By David Poland firstname.lastname@example.org
The End of Days: April 22, 2011
Lindsay Lohan gets 120 days in jail and 50 8-hour days of community service , as a misdemeanor, for stealing a necklace. She’s appealing (as a legal matter, not as in “She’s CHARMING.”) If she’s serious about rebooting her career, she should skip the appeal, do the time, and come out contrite. If she’s just mouthing platitudes, she should fight this to the end of the earth, wear something that shows her g-string to the next hearing, and start planning to fake her death, ’cause that’s all that’s left. It’s amazing how forgiving this industry is… but you have to admit you have and you are f-ed up.
There is an event at Northwestern University this weekend called, “Illuminating The Shadows: Film Criticism In Focus,” this weekend. Besides the event being more accurately named “Chicago Film Criticism in Focus,” I am amused that they have brought together the group that has the least insight into the state of film criticism… film critics. (I believe MCN is better represented at the event than any other outlet except Time Out Chicago. Still, our lead critic, Michael Wilmington, who is more veteran than anyone involved except Jon Rosenbaum and Dave Kehr, was not invited to participate.)
Box Office Mojo was down for much of the day. So much for that study about Thursday’s box office take vs the last 17 years.
Even with a modest drop for Rio, Madea should win the weekend. Tyler Perry’s long ball hitter has come out to $22m, $30m, and $41m the first three times he’s put on the wig. I don’t know that he can crack $40m again, but that or a bit less should be plenty to pass Rio and completely dust Like Elephants for Chocolate. Of course, critics can’t get too enthusiastic, which is why the must-see of the weekend is getting positive, but meta-heavy reviews… Pom Wonderful presents The Greatest Documentary Ever Sold. It’s a special film. Funny and surprising, yet really enlightening. It makes you think about yourself and the world around you. Sometimes, you even root for the bad guy. A really pleasure to see.
ADDED, 11:18p - My brief tribute to Lumet (a proper tribute would take many hours), running this weekend on Ebert Presents.