I’ve always thought success in life requires a sense of irony and genuine self-awareness. If not those, then the ability to laugh at yourself. Watching Best Worst Movie only confirmed the genius of my observation.
Monthly Archives: March 2013
If you’re really in a mood to see a movie that starts out like it’s going to be a great and fun comedic romp, but by the end is so sadly depressing you want to kill yourself, you couldn’t do much better than this film. Not even the good chemistry between Steve Carell can and Keira Knightley can save it.
I’m serious, watch it and see for yourself, if you don’t believe me.
Australia is not nearly the terrible movie it’s financial failure – at least in this country – would have you believe. It’s also not the great, undiscovered gem you might think, either. But your enjoyment probably depends upon your tolerance for obviously fake special effects and also how monstrous you find Nicole Kidman’s botoxed-forehead. I can remember when she used to be beautiful – more-than beautiful, but at this point I’m a straight man who’d rather make out with Hugh Jackman than her.
If you like, you can buy my copy here.
So of you might’ve already known it, but my latest book, Skinny On The Inside – if you let your eyes drift just a little to the left, you’ll see the cover – has been out on Amazon for the Kindle for a little while. Well, knowing there are some people out there who don’t like the Kindle, now you can get it for whatever your device is through Smashwords.
It’s still a steal at just $2.99.
Screenplay by Robert Benton, from the novel by Avery Corman
Starring Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander and Justin Henry
Of all the movies I’ve watched over the long, long duration of this project, Kramer vs. Kramer is probably the one I most anticipated getting into, because it’s a triple-threat of things that interest me: Continue reading
As great a movie as Misery is, it’s overall quality seems to flow from two things:
- William Goldman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel; and,
- The performances.
The one thing it’s overall quality doesn’t flow from:
- Rob Reiner’s completely bland and uninteresting direction.
I mourn the loss of the movie this would have made had somebody with a flair for the material – i.e. Brian Depalma – directed it instead of wasting his time on crap like The Bonfire of the Vanities.
As of now, I’m only a Stephen King fan. I used to be a super-fan, but then his quality in the nineties and early-aught’s basically took a nosedive and I stopped reading the new material. Couldn’t get into Insomnia, couldn’t get into Rose Madder, finished Lisey’s Story and The Cell, but basically thought they both sucked. Even the newest work, which was been great, has it’s weak spots — I hated the endings of both Under The Dome and 11/22/63.
All in all, I’d say I’m a super-fan of the early work, pretty much everything up to The Dark Half — excluding The Dark Tower series, which I find dull.
I’m pretty well disdainful of the middle work — except Dolores Claiborne, which is fabulous.
I’m merely a fan of anything from Bag of Bones onward, recognizing some is good, some is bad, and some is spotty.
That being said, revisiting The Shining after so many years away from it, I was hoping it’d be better — I hoped it’d be as good as my memory wanted it to be. Unfortunately, at this point, I love Kubrick’s movie and — here comes a bit of Stephen King sacrilege — wish King wrote that book, not the one the mini-series was made from. Sadly, my wish has not been granted.
(As an aside — at this length, this probably doesn’t qualify as a ‘Terse’ review does it?)