This review will be spoiler-free. Part of the fun of the “Scream” movies is not knowing where they’re headed and that all their purported rule-breaking will result in something truly original in a genre not known for its freshness.
In the eleven years since “Scream 3″ signaled that the franchise had tapped itself out (at least [...]
An analysis of the “Scream” series would be incomplete if I left out its first imitator, the Jim Gillespie-directed, Kevin Williamson-scripted “I Know What You Did Last Summer.” Released less than a year after “Scream,” it capitalized on the renewed audience interest in dead teenager movies and was successful enough to warrant a theatrically-released (and [...]Continue reading...
The New Bev screened the 247-minute cut of Quentin Tarantino’s revenge epic, “Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair,” at the end of March. The film proved so popular, it was held over for another week at the beginning of April. Things have been kind of hectic for me lately, so this review’s being published a [...]Continue reading...
That “Scream” was an unexpected monster hit meant a meta-textual follow-up was inevitable. And so, “Scream 2″ opened less than a year after the first film. The production hit a major snag when the shooting script was leaked on the Internet — which was then in its infancy — and spoiled the ending to the [...]Continue reading...
I would like to call upon all filmmakers to begin a moratorium on putting “Star Wars” references in movies. Almost 35 years removed from the original film, and we’re still being inundated with lines of dialogue, iconography and subtle nods to the saga. It’s become like some sort of nervous tic that filmmakers have today. [...]Continue reading...
With “Scream 4″ opening in less than a month, I felt it was time to revisit the first three films in the series and see how they hold up. The original 1996 film, directed by Wes Craven and written by Kevin Williamson, came out of nowhere, redefining dead teenager movies for post-Tarantino, pop-culture savvy audiences [...]Continue reading...
Forget “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.” The real hot ticket isn’t on Broadway, but Hollywood Blvd. at the Steve Allen Theater, where Stuart Gordon’s “Re-Animator: The Musical” is running through the end of March.
I’m very much a fan of the 1985 HP Lovecraft-inspired film, also directed by Gordon, and starring the inimitable Jeffrey Combs as [...]
I’m taking an episodic television writing class, so I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately. Well, Hulu. And while I should be watching all the current, critically-acclaimed stuff (“Mad Men,” “Breaking Bad,” “Cheaters”), I can’t help but see what else is out available for instant streaming. I’ve been chipping away at old, old episodes [...]Continue reading...
Now I know what the shepherd in Ezekiel 25:17 feels like, beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Or maybe not. At any rate, someone made fun of me on the Internet again, so it is time to salute Mr. J. Evert Jones for his response [...]Continue reading...
I must’ve seen the trailer for “Cool World” about a hundred times. It was one of those previews that seemed to be on every VHS tape in my collection, and I’d blow through it on fast forward practically every time. Still, the imagery seemed striking. The film looked like some sort of sleazy take on [...]Continue reading...