Friday, May 10, 2019

And The Lord Taketh Away

I'm kind of sad that I've been so busy reviewing movies from the Tribeca Film Festival that I haven't had time to write up thoughts on the film Under the Silver Lake, which I stupidly watched on a down-night in the middle of the fest -- I should have waited, but my patience bust. It's a film that demands words though, so I'm hoping to watch it a second time soon and then I'll write something proper then. Have any of you seen it by now? I bring that up because our porky-pigging it boy Andrew Garfield just signed on for a new and exciting motion picture experience...

... he's going to play the Jim Bakker to Jessica Chastain's Tammy Faye (sidenote: I feel like Michelle Williams would've been perfect though) in a bio-pic about the snake-oil excuse me Chsitian superstars. No wait, I was right the first time. Tammy Faye of course saw the error of her ways later in her life sort of and became an LGBT activist of sorts, before succumbing to cancer in 2007. The 2000 documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye is unmissable. Jim Bakker on the other hand remains a sack of shit to this day. 

I feel weirdly connected to this story, not intimately or anything but as I grew up in an evangelical household I remember their show The PTL Club being a big part of my childhood, and everybody gaping in awe as their ridiculous house of cards fell down around them. It's a vivid memory of my early years, and might even represent one of the first cracks in my view of religion's respectable sheen. If this film (which will be directed by Michael Showalter) can capture some of that effect I'm all in. 

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