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by The Editors August 16, 2007
The Movies On Cable We Can't Resist

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It doesn't matter if it's already twenty minutes or even an hour into The Birdcage, I will switch it on and I will watch it and I will recite every line. I even know the ABC Family dubs and the fact that a few of the networks paint full bathing suits on the thonged extras milling around in the street shots and remove -- in what I can only imagine was a painful procedure -- the prominently extended appendage of a statuette, changing him from a bass to a soprano in one click of a mouse.

When playing it as pink and green background noise to my day, I deliberately vacuum or take out the trash whenever the whiny, simpering children come on. Calista Flockhart isn't bad, really, but she isn't good, either. She's just there to be hetero, and even that isn't done with much more than a quiet grayness that matches her skin tone. Dan Futterman's pouting son to the happily gay Goldmans is much more annoying, with his demands and insults and disregard for the feelings of the men who raised him. His best moment might be when he smears evidence of his dad's foundation on the wall, and even then, he leaves me itching to smack him with a mildewed sponge until he cleans it up.

Robin Williams is his predictable manic self, and actually manages not to be quite as manic as I know he can be (see: nearly every late-night talk-show appearance). However, while I know it's hip to despise Williams for constantly pulling out the same voice-activated bag of tricks, I still love the "You do Fosse, Fosse, Fosse! You do Martha Graham, Martha Graham, Martha Graham! Or Twyla, Twyla, Twyla! Or Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd! Or Madonna, Madonna, Madonna! But you keep it all inside," done with all the appropriate dance movements.

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Staff Flick Picks

by The Editors August 16, 2007
The Movies On Cable We Can’t Resist --Potes It doesn't matter if it's already twenty minutes or even an hour into The Birdcage, I will switch it on and I will watch it and I will recite every line. I even know the ABC Family dubs and the fact that a few of the networks paint full bathing suits on the thonged extras milling around in the street shots and remove -- in what I can only imagine was a painful procedure -- the prominently extended appendage of a statuette, changing him from a bass to a soprano in one click of a mouse. When playing it as pink and green background noise to my day, I deliberately vacuum or take out the trash whenever the whiny, simpering children come on. Calista Flockhart isn't bad, really, but she isn't good, either. She's just there to be hetero, and even that isn't done with much more than a quiet grayness that matches her skin tone. Dan Futterman's pouting son to the happily gay Goldmans is much more annoying, with his demands and insults and disregard for the feelings of the men who raised him. His best moment might be when he smears evidence of his dad's foundation on the wall, and even then, he leaves me itching to smack him with a mildewed sponge until he cleans it up. Robin Williams is his predictable manic self, and actually manages not to be quite as manic as I know he can be (see: nearly every late-night talk-show appearance). However, while I know it's hip to despise Williams for constantly pulling out the same voice-activated bag of tricks, I still love the "You do Fosse, Fosse, Fosse! You do Martha Graham, Martha Graham, Martha Graham! Or Twyla, Twyla, Twyla! Or Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd, Michael Kidd! Or Madonna, Madonna, Madonna! But you keep it all inside," done with all the appropriate dance movements.

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