What can I say? This movie was not as good I thought it was going to be. If you like when new movies lend themselves to the late 80′s/90′s in terms of cinematography then you might like it more. I personally don’t care either way but I thought Wall Street had more weird/cheezy Batman and Full House tv show esq scenes and transitions than it had great ones. Thanks Ollie. At least you can’t knock Stone’s work ethic; he directs what seems like two movies a year now. The characters were interesting of course considering the great cast. The young blood definitely held their own, but for all intents and purposes Michael Douglas and Josh Brolin are really the ones who make it worth it. The love scenes were sweet, mostly lame, but mannnn Carrie Mulligan is so precious…and of course you know our boy Boof does it again! Burt Fox (not the Don’t Cry Records DJ), I mean Charlie Sheen also with a small but forgettable cameo. Overall it had some moments but not enough of them. Top of the box office though (19 million in the first weekend). Guess money never really does sleep…does it? except when it’s yours and in a coma. 2/5
photo by Todd Westphal
Me, Sean, and Cage wake up at Aes‘s and meet Timmy and Chauncey outside. We still have to pick up Todd at his uncles in Oakland. SF was good to us. We drive a few hours and we’re starving our asses off. We opt for Del-Taco instead of Subway. I like some Del Taco every once in a while so I’m into it. There is a stretch of road when you are driving from SF to LA on I-5 where it gets super hot, like desert hot, and there are signs for you to shut your air conditioner off because chances are you will overheat somewhere along the way. And without fail there are always cars on the side of the road steaming with their hoods open. This time there was a cab of a truck smoking and it was obvious by what was left of the skeleton that it went up in flames and burnt to a crisp not too long before we got there. We finally pull up to the El Rey theater after sitting in LA traffic. Tonight seems like it will be the biggest show of the tour. The El Rey is an awesome venue; really sick sound, floor, staff, backstage. It’s just top notch and a prestigious place to play. I’ve played here once before with EL-P also. This time I think I’m more prepared but a little more anxious about everything, especially since still I’m trying to bounce back from feeling like shit from days before. There are already some fans outside. The night is underway and my good friend, and founder of SCIFEN, Barmak Badaei, came through and we kicked it. Also surprise cameo’s from our Cardboard City brother Shia “Beouf” LaBeouf as well as EL-P. LA Weekly was also there covering the show and took some awesome pictures which you can check out HERE. Showtime and I walked out to a screaming mob. Adrenaline took over and by the time I got off I was soaking wet to the point where I had to towel off and change clothes. Cage went up and lit the place up, literally, as the strobe light flashed through his set. It was a great performance solidifying LA as one of the best cities of the tour, if not the best, yet. We take it to the afterparty at an undisclosed location and cap off the night. WE WIN.