EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: IDIOTS ON THE INTERNET

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: IDIOTS ON THE INTERNET

The hoopla surrounding the aptly named “”Snakes on a Plane” was disturbing for about thirteen thousand reasons. The most important one, however, was that it gave the masses some sort of credibility and authority over how a movie is made, and the media covered that aspect almost exclusively. It turned a passive entertainment experience into […]



Posted on February 14, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: PERFECT, BABY. PERFECT.

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: PERFECT, BABY.  PERFECT.

If you recognize the title of this column, it’s because it’s a fairly memorable line from George Romero’s zombie epic “”Dawn of the Dead.” The film is considered a classic even by non-horror fans, though I happen to think “”Night of the Living Dead” is a bit better. Those familiar with Romero’s living dead series […]



Posted on February 7, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: …BUT I DIDN’T SWALLOW

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: …BUT I DIDN’T SWALLOW

I have this friend whose taste in movies in spotty to say the least. Recently he admitted to seeing a screener copy of “”The Covenant” on DVD. I had to ask why; I couldn’t have been the only person in America who thought this movie’s trailer summed up the film’s suck level quite competently. His […]



Posted on January 31, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: COMMENTARY TRACK

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: COMMENTARY TRACK

I don’t think many people will dispute the fact that there are films out there which have a social or political subtext (or in some cases, are overtly political or social). Films like “”Erin Brockovich,” “”Born on the Fourth of July” and “”The Truman Show” all have messages. Some of the messages are painfully obvious. […]



Posted on January 24, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: E!VIL

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: E!VIL

E!. Part of my duties as an American requires that I watch this channel from time to time. I mainly watch it for its entertainment news coverage, which is more and more focused on “”young Hollywood” and less on anything that is substantial. It’s actually worse than brain candy, too, because candy implies that there […]



Posted on January 17, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: VICTIMS? AREN’T WE ALL?

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: VICTIMS? AREN’T WE ALL?

At some point it was bound to happen. According to a December 14 AP piece, Joe Francis was busted for filming underage girls. In case you don’t know the name, Francis is the genius (and I’m not being sarcastic) behind the “”Girls Gone Wild” releases. He got community service and his company, Mantra Films Inc., […]



Posted on January 10, 2007 by

A CALL TO ARMS — THE EXCESS HOLLYWOOD FILM CONTEST

A CALL TO ARMS — THE EXCESS HOLLYWOOD FILM CONTEST

As a big supporter of amateur pornography, I’ve watched some very bizarre films in my time. I’ve seen a blind lady awkwardly going at it with her boyfriend. I’ve seen a very large woman getting friendly with various veggies. I’ve seen rednecks doing what could normally be considered a beautiful act, but the gun rack […]



Posted on January 3, 2007 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: AN INTERVIEW WITH M.A. LITTLER

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: AN INTERVIEW WITH M.A. LITTLER

His name is probably not familiar to you, but if you are a Voodoo Rhythm Records junkie like myself, you know the Germany-based M.A. Littler as the man who did the documentary “”Voodoo Rhythm: The Gospel of Primitive Rock “˜N’ Roll” (now available on DVD). Voodoo Rhythm Records is such a niche label in this […]



Posted on December 27, 2006 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: MS. 45

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: MS. 45

Recently my friends have been taking me to task whenever I use my column to rip on movies I haven’t seen. Now, if I haven’t seen a film, I don’t say I have, but that’s apparently a moot point. And it doesn’t matter that they routinely confuse a critical piece, where I have to see […]



Posted on December 20, 2006 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: STIR CRAZY

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: STIR CRAZY

Remember when Dave Chapelle chickened out of a great deal with Comedy Central? I do. I didn’t write about it at the time because I didn’t care. His show was kind of funny, — hell some of the skits were brilliant — but I didn’t care one way or the other about the fate of […]



Posted on December 13, 2006 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: WE ARE THE STARS

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: WE ARE THE STARS

Over the November 18 weekend Film Threat was all over the news for its Frigid 50 list. You may have seen the CNN story or read the AP piece. Mel Gibson was mentioned in each, and it seemed like all the stories were taking the list very seriously. I did not take part in this […]



Posted on December 6, 2006 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: CROCKETT O’ SHIT… NOW ON DVD!

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: CROCKETT O’ SHIT… NOW ON DVD!

I liked the original the “”Miami Vice” television show … at least most of it. It was stylish, kinda dark (for television), and made the best use of music in the medium at the time. When I heard Michael Mann, the individual who rose to fame off his real (or perceived) role in creating the […]



Posted on November 29, 2006 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: INDIANA JONES AND THE MYSTERIOUS FATE OF THE FOURTH FILM

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: INDIANA JONES AND THE MYSTERIOUS FATE OF THE FOURTH FILM

I was leaning against a railing outside my local theatre, waiting for a friend who was supposed to show up a half hour ago. We were going to eat and then catch “”Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” which I had already seen, but liked enough to watch again. Those mine carts got me […]



Posted on November 22, 2006 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: FRIENDLY FASCISM

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: FRIENDLY FASCISM

Maybe I’m a bit of a bastard, but I believe people who like that the MPAA does its best to make directors censor their movies so that films are safe for families and sensitive adults should not watch movies. That’s right. If someone thinks the MPAA is an ally in the fight against “”smut,” that […]



Posted on November 15, 2006 by

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: BIG BREASTS AND GRAVE ROBBERS

EXCESS HOLLYWOOD: BIG BREASTS AND GRAVE ROBBERS

You got to hand it to the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) channel. Having Rob Zombie host the cult classics series is a stroke of genius. His love for the films, the first two weeks of which showcased Ed Wood and Russ Meyer, is infectious. And while he doesn’t reveal anything fans of these movies don’t […]



Posted on November 8, 2006 by

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