By: Connor Lenahan
Just days after the terrific news that Chris Rock would be hosting the 2016 Oscars we got (arguably) better news. Ricky Gervais is coming back to host the Golden Globes for the first time since the 2012 ceremony. This will make the seventh year in a row with strong hosts after Gervais from 2010-12 and Tina Fey & Amy Poehler 2013-15.
In case you forgot, Gervais has a genuine claim to best awards host of all time. Better, he is the unquestioned meanest.
Getting him back in the fold, especially at the awards ceremony with an open bar, is absolutely incredible. And of course given that this means we get to enjoy Ricky Gervais and Chris Rock for the biggest movie nights of the year? Who knew Christmas came before Halloween this year?
An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. (IMDb)
The action and aesthetic here are excellent–the fight scenes are bountiful and brutal, backed by an unnerving soundtrack (“In My Mind” is particularly chilling) and a fittingly cold green look–but the story and characters leave things to be desired: The revenge plot feels a bit too basic (although it’s spiced with some morbidly humourous takes on hitman culture) and the only substantial character (Wick) feels all backstory–but the film’s short run time does offer some grace in these areas.
Casting makes a big difference in how good a movie is (or isn’t.) St. Vincent is a prime example of a movie that is completely made by good casting. Vincent is an alcoholic, acerbic, a–hole. In no way is this character likable, except for one tiny detail – Vincent is played by Bill Murray. It’s impossible to hate Bill Murray, because when you see him, you laugh – even when he is playing a giant sourpuss.
Maggie (Melissa McCarthy) and her son, Oliver, move next door to Vincent. When Oliver loses his keys to his house to a bully, he goes to Vincent for help. Vincent is reluctant to help, but, desperate for money, he agrees on the condition that Maggie pays him babysitting money. This becomes a permanent gig for Vincent and he teaches Oliver how to gamble and fight, feeds him sardines from a can, and…
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Published on October 22, 2015 at 12:15PM
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