EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: CERVICAL CINEMA

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: CERVICAL CINEMA

Calling a film a “”chick flick” is like saying the movie has no value to male viewers. I’d argue that many of those films have no value to any viewer. Sounds harsh? It’s meant to, but I’ll explain lest I offend anyone. Let’s take the “”chick flick” “”28 Days,” for example. Some would argue that […]



Posted on May 30, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: REAL MEN AREN’T RICHARD GERE

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: REAL MEN AREN’T RICHARD GERE

She was a psych major at a local college. I was a junior in high school. She was a Smiths fan. I liked the Misfits. She and I used to get into some pretty interesting conversations at the resort where we worked. “”Most girls,” she told me because she was such an expert, “”like a […]



Posted on May 23, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: DEATH OF A GHOUL

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: DEATH OF A GHOUL

I was in Southern California, surviving a heat wave, when the live footage of the police chase came to an end. The suspect got out of the car, hands held high into the air, and fell face first to the ground as cops swarmed over him. You could almost see their fingers twitching on the […]



Posted on May 16, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: REAL LIFE GRINDHOUSE

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: REAL LIFE GRINDHOUSE

Here’s a e-mail I received in response to my “”Grindhouse” column a few weeks back. It comes from someone who has been following “”Excess Hollywood” for years, and I’ve changed his name for all the usual reasons. As a courtesy, I cleaned up his spelling, but left his insanity firmly in place. Doug — You […]



Posted on May 9, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: DOING THE DEVIL’S WORK

A cop asks our “”hero” if that’s his gun up the dead girl’s “”snatch.” You know the film I’m talking about is one of Mickey Rourke’s best (if not his best). It’s “”Angel Heart,” a movie that gets better with each viewing. When the film came out it was “”controversial” because one of the Cosby […]



Posted on May 2, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: YOUNG, BLACK AND THUG

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: YOUNG, BLACK AND THUG

Nothing makes me wish more young black male rap stars took thug movie roles than seeing Ice Cube do family comedies. (Though let’s be honest for one second, LL Cool J does make for a perfect romantic lead, as he was never threatening in the first place, and don’t even get me started on Will […]



Posted on April 25, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: THE GRINDHOUSE EXPERIENCE

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: THE GRINDHOUSE EXPERIENCE

As is my usual mode of operation, I showed up at the theatre before it even opened. First in line … if there had been a line. The outside of the theatre was a mess due to renovations, but inside of the theatre made the disaster outside look positively inviting. Discarded soda bottles littered the […]



Posted on April 18, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: RANDOM SNIPPETS OF REAL LIFE

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: RANDOM SNIPPETS OF REAL LIFE

Overheard at Target between a twentysomething guy and a girl. “”I don’t know. “˜Click’ might be worth buying,” the guy says. “”Did you see it?” “”No,” the guy responds. “”Maybe we should buy “˜Babel’ instead,” the girl suggests. “”No. I saw that. I liked it, but it isn’t worth buying.” “”Is “˜Click’?” “”I don’t know. […]



Posted on April 11, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: HALLOWEEN

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: HALLOWEEN

Rob Zombie. “”Halloween.” I like Zombie. I like “”Halloween.” I don’t like Zombie doing a remake of “”Halloween.” It seems ridiculous and self-serving, and I think he deserves all the backlash he has received. That said, I think he’ll do a great job and make a movie that is frightening and able to fill seats. […]



Posted on April 4, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: SCHINDLER’S APOLOGISTS

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: SCHINDLER’S APOLOGISTS

I guess admitting to a left-wing, stereotypically bleeding heart liberal that you’ve never seen “”Schindler’s List” and have no intention of seeing it is a lot like saying you enjoy clubbing baby seals just to watch them twitch as their blood soaks the dazzling white snow beneath their cute, gaping heads. It’s just not something […]



Posted on March 28, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: THINGS TO DO IN CALIFORNIA WHEN YOU’RE TWEAKING

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: THINGS TO DO IN CALIFORNIA WHEN YOU’RE TWEAKING

I was just getting ready to write a column about wishing there were more drive-in theatres still in operation when a car went by my window with The Police’s “”Roxanne” blaring from its stereo system. Why anyone would crank that at full volume is a mystery to me, but the two tweakers standing on a […]



Posted on March 21, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

I can express some sorrow that the 79th annual Academy Awards are now a moment for the dustbin of history. I watched the event, as I often do, and used the time to examine what it all means to me. My first thought was that the awards show was a conservative’s nightmare that confirmed every […]



Posted on March 14, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: HAUNTED HEAD

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: HAUNTED HEAD

I feel quite sorry for actor Robert Kerman. He’s been in commercials and several dozen movies, including “”Spider-Man” and “”Night of the Creeps.” (And not to mention dozens of porno films.) He also does voice over work. Not a bad life for an actor. There is one role, however, that seems to haunt the guy. […]



Posted on March 7, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: COMING ATTRACTIONS

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: COMING ATTRACTIONS

If you ask me what is the one thing I’m thrilled about coming out that is movie-related in the next six months you may be surprised by my answer. It’s not “”Grindhouse” or “”Hostel 2,” though I am looking forward to both of those films. It’s really a book that has my pulse racing. Stephen […]



Posted on February 28, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: GREEN HELL

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: GREEN HELL

“”Cannibal Holocaust” is from an era when films actually seemed dangerous. It’s a reminder that for all the hype about the evils of Hollywood from the Right Wing, movies like the aforementioned Italian flesh-eating epic can’t be made today. They can’t even be remade properly. Michael Bay can’t decide he likes the title and buy […]



Posted on February 21, 2007 by

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