Born: 1977 in parts unknown
Resides: San Diego, CA
Membership Chair: San Diego Film Critics Society
Favorite Film Of:
2013 ● (so far) Warm Bodies
2012 ● The Perks of Being a Wallflower
2011 ● 50/50
2010 ● Never Let Me Go
2009 ● (500) Days of Summer
2008 ● Slumdog Millionaire
2007 ● Once
2006 ● Somersault
2005 ● Junebug
2004 ● Garden State / Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
2003 ● All the Real Girls
2002 ● Laurel Canyon
2001 ● Donnie Darko
2000 ● You Can Count On Me
Cinematic Guilty Pleasure
The title is spelled out in graffiti … that’s how you know it’s good!
There are so many guilty pleasure possibilities but I’ll go with “Rad“. A glorious 80′s film about a high school kid who’s a natural on his bmx bike. As fate would have it, the biggest bmx race in the country is to be held in his little town and he and the town have to band together to help him win against the pros. It’s got everything you want in a cheesy, action sports film: great guitar-riff laden music, cheesy dialogue, Lori Loughlin, olympic gold medalist Bart Conner and of course, not only a hilariously choreographed high school dance sequence but a BIKE DANCE!!! Yes, this film has it all. (For the adult version of how to watch this film, visit the Rules for Fools page.)
Favorite Film Quote:
Like you wouldn’t have voted for him?
“Come on… Come on! Do it! Do it! Come on. Come on! Kill me! I’m here! Kill me! I’m here! Kill me! Come on! Kill me! I’m here! Come on! Do it now! Kill me! ”
- Arnold Schwarzeneggar in “Predator”
Most Undeserving Of Its Accolades:
A 3 hour movie about the Heimlich maneuver? Pass.
This took no time at all for me decide upon, the clear answer is “Titanic”.
Look, I went and plunked down my money to see this like everyone else (and yes, I do blame myself). I was looking forward to the big special effects and didn’t care that I knew the ending (big boat sink). What I got to go along with the big effects was a ridiculous story that spanned a ridiculous running time. And let’s be honest, Billy Zane should have shot DiCraprio’s head off halfway through the film.
Short of the complexity of the special effects shots, everything about this film was over-hyped. The script was terrible, the acting was melodramatic, the score was over the top. Then for the increasingly less credible “Academy” to bestow a slew of Oscars including Best Picture towards this romance novel of a film … I still get angry about it.
That this film made over 1.8 BILLION worldwide (the high-water mark for a film until “Avatar” … and this was in 1997 dollars) only goes to prove that you can fool all of the people some of the time.
And just go ahead and try to tell me that you don’t cringe whenever you hear that damn song … and you know which damn song I’m talking about!
Just writing about this film gives me the shakes … I need a drink.