Screen Junkies » Barry Pepper http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:19:50 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘Lone Ranger’ Gets Yoakam, Dale, Pepper, And Bonham Carter In The Mix http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/lone-ranger-gets-yoakam-dale-pepper-and-bonham-carter-in-the-mix/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/lone-ranger-gets-yoakam-dale-pepper-and-bonham-carter-in-the-mix/#comments Tue, 19 Jul 2011 22:50:12 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221026 Wow. This movie just grabbed a whole bunch of respect with these casting choices. Touche, Disney.

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Disney’s The Lone Ranger has found its villain in Dwight Yoakam, who will play Butch Cavendish, the head of the Cavendish Gang (makes sense). Yoakam has played a villain in several memorable turns, not the least of which was his turn in David Finche’s Panic Room as a stone-cold home invader. The news of Yoakam’s casting comes with a flurry of other prospective participants, including James Badge Dale, Helena Bonham Carter, and Barry Pepper.

Dale would play the Lone Ranger‘s older brother, Dan Reid and leader of the Texas Rangers, while Pepper would play Captain J. Fuller, the leader of the 7th Cavalry, because the law requires Pepper to play an Army guy whenever the opportunity is there.

In a refreshing change, Helena Bonham Carter, who is not as far along in talks as the other entrants, would play the proprietor of a local brothel, or “female pimp” as I would like to regard her. Variety describes her character as “colorful,” because pimps are colorful.

These all sound like pretty solid additions to for film that has been criticized by many (myself included) as a gratuitous remake from the Disney machine. What can I say? Dwight Yoakam knows how to bring the gravitas.

 

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Review: Casino Jack http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-casino-jack/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-casino-jack/#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 16:35:22 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=12705 The story of Jack Abramoff is interesting and relevant, so if you make a movie about that you’ve almost got a safety net. Casino Jack is more of a re-enactment than a cinematic experience.

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The story of Jack Abramoff is interesting and relevant, so if you make a movie about that you’ve almost got a safety net. Casino Jack is more of a re-enactment than a cinematic experience.

Kevin Spacey plays the infamous lobbyist. With his narration, the film explains exactly how Abramoff set up his schemes. The script gets all the information out there, at least the talking points. They use a bit part character of a journalist to address the issue of capitalism with Abramoff. Then Jack punches the journo who turns out to be a hemophiliac. Get it? Bleeding heart liberal. It’s not high style dialogue like The Social Network. It’s just desperately trying to get every shade of gray in there so it can be considered fair and balanced.

Abramoff and Michael Scanlon (Barry Pepper) are the ringleaders, making a sales pitch to lobby for Native American interests and carry it into shady business endeavors. Abramoff has plans for restaurants and schools to represent his social and cultural interests (kosher cuisine, no joke.) Scanlon wants personal luxuries like a mansion but either way, you can tell they’re crazy.

We see what a lobbyist does and it is salesmanship. The very heart of the endeavor makes me as a viewer instinctively feel like not listening to him. Abramoff bullies and pressures people into schemes. Solid business opportunities aren’t hurting for investors. If someone has to convince you it’s a good idea, it’s not. Eventually Scanlon blabs to his wife Emily (Rachelle Lefevre), who he cheats on, so she exposes them. Abramoff can’t even keep his cohort straight.

The story is peppered with scenes for actors to “play,” really boisterous moments for the awards show clip reel. Abramoff and Scanlon love to quote movies so they do impressions. They even piss off some gangsters by doing DeNiro, but that just makes me think, “Why did this country fall for this loser?” I don’t see it. Once it hits the fan, the tantrums Abramoff and Scanlon throw when they’re not getting their way and the panic when they’re caught are the flamboyant parts.

Jon Lovitz plays Adam Kidan, a failure in the mattress business who they swindle into running their offshore casinos. Then they freak out when it turns out Kidan’s more dangerous than they are. Lovitz gets to play a meaty role as not just a scumbag, but a scumbag with no pretense of being honorable. He just doesn’t care.

Casino Jack does show how a man like Abramoff exists. You see the ego, the insecure defensiveness and the delusion that he’s never at fault. Maybe it’s just too obvious. The cinematography tries to preserve realism by hiding or obscuring well known political figures like McCain and Bush. That makes it practical, not visual. And the music sounds so caper-y, it’s like, “Come on. Your point is that this massive national fraud was executed like a good old fashioned bank heist?” I’d probably watch a movie like Casino Jack on TV and think, “Yup, that’s pretty much what I thought happened.” Nothing more.

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Kevin Spacey Is The Super Lobbyist In ‘Casino Jack’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kevin-spacey-is-the-super-lobbyist-in-casino-jack-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/kevin-spacey-is-the-super-lobbyist-in-casino-jack-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Spacey churns out another intense performance. Kevin Spacey stars in George Hickenlooper's Casino Jack, the true life story of corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Co-starrring Barry Pepper and Kelly Preston, it looks like a fun, light-hearted approach to a story about a fat cat who laughed his way to the bank after robbing this country of millions of dollars. With house foreclosures up 25% since last August, that's exactly what audiences want to see nowadays, right? Why aren't you answering? And why are you sitting in your soon to be repoed car in a closed garage with the engine running? That's a waste of gas, silly-bean. Check out the trailer after the jump...

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Spacey churns out another intense performance.

Kevin Spacey stars in George Hickenlooper’s Casino Jack, the true life story of corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Co-starrring Barry Pepper and Kelly Preston, it looks like a fun, light-hearted approach to a story about a fat cat who laughed his way to the bank after robbing this country of millions of dollars. With house foreclosures up 25% since last August, that’s exactly what audiences want to see nowadays, right? Why aren’t you answering? And why are you sitting in your soon to be repoed car in a closed garage with the engine running? That’s a waste of gas, silly-bean.

Check out the trailer after the jump…


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Casino Jack http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/casino-jack/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/casino-jack/#comments Thu, 16 Sep 2010 18:38:49 +0000 Reza F. Director: George Hickenlooper Cast: Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz Synopsis: A hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder.  Release Date: December 2010

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Director: George Hickenlooper

Cast: Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper, Kelly Preston, Jon Lovitz

Synopsis: A hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder. 

Release Date: December 2010

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