Tag Archives: Tim Curry

My Own Fright Night

Halloween is soon upon us, and four years ago I wrote a blog entry on my previous web site where I listed the scenes that scared the shit out of me as a teenager. Revisiting the list has been fun – and the time has come to updating it. First of all, we have a … Continue reading My Own Fright Night

Burke and Hare

No job too small. No body too big. No questions asked. In 1827, two con artists (Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis) learn that there’s money in delivering corpses to an unscrupulous doctor (Tom Wilkinson); so what if they have to help a lot of people die a little faster? John Landis’s first film in 12 years … Continue reading Burke and Hare

Hunt for Red October: Run Silent, Run Deep

INVISIBLE. SILENT. STOLEN.   In 1988, Die Hard had been such a tremendous hit that a sequel was inevitable. The film’s director, John McTiernan, was obviously considered for it. In the end, he chose to do something else. Adapting Tom Clancy’s “The Hunt for Red October” may seem like a natural follow-up, and it certainly is a … Continue reading Hunt for Red October: Run Silent, Run Deep

Kinsey: Sex and the Professor

LET’S TALK ABOUT SEX. Bill Condon, the man who once made a dreary sequel to Candyman (1992), has grown into quite a sophisticated filmmaker. He prepared for this film by interviewing the old colleagues of Alfred Kinsey’s, much like the noted biologist himself had conducted interviews in preparation of his two books on sexuality in … Continue reading Kinsey: Sex and the Professor

Scary Movie 2

NO MORE MERCY. NO MORE SHAME. NO MORE SEQUELS – HONEST! WE LIED. This sequel is mainly a send-up of The Haunting (1963); the leading characters spend a weekend at a haunted house. But many other films are also desecrated, including The Exorcist (1973) in an uneven opening sequence where James Woods gets to do a Max von Sydow … Continue reading Scary Movie 2

Charlie’s Angels

GET SOME ACTION. Three female agents (Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu) must find a kidnapped businessman, but too late do they realize that the mission is a trap. The old ‘70s show that relied on silly and sexy adventures got its widescreen remake and everything is of course souped-up to the nth degree. The actresses … Continue reading Charlie’s Angels

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

HE’S UP PAST HIS BEDTIME IN THE CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS. Kevin’s (Macaulay Culkin) family is ready for another vacation, but this time he gets lost in New York and runs into some familiar burglars… If I were a member of this family I’d think we were stuck in Groundhog Day; this is virtually a remake of … Continue reading Home Alone 2: Lost in New York