Billy Campbell

Thunder Perfect Mind

Peter (Vincent Kartheiser) and Chloe (Olivia Thirlby) are newlyweds on something of an impromptu honeymoon after boarding a research vessel in Argentina en route through the Southern Ocean to Antarctica. It’s a working vacation of sorts for Peter though as he’s a writer fascinated with the continent, the sea and the wildlife that surrounds them. The couple are at ease physically and sexually, but it’s clear in their communication — and lack thereof — that not all is well. As he devotes his attention to conversation with a renowned whale biologist (Roger Payne, playing himself) she finds herself drifting aimlessly well outside her own element. That emotional current takes her right into the path of Captain Emerson (Billy Campbell), and soon Peter and Chloe’s young marriage hits choppy waters… well, you get the idea. Red Knot places the sad ugliness of a relationship in jeopardy against the stark beauty of a harsh and unforgiving landscape. All three of the main actors give strong and affecting performances, and the photography is continually gorgeous, but the characters and their stories can’t quite keep pace with the drama we know is churning beneath the surface.

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Louis CK

What is Casting Couch? It’s the column that’s rounding up all the casting announcements the studios have released now that the buzz surrounding the Golden Globes has died down. They’ve been hoarding. Before his show on FX became such a well-respected thing, people thought of Louis CK mostly as being a stand-up comedian and not really as an actor, despite the fact that he’s shown up in a few small roles here and there. That might be about to change though, because not only does CK  star in Woody Allen’s upcoming movie, Blue Jasmine, but THR is reporting that he’s also in talks to join David O. Russell’s next project: that con-man movie starring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Renner, and Amy Adams that used to be called American Bullshit. If CK’s involvement becomes official, it will see him rubbing onscreen elbows with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, which is probably going to feel a little weird at first.

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The Rocketeer Movie

Our intention is to expand so-bad-it’s-good into the more irresponsible realm of so-bad-it’s-fattening by offering up movie-related junkfood to complete the film-watching experience. This month’s theme is lesser superhero films and today’s is a real treat: The Rocketeer!

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