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In no way is Rose McGowan a fantastic "actress," and I'm sure she doesn't
claim to be. Rose is, perfectly, a camp goddess. She raises movies like
"Lewis and Clark and George", "Phantoms", and "Jawbreaker" to more than they
should be. "Devil in the Flesh", a made-for-cable thriller which I caught
one sleepless night on TV, is Rose's movie. She plays a real bitch who gets
a huge crush on her young male teacher (Alex McArthur). Here what ensues is
a more campy, more violent "Poison Ivy" clone, that actually isn't bad at
all. Now, many of my friends found it hard to believe that I, a teenage
Atom Egoyan freak and Ang Lee-wannabe (although, no, I am not Oriental),
could like such a movie. Well, sometimes, people like me need to have fun
with a movie. "The Sweet Hereafter" and "The Ice Storm" were hardly fun
movies, even though I adore them. But, thank you whoever for making "Devil
in the Flesh", a riotous, terrific camp joy.
Three stars out of four.
I can not begin to tell you what a horrible movie "Little Witches" is... but
I also cannot tell you what a huge "crush" (I am censoring myself there) I
had when watching Sheeri Rappaport. Good God! She is a true beauty... and,
yes, this is a horrible "Craft" rip-off. Unlike many, I enjoyed "The Craft"
and its black humor, but besides Rappaport, there is little to like here.
*Beware viewers, here you get to see an obese, jelly-rolled young actress
dance fully naked around a well* DONT SAY I DIDNT WARN
Goth can be so much more sexy, so much more fun, and so much better. Half a star out of Four (the half comes from Ms. Rappaport).
Since I am quite unfamiliar with the likes of gay cinema (with the exception
of gloss-camp indie director Gregg Araki), I have this friend who
recommended to me "Lilies," a Canadian film about a relationship between a
teenage boy and another teen boy who happens to be the "stud-type". The two
young actors who star are both good, but "Lilies" is flawed majorly. If you
don't know already, there are no females in the cast, but that's not to say
there aren't any female characters. They have male actors playing the
females, which is sometimes a bit laughable. The two characters that bugged
the hell out of me were the French mademoiselle and the young boy's mother.
They actors playing them act like they are in some John Waters film of some
sort. The French "woman" tries to be so proper, but comes off utterly
obnoxious. Thank God for the two boys. Without their presence, this may
have played like cheap camp. (Oh, by the way, even though he starred in one
of my favorite films of all time "Love and Human Remains", do not cast
hideous-actor Matthew Ferguson in a film EVER again!)
Beautiful, romantic (in a way), but often times corny. Three stars out of Four.
While watching "Dirty Work", most likely one of the worst comedies of 1998
(some others being: "Major League 3" "A Night at the Roxbury" and
"Armageddon" *yes, that movie was so bad, I would classify it as comedy*), a
few questions popped into my head....:
Was Chevey Chase EVER funny?
Doesn't Traylor Howard ever want to redeem herself from "Two Guys a Girl and a Pizza Place"?
Why doesn't Christopher Mcdonald get a new agent after starring in Happy Gilmore, Veronica's Closet, The Eighteenth Angel, Lawn Dogs, to name a few?
Will Norm Macdonald ever have a real career after SNL? --Well that one I can answer: probably not!
One star out of four
Haven't we seen this before? Soft core erotica film star Joan Severnce
stars as a tough, take-no-sh*t cop who falls for a man who could be
women after sex. "Basic Instinct" anyone? "Criminal Passion" plays like
sad attempt at making "Basic Instinct" with reversed roles and without the
camp. But in no way is it as fun as "Basic Instinct." There is little
buildup to the sex that Severence and the man take part in; they just seem
to do it. "Criminal Passion" really isn't as bad as it could have been,
for grade-A B movie, check out "Basic Instinct."
One-and-a-half Stars out of Four.
Scott Caan, the young son of James Caan, stars here in the title role, a
teenage delinquent released from jail. Hate, after being released the same
day, commits a crime, where he leaves a man for dead after he finds him
attempting to rape a girl (Missy Crider). The two hit the road, in the
usual, cynical way most films take it. Crider is not a good actress, and
her performance does little for her typically bitter, depressed,
hard-to-get-into-yet-lovable-as-time-goes-by chick. Although at first Caan
seemed like a cocky wannabe actor, but as the movie rolls along, he shows
great depth (and the scenes between him and "Smoke Signals"'s Adam Beach, as
an Indian, are the best of the film. Those two generate more chemistry than
twenty times that of Caan and Crider.)
Fair road flick with a few highlights, but overall, nothing special. Two and a Half stars out of Four.
All I can say to "Vibrations," a schlocky, justifiably little-seen, 1995
cyber/techno romance, is YUCK. Former "Twin Peaks" star James Marshall
although I am very pro-Peaks stars, he is one that I can do without) plays
an aspiring musician who gets in an accident removing both his hands. He
then goes to the street and becomes your average homeless bum. One night
finds a nice abandoned storing garage, which turns into a rave as he
awakens. There he meets Christina Applegate, giving the only decent
performance throughout this whole movie. She plays Anamika, an owner of
rave, and she soon falls for Marshall in a sappy, corny romance. The
biggest problem here is the supporting cast (most notably Appegate's
excruciatingly annoying roommates), and there is nothing, nothing at all,
that can save "Vibrations" from being anything but bottom-of-the-barrel
Yuck. Zero Stars out of Four.
Martin Donovan, who also directed the quirky "Apartment Zero" among
wrote and directed "Somebody is Waiting", a film with so much potential
is never fulfilled. Johnny Whitworth of "Empire Records" stars here (and
very flat) as a young teenage delinquent. His mother (the beautiful
Nastassja Kinski, who could almost pass as his girlfriend) is a suffering
mother of many other children. His girlfriend (Rebecca Gayheart, who
have STAYED a Noxema girl) is worried about him. And his father (Gabriel
Byrne) is an abusive man who left the family years ago. This all could be
some silly melodrama or a powerful family drama...but this one is the
melodrama that it shouldn't have been.
Ambitious, yet very bad. Two Stars Out of Four.
When a movie slightly reminds you of Oliver Stone's western noir "U-Turn",
yah that one movie that tried way too hard to be cool and expected to make
money just because of Sean Penn, Jennifer Lopez, and Nick Nolte, its not a
good sign. But thankfully, "Outside Ozona" is better. Barely released in
theatres, this character driven suspense thriller carries around a very
diverse cast which ranges from Robert Forster (best known for his
Oscar-nominated turn in "Jackie Brown") to former bombshell Sherilyn Fenn
Meat Loaf. All of the characters are oddly connected by listening to
radios to a certain dj (Taj Mahal). Although "Ozona" does make some good
points about things like God and such, its dark and cynical tone is almost
ruined by the characters played by Kevin Pollack and Penelope Ann Miller
(their romance just raises the camp level and nothing else) and the
dialogue that shows up every once in a while.
Not very unique, but an overall decent flick. Two and a Half Stars out of Four.
Specimen, a direct-to-video science-fiction flick, is just about as
as you might guess. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (possibly one of the worst actors
that have ever even made a film) plays a man who has always had a strange
attraction to water and later finds out that he is the spawn of an alien
that another alien has come to Earth to kill him. Gosselaar--best known as
Zack Morris on the terrible sitcom Saved by the Bell--is beyond terrible in
a performance that makes Elizabeth Berkeley seem like the next Meryl
(He is even worse in the even worse movie Dead Man on
This movie is a total waste of the thirty dollars it probably cost to make. Half a Star out of Four.
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