Edited 4-1 because I realized that one of the links was less than perfect.
I happen to think that Liev Schreiber is a fantastic actor as well as being great eye candy -- see pic http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://images.allmoviephoto.com/2008_Defiance/2008_defiance_009.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.allmoviephoto.com/photo/2008_defiance_009.html&usg=__PIEsxbB26L4E8w9oHFsVijCeB7g=&h=2001&w=3000&sz=391&hl=en&start=2&itbs=1&tbnid=STyGClAbOp2ksM:&tbnh=100&tbnw=150&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dliev%2Bschreiber%2Bdefiance%26hl%3Den%26gbv%3D2%26tbs%3Disch:1
that I find especially appealing for those who might not know what he looks like. For a long time, I mostly had just seen him on stage (Yes, I'm very lucky. I live in New York City and am relatively close to a number of off-Broadway theaters). His Talk Radio blew me away and I had seen it back in the day when Eric Bogosian did it himself.
More recently, he's been in some bigger money-making mainstream films (ie: not a modern Hamlet nor Walk on the Moon, nor The Daytrippers although I loved him in all of those) and probably can feel a certain sense of security. I'm happy for him about that 'cause that means that I'll continue to be able to see him in theater (notorious for not actually paying very much considering the irregular nature of the work) -- any artist reading this will understand what I mean. Obviously, his bit as Sabertooth made it easier for him to take on Vilma in Taking Woodstock although slimming down for that dress must have been difficult.
BUT -- but, jesus on a hockey puck! I sure wish the blockbusters or wannabe blockbusters were movies I actually wanted to see. I wish they were movies that got better reviews. X-Men Origins: Wolverine got a lot of crap reviews from the reviewers I consider decent -- except for Schreiber; but, they pretty much said something like: He chews up the scenery and his acting shows how bad everyone else is.
Ok, nice for him, sorta, but why couldn't everyone else rise to the occasion? Or why couldn't the director have a clue as to how to actually direct actors to get good performances out of everyone?
I saw XMO:W on an airplane and I'm really glad I didn't pay money for it and that isn't because I'm a film snob, 'kay? I enjoyed the few minutes total that Schreiber was on-screen. (And, just in case someone wants to jump all over me saying it's 'cause I don't like the world of comics, can I say that I really like Iron Man?)
Fast forward to this month. I liked the idea of Repo Men when it was named Reposssion Mambo, even though it seemed potentially derivative of Repo! The Genetic Opera. I really wanted to see Liev Schreiber in another work -- aside: I got cheap tix in the nosebleed seats to see him play Eddie Carbone in A View From the Bridge recently, it was good, and I wasn't too annoyed with Scarlet Johanson who I normally can't stand -- so I was looking forward to it.
Well, even from the trailer I had the feeling that I was going to be debating about waiting for it on dvd. Then, I read this hilarious review at Flick Filosopher: http://www.flickfilosopher.com/blog/2010/03/031910repo_men_review.html
. She's fantastic and I love the perspective...and I'm still kinda thinking if I can find it at a bargain matinee, I might still go to see it. But, seriously, even for Schreiber, would I want to sit though all of that? [Let alone how guilty I'd feel for going to see something that ripped-off the title of one of my all-time favorite movies: Repo Man. Here is Alex Cox talking about his first movie before it became a cult fim: http://www.alexcox.com/dir_repoman.htm And here is the trailer from way back when: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=554AX4l1tmw Poke around on his website and in youtube and you can find bits about Repo Chick. I really want to see it so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for its release at least in art houses.]
Her review reads like a great piece of fan-fic, except that this is anti-fan fic. You MUST go look. Did I give you a linkie? Yes. I. Did.
Here it is again: http://www.flickfilosopher.com/blog/2010/03/031910repo_men_review.html