Friday, April 22, 2011


My View:  Scre4m (2011) My advice to you, when you rent Scre4m, is watch the first five minutes of the film and then turn it off…because the only thing worth watching in this film is its opening sequence.  Sidney (played by Neve Campbell) has come home to promote her new book and wouldn’t you know it, Ghost Face has started killing again, and Sidney is his ultimate target.  David Arquette and Courteney Cox reprise their roles of Chief of Police Dewey Riley and Reporter Gale Weathers (now Weathers-Riley).  The tension between Arquette and Cox is very visible in their scenes together (they separated in marriage during the making of this film), and makes the supposed love relationship appear extremely uncomfortable.  While the original Scream was a good twist on the horror / slasher movie, this version is just more of the same - making it an old, tired, bloody mess.  My Rating: You Would Have to Pay Me to See it Again  Scre4m Website
The 50 (a movie from my best/worst films of all time):
#45 Worst Film:
Tarzan the Ape Man (1981)  Hot off her role in the Dudley Moore film, 10, Bo Derek and her husband, John Derek (Director), decided to remake the Tarzan story, and, this time, it’s told from the point of view of Jane. The idea may have worked if the actress who played the part of Jane could act, but we all know that Bo Derek couldn’t act her way out of a paper bag.  This is a film where the title character comes on the screen more than half-way into the film and actually has no lines.  Bo Derek’s main acting ability is putting her finger to her lips to show emotion, and she does this many, many times throughout the film.  Co-star, Richard Harris, in the role of Jane’s father, must have known he was making a bad film because he literately chews up every scene that he is in.  Even the numerous appearances of Bo’s naked breasts make this film not-worth-watching.  Tarzan the Ape Man Info
Forgotten Film:  State and Main (2000)  A movie studio has decided to relocate their film (due to budget costs) to a sleepy little town in Vermont.  Like an invading army, the filmmakers take over the town, thinking that they can take advantage of the townspeople.  Written and directed by David Mamet, this film has encompasses some of the best dialogue, with almost a sitcom-like quality to it.  Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the screenwriter who, somehow, has to incorporate the new location into his script.  He then falls in love with a local shop owner, played by Rebecca Pidgeon, a woman who isn’t very impressed with the Hollywood lifestyle.  This movie has a large and impressive supporting cast, including Alec Baldwin as the leading actor who tries to sleep with everyone in the town.  Sarah Jessica Parker is the lead actress who finds religion, and William H. Macy,as the director, sees his movie slipping through his fingers.  State and Main Info
In Case You Missed It (A Film Just Released on DVD):  The King’s Speech  (2010)  Colin Firth (in an Oscar winning role) is the reason to see this film.  Firth gives a brilliant performance of King George VI whose ascension to the throne is unexpected, but he is handicapped by his stuttering disability.  King George seeks a speech therapist (played by Geoffrey Rush) who uses unconventional and controversial means to improve The King’s speech and his image.  Helena Bonham Carter plays Queen Elizabeth, the only person who fully understands what her husband is going through.  Great writing and direction make this one of the best films of 2010.  My Rating:  I Would Pay to See it Again  The King's Speech Website

Weird Credits:  From the credits of The Music Never Stopped:  Parking Coordinator

Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You:  Bridesmaids  Saturday Night Live actress Kristen Wiig wrote and starred in this comedy about a group of bridesmaids who get together to celebrate the upcoming marriage of the bride, played by Maya Rudolph.  This could be a big, funny hit with Judd Apatow (Knocked Up) producing and Paul Feig (creator of the cult TV program Freaks and Geeks) directing.  Bridesmaids Trailer
Until Next Time!

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