Our capsule reviews for ‘Footloose’, ‘Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure’, and ‘The Way’
The following quotes were pulled from reviews written by AZ Weekly Entertainment Magazine in Phoenix, AZ’s Film Section contributors to present readers with a wider perspective about this weekend’s new releases.
At 27 years old, Joseph J. Airdo is a Walter Cronkite School of Journalism graduate with a degree in media analysis and criticism. Randy Montgomery, 34, works in media and marketing and holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Education. And, at 64 years old, Stan Robinson is a retired First Assistant Director with more than 22 years of experience in film and media production.
Read their full reviews of these and other movies exclusively online at knotmove.com, AZWeeklyMagazine.comand ScreenScene.org, respectively.
A rebellious teen (Kenny Wormald) incurs the wrath of a much-loved clergyman (Dennis Quaid) by dating his daughter (Julianne Hough) and challenging their town’s ban on loud music and dancing. (PG – 113 minutes)
Stan: “Rather than a re-make, and boy I hate that inference, this ‘retelling’ of theme of the Kevin Bacon starrer of 84 brings to the forefront the social issues of today (as did the one of old for that time frame) with a nicely balanced view for both parents and teens, and director Craig Brewer (co-writer of the screenplay) uses the music & dance moves of today with just a hint of the old with a message for both the young and old that ‘communication’ the key, while Kenny Wormald shines with a James Dean ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ persona as the star.” Grade: B
Joseph: “‘Footloose’ is fun and infectious but this critic personally prefers the ‘Step Up’ franchise any day of the week. After all, any one of the three ‘Step Up’ installments is much more lively and illustrates artistic expression through dance better than this remake of the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon. On the other hand, in a year without a ‘Step Up’ sequel, ‘Footloose’ will most certainly suffice – thanks especially to actor Kenny Wormald’s old-fashioned movie star vibe.” Grade: C
‘Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure’
When two friends (Edward Guerriero and Mitch Deprey) tape-record the fights of their violently noisy neighbors (Raymond Huffman and Peter Haskett), they accidentally create one of the world’s first “viral” pop-culture sensations. Playing exclusively at Harkins Valley Art. (NR – 85 minutes)
Joseph: “‘Shut Up Little Man! An Audio Misadventure’ is fascinating for sure but it lacks a substantial raison d’être. In other words, Matthew Bate, the director of the documentary – which traces the underground recordings featuring the real-life comical rants, hateful harangues, drunken soliloquies and audible fistfights of two booze-swilling homicidal roommates – from their humble beginnings to their oddly depressing endings, entertains us and feeds our curiosity but rarely renders relevance in the material.” Grade: C
A father (Martin Sheen) heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son (Emilio Estevez) who died while traveling the “El Camino de Santiago” from France to Spain. (115 – PG-13 minutes)
Stan: “The basic theme of the nightmare for any of us who are parents of possibly having a child die before us is aptly addressed by writer/director Emilio Estevez,the real life son of Martin Sheen who stars as the father in ‘The Way’. With the backdrop of the father completing the journey started by his son of the walk of ‘El Camino de Santiago’ where his son lost his life, the heart of the story is psychologically therapeutic for us parents viewing as the father makes the journey. The other participants in the walk, each dealing with varying issues of their own, unknowingly and invariably provide consolation to each other, notably Deborah Kara Unger’s character who brings the father full circle as he seeks the ‘why’, and closure for his tragic loss.” Grade: B
Randy: “‘The Way’ is an uplifting journey across ‘El Camino de Santiago’ that you will never forget. The movie is a travelogue worth experiencing on screen that should prompt viewers to book their own trip to France in order to experience the expedition on their own. Director Emilio Estevez’s greatest strength with the film is exposing each of the characters’ flaws, which not only makes them realistic, but also makes this religious film spiritual and uplifting, without being preachy.”Grade: A-
Joseph: “Writer/director Emilio Estevez’s motion picture ‘The Way’ – which the filmmaker cited at a recent Q-and-A as being independent in spirit but certainly not small in scope – is a joyous journey. The only downside is that ‘The Way’ will make you want to really walk the ‘El Camino de Santiago’ for yourself so that you, too, can experience the remarkable personal transformation exhibited by star Martin Sheen’s character in the film. Then again, simply seeing something this spiritually stimulating is exceptionally enriching in and of itself. ” Grade: B