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Quickies 8-11-2009

Bam Bam and Celeste ~ In the week after the death of John Hughes, it was very difficult to watch this one. Margaret Cho, who not only starred, but also wrote, wants badly to channel John Hughes here. High school misfits, after a decade or so, declare independence and fight back against their rivals from school on a reality TV makeover show. It would be a perfect 1980s teen flick but the main problem is that it was made in 2005. There are moments. As long as it doesn’t get preachy (which it unfortunately does at times) you can root for the leads. Margaret is good, as is Alan Cumming in a sadly small role, but the rest you’ve seen all before, and done better. Worth a watch if nothing else is on.

Gacy ~ This serial killer bioflick about the infamous John Wayne Gacy tries far too hard to be everything at once. Starring Pee-Wee Herman’s bike-swiping nemesis Mark Holton, it covers a very short period of Gacy’s life between his wife leaving him and his arrest, but skips over other areas of interest. When the flick tries to be arty toward the end the effect is unfortunate. Worth watching for folks interested in the subject matter.

Moon ~ The less said about this, the better – and that’s a good thing. Like The Sixth Sense this scifi thriller set on the moon in the near future is a film best seen with no prior knowledge of the plot. This is an Oscar caliber performance by Sam Rockwell that the Academy had better not forget come December. Definitely don’t miss.

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Broadway’s Green Goblin?

The rumor mills are churning, saying that Alan Cumming may be cast as the Green Goblin in Julie Taymor’s “Spider-Man: Turn Out the Dark.”

Alan Cumming is an inspired choice, visually at least. Now while I can see it, I’m not sure that Cumming can pull off the evil necessary for the character. I don’t want to say it, but maybe Alan might not be ‘butch’ enough for the Goblin. That said, who knows what kind of production this will be. Julie Taymor has described her $40 million “Turn Out the Dark” as both a ‘rock and roll musical’ and a ‘circus spectacle,’ and frankly that scares me.

Perhaps Taymor will do to Spider-Man what Joel Schumacher did to Batman – only with singing and dancing. Let’s hope not. Brrr…

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