I've been trying to get a podcast going for some time now, and it's finally happened. My very first episode focuses on Dance Movies from the 70's, 80's and perhaps even one from the 90's (gasp!). This was a lot of fun to do, and I was joined by my fellow Cinema lovin' pals, Erik & Ben. At 15, well, 16 Films (we each cover 5, more or less) It's truly an epic show! Hopefully Cinema Du Meep and Retro Movie fans out there will have a little fun. Happy Meep listening!
Adventures in babysitting in an empty Movie Theater in New Jersey Episode 1:
We're The Millers (2013)
I've been taking my baby to the Movies for just over a year now, he just turned 15 months, and before you say anything about how nutty that is, well, I usually take him to a matinee show in an empty theater so not to bother anyone. I've been a Moviegoer all of my life, and nothing will ever stop that. But I do respect others who go as well, so I tend to hit up New Jersey Movie theater multiplexes during the week and they are almost always empty, especially when a Movie has been playing for awhile.
The Cast of Millers, all engaging enough, save for Emma Roberts who is a bit dullsville.
This week I chose We're The Millers because I needed a good laugh. And well, there are a couple of chuckles here and there but the Movie generally falls flat most of the time. It's one of those many comedies from the last 10 years or so that tries to be both funny and heartwarming, and well, just like the bulk of them, it doesn't exactly work.
Millers throws around the F words and innuendo, but it's done in a way that never really feels like it's being taken far enough. The Filmmakers hold back because they want a resolution that will be somewhat uplifting, but why can't a Movie as such also take some real risks and truly shock you as well? Now that's something I could love. The Farrelly Brothers did it right in the late 90's with Kingpin and There's Something About Mary, and perhaps they are a little soft these days in comparison, but they had heart and genuine laughs. Or maybe I can just watch something like Stripes and not even bother with some of those newer ones. Ah, but I still love going to the Movies...
Baby Meep didn't even bother watching the Film, he only seemed to care about a car chase late in the Picture (He seems to only care about car chases, anyway) so he spent the Movie's running time playing with his toy car, being bored and having an occasional snack. I had a drink and a pretzel and it was very good. There weren't enough Movie trailers for my liking, so I didn't see anything that really caught my eye. What will I be seeing next I wonder? Definitely not that Runner Runner Movie with Justin Timberlake. I can't believe he's a leading man in Movies. His voice! It's so whiny and high. I think even Baby Meep felt uncomfortable listening to him. Don Jon looks like fun and Gravity looks decent, if a little space-y for my liking.
My rating for the Movie Show: C+
Baby Meep's: C- (not enough car chases and no booby shots. He feels gipped)
If you love Film and if you love New York on Film, I urge you all to check out Jonathan Hertzberg's Dirty Old New York aka Fun City, Part IV. This is his ongoing saga of New York City on film from the 70's and early 80's, and it's masterfully and beautifully put together.
Hey guys, have you ever listened to The Hysteria Continues podcast? If you already have, you've got excellent taste. Those guys are really fun to listen to and their really know their Slasher Movie stuff. And if you haven't, well, now you MUST.
Little old Meep was on their very special Friday The 13th Part 3 episode! It clocks in at 3 1/2 hours, but's it chock full of fun. I had a blast recording with them, and if you like the Friday The 13th Films, this will definitely be up your alley. Don't keep the now Hockey Mask wearing Jason waiting. Get to it...
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Despite loving the series no mater what, Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) for me is one of the lesser sequels in Jason's saga. I seem to go back to the First 4 Films quite a bit, as well as Part 6, which was a wonderful and very memorable Cinema going experience for me. Once The New Blood rolls around, I do get a bit bored. Maybe the idea of the Movie is best, with Jason finally meeting a foe who has equal footing with supernatural powers. Unfortunately that character, Tina Shepherd --who is clearly filling in for Carrie White-- is written and played rather mopey by Lar Park Lincoln.
Perhaps giving Tina a recurring mental breakdown on top of her telekinesis gets in the way of having any fun with her central character. What is up with the Final Girls in this series constantly at odds with their memories, anyway? Part 3 and Jason Takes Manhattan also go this route. Kind of bizarre. Part VII is also notorious for being the most shredded of all the sequels in relation to the gore. Director John Carl Buechler, a well known figure in the special makeup effects world, layered it on thick and gooey, and the MPAA gutted the Movie of most of it's impact. Jason has his moments, but now they are fairly muted.
Now, when I go back to Friday 7, two things in particular have me howling with joy. There's the bitchy character Melissa (Susan Jennifer Sullivan), who seems hell bent on giving Tina a hard time (as well as having the hots for Nick (Kevin Spirtas --then Kevin Blair). Melissa wants Nick, but Nick only has eyes for sour-faced Tina. What's a bitch to do? Melissa does it all. She plays with her pearls, she spies, she leads on nerdy mulleted guys and then rejects them at the worst possible time. Melissa is a hoot to watch, and she's one of the more memorable bitchy characters in Slasher Films.
Among other things, I also love a bad big hairdo, and Tina's mom Amanda (Susan Blu) sure has a doozy of a one! Sometimes when she enters the frame, the Movie stops cold, and I totally forget there's a masked madman running around as her hair seems to be occupying any assemblage of real horror. Bad Mom hair is no match for a machete. This is just a fact. Thankfully, no animals or small children were hurt during the making of Friday The 13th Part VII: The New Blood, but they sure did make a dent in a case of Aqua Net!
Looking Melissa up, it's sad to report that I found out actress Susan Jennifer Sullivan passed away in 2009, at the far too young of age 46. However, Susan will live on with her portrayal of a character we love to hate. Or just love.
Props to Jeffery over a jdbrecordsfor inspiring me to write about this.
Last year, January seemed to be filled with Action Flicks, and I caught a few: January Action 2012
This year, the Action continues to roll onto screens (though current Box Office receipts will dictate something different for 2014) as the weather chills with Films like Gangster Squad, The Last Stand, Broken City and next week's Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. I think I'll definitely pass on that last one. I really don't need to see the Grimm Brothers' classic tale find the titular duo be turned into bounty hunters. I did sit through enough of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to put me off of those kinds of Movies, like forever.
The Last Stand - Arnold Schwarzenegger returns to where he belongs: Headlining Action Films, and The Last Stand turns out to be pure Action trash goodness. It's plenty silly, but it's directed with expert skill by Jee-Woon Kim (I Saw The Devil, The Good The Bad And The Weird & A Tale Of Two Sisters). Kim's camera is masterful, and he makes the most out of what could have been routine Action. This Movie is a lot like the souped up Corvette ZR-1 prominently featured in the Film: It's fast, it's loud and it's a lot of fun. Though you may find yourself questioning why exactly is Schwarzenegger's character so seemingly asexual? At least I did. But I'm weird like that.
Oh, and, good news: Johnny Knoxville is NOT the co-star of the Movie, unlike some advertising and trailers suggest. He's part of Arnold's gang of misfit deputies, and thankfully isn't allowed to upstage the Terminator with endless stabs at crude comedy. The Movie has a good balance of laughs, action and even some suspense. A crime that it didn't fare so well at the box office. I'll be happy to see it again once it hits DVD/Blu-ray. Grade: B+
Gangster Squad - Stylish, super violent and as dumb as a brick. Don't go in expecting a classic 30's or 40's Warner Brothers Gangster Picture, The Untouchables or even L.A. Confidential (You know, all the Movies Gangster Squad cribs from, but never quite reaches) and you'll be entertained or diverted enough.
Props to Sean Penn for his take on Mickey Cohen. I know some critics liken him to a villain in a Dick Tracy Movie, but I thought he was convincing, especially due to a very stock and limiting script. Josh Brolin's no-nonsense tough cop also occasionally rises above the material as well. I have a feeling multiple viewings won't be as kind to this one. For now: Grade: B-
Everything I've seen that was first run in 2012 (2011 can be found right here)
A Argo **** The Perks Of Being A Wallflower **** Safety Not Guaranteed **** Haywire **** A- Not Fade Away ***1/2 Django Unchained ***1/2 2 Days In New York ***1/2 The Color Wheel ***1/2 The Loved Ones ***1/2 The Sessions ***1/2 Robot And Frank ***1/2 21 Jump Street ***1/2 Magic Mike ***1/2 The Grey ***1/2 Arbitrage ***1/2 B+ Celeste And Jesse Forever *** Friends With Kids *** A Bag Of Hammers *** Your Sister's Sister *** The Dictator *** Goon *** Hello I Must Be Going *** Zero Dark Thirty *** Return *** The Innkeepers *** The Expendables 2 *** The Guilt Trip *** This Must Be The Place *** B Price Check *** Seven Psychopaths *** Jeff, Who Lives At Home *** The Avengers *** Jack Reacher *** For A Good Time, Call... *** Moonrise Kingdom *** Thin Ice *** Bernie *** Take This Waltz *** God Bless America *** The Hole *** To Rome With Love *** ParaNorman *** Grabbers *** Why Stop Now *** The Fitzgerald Family Christmas *** Savages *** Beasts Of The Southern Wild *** The Road *** The Woman In Black *** Contraband *** Killer Joe *** The Bourne Legacy *** Hitchcock *** Darling Companion *** Hysteria *** American Reunion *** The Barrens ***
B- The Watch *** Taken 2 *** The Babymakers *** Lola Versus *** The Giant Mechanical Man *** That's My Boy *** Lay The Favorite *** Skyfall *** West Of Memphis *** Silent Night *** Piranha 3DD *** Chernobyl Diaries *** The Do-Deca Pentathlon *** The Five-Year Engagement *** Crooked Arrows *** Fun Size *** C+ The Master **1/2 Red Dawn **1/2 Liberal Arts **1/2 This is 40 **1/2 Mansome **1/2 Ruby Sparks **1/2 The Campaign **1/2 The Cabin In The Woods **1/2 Sinister **1/2 Smiley **1/2 Here Comes The Boom **1/2 Parental Guidance **1/2 Bait **1/2 Prometheus **1/2 Wanderlust **1/2 Damsels In Distress **1/2 The Details **1/2 Life Happens **1/2 What To Expect When You're Expecting **1/2 Beyond The Black Rainbow **1/2 Casa De Mi Padre **1/2
C The Amazing Spider-Man ** Dark Shadows ** Oranges, The ** The Perfect Family ** Peace, Love & Misunderstanding ** The Man With The Iron Fists ** Looper ** Sleepwalk With Me ** Premium Rush ** Cosmopolis ** End Of Watch ** The Paperboy ** Ted ** The Hunger Games ** Hyde Park On Hudson ** Silver Linings Playbook ** Don't Go In The Woods ** Game Change ** Dark Tide ** Dark Horse ** The Victim ** C- Save The Date ** House At The End Of The Street ** One For The Money ** Eddie The Sleepwalking Cannibal ** Red Lights ** The Moth Diaries ** First Time, The ** D+ Mother's Day ** The Collection ** Butter ** Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World ** Vamps ** Detention ** Bachelorette ** Snow White And The Huntsman ** D Underworld: Awakening *1/2 10 Years *1/2 Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter *1/2
D- The Sleeper *1/2
F Rock Of Ages * 127 Total
***1/2 very good
**1/2 not bad
** not so hot
*1/2 skip it, buddy
* don't even think about it, mister
Still need to see: Amour The Deep Blue Sea Holy Motors How To Survive A Plague Nobody Walks Smashed