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YOUR HIGHNESS: Ye Olde Disaster

Posted April 9, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Not Even For Free Let’s give a little love to the devious people at Universal who cut the trailers.  The masterminds behind the red-band for YOUR HIGHNESS managed to find, in its 102 dull minutes, roughly 3 and a half that, when cut together with fiendish skill, suggested the movie had actual laughs.  Bow […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY RETROSPECTIVE REVIEW: Tim Burton’s “Batman Returns”

Posted July 15, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  After the gigantic success of Batman, Tim Burton went on to direct Edward Scissorhands, which although naturally a smaller level of hit, was enormously important to Burton’s career, because it was a very personal project that didn’t seem likely to find a mainstream audience at all, let alone be one of the year’s top […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “The Raven”

Posted April 27, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  THE RAVEN:  Watch It At Home – Not Much Tell-Tale Heart (Or Brain) Sometimes less-than-great minds think alike, too.  The idea of Edgar Allen Poe as a detective investigating strange phenomena was at the center of ABC’s busted pilot Poe last year (see our pilot report here), but it seems the failure of that […]

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THE SKED SEASON FINALE REVIEW: “Parks & Recreation”

Posted May 11, 2012 by Mitch Salem

  If NBC’s Thursday night sitcoms were a movie about college roommates, The Office would be the one who doesn’t study or do the work but still gets better grades than anyone else, 30 Rock would be the teacher’s pet, Community the stoner who’s either going to end up as a temp or a billionaire.  […]

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WATER FOR ELEPHANTS: Not So Big Top

Posted April 22, 2011 by Mitch Salem

> Watch It At Home; A circus story that’s not the greatest show in the multiplex. Sometimes even a small moment in a movie can typify how it’s gone wrong.  There’s a scene fairly early in WATER FOR ELEPHANTS–it’s not a major plot point, for those wary of spoilers–where an animal loved by the circus […]

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THE SHOWBUZZDAILY REVIEW: “Wanderlust”

Posted February 24, 2012 by Mitch Salem

> WANDERLUST:  Watch It At Home – Hippy Jokes Thawed Out From 1966 The new WANDERLUST demonstrates the strengths and limitations of amiability in movies.  Its stars, Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, have made very profitable careers out of being professionally likable.  Unlike, say, Tom Hanks, who also began his career in light comedy but […]

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SHOWBUZZDAILY Series Premiere + 1 Review: “The Young Pope”

Posted January 17, 2017 by Mitch Salem

  THE YOUNG POPE:  Sunday/Monday 9PM on HBO – DVR Alert The cinema-tization of television continues with HBO’s THE YOUNG POPE.  It’s been created and directed by the filmmaker Paolo Sorrentino, who made 2013’s Best Foreign Film Oscar winner The Great Beauty and followed it with the gorgeous but not quite coherent Truth.  Sorrentino is […]

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THE SKED @ BUSTED PILOT THEATRE: “Locke & Key”

Posted June 23, 2011 by Mitch Salem

>The FOX pilot LOCKE & KEY is a very effective hour of creepiness, but it’s not that hard to understand why the network didn’t put the project on its schedule.  The show screams “cult hit” at best, and the pilot feels more like a shortened feature film than the viable prototype for a continuing weekly […]

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