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Archive for October, 2009
Happy Halloween! May you spend this joyous holiday with loved ones in the service of our dark lord Satan!
Is it not enough that we live in a world where a movie called SURF NINJAS exists? Must I also watch it?
Hollywood has forsaken us, friends. The only new wide release this Halloween weekend is Michael Jackson’s “This Is It,” a concert film (sort of) that comprises footage from his rehearsals for what would have been a world tour. It’s fitting that it should be released at Halloween, of course. Jackson is forever associated with that holiday because of “Thriller,” he himself often wore fanciful masks and costumes, and he loved the idea of a parade of unaccompanied young boys coming to his house at night.
I didn’t see “This Is It,” which opened Wednesday. Concert films in general don’t interest me, and especially when it’s an artist whose music I’m indifferent toward. So since no one assigned me to review the film, I abstained.
In limited release, you’ll find two very good, very cheerful films. “An Education” is about a teenage girl coming of age in 1960s London, and it’s smart and funny and all that. “Black Dynamite,” meanwhile, is a spoof of ’70s blaxploitation films, and one of the most consistently funny spoofs since “Airplane!” You’ll have to look around for them, or wait until they come to your city, but they’re out there.
And if you’re interested, I reviewed “Saw VI,” which opened last weekend without screenings. Why would you be interested, though?
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@moviecricket OK, folks – what movie have you been embarrassed that you’ve never seen? // SCHINDLER’S LIST.
THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS: a documentary about the judges at the Miss New Jersey pageant.
Poor King Kong. He was a mighty and fearsome creature in his original incarnation, terrifying the Depression-era pants off of audiences and inspiring a thousand imitations. But then there was the boring remake in 1976, followed by an even worse sequel to that remake in 1986, called “King Kong Lives.” You might notice a problem with the premise right in the title, given what you know about Kong, i.e., that he’s dead. It only gets worse from there. It’s the subject of this week’s edition of Eric’s Bad Movies at Film.com.
One peculiar thing about this movie: The actors inside the two giant-ape costumes are credited first in the cast list, before the human characters. That’s a sign that maybe the Kongs get too much screen time, don’t you think?
Eric’s Bad Movies at Film.com: KING KONG LIVES (1986) – http://bit.ly/uW0y3
Scariest movies, according to Martin Scorsese. Um, if something scares *him*, I’m not sure I want to see it. http://bit.ly/1foGdb
Movie-talker mad at being shushed; madder to learn it was the owner of the theater shushing him. Yay for the Alamo! http://bit.ly/2zSBJv