Most movies screen in advance for the press (and for anyone who can score a free ticket), so that reviews can be online and in print on the movie’s opening day. A few movies don’t, and this week, I can’t say I’m sorry to tell you that the auteurs behind “Jackass: 3-D” have declined to show their movie to the press, at least not in the Seattle area. “Jackass Number Two,” their previous offering, did screen, and I did review it, and, well, let’s just say that the movie serves rather effectively as a diet tool, as I didn’t want to eat or drink anything for some time afterwards. (Don’t say this blog never gives you lifestyle tips.) If you are unfamiliar with the “Jackass” phenomenon, my hat is off to you, and I’ll just say that it began as a TV show and involves a group of ever-grinning men (I was going to say young men, but I think they’re increasingly getting A Little Old For This, meaning that they’re all older than 11) performing a series of stunts that are either dangerous or truly disgusting, often both. I will say no more, as I’d like to have lunch at some point today. Other movies not screening for the press this month: “Paranormal Activity 2” and “Saw 3D”; make of that what you will. Off now, to go count my blessings (and meet a deadline). More later.
October 12, 2010 at 10:44 AM