Midnight Matinee Psycho

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Killing Gunther

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Trail of the Pink Panther

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Last Updated on Friday, 19 June 2015 20:32

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Sleepaway Camp IV: The Survivor

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Two if by Sea

two-if-by-sea-revTwo if by Sea  (1996)    Warner Bros./Comedy    RT: 96 minutes    Rated R (language)    Director: Bill Bennett    Screenplay: Denis Leary and Mike Armstrong    Music: Nick Glennie-Smith and Paddy Moloney    Cinematography: Andrew Lesnie    Release date: January 12, 1996 (US)    Cast: Sandra Bullock, Denis Leary, Stephen Dillane, Yaphet Kotto, Mike Starr, Jonathan Tucker, Wayne Robson, Michael Badalucco, Lenny Clarke, Jonny Fido, Don Gavin, Shaun R. Clarke, Markus Parilo, John Friesen, Sean Runnette.    Box Office: $10.7 million (US)

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 Even by the lax standards I set for major movies released without any advance screenings, Two if by Sea is pretty bad. The East Coast was slammed with a huge blizzard the weekend this came out, but I don’t think that factors into its dismal box office performance. This charmless rom-com would have fizzled if it was sunny and clear. It stars Denis Leary (The Ref) and Sandra Bullock (While You Were Sleeping) as a bickering couple reevaluating their relationship during the commission of a felony. It’s not exactly a case of Bonnie and Clyde as he did the crime all on his own, she’s just along for the ride. At the time of this movie’s release, Bullock’s star was still rising with three hit films back-to-back-to-back (Speed, While You Were Sleeping and The Net). It’s my theory that Warner figured her name above the title would mean big business for Two if by Sea whether or not it was actually any good. It wasn’t and it didn’t. She’s completely annoying in this movie.

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The Fantastic Four (1994)

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Another You

another-you-revAnother You  (1991)    TriStar/Comedy    RT: 94 minutes    Rated R (language)    Director: Maurice Phillips    Screenplay: Ziggy Steinberg    Music: Charles Gross    Cinematography: Victor J. Kemper    Release date: July 26, 1991 (US)     Cast: Richard Pryor, Gene Wilder, Mercedes Ruehl, Stephen Lang, Vanessa Williams, Phil Rubenstein, Peter Michael Goetz, Billy Beck, Jerry Houser, Kevin Pollak, Michael J. Pollard, Craig Richard Nelson, Kandis Chappell, Vincent Schiavelli, Romy Rosemont.    Box Office: $2.8 million (US)

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 If a supposed comedy can be described as depressing, you know something went horribly wrong. As far as I can see, a lot went wrong with Another You, the fourth and final screen pairing of Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder. It’s also the last time either one of them starred in a feature film*. Pryor was in ill health at the time due to multiple sclerosis; his physical deterioration is on full display here. He can barely walk. Wilder isn’t at his best either as he was still grieving for his late wife Gilda Radner who lost her battle with ovarian cancer two years earlier (May ’89). This explains a lot about the lack of comic energy from the comedy duo, but they’re not the only ones to blame for the failure of Another You. Maurice Phillips, who replaced Peter Bogdanovich as director about five weeks into filming, has absolutely no sense of timing or pacing.

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Clifford

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Hardly Working

hardly-working-revHardly Working  (1981)    20th Century Fox/Comedy    RT: 90 minutes    Rated PG (a single use of profanity)    Director: Jerry Lewis    Screenplay: Jerry Lewis and Michael Janover    Music: Morton Stevens    Cinematography: James Pergola    Release date: April 3, 1981 (US)    Cast: Jerry Lewis, Susan Oliver, Roger C. Carmel, Deanna Lund, Harold J. Stone, Steve Franken, Buddy Lester, Alex Henteloff, Leonard Stone, Britt Leach, Amy Krug, Stephen Baccus, Tommy Zibelli II, Billy Barty.    Box Office: $8.8 million (US)

Rating: NO STARS!!!

 Critics were barred from screenings of Hardly Working because, according to Jerry Lewis, they’re unable to understand his appeal unlike the masses that appreciate his brand of comedy. What a load of BS! The plain truth is that Hardly Working is a bad movie. No, that’s understating it. Let me revise that statement. It’s atrocious on every conceivable level. It’s attains a level of incompetence and ineptitude never seen in movies released by a major studio. Is it any wonder that it sat on the shelf for two years (it was filmed in 1979) before somebody thought it was a good idea to release it? I was 13 when Hardly Working came out and even at that young age, I was at a loss to understand how it qualified as entertainment. Hell, it’s barely a movie.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 20:50

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