Sunday, March 4, 2007

23 Bad Marketing Decisions, Oscars and Reviews Galore

Here are some of my recent columns and reviews from In Utah This Week. Please note that the web graphics remain messed up, but all film reviews are scored out of four, not five.

The Cinema File column: Number 23's idiotic marketing: The publicists sent this AP article about a 23-month old girl freezing to death in red with the two occurrences of "23" in grey. So I spent several hundred words complaining about how stupid this was.

Review: "Breaking and Entering" (I didn't write the headline and I don't think the headline typo is in the print edition): My original take on this film was reservedly positive, but by the time I finished my review, it was affectionately negative. The end of the film just undermines the plot too damn much.

Last Week's stuff

So with all the excitement around the giant Oscar article, I neglected to post my other stuff.

The Cinema File column: How to erase your Oscar credibility: Hey Jennifer Hudson, while I don't think you really have any, you might want to read this.

The shorter Oscar article: If you don't have the balls to read the one that's four times as long.

Review: "Breach"
Review: "Amazing Grace"
Review: "The Astronaut Farmer"


Anonymous said...

Well, I've been monitoring your blog and I am far from impressed. Truth be told, I've been far from impressed since the 5'6" Spud Webb won the 1986 Slam Dunk title.
This is the life I live.
Anyways,I noticed your pussy-footing around your basic inability to really name your favorite for the best picture in the academy awards. Did you really think that... "movie"... would win?
This was, indeed, a blemish on your record and I intend on being a dick about it.
Also, I think you need to have a drink recipes section in your blog. May I suggest "the Craig."
Just take two gallons of Vodka, a bulb of garlic, drink two pints of v8 while ignoring the Vodka and top it off with a dash of bitters. Garnish with a sprig of mint leaf and some crushed ice squeezed from my heart.
A concerned reader

Anonymous said...

Ouch! I hope "The Craig" takes the sting out of that critique.