March 2006

Bad Instincts

by Alan Rapp on March 31, 2006

in Movie Reviews 

How bad does a film have to be for Joe Eszterhas to refuse to make it?  How silly is it for a 50 year-old woman to strut around in skimpy outfits like a horny teenager?  How untitiliating is it to see a nude 50 year-old woman pretending to be a 20 year-old woman, and how sad is it to watch?  How unnecessary is this sequel?  What does Sharon Stone’s pet project really have to offer?  These questions and more can be answered if you’re willing to watch one of the most ridiculous films in recent memory.  Or you could just read my review.

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1 Star

In 1992 Sharon Stone broke into the big time with the lurid sex-thriller Basic Instinct.  After years of struggle the hit allowed Stone to carve out a niche as the latest slutty tramp vixen (only latter to be dethrowned by the likes of Elizabeth Berkley and Krista Allen).  Finally her career broadened and she moved away from those roles into some fine performances in good films (such as last year’s Broken Flowers).  Sadly however she’s returned to the role that made her a star.  Now at the age of 48 Stone loses both her clothes and dignity and shows us quite plainly that the studios were right to try to abort this baby before it ever saw the light of day.

Author and serial killer Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) is living it up in England seeking thrills, taking chances, and leaving bodies strewn in her wake.  After her bad choice of mixing sex and driving causes the death of her latest one-night stand Catherine is taken in by Scotland Yard Detective Roy Washburn (David Thewlis) who wants nothing more than to nail her to the wall.  He sends Cathrine to his friend Dr. Michael Glass (David Morrissey), who is hiding enough of his own skeletons for an entirely separate movie, for a full evaluation.  Glass of course falls for the femme fatale and his world slowly disolves into crazy-wacko-funland-time.

Stone was guaranteed the right to make a sequel to Basic Instinct (despite the fact no one else wanted one) and over the past few years went as far to sue for the studio to produce this film.  Problem is it took 14 years to get the film done and Stone is now 48 years-old and acting like no time has gone by.  It’s hard not to notice the age of the actress and the rather inappropriate (and unintentionally hilarious at times) storyline for one such as Granny Stone to be starring in.  Stone goes for all the same jokes: “arrest me for smoking?,” trashy outfits, spreading her legs (thankfully this time she straddles the back of a chair), performing various sexual acts in public for an audience, and seducing a troubled guy who actually has the power to stop her at any time but doesn’t because… she’s so sexy??  Problem is we’ve seen this before and the rehash never adds anything new to the stock formula nor works with an actress of Stone’s age.

From beginning to end the film is simply ridiculous.  Nothing believable happens and the officers at Scotland Yard are even more inept at their jobs than the San Francisco cops from the first film.  Seriously folks are you telling me the only competent cops are so mesmerized by her they just can’t stop her either?  Flimsy plot twists involving a tabloid reporter (Hugh Dancy) digging into Dr. Glass’s shady past involving a former patient and Glass’ appoinment to a new position are meant to add some much needed story elements to the film yet they never come together or amount to much.  And as for the sex and thriller aspects, they fail to obscure what is simply dreadful dialogue and writing; unlike the first film, this time when Granny Stone drops her clothes and writhes around it’s not sexy, it’s not titilating or erotic, it’s just plain icky and more than a little sad.

You into GILFs?  If not pass this ridiculous absurdly retarded film by.  It’s so lurid and seedy it makes softcore porn look respectable by comparision.  Miss Stone please keep your legs crossed and your clothes on from now on.  I’ve seen enough to know I’ve seen enough.  The first movie was forgettable enough but this one just oozes all types of badness.  Probles arise because director Michael Caton-Jones is no Paul Verhoven and writers Leora Barish and Henry Bean are no Joe Eszterhas (stop and think about that for a a second, realize I’m not saying this in a good way, and realize the imlications of this statement) and Stone simply isn’t the sexpot she was almost fifteen-years ago.  The film was obvioulsy an attempt by Stone to recapture the glory of her most profitable years but the actuality of it will make you yearn for The Specialist and Sliver.  The film is not entirely pointless as it reveals exactly how bad a film has to be for Joe Eszterhaus to refuse to make it – exactly this bad.

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…and the Bad News

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2006

in Uncategorized

Well that’s that.  Arrested Development creator Mitch Hurwitz is no longer interested in continuing the series.  The show was in negotiations to move to Showtime under conditions that Hurwitz stayed attached to the project but because of the inability to come to terms on the finances and concerns over the quality of the show Hurwitz has pulled himself from the project.  “Of course, if there was enough money in it, I would have happily abandoned the fans’ need for quality. But as it turns out, there wasn’t.”  Although this doesn’t officially sound the end of the show and scrapping of the deal, Hurwitz did admit he’d be willing to stay on as a consultant, but it does add one more nail to the coffin.  The show’s exec-producer Jim Vallely isn’t interested in taking over “We couldn’t do the show without Mitch Hurwitz, and I wouldn’t want to be the guy who tried.”

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The Good News…

by Alan Rapp on March 30, 2006

in Film News & Trailers

Well fans of Ocean’s Eleven and Ocean’s Twelve have at least one more film to look forward to.  Warner Bros. announced plans to go ahead with another sequel that should reunite the original cast and director Steven Soderbergh for one more great heist adventure.  So who’s the newcomer to make it 13?  Ellen Barkin.  Ellen Barkin????  I thought she was dead!  What, was Patricia Arquette too expensive?  The plot of the film is still sketchy but it will take place in Las Vegas and Los Angeles and is scheduled to begin shooting in July and should be out next year.

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Justice League – Season One

by Alan Rapp on March 29, 2006

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Justice League – Season One
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justice-league-season-one-dvdThe greatest heroes of the planet band together to stop criminals…wait I remember this show, it had a monkey named Gleek right?  Wrong.  Unlike SuperFriends, Justice League takes the characters and situations they encounter seriously and does a pretty good job of adapting the comic version to the TV screen.

When aliens who have already destroyed Mars thousands of years ago attack the Earth the Martian Manhunter (Carl Lumbly) gathers together the world’s best heroes to make a stand.  Superman (George Newbern), Batman (Kevin Conroy), John Stewart the Green Lantern (Phil Lamar), the fastest man alive – the Flash (Michael Rosenbaum), a warrior from the planet Thanagar – Hawgirl (Maria Canals), and an amazon princess – Wonder Woman (Susan Eisenberg) team to make Earth’s last stand.

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Chicken Never Tasted So Good

by Alan Rapp on March 28, 2006

in Uncategorized

Adult Swim has had its share of highs and lows but out of everything on its current lineup there is one show that stands out above the rest.  The brainchild of Seth Green and Matthew Seinreich, Robot Chicken is a bloody brilliant masterpiece of mayhem and fun.  The stop-motion animation show uses vintage toys and crafted sets for some of the funniest sketches you’ll ever see.  The entire first season is available today on DVD; let’s take a look…

Robot Chicken – Volume 1
4 & 1/2 Stars

Seth Green is da’ man!  Robot Chicken was created by Green and Matthew Senreich to be something quite unique, insanely funny, and thoroughly enjoyable.  The show’s episodes are only 15 minutes a piece (about 10 without commercials) and air late at night on Cartoon Network’s “Adult Swim” lineup.  Because of the shortness of the episodes and the odd timeslots (often something like 11:45 pm) I haven’t caught many of ‘em so it was a real treat to sit down and watch the season crammed onto two discs (this is definately the way to view the show).

The show is set-up to be various stop-motion animation skits (some as long as four or five minutes, some as short as 5 seconds) structured together in a switching channel framework as if you, the viewer, are seeing what’s showing on different channels.  The voices are provided by cast regulars Seth Green, Chad Morgan, Dan Milano, Seth MacFarlane, Breckin Meyer, Jamie Kaler, and guests like Mila KunisScarlett Johannsson, Sarah Michelle Geller, Jon Heder, Macaulay Culkin, Dean Cain, the entire cast of That 70’s Show and others.

So what might you see?  Well how about an A-Team episode, a Scooby Doo spoof, CSI bloopers, a Canonball Run sketch with the voices of Burt Reynolds and Dom DeLuise, an episode of “Zombie Idol” (with judges Count Chocula and Boo-Berry), a Se7en themed Smurf sketch, the most brutal one-sided fist fights, a sketch pointing out several problems with King Kong, “Behind the Music with The Electic Mayhem”, what would really happen to Billy Batson if he said his magic word, a bird teaching it’s young how to poop on strangers, “Ass-Pirates of the Carribean,” the unintentional effect Sailor Moon would have on her foes, a Hillary Duff version of The Diary of Anne Frank, Voltron getting served, and an Empire Strikes Back parody (with Mark Hamill providing his own voice) where Darth Vader reveals all.

The show uses current and vintage toys (you’ll recognize G.I. Joe and He-Man figures, among many, many others) to act out the various skits and also comissions a company to make custom made celebrity heads for their figures allowing them to do anything from an N’Sync to a Harrison Ford sketch.  The quality of the show is quite good considering how much time is taken to create the sets and then film it frame by frame going back to add effects and dialogue.  The shooting is first rate and the range of movements from the various props and figures is often quite amazing.

This is a collection I can’t recommend highly enough.  Yes it’s brutal and violent, yes it’s offensive, yes it’s incredibly not politically correct, and yes not every skit is a winner (though it does have a higher percent of good ones than most sketch shows).  You know what it is though?  Really #*%@ funny!  20 extremely funny episodes, great commentary, and tons of extras packaged in this nice two-disc DVD set.

Keep your remote handy to pause and take a look at the spinning newspapers and credits which contain several jokes you’ll miss the first time around and be prepared to hum that theme song for the next day and a half.  Simply put folks this is an awesome show well packaged here in this set and it’s a must have for fans of the show, Seth Green, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, or just really fun sketch comedy done with puppets.  Go get yours now!

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New On DVD

by Alan Rapp on March 28, 2006

in Home Video/DVD News 

We’re here to let you know what’s out there for your entertainment dollar.  Every week a new batch of DVD’s gets shipped out and thrown onto the shelves.  This week we’ve got the entire first season of Robot Chicken, season sets of Six Feet Under, Northern Exposure, and Quantum Leap along with three (count ‘em three) of my worst films of 2005, and more.  Take a peek inside for the full list.

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Here’s what is getting released today on DVD:

Film:

King Kong – Let’s just say no one here at RazorFine thought much of Peter Jackson’s 3-hour-plus take on King Kong.  The first of three films from my worst of 2005 list released this week.  Read our original reviews:  review #1, review #2, review #3, and review #4.  The movie is out in two different editions: a one-disc regular DVD and a two-disc special edition.  The first is a more bare bones edition with only two short featurettes while the special edition contains and intro by Peter Jackson and his “post-production diaries,” and featurettes on 30’s New York and Skull Island.

Stay – Well here we go with another loser from 2005 (made my #3 worst film, and like Kong stars Naomi Watts).  The film is about a psychiatrist (Ewan McGregor) afraid of a patient (Ryan Gosling) and his girlfriend (Watts) separtely killing themselves.  Or is it?  In one of those constantly changing plot twist films (I seriously believe not even the director or screenwriter knew what this film was actually about) that in the end makes absolutely no sense.  The DVD contains “scene specific” commentary by director Marc Forster (see even he didn’t want to have to watch the whole thing!) and a couple of featurettes.  Read the original review.

A Sound of Thunder – Believe it or not there were actually two films worse than Stay last year, one comes out next week and the other is the worst movie of 2005.  Horrific adaption of the Ray Bradbury short story.  This movie is stunningly bad.  No one can defend it and the filmmakers don’t even try on this barebones DVD where the only extra is the trailer.  Just how bad is it?  Read the original review and find out.

Memoirs of a Geisha – The tale of a young girl’s journey into becoming a geisha is beautiful to look at (it won Oscars for Art Direction, Costume Design, and Cinematography).  December liked it enough to include it on her top ten films of 2005.  The two-disc special edition includes commentary by director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca along with a production commentary by costume designer Colleen Atwood, production designer John Myre, and editor Pietro Scalia.  There is also a huge collection of featurettes on making the novel into a film, shooting in Japan, a look at the geisha life, the actresses training to become geisha, the music of the film and more.  Read the original review.

Sliver (Unrated Edition) – Yeah you know I was just thinking how my world was incomplete without a director’s edition of this early 90’s crapfest with Sharon Stone and William Baldwin.  Oh wait a minute, no I wasn’t!!!  Obviously trying to pull in some of that Basic Instint 2 cash (all $6 of it) this “unrated version” is supposed to be better (did they replace William Baldwin with a sock puppet?)  Don’t ask me folks; I don’t get this either.

Family/Animated:

A Boy Named Charlie Brown – Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang in their classic 60’s cartoons that involve a kite-eating tree, humiliation on the baseball field, a national spelling bee and more.

TV:

Robot Chicken – Volume 1 – All 20 episodes from the gold standard of Adult Swim are contained in this two-disc set which includes commentary for every single episode and tons of extras like a behind the scenes featurette and deleted and extended skits (including the originals from Sweet J Presents) packing the discs full o’ fun.  Seth Green, you da’ man!  Matthew Senrich, you rule!  Read the full review

Six Feet UnderThe Complete Fifth Season – Final season of the HBO acclaimed series includes all 12 episodes of the Fisher family including the series finale.  The set also contains commentary by writers and directors for six of the episodes, three featurettes including a look back featurette, episode recaps and previews.

Northern ExposureThe Complete Fourth Season – The misadventures of Dr. Joel Fleishman and the townspeople of Cicely, Alaska continue.  All 25 fourth season episodes are included on three discs with deleted and extended scenes and a gag reel.

Doctor Who – The Beginning Collection – Well folks this is where it all started back in 1963 with William Hartnell as the Doctor.  Three of the first episodes (“An Unearthly Child,” “The Daleks,” and “The Edge of Destruction”) along with extras including a studio pilot, commentary by producer Verity Lambert and directors Waris Hussein, Chritopher Barry, and Richard Martin and actors Carole Ann Ford and Willaim Russell, and featurettes on the Daleks, the Doctor’s origins, and the T.A.R.D.I.S.

Quantum LeapThe Complete Fourth Season – Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula) continues leaping through time in 22 episodes.  The DVD set contains a featurette on the 80’s flashbacks and a special bonus episode from the fifth season.

Knots LandingThe Complete First Season – The long running drama got its start back in 1979 as a mid-season replacement.  All 13 episodes are gathered together on five discs…five discs??  Wow trying to get your money’s worth aren’t you folks?!  Yeah, you know a disc holds more than two hours right?  Extras include cast commentary on two episodes and an interview featurette with Ted Shackleford and Joan Van Ark.

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This Week

by Alan Rapp on March 27, 2006

in Film News & Trailers

So what’s out there this week.  Well today we’ll take a look at the films scheduled to be released this Friday including the sequels to Ice Age and Basic Instinct, yet another horror film will Slither its way onto the screen and more.  Read on…

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Here’s what’s scheduled to hit theaters this week.  Want to know more, just click on the title for film info including a full cast list.  Want a closer look, just click on the poster or link to watch the trailer.

Ice Age (2): The Meltdown

Sequel to the 2002 animated hit reunites director Carlos Saldanha with the voices of Ray Ramano, Dennis Leary, John Leguizamo, and Stephen Root (but no Jack Black, Cedric the Entertainer, or Alan Tudyk this time out).  Nope, this time we get voices of Seann William Scott, Queen Latifah and Will Arnett.  The sequel involves the end of the Ice Age as the animals worry the melting ice (hmmm….Global Warming inferences??) will destroy their home.  I wasn’t the biggest fan of the first film and don’t think it really earned a sequel (though it made enough $$ to make this film inevitable). 

Basic Instinct 2

Speaking of unnecessary sequels….  Sharon Stone reprises the role that made her a star.  Once again novelist Catherine Trammel is in the middle of murder only this time in England.  David Morrissey co-stars as the shrink called into evaluate her and falls under her spell of seduction….yeah, whatever.  Can a sequel (that took 14 years to get made) to a ridiculous film actually be any good?  Can a 48 year-old Stone still play the femme fatale?  Who at Sony thought this was a good idea?  Directed by Michael Caton-Jones (City by the Sea, The Jackal, Doc Hollywood), this one’s got train-wreck written all over it.

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Four high school friends ponder life after high school down at the local rollerskating rink in Atlanta named Jellybeans.  With a cast of young unknowns (Ablie Clark, April Daniels, and T.I. and Big Boi) first time feature director Chris Robinson (whose done only music videos to date) and a script by Tina Gordon Chism (who gave us the underrated Drumline), how this one will turn out is anyone’s guess.

Slither

Yet another horror film dumped into the early year’s batch of “soon to be forgotten.”  Though to be fair this one’s got an interesting cast including Firefly star Nathan Fillion, B-movie tough guys Michael Rooker and Gregg Henry, Elizabeth Banks (The 40 Year Old Virgin), and Rob Zombie.  Written and directed by James Gunn (who wrote the Dawn of the Dead remake and both Scooby-Doo films…ugh) the story involves a small town invaded by an alien plague that slithers around and turns them into zombies and monsters.  Early response from the film has been less than enthusiastic.

In Limited Release:


Marilyn Hotchkiss’ Ballroom Dancing and Charm School – Robert Carlyle as a widower who finds meaning in taking ballroom dance lessons.  Based on director Randall Miller’s original 1990 short film, though you might remember a similar film with Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez called Shall We Dance.  This one’s got Marisa Tomei, Donnie Walberg, and John Goodman.  Joy.  View the trailer

Swimmers – Regional tale in a small Maryland fishing town tells the story of an 11-year old girl (Tara Devon Gallagher) forced to give up swimming due to an injury and her friendship with a woman (Sarah Paulson) who has just returned having dealt with her own tragedy.  View the trailer

Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That! – How do you like your Beastie Boys?  The film was taped by audience members at a 2004 performance.  Around 50 fans were chosen and given hand-held Hi8 cameras and the footage was pieced together to make the film.  View the trailer

Adam & Steve – Gay love story about two men who meet and fall in love only to discover that they met 20 years before under less happy circumstances.  Written and directer by Craig Chester (who also stars).  View the trailer

The Devil and Daniel Johnston (New York and Los Angeles only) – Manic-depressive singer/songwriter/painter/artist Daniel Johnson’s life and career are examined in this documentary by Jeff Feuerzeig that includes interviews with Johnston, his family and his friends.  View the trailer

Brick (New York and Los Angeles only) – A loner (Joesph Gordon Levitt) who in searching for the truth about the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend finds himself suddenly in the middle of a high school crime ring.  Written and directed by Rian Johnson.  View the trailer

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Die Hard in a Bank

by Alan Rapp on March 24, 2006

in Movie Reviews 

Well that’s different and kinda the same.  That was my reaction to Spike Lee’s latest Inside Man which is his first try and a mainstream action-thriller.  While not what I would expect from Spike Lee, for a heist flick it’s not too bad.  Sure it could use a tweak here an there in the writing and some more editing (129 minute running time), and sure he steals the ending from (oh, I don’t want to give that away), but for the most part the film works and entertains.

Inside Man
3 Stars

I love heist flicks.  I mean I l-o-v-e ‘em!  So I’m predisposed to like a film like this though I also tend to nitpick at them as well.  Spike Lee’s attempt to make a mainstream film has actually produced a pretty good genre flick.  While not a great movie Inside Man works pretty well as a heist flick and makes the most of its cast and setting.

The film starts out with a bank robbery in New York.  The leader of the robbers (Clive Owen) and his crew seemingly have thought out their plan to perfection, but a problem occurs when a cop discovers the attempted robbery and calls it in.  The block is sealed off and a negotiator Keith Frazier (Denzel Washington) and his partner (Chiwetel Elijofor) arrive on the scene.  From here things get a little complicated as the cat and mouse game begins and Frasier starts to question whether the heist may not be more and less than it seems.  Complicating things are the bank’s owner (Christopher Plummer) who has something hidden in the bank he doesn’t want found and his hired gun (Jodie Foster) sent to the crime scene with and agenda all her own.

The heist itself works quite well.  One of the first things the robbers do is take everyone’s cell phones and strip them down and have them put on clothing and masks similar to the robbers.  Then the hostages are broken into small groups and left blindfolded in separate rooms; periodically a hostage or two will be switched from room to room.  The result becomes the hostages, even to themselves, have become indistinguishable from the robbers.

The movie is inter-cut with flash-forward scenes to Frazier and his partner interrogating different hostages trying to find out what really happened inside and whether they are part of the robbery.  This makes the film a little different than your average heist flick, but also raises some problems because if you watch closely it starts to give away parts of the film’s secret.

Spike Lee is obviously a fan of Die Hard and the film really wants to be the same type of film; it doesn’t quite succeed though it is a fun ride.  Part of the problem lies in how easily and early the film gives away many of its secrets and part of the problem is the truth about what Plummer’s character is hiding is nothing new to film/TV/DVD and isn’t hard to figure out or that shocking when revealed; something a little more original would have helped here.  My last issue isn’t so much with the ending it steals from a classic American author (just mentioning his name would give it away) but the cutesy little epilogue that isn’t really necessary or believable.

Aside from these issues the film still works and entertains and the performances are first rate by Washington, Foster, Plummer, Willem Dafoe, and RazorFine favorite Ejiofor.  There are some great supporting roles by the hostages and the film is excellently shot and the story is managed quite well (even if it is too long) by the director.

Inside Man is an entertaining heist film filled with great performances.  Could it have been done better?  Absolutely!  But despite all my issues with the film, in the end what Lee gives us is very entertaining.  Because it gives away it’s secrets too easily it never quite works as a suspense film, but it still works quite well as an action-drama.  And it’s a pretty good heist flick.  If you’re a fan of the genre or these actors I’d recommend the film to you.

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Tsotsi

by December Lambeth on March 24, 2006

in Movie Reviews 

Amongst the February dump of really bad films (released exactly one month ago in a limited release, out today in wide release), comes Tsotsi a film with more quality than most of the streamline Oscar Nominees. Beautifully shot and clear storyline, Tsotsi takes the audience through 6 days of a young gang leader’s transformation in the ghetto of Johannesburg. South Africa’s foreign film Oscar nomination is violent and gritty, but in the same form it’s very graceful and pure.

Tsotsi
3 & 1/2 Stars

From the production notes:
“The word “tsotsi” means a black urban criminal, a street thug or gang member in the vernacular of black townships in South Africa. Its origin is possibly a corruption of the Sesotho word “tsotsa” meaning to dress flashily, zoot suits being originally associated with tsotsis. A male is called a tsotsi and a female tsotsi is called a noasisa. Tsotsis are usually part of the urban youth gang society that grew up on the streets of the ghetto. Their history goes back to the famous youth gangs of the 1930’s in the Soweto township area outside Johannesburg.”

Following the tracks of a young thug as he makes one bad choice after another, leading to a catch 22 he can never escape, or can he? Tsotsi (Presley Chweneyagae) is a leader of a small group of young men who spend their time robbing, drinking and playing the dice, their way of leading the life that was dealt to them. Tsotsi starts to realize his need to escape the destruction that is controlling his life and destroying others, but not until he car jacks a lady and ends up with her baby. Almost abandoning this child with the car, he goes back and carries him home in a paper sack. Tsotsi makes an attempt of taking care of the child on his own, as if it’s a pet, but realizes he cannot provide adequate food or shelter. He holds a local girl at gun point to breastfeed the child and goes back to rob the home he stole the car from to gather up the child’s belongings. In that moment, he shoots one of his “brothers” to save the father’s life and thus a big leap in his transformation. In a slow progression to doing what’s right, but still doing it wrong, Tsotsi begins to come into his own and starts to take on responsibilities for his own actions. Before he blamed a poor childhood, a mean father and living in concrete tubes outside of the township, poor and destitute, as his crutch for reasoning. Tsotsi now realizes, that it’s his own actions that can create a better quality of life for himself and others around him. He has a good heart and has taken care of all of his “brothers” at one time or another, but still wreaks havoc on society. Still robs, thieves and treats others around him with little to no regard.

Progressively he cares for the child and starts to find a fondness towards the young widowed mother, Miriam (Terry Pheto), who eventually talks him into returning the baby. The ending of the film is the most moving of all. He returns the child, but gets caught between the mother and father he stole him from and the police. Giving up the baby with tears in his eyes and the hope for a second chance is a very powerful moment, does he get a second chance or is there no changing what life has handed to you?

 

Capturing a young audience with both rich and humanistic characters and a hip South African Kwaito artist, Zola, producer Peter Fudakowski played his cards right. Intriguing and luring, Tsotsi, keeps the audience completely attached to the character. Creates a sense of empathy for a thug that should deserve no forgiveness, but rises above it all and earns forgiveness and hopefully a second chance. Based on the novel by Athol Fugard, Tsotsi is set in modern times for expense reasons and to prove even a post apartheid South Africa still has it’s problems, but can rise above it all just like the character. Tsotsi was written in 1980 with a setting in the South African apartheid and a character that isn’t given a second chance at the end, a producer choosing to take the meaning of the story more over the exact story makes a more successful film. A few shots too close to the eye line to keep the audience tide with the lead character are a little over done, but can be forgiven for the richness surrounding those shots. The film is much about poverty vs. wealth and violence vs. compassion; the production design gives us the contrast even in the ghetto between Tsotsi’s dark rich and bare shack compared to Miriam’s warm, soft and inviting surroundings. The music compliments every scene and the actors bring out their best over coming some very rough and emotional moments.

Tsotsi is a rich and powerfully emotional film that will move the audience and aspire even those who may not agree with the quality of story.

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Holy Sh*t Dude!

by Alan Rapp on March 23, 2006

in Uncategorized

Wow.  Well you knew Trey Parker and Matt Stone weren’t going to take Isaac Hayes’ leaving the show and all that negative publicity lying down, but DAMN!  The post-Hayes episodes started last night poking fun of Hayes’ departure from the show by with Chef’s brainwashing by a “fruity little club” of child molesters.  The parallel to Hayes and Scientology wasn’t subtle nor is the message Parker and Stone give by turning the character into a pedophile and then killing him in the most brutal manner possible thus ending Chef’s tenure on the show.  Kyle’s eulogy said it all “A lot of us don’t agree with the choices Chef made in the last few days (comments by Hayes about the show’s mocking of Scientology and his choice to leave the show), some of us feel hurt and confused that he seemed to turn his back on us.  But we can’t let the events of the past few weeks take away the memories of how Chef made us smile.  We shouldn’t be mad at Chef for leaving us; we should be mad at that fruity little club for scrambling his brains.”  Let us know if you saw it and if you’ve got an opinion of the episode (and the Lucas themed ending).

South Park
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Let us know what you thought of last night’s show.

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