Story: It’s springtime, and S Mart employee Ash has the perfect place selected for some off-campus hijinks. It’s a desolate cabin in the woods, hard to access and far removed from any bothersome neighbors. So, what could go wrong, right? He rounds up his girlfriend and S Mart colleague Linda, lovelorn sister Cheryl, wise-cracking best friend Scott and Scott’s new-found, trampy squeeze Shelly for a raucous romp in the hinterlands.
Story: “There was a cabaret and a Master of Ceremonies, and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany, and it was the end of the world, and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both fast asleep.”
Way back in the days when I was a lad, Labor Day marked the beginning of the school year. Now, of course, school districts and universities get their fall semesters underway a couple of weeks earlier.
Evil Dead the Musical
Well, it’s another dry week at the cineplex. So if you were hotly anticipating my review of the Evil Dead remake or Jurassic Park 3D I’m sorry to disappoint. Nevertheless, if you insist on getting out of the sunshine and hunkering down in a murky movie theater here are your options:
Well, we’re almost out of the woods. We made it through the January bilge and a February with nothing but Oscar re-releases that were worth seeing. Spring break is almost over, and the studios know that the time has come to start releasing some movies that people actually will pay to see. Here’s what we have (hopefully) to look forward to this spring:
OK, I don’t want to spend too much time on this movie because you’re either going to see it or you’re going to see it. Seriously, if you have no plans to see it in the upcoming weeks, I will assume you have already seen it. This Bond makes you realize that it’s not always about raising the bar—a bigger explosion, a cooler gadget—it’s about a compelling story and great acting.
The ghouls and goblins of late October may be gone, but there are still some perils lurking in our autumn gardens: disease outbreaks, which occur when plants are weakened or under stress, environmental conditions are favorable and a pathogen is present.
Play: “Evil Dead, the Musical”
It’s the last hurrah for summer movies. So get to the megaplex and watch some car chases and explosions because awards season is just around the corner. Here’s what’s in store.
You cannot help but have high expectations for this film: Ridley Scott directing an Oscar-laden cast with almost no budget constraints. Maybe that was the problem. Sometimes artists work better with limits. Here we have a no-holds-barred, gritty retelling of the origins of the Robin Hood legend. That, or we have an illogical, irrational, inconsistent non-telling of a story where the only rich getting robbed are the people at the box office.
When I first started getting information about this film I immediately crossed it off my list. I’m too old for movies like that. I have three young children, my days are scary enough just going through the laundry hamper. Then early reports started categorizing the film as ‘suspense’ rather than ‘horror,’ and what’s more it was receiving startlingly good reviews, no pun intended. So I rethought it. Sam Raimi directed it. He directed Spiderman. How scary could the director of Spiderman make a movie? What I didn’t realize is that he also directed The Evil Dead, possibly the most nightmare-inducing two hours of my childhood. So, to answer the question: really freaking scary.
That could be better than one honest man taking on an entire corrupt global power in the form of the au courant villain, a giant bank? Well, one thing that would be better would be one man taking on an international evil institution with a script that made sense. Here we have great actors, great direction, and incredible cinematography as well as four little words that practically make this a must-see: gunfight in the Guggenheim.
While 2008 is ending on a recessionary note economically, there’s little doubt that the St. Louis theater scene continues to grow, at least as far as the number of productions is concerned. In reviewing my notes about shows covered this year, I noticed that the number I saw in person, 128, was at least 85 short of the total presentations offered by touring, professional, community and college companies in the area. And that doesn’t count the dozens of performances offered by the burgeoning cabaret crowd.
First of all, let me just say there are few actors I love watching more than Ed Harris and Viggo Mortensen. Harris has been overdue for an Oscar since The Truman Show and Mortensen is as gifted as he is easy on the eyes. They are both just waiting for that choice role in that perfect film to put them on the podium. This movie, however, just ain’t it. It is slow, obvious, and aspects of it lean toward the ridiculous.