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MOVIE REVIEW | Bob Roberts (1992)

Bob Roberts
“Don’t smoke crack. It’s a ghetto drug.”

The concept of the mockumentary is more present than ever, through TV shows like The Office, Parks and Recreation and Modern Family.  On the big screen, the patron saint has always been Christopher Guest, for his involvement in movies like Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Might Wind and This is Spinal Tap.  I love those movies and almost anything with Guest’s name attached to it.  But I realised something today, his documentary approach is pretty fast and loose, and easily abandoned for the sake of a good joke or getting an important plot point across.  I realised this after watching the meticulous documentary-like approach to Bob Roberts.

Tim Robbins is the titular Roberts, a folk singing, ultra conservative Republican, running for election.   He has built his own legend as a conservative rebel, singing songs to adoring supporters about how proud he is of his self made wealth, and his dedication to wiping out the drug problem in America.  Aboard his combined campaign bus and stock market trading office, Roberts is making his way across the country, one stump speech at a time, one scandal (about himself or an opponent) at a time. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | ***JURASSIC WEEK*** Jurassic City (2014)


“Run! Run! Run! Run! Run! Run!”

How to make an exploitation movie in the new millennium:  Step 1, find out which massive blockbuster is getting released in six months and give yours a title as close as legally possible.  Step 2, spend most of your budget on one recognisable actor.  Step 3, set 99% of your story in one location and/or set.  Step 4, write your story in such a way that young, hot women appear in bikinis as early as possible.  This is basically the formula that has given us such modern classics as Snakes on a Train and The Da Vinci Treasure.  And on the eve of the release of Jurassic World, that same formula gave us Jurassic City.

At a sorority initiation, a bunch of new pledges are being hazed in bikinis (step 4) when the party is broken up by some cops.  The trio of Pippi (Dana Melanie), Sarah (Kayla Carlyle) and Stephanie (Sofia Mattsson) are arrested and taken to the local police station jail (step 3).  Meanwhile, in some other location, that looks like the same bland office building that stands in for a lot of the police station, some velociraptors in some sort of research facility break loose. (more…)