Sunday, January 1 1995
The Scream series has always been about movies. But unlike most movies, the Scream movies have always been smarter than commentaries about it, and in particular, smarter than the commentaries about its commentaries on movies.
In 'Storytelling', when Vi exclaims that her story 'really happened,' her professor observes, 'Once you start writing, it all becomes fiction.'"
The most annoying aspects of 'Say It Isn't So' have to do with its uneven tone, part ironic, wise-cracking condescension and part clueless, mean-spirited condescension.
hy would anyone want to play a talking donkey? We might suppose that doing voices for an animated movie is less stressful than acting in live-action pictures, that actors are well-compensated, or that doing a movie 'kids can see' is appealing to many movie stars.
Intrigue, deception, display, betrayal. All this is what it is, typical action flick sex-play, foreplay for the big explosion or something equally prosaic.
No longer are epic adventures the province of fair maidens and proud knights. According to 'Shrek', everyone is deserving of fair treatment and true love. Even a dragon and a talking donkey.
'The St. Francisville Experiment' is 'Blair Witch' meets 'The Haunting' (the terrible 1999 remake) meets 'Survivor' meets bad porno.
The office is burglarized and specific hard drives are missing -- sabotage or coincidence? Is it possible to be paranoid in a business where the stakes are so high and the egos so large?"