Chris reviews Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

How can I describe to you how good this movie is? I could tell you how it faithfully and unflinchingly charts Al Yankovic’s meteoric rise, from his troubled childhood in which his accordion playing was the unforgiveable sin that caused his estrangement from his family, to his infamous, onstage alcohol-fueled breakdown and arrest. Perhaps I could highlight the tender but unapologetic treatment of Yankovic’s love life, from the beginnings of his highly publicized, turbulent affair with Madonna, played to absolute PERFECTION by Evan Rachel Wood, to their violent and heartbreaking separation amidst a hail of bullets and cocaine.

I could explore the end of Al’s innocence, as we watch his wrenching betrayal by Michael Jackson, who parodies Al’s song “Eat It” in a ruthless attempt to cash in on Yankovic’s success. I could expound on the way this film so seamlessly pulls back the veil of Al’s entanglement with organized crime, from his role in the murder of Pablo Escobar, to the retaliatory assassination that so famously cost Yankovic his life at the 1985 Grammy Awards. All of those things would be valid. But I think the very best way I can pay tribute to “Weird Al” Yankovic – as well as to this movie, which so accurately chronicles and celebrates the brief but oh-so-bright candle that was his life – is to tell you that as soon as this movie ended, I immediately pressed play and watched it all over again. 9 out of 10. Absolutely triumphant.

“Weird Al” Yankovic, “Now You Know”
“This song is technically eligible for Oscar consideration…”

Halloween 2022: Oct. 22ⁿᵈ – Smile

Since this is still in theatres I’ll avoid any spoilers and just say this: after the big name cast and splashy advertising of Halloween Ends resulted in such ridiculous disappointment, it was refreshing to walk into a theater and sit down to a movie I knew almost nothing about, starring people I’d never heard of, and be genuinely entertained.

Smile was a story I have NEVER seen before. This was original. The villain was outstanding. The female lead was never sexualized. The black supporting actor was never turned into a racist stereotype. And, except for the very, very end, all the characters made natural, intelligent choices. Unlike Halloween Ends, Smile made sense. It made me want to watch it again. But most of all it made me glad I went. And you can’t ask for much more than that.

Halloween 2022: Oct. 18ᵗʰ – One-Sentence Reviews: Halloween Ends

Watching Halloween Ends was like watching a boring Halloween reboot, but someone changed the channel halfway through to a melodramatic, made-for-TV remake of The Lost Boys with no vampires or plot, then turned it back to the weird and unsatisfying end of the Halloween movie… except less interesting in every way.

Here’s a look at our Halloween so far!

Oct. 1ˢᵗ – Draculus
Oct. 2ⁿᵈ – Coffee mate Pumpkin Spice Creamer & Roll For Burger
Oct. 3ʳᵈ – Mel-O-Cream Bites
Oct. 4ᵗʰ – Netflix’s The Haunting Of Hill House, Episodes 1-7
Oct. 5ᵗʰ – The Body
Oct. 6ᵗʰ – Burmese Crispy Beans
Oct. 7ᵗʰ – The Ring
Oct. 8ᵗʰ – Werewolf By Night
Oct. 9ᵗʰ – Friday The 13th (2009)
Oct. 10ᵗʰ – Pumpkin Everything
Oct. 11ᵗʰ – A Very Pepsi Halloween
Oct. 12ᵗʰ – Monster Mash Cereal
Oct. 13ᵗʰ – Smarties Halloween Skinz
Oct. 14ᵗʰ – Netflix’s The Haunting Of Hill House
Oct. 15ᵗʰ – Ghost Energy
Oct. 16ᵗʰ – Hot Wheels Slime + Cars
Oct. 17ᵗʰ – “What’s in the box?!”
Oct. 18ᵗʰ – One-Sentence Reviews: Halloween Ends
Oct. 19ᵗʰ – McDonald’s Halloween Pails & Roll For Burger: Take 2
Oct. 20ᵗʰ – The Ghost Pepper Whopper