August 7th, 2005

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Must Love Dogs" is rescued by Thespian dogs.

"Must Love Dogs" features the ever present problem about pretty people who can not find their significant other. This time the couple is portrayed by Diane Lane and John Cusack, the younger versions of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, respectively.

Both Lane and Cusack are nice people who have been recently divorced. These two fear they will never find their soulmate. He is a caftsman and she comes from a large family. Her father is portrayed by Christopher Plummer who finds excuse to read poetry to crowds of people.

While the film has moments that seem too sitcomish, "Must Love Dogs" is a delight nonetheless. The romance between Cusack and Lane is a comedy of errors with sappy moments interrupted by funny dogs.

"Must Love Dogs" is another standard romantic vehicle for Lane and Cusack, but the Thespian Dogs makes this film more likable.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

Thall shall not witness "The Devil's Rejects" on the Sabbath.

At "Screamfest 2005," I shook Sid Haig's hand and complemented his body of work. Given his work in "Spider Baby," I pronounced him the link between the classic horror movie stars like Lon Chaney Jr. I could tell that he appreciated it, but I could also tell that he had heard this information before.

Silly me.
I had not seen "House of a 100 Corpses," but I heard some interesting word of mouth about the originality of Rob Zombie's movie. "The Devil's Rejects" is the sequel and I was not prepared for the sadistic nature of the movie.

Victims portrayed by Geoffrey Lewis and Priscilla Barnes meet humiliation and painful deaths inflicted by William Moseley and Sherri Moon Zombie(the Director's wife), respectively. One has a front seat viewing of Sharon Tate being slaughtered by Charles Manson.

The audience found these scenes hilarious. The tone and the timing makes these scenes funny in a Three Stooges way with potty mouth language. The director's wife moons one victim with the flair of plainclothes dominatrix.

With a soundtrack created from Album Rock Radio of 1970s, the tone creates sympathy for "The Devil's Rejects." The final scenes are lifted from "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and features the Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Freebird." The audience did not laugh at these scenes of villainous glory.

"The Devil's Rejects" has been making the run at the convention circuit and features cameos that horror movie mavens will recognize; P.J. Soles ("Halloween" victim), Steve Railsback (Charles Manson in CBS Television Movie "Helter Skelter"), Ken Foree (the original "Dawn of the Dead"), Mary Woronov ("Death Race 2000") and Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes). While the film may have been a labor of love behind these scenes, love is not what appears on the screen.

"The Devil's Rejects" is like hanging out with the people my parents warned me about.