Monday, September 21, 2015

For Johnny Depp Fans

Murder and crime fill up the screen
in Black Mass, which needs to be seen
to grasp the fact that Depp is great
as a bad man we love to hate.

Whitey Bulger is this guy’s name,
a criminal who knows no shame.
He even cons the FBI
while working with them as a spy.

But charming he can also be
with old ladies and family.
His escapades in Boston crime
made him top dog for a long time.

Too bad this film leaves out so much.
Whitey’s free years it does not touch.
What did he do not to be caught?
Why did searches result in naught?

Still, Johnny Depp fans must see this.

It’s not a movie they should miss.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Will Harrison Ford Win Again?

Although the next presidential election won’t take place until November of 2016, media outlets are already focusing on the preliminary campaigns. And that explains why Movie Addict Headquarters is now holding its third Best Film President Election. Here is your chance to vote for the actor you think should be named Best Film President. Just listen to five rousing campaign speeches taped previously as well as to information about important new candidates. Then send in your vote to by September 30, 2015. As a thank you for voting, your name will be added to a drawing for a free copy of Confessions of a Movie Addict, my funny life-at-the-movies memoir.     

Although numerous actors have portrayed a U.S. President in the movies, the candidates for this event have been chosen from the list of nominees below.  (Harrison Ford won our first two elections!)   

Harrison Ford in AIRFORCE ONE
Peter Sellers in DR. STRANGELOVE
Kevin Kline in DAVE
Morgan Freeman in DEEP IMPACT
Henry Fonda in FAIL SAFE
Danny Glover in 2012
Jeff Bridges in THE CONTENDER
Jack Nicholson in MARS ATTACKS
Stephen Colbert in MONSTERS VS. ALIENS
Daniel Day Lewis in LINCOLN

Listen to rousing campaign speeches and information about other candidates by clicking on the BlogTalkRadio link below.      

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

RIP, Scaremaster Craven

Like many movie fans, I feel sad over the recent passing of filmmaker Wes Craven, who gave us such innovative horror movies as The Last House on the Left and A Nightmare on Elm Street.  Surprisingly, my favorite Craven film is the intense psychological thriller Red Eye rather than one of his horror offerings. “This is definitely not a horror film,” Craven insisted. “There aren’t people being chased by a maniac with a butcher knife, and nobody wears a mask – except in the sense of presenting himself as one thing and then turning out to be totally different.”

And yet, it’s Red Eye that frightened me the most, perhaps because I am so afraid of flying. The idea of being on a plane is scary enough to me, but watching a woman sitting in cramped quarters next to a stranger who’s trying to involve her in a diabolical assassination plot is almost too terrifying to bear. In this terrific film, Craven creates the same kind of excruciating suspense associated with Alfred Hitchcock thrillers. 

My thoughts and prayers go out to Wes Craven’s family, friends and fans during this difficult time.  

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