THE RUNAWAYS: JAILBAIT KICKS SOME MUSIC AND MOVIE ASS

I am not a “music” guy. Don’t get me wrong, I like music well enough, but it’s not that important to me like others around here. Blitz talks about bands and looks online for docs about bands. Stuntcock Mike is a musician that plays at least one instrument and is/has been in a band. Jarv worked in the music industry for years. To me that shows a passion for the subject that I lack. My taste runs to the mundane. I like what I like and most of that is on the Dean Winchester from Supernatural approved play list. I think most Rap, Emo/whiner rock, NuMetal, house, industrial, electronica, grind, trip-hop, boy bands, girl singers, modern country (I’m a big fan of 70’s era Outlaw Country) and every other sort of talentless, cynical money grab the music industry pushes nowadays is shit filled shit on a shit stick with a side of shit served on a shit plate.

Because my taste is firmly rooted in guitar rock I have always liked Joan Jett. She kicks ass and has a brash in your face persona, in public at least, that I like. Even though I like Jett’s music I didn’t know much about her or her past. Furthermore, I knew almost nothing about The Runaways past the song Cherry Bomb and the lead singer so this fine movie filled some rather large gaps in my rock ‘n’ roll knowledge.

For those that don’t know here are the basics of the movie. It’s 1975 and 17 year old Joan Jett, after meeting record producer Kim Fowley outside a night club in LA (where he perpetually hung out), puts together a hard rocking all girl band called The Runaways fronted by 15 year old Cherie Currie. The Runaways were a hard rock/glam/punk hybrid sort of band and the hook was all the musicians were teenagers hence the name The Runaways. The movie chronicles the rise of The Runaways from the days of playing house parties and practicing in a rundown trailer in the San Fernando Valley in California to the dizzying heights of gold records, world tours and the enviable crash due to what boys and girls? Yes, drugs and alcohol, big surprise. This movie is based on Currie’s book Neon Angel: The Memories of a Runaway and she worked with Dakota Fanning, who played her, as an adviser. Joan Jett served as an executive producer and resource to Kristen Stewart who played her in the movie. Because of the involvement of both of these women the movie oozed with authenticity you don’t usually see in biopics. The movie never shied away or minimized the bad choices the characters made with drug and alcohol, or sex (though almost zero nudity confound it) hetero, lesbian and group nor did it try and gloss over the negative effects of the choices that everybody made.

Before I go any further I think I need to do a bit of housekeeping. I am not going to review the movie in the traditional way talking about plot points and this and that. Instead I am going to break it down into various parts and talk about those parts and why I think they worked. Also, and I apologize for this but I couldn’t think of another way to write the review, I am going to have to go all Gingertownian sometimes and throw in a lot of personal junk in order to write this. Don’t worry, it won’t be long pointless stories about having breakfast, and then meeting Joan Jett at a comic convention in 1978 and how my pristine 45 of Cherry Bomb saved my life. Lastly, this review is going to run a bit long. Sorry, can’t be helped. So everybody clear? Good! Let’s get started.

First time director Floria Sigismondi, who also wrote the movie, did a mostly excellent job as writer/director. Her background as a music video director helped because she understands that world better than say a writer or director that has a more traditional movie resume. It also helps that she herself is a trained artist according to Wikipedia and her parents were opera singers in both Italy and later on in Canada. She has been immersed in the world of art and music her entire life and the results can be seen on the screen. The performance pieces of the Runaways are vibrant and alive with energy. More importantly though she was able to show the collaborative nature of music as it was before technology like Pro Tools was able to transform barely competent singers and musicians into music gods.

The early parts of the movie with Joan Jett learning how to play guitar and the reflexive misogyny (“girls don’t play electric guitar“) she faced or the scenes in the “rock ‘n’ roll boot camp that will make Vietcong training seem like it’s for pussies” had a valid and true sense of authenticity. In the hands of another director and different writers they might have glossed over or missed those important points of growth entirely. In the case of the Runaways movie, it was the exact right person to be the writer and director. I really think the movie would not have been half as good if somebody else had been in charge.

FANNING - CURRIE - KEOUGH

Next I want to talk about the casting and the acting. The actors that aren’t the focus of the movie are uniformly top drawer and as far as the Runaways go, the casting was surprisingly dead on in getting actresses that have a similar look like their real Runaway counterparts. Most of the other actress and actors in the movie are little more than bit players and aren’t really given much to do but they all do a good job with what they are given. The only secondary characters that gets any semi significant screen time is the actress that played Cherie Currie’s fraternal twin (in real life her identical twin) who has to keep everything together at home with a rummy dad and crappy living conditions and who desperately wants to be out on the road with her sister. I really felt badly for this character and how she was treated and how fundamentally decent she is. Riley Keough, who plays Marie Currie, looks like a slightly bigger version of Dakota Fanning. It’s sort of creepy actually how much they look alike facially.

The other actress I would like to mention is Scout Taylor-Compton who played the fierce, fiery and perpetually angry Lita Ford. She nailed the pre-blond, pre-sex kitten, angry rocker girlishness of Lita Ford in her small amount of screen time. There is a scene late in the movie where Lita Ford is yelling at Currie for pushing her looks over the band and the music. I found that to be interesting considering Lita Ford did the exact same thing in the 80’s, putting her admittedly good looks over her talent which she legitimately has. Its the subtle bits like that exchange that really show just how sharp and tuned in the screenplay is and those are the parts I truly appreciated. There are many such moments in the movie.

Now that we got the supporting staff covered let’s move onto the big guns of Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning and Michael Shannon whose characters are the focus of the movie and man did they all hit home runs. I am going to deal with each actor individually because they all deserve equal recognition for their work and all three of them bear an uncanny (fuck yes I have wanted to use the word “uncanny” in a review since I started doing this last year) resemblance to their real life counter parts. Fanning and Shannon especially so.

STEWART - JETT - FANNING - CURRIE

I am going to start off with Kristen Stewart because let’s be honest here she doesn’t exactly have a good rep since being in those god awful faux vampire/pale bony abusive glittery Englishmen movie/Mormon recruiting tools. Stewart is primarily known for her signature move of running her hands through her hair and putting her hair behind her ear, not exactly academy worthy acting there. I am happy to report that Stewart uses her “go to” move exactly once and she did it because her hair was wet and it made sense to do that. Kristen Stewart absolutely became Joan Jett physically, emotionally and mentally. Stewart was outstanding in this movie and it was really the first time I ever saw any glimmer of real talent from her. She simply was Joan Jett. From the way Stewart moved, held her ax, moved her fingers on the fret board, the way she held herself, Stewart became Joan Jett. With her angular face and the black wig she even looked a lot like the young Joan Jett.

The key to Stewart’s performance, in my opinion, is that she was able to let the shyness, vulnerability, humor and the sly playfulness that is the essence of Joan Jett come through. I know, I know, she has that “hard” rocker exterior but I always felt that was more showmanship than anything. When you watch a performance of Jett either in a video or on stage I always thought I could see in her eyes a little gleam or glint that says this is all BS but in a good natured way. Stewart captured that glimmer perfectly.

Dakota Fanning has always been talented but extremely off putting in her adult-like self possession as a child. Now that she is around fifteen the weirdness has disappeared but the talent remained. I totally bought her as 15 year old girl in 1975. Why did I buy into her totally? Easy. I’m old enough to remember 1975. I was 6 and spent a lot of time around girls that age because I got dumped on them as they were my wardens when my maternal figure would take off and before the old man came and got me.

I didn’t know jack diddly about Cherie Currie but I know the type. A lonely basically empty kid of divorce who was the child of a hard core alcoholic father whom she loves and a mother obsessed with having a famous child. I can relate to the alcoholic part, again the maternal figure, but in her defense she was also nuts and was self medicating but kids of alkies and junkies get the shit end of a really long stick. Lots of times you become an enabler or become cold and distant, preternaturally mature at a young age. Sometimes with boys you become angry and violent.

With Cherie Currie you got the giant unfulfillable void. Drugs, alcohol, relationships, fame, you can never get enough of anything to make you feel whole for very long. Fanning got this and was note perfect in her portrayal of Currie. From the naive desire for fame to the depth of the drug fueled screw ups, Fanning never hit a false note. She was staggeringly good in her portrayal of the Cherry Bomb. I predict she is going to round up a bunch nude gold statues before she done acting.

SHANNON - FOWLEY

Lastly there is the force behind the scenes the record producer Kim Fowley played by Michael Shannon who was a revelation in his part. The whole movie I sat there and wondered who Shannon was and then I realized that he was “that guy”. You know the type the guy you sort of recognize from other things but don’t know his name. As Kim Fowley, Michael Shannon was fantastic. Fowley really is the one that made the Runaways the RUNAWAYS. He recognized the genius of Joan Jett’s idea, he put her in touch with drummer Sandy West, the co-founder of The Runaways. Fowley, along with Joan Jett, found Cherie Currie and her Bridget Bardot-like look, which is what Fowley was looking for. It was an added bonus that Cherie Currie could sing and had stage presence. Fowely co-wrote most of the songs and he did actually co-write and didn’t just award himself a writing credit and he did all the production.

The real genius that Fowley had was putting the Runaways through “rock ‘n’ roll boot camp” which was one of the best parts of the movie. Those rehearsals took place in a tiny run down trailer in the San Fernando Valley. Fowley taught the fledgling girl rockers to find their musical “dicks” in those early days and rock it like men. Without that training I don’t think the Runaways would have amounted to much. He, more than anybody, toughed them up for the long road ahead of them

As Fowley, Michael Shannon kicked ass up and down. He was creepy and lecherous and demanding and paternal and a scumbag yet oddly protective, all in the space of like one minute. Shannon was able to display all the complexities inherent in a person like Kim Fowley and he was able to express what made somebody like that tick. His acting was just incredible. Out of everybody in the movie, when he was on camera I couldn’t stop watching him even if he was just in the background of a shot. Michael Shannon was that compelling.

The last area of the movie I want to commend is in the technical realm of movie making and it deserves a big ‘atta boy and this is an area that I almost never notice and to be honest usually don’t care unless it sucks.

I did my due diligence and talked with my Hollywood contacts (yes I really have some very important types also) to make sure I gave props to the right groups, the production designer did a great job, the movie feels authentic as hell unlike other period pieces I have seen. Take for instance The Hot Tub Time Machine. I thought that movie felt like I was watching a modern take on the 1980’s, like they bought a big box with the words “1980’s stuff” stenciled on the top. The Runaways on the other hand felt entirely organic in the set dressing, the wardrobe, the vehicles and everything like that. Kudos to all in involved.

The next tech area I want to give recognition to is the cinematography and editing at least I think that is the right place. ContinentalOps can fix all that I will probably get wrong. Since Conti is an editor and a good brah, I’ll start there. Editing isn’t anything I notice normally unless it is clunky and The Runaways isn’t. The movie is slickly edited and flows like an uninterrupted stream.

The way the movie was shot was interesting and maybe it was just me but it seemed like they changed it up during the course of the movie. At first it was bright and shiny and full of light and everything was in sharp focus. As the movie progressed and the characters became more fractured and the booze and drugs take hold, the way the movie looked became darker sort of muddy or maybe muddled and the focus become softer. Maybe that was just me though. If it was intentional it worked like a charm and added to the sense that the characters had changed and not for the better.

Also the make up people did a good job in reflecting the toll the Runaway’s lifestyle was taking on them. At the beginning of the movie Jett and Currie were fresh faced and clear eyed and had clear complexions. By the end they looked horrible with bad skin, dark bags under their eyes and washed out complexions. Both of them were still teenagers and looked like 40 year old coke whores. The drugs and booze, they always get their pound of flesh in the end.

Was everything perfect in the Runaways? No. One problem was watching a 14/15 year old girl parade around in platforms, fishnets, garters and a bustier. I realize that is what Currie wore on stage sometimes but still, I’m not Roman Polanski so I felt a bit uncomfortable watching it. I also winced when Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning swapped spit. Again, I am missing the Roman-Polanski-Underage-Poon-Lusting-Gene (Xiphos Enterprises, All rights reserved) so I was again uncomfortable watching it.

So here we are, finally, at the end of this looooong long review. Thank you for staying till the end and I hope it was worth it and made you want to catch this excellent movie which I can’t recommend enough.

Mahalo,

Xiphos


http://www.cheriecurrie.com/

http://joanjett.com/index.html
http://therunaways.com/

The Runaways trailer

Cherry Bomb

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88 responses to “THE RUNAWAYS: JAILBAIT KICKS SOME MUSIC AND MOVIE ASS”

  1. Continentalop says :

    Now this is a fucking review!

    Fuck, I was really, really, really hoping this movie sucked dicks because I am so busy of late and the Film Noir Festival is coming up, but this review makes me realize that I will have to take time to see it.

    • koutchboom says :

      Ahhhhhhhhhhhh you didn’t see it. PANTS!

    • xiphos0311 says :

      Thanks for the compliment, I figured if I named checked enough people I would get positive reviews.

      Conti it is a very very well put together movie and if you carve out the time i thing you will enjoy it.

    • kloipy says :

      I’ll 2nd Conti, this is a great review Xi and this really makes me want to check this out now.
      Great nod to Michael Shannon. He’s a fantastic actor (Bug, and his few scenes in Revolutionary Road) and I’m pysched to see him in this and the upcoming Herzog film he’s in

      • koutchboom says :

        Michael Shannon was the BOMB! in Groundhogs Day.

      • xiphos0311 says :

        Like i said recognized him but I didn’t know his name he was “that guy”. I can’t even begin to describe how damn good he was in this.

      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah he’s going to be the Air to the Throne of Williem Dafoe.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Michael Shannon was the best thing about Revolutionary Road. Bug was great as well. Even if that movie scares me because I could see ending up like the Bug lady!!!

  2. Continentalop says :

    And I have always had a crush on Cherrie Curie since seeing her with my other youthful crush Jodie Foster in FOXES.

  3. Continentalop says :

    Oh, and 100% agree on Outllaw Country. Modern country sucks save for one or two little known artist. Give me Cash, Willie, Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings any day (plus Loritta Young, Hank Williams & some of No Show George Jones).

    David Allen Coe might be too much of an Outlaw for me…

    • xiphos0311 says :

      70’s country kicks serious ass.

      Coe was an Outlaw? For some reason I thought he was a PAGAN. Oh well its 0425 hrs WTF do i know?

      Even though Coe was a shameless self promoter he still was a damn good song writer and Long Haired Redneck was personal anthem growing up even though I didn’t have long hair. The Ride is a great song so is If That Ain’t Country. Might have to download some songs to listen to at PT.

      • Continentalop says :

        Actually, I wasn’t even thinking what gang Coe rode with when I said it, but looking him up on Wikipedia it says he is a member of the Outlaws.

        Brings new meaning to Outlaw Country.

    • M. Blitz says :

      I’d go so far as to say 20’s-70’s country kicks serious ass. Listening to Johnny Cash, the Carter Family, Hank Williams is like going to church for me. Love some Webb Pierce and Marty Robbins as well.

      And hey, the 80’s at least had The Highwaymen–most awesome ‘supergroup’ ever. Even if 80’s production values leave something to be desired….I’m with Conti re: David Allen Coe, though. Just can’t hang with the Coe!

      Damn. This is making me want to go watch Nashville again….

      • xiphos0311 says :

        Highway Men kicks a lot of ass!

        Marty Robbins is from Glendale AZ when it used to be a farming town. Downtown there use to be a little museum dedicated to him but I don’t know if it is still there.

      • M. Blitz says :

        OH man. I used to make my grandma play El Paso and Streets of Laredo over and over again. She had a framed photo of Marty that she kept in a drawer. She sang locally as a teenager, and claims to have opened up for Johnny Cash when he came to her town, back when he was still playing country dances. She’s an opiate addict going back to before I was born so we take what she says with a big ol’ grain of salt, but I kind of believe it.

        As for The Highwaymen, sometimes when I get bummed out I put this on:

        http://tinyurl.com/ya2pq4

        And it cheers me right up! Fucking Johnny Cash singing about piloting a frickin’ star ship! And Kristofferson’s voice is so charmingly bad, while Willie’s is so charmingly good. And can’t forget Waylon… Goddamn!

      • xiphos0311 says :

        Blitz thank you for that highwaymen link I love that song but they also had a link to a Highwaymen version of City of New Orleans and a link to The Jerry Reed version of the song. I am happier then a pig in shit at the moment City of New Orleans is one of my favorite songs. So thank you again!

      • M. Blitz says :

        City of New Orleans! That song gives me a pang, awww. And the version that’s up is great. Willie!

      • Continentalop says :

        Can’t believe I forgot to name check Marty Robbins. Gunfighter and Trial Ballads is a great album.

        And Charlie Pride was another country singer who’s stuff I could handle.

        Love Nashville. Great film. The actual city can get blown up for all I care. Johnny Cash was right in giving them the finger.

      • M. Blitz says :

        In the intro to Coal Miner’s Daughter, Loretta Lynn talks about the movie Nashville and how she and Doo just don’t get why people think Barbara Jean is based on her. And she sounds so crazy just like Barbara Jean! It’s pretty awesome.

        Love Nashville…

      • Continentalop says :

        MB, did you ever hear Loretta Lynn’s album Van Lear Rose? It was pretty good, and I thought her duet with Jack White on Portland Oregon was pretty rocking (even if his voice sounded more feminine then hers).

      • M. Blitz says :

        Yeah, Van Lear Rose ain’t bad! Loretta totally puts Jack to shame on that duet, though. I was pleasantly surprised by that album. High On A Mountaintop gets stuck in my head sometimes…

      • M. Blitz says :

        I mean, it’s no Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’, ha ha, but what is??

  4. jarv says :

    Problem with the Industry now is there’s no intention to try for any sort of longevity.

    Why would you bother with a boot camp, when you can pick a few identikit fuckers off a talent show, shift a lot of product quickly, and let them disband in a year.Hollywood seems to be doing the same. I blame the rise of accountants and MBA’s.

    I’m ambivalent to biopics as a rule. I quite like Sid and Nancy for example, but still haven’t forgiven Mrs. Jarv for inflicting Walk the Line on me.

    Biopics I don’t want to see: the rise of clodplay- no sex, no drugs and no rock and roll.

    • xiphos0311 says :

      Jarv I agree about biopics usually they aren’t for me because they tend to gloss over or try to rationalize bad choices or behavior. SID & Nancy Didn’t do that and the Runaways is WAY more Sid & Nancy in tone and quality then most other biopics.

      you know it’s funny i had a line in the review about lawyers but i took it out…

      • Jarv says :

        It’s funny that you say Lawyers, but in my experience it ISN’T lawyers that drive a lot of the shit thinking- it’s Accountants. For example, we could never convince our FD that he had to authorise a License Fee on the new material on this catalogue we had. He couldn’t see beyond the short term bottom line. We kept arguing that we needed it as the catalogue we worked on was dead, and pointing out that the fee was an advance so it didn’t matter if we didn’t pay it off for years. Also, we needed the material for two reasons, credibility and commitments that we had to Licensees. Net result- we lost the new material, credibility and another label swept up. A complete fiasco.

        Also, I had Stewart down as a black hole of talent before I saw Fierce People.

        Maybe she doesn’t suck and is purely in it for the money.

      • Jarv says :

        They just seem to love revelling in the misery- Walk the Line was despicable in this regard. Johnnie Fucking Cash crawling around in the mud trying to get a tractor out so he could win Daddy’s approval leaping to mind.

        And Ray was shit as well.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Sid and Nancy is wonderful. Fucking great movie. Alex Cox doesn’t get nearly enough credit….

        Walk the Line is awful! Really, really bad…Can’t believe how absurdly hyped that movie was, too.

      • xiphos0311 says :

        Between The Runaways and Fierce people I think you are right about Stewart she was really damn good.

      • koutchboom says :

        She was pretty awesome in Jumper as well.

    • Continentalop says :

      Raging Bull was a great biopic. Didn’t pull any punches on Jake LaMotta.

  5. M. Blitz says :

    Glad to hear the movie isn’t shit, because I was probably gonna end up watching it either way. Was really stoked on Joan as a kid! One of the people who made me want to try & play guitar.

    • xiphos0311 says :

      Nope Blitz this is the opposit of shit and I gained a lot more respect for Jett because of some of the choices she made and due to the fact she was really the one that held everything together.

      Damn I didn’t know you played. Sorry I short changed you in the opening. I was trying to buy some love by name checking anybody I could reasonable shoe horn in that long rambling mess.

      • M. Blitz says :

        There’s an interesting doc on the Runaways, called Edgeplay, mostly recommended because of lots of Lita and Sandy West. Oddly, Joan isn’t interviewed in it it at all. But it was made by one of the gals who played bass after Jackie Fox.

  6. Tom_Bando says :

    This was really good. Xiphos done dood hisself proud w/ this here review.

    Jarv would know this better than me-there was a proto-Joan Jett type in England who did really well for some years there-Suzi Quatro. (You know her as Leather Tuscadero on Happy Days here and for Stumblin In). So it’s no surprise some producer from over that way would try to foist what worked there over here. Sometimes it works(Sweet) and sometimes it doesn’t (Marc Bolan/T. Rex)-they do great in England and then bomb (more or less) here. Doesn’t matter that Bolan was bigger and better than Sweet over there-here-just never really connected.

    Anyways. I will be sure to check this out. I can well remember hearing ‘I Love Rock and Roll’ in early ’82, when that thing just took off and was on the radio 20 times an hour it seemed–and wondering Joan Jett WHO?? I always liked the Bloom County knockoff of her, Tess Turbo.

    Worked for me.

    • M. Blitz says :

      Suzi Quatro’s sister was in an all-gal band called Fanny, they got together in the late 60’s and were releasing major-label records starting in I think `72? Possibly ’71. They did not sound like the Runaways.

      And apparently Tina Weymouth from Talking Heads learned to play bass by playing along with Suzi Quatro records, which has nothing to do with anything. I really enjoy listening to Suzi when I’m in the right mood.

      • Jarv says :

        I actually used to know Suzy Q personally. She’s a tiny bassist that had a number of hits in the UK

      • M. Blitz says :

        You know St. Suzi??? Lucky Jarv!

      • xiphos0311 says :

        They reference Suzi Quatro a lot in the movie as the person that gave Joan Jett the idea for the all girl kick ass rock band. And for her clothing choices. There is a very early scene where she something like I want he Suzi Quatro special or something.

  7. Stuntcock Mike says :

    I liked the Boot Camp thing as well.

    I cringed in my seat for the Jett/Currie kiss as well, but for a different reason.

    I probably had some sort of semi for about 60% of this film.

    My only complaint?

    Needed more Lita Ford.

    • xiphos0311 says :

      I agree about them short changing Lita Ford to bad since the actress was a dead ringer for the 18 year old Lita. She did good with her limited screen time

      **********SPOILER**********

      Those scenes in the trailer were funny as hell when Fowely got the trailer park kids to hurl cans and dog shit at them from like 2 feet away.

      **********END SPOILER********

  8. Continentalop says :

    BTW, weird news I just heard. The bassist for Slade was once engaged to fucking Rose West, former husband of Fred West and one half of the sickest serial killing couple in Britain since the Moor Killers (in fact sicker).

    To give credit to Slade, they kicked out the bassist once they heard about it.

    Run, Runaway. See a chameleon lying in the sun.

    • koutchboom says :

      Who are the ones that the Red Riding trilogy is based on?

      • Continentalop says :

        I think that was based on Jack the Stripper. I could be wrong.

        Fuck. You just reminded me koutch that they were playing that trilogy at the Egyptian two weekends ago. I fucking missed it.

      • koutchboom says :

        All three in a row?

        hahah actually I was at Eberts site when he reviewed A Prophet a couple weeks ago and I clicked on what I thought was the link to that review and saw a runtime of 300 something minutes and i was like!!! WHAT THE FUCK! Then I realized I clicked on his Red Riding trilogy review.

        I’ve been dying to see both those movies.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Conti, I was SO jealous of you living in L.A. when i saw that they were screening Repo Man and Buckaroo Banzai with Harry Dean, Miller, Olivia Barash and RoboCop all in attendance!

        Been really wanting to see the Red Riding trilogy, as well.

      • Continentalop says :

        I take that back. I think it is based on the Yorkshire Ripper.

        Fucking limeys have tons of sick fucks on one island.

      • koutchboom says :

        Yeah you would resort to that too if you lived there. Getting rained on 90% of the time.

      • Jarv says :

        It’s only that we tend to catch ours. Unlike a certain tubby nation I could mention.

        Also, we get like one or two bad ones a decade. The Wests were the 90’s, Sutcliffe was the 80’s, Neilsson (one sick fuck) was the 70’s, the Moors Murderers (although they didn’t actually kill that many people were the 60’s.

        Our worst in history is this decade- and his bodycount stands at an estimated several hundred: Dr. Shipman.

  9. koutchboom says :

    I think my favorite bio flick is Lenny.

  10. abominablesnowcone says :

    I’m late to the party; been busy. Nice to finally check this out. Love what you’ve all done with the place. Mr. Chang would be–and is–proud.

    So who among y’zall here have wordpress sites? What should I know? I may shorten my TB name here to “Abom” or something–I just get tired of typing it all the time Sigh…

  11. abominablesnowcone says :

    Re: Suzy Quatro — I loved that “Stumblin’ In” song as a kid. Even did a cover it. Jarv if you see Suzy again I humbly request a Suzy official autographed photo. I won’t even mind if she’s dressed in it

    • Jarv says :

      Not a chance. I haven’t seen her since I left the Industry years ago- she was connected to the boss, and used to come in to the office all the time.

      She is FUCKING TINY.

  12. Stuntcock Mike says :

    Suzi could kick Jett’s ass with a smile on her face the whole time.

    Seriously, your what, 5’2″ and you play this 40lb Gibson bass?

    Back the fuck off Joan.

  13. Bartleby says :

    Xi, Im late on this, but man what a stellar review. This is awesome, makes me feel like I don’t even need to review it.

    It’s refreshing to find a good movie among the crap isn’t it?

    I’d say you are pretty spot on with your review. Seeing Clash of the Titians tomorrow night and suspect that won’t be the same seven flavors of awesome.

    • xiphos0311 says :

      It’s refreshing to find a good movie among the crap isn’t it?

      Yes yes it is.

      So far this year I’ve been pretty lucky I’ve seen 4 movies and three of them have been great. If this was baseball I’d be batting .750 right now.

      You’ve seen the movie right Jonah? what did you think?

  14. Tom_Bando says :

    This was Xiphos doing what Xiphos does best. I think this would even play in Kingman.

  15. herr milflover says :

    Great review Mr. Xiphos.
    To quote Marge Simpson: “very thorough”.
    Not a big fan of biopics in general, so I dont really plan on seeing this. I’ll just go watch Joan sing I Hate Myself For Loving You on youtube. Nice to know Stewart can act after all, but she has a lot of working out to do before her ass looks even a tenth as awesome as Joan’s.

    And Dakota Fanning still looks like a damn 10 year old kid in those pics, it’s creepy as hell!

    • xiphos0311 says :

      Milf I would suggest that if you enjoy good movies, no matter what the genre, catch the Runaways on Dvd or cable or what ever medium you chose to view movies.

      It is a very good movie. At the very least it’s not boring and it is entertaining.

  16. herr milflover says :

    And that Shannon guy looks like a serial rapist in that purple shirt.

  17. MORBIUS says :

    Xi,
    Great write-up man, really looking forward to this now. I’ll probably get crucified for this but I really like The Buddy Holly Story, thought Busey did an excellent job. And on a somewhat related note, in the back of my head I fuzzily remember someone here is a fan of the British Invasion group that nicked their name from Buddy……the Hollies.

  18. xiphos0311 says :

    Why the heck are you people searching out this movie? It bombed. Still a good movie but it withered on the vine.

  19. xiphos0311 says :

    It’s the Abusive Joseph Smith vampire movies that’s driving traffic here right?

    Fess up Twatlighters.

    • Jarv says :

      I’m nearly certain it’s the emo bastards driving the Fierce People hits as well.

      I’ve got a lawn you fuckers can mow seeing as you like cutting things so much you even do yourselves.

      • xiphos0311 says :

        Yeah I meant to say something about that on your post but I got busy returning a bunch of emails and forgot. I’ll go ahead and it now.

  20. lubię placki says :

    Great review and great movie – one of my all-time favourites. Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning really kicked ass!

    Cheers!
    – Jack

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Jack,

      I’m glad you enjoyed my review. The Runaways was a surprisingly well crafted movie and made me do a complete 180 in my thinking about the acting skills of Kristen Stewart, she really delivered in the movie.

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