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SAM ROCKWELL FLICKS

Updated: Sep 2, 2021


Rockwell Flicks With Billy Disaster #1 . Last nights movie was The Way Way Back starring Sam Rockwell.

We are off to one hell of a start to this series! This movie was downright solid.

The set up and overall story is a coming of age comedy/drama. It’s about a 15ish year old kid named Duncan (Liam James) who goes to his Mom’s asshole boyfriend’s (Steve Carell) vacation home in Cape Cod for the summer. Duncan is painfully awkward and shy partly due to his parent’s divorce etc.

In the 1st half hour or so we meet quite a few side characters including Rob Corddry and the awesome Amanda Pete and we get the vibe of the vacation town. Then…

Enter our man…Sam Mother Fuckin Rockwell. Exploring the town, Duncan meets Rockwell who invited him to come work for him at the local Water Park. And from here, for the next 45 minutes, SR gives one of the very best comedic performances I’ve ever seen. The screenplay was terrifically written and SR delivers his lines so intensely well with an excellent, laid back feel and perfectly perfect timing. It’s easy to see why he was nominated for the Academy Award for this role.

Another highlight was the teenagers in this. The acting by these kids was so spot on that it almost seemed like they were improvising.

There are a few more cool comedic performances here as well a few more dramatic roles. Which brings us to the drama.

This was made by the same guys that made Juno and Little Miss Sunshine and shared the same comedy/drama ingredients. The story hit painfully close to home for me and it made me cry. A few times.

Congratulations to Chris Workman for giving us the grading emoji for this series! You have a couple of weeks to decide the next genre. 5 Moons for The Way Way Back 🌔🌗🌓🌕🌖. Tonight’s movie will be Moon. ♥️You Billydisaster.com #moviereview #moviereviews #moviereviewer #samrockwell @officialsamrockwell @_sam_rockwell_2021_

Rockwell Flicks With Billy Disaster #2 . Last nights movie was Moon starring Sam Rockwell.

Take one part 2001: A Space Odyssey, one part Blade Runner and one part The Martian and you’ve got 2009’s Moon.

Our man, Sam Rockwell is a lone human manning a moon station that mines clean energy for earth. He’s not entirely alone as the station is equipped with a HAL like machine named GERTY who provides an ever present suspense as you don’t know if you can trust it. Like Alexa

While working one day he comes across a lunar vehicle that had crashed and what does he find inside of it? ANOTHER SAM ROCKWELL! He’s discovered a terribly injured clone of himself and…well…thats where the story gets interesting. I won’t spoil it for you but I will say that this ended up being a unique and emotional story about what happens when people fuck with A.I. Humans and genetic engineering.

SR is predictably awesome as 2 versions of his character. One being fresh faced and confident and the other damaged and vulnerable. Both are really likable and deep. The performance as a whole is actually pretty damn stunning. There are very few actors that could pull it off.

We’re 2 for 2 in this series! 5 Moons for Moon 🌖🌓🌔🌗🌕. Tonight’s movie will be Galaxy Quest. ♥️You. billydisaster.com #moviereview #moviereviews #moviereviewer #samrockwell @samrockwell_pics @dailysamrockwell @sam_rockwellofficial

Rockwell Flicks With Billy Disaster #3 . Last nights movie was Galaxy Quest starring Sam Rockwell.

How did this movie do this to me? It’s a silly parody of a Star Trekkish TV show, it’s cast and it’s super nerdy fans. SILLY! But this flick had me laughing, shedding a tear, and taking the entire story seriously. Every character was funny and engaging and I had a killer time watching it.

The humor in this was all about the timing of the delivery of some perfectly cast performers. My favorite being Teb played by Jed Rees. He plays a alien with the personality of a true conventional Trekkie nerd. Awkward yet comfortable in his geekiness. When Tim Allen confessed to Teb that he wasn’t really a space hero and just an actor, well, thats when I shed that tear. Another standout was Alexander Dane played by the late, great Alan Rickman (one of Mrs. Disaster’s favorite actors). Nobody on earth (or space) can play someone as annoyed with everything as Rickman.

The plot was about some desperate aliens that had received transmissions of Galaxy Quest the TV show from earth and thought it was actually real and considered them Historical Documents.

They’re being harassed by some asshole enemies and basically recruit the cast of the TV show to help save them. The story was well told and was super easy to follow along. It was a lot of fun. And the space adventure thematic music was spot on.

So far in this Sam Rockwell series, this was the weak link, but was still awesome. 4 Moons for Galaxy Quest 🌖🌓🌔🌗. Tonight’s movie will be Three Billboards. 🌗You billydisaster.com #moviereview #moviereviews #moviereviewsblog #galaxyquest #samrockwell @sam_rockwellofficial @officialsamrockwell @samrockwell_pics

Rockwell Flicks With Billy Disaster #4 . Last nights movie was Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson and Sam Rockwell.

Of the the roughly 205 flicks we’ve done in this billydisaster.com project, This one is easily in the top 5. What made this film extraordinary wasn’t any special effects or any kind of spectical. What made it extraordinary was the the incredible story, storytelling, and the artists that told it. What a flick!

I won’t give the plot away, but I’ll say that the attention to detail in order to make tell this story was absolutely perfectly perfect.

I’ll start with the acting. Frances McDormand’s role of Mildred Hayes is one of the very greatest bad asses in any movie I’ve ever seen. There is not a single person on earth who could have played it better than McDormand. Her performance was forceful, engaging, and downright important. And Woody Harrelson playing Chief Willoughby with such integrity and care that he did was phenomenal.

Sam Rockwell is a virtuoso in his role as a psychopathic, small town, asshole cop that had such intense depth and craft that I was stunned. It truly was incredible.

It would be wrong of me not to mention Caleb Landry Jones playing Kelby the billboard broker. That dude is a rising star.

Did I say I was just gonna start with the acting? There’s also the filmmaking, the music, and, again, the story. I am going to resist the urge to go on and on. I’ll just leave it with…If you’ve never seen this flick, do so ASAP! 5 enthusiastic Moons for Three Bilboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 🌓🌔🌗🌖🌕. Tonight’s movie will be Mr. Right. ♥️You billydisaster.com #moviereviewers #moviereview #moviereviews #moviereviewblog #samrockwell @sam_rockwellofficial @dailysamrockwell @officialsamrockwell @samrockwell_pics

Rockwell Flicks With Billy Disaster #5 . Last nights movie was Mr. Right starring Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick.

This one was almost like the story of when Pumpkin and Honey Bunny (Pulp Fiction) first met.

Rockwell is a professional hit-man with a care free and humorous personality. Kendrick is a single girl fresh off of a breakup with a flighty and immature personality. They meet at a convenient store and are immediately struck by each other. Love at first sight.

One of the few intriguing things about this flick is Rockwell never tries to hide the fact that he’s a killer from her. In fact he owns it really well and it’s kind of endearing.

The 1st half set up of this movie is very funny and everyone’s character development was clever and cool. (Like Mrs. Disaster).

However, the 2nd half begins to fall apart. It’s not that the story gets confused as there isn’t much story at all. It’s a fun comedy with some well timed gags with a good dose of decently choreographed violence. But these ingredients get misplaced in the last 40 minutes as if the writers ran out of energy and just went into paint by numbers mode.

Even so, this movie was still cool to watch until the end and it’s yet another great edition to our Rockwell Flicks series. 3 Moons for Mr. Right 🌓🌔🌗. Tonight’s movie will be Seven Psychopaths. ♥️You billydisaster.com #moviereview #moviereveiws #moviereviewer #samrockwell #mrright @officialsamrockwell @sam_rockwellofficial @samrockwell_pics

Rockwell Flicks With Billy Disaster #6. Last nights movie was Seven Psychopaths starring Sam Rockwell

If Kill Bill, Reservoir Dogs, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas had a little candlelight get together, got drunk, did some ecstasy, had a ménage, and got knocked up, the baby would be Seven Psychopaths.

This flick was trying hard to be a Quentin Tarantino movie, and does a pretty good job of it. The dialogue is not quite QT level but it’s in the same vein. The storytelling is a lot like Kill Bill and the wildness has the same dimples as Fear and Loathing.

I’m not gonna tell you the story, but I’ll say that there are a good number of standouts. My favorite being the performances of Tom Waits and Christopher Walken. They are both masters at just about everything they do and it’s on full display in this movie.

Our boy Sam Rockwell goes OFF here as well. His character is exhausting in its comedy and expressive intensity. He’s just so rad.

The weak link was Colin Farrell. I guess he’s supposed to be the boring one, and, well …he is. Except for his eyebrows. His eyebrows should get there own royalty checks from this flick. Were they fake?

The streak of cool Rockwell flicks continues! 4 Moons for Seven Psychopaths 🌖🌔🌗🌓. Tonight‘s movie will be The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. ♥️You Billydisaster.com #moviereview #moviereviews #moviereviewer #samrockwell @officialsamrockwell @sam_rockwellofficial @officialsamrockwell01 @dailysamrockwell @samrockwell_pics

Rockwell Flicks With Billy Disaster #7 . Last nights movie was The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy starring Sam Rockwell.

When I was a teenager, I went through the Douglas Adams books like the Tasmanian Devil. A few times. They fed my love of British humor that was introduced to me by Monty Python. It’s so unique in it’s play on the absurd and it’s dry delivery. Like someone saying “I’m gonna kill you and your family” in such a polite manner that you appreciate the well mannered gesture. Other obvious examples being The Princess Bride and The Office (British version).

I’m lucky that I had read the Hitchhiker book before seeing this flick. Otherwise I would have been lost and confused. Have any of you seen this without reading the book? I’d be curious to hear what you thought.

This movie was actually a cool adaption of the book. (Rare, I know)…Having a narrator guide us through was used in a very clever and creative way and helped make sense of the absurdity of the story.

Our boy Sam Rockwell is once again a one of a kind, high energy character and entertains in a way that is reminiscent of no one but himself. I really do love how original he is.

If you’ve never read the Hitchhiker’s series, do yourself a favor and do so. They’re a blast. And while this flick isn’t on the same level as the other Rockwell Flicks we’ve done, it’s still a fun and unique ride. 3 Moons for The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 🌔🌓🌗. Tonight’s movie will be Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. ♥️You billydisaster.com #moviereview #moviereviewer #moviereviews #samrockwell @officialsamrockwell @samrockwell_pics

Rockwell Flicks With Billy Disaster #8 . Last nights movie was Confessions of a Dangerous Mind starring Sam Rockwell, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and George Clooney (also the Director).

Drew Barrymore kicked ass in this flick. She was really fun to hang out with for a couple of hours with her cheery disposition and her big and loyal heart. She also has a mixed up vocabulary kinda like Ricky from Trailer Park Boy..”You’re an Oshiki-Nazi Jew”! ……”If you eat that you’ll get Montisorries Revenge!”.

This movie told the story of Chuck Barris (Rockwell) and his rise and fall in the television industry between 1961 till the end of the 70’s.

My kids don’t know anything about The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, or The Gong Show, but I watched those game shows all the time. I loved those old game shows and it was fun to witness some behind the scenes action in this movie.

Sam Rockwell plays the main character sympathetically and with tons of enthusiasm. He really made you feel Barris’ ups and downs as if no one else could have pulled off this role.

But then….Did you know that Chuck Barris was also an assassin for the CIA?? Well maybe he was, maybe he wasn’t (in real life), but this flick plays it off as if he was.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts act as Barris’ CIA contacts and the movie becomes half game show excitement and half CIA thriller. And Clooney, who makes his directorial debut, does a rad job of it. As absurd as the whole story is, Clooney makes good sense of it.

If you watched The Gong Show in the 70’s then you’ll dig this flick. Like I did. 4 Moons for Confession of a Dangerous Mind 🌔🌓🌗🌖. Tonight’s movie will be The Green Mile. ♥️You billydisaster.com #moviereview #moviereviews #moviereviewer #samrockwell @officialsamrockwell @samrockwell_pics @dailysamrockwell

Rockwell Flicks With Billy Disaster #9 . Last nights movie was The Green Mile starring Sam Rockwell and Tom Hanks.

The prison guard, Percy Wetmore (played by the perfectly cast Doug Hutchinson) may be in the top 3 biggest asshole, punk ass fuck faces in flick history! What a sinister prick! I wanted so badly for Hanks and his homies to lock Percy in a cell with that maniac Wild Bill (played by our boy Sam Rockwell).

Every character was perfectly cast and perfectly developed. Tom Hanks plays a death row head prison guard, Paul, as if the role was written for him. He is trusting and compassionate but still can be a forceful, almost military like leader. He befriends a new prisoner named John Coffey (The late Michael Clarke Duncan) who is wrongly convicted of a double rape and murder of two young girls. Coffey is the exact opposite of that douche bag Percy. He’s kind and comforting. The culmination of this friendship is so moving that you’ll run out of Kleenex. I’m still a little choked up.

There is a powerful scene where another inmate named Del (Michael Jeter) is facing his last hours before riding the lightning and is saying goodbye to his pet mouse Mr. Jingles. His execution is extraordinarily intense fueled by the humanity of almost everyone involved (including Del himself) as well as the cruelty of that son of a bitch Percy.

This movie was long. Over 3 hours long. But you know what? It used everyone of those minutes well to tell a beautiful and tragic story. I loved it. 5 Moons for The Green Mile 🌓🌓🌗🌕🌖. Tonight’s movie will be Vice. ♥️You billydisaster.com #moviereview #moviereviews #moviereviewer #samrockwell @officialsamrockwell @dailysamrockwell @samrockwell_pics

Rockwell Flicks With Billy Disaster #10 . Last nights movie was Vice starring Christian Bale and Sam Rockwell.

The very best thing about this flick was Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld. He was funny and charismatic and actually looked and sounded like Rumsfeld without it looking like he was doing an impression. Kinda like Dana Carvey’s George Bush Sr. on SNL. “Wouldn’t wanna do it, wouldn’t be prudent” .

That being said, everyone else in this movie looks like they’re doing an impression of their character. They’re pretty good impressions, (especially Rockwell doing George W), but impressions nonetheless.

If you ignore that this is based on true events, then this is an enjoyable watch. It’s cleverly made and kinda fun.

However, this movie stretches a lot of facts and is vindictive and condescending. I personally hate politicians and politics because it makes people..well.. vindictive and condescending.

While there are some entertaining scenes (particularly the restaurant scene), the story is poorly told and just feels like collection of complaints and conspiracy theories without being a good Conspiracy Flick.

I imagine that right wingers hate this movie and left wingers love it. I thought it was mediocre. 2 Moons for Vice .

Welp, that’s it for Rockwell Flicks. What a killer ride! My favorite was 3 Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. I hope you’ll join me for the next series…New York Flicks With Billy Disaster! Any suggestions? You billydisaster.com #moviereview #moviereviews #moviereviewer #samrockwell #vice @officialsamrockwell @dailysamrockwell @samrockwell_pics

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