Tag: Woody Harrelson

  • Simplified On-Screen, “The Glass Castle” at Least Boasts Strong Performances

    The dictates of Hollywood screenwriting can’t quite constrain the wildness of Jeannette Walls’s family and her bestselling memoir. Despite a tidy resolution, too many scenes whose shapes are immediately familiar from other movies, and an absurd climax that dramatizes the conflict between a daughter and her father through the wheezy beats of a romantic comedy, […]

  • Monkey Shines: ”War for the Planet of the Apes” Is the Most Vital Blockbuster in Years

    I don’t know when it happened, but it happened. Somehow, while we were worrying about superheroes and star destroyers and hot rods and whether Captain America could beat up Superman or whatever, the goddamned Planet of the Apes movies became the most vital and resonant big-budget film series in the contemporary movie firmament. And they did […]


    Reggie Watts is a comedian, beatboxer, singer, pedal-looper, and performance artist, more often than not at the same time. Instantly recognizable for his giant ’fro and renowned for his awkwardly commanding stage presence, the New York–based polymath, who has appeared in everything from the 2007 viral College Humor short “What About Blowjobs?” to LCD Soundsystem’s […]

  • Bullet for Adolf—Lucky Adolf!

    The summer of 1983 was a formative time for the young Woody Harrelson. Yes, that Woody Harrelson: Before he was a TV and movie star, it seems, he worked a construction job in Houston, where he made a lifelong friend named Frankie Hyman. What else happened that summer, and why it mattered, are not things […]

  • Woody Harrelson: “I Wish My Indies Were Blockbusters!”

    After a smash series, two Oscar nominations, Game Change, and a part in the Hunger Games franchise, Woody Harrelson naturally has turned to writing and directing. The result is Bullet for Adolf, a comedy set in 1983 Houston, which he co-wrote with Frankie Hyman and which officially opens on August 8 at New World Stages. […]

  • Police Misconduct: A Bad Cop Getting Worse in Rampart

    Directed by Oren Moverman (The Messenger) from a script by Moverman and L.A. noir master James Ellroy, Rampart tracks the downward spiral of LAPD cop Dave Brown (Woody Harrelson). A Vietnam vet whose personal code allows for extreme bad behavior in the name of a hazily defined greater good, Brown describes his approach to patrol […]

  • Revenge Rides Into Town, with No Guns in Sight, in Post-Apocalyptic Bunraku

    A manic mishmash of tropes from video games, puppet theater, and comic books that unabashedly references Kurosawa, Tarantino, and Shaw Brothers, among others, Guy Moshe’s Bunraku nevertheless achieves a stagy purity—call it cheapness if you prefer—all its own. This post-apocalyptic noir western follows a pair of drifters (pretty boys Josh Hartnett and Gackt, a Japanese […]

  • Woody Harrelson Performs for Well-Scripted Messenger

    I’m Not There screenwriter Oren Moverman makes his directorial debut with The Messenger, a moving and nuanced drama about the home-front readjustment period for decorated Iraq War hero Will Montgomery (Ben Foster) who, after surviving a roadside blast, has been reassigned as a Casualty Notification Officer. He is partnered with self-proclaimed lunatic Captain Tony Stone […]

  • Could The Messenger Be a Career High for Harrelson?

    Who’d have thought Woody Harrelson would be primed to snag an Oscar nomination just one month after mowing down hordes of flesh-munchers in Zombieland? For playing an American hero, no less. The self-proclaimed hippie is getting That Buzz—deserved—for his role in Oren Moverman’s Iraq War-at-home drama The Messenger, as a salty U.S. Army captain who […]

  • Free Will Astrology: May 13 through 19

    ARIES [March 21–April 19] “Some people will never learn anything because they understand everything too soon,” wrote Alexander Pope. Most of us have been guilty of jumping to conclusions so quickly that we don’t bother to keep listening for the full revelation. This behavior has become even more common in recent years because we’re inundated […]