Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure - still excellent after all these years.
After my thorough disgust with the sequel, I had to sit down and watch the original to verify whether I am just getting old and crusty or it really did suck. I was relieved when I still enjoyed Excellent Adventure - that means that Bogus Journey really was a giant piece of excrement.
How did I make it out of the 80s without seeing Say Anything...?
You'd think I grew up in a box or something. There are a lot of important movies I just haven't seen. As you can probably tell, I'm making a valiant attempt to catch up. Say Anything... occupies a revered place in pop culture. The boom box scene has been spoofed innumerable times. Some friends of mine even used "In Your Eyes" as their wedding song. Kinda cheesy, but still kind of cute. I guess I can't talk, since I used a popular song from a film made at about the same time for mine.
So...the obvious question - Scream vs. I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Again, I'm coming to the party late. Having seen Scream shortly after it was released on video, I have an automatic bias towards Scream. Scream netted 2 sequels, while I Know What You Did Last Summer netted only one - and it starred Brandy. Huh?. Scream definitely has the better franchise.
Before Scary Movie, there was Student Bodies.
I certainly don't mean to imply that Student Bodies invented the horror spoof - or even perfected it...both honors that belong to Mel Brooks. But it definitely holds a special place in my heart - because it's just SO FUCKING GOOFY. The rubber chicken? The horsehead bookends? The body count? Malvert?
It seems that the nonstop commercials for the DVD release have finally died down. I swear, it seemed like every channel played that commercial during every commercial break for the last month. Anyway, after several weeks of the commercial blitz, my husband asked me where they found a guy that stupid to follow around with a camera. I was like, um, that dude is an actor. He was like, oh...whatever.
90 minutes of lame-ass shit was not worth the 10 minutes of cool shit in this film.
Harpoon through the crotch was cool. Fireplace poker through 2 heads, in one shot, was cool. The chick from American Beauty nose diving into a car was cool. Being shot with a flare gun was almost cool. Everything else in the film was not cool.
How this film got a PG-13 is beyond me. [Oops, I checked and see it was Rated R - my Bad!]
Mindless trash entertainment...but entertainment nonetheless. I was made to watch this crap late at night with Debra and April, feasting on Tom Thumb sushi and cheap beer. I didn't pay to rent it, so I didn't feel so bad. I had a good time watching it though. There's nothing like talking back to the screen when a situation is beyond belief. And most of the situations in this film were way beyond belief...
Another rip-off teen horror film. Another retelling of 'The Hands of Orloc.' Another trendy 'potsmoking is cool' film. But this one is missing something that the recent crop of teen slasher crap (Scream 1 & 2, I Know What..., Disturbing Behavior, Urban Legends, The Faculty, ad nauseum) have - picture perfect teens getting sliced by horrible villians and/or the people they trust (mostly parents and teachers) - THANK GOD!