Guess this has something of a cult following and my ex girlfriend seemed to remember it being scary so I gave it a shot and I'm sorry to report it pretty much sucks. Yeah, it's obviously the "wild card" of the "Halloween" series because it has nothing to do with the other films and maybe it's better than some of the other sequels featuring Michael Myers but who cares? The premise is half-assed, the execution is amateurish and nothing is even remotely scary. IMO it doesn't even work as camp appeal, though that's probably the main reason for its cult.
What were the Hollywood execs who greenlit this project smoking? Martin Short as the most irritating 10 year old boy of all time and Charles Grodin as the permanently furrowed brow-sporting adult he torments throughout the film. It's so bizarre and mean-spirited that I have a hard time believing it was actually intended for kids and though both Short and Grodin are talented, you wouldn't know it by watching this.
Probably my favorite Hughes brothers movie. Covers a lot of ground, features a lot of stylistic flair and boasts one of the all time great soundtracks. And dammit if the "whiteface" disguise sported by the characters during the climactic robbery hasn't become somewhat iconic.
But Iím a Cheerleader
Admittedly a cool concept (a stereotypical girly-girl cheerleader gets sent to a "pray the gay away" camp) and Natasha Lyonne is good as always (and plays against type here) and it's also cool to see RuPaul in "male drag" as a counselor but it all comes off as little more than a novelty. A fairly entertaining novelty sure, but part of me feels like an opportunity to make a better, more meaningful film might have been missed here.
Killing Them Softly
Attempts to be a more political and introspective gangster flick but winds up being very by-numbers, despite the talented cast and some nice stylistic touches. The shots of various politicians which time-stamps this movie as taking place during the recession are about as subtle as Pitt's hairdo.