In today’s post-weekend what’s-up, we’ve got the skinny on ‘Ghostbusters’ reviews, a look at Lori Petty’s take on Lolly in ‘Orange Is the New Black,’ and more. It’s Daily Blunt time, culture-vores.
Remember that time four female comedians ruined a childhood institution and used nuclear-powered lasers to eradicate every penis in North America? Yeah, neither does Metacritic: Reviews impartially compiled by the aggregator show that “Ghostbusters” has opened to generally favorable response. Note that those are reviews by actual critics; members of the Film subreddit have pointed out that negative reviews on their site are getting far more upvotes from users, despite Rotten Tomatoes also rating the film (as of this posting) seventy-seven percent fresh. It appears that despite a vociferous campaign to disparage the film, the quality of the final product has shone through. But that just inspires an even bigger, somewhat related question: Will people show up to watch it?
While the fate of Poussey obviously (and justifiably) continues to resonate with “Orange Is the New Black” viewers — especially in light of current events unfolding across the country — we’re also still coping with what happened to Lolly, played to the hilt by oddball actress Lori Petty. In an incredibly candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Petty describes what it’s like to work on a set jam-packed with incredible thespians, why she thinks you’d be lucky to have Lolly as a friend, and why she’s pretty sure the character will be returning next season. She also reminds fans of the reality faced by homeless and mentally ill people who don’t have the luxury of walking off a set at the end of the day: “Do you know what it feels like, to have somebody not look at you on purpose? It’s a very sad life.”
Start preparing to see David Bowie on the big screen again — and to have no idea what’s going on. The star’s 1976 movie “The Man Who Fell to Earth” has been digitally restored and will return to theaters this September, all but guaranteeing a situation where fans show up in droves and pretend to be able to follow the film’s strange (even by 1970s standards) narrative about a glamorous alien’s quest for water for his home planet. If you want to start pre-gaming, you can read a book partially inspired by the viewing experience: the protagonist of Philip K. Dick’s VALIS becomes obsessed with a movie that’s clearly modeled on Bowie’s, although the famous glam-rock star in Dick’s version is named Mother Goose.
You may never have noticed, but there’s a hole in the world where the Jurassic Park animated series ought to have been. A video dug up by SlashFilm shows exactly how far producers ventured down this treacherous path before relegating the project to the annals of prehistory. As a bonus, we learn (at around 4:40) how the most recent attempt to animate Michael Crichton’s cautionary tale actually influenced the storyline of “Jurassic World.” Enjoy below!