Film study… week 17

High Fidelity
After his girlfriend leaves him, neurotic, self-obsessed record store owner, Rob (John Cusack) analyses his past relationships and break-ups, mostly completely missing the point. Cusack is in absolutely top-form in this angsty comedy and just about manages to escape being upstaged by his geeky sidekicks, played by Jack Black and Todd Louiso. (On that topic where the hell is John Cusack these days, I miss him!) Awesome!

What do you mean my shirt looks like I found it in a dumpster?

What do you mean my shirt looks like I found it in a dumpster?

Hocus Pocus
Teenager Max Dennison (Omri Katz) moves to Salem, gets his shoes stolen and feels sorry for himself. Then in an attempt to impress the school hottie he manages to bring three child-eating witches, played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, back from the dead on Halloween. There’s a chance I might have enjoyed this at the time it first came out in 1993, when I was 12… you know if there was nothing as intellectually challenging as The Teletubbies on.

The years hadn't been kind to Charlotte or Miranda but at least Carrie was wearing something slightly less outrageous than usual

The years hadn't been kind to Charlotte or Miranda but at least Carrie was wearing something slightly less outrageous than usual

Hollywoodland
It’s 50’s Hollywood and TV’s Superman, George Reeves (Ben Affleck) has supposedly committed suicide. While we watch sleazy detective, Louis Simo (Adrien Brody) investigate the suspicious circumstances around Reeves’ death, the events of his life play out concurrently. I absolutely loved this. Ben Affleck turns out an uncharacteristically good performance and for some unknown reason I find Adrien Brody ridiculously sexy… I think I’m the only one though.

I'm so hot, there's smoke coming out of my phone

I'm so hot, there's smoke coming out of my phone

Honey
Ok, I’ll admit it, my one concession to cheese is the dance movie genre and so I’ve seen rather a lot of these formulaic little “gems”. In this one, barlady and dance teacher, Honey Daniels (Jessica Alba) is spotted by a talent scout and is soon not only starring in music videos but choreographic them. Unfortunately her slimy mentor, director Michael Ellis (David Moscow) wants to get her into bed and when Honey refuses her career and her plans to build an inner-city dance studio go down the toilet. (Picture lines like, “I really needed that money… not for me, for the KIDS!”)  What will Honey do? The film attempts to portray Honey as some kind of dancing saint, while oiling her up and putting her in skimpy outfits… hmmm and there are more unnecessary subplots than you can shake a stick at… also Alba is completely out-acted by Lil’ Romeo and Zachary Williams who play the kids.

Honey: He gave me his number, should I have sex with him? Gina: Do it for the kids!

Honey: He gave me his number, should I have sex with him? Gina: Do it for the kids!

1 Comment

  1. Jen

    High Fidelity is one of my favourite movies. I love Rob’s attitude and the musical moran twins haha. Jack Black steals every scene he’s in. Oh, and the top five lists! So much geek love.

    “OK, buddy, I was just tryin’ to cheer us up so go ahead. Put on some old sad bastard music, see if I care.”
    “I don’t wanna hear old sad bastard music, Barry, I just want something I can ignore.”
    “Here’s the thing. I made that tape special for today. My special Monday morning for *you*… special.”
    “Well, it’s fuckin’ Monday afternoon! You should get out of bed earlier!”

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