Thoughts On ‘Scream 4′

This is the review I’ve been waiting to write for so long. So much to get to but let’s start with the bottom line: it’s good, quite good. It’s not amazing, but I didn’t expect it to be. There are flaws, of course, but they are forgivable. Wes Craven gives us, the fans, everything we could have asked for and more. This is a great way to apologize for whatever Scream 3 was.

Scream 4 comes 10 years after the third film in the franchise. Judging by this weekends #’s the franchise is dated and showing it’s age. Why did it gross only $20 million on it’s opening weekend? I don’t know. I’m kind of dumbfounded; there is the R rating working against it but, I mean, this generation’s teens don’t care about Scream. I think. Going into the weekend I thought this has a chance to do really well, and the tracking surely suggested it but like everything else this year so far, tracking has been WAY OFF. This may find legs but the R rating is not helpful. But I think all the other ones were rated R and someone managed to gross over $100 million, give or take, for each so again, I just don’t know.

I’ve been anticipating this movie for the longest time. I love horror movies, I live for Scream, and I live to be in a horror movie, like Scream. Too far? Maybe. Scream is the horror franchise for film enthusiasts like myself and everyone else. If you love Scream, I don’t need to explain why. I don’t find the films scary, I don’t go to see them to be scared, I go because they are insane amounts of fun and always contain the BEST references to itself and films past, present and future. (Note: I’m talking about the Scream films I am ignoring the third movie. What third movie? Exactly). I go because I feel like Wes makes these movies just for me.

Scream 4 was a process. Read any interview Wes or the cast gave, they put a lot of work into this. Maybe it was a little rushed but there is a lot of enthusiasm inside of it. This one gets back to the roots of the original. While I love the sequel, and love it more than the original sometimes, the only thing lacking is that its taken out of what worked for the first one: Sidney’s home, the close knit group of friends, the down. The university and then for the third movie, Hollywood, just takes you out of the claustrophobia of it all. So it’s a back to basics schedule and it works really well.

The plot of this, if you’ve seen the trailers (Note: think you know who the killer is based on the trailers? Don’t. They fuck with your shit and Wes – and this is why I love him – shot the scenes that are in the trailers differently than those that appear in the movie) follows the Scream mantra: we analyze the horror films that have come and gone, and then acknowledge ourselves and then work with whatever movie were on, and how it would work in a franchise. Scream is a movie within a movie within a movie, etc… It is VERY self-aware but not so much so. It acts like a 4th movie, like the reboot that it is and it works so well by doing that. (There is a part of me that kind of think Wes doesn’t hate the mediocre weekend #s because, well its a 4th movie in a franchise, that happens to 4th movies). The OG cast returns (Neve, Couteney and David) and they really solidify the movie. The entire cast is great really and Emma Roberts is outstanding; the first time I’ve bought as becoming a big name some day.

The only problem I have with the movie is the pacing. It’s a bit off, especially in the middle but that third act, THAT THIRD ACT !!, completely  makes up for what’s lost in the consistency. The opening sequences are typical scream and aren’t as “classic” as the first two’s, but they’re really fun and I’m smirking just thinking about them. There are so many moments threw out that I loved but I think, for me, my favorite has to be the scene with Ghostface on the phone and he’s questing Hayden Panitierre on her horror knowledge. Maybe it’s because I got all the answers correct too but I got chills during that scene. It’s poorly constructed in the trailer (on purpose…) but on-screen, works so well.

The film is also really well shot and quite nice to look at. Neve Campbell is great and it was really nice to see her back on the screen. Couteney and David are fantastic as Gale and Dewey, as always. And the small bit actors are great too. Just a really well put together cast. The film, by the end of it, reaches another level outside of horror remakes and reboots and sequels. As i’m sure some of you have read with interviews and reviews, it talks about society and pop culture, then going into fame and social networking. I am tired and it’s another review entirely but it’s really poignant and quite sharp.

The film is getting some great WOM from the people I have spoken to, so I’m hoping it gets some legs but even so, this movie was everything I wanted it to be. If you were hesitant on seeing it because of that third movie we’ve been ignoring this entire time, don’t be, it makes up for it and then some. Should there be a 5th though? My brother asked me this on the way home. And as I exhale while pondering this answer, I am admittedly torn. The fan, the film enthusiast inside of me wants there to be a 5th, of course. Bad or good, I will be at every Scream movie but, for the sake of film, enough is enough. I love sequels, and like Scream 2’s film course scene, they are sometimes better than the originals but, and I’m crediting my brother for this point, no one is “smart enough to come up with an original killer these days. Where is the next Michael Meyers?”. Point well taken. There is no Michael, Jason, or Freddy anymore and there kind of can’t be. Sure those shlocked together remakes did kind of well but audiences, they don’t care. Horror is kind of getting back to the days of the BOO movies, as I said with my Insidious review. We may need to wait a while until we can have a killer again and I think Scream 4 should be the final nail in this franchises coffin.

SEE SCREAM 4 

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‘Sleeping Beauty’ Minus The Disney

Right? RIGHT? Wow.

I saw the trailer for this yesterday and someone finally uploaded it to You Tube today, but, this looks great.

Midseason Shows Need To Stop

Last night we saw the premiere of what feels like the umpteenth midseason show. ‘Happy Endings’ staring Elisha Cuthbert and some random actors premiered to decent ratings. I actually didn’t mind the premiere but will it last? Time after time, year after year, networks and executives try very hard to make their news co-exist with their old shows. They mold together their dream TV landscape for that year, and within that landscape one or two midseason shows are usually included. We’ve had some great shows debut or premiere during the midseason; ‘Glee’, ‘Parks & Recreation’, ’30 Rock’, ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’, ‘The Simpsons’. A classic TV show can of course appear during a network midseason. Those shows are the exceptions, not the rule.

Matthew Perry, ex-Friend and currently a mid season player is trying to save himself from losing a job. His show ‘Mr. Sunshine’ is not a hit. It’s not even close to being a hit. It was a midseason replacement for Cougar Town, which was kind enough of a show to let this show try to find an audience. The show received mixed reviews from critics but it’s only its first season, it’s yet to find its groove. Since the critical reception is not to blame, then what is? It’s a midseason show, that’s it! That’s all it is. It was given the usual botched treatment ABC gives these shows they seem to hate (see: Samantha Who?, it got ugly).

A show like Mr. Sunshine does not work within 12 episodes. While it may be “sitcommy” and episodic, it needs to grow, like 30 rock or Parks & Recreation. It’s not an obvious hit on paper, like Modern Family. Speaking of Modern Family, that was Mr. Sunshine’s lead in show. Who thought this was a good idea? Nothing (yet) is strong enough to survive behind Modern Family. Cougar Town lives there like the pushed aside cousin in the family photo, and it just kind of works. Sunshine could have survived elsewhere but they just threw it in as some midseason show.

Again a midseason show can work, I provided multiple examples in the first paragraph of this essay and if you are not keeping notes than I give up! In a time where Matthew Perry has taken to Twitter to try and help save his show is just telling of the poor treatment it received. Friends used to get a 25 million audience. Mr. Sunshine’s finale was viewed by 4.6 million people, that puts it into perspective for you. What is the point, I ask at the end of this headache of a rant, of putting all this money, time, star power and work into a show like Mr. Sunshine if you know that it will bomb? I don’t understand. The Simpsons and Buffy were classic shows and in hindsight they of course seemed like a great choice but enough with the botching of shows. I am not even a fan of Mr. Sunshine but stop toying with the emotions of hard-working people…and viewers.

Cox On Letterman

Couteney Cox appeared on Letterman last night in promotion for ‘Scream 4′. The interview made it feel like it was 2003 again.

Her tight ass asian face is giving me the creeps but her body looks GREAT and she gives a really open and fun interview. Cox scares me though because I feel she’s really tightly wound and not in the way Monica was were we would get along greatly in real life.

For All 8 Mandy Moore Fans

She’s coming back to theaters, and in live action and not as the voice of Rapnuzel. Who else isn’t excited?

I’m really hard on Mandy Moore because she seems to never know what she f*cking wants to do with her career. She’s made 45 albums in the last 3 years that all sold a total of maybe 50,000 copies and I think i’m being really generous with that total. She’s also made 84 movies over her career, one more worse than the other. Because I Said So? I’ve never hated Diane Keaton more and she’s a f*cking saviour. That movie. THAT MOVIE was the most grating film experience I think I’ve had. No The Back Up Plan was really bad (see The Back Up Plan if you want to see a sitcom made into a movie. Seriously I think it was filmed on the back lot of where Friends used to film. And it’s so awful. Why did I watch it? I was drugged.). Anyways, never see Because I Said So, because I said so damn it!

Then there was A Walk To Remember where she plays a typical Nicholas Sparks’ character of a woman: someone who is dieing or dating someone who dies or someone dies near them because death is the only sad thing in life and we need tears! Oops spoiler alert. Then there was Saved! which is maybe, off of the top of my head, her only great or good movie. THEN there’s License To Wed which, Jesus Christ, is another Because I Said So and not even Robin Williams could save that bloody mess.

What do you want to be Mandy Moore? A romcom queen or someone who has the film resume equaling a job at Popeyes. I don’t get it. She hates being a popstar and goes against the grain of choosing a great script and now there is this. Love Wedding And Marriage. Is that the title? Because I didn’t even look at it while typing this to make sure I got it correct. I think im close though. SO she’s now resorted to being in a movie with the neanderthal that is Kellan Lutz? What am I supposed to do with him? Can he act? WHO IS KELLAN LUTZ?

I am very angry today, obviously, but who is allowing this shit to get made? And more importantly who is making these type of posters becaue I can only see her shoulders up. Is she wearing a dress? We don’t know because it blends into the background, while Lutz is being pushed off of the poster practically. And it’s directed by someone who think they have the name credit of Drew Barrymore. OH OKAY.

Have you seen the trailer? Here it is for those who like to put pain upon themselves.

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It Feels Like Yesterday…

…that we as a whole were disgusted by James Franco’s hosting abilities at the Oscars for 2011. And now, today, we will slowly begin the buzz to the buzz of the next awards season.

The line up for Cannes 2011 was announced this morning. Opening the festival is ‘Midnight In Paris’ by Woody Allen. Other films in competition for l’grande prize are: The Tree Of Life (Terrance Malick, Brad Pitt) Sleeping Beauty (Julie Leigh, Emily Browning) We Want To Talk About Kevin (Lynne Ramsay, Tilda Swinton) Melancholia (Lars von Trier, Kristen Dunst) and many many others which can be found on the official Cannes website. Films not in competition are The Beaver (Jodie Foster, Mel Gibson) Pirates 4 (Gary Marshall, Johnny Depp) which by the way, as credited on the website, is at a running time of 2 and a half hours! Mmmm so that’s already mistake #1 (all the films are just too damn long! you’re not Inception, it’s not allowed).

I’m excited to see the buzz that comes out of the festival this year.

 

‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ Full Teaser

Oh, I really like this. Here we have the FULL teaser trailer for the upcoming reboot, prequel, forthquel, whatever of the Apes series. Frida Pinto EVERYONE! Finally they’re starting their push with her. She will be a big star, cannot wait. Anyways it looks really good and makes me want a Jurassic Park reboot asap.