Norman Reedus

Pawn Shop Chronicles

Tossed into theaters with little fanfare, Pawn Shop Chronicles was dreamed up as a “hillbilly Pulp Fiction” that saw three stories swing in and out of one pawn shop in rural somewhere-or-other. It’s probably still on a few screens, but it’s also getting a DVD/Blu-ray release on August 27th, and it looks like the kind of thing that might thrive on home video. Fred Durst was set to direct early on, but along the way he left and Wayne Kramer (Running Scared) took over with Paul Walker, Elijah Wood, Vincent D’onofrio, Matt Dillon, Norman Reedus, Thomas Jane, Lukas Haas and Brendan Fraser in an Elvis costume starring. That’s an intense cast (and there may even be women in it, too!). After watching the trailer, it’s hard to tell what the stories are all about beyond a bunch of insanity floating around near drugs and weaponry.

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Most women who become pregnant with the man they’re deeply in love with would see it as a joyous experience. In Laurie Collyer’s (Sherrybaby) Sunlight Jr., Melissa (Naomi Watts) certainly is deeply in love with her boyfriend Richie (Matt Dillon) when she discovers that she is expecting a baby, and is initially excited about the entire prospect of being a mother. Though when the reality sets in that she and Richie barely make enough money to get by living in a dank motel room, in addition to a bevy of other problems, a dark cloud rolls in over the otherwise happy news of pregnancy. Collyer’s film features great performances from Watts and Dillon, and the film’s cinematography is a standout, though it suffers somewhat from perhaps an overly literal depiction of the lower class.

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The Walking Dead Blog

Um… where to start? We got a double-crossing, a marriage proposal, a death of a main character and his subsequent zombification. A lot of stuff happened this week. But did any of it need to happen? Was there enough payoff?

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The Walking Dead Blog

Following the format of weeks past, this week’s episode of The Walking Dead, “Prey,” was somewhat of a departure/day trip episode, involving Andrea fleeing Woodbury with The Governor chasing after her and subsequently holding her prisoner. However, it was a far less successful episode than the other ones, in that (a) Andrea is not quite interesting or sympathetic enough to focus on, (b) Woodbury seems ridiculously close to the prison again, and (c) promising characters like Tyreese and Milton are poorly used. That being said, yes, nothing really happened. The only character from the prison, Rick, barely had any screen time and Andrea remains in deep shit with The Governor. Tyreese remained The Governor’s patsy. The Governor remained pretty crazy. Nothing progressed, which, quite frankly, it should have since there is a huge war looming between crazy dictators Rick and The Governor. We open with a flashback of Andrea and Michonne during their relatively idyllic time as a wandering, zombie fighting duo. Not to harp, but the woods seemed a lot bigger then, didn’t they? Those ladies were wandering around for episodes on end and they shockingly never ran into either the giant prison or the giant Woodbury, which are both apparently right next door to one another. Some brief backstory is revealed on the part of Michonne when Andrea asks if Michonne knew her zombie pets – apparently she did, and they weren’t all that nice in life. Girl bonding!

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Boondock Saints

If there’s any proof that fate has a sense of humor, it’ll come when Boondock Saints 3 starts rolling its cameras. The first film was a sleeper hit that was so perfect in its ridiculousness and bloodshed that it was impossible for it not to earn a dedicated audience. When a sequel didn’t come, but a lawsuit against Franchise Pictures did, director Troy Duffy became something of a legend. His low budget feature had scored big with video sales, but Duffy was also used as an example of what not to do when finding Hollywood success in the documentary Overnight where he acts like a complete jackwagon to his close friends and business associates. The noise calling for a sequel was deafening, but Duffy was unable to make it happen until ten years later. Unfortunately, Boondock 2: All Saints Day was the terrible kind of ridiculous, and it alienated all but the most hardcore of fans. Still, it also did pretty damned well in video sales. Now that almost  no one is calling for a third entry, star Norman Reedus says it might happen. In an interview with IFC, the actor said, “I’m meeting with Sean [Patrick Flanery] and Troy [Duffy] tonight. I just landed a couple hours ago and tonight I’m going over to Troy’s house with Sean. It’s definitely in the works. Look for it. It’s gonna be crazy.”

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The Walking Dead Blog

So, it would seem the prison is really close to Woodbury, right? If traveling to and from Woodbury is less than a day trip for Andrea? And given the high gates around each community and their respective surveillance abilities, why didn’t they notice each other way earlier? The logic behind The Walking Dead can be questioned for days on end, but at least this week’s episode, “I Ain’t A Judas,” had a theme – loyalty – and concluded with a Tom Waits song, which is always a major plus. Andrea questions her loyalty for The Governor versus Rick, and Daryl’s loyalty is questioned for his brother versus Rick. Rick also snapped out of the crazy, Daryl and Hershel rose up as leaders, and Milton was also featured, so, on the whole? With a few exceptions, namely involving Tyreese and his crew, this week was just fine.

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The Walking Dead Blog

The last Walking Dead brought us the showdown between the prison and Woodbury. Was it climatic? Eh. The only character-with-a-name struck down was Axel, and he wasn’t overly integral to the show. Sure, it was somewhat of a shock that he was shot mid-conversation with Carol. And he was Carol’s one chance at gettin’ some – sorry, Carol. But it’s doubtful anyone – show character or home viewer – will miss him after this week. The showdown also seemed a bit too conveniently orchestrated in that the brothers Dixon just happened to make it back to the prison at exactly the right time. Right. Also, where were my boy Tyreese and his crew during the prison invasion? Twiddling their thumbs in their holding cell, or did the show’s writers just forget to include them? Well, neither one of those options is too great, and either way, it’s just extremely haphazard on the writers’ parts… Though The Governor did look absolutely orgasmic at the prospect of wreaking havoc at the prison and taking shots at Michonne. So good for him! And the zombie car bomb was a cool idea. This new installment of The Walking Dead, “Home,” seems to have squandered not only the Prison vs. Woodbury confrontation, but also a few other opportunities.

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The Walking Dead Blog

Author’s Note: There were issues with my cable last night, hence why this is posting a bit late – I had to download the episode this morning. Barring further cable-related issues, future episode reviews will post Monday morning, per usual.  The Walking Dead returned last night after a midseason hiatus, and it came back with an above average episode, “The Suicide King,” directed by television director extraordinaire Leslie Linka Glatter, of Mad Men and Twin Peaks. This episode was important in the course of the show as some of the gang finally started to question the Ricktatorship and new leaders, other than Daryl, are beginning to emerge. There were some issues, but this return episode was successful on the whole as it planted seeds for many interesting happenings to come. Both Rick and the Governor lost their shit in front of their respective followers! The Dixon brothers are out on their own! Allen and Ben pose a threat to the group… kinda! And Beth is crushing hard on crazy Rick!

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The Walking Dead Blog

This week’s installment, “Made to Suffer,” is the last episode before the midseason break – new episodes don’t start up again until February — so are we made to care that we have such a long wait once this episode ends? Kinda. While this is a better episode than most of this season’s, it doesn’t quite measure up to the standards of past pre-break attempts. With a few exceptions, nothing overly exciting happens here, and the “cliffhanger” ending is hardly a cliffhanger at all. While the brotherly reconnection of Daryl and Merle is strongly encouraged, they were destined to cross paths all season. Yes, it’s a cool scene, and both Michael Rooker and Norman Reedus do an excellent job at emoting, but the scene does not come as a surprise and doesn’t create suspense. Plus, new characters from the comic were introduced – namely Tyreese – but it’s hazy whether or not his name was actually used and little to no character development from this new crew ever occurred, and that would have been a major plus. Also, why would Rick have a Shane mirage of Shane with a hairstyle/facial hair configuration that never appeared on the show? Was Shane-in-the-afterlife just celebrating Movember?  (Oh hey, Jon Bernthal.) Anyway… let’s get into the nitty gritty, shall we?

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The Walking Dead Blog

Editor’s Note: These blog entries are meant to be a discussion of the most current episode of The Walking Dead, so we recommend you watch said episode before reading to avoid spoilers. Keep your eyes peeled for them every Monday morning. On last week’s episode, The Governor was revealed to have a zombie daughter, Michonne left Andrea behind at Woodbury, Rick went into shock after Lori’s death, and Daryl and Maggie went on the search for baby formula. This week’s installment, “Hounded,” was another inconsistent one – somewhat of a mash-up between an existential one man show, a middle-aged romance film, and violent revenge flick. Revenge flick worked… the others didn’t… although this episode is important in setting up the eventual coming together of Rick and The Governor, finally marrying the prison and Woodbury. Fingers crossed the payoff will be worthwhile.

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The Walking Dead Blog

Editor’s Note: These blog entries are meant to be a discussion of the most current episode of The Walking Dead, so we recommend you watch said episode before reading to avoid spoilers. Keep your eyes peeled for them every Monday morning. On last week’s episode, T-Dog was bitten and self-sacrificed for Carol, who went missing, Lori went into labor and died as Maggie gave her a C-section and Carl shot his dead mother. Meanwhile at Woodbury, Michonne grew more suspicious of The Governor, who flirted with Andrea to get her on his side. This week’s episode, “Say The Word,” is perhaps the most successful one yet this season, in that it provides a nice balance between the milieux of the prison and Woodbury and exploits the best characteristics of its most interesting characters. With a few exceptions, lot of important action goes down and primes the series for going in a more interesting place in future episodes – wishful thinking, perhaps?

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Some of you out there are fans of Troy Duffy‘s The Boondock Saints. Don’t worry, we’re not naming names here. But if you fall into that group you’ll be happy to hear a third film just may be heading your way in the near future. The first one didn’t blow up right away, but it eventually found itself a pretty healthy cult following. (And it even found a spot in our list of the 14 Most Mundane Movie Murder Weapons, so that’s something at least.) The movie follows the blood-spattered, bullet-strewn, revenge-fueled adventures of fraternal twins Connor and Murphy MacManus (Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Reedus). It’s not a great movie, but it has its charms thanks mostly to the two leads and the support of Willem Dafoe in a fairly goofy role as the detective on their trail. It was followed a decade later by the even less kindly received sequel, All Saints Day, that saw the brothers return to Boston to dispense more Christ-approved justice. It’s unclear if any of you will admit to being fans of that one.

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Commentary Commentary: The Boondock Saints

We all love The Boondock Saints? Right? Right? Guys? Where you going? Look, I’m fully aware of the animosity for this film, especially its writer/director, Troy Duffy. Hell, even the DVD is annoying me right this second with this “You wouldn’t steal a car, so why steal movies” PSA. But there’s a point in everyone’s life where you have to realize bad filmmakers like talking about their film just as much as the geniuses. So we’re gonna let Mr. Duffy speak, and we’re gonna be taking detailed notes as to what he has to say. Yes, this one comes with the decade long-backlash. And I’m sure Troy Duffy’s commentary here is going to be filled with all kinds of insightful anecdotes about crafting the film, honing the story so its concise yet layered. I’m sure there isn’t going to be anything on this commentary track that puts Troy Duffy in an angelic light. And, in case you didn’t catch it, I put the sarcastic tone on the word “angelic.” So here is everything we learned from Mr. Troy “Overnight” Duffy’s commentary track for The Boondock Saints. That damn PSA is still going by the way. Don’t steal, folks.

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There is no denying that for better or worse, Troy Duffy’s brainchild The Boondock Saints is a freak of nature. Despite a very well documented shut down by Harvey Weinstein, a budget less than half the size it was originally going to have and a school shooting that kept it from theaters, somehow the boys from Boston have been able live on for the last decade, becoming such a huge hit that a sequel was made two year ago. And while the sequel hardly did gangbusters at the box office, the fan base is still a passionate one. So passionate that Duffy has been approached to turn his beloved films into a television series. In an interview with We Got This Covered for the Blu-Ray re-release of the original film, Duffy shared the news and also included the stance of stars Sean Patrick Flannery and Norman Reedus. We’ve been approached to do a possible Boondock Saints TV series. So the fans may be getting a part 3 as a television show. We might be able to pull that off….I actually called both Sean and Norman and they both said “hell yeah, we’ll drop everything.

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Everyone remembers where they were when they first heard that President Abraham Lincoln had been assassinated. I was in third grade, under the creepy Catholic tutelage of Sister Hermina (she refused to die!), and the lesson on Lincoln’s presidency had come to dramatic and shocking conclusion. Granted, those aren’t the words I would have used to describe it at the time, but I do recall feeling frustrated, confused, and angered at the tall, bearded man’s death. So why open a film review with a reference to a grade school history lesson? Because the film in question, Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, feels like a two-hour lecture on some of the very same material. Viewers learn about the coordinated assault against Lincoln and two members of his cabinet, the capture and conviction of those responsible, and their subsequent hangings for the crimes. While the material here is more detailed than the lesson taught by zombie nun it’s also presented dryly, without any real energy, emotion, or drama, and very much in the spirit of a made-for-television movie. It doesn’t help matters that Redford uses his directorial lectern to include some incredibly unsubtle and politicized comparisons to our own modern day battles between personal freedoms and national security.

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Troy Duffy, writer/director of The Boondock Saints and The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day sits down with FSR during his bus tour to talk about his films, being controversial and what’s up next before Boondock Saints III.

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Boondock Saints

IGN has debuted the first trailer for Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day this afternoon, giving longtime Saints fans their first look at the long-awaited sequel.

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Boondock Saints

I am curious as to whether or not all of you are still interested in Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day. Curious to see if like me, you have lost enthusiasm for the franchise.

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Boondock Saints

Troy Duffy has a very exciting and long overdue message for Boondock Saints fans.

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