Our generation’s stoner duo is back again. This time, they are taking on the time honored holiday of Christmas. While their friendship has grown apart over the course of six years, Harold & Kumar proven that the spirit of the mary jane can survive anything… even the magic of 3D right before the holidays.
Ricky Gervais lends his voice to Spy Kids: All the Time in the World
Fox announced today that Family Guy has been renewed for a tenth season and The Cleveland Show for a fourth season
This brings us to the modern age, with part 7, better known as Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, the first in the series that I actually saw in theatres. Believe it or not, this is not the stupidest aspect (but there are many) of the film. This film essentially shuns the existence of parts 4-6, taking the far more simplistic route of reuniting the character of Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis, again) with her murderous brother Michael. Clocking in at a paltry 86 minutes, the plot is so simple it could be comparable to the original in that respect though it lacks all the redeeming qualities of it. In a nutshell, Laurie’s son John (Josh Hartnett’s film debut) and his friends want to throw their own little Halloween celebration at the private high school they attend. Keri (Laurie’s new identity) strongly disapproves and Michael shows up just in time for Halloween Party Bash ’98. That’s it really. The body count is meager—just 5 deaths and none are particularly memorable—not even indie darling Joseph Gordon-Levitt getting an ice skate to the face.
The idea of the “exploitation” film has been making a resurgence in our culture of late. Wikipedia defines such a film as relying “heavily on sensationalist advertising and broad and lurid overstatement of the issues depicted, regardless of the intrinsic quality of the film”. Machete, the latest film from writer/director Robert Rodriguez, is a solid entry into the exploitation genre by being loud, trashy, gory… and just excitingly entertaining.
Machete, Rodriguez’s first (with the promise of two sequels!) official foray into the sub-genre “Mexploitation” arrives at a politically relevant time as Arizona’s immigration climate is splashed all over the news. Still, the overall tongue-in-cheek tone of the film suggests coincidence, as Machete is the first of several faux trailers from 2007’s Grindhouse to be made into a feature-length. Reportedly, Eli Roth’s Thanksgiving is on the way.