I wrote this story quite a while ago, and it took its sweet time finding a home, so remembering exactly what possessed me to write it is a bit tricky, but I’ll try. The thing about being actors is that we don’t have a lot of control over what we end up doing, and very… Continue reading Notes On 27 Takes
It has a lot to do with passages like this one, taken from the Village Voice’s Allen Scherstuhl’s review of Altas Shrugged III: Your Rail, My Steel. One of the workers, the sexy un-impoverished-looking one, catches her eye. It’s John Galt (Kristoffer Polaha), the Harlequin Romance hunk who runs that VIP colony in the Rockies and… Continue reading Why I Love Reading Reviews of Bad Movies
The Amityville franchise is a rancid body of work. From the first feature in 1979 to the Michael Bay produced remake in 2005, the series has served up all the ooze, breasts, dog abuse-Fu and questionable real estate purchases that…well…there must have been someone who wanted them. The second film, supposedly a prequel to 1979’s Amityville… Continue reading Can Amityville 2: The Possession Be Saved?
Exercise: take the building blocks of a movie you dislike. How d’you rearrange them into what you DO like? Part two of our little parlor game takes us to a movie that traumatized me when I was but a mere slip of a lad: 1983’s abomination, The Lonely Lady. The Lonely Lady tells a simple story.… Continue reading Could One of the Worst Movies of the 1980s Be Salvaged?
Last week, the AVClub came up with their list of the ten essential episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000. And while I liked the episodes they listed, my list differs enough that I felt compelled to share. My picks had to meet three criteria: they’re funny on their own, accessible to newcomers, and bring us to… Continue reading The Ten Essential MST3K Episodes
Once upon a time, during a real estate crisis not wholly dissimilar from our own, a couple that found itself unable to afford the house they’d just bought got together with their attorney and, over a bottle of wine, seized upon a way to spin their straw into gold: a hoax. That hoax begat a… Continue reading Quaint and Best Forgotten Volumes Part 2: Amityville II: The Possession
Fewer years ago than I care to remember, an audition at the LOFT Generals led to my being cast in a play intended for the Seattle Fringe Festival. The play, by a playwright with a vaguely Eastern European accent and an aversion to socks, required me and another actor to don diaphanous robes and pontificate… Continue reading Quaint and Best Forgotten Volumes, Part I: The Room