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Monthly Archives: September 2012

What the Hell Happened to Jennifer Jason Leigh?


Jennifer Jason Leigh first caught audience’s attention as part of the talented cast of Fast Times at Ridgemont High.  In the early 90’s, she became a critical darling and flirted with mainstream success.  But she became bored with the roles she was offered in typical Hollywood movies and gravitated towards edgier fare.  As a result, she never quite caught on with the general public.  What the hell happened?

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Disney World Trip Countdown: 33 Days


As I count down the 36 days remaining until my family’s Disney World trip, I am I walking through the agenda step by step.  Once the trip is done, we’ll see how well the plan was executed.  Because there’s no way everything goes according to plan.  It never does.

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Analysis: The Cabin in the Woods


The Cabin in the Woods is a fanboy’s dream.  While it can be enjoyed on the level of a simple horror story, it works best if you scratch below the surface.  It is really intended as a commentary on the state of the horror genre at the time the script was written.  Due to the film’s troubled road to the screen, its release was delayed for several years.  It was originally written as a response to “torture porn” horror.  Fortunately, Whedon and Goddard didn’t tie themselves to the flavor of the moment.  So Cabin still feels fresh if not quite as timely today.

As with my review of the film, this scene-by-scene analysis is loaded with spoilers.  I recommend that you watch the movie before reading this article.  It will be worth it.

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Review: The Cabin in the Woods


It is impossible to discuss Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s clever horror movie, The Cabin in the Woods, in any kind of detail without spoiling the viewing experience.  It would be a crime to rob anyone of a pristine first viewing of Cabin so consider this an extended spoiler warning.  Joss Whedon built his name on subverting genre expectations.  The entire premise of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was to turn the damsel in distress cliché on its ear.  In Cabin, Whedon and Goddard collaborate to take as many horror tropes as they can think of and blow them up.

If you have not seen the movie, read no further lest you be punished.  So sayeth the creepy old man at the gas station.

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Disney World Trip Countdown: 36 Days


As I count down the 36 days remaining until my family’s Disney World trip, I am I walking through the agenda step by step.  Once the trip is done, we’ll see how well the plan was executed.  Because there’s no way everything goes according to plan.  It never does.

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Review: 3000 Miles to Graceland


Kevin Costner - 3000 Miles to Graceland - 2001

Kevin Costner – 3000 Miles to Graceland – 2001

A little while ago, I was having that old Forrest Gump vs. Pulp Fiction argument.  You know, the one about how Forrest Gump is a good movie, but there is no way it should have beaten Pulp Fiction for Best Picture in 1994.  You can disagree, but you’d be wrong.

I made the argument that Pulp Fiction was one of the defining movies of its decade.  Its cultural impact is still being felt today.  Whereas Forrest Gump is a movie you put on when it’s raining or you’re not feeling well.

This prompted the response, “If it wasn’t for Pulp Fiction, we never would have had Battlefield Earth.”  Which is certainly true.  But I will take Battlefield Earth as part of a Travolta resurgence that includes Get Shorty.

A more compelling counter-argument would have been that just about every Tarantino imitator in the wake of Pulp Fiction was awful.  Case in point, 3000 Miles to Graceland.

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Disney World Trip Countdown: 37 Days


As I count down the 37 days remaining until my family’s Disney World trip, I am I walking through the agenda step by step.  Once the trip is done, we’ll see how well the plan was executed.  Because there’s no way everything goes according to plan.  It never does.

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Disney World Trip Countdown: 38 Days


As I count down the 38 days remaining until my family’s Disney World trip, I am I walking through the agenda step by step.  Once the trip is done, we’ll see how well the plan was executed.  Because there’s no way everything goes according to plan.  It never does.

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Review: A View From the Top


A View From the Top is a seriously misguided movie.  It was clearly intended to transition Miramax’s golden girl, Gweneth Paltrow, from an arty house darling into a mainstream box office draw.  But it goes about doing so in the most half-assed way possible.

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Disney World Trip Countdown: 39 Days


As I count down the 39 days remaining until my family’s Disney World trip, I am I walking through the agenda step by step.  Once the trip is done, we’ll see how well the plan was executed.  Because there’s no way everything goes according to plan.  It never does.

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Boardwalk Empire: How the F#<% is Mickey Doyle still alive?


It is one of Boardwalk Empire’s enduring charms that Mickey Doyle appears to be capable of surviving a steady stream of ruthless gangsters, thugs, and power brokers despite being an annoying idiot. Count me among his fans.

So when Eli Thompson asked the above question of him, it was one of those moments when a television show smartly tips its hat to its viewers and thanks them for being in on the joke.

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What the Hell Happened to Daryl Hannah?


Looking over Daryl Hannah’s filmopgraphy, it’s surprisingly impressive.  Hannah rose to prominence in the early 80’s and then was kind of forgotten about.  Moreso than a lot of other actresses I have covered.  She’s worked with top directors like Ridley Scott, Ron Howard, Quentin Tarantino and Oliver Stone and co-starred alongside Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford and Michael Douglas.  What the hell happened?

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Disney World Trip Countdown: 40 Days


As I count down the 40 days remaining until my family’s Disney World trip, I am I walking through the agenda step by step.  Once the trip is done, we’ll see how well the plan was executed.  Because there’s no way everything goes according to plan.  It never does.

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