It’s been said that Hollywood and the entertainment industry is an incestuous environment and by that I mean that people work together so much that there’s degrees of separation. Sometimes, producers, writers, actors and directors hear things on one set or at one party and pass it along to others. It’s not uncommon for twoContinue reading “Remember When 1981 Was The Year Of The Werewolf?”
Jim Varney had been in the public spotlight for many years before his breakthrough role in the 1987 comedy Ernest Goes to Camp, featuring his signature character Ernest P. Worrell in the first of many movies. It was the first of four movies he would make for Disney before the movies became independently produced andContinue reading “‘Ernest Scared Stupid’ Killed The Franchise”
I knew a guy while attending Georgia Southern University who had lived in Wilmington, N.C. during the filming of the 1994 movie The Crow, in which Brandon Lee was fatally shot. He said that North Carolina was one of the few states at the time that allowed non-union labor on film and TV sets andContinue reading “Fatal Shooting On Movie Set Spotlights Much Needed Workforce Safety Reforms”
I’m only three episodes in the Hulu limited series Dopesick about the opioid crisis involving Purdue Pharma but it has problems that are only kept together by the performances of the ensemble cast. And that ensemble cast is also its illness. There are six stories interconnecting here jumping back and forth over many years overContinue reading “‘Dopesick’ Suffers From Similar Symptoms Of Docudramas, Hope It Gets Better Soon”
Kathy Bates is one of my favorite actresses. She was basically an unknown character actor when she got her breakthrough role at 42 as Annie Wilkes in Misery. The movie is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name that he wrote following a fan backlash over his 1984 epic fantasy novel TheContinue reading “‘Misery’ Loves The Company Of Hero Syndrome”
This post contains spoilers. The Hulu black comedy series Only Murders in the Building couldn’t have come at a better time as we were enthralled in the case of Gabby Petito, a blogger who went missing over the summer and then her body was found in Wyoming murdered by strangulation. As I’m writing this, theContinue reading “The Verdict For ‘Only Murders In The Building’”
Colin Powell may have been an inspiration for some. But on Feb. 5, 2003, he forever tainted his legacy with a lie that he knew was a lie. He appeared in front of the United Nations Security Council, held up a vial of anthrax and said there was intel that Saddam Hussein was looking toContinue reading “Colin Powell’s Tainted Legacy”
When Bill Paxton passed away in 2017, his death came as a surprise to everyone. At 61, he seemed to be in perfect health, but he had a damaged aortic heart valve most of his life and on Feb. 14 of that year, he underwent open heart surgery and this led to complications that resultedContinue reading “‘Frailty’ Thy Name Is Bill Paxton’s Great Horror Masterpiece”
All film franchises have that one movie that is, for lack of a better word, a bastardization. A Nightmare on Elm Street had its version with the homoerotic Freddy’s Revenge in which it was Freddy Krueger working through a troubled teenage boy. This strayed from going after being in their dreams. Friday the 13th angeredContinue reading “We Need To Talk About ‘Halloween III’”
Sometimes, movies fly under the radar they get lost only to be rediscovered later. Take Session 9, which had the misfortune of being released one month before 9/11. It got good reviews and even the David Caruso jokes had died off since the late 1990s. But during one of America’s darkest moments, no one reallyContinue reading “‘Session 9’ Is A 10”
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