Love and Mercy (****) is the song we’ve been waiting for Wilson to sing

Wilson's life has been a blessed one, it's plain to those who have noticed. While not without trials, and a constant challenge of maintaining sanity and sobriety, Wilson has felt the warmth of the sun for some time. That the makers of the biopic should choose Love and Mercy as the title to their enterprise is not by accident. Many consider this a minor song in his catalogue, but it is not. The tenderness and simplicity of the song are on full display here, and they manage to make one realize that if it's not just the genius that so many people appreciate about him. It's his kindness and his simple message that love should rule the day. Questions of historical accuracy aside, they nail this basic truth.

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Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (***): Al Michaels’ Revenge

"The women that Cusack brought to the first film had no business coming back to this, especially without him there to pine over. What's left is every guy who spent most of their time since their late teens playing video games, eating foods high in carbs and spending too many weekend nights with their male friends. Not exactly the recipe for box office success, but I am pretty sure it will play decently on home video."

Forgotten Gem: High Fidelity is like singing in your sleep

High Fidelity - 2000 Directed by Stephen Frears Starring John Cusack, Iben Hjejle, Lisa Bonet, Jack Black, Todd Luiso, Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack, Catherine Zeta-Jones Screenplay D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, Scott Rosenberg and Cusack taken from the novel by Nick Hornby Mix tapes.  They've been lost in time, replaced playlists on iTunes.  It's not the same.  There was a time … Continue reading Forgotten Gem: High Fidelity is like singing in your sleep

The Raven: Is this John Cusack?

The Raven - 2012 Director James McTeigue Starring John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kevin McNally, Sam Hazeldine, Pam Ferris, John Warnaby Screenplay Ben Livingston, Hannah Shakespeare There is a movie here, a damn good one...somewhere.  Cusack bears a resemblance to Edgar Allan Poe and the idea of a true serial killing spree based on his … Continue reading The Raven: Is this John Cusack?