All star casts are interesting. I think they do them for different reasons. Jack Black and Roomey Mara have tiny roles and rarely intersect with the protagonist. Jonah Hill has a great role but, again, he isn’t seen as much. It felt like the story was too weak to not sell the film on an ensemble, but maybe that’s just me.
Director of: Drugstore Cowboy, Good Will Hunting, My Own Private Idaho, Milk, Elephant, Psycho, Finding Forrester. Need I say more?
It’s a good film, not a great one. Most the time you are caught up in the life and close up front face of an alcoholic, you can almost smell the booze. His cartooning was interesting but took way too long to get integrated into the plot. It felt like it was trying to recapture the magic of “American Spelndor.” Harvey Pekar was a similar character I think, minus the booze and the crippling accident. I think John Callahan’s life and art deserved more in a film presentation. 6/10.