July 24, 2008

The Ballad of Easy Reader

Okay, here's a harmonic convergence of the overrated thread and the Dark Knight musings that have been bobbing around in the tepid soup between my ears for the past couple of days (yes, job satisfaction is at an all time high ... can you tell?):

Morgan Freeman.

Sez Dan: "he's somehow turned adopting an air of knowing self-righteousness into thespianism." He goes on to suggest that Se7en may be one of the only times we've ever seen Mr. Freeman actually act. This may be true, but as I would put that stupidly spelled flick at about number 6ix in my overrated list, I can't comment.

!Ay, Carmela!

To be fair, I don't know much of his 80s work--prior to Driving Miss Daisy. A little after that came Robin Hood Prince of Thieves--a piece of shite that MF could neither sink nor save.

I'm not going through the rest of the list ... too many of them are irritating. I mean Deep Impact!

Now that I think about it, check out his IMDB page and count how many movie titles kind of sound like porn titles. Sorry, but it's like a secret code or something. I can't be the first person ever to notice this.

Can I?

Because I'm fairminded, I have to point out that MF places the James Cromwell role in Gone Baby Gone, which is a darned good movie.


Anonymous said...

MF is a jerk. He was rude to someone I care about in an elevator. Still liked him in Lean on Me, tho. And Nurse Betty.

I'm glad you are blogging when I have insomnia.

Unknown said...

I didn't think MF was bad in Se7en, but that's not to say the movie isn't overrated. I don't want to sound like an MF apologist--I'm with you on this one--but there is Unforgiven, which I don't think is overrated and I don't think he's bad in. Now that I think about it, I'd replace Se7en with the latter as my one decent MF performance.

Rosemary said...

It wasn't until we rented a "best of" _Electric Company_ DVD a year or so ago that I finally realized..."Easy Reader is stoned ALL THE TIME."

JB said...

Do you think his Mel Mounds character was the inspiration for Venus Flytrap?

Rosemary said...

Jim, yes I do. In fact, I had a sort of weird cognitive dissonance when I saw Easy Reader...wasn't this schtick on some other 70s TV show? And then realized I was thinking of WKRP. But I think they're both sort of riffing on Don Cornelius of _Soul Train_ fame, too.

JB said...

Unenlightened redneck as I was, it was always Don Kirshner for me over Don Cornelius ... e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s3JV8BXEc7g