Johnny Knoxville and his Jackass friends have an appreciation for the classics. In their movies they’ve paid tribute specifically to Buster Keaton and Busby Berkeley, and more generally to the many slapstick comedians and masters of choreography — of both the stunt and musical varieties — who’ve come long before them. Now with Bad Grandpa, they honor another old-fashioned hero, Allen Funt. This is basically a feature-length version of Candid Camera, with the pranks linked together through a basic fiction plot involving a horny old man (Knoxville in age-disguising makeup) on a road trip with his profanely precocious 8-year-old grandson. It’s not just that the shtick here is influenced by Funt’s long-running and oft-recycled hidden-camera shows. Most of the gags are familiar old tricks that likely were first done on Candid Camera or its copycats. In one well-worn bit, the grandpa, Irving Zisman, is having a tag sale in his home and shocks customers with a demonstration of his adjustable bed, which keeps collapsing, folding his body in seemingly harmful ways. Later he pays a visit to a UPS Store (or similar) to ship the kid to his deadbeat dad’s house in a giant box. I’m sure we’ve seen that kind of thing in numerous incarnations on various hidden-cam shows over the years.



I understand that not a lot of FSR readers are even marginal One Direction fans, let alone “directioners,” so bear with me this week as I offer this list to any who find their way here. Also, if you’re not into 1D and don’t plan to see their new documentary One Direction: This Is Us — even if you normally like Morgan Spurlock‘s films or are a Martin Scorsese completist (he has a cameo) or think it could be a good place to pick up chicks (and not just tweens, as my screening had a number of adult women fans in attendance) — you may discover something of actual value among the selection of films below. The easiest and even most logical way to go with this week’s hottest new movie is to just offer a basic list of the best concert films and tour docs of the past. But really there’s not much there to connect Gimme Shelter (nobody dies at any of the 1D shows) or Woodstock, even though the latter involved Scorsese. There are mostly music movies picked for this list, but they’re specifically relevant and they’re joined by other kinds of films.


Jackass Bad Grandpa

Be still, our dumb teenage hearts, for the Jackass team has decided that it is that special time for us to see them do things we shouldn’t try at home once more. Paramount and MTV Films announced (via The Hollywood Reporter) that they have already completed shooting on Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, a film based on Johnny Knoxville’s elderly Iriving Zisman character. Zisman, as you might recall from the previous three Jackass films (okay, 3.5 if you count the straight-to-DVD special) and from the MTV show was an elderly man unleashed on the unsuspecting public with his shocking, gross antics. These included and were not limited to: defecating in the street and pretending he didn’t know where he was, hitting on college girls, popping wheelies in his Hoveround, and if I recall correctly, a truly terrible moment where a dog stole his prosthetic leg, much to the horror of onlookers. He got away with this because he was just Knoxville in (very poor) age makeup and some high-waisted khaki pants. It just seems strange that the Jackass guys chose to focus an entire film on this specific character, which was never even that popular, rather than go their normal “staple genitalia to a 2×4” route. It’s a solid formula that has tested true in the box office – enough to get this fourth film greenlit. But Paramount apparently has so much faith in Bad Grandpa that they’re willing to give it an October 25th release date, the spot usually reserved […]



While not officially announced, Aint It Cool has dug through the entire internet to find Paramount registering a ton of websites for Jackass 4 which 1) point to it being in the works and 2) point to it being subtitled or otherwise linked to the phrase Bad Grandpa. As the piece points out, core member Ryan Dunn died in a drunk driving incident in June of last year. Still, is there a more fitting tribute to a fallen friend than daring another friend to squeeze an entire bottle of mayo up his anal cavity before riding a Vespa down a playground slide? The question is rhetorical. Of course there isn’t. So get ready. Registering domain names is often an indicator that a movie is in development (although it doesn’t always prove that the movie will be greenlit) and with the money these movies make, there’s a common sense element to the news as well. There’s a better than average chance that Jackass 4’s rascal grandfather will be hitting screens sometime in 2013. To the betterment of all of society    


Movie Tattoos

It’s easy to stick some cool tats on a character and enhance their presence – and we all love cool looking tattoos. It gets better when there is thought put into the tattoos, such as Mickey Rourke’s surprisingly well-researched prison tattoos in Iron Man 2. What’s even better than that is when a tattoo is not only well thought out, but also speaks worlds about that character and the story surrounding them. It’s not always possible in the context of the film – but when it is, it’s nice to see. Here are some of the tattoos I’m talking about.



The categories of responses from critics with the release of yet another Jackass film and in the face of its massive, record-breaking box office intake have been to dismiss it entirely, make some hyperbolic rant about the fall of Western civilization, or celebrate Jackass 3-D not as a movie, but as a social ritual — or, perhaps more accurately, as an anti-social ritual. Consider me in the latter camp. Jackass doesn’t only take the role of social ritual in terms of being popular entertainment; it isn’t merely the most transparent of gimmicks (as the 3-D makes clear) or the most unapologetic brand of cinema in the long-prevailing, prevailingly false idea of cinema-as-escapism-and-nothing-else. The function of Jackass is instead to provide what has been long-standing need within Western cultures: the need of a temporary and safe space in which to transcend and reject social hierarchies and order, a space in which to revel in unacceptable behavior.



If you are rabid fan of the disgusting, this was your weekend. Jackass 3D hit theaters and took depravity to a whole new dimension. Already flirting with box office records, albeit in extremely specific categories, it’s hard to deny Jackass 3D is a hit. As much as I want to denounce all the lowbrow shenanigans, Jackass came onto the scene at the perfect time to wedge a silly little place in my heart. The show and the first movie came out when I was in high school; the second movie when I was in college. Though my tastes may have evolved since then, I wasn’t surprised to find 10 things I liked about Jackass 3D, and only 5 things I didn’t



This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr makes a complete and total jackass of himself by enjoying the hell out of Red and being more excited than he should about the prospects of Jackass 3D. He realizes that it may be the beginning of award season, but that won’t stop him from watching a movie about bodily fluids flying at the camera in 3D and getting mildly turned on by Helen Mirren firing a Gatling gun while wearing an evening gown.



Rob Hunter loves movies. He also loves working as a delivery driver for Planet Express. These two joys come together in the form of cash money payments that he receives every week and immediately uses to buy more DVDs. So join us each week as he takes a look at new DVD releases and gives his highly unqualified opinion as to which titles are worth BUYing, which are better off as RENTals, and which should be AVOIDed at all cost. (And yes, I am the guy who won’t be recommending Drag Me To Hell.)


Penis biting snakes, flipping golf carts, and pooing in a plumbing store. If these things interest you, then Jackass 2.5 is your DVD.

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published: 01.26.2015
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published: 01.26.2015
published: 01.26.2015

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