It’s Such a Beautiful Day to Watch a Movie

It's Such a Beautiful Day

Let me start this review off by saying that I sincerely love Don Hertzfeldt’s work. If you’ve been on the weird side of YouTube long enough, you’ve probably run into The Animation Show, Rejected Cartoons, Billy’s Red Balloon, or Genre. These are all perfect examples of the nature of Don’s animations: They’re surreal, goofy, oftentimes profoundly dark, yet great fun to watch and re-watch. It’s Such a Beautiful Day is comprised of three contiguous short animations strung together to create a feature length film, and what a film it is. Between the enchanting classical musical score and the simple, charming animation style that mixes pencil drawing and video, It’s Such a Beautiful Day is most assuredly one of Don Hertzfeldt’s finest works.

It's Such a Beautiful DayBill’s tale is one of decay; descent from normality into insanity into death at the hands of a nameless genetic illness buried inside his brain. Heavily narrated by Don himself, you experience and explore the intimate nuances of Bill’s life, from his daily chores to his whimsical ponderings. As his condition worsens, you also learn of his mother, his grandmother, and other ancestors who also share his condition. While not terribly complex, the whole tale is intriguing and strangely uplifting, bringing to mind a certain word: Sonder, which is the realization that every single human being on Earth has a life as complex and vivid as your own.

It's Such a Beautiful DayEven if you’re not keen on having a life-changing epiphany at the hands of a delightfully abstract animation, you can still enjoy the ride. That’s part of the symbolism, anyway: Even if you don’t grasp the profundity of the film, it’s still going to end. Just like life! Not Bill’s life, though. The narrator loves Bill too dearly and refuses to let him go, sparking a very inspiring concluding section about Bill’s life as an immortal. Between that and letting him succumb to his condition, I much prefer the former.

Glenn Heath Jr. of LittleWhiteLies articulates his thoughts on It’s Such a Beautiful Day much better than I have, and praises it in a way that is much more befitting, given the philosophical quality of the film. The surreal nature of Hertzfeldt’s work makes it a little difficult to describe linearly, so check out the LittleWhiteLies review through here. I do hope you end up watching It’s Such a Beautiful Day. It may well change your perspective on life.

Housebound, but Not Genre-Bound

Housebound

Housebound is brilliant in that it’s never what you’re expecting it to be. A quick glance at the gloomy box art invokes thoughts of the used and abused haunted house genre, yet a closer look reveals that things aren’t thematically absolute. Brutal acts of violence and jump scares are preceded by satirical snippets of humor, making you wonder whether you should laugh or wet your pants. Complimented by an atypical (and wonderful) absence of the “damsel in distress” trope, Housebound’s composition is immaculate; by the end of the film, you’ll feel as if you’ve actually watched a different kind of horror movie.

HouseboundKylie Bucknell (Morgana O’Reilly) is nothing but trouble. She’s chasing purple dragons, blowing up ATM machines with homemade explosives for some quick cash, and is generally unapproachable owing to her punkish attitude. Bad luck strikes when one of her robbery attempts falls flat on its ass and she winds up arrested, convicted, and sentenced to a supposedly lenient eight months of home detention, complete with an ankle monitor and a irritatingly chatty mother. The judge hoped to impose some stability on her chaotic life, but as one would expect, Kylie isn’t happy to be home, and she ensures that EVERYONE in the house is aware of this sentiment.

One uneventful evening (and there are many, presumably), Kylie hears her mother Miriam (Rima Te Wiata) on the radio, talking about how her house is haunted. Years back, she witnessed a shadowy figure down in the basement, and the memory spooks her to this day. Kylie initially ridicules her mother for being superstitious, but then begins to experience the symptoms of the haunting firsthand. Funny enough, her corrections officer Amos (Glen-Paul Waru) happens to be a real paranormal enthusiast, and proceeds to give her a hand scoping the place for any unruly spirits. It isn’t long before they discover that they’re digging up something worse than a few spooky ghosts.

HouseboundI won’t spoil the twists and turns for you, but I will tell you that there are a solid few. Twists that involve sociopathic behavior, the revelation of deeply buried secrets, and the possibility of murder. Who knows which order those’re in, eh? You’ll have to find out yourself.

Mike D’Angelo believes that Kylie’s house arrest needed to be a much more pivotal point of the film, but I’m inclined to think that the genius is more evenly dispersed. The spunky, aggressive protagonist and interspersed satirical humor are reason enough to like Housebound; the layered plot and slow-but-steady revelation of the real antagonist is reason to love it. Still, my sense of humor might not be in line with everyone else’s, so you should check out the A.V. Club review right through here.

Cockneys vs Zombies is Well Worth a Butcher

Cockneys vs Zombies

Butcher’s hook, worth a look! You don’t need to be cockney to enjoy the rhyming slang.

While watching the quirky character introduction flashbacks in Cockneys vs Zombies, I can’t help but be reminded of Guy Ritchie’s 2000 film Snatch. They’ve both got cranky old people, a heist that goes better than planned, and a sometimes silly sense of humor. The film’s low budget takes nothing away from its charm, though you wouldn’t guess it’s a 2012 release judging by its special effects.

Cockneys vs ZombiesCockneys vs Zombies follows the lives of two East End of London brothers, Terry and Andy, who are looking to save their grandfather Ray’s retirement home from foreclosure by robbing a bank. In order to do so, they throw together a motley crew of misfits: “Mental” Mickey, the insane gun-running war veteran with a steel plate in his head, Katy, their lockpicking hotwiring cousin, and Davey “Tuppence,” the master of disguise. Terry fits well in the leader role, whereas Andy’s reliance on his brother to get things done betrays his talent and particularly good luck.

The zombie outbreak coincides with their robbery, beginning the uncontrolled chain of infection when construction workers crack open a mass grave condemned by Charles II and are promptly eaten by 17th century zombies. Though the primary antagonistic force, the undead shamblers just happen to show up right when the bank is surrounded by police and Mental Mickey has taken two hostages. In the meantime, Ray’s retirement home has been completely besieged by zombies, forcing the aged cockney pensioners into the kitchen where they sit and wait to be rescued.

Cockneys vs ZombiesI’d like to take this moment to point out that this is one of the few zombie movies in which the characters are actually aware of what zombies are. In so many others, people are completely clueless as to what happens when you’re bitten or why that pudgy man is bleeding from the ears and moaning like a drunken sea lion. The film industry has seen to it that everyone who has so much as glanced at a TV knows about the glamorous undead. With that in mind, moving on.

Cockneys vs Zombies veers from the stereotypical zombie movie composition by adding a goofy sense of humor and characters with personality that extends beyond not wanting to shoot a bitten loved one and then being eaten consequently. Emma, one of the hostages Mickey took, has the only “can’t do it” moment in the movie, but seals her zombie sister in a room rather than up and die. So, you know, go Emma.

Cockneys vs ZombiesI would recommend this flick to anyone with a love of the genre, or to someone who is bored with the genre and wants something new. Zombie films are very niche despite how widespread they’ve become, yet Cockneys vs Zombies holds an appeal beyond what is offered up by its thematic box art.

Gabe Toro of IndieWire has kindly reminded me that some horror movie clichés are still fully in effect. Mental Mickey is the film’s only black man, and he is the first of their crew to die. I won’t tell you how, but that’s just something to nod your head and “huh” at. Also, apparently Alan Ford played a part in a film called Strippers vs Werewolves. I, uh… What? I mean, I don’t really have high standards when it comes to movies, but… Yeah, just follow the incoming link for the alt review: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/review-horror-comedy-cockneys-vs-zombies-20130802

The Young Ones, Youth Revolution!

The Young Ones

The Young Ones has got to be my absolute favorite Britcom. I haven’t seen many, admittedly, but it ranks high even among the laugh-track riddled American sitcoms out there. This is a story of four oddball undergraduates (plus one bald weirdo) and the hilarious shenanigans and sometimes unnatural shenanigans they get into, none of which require any particular timeline to understand. Imagine a scene suddenly focusing on a matchbox. Dramatic music plays, the camera zooms. Then, the matchbox opens up and says “Don’t look at me, I’m irrelevant.” The scene resumes. That’s the gist of it. Now, I believe a series of character introductions is in order.

Rick (Rik Mayall) is an arrogant and loud-mouthed self-proclaimed anarchist who enjoys mocking the pigs and writing awful Cliff Richards-inspired poetry. Everyone in the household hates him, and Vyvyan likes to hit him with things. He’s known to read sexy magazines before nearly being sawn in half by a deviously rigged buzz saw trap.

The Young OnesNeil (Nigel Planer) is a bloody hippie. Vegetable rights and peace, man! Everyone in the household hates him, even though he takes care of the cooking, cleaning, and boring. He sometimes gets hit in the head with shovels and exploded by alien dynamite after taking too huge a hit from Warlock’s bong and literally flying off to space.

Mike (Christopher Ryan) is the cool person and undisputed boss of the house. Nobody messes with Mike, and he gets all the ladies. Sometimes he accidentally nails his legs to tables while trying to do the same to some plates, but more often than not, he’s turning Rick’s room into a roller disco or letting a lion tamer bunk in Neil’s room.

The Young OnesVyvyan (Adrian Edmondson) is a hardcore punk with a violent streak. When trouble rears its head, he’s usually the first to whip out the cricket bat and begin violently smacking things. His interests include being beheaded on trains and kicking his head about while trying to get it back on, lighting Rick on fire, and drinking strange green slime that makes him go bald.

The Balowski Family (Alexei Sayle) is the non sequitur of The Young Ones. His bits often draw away from the main focus of each episode, coming off as standup rather than sitcom. At first I thought he was terribly silly and un-funny, but after an undisclosed number of watches, I find him just as hilarious as the rest of the crew. Comes off as part of the charm, yeah? Just thought I’d warn you, because he is hard to stomach at first.

The Young OnesEvery episode but one features live music from several guest bands. You’ll see The Damned, Madness, Motörhead, Nine Below Zero, Amazulu, and many more! Well, not that many more since there are only twelve episodes total. Some are better than others, but most are not that good.

Look at all these lovely reviews on TV.com! It seems that The Young Ones is a nostalgic favorite for many people. It’s not too late to turn this classic series into one of your personal favorites! Both six episode series of The Young Ones are available on DVD and are likely available for download somewhere online. I don’t know. Look at these fan reviews and fuel the fire: http://www.tv.com/shows/the-young-ones/reviews/




Elvira: Mistress of the Dark is the Breast Movie Ever

Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

If you were to ask me why I decided to watch Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, you probably consider that question rhetorical because you think you know the answer is boobs. That’s totally not true at all, but I can see why you’d think that because of, uh… reasons. Like the movie cover and the entire movie. Being serious for just a moment, I was on a Netflix B-horror binge, and I figured a cleavage movie cover would signify a movie bad enough to be worth watching. Turns out it was a bloody hilarious piece of comedy horror that I would recommend to basically everyone who has a sense of humor!

Elvira: Mistress of the DarkElvira: Mistress of the Dark is about a spooky TV hostess named Elvira who wants to hit it big in Las Vegas as a dancer. She’s provocative, goofy, and tends to speak her mind every chance she gets. That basically means a plethora of sex jokes. Tee hee! Her great aunt dies in the prude New England town of Falwell, leaving her with a haunted house, a “recipe book”, and a poodle named Algonquin (Gonk for short). She was expecting something a little greener and more money-like, unfortunately, so she decides to sell the house and chuck the book her great uncle’s way for fifty bucks.

Problem is, her great uncle Vincent Talbot, knows that the book is actually a tome of ancient dark magics, and that Elvira’s great aunt was a witch. She never much cared for her brother, so she left him nothing in her will. He’s eager to claim her power, so sets several schemes in motion to claim control of the spellbook before the lunar eclipse. If successful, he would harness its power and become the true Master of the Dark, which is what Miss Witch intended for Elvira.

Elvira: Mistress of the DarkIn the meantime, Elvira’s got to deal with the entire town crashing down on her. The adults are either jealous of her assets or offended by her provocative tendencies, and the kids are just head over heels! Guys and girls. She’s just so cool! So cool, in fact, that she convinces them to help fix up and paint her house.

The fact of the mammar- excuse me, matter is, this movie is rife with dirty humor and gags. Just like that one! The horror elements play second to comedy (by far), so you can look forward to a laugh a minute, no strings attached. This ain’t crappy 80s sci-fi! This is pinnacle of retro-comedy hilariousness. You need to see it to believe it.

Vomitron of CultReviews knows a fair bit about Ms. Peterson’s career as an actress, and talks a fair bit about other works she’s been in. If you happen to watch Elvira: Mistress of the Dark and like it, then you can use this upcoming link to score some extra titles to watch later! Yay! http://www.cultreviews.com/reviews/elvira-mistress-of-the-dark/

The Boondocks, Out of the Ink

The Boondocks

Yeah, it’s been out of the ink for a while, but I like that title, damnit. Right.

The Boondocks is so many kinds of good. I don’t often review TV series, as I don’t watch TV, but this is some politically incorrect, satirized, slice of life crap that’s just addicting. It follows the Freeman family, which consists of the elderly Robert (“Grandpa”) and his grandchildren, the cold and logical Huey, and the rebellious and aggressive Riley. They’re all African Americans, by the by, and that’s a major plot device. … It’s a joke! Geeze. Based on the comic strip by the same name, The Boondocks contains a lot of political and racial humor that sensitive viewers might find “overbearingly offensive.” So if you don’t like offensive humor, fuck off, I guess. Nothing personal, it’s just what to expect from the show.

The BoondocksWhile it has a measure of continuity, each episode embodies a different event or idea, like a rich white businessman monopolizing a little girl’s lemonade stand, or teaching black and white folk to praise White Jesus and punish those who are black of skin and full of sin. You’d need to see the latter to understand it, but the same can be said about most everything in this show. It can get pretty campy, but always tends to maintain a darker undertone. It’s certainly not goofy humor, as it tries to express the views of creator Aaron McGruder. So you can laugh, gain a little perspective, all that good stuff.

The artwork is amazing to boot. It has a distinctively anime twist to it, but more of a visually thematic “inspired by” than a full-on style. It’s unique, and it shows through in each of the characters. Cute characters look adorable, arrogant characters look pompous as hell, tough characters look- well, you get it. Exaggeration of traits without actual exaggeration, dig?

The BoondocksBesides the three protagonists, there are many reoccurring characters, both from the original comic and completely new to the series. Uncle Ruckus, for example. He’s the blackest character on the show, and he absolutely hates black people. He’s probably the number once source of inane racial slurs on the show, and a primary source of many sidesplitting moments. Go ahead, laugh! No such thing as guilty humor if there isn’t legitimate hate behind it.

You’ll also see a lot of real-world people brought into the show, like Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama, R. Kelly, Bil Cosby, and Martin Luther King Jr. Sometimes they deliver messages hidden behind layers of campy humor. Sometimes they just come out and say what they mean. Martin Luther King Jr. calls the ghetto black populace a bunch of n- well, I can’t say that in the review, but he calls them a bunch of ignorant, culturally detached N-words and says he’s moving to Canada. That’s the gist of it. Amazing. I wish they’d release season two on Netflix instant-view

The BoondocksOn a conclusive note… I wonder if my review was too white? The Boondocks has got me thinking; seeing the division between cultures. I don’t consider myself “white,” nor do I take pride in any particular cultural heritage, but the difference in perspectives is intriguing. Ah well, maybe that’s all a bit too personal. Give it a watch, have your own epiphany of racial self-awareness.

Alisha Karabinus of BlogCritics is turned off of the animated rendition of The Boondocks due to its shift of focus from social commentary comic humor to the sometimes outright silly humor on the show. It’s a classic case of “I liked the book more than the movie,” in my honest opinion, but I won’t deny the difference between the two. It’d be improper to arbitrarily state that the animated series is inferior to the comic, as they’re both made by the same person, and McGruder isn’t a fan of unnecessary censorship. Check out the longer, more negative review here: http://blogcritics.org/tv-review-the-boondocks/

Spaceballs to the Walls

Spaceballs

Ah, Spaceballs, a Mel Brooks classic. What’s not to like about it? The sci-fi satire, the silly characters, and the whimsical effects just make you want to buy the sequel, don’t they? In this fine little slice of cinema, you’ll see a lone wolf bounty hunter save an entire planet from the clutches of en evil empire, using a mysterious power called the Schwartz that he learns from a little green midget named Yogurt. If that doesn’t cover the tone of the movie, I don’t know what will.

SpaceballsThe Spaceballs are a race of humanoids living on a planet with dwindling air. Their President Skroob (Mel Brooks) orders Lord Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) to fly the Spaceball 1 over to the planet Druidia, kidnap their princess, and ransom her for the planet’s air. After running from her wedding and right into the clutches of the evil Dark Helmet, the princess calls her father in a bother. King Roland (Dick Van Patten) offers Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) one million “space bucks” if he can rescue Princess Vespa (Daphne Zuniga). He needs the money to pay off their debt to the notorious Pizza the Hut, so he and his half-man half-dog buddy Barf (John Candy) set off to save the princess. That was a lot of names.

On his journey to return the princess to Druidia, Lone Starr and the lot wind up stranded on a desert planet, wandering from dune to dune with dwindling hope. Once everyone has passed out, a group of singing dinkers rescues them and brings them to the lair of Yogurt the Wise, the master of the Schwartz. He inspects the mysterious pendant Lone Starr has held onto since his days as an orphan raised by silent monks in the Ford Galaxy, and gives him a fortune cookie and a fancy Schwartz ring. What mysteries could Yogurt reveal? And why is he breaking the fourth wall by talking about merchandising and Spaceballs 2: The Quest for More Money? You’ll only find an answer to the former.

SpaceballsA lot of the humor is spur of the moment, having nothing to do with the continuity of the movie, but you’re really not meant to care about Lone Starr’s secret past, or the fate of planet Druidia. Rather, you’re meant to have a laugh when Dark Helmet and Colonel Sandurz rent Spaceballs and fast forward to see where Lone Starr and the princess are. Or when the Spaceball 1 goes past light speed and goes plaid as they enter… Ludicrous Speed! Mel Brooks: success. An excellent, silly movie.

Sandy Maynard of CinemaBlend is right when she says it’s hard to rate. Whether you like it or not depends on your sense of humor. If you’re bothered by cheaps sets and lame effects, then you probably have a stick up your bum and should look somewhere else, because Spaceballs is hilarious. Stunt actors captured instead of the main characters? Genius. Take a peek at her review here: http://www.cinemablend.com/dvds/Spaceballs-Collector-s-Edition-970.html

Kung Pow! Enter the Fist is Tongue in Cheek

Kung Pow! Enter the Fist

That’s a pun on the mark of the Chosen One, by the way. You’ll laugh at it later. Hopefully.

Where Woody Allen once improved a Japanese spy movie with silly voice dubs, Steve Oedekerk improves a kung fu movie with dubs and CGI, both of which are overwhelmingly silly. It would benefit you to know that all the voices, aside from the self-voiced one-boobed character Whoa, are done by Oedekerk. Suffice it to say, the Kung Pow! Enter the Fist version of hearing voices in your head would probably be rather hilarious. Especially when “THAT’S A LOT OF NUTS” man comes around.

It’s my honest opinion that movies like this don’t warrant inclusion in legitimate film criticism. Rather than insinuate that Kung Pow is a step below I’ll instead call it “one giant step to the left.” Not normal, but not bad at all. It’d be prudent to cover the plot and characters, but come on. Everything’s meant for a laugh. All the same, here we go.
Kung Pow! Enter the FistThis movie starts off as many kung fu movies do: Evil mean bad guy Master Pain comes to the good guy Chosen One’s house, kills the parents, and burns the crap out of everything, leaving the good guy for dead. Good guy survives, rolls down a hill, and is raised by wild animals. Quest for revenge begin!

Chosen One, all grown up and manly, seeks out Master Tang in order to learn how to kick lots of ass and defeat the evil Master Pain, who now wishes to be called Betty. They chance upon eachother, and the Chosen One discovers that Betty is immune to physical attacks because of two metallic triangles attached to his chest. Magic of the Evil Council! Then there’s Ling, the love interest, Wimp Lo, the master of… squeaky shoes and losing fights. And large brown nipples. I’m not sure labeling characters as essential or side would do any good so… yeah.

Alright, I’m going to create an interlude here and say that this is the kind of movie that makes you say, “Hey, remember when the Chosen One got caught in a tiny net,” or, “Remember that time the Chosen One dodged that cow’s milk blasts in Matrix slow motion?” Both of those things happen. Also, the man who says the nuts phrase very loudly. It’s definitely targeted at a less mature audience; best watched in a goofy mood.

Kung Pow! Enter the FistSpeaking of goofy, it might interest you to know that Steve Oedekerk went out of his way to make the dubs look terrible by giving the actors fake lines to read, and their voices were dubbed over that later on. For example, “But isn’t Betty a woman’s name?” was actually “But isn’t Trouble a family game?” If you’re good at reading lips, you’re bound to have a few more laughs than most.

On a conclusive note, this movie is the sole reason why I can’t take the new WiiU serious. When you hear Ling start doing her thing, you’ll know. I’m not sure how that’s relevant, but with a movie like this, it’s hard to make sense. Let’s just get to the alternate review.

Not a lot of Kung Pow! Enter the Fist reviews out there. Stephen of MovieFreak found it to be entertaining, but a bad movie. So bad that it was good, perhaps? It certainly has that feel. Unique is a good describing word here, considering the only other official movie dub comedy I’ve seen aside from this is What’s Up, Tiger Lily? Check the link to see the sad side of the Chosen One: http://www.moviefreak.com/reviews/k/kungpow.htm

Proof That Proof is a Good Movie

Proof

We’re talking 1991 with Hugo Weaving, not 2005 with Gwyneth Paltrow, by the way. You’ve probably gathered that much from the pictures.

It’s a little awkward that people think “black comedy” means “comedy about black people.” I mean, I can see how that’s confusing, but all the same. Proof is a black comedy about a blind photographer who takes pictures so he can prove that that world exists as people describe it to him. His housekeeper Celia (Genevieve Picot) loves him, but he’ll never return that affection, so she moves furniture around to trip him up.

ProofMartin (Hugo Weaving) was born blind, and from a young age felt as though being blind made him inferior; a nuisance. His mother w
ould describe things to him, and he thought she was lying to him simply “because she could.” So, he adopted photography as a means to make sure that what he thought he saw was real. However, he kept a picture of the garden his mother described in a safe, just so one day someone could finally tell him if she was telling the truth.

One day, while out on a walk, Martin stumbles on a pile of boxes and stuns a cat owned by a waiter named Andy (Russell Crowe). When confronted, Martin tells him that the cat isn’t dead, and they go to a vet. All the while, Martin begins to take a bunch of pictures, and eventually asks Andy to describe them. That’s how Andy is unofficially turned into a photograph interpreter.

ProofEventually, Celia turns their friendly relationship into a tryst, seducing Andy and causing him to betray Martin’s trust when describing an incriminating photograph. One of Martin’s major issues is that since he can’t see, he feels strongly that everyone should be honest with him. As such, once his trust is betrayed, he pushes both Andy and Celia away.

One of the most emotional moments is when Andy, as he is leaving once and for all, describes the garden from Martin’s childhood. While you never actually see the picture, the tone during that scene is powerful.

There are a lot of subtleties and humorous moments in Proof, allowing some respite from the colder tone of the movie. Its simplicity and vague moral lessons make it rather hard to follow, but the final impact is a positive one. For a 1991 film, I found this one quite enjoyable. It’s very hit and miss, though, potentially boring if you can’t dive in and connect to the characters.

Wayne’s World! Party On, Man

Wayne's WorldParty on, title. Right on. Thanks, man. You remember that righteous Saturday Night Live skit called Wayne’s World? Yeah? Because it’s totally a movie now. Well, not really now, because it’s kind of an old movie. But hey, you can dig it, right, dude? Awesome. Wayne’s World is a gnarly mix of basement dweller humor and the clash between principles of private and corporate enterprises. It’s a battle between the cool cats and the fat cats, man.

Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar run a TV show from Wayne’s parents’ basement called Wayne’s World. They talk about their opinions on babes, modern goings on, have bands perform, and let innovators show off their new gadgets. Ben Oliver, the head of a local TV station, plans to use Wayne’s show to help advertise Noah Vandahoff’s arcade. A thousand dollar contract, plus tickets to a concert with Alice Cooper, bribe the two guys into selling out Wayne’s World, and the slow ride from cool cat to fat cat begins.

Wayne's WorldBut something else factors in as well. During one of the concerts, Wayne meets Cassandra Wong, a guitarist and singer for her own band. He manages to work his weirdo charms on her and they start to hit things off. That is, up until Ben, the sleazy bastard, starts horning in on Cassandra the moment he meets her. He tries to win her over by offering to promote her band, something that pisses Wayne off to the extreme. Bad idea, man. He winds up arguing with Cassandra about her wanting to boink the horning in Ben, which drives her away to make a music video with the bastard.

No way! Wayne won’t let that happen. With one final and collective redeeming act, Garth hatches a plan to broadcast one episode of Wayne’s World (featuring Cassandra’s band) to a record label CEO’s limo. This would get her name out there and make her famous, and now all Wayne has to do is win Cassandra back from the evil clutches of Ben. It’ll take a dramatic speech and a load of overdone acting to get that done. Can Wayne pull it off? You’ll have to watch to find out.

Wayne's WorldI’ll be straight with you. This is a low-budget movie from 1992. Its charm comes from nostalgia and the immature humor. It’s one of those, “Watch it for shits and giggles” type flicks. That said, Mike Myers and Dana Carvey do a fantastic job as Wayne and Garth, but why wouldn’t they? Wayne’s World is one of their claims to fame. Check it out on DVD, or VHS if you’re that kind of retro, and be ready for a laugh.

Janet Maslin of the New York Times provides an outstanding opinion on just how stupid this movie is. It’s safe to say that she’s right: it is VERY dumb, but that’s why it’s such a smartass. Check out her take on Wayne’s World here: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9E0CE4D91F30F937A25751C0A964958260

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