A year ago I had the pleasure to interview NYC-based folk singer Christine Lavin. She was supposed to do a show at the Aladdin Theater in Portland but unfortunately the show got cancelled at the last minute. The upside was I’m still on her email list, which actively promotes her involvement in web-cam video house concerts and other internet music formats, which seem to be the medium artists are turning to these days.
I’m glad I still get stuff from her, because not only do I get to see her perform online once in awhile, but sometimes she’ll even save me money, as she does in this case with her review of “The Interview.”
Christine Lavin writes:
“Think of this as a public service announcement: I watched 'The Interview' so you don't have to. It's awful.
“It insults the intelligence of anyone stupid enough to pay $5.99 to watch it (that would be me). It's one hour and 52 minutes of mostly adolescent humor, gratuitous gun violence, racial profiling, coarse bodily function mishaps . . . and a puppy.
“Like 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' which used a cat, throwing a puppy into "The Interview" is a desperate attempt at tricking the viewer into caring about something on the screen. At least the cat in that other film had the sense to bail before it was over. The puppy here has no such luck.
“It's an embarrassment on every scale imaginable, and how it became an international incident is beyond belief.
“Spend your money on something else — anything else — but don't waste it on this. Merry Christmas! Christine.”