January 30th, 2021

Finn and Jake



I started posting in an old Shakespeare community here in hopes of reviving it and the owner promptly deleted the community.

Would anyone be interested if I started my own, or should I just save the posts for Thursday Theatre Thoughts?
Statler and Waldorf

Movie Review 3


Offical synopsis:
Amsterdam is paralysed with fear after an aquatic killer moves into the murky waters of the city's canal system.

Okay. Full disclosure? If you'd asked me what this movie was about before I hit play, I would have said it was a Dutch zombie movie. In my defense, I think part of that is because I added it to my queue about the same time I added a South African zombie movie, Last Ones Out. I watched that one for Hooptober and I should have reviewed it because, maaaaan, did I have some opinions! about it.

Anyway. Amsterdamned.

There is just something special about an 80's action/horror, isn't there? The overly dramatic synth-tech score, the slightly slapstick comedic relief, the severed heads that look like Spirit of Halloween had a sale, the dialog that leaves you wondering "was this a dubbed film or an overuse of ADR?"

Let me tell you, Amsterdamned has all that AND a speedboat chase! If you've missed the Bond-style car chases of the 70's and 80's, the climax of this movie has you covered. They go on sidewalks! They soak cafe patrons! They are only thwarted by another boat filled with elderly musicians!

And the killer even gets to drive into a boat full of explosives and live to tell the tale!

Amsterdamned is a nice throwback if you like an interesting serial killer story steeped in 80's cheese. Plus there is a peppy murder theme song during the closing credits. Can you ask for anything more?

Available on Shudder.

Movie Review 4

Giving Voice

Official synopsis:
Students from across the United States audition for a spot in the August Wilson Monologue Competition, culminating in a riveting final round on a Broadway stage.

Oh, my Ducklings and Swans. Everything about this movie is my sweet spot. I love August Wilson's plays (I wish I'd gotten to speak with him more at the Theatre Conference, but I'm not a smoker). The fact they created this monologue contest after his death, while grieving for him...I was teary.

And then there are the kids.

They are SO talented and SO optimistic! lonelydumptruck could not get over how much hope they had. I loved the passion they had when talking about theatre and about their monologues. I miss that energy so much.

Did I mention the talent? These kids are jaw-dropping. You absolutely must see this movie. You must.

Available on Netflix.