May 30th, 2010

Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

R.I. P. Dennis Hopper

At the 2006 Palm Beach International Film Festival Red Carpet Gala at the Boca Raton Resort and Club, Dennis Hopper was introduced to Cinema Dave. Hopper commented that her had "raccoon eyes" from the sunglasses that he wore while golfing with Donald Trump at Mara a Lago. Hopper thane mentioned that he was looking forward to the Alice Copper Golf tournament.

Cinema Dave burst out laughing and asked,
"Alice Cooper and Dennis Hopper, two of the baddest boys of the sixties and seventies, could you ever imagine that you would be comparing golf scores?"

Dennis Hopper joined Cinema Dave in laughter, Hopper seemed pretty shocked on the long, way strange trip that he had been on.

Dennis Hopper and Cinema Dave talked about Vincent Price and the some of the art that was being auctioned, Hopper did admit that he had not the time to look at the artwork, which featured a portrait of Marilyn Monroe by Tony Curtis.

When receiving his acceptance speech, Hopper acknowledged the educational intent of PBiFF and he encouraged young people to read Samuel Johnson's "Lives of the Poets." Despite his wild and crazy youth and messy marriage history, Hopper proved to be a class act for locals in 2006.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Sex and the City 2" is only for the fans

*Sex and the City 2** is the first complete episode that I have seen from this HBO series that began in 1998. Let’s face it, I am a middle aged guy and listening to four Manhattan chicks gossip about their self esteem is not my idea of a good time.

Unless, of course, these four women are busy fighting off blood sucking zombies while skinny dipping in the Caribbean ocean. With these type of visuals, I might be interested in the exploits of Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha (Kim Cattrall), Charlotte (Kristen Davis) and Miranda (Cynthia Nixon).

These four Manhattan socialites are BFF (Best Friends Forever), yet the responsibilities of maintaining a marriage seem to be breaking up the old gang. Celebrating her marriage with Mr. Big (Chris Noth), Carrie the narrator feels that she needs more time alone. Neurotic Charlotte has a fussy two year old who screams a lot. Serious minded Miranda attempts to balance a stressful career as a lawyer with the perfect house husband. Nymphomaniac Samantha is unmarried but arranges for her sisterhood to go on press junket to Dubai in the middle east.

Treated like princess, the four American women travel to a mysterious land were Arab women have their faces covered in public. This cultural behavior conflicts with Miranda's raging libido and a scandal of international proportions will ensue. Not before Carrie runs into an old flame (John Corbett) in the spice market while Miranda and Charlotte sit at a bar and drink to motherhood.

Clocking in at two and one half hours, **Sex and the City 2** drags. Writer/director Michael Patrick King has strung together a series of four half hour episodes of the television series. There is such an emphasis on product placement, that some plot lines evolve around how a car or cell phone or coffee maker will save the day.

**Sex and the City 2** does provide some funny moments, mostly involving Samantha's nymphomaniac tendencies with menopause. Early in the motion picture, there is a High Society Gay wedding that features Liza Minnelli as the high steeping Justice of the Peace.

While this film did not inspire me to review the previous 97 installments of the series, **Sex and the City 2** was a hit with the fans of the series. Most BFF women exited the show, claming that "Part 2" was better than "Part 1." Already parties are being planned for the third installment in 2012.
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"MacGruber" may be the biggest bomb for the 2010 box office summer

Both "Shrek Forever after" and MacGruber" opened on the same weekend. At the time of it's "MacGruber" ranked higher on the Rotten Tomatoes, but slipped below "Shrek Forever After" a week later. "MacGruber" has become box office poison and is likely to disappear from the theaters after Thursday night.

Some my claim that "MacGruber" has suffered the fate of other failed "Saturday Night Live" featured films about reoccurring characters like Stuart Smalley, Pat and a "Night at Roxbury" characters. Why pay for something that one can see for free.

"MacGruber" is a one joke character that writer/actor Will Forte is trying to expand to a 90 minute movie. As the narrative continues, the title character becomes more unlikeable. By the end of the movie, one does not care about the fate of "MacGruber."
Cinema Dave  Swashbuckling ournalist and

"Prince of Persia The Sands of Time" is a clogged 2 hour glass

Walt Disney Shareholders should be concerned about the things the corporation is eliminating (Adventurers Club) to make way for attention deficient disorder drivel like "Prince of Persia Sands of Time." This Disney Memorial Day release is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

There is no character development, a convoluted plot about time travel with fake action scenes performed by a CGI computer, not stunt people. Apathy rules the Mouse!