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December 18, 2006

A Perfect Day

The ending makes this review difficult to write. I want to say, “Wow, that ending — don’t watch this movie based purely on the the fact that the last ten minutes say, ‘Hello, I’m a representative of Johnson & Johnson, and I have just wasted your time. Joke’s on you, sucker!’” At the same time, I don’t want to spoil the ending for anybody whose opinion differs from mine. So I’m just going to ignore it and concentrate on what works and what doesn’t in the rest of the film.

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December 30, 2006

Final Move

There’s an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 where Mike and the ‘bots tackle an awful PBS-produced sci-fi thriller called Overdrawn at the Memory Bank. Yeah. It’s about a rebellious worker-drone in a futuristic dystopian who figures out how to pirate movies on his computer. He becomes obsessed with Casablanca, prompting Mike to say, “Hey! No showing scenes from a good movie in the middle of your crappy movie.” A similar rule could (and should) be applied to Final Move: no naming the detective in your movie after arguably the most famous private detective in fiction. Comparisons are inevitable, and in the case of Final Move, that’s a very bad thing.

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Family Plan

I’ll admit it: I’m addicted to made-for-cable movies. My idea of a nice weekend is waking up, turning on the Sci-Fi Channel, and watching 40 low-budget movies of dubious quality in a row. Maybe I’ll switch it up and turn…

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December 4, 2006

Tripwire

Author: Craig A. Schwartz & Jacinthe Dessureault Genre: Drama/Thriller Storyline: 7 Dialogue: 7 Characterization: 5 Writer’s Potential: 7 Jump to: [Synopsis] [Comments] Recommendation?Consider Logline:A divorced mother takes her daughter on a vacation to an isolated lake cabin, where they are…

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December 19, 2006

A Very Abysmal Christmas

A Very Abysmal Christmas by Abysmal Crucifix A year after launching the Abysmal Crucifix blog to promote a screenplay and double-album nobody but me cared about, I decided it needed fresh blood — new music. I started going back and recording…

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