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!
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.
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.
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.