Talking Movies with Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins on the set of his new show, 'Henry’s Film Corner'
Henry Rollins on the set of his new show, ‘Henry’s Film Corner’

Last week I got the opportunity to have a sit down with Henry Rollins, musician, writer, actor, and now the host of his own film critic series on IFC, Film Corner. I can’t say I was terribly familiar with him before getting this opportunity, so I didn’t know exactly what to expect upon meeting him. I did find, however, that he was very articulate and entertaining to listen to. Below is the back and forth we shared, which discusses his new series and his opinions on movies.

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Brad Bird makes Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles’ simply incredible

Pixar's 'The Incredibles'
Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles’

[rating=4]Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L Jackson, Jason Lee, Elizabeth Peña
Director(s): Brad Bird
Writer(s): Brad Bird

It would have been easy for this latest Pixar/Disney outing to pander to the cynical nature of a lowest common denominator movie audience. Easy to poke fun at its source material with an air of hindsight superiority. Easy to look down on the super hero/spy-fi efforts and styles of generations past. Easy to present us with a dysfunctional family that derides rather than supports, bickers rather than communicates. All for the sake of comedy. But this would have been the cheap and easy laugh. And there isn’t a mocking bone in this whole film.

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‘Shrek 2’ nearly outshines the original

Shrek and Donkey meet Puss in Boots in 'Shrek 2'
Shrek and Donkey meet Puss in Boots in ‘Shrek 2’

[rating=3]Starring: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, Julie Andrews, Antonio Banderas, John Cleese, Rupert Everett, Jennifer Saunders
Director(s): Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, Conrad Vernon
Writer(s): Story by Andrew Adamson, Screenplay by Andrew Adamson, Joe Stillman, J. David Stem, and David N. Weiss, Based upon the book by William Steig

Sequels. They are a tricky and sometimes disappointing follow ups to their successful predecessors. And while I wasn’t much of a fan of the original Shrek, its sequel proves far funnier and stronger.

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‘Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas’ puts Disney’s famed characters back in the spotlight

[rating=4]Starring: Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Huey, Dewey, Louie, Pluto
Director(s): Matthew O’Callaghan
Writer(s): Chad Fiveash, Peggy Holmes, Bill Motz, Matthew O’Callaghan, James Patrick Stoteraux

Mickey Mouse and Pluto in 'Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas'
Mickey Mouse and Pluto in ‘Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas’

It isn’t often, it seems, that Disney flashes the spotlight on its core characters these days. But the legendary animated figures such as Mickey, Donald and Goofy all get some attention this holiday season with the funny, enjoyable and beautifully animated collection of shorts in Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas.

A follow up to last year’s successful collection, this direct to DVD special features nearly flawless digital animation. And that animation is quickly highlighted in the first story, “Belles on Ice”, that stars Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck.

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‘Uncovered: The War in Iraq’ is more propaganda than sincere discussion

'Uncovered: The War in Iraq' takes a hard look at President George W. Bush and his administration
‘Uncovered: The War in Iraq’ takes a hard look at President George W. Bush and his administration

[rating=3]Director(s): Robert Greenwald

What can I say about this film? It presents a rather compelling dissection of the case for war in Iraq and its fallacies that the Bush Administration laid out in the days and weeks leading to the invasion. It features a collection of experts, from Robert Baer, a former CIA operative who worked in Iraq and Lebanon for more than 20 years; to Graham Fuller, the former Vice Chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA.

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‘Soldier’s Pay’ is a rarely honest documentary

'Soldier's Pay' provides a small insight into a large conflict
‘Soldier’s Pay’ provides a small insight into a large conflict

[rating=4]Director(s): David O. Russell, Tricia Regan, Juan Carlos Zaldivar

Soldier’s Pay was a short documentary that was supposed to accompany the DVD re-release of Three Kings, David O. Russell’s film starring George Clooney about a group of United States soldiers who attempt to steal millions in Iraqi gold during the first Gulf War. After it was completed, Warner Bros. elected to drop its plans to re-release the film on DVD, and severed its ties with the short.

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‘Festival Express’ explores the music of a little-known concert experience

'Festival Express' t-shirt serves as the cover art for this documentary
‘Festival Express’ t-shirt serves as the cover art for this documentary

[rating=3]Starring: The Band, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy Blues Band, Ian & Sylvia & The Great Speckled Bird, Janis Joplin, Mashmakhan, Sha Na Na
Director(s): Bob Smeaton

Seems to me that the concert experience in the early 1970s and before was vastly different than what you generally get today. Nowadays, you’re treated to fancy light shows and pyrotechnics, mixed with video screens and lip-syncing performers. But, back in the day, all there was was you and the musicians.

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