Please welcome the newest member of the Worst Show on the Web Team, Charles Carmichael-Smythe. Chuck's asked to join the team and contribute "cultural" reviews to our website. With regard to film, his approach will be slightly different in that after viewing a current release, he's gonna pair it up with something from Hollywood's Golden Era (or Silver Era, or Bronze, or Plastic, etc. You get the idea.) Were movies really better 50 to 70 years ago? Let's see...
And by ten "best" episodes, we mean "most listened to" episodes...
Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome!
And when I say everyone, I mean our listeners, not my fellow hosts. And when I say warm, I mean that the comments about my mom were not appreciated (even though some were true and hit kind of close to home). And when I say thanks, I mean... well, I'll stop there, unless you care to read past the jump.
Welcome! For whatever reason, you've managed to hit upon the one spot on the world-wide-web that hosts the worst reviews on the web. Does that mean that I'll be reviewing the worst movies? The worst television? The worst books? Does it mean that my reviews will be the worst reviews of something regardless of the item's quality? Damned if I know! You decide.
I have always loved the term "space-age." You hear it all the time, especially during late-night infomercials. It is almost always used to note that something is of up to the minute technology. What I really love about the term is that what it is really saying is that it is utilizing 1960's science....which isn't exactly what I would call cutting-edge. Why do I bring this up? Well, we are finally getting a website up that utilizes 2007 technology!!! Does it really matter that it is 2010? What else would you expect from a show called the Worst Show on the Web?
That's right, there's no colon ( ":") in the title. Kinda weird, but there it is. Essentially a sorta-kinda remake of 1982's "The Wrath of Khan", writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof have whipped up a melange of a fast-paced action yarn mixed with a great backstory culled from both the 1967 TV Trek episode & 1982 follow-up feature film.
Here's a rundown off all the narrative films I was able to screen at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival (in order of viewing,) a trailer if available, and accompanied by a one sentence review -
"Pearblossom Hwy" (USA)
A disappointing sort-of-sequel to a film I really liked - 2010's "Littlerock" - whose characters seem to be lacking character this time around.
Here's a rundown off all the documentaries I was able to screen at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival (in order of viewing,) a trailer if available, and accompanied by a one sentence review -
"Rent-a-Family, Inc." (Japan)
Very interesting doc about a Japanese entrepreneur who rents out "family members" to others who wish to "save face" at family and corporate events while having his own family issues.
The 56th San Francisco International came to a close at the magnificent Castro Theatre with a showing of Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight”, the third in Linklater’s series of “Before…” films. Preceded by “Before Sunrise” and “Before Sunset”, the film continues the story of Jesse and Celine, now a middle-aged, two child couple on vacation in Greece. Things are not quite right between the two, and there is much to be said between them. So they talk. For two hours. And it is absolutely enthralling.
F. Scott Fitzgerald and director Baz Lurmann would have been great pals. Both share a passion for love tragedies and a damn good party! I wonder if F. Scott knew Charles Foster Kane? But, more on that later...