MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

Becca hates this movie. When I asked her for her review, the words stupid, boring and dumb were used. I asked why and she replied, “It’s just horrible.” Me? I loved it. As Paula Abdul sang, “Opposites attract.” Also, much like that song, I hate cigarettes and Becca likes to smoke! All four generations of… Continue reading MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001)

MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Rock and Rule (1984)

Nelvana was a Canadian animation powerhouse in the 1980’s, producing the Boba Fett cartoon in the Star Wars Holiday Special, Droids, Ewoks and even the live action Whoopi Goldberg movie Burglar. Along the way, Nelvana’s franchises have been shown on over 360 television stations in more 180 countries, in approximately 50 languages. But their first major film was Rock… Continue reading MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Rock and Rule (1984)

MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Can’t Stop the Music (1980)

This movie — and Xandau — are why the Razzies exist, awards that celebrate the worst in movies. It’s the only movie that Nancy Walker — Rhoda’s mom and the Bounty paper towel lady — ever directed. It’s Bruce Jenner’s film debut. And I don’t care what anyone says, I love it in spite of everything… Continue reading MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Can’t Stop the Music (1980)

MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

In the 90’s, there were two Julie Browns on one channel. MTV. One was the wubba wubba wubba fashionista. The other was a wild redhead who sang songs like “Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun.” One guess which one we preferred? Written by Brown (along with frequent collaborator Charlie Coffey and Terrence McNally) and directed by Julian Temple… Continue reading MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: One from the Heart (1981)

In his series, My Year of Flops, Nathan Rubin said, “It’s telling that when a filmmaker succeeds in running his own studio, it’s because he’s learned to let his inner businessman veto his inner artiste. Coppola ran Zoetrope with his heart. It nearly destroyed him.” One from the Heart wasn’t just director Francis Ford Coppola’s dream project.… Continue reading MESSED UP AND MUSICAL: One from the Heart (1981)

Exploring The Weapons, The Hours and The Motives of Slasher Films

This weekend, after literal months of watching slashers prepping for this October’s Slasher Month event, I started thinking about each subsequent slasher as a game of Clue. To wit: How did each person get killed? What holiday or time of year killed them? And why did they get wiped out? Francesco Mazzei’s 1972 giallo lent this… Continue reading Exploring The Weapons, The Hours and The Motives of Slasher Films