you want to see pics of the other lead actresses, i keep them in a whole ‘nother drawer.

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Booze Revooze: A Drinker’s Skewed View of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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From the juiced-box and the soundtrack: Purple Melon – Kings of the World

Ramblings: Dammit of the Apes

Final Proof: 3 Shots

You know how you get drunk on designer cocktails? They look better than they taste and they don’t carry the wallop of the good, old fashioned Old Fashioneds even if they’re not unpleasant or anything because it’s still booze you’re drinking no matter how modern it its, but it’s a little too trendy and overpriced and when you finish it too quickly you have a hankering for punch with more punch and wine with less whine. Go back to the source, barmaids and boozehounds, and drink the old shit straight up because the whores with the most exotic names are the ones who leave you hanging. That’s the kind of aftertaste Rise of the Planet of the Apes will leave you with.

What do you want to know? The CGI monkeys were well done and the movie was pretty visually stunning but Apes spends a lot of time building without ever getting anywhere. Compared to the original, it’s not as revolutionary or evolutionary.

After i saw this movie and i was talking about it, i kept saying it was a pretty good movie but then when i checked my notes (yes, i take notes just like a real journalist) before writing this, i saw i didn’t like it as much as i  thought  i did. i guess that’s the hairy truth right there. Rise of the Planet of the Apes is like sleeping with your cousin. Better when you’re looking back than when you’re in it.

Buzz Kills (Watch Out for Spoilers)

Sex: 2 shots

i was so hard up for sex here i would’ve even gone for some of that funky, monkey sex. That’s a freaking movie for you. James Franco gettin’ some ape on. Freida Pinto rangin’ a tang.  As it is, this movie was as limp as James Franco’s performance at the Oscars. You know what’s sad? The most developed relationship in this whole movie was between a boy and his monkey. And you know what happens when the monkey misbehaves? The boy has to spank that monkey.

Starring in  the role of the veterinarian is the lovely and super talented Freida Pinto (26). That’s about all i can say about her because she was pretty much underused throughout this whole movie and her job was just to be a pretty face romantic interest for the others. It’s like her part didn’t exist until some marketing exec said, “Hold up, Bra’s [because marketing execs are still saying that], there aren’t any women in this whole freaking thing. We gotta find a hottie so the geekmates have something top look at while their boyfriends are drooling over the computer effects.”

Here’s what i drooled over…

Of course there’ll be more shots of her stuck in my drawers below.

Silken Butterflies

Here’s where Rise really rose. There was a nice selection of beautiful women rocking the secondary roles and the most important of all these was the incredible Chelah Horsdal as the in-home nurse, Irena. What’s really amazing about this young lady is she’s as intelligent as she is beautiful and gifted, because she’s agreed to do an interview with me here at the Bar None.

Here’s a taste of what we have to look forward to.

There was also an appearance by a tag team of two women who played key roles maybe not in the movie but certainly in my life as “Party Girls”. First things first, we had Leah Gibson as Party Girl #1.

Followed closely by Party Girl #2, Tracy Spiridakos.

Wrapping up the Silver Butterflies in the film is Makena Joy who plays the neighbor girl. Let’s just say, as the girl nextdoor, she’s Makena “Lotta” Joy.

For those of you in the Bar None more into primates than slimians, here’s James Franco.

A Smoke

Drink: 0 Shot

"Ooops, No booze here."

The only real reference we had were the party girls who brought the beers into the cages before getting freaked out and running away.

A Smoke

Rock & Roll: 2 shots

And it was all at the end. The song that leads out this review pretty much says it all. It’s short on rock and rolls more than it should. This movie is like a lost pizza guy: it goes a lot of places but doesn’t really deliver.

Boring Technical Crap

Written by: Amanda Silver & Rick Jaffa

Suggested by novel, La planète des singes by Pierre Boulle

Directed by: Rupert Wyatt

Starring

  • Freida Pinto – Caroline Aranha
  • Chelah Horsdal – Irena
  • Makena Joy – Alice Hunsiker (Teen)
  • Leah Gibson – Party Girl #1
  • Tracy Spiridakos – Party Girl #2
  • James Franco – Will Rodman
  • John Lithgow – Charles Rodman
  • Tom Felton – Dodge Landon

Bottom Line

Like a trip to the zoo, there’s nothing here to go apeshit over but it’s OK if you don’t have to pay to get in.

Al K Hall’s Drawers

Freida Pinto (26)

Freida Pinto in the Bar None

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Oscar’s Booze Revoozes

Here’s a list of the Booze Revoozes written about films nominated for an Oscar:

(Oh yeah, the dead links will be resuscitated when i get off my ass and write them.)

Best Picture

The Social Network

The King’s Speech

127 Hours

Black Swan

True Grit

Actress in a Leading Role

Nathalie Portman in Black Swan

Actress in a Supporting Role

Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech

Hailee Steinfeld in True Grit

Actor in a Leading Role

Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network

Colin Firth in The King’s Speech

Jeff Bridges in True Grit

James Franco in 127 Hours

Actor in a Supporting Role

Jeremy Renner in The Town

Geoffrey Rush in The King’s Speech

Directing

Black Swan by Darren Aronofsky

The King’s Speech by Tom Hooper

The Social Network by David Fincher

Also Runs

Alice in Wonderland (Art Direction)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (Art Direction)

Booze Revooze: A Drinker’s Skewed View of EAT PRAY LOVE

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From the juiced-box and the soundtrack: Sly and the Family Stone – Thank You (Fallettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin)

Guess what and you won’t believe me anyway. Julia Roberts came to Yeaman to promote Eat Pray Love and i went to the premiere and sat in the front row. You know how i’m always thinking about you guys? Well, i got as low as i could when i took the following shot so i could try to get something up her skirt but it didn’t work out. This is the best i could do.

If you really care all that much, there are a couple arty shots of the premiere all the way at the bottom of this post.

Ramblings: Eat Drink Crap

Final Proof: 2 Shots

You know how you get drunk with a bridesmaid at a second cousin’s wedding? She’s buzzed on white wine and champagne with strawberries in it and her fancy dress looks tight in all the right places but a little askew as she slips down her seat, sips her drink and tells you all about her spiritual quest and about how she’s trying to find herself in Thai cooking lessons, meditation and psychotherapy but the longer she babbles on the more you realize her “spiritual” quest is really a manhunt for true love and you get a little sad when you understand she needs to find a man to find herself. Eat Pray Love is that deluded bridesmaid making you melancholy.

Sure, i knew before i went that i wasn’t going to like this movie and it didn’t disappoint, but at least now i got reasons why. Another big shocker is that i didn’t read the book. i actually know some people who can read and they even read this book. They told me that Elizabeth Gilbert, the chicklette who wrote the chick lit, traveled all over the world to get over her depression and learn some crap about herself. Like in Italy she learned how to eat, in India she learned how to pray and in Bali she learned how to love.

i feel bad for Liz (played very bubblyily by Julia Roberts) because the book sounds kinda cool but the movie was she goes to Italy to get over her actor boyfriend (David Piccolo, played by James Franco), she goes to India to get over her ex-husband (Stephen, portrayed by a Billy Crudup who was way more inspired in Almost Famous than he was here), and she goes to Bali to meet a new guy (Javier Bardem, who i do not want to sleep with).

Chick flicks bug me because a woman is reduced to the relationship she wants, is in, or is leaving. Is the fairer sex truly that two-dimensional and simplistic?

Honestly, to think that a woman is not complete if she doesn’t have a guy sounds old-fashioned like from the Neanderthal times or the 1950’s. Is the survival of the species instinct still so deeply ingrained that we believe a woman alone is only half a person? Look, sure i love being in a couple and there are some definite advantages to living with the person you love and sharing your life experiences with that special someone, but to say that i cannot know myself unless i’m dipping my wick regular is taking things a step too far.

Before i cut this shorter, i would be amiss (and i don’t want to be even a little miss) if i didn’t pour a beer and make a toast to Richard Jenkins. Jenkins plays a guy called “Richard from Texas” and does a great job. i’ll tell you why i like Jenkins. He’s not just a good actor, he’s a very good actor (he carries The Visitor with all the grace of a drunken waiter pirouetting around tables balancing a tray laden with champagne flutes) but he’s an acting whore because he’ll star in any old trash movie (like, for example, uhm, i dunno, EAT PRAY LOVE?)  just so long as he can get paid. This is one way to show how much you love something.

Swear to god, the best part of this movie was going to the premier with Miss Demeanor. The rest was just like diet pie: saccharine, bland and gave me the runs.

Buzz Kills (Watch Out for Spoilers)

Sex: 1 ½ Shot

i’m not gonna lie even though (especially because) it’d be so easy to lie to your booze sodden asses. Nope, here’s the truth, i like Julia Roberts. i think Julia Roberts (42) is a good actress and i suspect she’s pro’lly even a pretty cool person considering all the shit she’s pro’lly gotta walk through in heels every day in her life. One of the reasons i didn’t put my foot down and drag my heels about going to this premiere was because Julia was in the movie and in the movie theater. Don’t get me wrong, she’s no Keira Knightley or Mélanie Laurent, but hell she always makes each character she portrays seem human and isn’t that the job of an actor?

There were a few lightly tantalizing scenes in the film, like Julia braless in a nightgown, sitting in a bathtub (completely covered by extra-white soapy water), and sporting a cleavage wedding dress in her flashbacks. None of it was as hot as this, babes.

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i’ma have some more Julia shots down below in my drawers. Just keep on scrollin’.

Playing Sofi, Liz’s Swedish friend in Italy, we got Tuva Novotny (30)  who has the coolest name ever. i wanna hang out with her just so i can say things like, “Yo, Tuva, can you get me another beer?” Or “Hey, Tuva, wow, that top looks really great on you and no, i don’t think you need to wear a bra with it—it’s not that see through.” Tuva Novotny. You know how i know she’s Swedish? Because she’s this hot.

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Here’s a shot of Tuva in the Bar None because there isn’t enough of her on the Net to fill up my drawers:

Silken Butterflies

There were a couple very attractive Silken Butterflies (and if you don’t know what that means, just click on the link above).

The first one i noticed i’d referred to in my notes as “cute Italian girl @ table”. This turned out to be Elena Arvigo, who plays a girl named Maria and who really is Italian.

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There’ll be some Elena in my drawers below, don’t you worry.

The other Silken Butterfly fitted onto my note sheet by name, “Armenia”. Color me lucky because the actress who portrayed Armenia turned out to be someone as hot as Cuban-American Arlene Tur.

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i stuck a couple shots of her down there in my drawers.

For those of you more into Cocks Crowing than Chicks Flicking, here’s some James Franco (32) for you.

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James Franco after the Bar None

You know how Miss Demeanor and me are intellectuals, right? So we were walking to the premiere in our fancy ass clothes and talking smart like usual. It goes something like this:

Miss Demeanor: You gotta like this movie because it’s got Javier Bardem in it. He’s one of the 5 guys you’d do right?

Al K Hall: [All comfortable with my sexuality and shit] Nah…too swarthy for my taste. The 5 guys are, lemme think…

Miss Demeanor: Johnny Depp.

Al K Hall: Sure, 1) Johnny Depp, 2) Robert Downey Jr and 3) Mickey Rourke, even like he looks today.

Miss Demeanor: Ugh, I’m not even sure I’d do him.

Al K Hall: And of course Brad Pitt ’cause i always want to hate him for being so good looking but he’s also so fucking talented.

Miss Demeanor: And #5?

Al K Hall: Michelle Rodriguez, of course.

So even if i won’t sleep with him, here’s Javier (41):

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A Smoke

Drink: 1½ Shots

  • Wine at a party at the beginning
  • Beer in a bar at the after-party of some play
  • Wine at post divorce dinner
  • Lots of wine in Italy
  • A wine toast to sex in Rome
  • Richard (Richard Jenkins) in India is at the Assram [sick] because he’s a boozer who drove home drunk and almost hit his kid who was waiting for him in the driveway
  • Liz’s (Julia Roberts) guru in Indonesia tells her she has to learn to smile with her liver
  • Liz drinks white wine while reading at Felipe’s place in Bali
  • Liz drinks tequila shots at a beach party in Bali
  • The next day Felipe (Javier Bardem) brings her a hangover cure in a plastic bag with a straw that was made by a local medicine woman—and they don’t even tell us what’s in it

A Smoke

Slurred Speeches

At the beginning party one of the guests is talking to Liz’s (Julia Roberts) soon to be ex, Stephen (Billy Crudup).

So, you’re a baker now. Wanna get baked?

Liz’s boyfriend, David Piccolo (James Franco) is whining like a little girl about something someone said to him at some dinner and Julia comforts him by saying,

He had 5 Heinekens. He was bombed.

Yeah, i know, too bad Dave wasn’t friends with me. Five Heinies is what i drink just to take a pee in the morning.

My favorite reference was when Liz was having a meal with her Italian teacher and they took a break from their lessons when Liz said, “Let me teach you a word.” Then she held up the carafe of wine she was holding and said, “Therapist”.

Rock & Roll: ½ Shot

i had a really hard time with this. Jesus, there are two Eddie Vedder songs in this and i’m big into all that is Vedder. Unfortunately, both his tunes are symptomatic of what i don’t like about Eat Pray Love, namely there’s nothing even remotely resembling anything rock and roll. Yes, i know it’s a chick flick but i bet if Drew Barrymore was attached to this movie somehow she’d find a way to infuse this grandma’s teabag with a little rock. Don’t believe me? ‘Cause i know you don’t. You just think i’m drunk and saying whatever i want but you’re wrong. Proof is right here.

From the juiced-box and the soundtrack: Eddie Vedder – Better Days

And that’s the rock one. The other one, “The Long Road”, is even slower.

  1. Flight Attendant – Josh Rouse
  2. Last Tango In Paris (Suite Pt. 2) – Gato Barbieri
  3. Thank You (Fallettin Me Be Mice Elf Agin) – Sly & The Family Stone
  4. Der Hölle Rache Kocht In Meinem Herzen from “Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute)”
  5. Heart of Gold – Neil Young
  6. Kaliyugavaradana – U. Srinivas
  7. The Long Road – Eddie Vedder, with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
  8. Harvest Moon – Neil Young
  9. Samba Da Bençáo – Bebél Gilberto
  10. Wave – João Gilberto
  11. Got To Give It Up (Part 1) – Marvin Gaye
  12. ‘S Wonderful – João Gilberto
  13. Better Days – Eddie Vedder
  14. Attraversiamo – Dario Marianelli

Boring Technical Crap

Written by:

Elizabeth Gilbert – (book)

Ryan Murphy and Jennifer Salt – (screenplay)

Directed by: Ryan Murphy

Starring

Julia Roberts – Liz Gilbert

Tuva Novotny – Sofi

Elena Arvigo – Maria

Arlene Tur – Armenia

Richard Jenkins – Richard from Texas

James Franco – David Piccolo

Billy Crudup – Stephen

Javier Bardem – Felipe

Bottom Line

Read the book instead.

Al K Hall’s Drawers

Julia Roberts (42)

Julia Roberts after the Bar None

Julia Roberts in the Bar None

Elena Arvigo

Elena Arvigo in the Bar None

Arlene Tur

To thank you for making it all the way down this far, here are a couple more shots i sagged at the pre-screening.

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Booze Revooze: A Drinker’s Skewed View of DATE NIGHT

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From the juiced-box and the soundtrack: Nickelback – Burn It To The Ground

Ramblings: Stood Up

Final Proof: 3 Shots

You know how you get drunk with a blind date? You saw the babe’s picture first and she looked cute and you figure you may as well give her a shot because it beats drinking alone. You come to The Bar None and put a few back and have a decent time, she makes you laugh a little and while she’s not a fascinating date, you have a better time than you thought you would because you know this girl’s “type” (a little romantic and pretty middle of the road) and she turns out to be not as mundane as you’d feared. Only problem is she doesn’t get drunk, doesn’t let go and doesn’t go crazy. So while you have a pleasant time, you know you’re not going to see her again. That’s what Date Night was like.

i was super worried that Date Night was gonna end up a romantic comedy and y’all know by now how rom-coms make me ass vomit. There was really only one “romantic” moment where Claire and Phil Foster (Tina Fey / Steve Carell) are in a car analyzing their relationship and, fortunately, it passes as quickly as light beer on an empty stomach. Date Night is definitely more com than rom and is all the better for it.

A big part of the comedy, of course, was the cast. And not just the team of Tina Fey / Steve Carell. Sure, they did a solid job but they were a sure thing. The nice surprise was all the people they brought with them on Date Night. We got Mark Ruffalo and Kristen Wiig as the divorcing friends, James Franco and Mila Kunis as a couple of entry level criminals, as well as appearances by Ari Graynor and Olivia Munn. Not to mention a Mark Wahlberg who refuses to put on his shirt. Too bad Leighton Meester, who plays the baby sitter, didn’t do the same.

Like with any rendez-vous, however, there were some slow spots. One of the problems i had with Date Night is Martin Scorsese. He made this very excellent movie called After Hours with Griffin Dunne (Desperately Seeking Susan) before he was sucked into the black hole of Hollywood’s vacuumous abyss. Scorsese made this comedy about a guy stuck in New York at night and all the crap he goes through trying to escape. So yeah, kinda exactly like Date Night. But 25 years earlier. And funnier.

But i’m not gonna sit here and rag on my Date Night behind it’s back—i’m not that kinda guy. Apart from a couple (really big) WTF moments, this babe was nice enough to look at and an entertaining time. i got to laugh out loud a couple times and how often does that happen? i’m not gonna take her home and try to get her drunk, though, because this is the kind of movie you sleep to, not with. Sure, i’d be happy to introduce her to my folks but do you really want to spend a long time with someone your parents adore?

Buzz Kills (Watch Out for Spoilers)

Sex: 2 ½ Shots

From the juiced-box, the soundtrack, and dedicated to all these young lovelies: Teddybears & Mad Cobra – Cobrastyle

What we got here is a PG-13, which means it’s Pretty Gay if you’re over 13 because if you’re looking for sex you’re gonna be left high & dry, and more “dry” than “high”.

The closest you’ll get is a kinda long scene in a “strip” club where no one does, including Tina Fey in a hot outfit who then proceeds to do an amusing pole dance with Steve Carell. Oh yeah, plus there’s a shot of Tina adjusting her own boobs. And she says “bitch”, i love the way a woman’s lips wrap themselves around that word.

You know who freaked me out, though, in a good way? Tina Fey (40). She’s unknown in Yeman and as i’ve been here for 20+ years, i never got to see her on SNL and 30 Rock doesn’t exist in this place due to the fact that American humor translates about as well here as a drunk redneck interpreter at a Thai lady-boy convention. Point being, i discovered her in Date Night and liked what i found. She seems like the kind of intelligent, quirky babe who doesn’t know how cool she is or how good she looks so she’s always making fun of herself and never takes herself too seriously. Works for me.

Also, and you regulars pro’lly noticed this about me, what i like about a woman’s looks is what makes her look different from all other women. Like how i made a drinking game out of Rachel Adams’ beauty marks or obsess over Mélanie Laurent’s mole, i’m intrigued by Tina Fey’s scar and find it eerily attractive as it makes her uniquely her. (Creepily enough, she got it as a 5-year-old when she was playing in her front yard and a stranger walked up and cut her for no reason.)

Anyway, i think she’s sexy and i’ll take on any of y’all who say different—as long as your definition of “take on” doesn’t involve fisticuffs. Here are my arguments:

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There’ll be more shots of her below, in my drawers. Just scroll down, you can’t miss ’em.

As i said before, Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl‘s Blair Waldorf—24) plays the baby sitter. Unfortunately, this movie was called Date Night and not Bad Dad Does Naughty Babysitter After Date Night. Doesn’t mean that Leighton’s not hot, though.

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i got more shots of her in my drawers, too. Just look down, all the way down. You won’t believe the collage of her and Blake Lively…

Then there was the Mila Kunis (26) cameo. You might remember her from when i exposéed her in the Booze Revooze of The Book Of Eli. She plays one half of a bad ass duo, with James Franco as her lesser half.

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i got more shots of her lining my drawers. Go down…

Silken Butterflies

Making an all-too brief appearance here was Olivia Munn (29) you may remember her from my exposée in the Booze Revooze of Iron Man 2, where she was Chess Roberts) who played a Hostess at the Claw, a chic Manhattan restaurant the Fosters go to.

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Another repeat offenser here in The Bar None is Ari Graynor (27), who i already introduced to y’all ’cause of Whip It where she put on the skates as Eva Destruction. Here she plays this hottie blonde in Phil Foster’s tax office. In The Bar None, she just plays a hottie.

Last but certainly not least is the charming Stacey Scowley. She was a book club member for only the briefest of moments, but i’m hoping to see a lot more of her later.

The Photo Links To Her Website

For those of you who prefer Buddies to Butties, we got Steve Carell (37):

Mark Wahlberg (38) smokin’:

James Franco (32):

A Smoke

Drink: 2 Shots

Some casual references but nothing serious. Here’s the blow-by-blow:

  • Brad (Mark Ruffalo) has a bottle of beer while explaining to Phil (Steve Carell) that he and his wife are separating
  • [Phil and Claire (Tina Fey) have] Chardonnays at the bar
  • [Reference made to the fact that it’s] Bad luck to toast with an empty glass
  • [Phil and Clair drink] Expensive red wine at The Claw
  • [Phil] Vomits after the excitement; “Is that blood?” “No, it’s Cabernet.”
  • Mafia guy (Ray Liotta) has wine in bar
  • Crenshaw [William Fichtner] drinks whiskey on the rocks in the strip club

A Smoke

Rock & Roll: 1 Shot

More funny than rock and roll. There’s the Nickleback up top and then there’s this, which kicks off the movie.

From the juiced-box and the soundtrack: The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop

Boring Technical Crap

Written by: Josh Klausner

Directed by: Shawn Levy

Starring

Tina Fey – Claire Foster
Leighton Meester – Katy
Mila Kunis – Whippit
Olivia Munn – Claw Hostess
Ari Graynor – Young Woman
Stacey Scowley – Book Club Member
Kristen Wiig – Haley Sullivan
Steve Carell – Phil Foster
Mark Wahlberg – Holbrooke
Mark Ruffalo – Brad Sullivan
James Franco – Taste

Bottom Line

The kind of date you might want to make at a matinée so you don’t have to spend too much on it. Either that or wait for it to come on DVD.

Al K Hall’s Drawers

Tina Fey (40)

Leighton Meester (24)

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Mila Kunis (26)