Monthly Archives: August 2012
Geena Davis rose to prominence in the 80’s. She capped off the decade with an Academy Award. She kicked off the 90’s with a starring role in the pop culture juggernaut, Thelma and Louise. But by the end of the 90’s, her film career vanished. What the hell happened?
What’re you so polite about?
Ed Begley plays the one truly unlikable character in 12 Angry Men as the bigoted “Juror #10.” The wonderful thing about Begley’s performance is that he gives us a guy who clearly thinks that he is perfectly reasonable, and that he’s just saying what the other guys are probably thinking. Juror #10 is brusk and irritable, nursing a very aggravating “Summer cold,” coughing, wheezing, sweating, and quickly losing his temper. Like many bullies of his type, when he meets his comeuppance (one of the signature moments of the film), he collapses in an uncomprehending heap, unable to reconcile the man he believes he is with the man he has shown himself to be. At that moment, I find myself musing that this guy is probably somebody’s favorite uncle. Hey, he does try to tell a joke at one point.
In the 80’s Steve Guttenberg was a top-grossing movie star. His movies from the decade grossed over $500 million dollars. That’s over half a billion dollars not adjusted for inflation. Guttenberg could do it all; comedy, drama, talking robot movies. But something happened as the eighties came to an end. When the nineties rolled in, a lot of actors who were best-known for their work in the 80’s suddenly found themselves struggling. Just a few years after the biggest hit of his career, Guttenberg became irrelevant. Or worse, a punchline.
What the hell happened?
With the exception of the Seven Drawfs Mine Train and Princess Fairytale Hall, the Fantasyland Expansion at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World is nearing completion. Officially, the Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid sections of the expansion are set to open December 6. Previews for annual passholder start Nov 19. Unofficially, rumors are starting to fly about what comes next.
It’s been a crazy summer. A combination of computer woes and a busier than usual schedule prevented me from posting a timely review of Dark Knght Rises. And now, what’s the point? The moment’s past. So instead, here is Batman seen through the lens of the summer’s biggest song.
On our recent trip to San Francisco, I asked our tour guide from City by the Bay Tours to drop us near Fisherman’s Wharf. When I explained that we were curious to see the Musee Mecanique he lit up. He didn’t say much; just that we’d enjoy it. I can’t say that I was entirely unprepared for the pleasures which awaited us there, but the sheer size and scope of the place was pretty impressive. Laffing Sal (above) is the Musee Mecanique’s unofficial mascot and most famous resident. Click below to see more of her and the other creepy stuff your grandparents thought was entertaining.
Demi Moore was launched to stardom along with the rest of the Brat Pack. But while her colleagues’ careers were cooling in the 90’s, Moore’s star kept rising. By the middle of the decade, Moore was the highest-paid actress in Hollywood. But soon after her career peaked, Moore walked away from it all to focus on her personal life.
So, what the hell happened?
At the top of his career, Wesley Snipes was an A-list action star who could also cross-over into comedy and drama as he saw fit. Few actors can claim the kind of cross-genre success Snipes enjoyed. But all that ended amid very public legal entanglements that ultimately landed Snipes in jail with a three-year sentence for failing to file tax returns.
If you take nothing else away from this article, remember this: No matter what anyone else tells you, you still need to file your taxes.