movie review site of the week
I recently referred a friend to the movie review site that I mentioned here a while back: Jabootu's Bad Movie Dimension. Arch-reviewer Ken Begg writes lengthy and frequently hilarious reviews of bad movies of all stripes, from Johnny Mnemonic to Magnificent Obsession to Bad Movie touchstones The Lonely Lady (with Pia Zadora) and Showgirls (a film so bad, not even an endless parade of nudity could make it interesting). The Jabootu site also hosts an invaluable Bad Movie Glossary that defines terms like the Hero's Battle Death Exemption (in which the movie's protagonist survives an extended encounter with a monster/villain that makes short work of everyone else in the film, as seen in Prophecy, which Begg also skewers).
Here's the master at work, in his Showgirls review:
The script was by Joe Eszterhas (for which he received three million dollars), Hollywood's most famous misogynist. Some of his other women-friendly scripts include Fatal Attraction and Basic Instinct. Eszterhas kept complaining about how moral his story was (the "corruption" angle), and continues to jabber about his "strong" female characters. However, he writes women not only like he never met one, but as if they were a mythological species that he was too lazy to research. Watching one of Eszterhas' woman characters is akin to watching a werewolf expert in a horror movie state that "the only way to kill a werewolf is by driving a wooden stake through its heart." You snort, wondering how anyone could be so ignorant about something so basic, much less commit it to paper (or film).
Begg is also deft at lambasting left-wing bias, especially in films where the roles of hero and villain seem to be assigned based on political stance rather than the character's actions (two excellent examples: his blistering takedown of sucky sequel The Lost World and the Peter Benchley made-for-TV The Beast).
Almost everyone loves great movies. Personally, I love many bad ones too, and Begg is generous in observing the differences between movies that turned out bad because directors lacked the budget to adequately portray a compelling vision (or hire a decent cast) and ones that should have been good, but the producers and directors just didn't care enough to deliver a quality product (see the Lost World review again).
In related news, Nathan Shumate of Cold Fusion Video Reviews has a Web log! Check out this rant on the annoying--but still ineffective--pop-up ads.