On The Moon is
the story of Andy Kaufman. Best known as the idiot immigrant,
Latka, on the 80's show Taxi.
Kaufman is often referred to as 'ahead of his time' by the, um,
press. The current (1999) press that is. Spare me with a blunt
butter knife please. Back in his zenith 1983/84 (?), when he was
everywhere you looked back then for comical stress relief (the
still funny SNL or the wisecracking fresh faced David Letterman-before
he hated his job and when he still just hated people) you
heard the press whine about how very much they despised
Andy's 'style' and wished he'd retire from the scene. Press
is press I suppose. Andy's "in" again, so they take
a spin ride...
you know death plus one year = comedy? Well, press feels death
plus Hollywood backing = overtly fluffy reworking of printed-
documented -opinions without guilt.
was a comic. Granted a comic with powerful people around
him- hence the 'ahead of his time' tag instead of the 'whack job
with warts' obituary. But, he was a comic. Comics are a special
breed. They will try anything for a laugh. They don't care
if it doesn't get a laugh all the time, most are up there for
themselves not you. Their verbal therapy if you will. Which
works for all when it works.
used a good old fashioned schtick (impressions and accents matched
with monotone expressions) in his act. And underneath, I don't
think, he was all that funny.
When things go to the level of absurd that Kaufman brought things
to, with his insulting characters or wrestling scam, we laugh
-nervously- like when your 86 year old grandmother trips
down the ice and flies at about 102 MPH towards the on coming
dump truck in the road...you don't mean to laugh. We kind
of project ourselves up on the stage
and feel bad for this clueless individual, then laugh so
he won't go home and kill himself cause he really sucked. Kaufman
seemed to use this psychology in his favor- in his act. It bored
me. Too helter-skelter off. Too out-there for me and maliputive.
I never dug Kaufman. But, I respected what he was about---BALLS.
Big bouncy steel ones... Man On The Moon is a glimpse into
his rise to stardom and his ultimate death by a rare lung cancer.
was entertaining- not the cancer- the biography. Carrey was fab
per u-shoe-all. But, the story had holes and gaps. We never really
got to see the 'real' Kaufman, aside from a soft spoken oddball
hell bent on just one more practical prank on the world.
Love plays Kaufman's girlfriend. Sometimes elements other than
your talent stand in the way of a good performance...script...director...flu.
So we'll leave it at that, because I really think she's usually
Giamatti is here. He's someone you know you just don't know you
know. A great actor. Also, Danny
"Do no wrong except for that suck ass Twins'' DeVito
plays super Hollywood agent/producer George Shapiro. He was wonderful.
See this immediately
if your a Carrey fan. He's diabolically good as Kaufman. But a
warning, an A&E biography on Kaufman Man on the Moon
aint. Your not gonna learn anything here folks.
Best picture say
Golden Globes? No way. Carrey or Love must be doing the dirty
with a Golden Globe judge. Good? Yeah,
if you wanna know about a comic who was more a cult idol
than mainstream funny. MOTM is interesting if not riveting
cinema. Best actor...absolutely. Carrey
Milk and Cookies
James Carrey, Danny DeVito, Courtney Love, and Paul Giamatti.