Can’t Unsee This

Day Three. Oh boy. We've gone from Bad to Really Bad to Makes Birdemic Look Like Citizen Kane. I'm talking about the pungently trashy Killer Piñata. Gee, wonder what the plot of this little 2015 film is gonna be? The first few minutes are harbingers of the hilarity to come. A shopkeeper (Joette Waters) with a hook for a … Continue reading Can’t Unsee This

Resistance Is Futile

Ah yes, the infamous folks at Asylum just can't be kept down, and everything is mockbuster fodder. Not even Michael Bay's Transformers is safe. Asylum went there...kinda...in their 2007 flick, Transmorphers. Yeah. Morphers. Sigh. All the excitement of invading alien robots without excitement (or fun), and without explosions every five minutes. Come to think of it, … Continue reading Resistance Is Futile

Low Budget Badness

Are y'all ready for this? Ah, 1960s camp meets Atomic Age scifi. It's a universe full of cigar-shaped spacecraft and jerky stop-motion monsters, of bad special effects and wooden acting. Interstellar travel, something mankind had dreamed about for hundreds of years, was suddenly on the verge of attainability, and yet we weren't quite there. We … Continue reading Low Budget Badness

The Robinsons Jump the Shark

Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me... Except for maybe the 1940 version, it's odd that Swiss Family Robinson has several adaptations beside the 1960 Disney classic. Why mess with a good thing, right? On the other hand, it's an easily tweakable formula. Find a family who's at odds with each other, or … Continue reading The Robinsons Jump the Shark

The Course of True Love

And now for our second Austen film in a month. That's kind of a record for this blog... 🙂 One of the nicest Jane Austen films in my opinion is the graceful and lovely Sense and Sensibility. This 1995 charmer won Emma Thompson an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as a Golden Globe … Continue reading The Course of True Love

This Is Also Sparta

What comes to mind at the mention of Sparta and the Battle of Thermopylae? Frank Miller and Zack Snyder's 300 has probably prejudiced a lot of us because, love it or not, it's pretty hard to forget. Fake chests. Men in Speedos. Dancing oracles. Chiseled Persian kings with lots of piercings. Boisterous, masculine yells of … Continue reading This Is Also Sparta

Make Me A Match

*harp music playing* Nobody does romance quite like Jane Austen, and today we're going to look at the 1996 film, Emma, featuring a young Gwyneth Paltrow before Goop, a young Ewan McGregor before Obi Wan, and a young Toni Collette before almost everything else she's done. And we can't forget Jeremy North as the super-romantic Mr. Knightley. … Continue reading Make Me A Match

Warts and All

Obviously, not every family is perfect. There are families that are together in name only, and sometimes not even that. Even seemingly perfect families may not be so perfect under the surface because the plain and simple fact is that we're all human. Regardless of which scenario applies, life often forces us to deal with … Continue reading Warts and All

Coming To America

Homeward bound... Who can forget when Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman were the world's It couple? And their smoldering chemistry? Who can forget 1992's Far And Away, when they put on Irish brogues? I saw Far And Away on VHS with my friend, Nikki in high school, and we kinda got into it. During the last ten minutes … Continue reading Coming To America

The Talk of the Town

About a year ago I did an "Origins" post on Judy, and it's kinda nice that Amazon brought the movie to Prime. Were my first impressions correct? Yes and no. The movie alternates between scenes of Judy as a youngster and as an adult, up to about six months before she passed away. There's music, of course, … Continue reading The Talk of the Town

The Lady In the Tutti-Frutti Hat

Taking Up Room's first blogathon of 2021... Carmen Miranda's star rose very quickly in the United States, and it didn't take long for Twentieth Century Fox to play that up in a big way. The most overt example of was 1943's The Gang's All Here. The film appears to be an homage to the Good Neighbor … Continue reading The Lady In the Tutti-Frutti Hat

It’s Witchcraft

Remember 2005's Bewitched? I don't know what anyone was expecting with this Ephron flick. A remake of Bewitched, of course, but...eh. It was a bit more than that. Or a bit less, depending on how people want to look at it. Glass half-full versus glass half-empty. Anyway... Isabel (Nicole Kidman) doesn't want to be a witch … Continue reading It’s Witchcraft

Stage To Screen: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum

Happy New Year! Hope everyone enjoyed their holidays. I did. I could have used another week of vacay, but it's all good. On to 2021.... The one and only time I saw Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum was in college. I tried out for it as part of my Broadway performance … Continue reading Stage To Screen: A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum

Origins: Wonder Woman 1984

I don't know about anyone else, but Wonder Woman 1984 is another movie I'm anticipating. I was also interested in delving into her history, which I've never really done before. Thing is, though, I hesitated to even post this because of studios constantly pushing back release dates during the pandemic. Or just throwing theaters under … Continue reading Origins: Wonder Woman 1984

Hit the Dance Floor

Tap, tap, tap... In 1936 Fred and Ginger were two years into their partnership, and Follow the Fleet was one of two movies they made that year. The film sports some Hollywood heavyweights and soon-to-be-heavyweights but is itself pretty lightweight. However, it's classic Fred and Ginger. Sparky chemistry, magical dance sequences, and fun. "Bake" Baker (Fred Astaire) … Continue reading Hit the Dance Floor