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MOVIE REVIEW | Tequila Sunrise (1988)

In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “At most, it raised as shrug and a yawn.”

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Mr. McKussic, it seems, has been engaged in his business for purely romantic reasons, whilst you have been engaged in romance for purely business reasons.

I’ve written plenty of times about the virtues of going into a movie blind.  It’s harder and harder to do with new movies, with inescapable marketing campaigns and trailers that reveal more and more of what the final product has to offer.  So now, going in blind usually means going for tiny indies, or something that’s at least a couple of decades old.  The name Tequila Sunrise was definitely familiar, and I was even kind of aware of its late 80s vintage.

What I wasn’t aware of were the treats waiting for me in the opening titles.  Mel Gibson, Michelle Pfeiffer and Kurt Russell’s names popping up had me immediately glad that I had taken a chance on this movie.  Then seeing that it was written and directed by Robert Towne, of Chinatown and Bonnie and Clyde fame, had me legitimately excited.  Unfortunately, the opening titles is where I should have stopped if I wanted to go away liking this movie. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

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“I think… no, I am positive… that you are the most unattractive man I have ever met in my entire life. You know, in the short time we’ve been together, you have demonstrated every loathsome characteristic of the male personality and even discovered a few new ones. You are physically repulsive, intellectually retarded, you’re morally reprehensible, vulgar, insensitive, selfish, stupid, you have no taste, a lousy sense of humor and you smell. You’re not even interesting enough to make me sick.”

You wanna talk about an eclectic career? In the 60s, George Miller was a doctor, in the late 70s, he decided to become a film maker, and made one of the most iconic Australian movies of all time, Mad Max. In the years since, he’s made hugely successful, family friendly franchises, like Babe and Happy Feet, prestige stuff like The Year My Voice Broke and Lorenzo’s Oil. And just this year, at 70 bloody years old, he pretty much redefined what action movies can be, with Mad Max: Fury Road. But amongst that wide ranging career, one movie stands out as the most perplexing to me. A silly little 80s piece of puff about love, loneliness and the devil. A movie called The Witches of Eastwick.

In the sleepy, idyllic town of Eastwick, three local broads have a problem. A lack of man problem. Alexandra (Cher) is a single mother of one, after the death of her husband. Jane (Susan Sarandon) is a single mother of none after her inability to have kids lead to a divorce. While Sukie (Michelle Pfeiffer) is a single mother of six after her husband ran off. One night, over a few wines, the three women wish for the perfect man to save them from singledom. The next day, an eccentric millionaire arrives in town, buying a mysterious local mansion that has been empty for years. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | The Hollywood Knights (1980)

Well here’s a movie that doesn’t seem to be aspiring to absolutely anything.  There are a few jokes, but not nearly enough for it to be a comedy.  It’s kind of a coming of age story, but no one really learns anything worth remembering or that will help them in the next stage of their lives.  I have no idea what kind of movie The Hollywood Knights is trying to be, and I’m pretty sure the people making it didn’t have a clue either.

It’s Halloween night 1965, but don’t be fooled, this movie has nothing to with Halloween.  Why set it on such an iconic night of the year than do nothing to take advantage of it?  I may be the first person to ask that question, because it’s obvious the screenwriter never did. (more…)