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Picture - Chris Pontius Los Angeles, California, Monday 7th March 2011

Chris Pontius Monday 7th March 2011 Paramount Home Entertainment's 'Jackass 3' Blu-ray and DVD launch at Paramount Studios Los Angeles, California

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Somewhere Review


Good
With a premise that's extremely similar to Lost in Translation, Coppola again takes an atmospheric look at celebrity that's heavier on internal mood than actual plot. But this film's more intriguing than engaging.

Johnny Marco (Dorff) is a top movie star who lives in Hollywood's secluded Chateau Marmont. He's promoting his action movie, Berlin Agenda, with his costar (Monaghan) while preparing for his next project. And he's also taking care of his 11-year-old daughter Cleo (Fanning). Their life consists mainly of sitting around, travelling to Italy for a junket and then to Las Vegas for Cleo's summer camp. All of which gives Johnny a chance to seduce various women and ponder his own existence.

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Picture - Chris Pontius Los Angeles, California, Thursday 18th November 2010

Chris Pontius Thursday 18th November 2010 The Wild And Wonderful Whites Of West Virginia Party at Smog Shoppe - Arrivals Los Angeles, California

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Jackass 3D Review


Weak
The knuckleheads are back with another collection of random acts of idiocy, this time with a 3D camera at their disposal. The result is slightly more controlled than before, but just as stupid.

Once again, the film jumps aimlessly from one clip to the next, hoping we find physical injury, constant laddish taunting and obsession with genitalia hilarious. To be honest, some of it is very funny, mainly because we can't believe that an adult would do something so stupid. Many of the gags involve throwing themselves into objects (or vice versa) like a live-action Road Runner cartoon with added bodily fluids. They have rather a lot of fun in the blast area of a massive jet engine and put themselves in jeopardy from some very large animals. One of the more outrageous bits involves playing tetherball with an angry beehive.

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Picture - Chris Pontius Hollywood, California, Wednesday 13th October 2010

Chris Pontius and Jackass Wednesday 13th October 2010 Los Angeles Premiere of 'Jackass 3D' at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre - Arrivals Hollywood, California

Chris Pontius and Jackass
Chris Pontius and Jackass
Chris Pontius and Jackass

Jackass: Number Two Review


OK
The sequel to Jackass: The Movie needs no special introduction. Anyone familiar with the classic MTV series that spawned the movies knows exactly what they're in for: 90 chaotic minutes featuring a bunch of idiots performing immoral and repulsive rituals. This sequel promises to be more absurd and grotesque than we've seen before, as if everything prior was merely child's play.

Does Jackass: Number Two live up to its promise? You bet it does, though that may not necessarily be a good thing. My unscientific running tally of the scenarios gives the absurd a slight edge over the tedious. The stunts that work best -- "Butt Chug," "How to Milk a Horse," and "Terror Taxi" -- are insanely funny from beginning to end. Often, these jokes are taken beyond their logical end to achieve an entirely new degree of humor or vulgarity. Equally commendable are several stunts like "The Switcharoo" that slowly build tensions toward highly rewarding climaxes.

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Jackass: The Movie Review


Good
Well that was an experience.

I'm three hours out of Jackass and I still don't know what to think. I know I didn't get the idea of Jackass going into the movie, and after some pontification I now think I know what the deal is... but still can't be sure. Three hours out and the only two things I know are that Jackass doesn't have a point and maybe, just maybe, that is the point.

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Jackass: The Movie Review


Unbearable

Strictly for shallow-end-of-the-gene-pool types who find professional wrestling and monster truck shows too sophisticated for their simple-minded tastes, "Jackass: The Movie" is exactly like "Jackass" the stupid-stunts-and-practical-jokes MTV show, except that the swear words aren't bleeped out.

Sure it's funny from time to time watching Johnny Knoxville and his low-watt drinking buddies (a grunting sub-frat-boy bunch sure to be living off welfare in their parents' basements once their 15 minutes of fame is up) as they perform tailgate-surfing-caliber dares on low-grade home video. When they play demolition derby with golf carts or rollerskate in the back of a delivery van while one of them drives it around violently -- in other words when they're trying to hurt only themselves -- "Jackass" has brief moments of hilarity.

But at least half the movie consists of contemptible practical jokes played on unsuspecting innocents -- wearing old-age makeup while crashing wheelchairs in busy intersections, for example. Or taking a dump in a display toilet at a hardware store. The fact that these dimwits (and their built-in audience) find it amusing to be cruel to strangers and broadcast the acts for public consumption provides a real decline-of-Western-Civilization element to the picture.

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