Movies Clay Pigeons (2002, Joaquin Phoenix, Janeane Garofalo) Published 6 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 Episodes20 hours ago Big Texas Fix: Dream House (S1EP7 DIY Sat 25 May 2019) Dream House: Michael and Ashley stumble upon a pre-1900s Victorian home after doing some curbside dumpster diving, so they hit... Episodes20 hours ago Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation – A Forever Home in Isle of Palms (S4EP8 HGTV Sat 25 May 2019) A Forever Home in Isle of Palms: A couple has made the decision to purchase a property in Cape San... Episodes20 hours ago Murder Decoded: Prowling Wolf (S1EP8 ID Sat 25 May 2019) Reports of shots fired at an apartment complex lead police to discover the bodies of a single mother and two... Episodes20 hours ago The Son: Hot Oil (S2EP5 AMC Sat 25 May 2019) Hot Oil: In 1852, Young Eli is forced hide a deadly secret; in 1916, Maria’s return brings devastating consequences for... Episodes20 hours ago Ransom: Story for Another Day (Season 3 Finale CBS Sat 25 May 2019) Story for Another Day: When Cynthia (Karen LeBlanc) and her younger brother, Tyler (Emmanuel Kabongo), are abducted by a criminal... search EPISODES Episodes20 hours ago Murdoch Mysteries: Annabella Cinderella (S12EP11 Ovation Sat 25 May 2019) Annabella Cinderella: Crabtree and John are transporting a convicted axe murderer to prison when she escapes to exact revenge on... Episodes20 hours ago Murdoch Mysteries: Six of the Best (S12EP12 Ovation Sat 25 May 2019) Six of the Best: Murdoch’s distressing childhood memories are evoked while investigating the death of an orphan under the care... Episodes20 hours ago From Friend to Fiancé (Hallmark Sat 25 May 2019, Jocelyn Hudon, Ryan Paevey) Jess Parks (Hudon) has a good job, great friends and a cool apartment in the city. She has it all,... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Shazam! | 2019 | Zachary Levi, Asher Angel A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.... Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.