Movies Clay Pigeons (2002, Joaquin Phoenix, Janeane Garofalo) Published 3 months ago on November 14, 2018 In the small town of Mercer, Montana, Clay Bidwell (Joaquin Phoenix) is sleeping with his best friend Earl’s wife Amanda (Georgina Cates). The two men meet, and Earl claims knowledge of the affair, killing himself and implicating Clay. Amanda – keen to keep the relationship secret – refuses to help, so Clay fakes an accident to exonerate himself. That night, he ends up with a local waitress, until Amanda intervenes, killing the other woman. Once again, Clay disposes of a corpse. Appalled, he heads for a local bar and meets hellraiser Lester (Vince Vaughn). Later, Lester begins to guess his new friend’s dark secret, and realises that his own sinister sideline may have found the perfect patsy, just as FBI Agent Shelby (Janeane Garofalo) arrives in town… Like the Christian Slater vehicle Very Bad Things, David Dobkin’s debut feature is an espresso-black comedy that finds fun in multiple murder. Its jaunty take-no-prisoners tone may offend some, but will entertain many more. Vaughn steals the show in full panto villain mode, judging the material perfectly against Phoenix’s sober hero (years later, he’d swap that position – and dominate again – in Dodgeball). Good to see Garofalo off the leash too, putting her brand of sass to good use. Dobkin’s influences are obvious – Fargo and Badlands, for starters – and while not matching either, he has produced a witty and challenging movie worthy of attention. production details USA | 104 minutes | 1998 Director: David Dobkin Script: Matthew L. Healy cast Joaquin Phoenix as Clay Bidwell Vince Vaughn as Lester Long Janeane Garofalo as Agent Dale Shelby Gregory Sporleder as Earl Georgina Cates as Amanda Vince Vieluf as Deputy Barney Joseph D. Reitman as Glen Nicole Arlyn as Gloria Collins Scott Wilson as Sheriff Dan Mooney Wayne Brennan as Minister Jeff Olson as Mark Monica Moench as Kimberly Kevin Rahm as Bystander at Amanda’s Jesse Bennett as Dr. Jaffe Phil Morris as Agent Reynard Kari White as Dolores ComedyCrimeDavid DobkinDramaGeorgina CatesGregory SporlederJaneane GarofaloJeff OlsonJoaquin PhoenixJoseph D. ReitmanMatthew L. HealyMonica MoenchNicole ArlynScott WilsonThrillerVince VaughnVince VielufWayne Brennan Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes2 hours ago Miracle Workers: 12 Days (TBS Tues 26 Feb 2019) 12 Days: A troublesome human complicates Craig and Eliza’s plan, while Sanjay attempts to burnish his credentials. With Steve Buscemi,... Episodes2 hours ago Teachers: The Final Robe (TV Land Tues 26 Feb 2019) The Final Robe: Ms. Bennigan has two spots left in her bridal party and the three remaining teachers compete to... Episodes2 hours ago Food Truck Nation: Smoked, Stuffed and Frozen Finds (S1EP8 Tues 26 Feb 2019 on Cooking) Chef Brad Miller visits a food truck in Orange County that has its own custom smoker onboard, then he tries... Episodes2 hours ago The Rookie: Plain Clothes Day (S1EP14 ABC Tues 26 Feb 2019) Plain Clothes Day: The rookies are really put to the test when their training officers accompany them out of uniform... Episodes2 hours ago Hometown Homicide: Local Girl Gone (S1EP2 ID Tues 26 Feb 2019) Local Girl Gone: When 15-year-old high school freshman Danielle Locklear, of Hope Mills, N.C., went missing in March 2014, her... search EPISODES Episodes2 hours ago The Voice: The Blind Auditions Premiere, Part 2 (NBC Tues 26 Feb 2019) The Blind Auditions Premiere, Part 2: The “Blind Auditions” continue as superstar coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Adam Levine and... Episodes2 hours ago black-ish: Black History Month (S5EP14 ABC Tues 26 Feb 2019, with Octavia Spencer) Black History Month: Dre is upset after he learns that Jack and Diane are getting the same surface-level education about... Episodes2 hours ago FBI: Scorched Earth (S1EP15 CBS Tues 26 Feb 2019) Scorched Earth: A serial bomber appears to be targeting Wall Street’s elite. Maggie and OA search for a suspect who... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 weeks ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies2 weeks ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies2 weeks ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.