Monthly Archives: March 2013

Terse Movie Reviews – Best Worst Movie, Dir. By Michael Paul Stephenson

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.

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Terse Movie Reviews – Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, dir by Lorene Scafaria

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.

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“Hey, They’re Playing Our Song”: A Personal Journey Through Cinematic School Dances

Dance like no one's watching-inspiredmommiedesignsCome on, admit it, when you were in school you loved the school dance.  You loved getting slightly dressed up, feeling even more awkward than usual, and spending all night debating whether you were going to ask your favorite girl to dance you, only to find yourself trying not to get aroused the moment she said yes.

Good times. Continue reading

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Terse Movie Reviews – Australia, dir. by Baz Luhrmann

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.

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Terse Movie Review – The Sadist, dir. by James Landis

This movie was far better than a movie of it’s pedigree should be.  The sniveling, hammy, overacting of Arch Hall Jr. works perfectly here, but particularly chilling is the near-wordless performance of Marilyn Manning as the girlfriend, Judy.  I dare you not to shudder every time she giggles.

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Skinny On The Inside – Now On Smashwords!

Cover Idea 17So 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.

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The Best Picture Project – Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Dir. by Robert Benton

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

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Terse Movie Review – Misery, dir. by Rob Reiner

As great a movie as Misery is, it’s overall quality seems to flow from two things:

  1. William Goldman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel; and,
  2. The performances.

The one thing it’s overall quality doesn’t flow from:

  1. 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.


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Terse Book Review – The Shining, by Stephen King

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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 Halfexcluding 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?)

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Terse Book Review – Josh Hartnett Definitely Wants To Do This, by Bruce Beresford


I don’t know what it is, but I find the production journals – in this case, it’s more pre-production than production – of director’s fascinating.  Especially when they’re as candid and open as this.

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