Monday, December 27, 2010


Erin (Drew Barrymore) and Garrett (Justin Long) strike sparks for a summer fling in New York City but neither expects it to last once Erin heads home to San Francisco and Garrett remains behind for his Big Apple job. But after six romantic weeks, neither is sure they want it to end. So despite opposing coasts, naysaying friends and family and unexpected temptations, the couple just might have found something like love. And helped by a lot of texting, sexting and late-night phone calls, they might actually go the distance.
UM, I get it. Drew Barrymore does romantic comedies. She does them very well. But, I would rather see her in fun stuff like Charlies Angels than crap like this.
Also, I have decided to make this the reason to be pissed off about Christina Applegate. I watched all those seasons of Married With Children and waited for her to mature and get naked finally. Yup, never happened. Now, after her breast cancer that is never going to happen. I am so glad that she survuved the breast cancer and is a strong woman and she is very funny in everything I see her in, but no boobies? Ever?
There I vented and feel better.
The movie?
Yeah, you seen one of these you've seen them all. Never Been Kissed is much better.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


Leave it to The Waltz luck and the fact that my recording device was not working. Because of that I decided to write this down to get the gist of the interview down and running.

The Last Exorcism is a film where Cotton Marcus, played by Patrick hires a film crew to expose the falseness of his own profession.

Then they get to the farm where something is happening like nothing he has seen before.

I asked Patrick why a guy who is better known for his television work decided to do something like The Last Exorcism. He told me that he went through the audition process. They were looking for someone charismatic and could come across as an evangelical preacher. On his second audition he wrote his own sermon and took a lot from the ministers of large, mega churches.

While I have seen a few of the films that could be considered mockumentaries, I thought that this one pulled it off a little better. None of the shaky amateur camera work that is abundant in films like Cloverfield or Blair Witch Project. Patrick said that this was a camera crew that he hired, within the context of the story, so it would look more professional than either of the aforementioned works which is supposed to be completely amateur work.

We talked about how the ad campaign blares the words THE LAST EXORCISM at you and the word Exorcism has some baggage from films like The Exorcist so, you go in a little tense. Then it opens nice and normal. The movie lulls you into that false sense of security until that scene where Caleb hits the van with that ball of mud and there’s that loud BOOM! From the hit and it shocks you back into remembering this is a horror movie and now that you think you’re all nice and safe it’s time to make you jump. Patrick said that this was his favorite part of the movie.

I also liked the ending. No neat ending of any kind. When I mentioned that to Patrick that the fate of his character was unknown he laughed and told me that he had friends that told him he had a great death scene even though nothing like that is shown. He also had others who told him that it was smart because it left it open for a sequel. I liked that it seemed that here was a man with a crisis of faith who reaches that point where he knows better. He rises to challenge the demon that is starting to appear from the flames. Patrick agreed that this was a pivotal time for Cotton and it changed him.

I also asked about the name ‘Cotton Marcus’ and its similarity to Cotton Mather, one of the famous witch hunters from the Salem Witch trials. Patrick said that the name is a nod, but just the name as the characters are radically different.

I asked him about his co star the possessed Nell played by Ashley Bell. He said that all of her contortions were on set and not altered in any way. She was able to contort her body into a pretzel and Patrick said it made his job so much easier. He just had to put on a shirt and a tie and react to what was happening in front of him. Apparently Ashley showed the director the back bend a few days before and he said that they could use that. There was no idea that she could do that when she was hired. Just an example of good fortune.

In the end The Last Exorcism is a fine example of what can be done with some intelligence and acting in the realm of mockumentaries. Using the restrictions of the sub genre to its advantages it can make for an interesting movie. Patrick Fabian was a gentleman and actually knows people in Kalamazoo and we wished each other a Merry Christmas and that was it.

I am still upset that the recording equipment failed, but I would have to recommend The Last Exorcism which hits DVD on January 4th from the fine folks at Lionsgate. I can already see a sequel with a demon damaged wild eyed Cotton surviving his encounter. It would be so cool.

Friday, December 10, 2010


In the next week or so I will be interviewing America Olvio of BITCHSLAP fame who currently has the lead villianess role in The Broadway Spider-Man musical. Also Patrick Fabian of THE LAST EXORCISM fame which is coming out soon on DVD. I'll post them as soon as I get them finished.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

DVD Round Up

 These seem to work best. We get a lot of DVDs here at Penguin Comics Central and with the holidays it's a good place to get these holiday goodies.

My daughters love these things and with the holidays approaching it is the best of the bunch. Yeah, it's a girl movie, but so what?

Um, didn't they make this already with Macauley Culkin and this little girl and he died in it? I thought Rob Reiner poured on a little too much scmaltz with this. At least he gave us Spinal Tap.

Always an Eccleston fan. I have to tell you that when I got this I thought it was Lennon. Then I looked a little harder and there he was. Fascinating and well done.

This was never going to work for me. I am a Sherlock purist. I think the original stories in their original settings are so well done that when things like this come along I cringe. Yeah, some people might like this and if it leads them to the original stories then great. Not my cup of tea.

A lovely remastering of a holiday classic. When you get through with Rudolph, Charlie Brown, Frosty and the multitude of other Rankin Bass flicks don't leave this one out. A delightful Christmas tale in a great package.

I want to wish each and all of you a very Merry Christmas and an excellent New Year. I think that our founder, Larry Stanley would be happy with Penguin Comics. I know he loved Christmas. Stay warm, stay safe and be happy in this joyous season.