The Mouse That Charmed: An Evening with Kim Darby

When I called the now-retired actress Kim Darby at her California home a few months ago–to discuss her more obscure 1960s and 1970s work–she apologized (needlessly) for having taken a few days to free up her schedule. Her sister was in town, she explained, and her house was a total mess. Dishes were piled up … Continue reading

Stupid: “Reckless” (1984)

 There’s laconic, and then there’s just stupid. There’s posturing, and then there’s just stupid. There’s petulant, and then there’s just stupid. There’s fun stupid, campy stupid, what-the-hell-were-they-thinking stupid, offensive stupid, disgusting stupid. I’ve seen plenty of entertaining movies that can be described these ways, but never, until I saw “Reckless,” one that so relentlessly brought the word “stupid” … Continue reading

“Gleaming the Cube” (1989)

The late-80s Christian Slater vehicle “Gleaming the Cube” must have arisen out of the most breathless Hollywood pitch meeting in history. A California skateboarding punk teen (Slater) whose parents just don’t understand him avenges his adopted Vietnamese brother’s murder by some Vietnamese toughs that work for a shady arms dealer who’s posing as a legit … Continue reading

“Friends, Lovers & Lunatics” (1989)

The previews on the VHS tape for the screwball Canadian farce “Friends, Lovers & Lunatics” (which can also be screened in its entirety on YouTube, under the alternate title “Crazy Horse”) are far more amusing than anything in the movie itself. Not least because one of the previews is for “Friends, Lovers & Lunatics”! Now … Continue reading