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80’s Movie of the Week: At Close Range

April 19, 2013 Adam Thomas

“Sean Penn. Christopher Walken. Like father. Like son. Like hell.” –1980’s narrator guy from the trailer.

As I write this article, I am listening to Madonna’s ‘Live to Tell’ which is both embarrassing and totally appropriate at the same time. The reason? The song is played, at least instrumentally, throughout the brilliant 1980’s movie At Close Range (it also plays while the credits roll).

MV5BMTM0ODQ2MTQ5M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDczMTcyNA@@._V1._SX640_SY959_For those unfamiliar with At Close Range, here’s all you need to know: it’s a 1980’s crime drama starring Christopher Walken and Sean Penn–playing estranged father and son–based on the true story of the Johnston gang which terrorized Pennsylvania farmers (as well as establishments like Longwood Gardens and Dutchwonderland) throughout the 1970’s.

Now, from what I’ve read about the Johnston gang, the movie seems to be shockingly accurate, which is pretty crazy.

There are many reasons that I love this movie, but the most obvious is because of Walken’s performance. These days, Walken is usually found helping out Joe Dirt or plotting against the Country Bears, which is awesome, but this is Walken at his best. He just looks like a damn snake in the grass, willing to kill anyone who threatens to put him behind bars. He also rocks one of the greatest cinematic mustaches of all time. Seriously, there are few things as menacing and redneck in this world than a red mustache (trust me), and his soliloquy about coyotes is terrific.

Penn is awesome too, as can be expected, and the final scene between the two is one of the most intense scenes I’ve ever watched (besides the cock fighting scene that occurs earlier in the movie).

One of the unsung heroes in the movies though–at least in my humble opinion–is all of the country, redneck Pennsylvania flossing that occurs in the movie. For instance, Penn is first in awe of Walken when he spends the night at his house and then wakes up the next morning to find Walken’s lady friend lounging in the pool. Not just any pool, mind you, but an ABOVE GROUND pool, aka the status symbol to end all status symbols.

So watch the trailer embedded below (take special note of the face Walken makes at the 2:39 mark) and then rent the movie. You won’t regret it.


Random Thoughts

April 14, 2011 Adam Thomas

1.) My fiance and I watched Mystic River on Tuesday and one thing that has always bugged me about that movie is Sean Penn’s glasses.  What the hell?  Look at those things.  This guy is supposed to be some badass and yet he walks around with Grandpa glasses.  I mean…look, if I saw the guy on the street, I wouldn’t say anything to him about them, and I guess that means they’re badass, but…come on. He looks ridiculous!  The ending of that movie is very unintentionally funny, as is any scene in which Penn wears those shades.

Penn: “Look, I wantcho guys to go and find who kilt my daughta.”

Savage Brother: “Uh, yeah but you look kinda silly wit dos glasses on boss…”

Penn: “Find who kilt my daughta!”

2.) Dwight Howard ended the Sixers season when he dunked on Jrue Holiday and told him “Don’t Jump” as he was dunking on him. Then he laughed about it to reporters and said something to the extent that Holiday’s career is over.  That is embarrassing on so many levels. It will be fun to root against the Heat, but come on, the Sixers have no chance. Howard’s quotes just go to show how much respect the Sixers get around the league: none. Let’s hope that Jrue recovers from that sort of public humiliation. I don’t know if I would.  Good season, hopefully we draft that dude from Morehead State.

3.) I enjoyed the 60 Minutes story on Albert Pujols.  BUT I still can’t be 100% sure that he has never used steroids, which sucks, but is true.  Look at his head. That thing is ginormous.  I just watch baseball and suspect everyone is on steroids, especially Miguel Cabrera.

4.)  I’m really jealous of everyone who has HBO because A Game of Thrones looks AWESOME. I saw a preview back in January and went to the Newark Library, got a copy of the book and plowed through it.  It was one of the best reads I’ve had in awhile, and Peter Dinkelage (from my favorite movie of all time The Station Agent) playing the best character in the series, Tyrion Lannister, is just perfect.  Damn.  Wish I had HBO.  Of course, I stalled out about 400 pages into book two, A Clash of Kings. I’m sorry but there are only so many times I can read J.R.R. Martin write “Jon Snow broke his fast” instead of “Jon Snow ate breakfast” before it drives me completely nuts.  Also, Bran and Sansa chapters are like torture.  I just skipped over them by book two. Arya chapters, on the other hand, are the balls.

5.) Nice to see R-Truth get a title shot in WWE.  After months (and I mean MONTHS) of jobbing to people, it may seem kind abrupt, but that’s how the WWE rolls.  You job to people without complaining, and you’ll eventually get a title shot.  That’s why I bet Evan Bourne gets one before John Morrison.  Bourne loses to everybody, Morrison seems all pissed when he has to lose. Anyway, good job R-Truth.

Winter is coming…

Until next time.