December 19, 1993

The Pelican Brief

I just saw this on cable again in 2011. (Apparently there's a channel called ION?) Still holds up for action and suspense, although it's a period piece now: the whole movie is landlines, computers with no internet access, and news stories which need to be "confirmed" before they're made public. If Darby Shaw (Roberts) had written the Pelican Brief in 2011, it would have been on WikiLeaks in a day or two, if Shaw didn't Tweet it herself.
Vests and Denim shirts for everyone!
In 2011, all the conversations we see on land lines, held in hushed hotel rooms and offices would have taken place on iPhones while striding symbolically past the Washington Monument. If you can look past this distraction, and the laugh-out-loud 1990s clothing --everyone wore oversized denim shirts + mom jeans in 1994-- then there's a solid old-school thriller to be enjoyed, directed with craft and flair by Alan J Pakula (All The President's Men, Parallax View, Presumed Innocent)

It's hard to watch on TV at home, because all Julia Roberts does for two hours is whisper her way through the whole thing. Once her creepy alcoholic professor boyfriend (Sam Shepard) gets blown up, I swear she doesn't raise her voice again for the whole movie. She finally turns on the Julia Smile in the very last scene. Denzel Washington is terrific, or, as my wife pointed out, "better than this movie deserves!"

The Pelican Brief is full of stone cold villains, cynical politicians, and attorneys too. The casting director assembled a feast of douchebaggery which may never be equaled: click through and see if any of these faces look slimy and familiar: Tony Goldwyn, James Sikking, William Atherton, Anthony Heald, Robert Culp, Stanley Anderson, John Finn, and, in a near-silent cameo as an assassin, Stanley Tucci With A Great Wig! I decided that he probably never looked better than he did in 1993 (age 32) in this movie (with an expensive wig).
I hope the gang at Rifftrax record a riff on this movie. It's unlikely they'll dig back into the vault, but this movie is full of dramatic pauses. It's ripe!

December 9, 1993

Wayne's World 2 (sneak preview)

Del Preston: Alright, ladies and gentlemen. It takes two people to run a concert: one back stage, and one out front. One man alone cannot do this. Wayne, you will run the backstage team. Milton, you are my liaison between Wayne's backstage team and Garth's front-stage team which includes myself in the booth. To the left and right of the stage are machine-gun pillboxes, M-60 Browning. Now these babies tend to heat up so shoot in 3 second bursts. In the event of capture I will personally distribute these cyanide capsules to be placed under the tongue like so [places a capsule in his mouth]. Any questions?
Garth: Yes, I have a question. When did you turn into a nutbar?
(Circle Cinema, Chestnut Hill)

November 27, 1993

A Perfect World

Touching and poignant. I saw this with the family on Thanksgiving weekend, at the Assembly Square theater.

November 23, 1993

The Three Musketeers

Pleasant Family Fun.

November 11, 1993

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas

Is this a Christmas movie or a Halloween movie? I don't think the studio ever figured it out...
(Church St, Harvard Square)

Feeling Animated

Here's a breakdown-by-studio of the animated movies I have seen in the theater. Movies excluded from this list:
  • Movies with plenty of CGI combined with live action (Roger Rabbit, Gollum, Yoda, Davy Jones);
  • Movies with Muppets (Fozzie, Scooter, Lew Zealand); and
  • Movies with marionettes (Team America: World Police)
DISNEY
  • Aladdin
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas (technically Touchstone)
  • The Lion King
  • Pocahontas
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • James & The Giant Peach
  • The Little Mermaid (1997 reissue)
  • Hercules
  • Mulan
  • Tarzan
PIXAR
  • Toy Story
  • A Bug's Life
  • Toy Story 2
  • Monsters, Inc.
  • Finding Nemo
  • The Incredibles
  • Cars
  • Ratatouille
ASSORTED
  • The Jetsons Movie
  • Anastasia
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut
  • Chicken Run
  • Shrek
  • Ice Age
  • Shrek 2
  • The Triplets Of Belleville
  • Steamboy
  • Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

November 1, 1993

Tee Shirt Hall Of Fame: R.E.M. Little America

While I wasn't exactly following them around Athens in 1983, I am happy to report I was relatively ahead of the crowd on R.E.M. My first R.E.M. album was Life's Rich Pageant, which I bought on LP at Tower Records on Newbury Street circa 1988? I was a big fan of the single "I Believe" and the album track "Superman"...I can't recall if this was right before R.E.M.'s Document came out and "The One I Love" hit the charts, or perhaps at the same time. Regardless, I liked R.E.M. a lot, just as they were about to break through.
Sometime between 1988 and 1993 I bought this tee shirt at Newbury Comics, right around the corner from Tower. I remember loving the design, but I was slightly reluctant to buy a bright pink shirt. In retrospect, it's more magenta or neon pink and much less girly pink.
The bottom image, taken in November 1993, takes some explaining. I was a senior at Emerson College at the time and I was a DJ, live music production student, news board operator, and program director at WERS. For promotional purposes, we had a helium tank, a case full of balloons, and a giant bundle of pre-cut balloon strings, which I thought it would be funny to put on my head under my rasta-style / Jeff Ament in Pearl Jam circa 1992 / Strawberry Shortcake hat, grab someone's cane, and pretend to be an old man. And I am wearing the R.E.M. shirt!



October 3, 1993

Dazed and Confused

D&C combines several of my least-favorite genres: Marijuana Comedy, Hazing Movies, and Seventies Nostalgia.

September 29, 1993

Blade Runner: Director's Cut

This is on my Top Ten list, All-Time Favorite Movies. I saw it many times recorded off television on VHS tape (with the voice-over and different ending, aka the unrated international cut) before I first saw it like this. I saw the Director's Cut on laserdisc around the same time I saw it here, but I'm not 100% sure of that.
(September 27 and 29, 1993, Nickelodeon theater, Comm. Ave, Boston)

September 19, 1993

The Age Of Innocence

It's amazing the Daniel Day-Lewis in this movie is the same man who played Bill The Butcher in Scorsese's Gangs Of New York! This pristine film demonstrates that Scorsese can focus his precise yet lyrical filmmaking style on a different class of society.
(Nickelodeon theater, Comm. Ave, Boston)

September 10, 1993

True Romance

Who else but screenwriter Quentin Tarantino would make his protagonist a comic book shop clerk -slash- kung fu movie geek who has wild sex with a beautiful call girl? Talk about wish fulfillment. Then again, QT eventually lived the fantasy and romanced super-hot-yet-brainy Mira Sorvino for a couple years.
ALSO by Gary Oldman on STUB HUBBY:

September 1, 1993

Manhattan Murder Mystery

I found it very funny that Diane Keaton's character would yelp or scream every time she was scared or startled-- and the volume and duration of the scream varied depending on the seriousness of the scare. The handheld camera made me queasy. I think I saw this in the single-screen theater that used to be on Boylston Street in Boston, across from the Prudential building?

August 24, 1993

The Secret Garden

I have no memory of seeing this film. Zero. But I must have seen it, unless someone snuck into my house and pasted this ticket stub into my book while I slept...

August 5, 1993

So I Married An Axe Murderer

I am extremely fond of and nostalgic for this movie. I originally saw it in the theater August 5th and 16th, 1993. In 2010, I saw it again for the first time in a long time. It's still funny, but only sporadically. I think of it more as a beta test for the Austin Powers movies. Some of the Austin Powers jokes make their debut here, Myers successfully plays multiple characters in one scene, and his Scottish "Fat Bastard" accent is here too. One of my wife's favorite Australian actors, Anthony LaPaglia (Without A Trace), plays an American cop, but he appears to have no comedic talent, AND he looks like he's about to laugh in every scene. Having said all that, the movie has Alan Arkin, cameos from Phil Hartman and Steven Wright, plus the Dad character is priceless:
Stuart Mackenzie: Well, it's a well known fact, Sunny Jim, that there's a secret society of the five wealthiest people in the world, known as The Penteveret, who run everything in the world, including the newspapers, and meet tri-annually at a secret country mansion in Colorado, known as The Meadows.
Tony: [barely containing laughter] So who's in this Penteveret?
Stuart: The Queen, The Vatican, The Gettys, The Rothschilds, and Colonel Sanders before he went tits up. Ohhh, I hate the Colonel with his wee beady eyes! And that smug look on his face, "Oh, you're gonna buy my chicken!"
Charlie Mackenzie: Dad, how can you hate "The Colonel"?
Stuart: Because he puts an addictive chemical in his chicken that makes ya crave it fortnightly, smartass!
After many repeat viewings on home video and basic cable, twenty years and 10 days later I would see this movie again, this time outdoors!

August 1, 1993

N's 12th Music Mix

This mix is heavy on vinyl. I have marked with an asterisk* songs on vinyl.

Side A

  1. *"Bad To Me" is a Lennon/McCartney song which John and Paul wrote for the fellow Liverpool band Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas. I found this 45 rpm single in my basement in a cardboard box of my landlord's belongings.
  2. *"Walking on Sunshine": Katrina & The Waves
  3. *"Midnight Blue" Lou Gramm is the lead singer of Foreigner. His solo "career" is nearly nonexistent, except for this awesome song from his solo debut LP Ready or Not. I found this LP in a cutout bin at the old HMV music store in Harvard Square.
  4. *"Hungry Heart": Bruce Springsteen
  5. *"No One Is To Blame" Howard Jones recorded two versions of this song. He charted a hit with the re-make, which was produced by Phil Collins (and features Phil on drums and backing vocals). For this mix, I spliced together the first verse of the original into the remainder of the remake. I would reuse this mix on Mix 87 in 2002.
  6. "That's All": Genesis
  7. *"Better Be Home Soon": Crowded House
  8. "Finish What You Started": Van Halen
  9. "Bank on Your Love": Hall & Oates; an odd poker-themed song.
  10. "Relax": Frankie Goes to Hollywood

Side B: The Nouns Side

  1. "Runaway Train" This mix was relentlessly old-fashioned until this Soul Asylum song showed up!
  2. I will admit, I was totally hooked on "Life is a Highway" by Tom Cochrane in 1992 and 1993.Buying Cochrane's entire album on CD for full price because of this one song was the deepest nadir of my retail relationship with music.
  3. *"Pink Cadillac" is in my Top Five Bruce Springsteen songs.
  4. *"Goody Two Shoes": Adam Ant
  5. I first discovered "Hairstyles & Attitudes" when Timbuk3 was the musical act on Saturday Night Live April 18, 1987 (host: John Larroquette).
  6. "You Can't Judge A Book By Its Cover": Bo Diddley
  7. "Ordinary Average Guy": Joe Walsh
  8. "Owner of a Lonely Heart": YES
  9. "Money Changes Everything": Cyndi Lauper
  10. "Panama": Van Halen
Recorded at WERS Studio P. 100 minute Maxell cassette

July 29, 1993

Another Stakeout

The original Stakeout is a strong mix of action and comedy. This sequel adds Rosie O'Donnell to the mix. I just counted, and I have seen six Rosie O'Donnell films in the theater: Tarzan (voice only; 1999), Beautiful Girls (1996), Exit to Eden (1994), Another Stakeout, Sleepless in Seattle, and A League of Their Own (1992).

July 25, 1993

Coneheads

I brought this upon myself. No one tied me up and dragged me to the theater!
(Assembly Square Cinemas)

July 19, 1993

In The Line of Fire

Two high-quality thrillers in four days: Wolfgang Petersen's breakout (English-language) film.

July 15, 1993

The Firm

Perfectly executed thriller from Sidney Pollack. Pollack's career is alarmingly uneven- he made great movies like Out Of Africa, Tootsie, and Three Days Of The Condor, yet he also cranked out Havana, the Sabrina remake, and Random Hearts. The Firm is not great, but it is an expertly crafted thriller: Tom Cruise's ambition gets him in too deep at a Mob-owned law firm, run by a Who's Who of great character actors (Gene Hackman, Hal Holbrook, Wilfred Brimley). Can his patented Tom Cruise Run save his bar license...and his life?

July 3, 1993

Much Ado About Nothing

Ken Branagh and Emma Thompson at their best.

July 1, 1993

N's Mix #10

Side A: Frank, James, Paul, Jules, Mary Jane, and God
  1. This Poem Sucks, Mike Myers
  2. Frank's 2,000" TV, "Weird Al" Yankovic
  3. God Only Knows, The Beach Boys
  4. Breaking Us In Two, Joe Jackson
  5. Sweet Baby James, James Taylor
  6. Mary Jane's Last Dance, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  7. Blister In The Sun, Violent Femmes
  8. The Love Cats, The Cure
  9. Lightning Paul, The 4 Of Us
  10. J for Jules, 'til tuesday
  11. The Thanksgiving Song, Adam Sandler
Side B: Brazil, England, Australia, Canada, America
  1. Ponta De Lanca Africano, Jorge Ben
  2. 25 or 6 to 4, Chicago
  3. If You've Got Trouble, This is an unreleased Beatles song from 1965, written by Lennon and McCartney for Ringo to sing. It was the custom for Ringo to sing one song per LP, but this composition and performance were so lackluster, the track was discarded. Ringo sang a cover of Buck Owens' "Act Naturally" on that LP instead. I acquired this track on a bootleg, but The Beatles would eventually release the song on the Anthology box set in 1996.
  4. Sink The Pink, AC/DC
  5. "Bank on Your Love" is a Hall & Oates song using the game of poker as a relationship metaphor.
  6. Run to You, Bryan Adams
  7. Breaking The Girl, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  8. Mirror In The Bathroom, The English Beat
  9. 99.9 F, Suzanne Vega
  10. Pop Life, Prince & The Revolution
(Maxell 100 minute cassette)

June 30, 1993

N's Mix #9

This mix was recorded at WERS in production Studio "P". The other studios were also lettered. Studio A was the primary broadcast studio. Studio B was the secondary studio where we broadcast the live afternoon news. Studio C was our recording studio. Studio P was formerly a bathroom on the second floor which was converted to a production studio. Don't make me explain it further!

SIDE A- U.S. Mix "The Material Girl talks to Angels and Princes."

  1. Two Princes, Spin Doctors
  2. Black Gold, Soul Asylum
  3. She Talks To Angels, The Black Crowes
  4. Landslide, Fleetwood Mac
  5. All I Want Is You, U2
  6. R.E.M., Everybody Hurts
  7. 10,000 Maniacs, (Don't Go Back To) Rockville. I found this R.E.M. cover on the CD single for "Candy Everybody Wants".
  8. Talking Heads: Sax & Violins
  9. The B-52's, Good Stuff
  10. Madonna, Material Girl
SIDE B- U.K. Mix "Jackie Wilson said is it like the things we said today?"
  1. The Re-Flex, Politics of Dancing
  2. Owner of a Lonely Heart, Yes
  3. Relax, Frankie Goes to Hollywood
  4. Gimme Some Money, Spinal Tap
  5. Let Em In [live] Paul McCartney
  6. Dear God, XTC
  7. Is It Like Today? World Party
  8. Things We Said Today, The Beatles
  9. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile), Van Morrison
  10. Tumbling Dice, The Rolling Stones
(100 minute Maxell cassette)

June 26, 1993

My All-Time Box Office Hits

Here's my all-time list of the movies I have seen the most often in a movie theater. Some of these films that are part of a franchise I've only seen once, some many times, so it's hardly scientific. Also, I don't have any hard data on movies seen prior to 1987. For example, I have a memory of saying I had seen Star Wars "six times", but I don't remember knowing that, I just remember saying it. Plus, I don't know if I was referring to Episode 4 or the original trilogy. In addition, sketchy documentation of films I've seen at the Brattle makes this list a little inaccurate.
  1. The Star Wars Films, Episodes 1-6 Twenty-one Times
    I have seen Episode 1 three times, Episode 2 twice, and Episode 3 twice. I have seen Episodes 4, 5, and 6 on two occasions each that I can document. I saw Episodes 4, 5, and 6 once each in 1977, 1980, and 1983. I think it's a safe guess that I saw Episodes 4, 5, and 6 five additional times, either in their original releases or in re-releases, between 1977 but before their release on VHS in the 1980s.
  2. Star Trek: I've seen at least 10 of the 11 Star Trek movies in the theater.
  3. The Indiana Jones Series Nine Times
    I have seen each of the films at least once each in 1981, 1984, 1989, and 2008. I saw the original trilogy again in 1994, at a special screening of all three at the Wang Center. I also saw Raiders Of The Lost Ark in 2003 and 2004. I think I must have seen the original trilogy in the theater more than once in the 1980s, but I have no proof or memory of it.
  4. James Bond: I would guess I've seen eight or nine Bond movies in the theater, but I don't recall seeing any more than once.
  5. Pulp Fiction Six Times
    • October 13, 1994 Free Sneak Preview Screening
    • November 20, 1994
    • January 13, 1995 Cabot St Theater, Beverly
    • January 31, 1995
    • February 18, 1995 Fresh Pond, Cambridge
    • March 1, 1995 Brattle Theater
  6. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy Six Times
    I have seen each film in the trilogy twice in the theater.
  7. Casablanca Six Times I have seen Casablanca on St. Valentine's Day with Emily in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006. I also saw it at the Hatch Shell in either 1992 or 1993. I have seen it at least once more beyond that.
  8. Citizen Kane Four Times I have seen Citizen Kane an estimated four times in the theater, most recently on July 10, 2004.
  9. Hot Fuzz Three times in the spring of 2007
  10. Die Hard With A Vengance Three Times
    In the summer of 1995 (the year I went to the movies 73 times), three of those 73 were Die Hard with a Vengance.
  11. Batman Returns Three times in 1992.
  12. Terminator 2: Judgement Day Three times in 1991.
  13. Die Hard Three times in 1988.

Sleepless In Seattle

Jonah: If you get a new wife, I guess you'll get to have sex with her, huh?
Sam: I certainly hope so.
Jonah: Will she scratch up your back?
Sam: [surprised] What?
Jonah: In the movies, women are always scratching up the mens' backs and screaming and stuff when they're having sex.
Sam: How do you know all this?
Jonah: Jed's got cable.
Sam: Oh.
(Church St, Harvard Square)

June 19, 1993

The Last Action Hero

Almost ripped my own arms off at this atrocity. Over-produced and over-imagined action-comedy hybrid with pretentions of high-concept. The in-jokes are wayyy too smug. I'm sure the producers hoped that Danny (Austin O'Brien) would be as beloved as Macaulay Culkin, but he was just annoying. Personal turn-off: there's this scene where he eats popcorn with scabby hands? Yuck. Not something I need to see on a giant movie screen.

June 13, 1993

Casablanca

Since this was part of WBZ-TV's Free Friday Flicks movie series, I don't have a stub. Because it was over a decade ago, I don't recall which summer it was. But I did see Casablanca on the Esplenade one summer. It was probably the summer of 1993, but it might have been 1994. I was supposed to meet up with my friend Craig and his girlfriend, but they arrived after the movie started, and in that pre-cellphone era, there was no way to find each other in the dark.

After this feature, I did not attend the Free Friday Flicks again until 2005. There are several reasons for this. First of all, in 1993, I moved from Beacon Hill to Davis Square, so it would no longer be convenient to visit the Esplenade. Secondly, WBZ does not advertise these free flicks, so it's very hard to learn their upcoming schedule. And thirdly, the movies they do show tend to be family-friendly fare, which is not always my interest.

Jurassic Park

We saw it in a sold-out theater (the former Cheri in Boston) on opening weekend. I nearly got my arms ripped off by my girlfriend and her friend, sitting on either side of me: when Lex (Arianna Richards) is hanging from the suspended ceiling in the lab, and a raptor leaps up and snaps at her, I thought they would dislocate my shoulders!

The Many Deaths of Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson dies almost as often as Steve Buscemi: Here's a pretty comprehensive listing of all the deaths of Sam Jackson:

Death By Gunshot

  • GoodFellas (Joe Pesci)
  • Jungle Fever (Ossie Davis)
  • True Romance (Gary Oldman)
  • Hard Eight (Philip Baker Hall)
  • Jackie Brown (Michael Keaton)
  • One Eight Seven (Russian Roulette)
  • Basic (unknown)
  • Kill Bill, Vol. 2 (the DiVAS)
Deaths (Miscellaneous)
  • Jurassic Park (velociraptor)
  • Deep Blue Sea (super-smart great white shark)
  • Star Wars Episode III (light saber/evil lightning)

June 11, 1993

11: Beatles Covered b/w I Don't Love, Want, or Need You!

Side A: Covers of Beatles songs (recorded 6/11/1993) I would record another covers mix of Beatles songs in 2003.
  1. The Mamas & Papas: "I Call Your Name" is a great cover of a good Lennon/McCartney song, a song which the Beatles made a mediocre recording of.
  2. Aerosmith: "I'm Down"
  3. The Deighton Family: I found this cover of "Taxman" when I was a DJ on WERS' World Music show The Gyroscope.
  4. Phil Collins: "Tomorrow Never Knows"
  5. Joe Cocker [live at Woodstock 1969] "With a Little Help from My Friends", arguably the most famous Beatles cover ever.
  6. Billy Joel [live in the USSR] "Back In The USSR"
  7. Jeff Healey Band: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
  8. World Party: this is a note-for-note, exact Xerox duplicate of the original "Happiness is a Warm Gun". I read somewhere that World Party frontman Karl Wallinger even owns a recording console from Abbey Road?
  9. Nina Simone: "Here Comes The Sun"
Side B: Breakup songs (recorded 8/5/1993)
  1. I'm Not Your Man: Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers
  2. Hit The Road Jack: I always loved the female backup singers on this Ray Charles song. One of the best things about the Norman Jewison biopic Ray (starring Jamie Foxx) is the prominent role backup singer Margie Hendricks (Regina King) plays in the movie.
  3. Tainted Love: Soft Cell
  4. Family Man: The best Hall & Oates song which does not appear on their Greatest Hits CD.
  5. Don't Come Around Here No More: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  6. Is She Really Going Out With Him? Joe Jackson
  7. Suspicious Minds: Elvis Presley
  8. Superman: R.E.M.
  9. Kiss This Thing Goodbye: Del Amitri
  10. Hey Hey What Can I Do? is my favorite Led Zeppelin song. Well, Top 5 for sure.
  11. Missing You: John Waite
(Maxell 100 minute cassette)

June 5, 1993

N's Music Mix #8

I don't know the exact date of this recording, except it was done sometime between Mix #7 on June 5 and Mix #9 on June 30, 1993.

For the first six tracks on side A, I must have been trying to create a medley of R&B classics?

  1. Limbo Rock, Chubby Checker: from the Moonlighting TV Soundtrack LP.
  2. Jump In Line (Shake Shake Senora), Harry Belafonte: from the Beetlejuice soundtrack CD.
  3. Chain of Fools, Aretha Franklin
  4. Before You Accuse Me [unplugged] Eric Clapton
  5. Hit the Road, Jack: Ray Charles
  6. Day-O (The Banana Boat Song), Harry Belafonte [live at Carnegie Hall]
  7. For What It's Worth, Buffalo Springfield
  8. Can't Get There From Here, R.E.M.
  9. Can You Picture That? Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem: From The Muppet Movie soundtrack CD.
  10. The Globe, Big Audio Dynamite II
  11. You Can't Judge A Book By It's Cover, Bo Diddley
  12. 57 Channels (and Nothin' On), Bruce Springsteen
  13. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do), Hall & Oates
  14. Obsession, Animotion
SIDE B
  1. Smells Like Nirvana, "Weird Al" Yankovic
  2. She Blinded Me With Science, Thomas Dolby
  3. We Close Our Eyes, Go West
  4. Abracadabra, Steve Miller Band: I actually bought this whole album on CD just for this one song.
  5. Something About You, Level 42
  6. It's The End of the World As We Know It, R.E.M.
  7. Where'd You Go? The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
  8. Rattlesnake, Think Tree
  9. Rush, Big Audio Dynamite II
  10. Keep Your Hands To Yourself, The Georgia Satellites
  11. You Know My Name (Look Up The Number), The Beatles
(100 minute Maxell Cassette)

N's 7th Music Mix

SIDE A: "Three Worlds"
  1. Magic Carpet Ride, Steppenwolf
  2. Weight of the World, Ringo Starr
  3. Are You Gonna Go My Way? Lenny Kravitz
  4. Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
  5. Jimmy Olsen's Blues, Spin Doctors
  6. Light of Day (live) Bruce Springsteen
  7. In Bloom, Nirvana
  8. Ordinary World, Duran Duran
  9. Sold Me Down The River, The Alarm
  10. Until The End of the World, U2
SIDE B: "Can't/Days"
  1. Freedom Someday, Level 42
  2. Is It Like Today? World Party
  3. Alison, Elvis Costello
  4. Can't Do A Thing (to Stop Me), Chris Isaak
  5. Patience, Guns 'n Roses
  6. Can't Buy Me Love [live] Paul McCartney
  7. Lonely Stranger [unplugged] Eric Clapton
  8. Landslide, Fleetwood Mac
  9. Blood of Eden, Peter Gabriel
  10. Tangled Up In Blue, Bob Dylan
(Maxell 100 minute cassette)

June 3, 1993

Cliffhanger

This was an awful movie, and my hatred for director Renny Harlin begins here. He seems to relish in creating endearing characters, then killing them for no reason. The opening sequence, where Sly fails to save a hiker from falling to her death, turned me off immediately. The third in John Lithgow's Evil Antagonist Trilogy, preceded by Ricochet and Raising Cain.

May 24, 1993

Hot Shots! Part Deux

Instead of making another Top Gun parody, the Hot Shots! gang moved on and made a Rambo parody instead.

Rabinowitz: What are you reading?
Topper: Great Expectations.
Rabinowitz: Is it any good?
Topper: It's not what I'd hoped for.

May 18, 1993

Point of No Return

Featuring Bridget Fonda as an unlikely ass-kicking assassin, and Dermot Mulroney as an unlikely clueless boyfriend. The best thing about this remake is the great Nina Simone soundtrack. This was first and only time I've actually gone out and bought a movie soundtrack immediately after seeing a movie. I think this is the first movie I saw with my future ex-wife.

May 1, 1993

Dave

As evidenced by Kevin Kline in this movie, the best thing about being president is the privilege of throwing the first pitch at an Orioles game...

April 11, 1993

Indecent Proposal

Walking home afterwards, I had a lively argument with my date about this movie.

February 2, 1993

Groundhog Day

groundhogA perfect movie for Bill Murray, even the presence of Andie MacDowell cannot spoil this movie. I saw it twice in February 1993.
Ned: Phil? Phil Connors? Phil Connors, I thought that was you!
Phil: Hi, thanks for watching. [Starts to walk away]
Ned: Hey now, don't you tell me you don't remember me, 'cause I sure as heck-fire remember you.
Phil: Not a chance.
Ned: Ned... Ryerson. "Needlenose Ned"? "Ned the Head"? C'mon, buddy. Case Western High. I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing. Ned Ryerson, got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn't graduate? Bing, again. Ned Ryerson, I dated your sister Mary Pat a couple of times until you told me not to anymore? Well?
Phil: Ned Ryerson?
Ned: BING!
Phil: [resigned] Bing.

February 1, 1993

National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1

A funnier-than-it-deserves "Lethal Weapon" parody, starring Emilio Estevez as the burnt out suicidal cop, and Samuel L. Jackson as the about-to-retire straight arrow detective. Also starring Kathy Ireland, William Shatner, Tim Curry, and Jon Lovitz, with cameos by Academy Award winners Whoopi Goldberg, F. Murray Abraham... and Denis Leary, J.T. Walsh, James Doohan, Corey Feldman, Phil Hartman, Erik Estrada, Larry Wilcox, Paul Gleason, Bruce Willis, Charlie Sheen, and Denise Richards (Richards and Sheen would marry 9 years later, and divorce 13 years later.)
At the convenience store counter...
Colt: Nice weather? You think we're having... nice weather? I guess you didn't lose the only one that meant anything in your life. I guess you don't feel burned out by the human misery and despair perpetrated by the criminal vermin that infest every pore of this decaying city, forcing you to guzzle cheap wine and cheaper whiskey to dull the pain that shatters your heart, rips at your soul, and keeps your days forever gray... What flavor Icee you got today?
Clerk: Kiwi Cherry.
Colt: Yuck.
Back in Spring Semester 1993 I was taking Aesthetics and Media Criticism at Emerson College, a course that gave me an excuse to write movie reviews for course credit. A week after seeing this movie I wrote a 435 word review and got a B! 24 years later I am impressed that my writing style is pretty good. There's a couple of ideas I'd describe better, and a couple of writing crutches I'd replace, but mostly it's good for a 21 year old. Here's the complete text:
If you're tired of all the cliches in buddy cop movies there days, well, so are the folks at National Lampoon. Their latest release, Loaded Weapon 1 is a surprisingly hilarious farce of the Lethal Weapon series. I was expecting a funny but uneven film that went for the so-called fart joke instead of being truly creative. Loaded Weapon is truly creative, with only rare examples of that same old joke.
You don't have to have seen Lethal Weapon 1, 2, & 3 to enjoy this film. The movie is more than just a parody of Lethal Weapon, it pokes fun at every cliche in the Hollywood filmmaking book. From cops limbo-ing under crime scene tape, to car bombs barely missing our heroes repeatedly, to the inevitable shootout in the warehouse sequence, every character and every plot device is all too familiar. Like all the Lethal Weapon films, the plot is contrived and unimportant, except for the fact that it's so familiar.
Emilio Estevez and Samuel Jackson fill the shoes of Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as the loose cannon, ragged edge cop and the near retirement, play-it-safe partner. Detectives Colt and Luger are out to solve a murder and uncover a drug smuggling ring lead by William Shatner as General Mortars, the army-man-turned-drug-smuggler. Shatner is accompanied by Tim Curry as the psycho killer henchman and Sports Illustrated Supermodel Kathy Ireland as the blonde bombshell-unwilling accomplice who turns out to be a good guy but gets it in the end anyway. Like the films of the now-famous Zucker-Abrhams-Zucker team, such as Airplane, Top Secret! and The Naked Gun, the cast doesn't play funny so much as the comedy just flows through them from the script onto the screen.
The writing goes to even further excesses of parody than any of the ZAZ movies. The script is frequently inventive and insightful, but it can sink into 12 to 15 year-old territory as well, especially the Basic Instinct scene and the Wayne's World parody that closes the film. But what it lacks in creativity is makes up for in sheer volume. The jokes do not let up, and the constant appearances by big-name Hollywood stars in surprising cameo roles keep us on our toes throughout.
Loaded Weapon 1 is sort of The Player meets Wayne's World, with constant parody of the action genre and pop culture in general that's not afraid to admit that it's just a movie. It succeeds because of its mix of inventive writing, fresh juvenile fun, and tongue-in-cheek parody. Check out National Lampoon's Loaded Weapon 1 and be ready to laugh out loud.

January 15, 1993

Hexed

I have seen many many movies over 25+ years of moviegoing, and television viewing. Of the 500+ movies in this diary, for a vast majority I have at least partial memories of the movie. A movie doesn't have to be good to be memorable: a bad movie can either scar your soul for life, or can be so forgettable as to evaporate before you finish digesting your Milk Duds. Hexed is one of those movies.

January 11, 1993

Chaplin

I don't think I had seen any of Chaplin's films before seeing this biopic.

January 10, 1993

Star Wars Trilogy: Episodes 4, 5, and 6

starwarsThe Wang Center for the Performing Arts' main concert hall features the biggest movie screen in New England. The crowd was completely bonkers. Every character intro recevied a raucous ovation. It was wild seeing the trilogy on an enormous screen with 3,500 people. Remember this was ten years after Return of the Jedi came out, in a more innocent time when the films were largely un-tinkered-with by Lucas, four years before the Special Editions sparked renewed fervor for Episodes Four, Five, and Six, and six years before the mania for the prequels hit fever pitch.

January 4, 1993

Hoffa

It woulda helped if I knew anything about the guy going in, huh? Jack Nicholson's face featured one of the most distracting prosthetics I have ever seen- they thickened Nicholson's nose with a piece of latex, and I stared at it all the way through the movie. Kevin Spacey's nose job in another biopic, Beyond The Sea, was similarly distracting.