When Mickey's crazy step-son Leon is killed in a construction 'accident', nobody in the working class neighborhood of God's Pocket is sorry he's gone.

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I don’t need to tell you that no one speaks like this in the real world and it’s the kind of overwritten dialogue that may work fine on the page in Dexter’s novel but feels false on the big screen, especially in a project that needed either stark realism or the kind of black comedy approach that the Coens bring to their films—not the gray area in between.

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The lowdown: One of Hoffman's last movies is an uneasy mix of downbeat drama and violent comedy that doesn't take advantage of a strong cast and source novel. Square Enix’s Final Fantasy VII Remake ends with a twist that sends the original game’s plot in a new direction. (15) John Slattery, 89 mins Starring: Christina Hendricks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eddie Marsan, Caleb Landry Jones. Rick is often called upon to do battle with these super entities, some of which are really impressive, extremely powerful, and super weird. According to Variety, “the story follows a 16-year-old international assassin yearning …. Its cast features some of Hollywood's most redoubtable character actors, among them Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his final appearances before his untimely death earlier this year. Marsan has always played slimy with ease. They see the humour and pathos in stories that, in their basic details, are often sordid or banal. His understatement adds poignancy and humour to a role that could easily have slipped into sub-Sopranos-style caricature.

"Yeah, it’s a cold world."

Scarpato shares some similarities with the equally sleazy character Hoffman played in Sidney Lumet's Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, one of his most underrated films, in which he robbed his own parents. John Turturro and Philip Seymour Hoffman wonder what else can go wrong in "God's Pocket.". Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. © 2020 Advance Local Media LLC. One of many problems with the script of "God’s Pocket" by Slattery and Alex Metcalf is that it presents an alcoholic, hack writer in Shellburn but feels like it let the character write the dialogue.

They drink at the Hollywood or the uptown bar, little places deep in the city. As hard as it may be to believe with a cast of actors who almost always bring something interesting to their work (and the quality Slattery has delivered not only in front of but behind the camera on his AMC hit), this is a flat, boring affair. 'God's Pocket' Is Horrifying, Humanist And Heartbreaking Many people will find God's Pocket depressing, but once you get past the despair and carnage it's full of life. The white demon god was sealed away and the silver demon god perished. God’s Pocket is the directorial debut of John Slattery, one of Mad Men’s stars, and is an odd film that never finds its voice, featuring too many storylines that never end up telling a larger narrative.

Explore the world's faith through different perspectives on religion and spirituality! When her out-of-control son is killed at a construction job and nobody will talk about what really happened, she tasks a reluctant Mickey with finding out the truth. The first opening theme song of the series titled "Howling" is a collaboration between Flow and Granrodeo, and first ending theme song is "Beautiful" performed by Anly. Are we supposed to identify with Mickey? It took around 12 chapters from … Plot Keywords Get updates from Schaeffer's Ghost delivered straight to your inbox, Review of God’s Pocket, Directed by John Slattery. The other demon gods disappeared as well. And a flat, beige color palette shot with dull, lifeless cinematography from the often-great Lance Acord doesn't help.

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Hoffman shambles through his scenes, no spark in his eyes, getting it done without the energy and spirit that was his stock in trade. He tries, and it doesn't go well for him. Rather, it is just one of the many disjointed tales that make up God’s Pocket.

Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Spoilers for Darling in the Franxx below Franxx has been many things throughout its run, from a campy metaphor for puberty to an endearing character-driven coming-of-age story. Slattery doesn't disguise the monotony or oppressiveness of his protagonists' lives.

In one of several voiceovers reading Shelburn’s column, there is a sobering meditation: Until recently you only had to die once in this city, even if you came from God’s pocket. In one typical scene, we see him threatening an undertaker (Eddie Marsan) but then switching from fury to sympathy in an instant as the two men decide to have a beer instead of fighting.

Is this supposed to be black comedy?

Pity him?

This is one of those odd pieces of work in which characters will say things like "Nothing works against you like time. Mickey is deeply connected to God’s Pocket: he married Jeanie (Christina Hendricks), raises her son Leon (Caleb Landry Jones), and is close friends with Bird (John Turturro). Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will release the darkly comedic drama The Skeleton Twins, starring Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. God's Pocket is a working-class neighbourhood in Philadelphia. Jeanie's delinquent son (Scarpato's stepson) Leon (Caleb Landry Jones) is shown heading off to work on a construction site. It does not make it sorrowful or deep or compassionate.

At the Hollywood bar, frequented by Mickey and the townsfolk, they put out a collection jar to help defray costs.

Slattery provides such a feast of acting that you hardly notice the creaks in the storytelling.

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Relatively minor figures are portrayed in depth. His ignorance is perhaps again a mark of his pedigree, not being a native of God’s Pocket. Just click the "Edit page" button at the bottom of the page or learn more in the Synopsis submission guide.

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…, John Turturro writes, directs and stars opposite Woody Allen in Fading Gigolo, a charmingly offbeat indie comedy with an unusual premise about two cash-strapped best friends who devise a lucrative scheme involving the world’s oldest profession. Leon Hubbard’s death was reported incorrectly by this newspaper last week.

God's Pocket was given a muted reception at its premiere in Sundance, where its tonal shifts disconcerted viewers. ... was hiding a gun in his pocket. Hoffman is no longer with us. It also means that watching God's Pocket is bittersweet, reminding us that he was so richly talented and indisputably necessary, one of the most exciting actors of the last two decades. Scarpato himself is part of a scam to steal and sell on some meat. God’s Pocket is the name of a blue-collar neighborhood where things are rather bland.

An already somber drama like this adaptation of a Pete Dexter novel feels even more melancholy knowing it’s one of the last characters that we’ll ever get from Hoffman. He sees himself as a supremely insightful chronicler of everyday life in God's Pocket, someone whose folksy columns capture the community in its contradictions and in its full glory. Shelburn is a drunkard who thinks he’s a celebrity, which in a way he is in a small-time kind of way. The friendship with Turturro has some lived-in energy early in the film.

God's Pocket, film review: Philip Seymour Hoffman shines on the dark side of town (15) John Slattery, 89 mins Starring: Christina Hendricks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eddie Marsan, Caleb Landry Jones We are therefore left with nothing but a sad little picture of an insular community trying to find excitement but ultimately wanting to be left alone to small town gossip. It's a typical day of toil and low-level criminality in God's Pocket – until a death causes several lives to unravel. As a former columnist who knew what it was like to fall foul of his readers, Pete Dexter was presumably drawing on personal experience when he created Richard Shelburn.

| Be the first to contribute! There are several scenes in the local bar, where a booze-driven bonhomie does nothing to disguise the despair of the locals. The squalor and violence feel far more real than they ever did in Runyon adaptations. Betting on horses, drinking the night away across the street from your house, dealing with gossip—it’s just life in God’s Pocket. Hoffman plays Mickey Scarpato, a hapless trucker, thief and would-be family man, married to Jeanie (Christina Hendricks). "God's Pocket" is noteworthy only as a means to cherish one of the last performances of the great Hoffman. If one takes this as a "slice of gritty life" story, the dialogue isn’t genuine and the plotting isn’t interesting enough to carry it. Its richness, though, lies in its idiosyncrasy.

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Richard Shelburn (Richard Jenkins) and Mickey Scarpato (Hoffman) are two protagonists who seem to know God’s Pocket while also being outsiders. Or "It’s getting cold." This isn't Hoffman's final screen performance (he is also in A Most Wanted Man and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, for which part of his performance was digitally recreated following his death) but it is one of the last occasions on which one of the great character actors of recent times can be seen working at full throttle.