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Frozen in Fear, 2001, Meh

Posted in Movies, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2016 by urbannight

Another horror film I watched was this little horror film.  Turns out it was also made for t.v.  This surprises me because of the scene with nudity.  Showtime, yes, but I wouldn’t expect it on Lifetime.  Maybe because I don’t like Lifetime.  Television for women, my ass.  As a woman, I think the programs on that station are terrible.  It would seem to indication that the people who control the programing for the station think that all women want to see are horrible, depressing shows where bad things happen and there are no good resolutions or happy endings to anything.

This film is pretty typical.  Nothing new and exciting about the plot.  Mom is an artist.  Encourages ice sculpture. Young boy walks in on his mother with another man.  He runs out as Dad is coming in from fishing.  Next thing you see, Dad kills Mom.  Boy ends up being raised with his cousin, by his uncle. Boy ends up being an artist, a painter.

For the most part, the performances were sub-par.  The supporting actress, whose name I am trying to find as IMDB only list three of the cast members, gave a better performance than the lead actress, Catherine Oxenberg.  The supporting actress as Ellina McCormick.  Apparently, this movie was also called The Flying Dutchman.  That is a very strange title since there is nothing mentioned in the film about The Flying Dutchman at all.

Catherine Oxenberg’s part as the lead character came across as blah.  She phoned it in, as they say.  Ellina McCormick, who plays her best friend and business partner has far less screen time and yet manages a better performance.  The person who really shines in this, and makes it worth watching, is Eric Roberts.  He doesn’t speak for most of the film, not until the end.  So he had to deliver his dialogue through body language and expressions.  And despite the fact that he is obviously the villain, he is dang good-looking and oddly sexy with all his not talking going on.  That isn’t rally a spoiler since it is terribly obvious he is the villain and the attempts to make it look like either his cousin or uncle come off so heavy-handed as to be unbelievable.

The movie is predictable but the pacing is good and Eric’s performance is well done and that is about all that keeps you sitting through the film.  I gave it a 1.5 on Rotten Tomatoes and a 3 on IMDB.  If it weren’t for Eric Roberts, I would have given it a 1 and a 2 on each of those sites.  While typical and uninspired, the story was not a bad story, it is the acting and the direction that make this film a bad film.  Good acting and good directing could have elevated a fairly ordinary script.  The up-side is that I did watch through to the end.  It wasn’t so bad that I had to turn it off.  It is watchable and for that reason alone I can recommend it for a b-horror movie night.

The Dimmest Bulb in the Box.

Posted in Education, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2012 by urbannight

I read this article as my roommate was getting ready for work.  Since I was really early, I tried to access it but it was blocked.  So most of my quotes are not verbatim and therefore not marked out.  The one that is marked may not be exact.  I also don’t have the name of the second party to this comedy.  I suspect he must be a country artist but I never heard of him.

Last night, Clay Aiken made a twitter remark about a new drinking he was playing where they drink every time a black person takes the state at the Republican National Conventions.

Some other artist got all upset because this comment was so racist.  In doing so, he showed his own lack of intelligence as Aiken’s remark was intended to point out the racist nature, in general, of the Republican Party. 

When Aiken didn’t issue an apology, this other man takes another tactic and criticizes Aiken for using a hashtag with the word ‘sober’ in it if he is playing a drinking game. 

Again, he showed that he was a dim bulb.  If you are playing a drinking game in which you drink when something happens, and that something is not happening, then you are not drinking.  In other words, the statement is that the Republican National Convention was a rather white event.

When this other artists of whom I’ve never heard, makes a comment about how we are supposed to be inclusive, Aiken finally responds to him.  He says something to the effect of, “I am [inclusive].  How come your party is not?”

The question becomes, is it racist to use an indirect statement (perhaps as a form of irony) to point out the racist behavior of another group?