Category Archives: Films Released in 2000
Directed by Harold Ramis
I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “John, have you lost your ever-loving, modestly intelligent mind?”
“But Bedazzled is a comedy!”
“So why are you reviewing it? You write a horror film blog.”
Because I want to, because it has the devil in it; and that kind of sort of if you grade on the curve sort of way puts it into my territory. But there is one other main reason I wanted to write about this movie; besides the fact I got to see Elizabeth Hurley in all those fantasy inducing outfits. Hmm, scratch the ‘one other main reason’ part and make it ‘two other main reasons’. The other, other main reason is simply that I love this movie.
Hey, I know; it’s as stupid and ridiculous a movie as you’re ever going to see and I could care less. I’ve watched Bedazzled countless times and I laugh out loud (lol) every time. I personally think this is the best movie Brendan Fraser has ever done. His chance to portray so many characters with so many different characteristics is essentially the cherry on the whipped cream of his career. As for Elizabeth Hurley as the Devil; all I can say is that my reactions changed with each new outfit she wore.
Red Dress: Reowwwwrrrr!!!
Black Bikini (while walking Doberman Pinschers on the beach): Arf! Arf! Down boy!!
Cheerleader: Nice Pom Poms!!!
Traffic Cop: So, tell me officer, do those handcuffs come in fuzzy style?
School Teacher: I have been so bad, Miss Hurley. I really think I need to stay after school.
Nurse: I got a boo boo. Kiss it and make it better.
*Sigh* Huh, what? Oh, sorry. I got drool all over my keyboard.
Anyway, the plot of Bedazzled is this. Brendan Fraser (George of the Jungle, Encino Man) is Elliot Richards, a nerd, dweeb, and loser; just pick one because they all apply. Elliot is in love with Allison (Frances O’Connor, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, and Timeline); a girl who barely even knows that he exists. When Elliot says aloud that he would do anything to be with Alison he sparks the interest of Old Scratch, Beelzebub, Lucifer (well, “Lucy”-fer); you know, the Devil (Hurley, Serving Sara, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery). Appearing to Elliot in the various aforementioned fantasy inducing ensembles, the Devil grants him 7 wishes in exchange for-you guessed it-his soul. Now, of course, with the Devil and wishing with every wish there comes a curse and Elliot soon finds himself getting a lot less than he bargained for out of this agreement.
If you take Bedazzled seriously as a piece of cinematic art then there is really something wrong with you. The only way that you can take this movie and get any sort of enjoyment out of it is to see it for what it is: good, sexy, dumb as bricks fun.
The Devil’s dogs in the beach scene are named Dudley and Peter, a reference to the writers and stars of the original Bedazzled, Dudley Moore and Peter Cook.
- Fab Flash: Liz Hurley Makes Jordache Sexy (fabsugar.com)
- Behind the Seams: The Bedazzle Bonanza (fabsugar.com)
- Trend Alert: Razzle Bedazzle Rhinestones (fabsugar.com)
- Look of the Day: Chambray After Dark (fabsugar.com)
- 20 Makeup Tips Every Bride Should Know (bellasugar.com)
- Bedazzled… Am I? (apeksha23.wordpress.com)
- Screenplays – ‘Django Unchained’, ‘Looper’, ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’, and many more (simongilberg.wordpress.com)
- This company will bedazzle your shoes for you [Sweet] (bazaardaily.com)
- Elizabeth Hurley injures back (bigpondnews.com)
- Curbed Maps: Where To Be Bedazzled By All The Holiday Lights This Season (dc.curbed.com)
SCREAM 3-United States-2000
Directed by Wes Craven
Written by Ehren Kruger
Based on characters created by Kevin Williamson
I actually considered re-posting my review for “Scream 2″ as my review for “Scream 3″. All I would have to do is change the main setting from a college campus to a movie studio and toss in the names of a few new supporting cast members and there you have it; the plot of “Scream 3″. “Scream 3″ is more of the same old same old that “Scream 2″ was and to be honest I am running out of shit to say. Neve Campbell returns as Sidney Prescott blah blah blah yada yada yada. David ‘I was WCW champion, dammit!’ Arquette returns as Dwight ‘Don’t call me Dewey’ Riley and Courteney Cox returns as Gail Weathers, about whom I have nothing witty to say. Toss in Patrick Dempsey, Jenny McCarthy, Patrick Warburton, Parker Posey and a few supporting characters that I could care less about as well as a killer that has become a complete joke and I am now in horror movie hell. Oh wait, I almost forgot. There’s still “Scream 4″ to watch and review. Kill me now, please.
Throughout Scream 3 the actors of Stab 3, the movie-within-the-movie, complain about rewrites and three different scripts. The complaints actually originated with the actual cast of Scream 3, because of frequent rewrites and three different endings.
Wes Craven agreed to direct Scream 3 only after Miramax allowed him to direct the inspirational drama Music of the Heart.
“Scream 3″ never had a public test screening. The cast and crew only had their first chance to see the finished product at the premiere because of fears of spoilers being put out on the Internet.
- Now Showing on Cable: “Scream 4″ (fogsmoviereviews.com)
- We All Scream 4 iScream (Scre4m Review) (iammediatron.wordpress.com)
- Courteney Cox and David Arquette Spotted Out Shopping Together! (popsugar.com)
- Lani Hay Hosts First After Party of WHCD Weekend (distriction.com)
- Are You Going to See Scream 4 This Weekend? (popsugar.com)
- Neve Campbell Talks Revisiting Sidney Prescott in Scream 4 and Reuniting With Courteney and David (popsugar.com)
- Video: Wes Craven Talks Scream 4′s New Generation, Being an On-Set Prankster, and a Potential New Trilogy (popsugar.com)
- Scream Street 3: Heart of the Mummy by Tommy Donbavand. (encinolibrary.wordpress.com)
- Disney’s Matterhorn Finds a Writer to Breathe Life into its Yetis (dreadcentral.com)
- 6 Great Horror Movies That Will Make You Laugh (loupdargent.com)
Directed by Kinji Fukasaku
Screenplay by Kenta Fukasaku
Based on the novel by Koushan Takami
If there is anyone out there who knows Chris Jericho personally would you please tell him that I said thank you? Five or so years ago I was reading his commentary on his web site and he mentioned two films. The first was Takashi Miike’s psychopathic masterpiece “Audition”; a film that was everything “Fatal Attraction” could only dream of being. The other was “Battle Royale”; a film that “The Hunger Games” owes a great deal of gratitude to.
The plot of this Japanese tour-de-force is as simple as it gets; everything has gone to shit and the grownups blame the youth for all their troubles. So, every year they randomly select one 9th grade class out of thousands to participate in the Battle Royale; a game of kill or be killed that makes the TV show “Survivor” look like an episode of “Gilligan’s Island.” The object of the game is this: each student must fight to the death to be the last person standing at the end of three days. They are given supplies befitting their genders; in other words the girls get tampons and stuff like that, and each of them is given a weapon that may or may not be beneficial to them. In addition, each student has a remote collar around their neck that will explode if they are in a danger zone or if they try to forcibly remove it. At the end of three days if there is no sole winner then the surviving students are irreversibly screwed because that will also cause their collars will explode. There can be only one Battle Royale survivor.
The first thing to grab me by the balls about this film was the beautiful brutality of the whole thing. Each kill is a danse macabre that surpasses the one before it. Guns, knives, crossbows, stun guns and poison all come into play and none of them seems ridiculous or mundane. The other thing that I loved about the film was the way the hierarchy stayed in place outside the confines of the school. All the cliques and friendships and rivalries that were a part of school are a part of the Battle Royale pecking order. Had that not remained the case it would have lessened the impact of the film.
To put it mildly, “Battle Royale” is a film that should never be re-made by any studio, American or not. You can’t improve on perfection and this is as close to perfect as you’re going to get. I still intend to see “The Hunger Games”; but I will tell you it has some mighty big shoes to fill.
Oh, and thank you, Chris Jericho.
Kiriyama, the film’s main villain, does not utter one word throughout the entire film. He does, however, make a noise through a megaphone at one point.
The magazine containing bomb-making instructions that is used by Shinji Mimura and his gang is titled “Hara Hara Tokei” (“The Ticking Clock”). This magazine is a real bomb-making magazine published by an anti-Japanese-Government activist group called Higashi Ajia Hannichi Buso Sensen (East Asia Anti-Japanese Armed Front) from the 1970s.
One of the top-10 highest-grossing films in Japan.
Despite the belief that this film was banned in the United States, it is not the case. There are, however, several conflicting if plausible explanations as to why it hasn’t been released there as of yet. The first is that Toei refuses to license the movie for North American distribution and has already rejected offers from several American companies. The second is that Toei’s licensing fee is unusually high for this kind of film, so smaller independent distributors can’t afford it and larger distributors that can afford it refuse to pay it. A third story was that no distributor was willing to pick the film up after the Columbine school shootings, due to the plot line of high school students killing each other.
- Game Ranter Banter: Sequels, Black Ops 2, All-Stars Battle Royale & Game Delays (gamerant.com)
- Let the Real ‘Games’ Begin: ‘Battle Royale’ (Blu-ray) (Short Ends and Leader) (popmatters.com)
- “Stay tuned” on PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale for Vita, says director (vg247.com)
- inFamous actor confirms role in All-Stars Battle Royale along with Snake and Nathan Drake (vg247.com)
- Nathan Drake, Kevin Butler, and Solid Snake Might Appear in PS All-Stars Battle Royale (news.softpedia.com)
- 25 Characters That Need to Be in ‘PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale’ (gamerant.com)
- Liked The Hunger Games? Try Battle Royale – it’s better. (daviddemar.wordpress.com)
- Before ‘Hunger Games,’ there was ‘Battle Royale’ (mercurynews.com)
- Classic Movie Review: Battle Royale (2000) (pacejmiller.com)
- Battle Royale Gets New Recognition Thanks To ‘The Hunger Games’ (inquisitr.com)
- Three More Characters Confirmed for ‘PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale’? (gamerant.com)
- ‘Round about midnight: Kinji Fukasaku’s Battle Royale (chicagoreader.com)
- Pokemon Battle Royale (lostateminor.com)
- CHRIS: Battle Royale (Fukasaku, Japan, 2000) (dirkmalcolm.wordpress.com)
- Battle Royale: Baths or Showers? (bellasugar.com)
- Before There Was The Hunger Games, Japan Had This Brutal, Bloody Opus [Culture Smash] (kotaku.com)
- nslation has been improved. The fi Tory Burch Outlet Online tion (ghdusa.typepad.com)
FINAL DESTINATION-United States and Canada-2000
“You can be a king or a street sweeper, but everybody dances with the grim reaper.”-Robert Alton Harris‘ final words before his execution in 1992.
If there is one thing that is 100% inevitable in this world, it is the fact that we all will one day leave this world. Some people say that there are two things that are inevitable in life; death and taxes. I don’t find that to be a very accurate statement. I don’t have to pay my taxes. I’ll go to jail, of course, but that would be my choice to make. When it comes to our appointment with Death, we have no choice in the matter. We may escape the scythe one day, only to be decapitated by it the next day, or the next after that. That’s the premise behind Final Destination. A group of high school students are about to embark on a plane trip to France when one of them has a premonition of the plane exploding, killing everyone on board. He freaks out, of course, and is swiftly escorted off the plane, accompanied by a handful of his classmates who assume that the cheese has slid off of the boy’s cracker. That is until the plane goes up in a fireball in mid-air. After that the film takes us through a series of Rube Goldbergesque scenes as death slices through the survivors one by one.
“Mulder, everyone dies, even Bruce Springsteen said that in ‘Atlantic City’”.
“There’s a conspiracy here, Scully, I can feel it, and I prefer Bob Dylan.”
But anyways, that never came to be and the script was made into the film that is being reviewed right before your very eyes. I admit I wasn’t too turned on by the movie the first time I saw it. I felt like the death scenes were just a little too convenient (or is it coincidental?). But it’s kind of grown on me with repeated viewings and I find myself watching it every now and again. Besides, it’s got Tony Todd in it. He plays a mortician. There’s no way you can go wrong if you have Tony Todd playing a mortician in your movie. The dude could keep ice cubes frozen in the Sahara desert.
Directed by John Fawcett
Written by Karen Walton
Story by JohnFawcett and Karen Walton
I believe I have said before that I’m a sucker for werewolves. Movies, books, you name it. One thing I have always believed is that the werewolf could be seen as metaphor for certain things. Warren Zevon‘s classic hit “Werewolves of London” is about alcoholism and the effect it has on a person. So, it’s clear that lycanthropy can be seen as metaphor for addiction.
Director John Fawcett and writer Karen Walton see lycanthropy as symbolising the female side of puberty. That time of change that a girl first experiences on her journey to womanhood. The bleeding, the cramps, the irritable behavior could be seen as signs of transformation. Any way, the girl is never the same after that. She sees the world in a different light and vice versa. Short of actually transforming, she has become a different beast altogether. I knew a girl like that when I was growing up. Her name was Alice, and I knew her from first grade to twelfth, and when summer vacation was over after ninth grade and we settled into new lives as high school students, she was no longer the same Alice I had known before. Gone were the frilly dresses, replaced by the tightest of blue jeans and t-shirts cut off at the mid-riff revealing a taut belly and quite perky young breasts that, to quote Lt. Frank Drebin, said “Hey, look at these!” Her attitude was different, too. No longer sweet and innocent little Alice, she was boy hungry Alice who pursued them every chance she got. Yes, just like Ginger, she had fallen victim to ‘the curse’.
Okay, so I got off on a little tangent there. But, let me just say that Ginger Snaps, like The Howling and Dog Soldiers, is a pretty damn good little werewolf movie. Emily Perkins and Katharine Isabelle are both excellent as the two sisters. Perkins you may remember from Stephen King’s IT mini-series, and Isabelle you may remember from Freddy vs Jason.
Anyway, you wanna see a good metaphorical werewolf film? You can’t go wrong with Ginger Snaps.
Among the students paged over the school’s PA system by an uncredited Lucy Lawless are Samuel and Theodore Raimi. Ted Raimi is Lawless’ co-star on “Xena: Warrior Princess” (1995); Ted’s brother Sam Raimi is the show’s executive producer.
Although Katharine Isabelle is supposed to be playing Emily Perkins’ older sister, she is actually five years younger than Emily in real life.
Due to the fact that the film features teenagers in violent situations the production had difficulty getting funding because the Columbine massacre and other school shootings had recently occurred.
P.S. If I got anything wrong about the woman stuff, go easy on me. I never claimed to be an expert.