Monday, October 31, 2011

WITH GHOULISH DELIGHT


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

It's time once again to call in the spirits, wherever they're at! October has been an action-packed celebration of spooky, all leading up to today. And while I may not be as costume-oriented as I used to be, Halloween will always be my favorite holiday.

Not only does it let me indulge shamelessly in watching as many horror movies as possible in a matter of weeks - see my previous reviews for Fright Night, Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, Atrocious, American Horror Story, Paranormal Activity 3 and Showgirls 2 - but I also get to bust out my glittery disco skull and embrace the overall macabre within. 



Last year I introduced the Cauldron of Classics for All Hallow's Eve, with clips from some hall-of-fame TV specials. This year's selections are decidedly more contemporary, but still classics in their own right. See what videos I've scared up for you, followed by a few single-frame movie reviews:


"Making Friends" (2011)
Adorable! Features Sam from Trick 'r Treat.


"Sandra's Halloween Wonderland" (2011)
This special aired on the Food Network recently. Sandra Lee is apparently an alcoholic crazy person.


LMFAO - "Party Rock Anthem"
An amazing Halloween light show from some creative folks in Riverside.


"Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps" (2011)
Jeff & Britta try to decide which of their friends could be a murderer, in Community's third brilliant Halloween installment.

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Ghostbusters (1984)
After all these years, I finally saw Ghostbusters on the big screen! It was well worth the wait, and in this case...bigger IS better (than my TV).


The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Vincent Price was deliciously diabolical in the film version based on the story by Edgar Allen Poe. 


The Thing (2011)
The prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing was well-made and creepy enough, but still completely unnecessary.


Case 39 (2009)
Renee Zellweger looks bloated and Bradley Cooper takes his shirt off. It's just like every movie either of them have ever made.


Happy Halloween to you all! Don't let a silly little thing like it being Monday ruin your festivities. Have fun, be safe, and enjoy your tricks and treats!


Saturday, October 29, 2011

PENNY'S LAST STAND


After nearly six years in production, Rena Riffel presented her self-financed passion project to the world for the very first time Thursday night. Laemmle's Sunset 5 played host for Showgirls 2: Penny's From Heaven - 152 minutes of dancing, confusion and absolute insanity.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

PARANORMAL PRANKSTERS


Paranormal Activity 3 takes us back to 80s - and big hair isn't the only thing to fear. The directors have a lot more in store, but in a very peculiar case...also a lot less. A whopping eight scenes from PA3's theatrical trailer don't appear in the film itself. Artistic misdirection or a dirty marketing ploy?

Thursday, October 20, 2011

FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS


A tribute to the unsung heroine of Saved by the Bell. She's a motorcycle enthusiast, a lover of big hair, and she has the power to disappear without notice. Tori Scott, this one's for you!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

TROUBLE BY THE BAGFUL


The disappearance of Gemma Butler becomes a thing people actually care about - from Bridget, to the NYPD, to Agent Machado. Can Henry be trusted? Can Juliet work her redemptive magic at public school? Welcome back to your weekly guide to the machinations of Bridget and Siobhan!

Monday, October 17, 2011

OUR POWERS COMBINED


AIDS WALK LOS ANGELES
Thank You For Donating!

This year, Los Angeles raised over $3 million for APLA. MILLION! I was shocked when I saw the grand total...it's not a small number. I'm also proud to say that $3,355 of that amount came from Team Zip and a Kick! That's The Stunning Seven pictured above: Myself, Robert, Chris, James, Shaun and Eric.



And since the only thing more fun than walking for charity is drinking for charity, we made our way to Hamburger Mary's afterwards for some post-Walk bottomless mimosas. 

A great big thank you to everyone who sponsored Team Zip and a Kick! - or any walker/team! Your generosity truly makes a difference. Learn more about AIDS Project Los Angeles here. Humanity rules!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

WEHO AD WATCH: 10.15.11


The weather has been unusually warm for mid-October, so it's time to check in once again on the West Hollywood ad landscape with some unconventional marketing.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A HIGHLY EDUCATED OWL


In 1963, Walt Disney introduced us to Archimedes the Owl in The Sword in the Stone. The sassy crank and his "roommate" Merlin would be some of the last characters that Walt would oversee before his death, and they continue to live on in the spirit of bickering homosexuals everywhere.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

THE PRICE OF SILENCE


A desperate Bridget pleads to have her secret kept, but an unhinged Gemma comes to the conclusion that one bad deed deserves...an indecent proposal. And faster than you can say "psychotic break", the game has changed - with a truly shocking twist. Welcome back to your weekly guide to telling Bridget and Siobhan apart!


Monday, October 10, 2011

MIX-N-MASH MONDAYS: 10.10.11


Twenty-One year old Alex Winston brings the handclaps and catchy harmonies with her single "Velvet Elvis" - sure to warm you up on these chilly October mornings, with the touch of RAC. Happy Columbus Day!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

THINGS THAT GO HUMP IN THE NIGHT


Ryan Murphy is aiming to scare us in a whole different way with American Horror Story. The premiere was chock full of homages, but still managed to come across as something new. There are no doubt more chills to come with this week's episode...and with any luck, even more naked Dylan McDermott.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

CLOSED FOR BUSINESS


It may have been far from the best pilot this Fall, but the corseted and cotton-tailed gals from The Playboy Club had potential to prove that although "real", historical accuracy isn't always as fun. As the first cancellation of the season strikes fear into the hearts of low-rated newbies across the network landscape, it's time for a rebuttal.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

BIRTHDAY BEATDOWN


We all knew Bridget's deception couldn't last forever, and after three episodes of setup it's time for the truth to start bubbling over...from every angle. Welcome back to your weekly guide to telling Bridget and Siobhan apart!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

READING RAINBOW


After nearly two years of construction, the brand new West Hollywood Library opened with fanfare this morning. Completing the first phase of the city's 25th Anniversary Capital Project, celebrate the milestone with coverage from the dedication of the 32,000 square foot facility - with special guest speakers, entertainment and more!