The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag (1992)

The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag
Director: Allan Moyle
Writer: Grace Cary Bickley
Cast: Penelope Ann Miller, Eric Thal, Alfre Woodard, Julianne Moore, Andy Romano, Ray McKinnon, William Forsythe, Xander Berkeley, Meat Loaf, Catherine Keener
Seen on: 2.4.2018

Betty Lou (Penelope Ann Miller) is a librarian, and married to Alex (Eric Thal), a police officer. But Alex and pretty much everyone else is ignoring her. And Betty Lou really doesn’t know how to make somebody pay attention. Not even when she finds a murder weapon is she able to make anybody listen to her. But she has had it and when she accidentally fires the gun herself and is arrested, she confesses to the murder herself. And suddenly all eyes are on her.

The Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag is a very, very stupid film that makes absolutely no sense and isn’t funny despite how much it tries to be. It’s a film best forgotten (and it probably would have been already if it wasn’t for Julianne Moore’s small supporting role. At least that’s the reason I know about the film in the first place).

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Stage Fright (2014)

Stage Fright
Director: Jerome Sable
Writer: Jerome Sable
Music by: Jerome Sable, Eli Batalion
Cast: Allie MacDonald, Douglas Smith, Kent Nolan, Brandon Uranowitz, Ephraim Ellis, James McGowan, Meat Loaf, Minnie Driver
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

After their mother and opera singer Kylie (Minnie Driver) was brutally murdered, Camilla (Allie MacDonald) and her brother Buddy (Douglas Smith) went to live with her boyfriend Roger (Meat Loaf). Roger runs a musical theater camp for rich kids where Camilla and Buddy, now grown, work in the kitchen. But Camilla dreams of becoming a performer herself. When it is announced that this year’s camp’s production would be a kabuki version of The Phantom Haunting of the Opera – Kylie’s star role and a play that hasn’t been shown since her death – nothing can keep Camilla from auditioning. But it seems that her mother’s killer has followed them or maybe the play, and things get even bloodier than the usual casting and production process.

Stage Fright combines slasher movies and musicals in such a way that I was laughing until I cried. It was amazing.

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Re-Watch: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Director: Jim Sharman
Writer: Richard O’Brien, Jim Sharman
Cast: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell, Jonathan Adams, Peter Hinwood, Meat Loaf, Charles Gray

Brad (Barry Bostwick) and Janet (Susan Sarandon) just got engaged and decide to visit their former teacher in whose class they met. But on the way there, they get lost and a flat tire and so they end up at a weird manor where strange things are going on. Not only is there a strange celebration, but the host, Dr Frank N. Furter (Tim Curry) has announced that what they’re celebrating is that he built a man.

Looking objectively at it, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is not a particularly good movie. The acting isn’t very good, the dialogues are cheesy, the special effects aren’t great. But none of that matters the slightest because it is one of the best movies ever. It knows what it is and what it wants and it takes it with a sense of humor and an excellent soundtrack. Also, Tim Curry’s legs just deserve their own film.


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