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Maniac [10 episodes, 2018] * * * *

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In an episode from the "Maniac" show, Emma Stone plays a drunken elf. Really they should forget about the "Maniac" show and just make a whole show about Emma Stone playing a drunken elf.


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Trick or Treats [1982] *

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I've accepted that the price of discovering a "Ms .45" or a "Punishment Park" is having to watch some movies I absolutely hate.

That said, this one was a real chore. It took me about a month to get through, and most of that was watching at 2-3x. (I would have sped it up more but the video buffering couldn't keep up.) I don't know why I didn't bail 20 minutes in.

The only talent involved besides some of the actor cameos is the person who decided to put David Carradine's name on the poster.

The jokes are flat, the horror (babysitter getting phone calls) is generic (even for 1982). Completely tone deaf. And the whole dad-escapes-the-asylum part was stolen right from the end dream sequence in "Dressed to Kill".


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Scream 4 [2011] * * *

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For a movie I don't like, I sure watch this one a lot. So much so that I think I have to admit something...

Hi, my name is Curtis, and I like "Scream 4".

It really is shit, but it's watchable shit. There's just enough "Scream 3" goofiness combined with just enough "Scream" sadism (the murder of Olivia in the house next door is a high point), that I keep coming back. Plus Alison Brie. My heart flutters a little when she's onscreen.

The final 10 minutes are the deal breaker for me. It is so obvious that Kevin Williamson's script ended with Sidney dying and the killer getting away with it. But some fucking pervert idiot (fuck you, Harvey) at Miramax had to stick his fat fucking fingers into the mix and give us another watered down episode of Scooby-Doo. Fuck you, Harvey. Did I say that already?

Anyway, I put this one on par with "Scream 2" (which also had a brutal Kevin Williamson ending that was later watered down), a faded carbon copy of the original that is just entertaining enough to watch periodically. But I'll always be partial to the sadistic original or jump-the-shark "Scream 3".


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