Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Avon Barksdale Story / Sex and the City 2 / MST3K:

Wood Harris meets the real Avon Barksdale in this sub-extra about the extraordinary HBO show The Wire. Utilizing horrific re-enactments and substandard generic rap this attempt at shedding more light on the drug deals and brutal streets of Baltimore falls flat. This stand alone DVD contains no extras and is not worth investing time or money in.  D-

Sex and The City 2

Speaking of horrific takes on HBO shows after thier run on the cable network, this movie follows Carrie Bradshaw and her friends as they descend into Mid-Life crisis. Miranda quit her job , Charlotte is concerned that her hubby is interested in her perky braless nanny, Samantha is trying to use chemicals to halt her aging process and Big decides he wants to explore a 2 day Carrie vacation each week instead of contructing a man-cave. Oh yeah and they go to Dubai. Somehow one of the funniest and wittiest shows of the past decade is now a movie franchise chock full of cliches and horrible puns that would make Chris Berman blush. This movie is only for poor saps like me that enjoyed the show and feel the completist urge to watch the entire run of the show- worse than After- M*A*S*H this was saved by the fashion disasters of Carrie and Samantha. I thought the first movie betrayed the strong and unique characters from the show, this amplifies that crime. Funny stuff includes a killer line by Charlotte- deep into the second act and a brief  cameo by Ron White. Overall the first part of the movie is miserable, but the second half is tolerable, seriously not the best representation of the series.  C-

MST3K: Kitten with a Whip
Ann Margaret is run away delinquent who happens to run into the home of an aspiring politico. John Forsythe is held hostage by Margaret and her poly-sci buddies, This 60's black and white is a cult classic because of the over-acting by Ann Margaret ( I would guess).
Either way this exercise in frivolity is saved by the commentary comedy stylings of the MST3K crew led by Michael J Nelson. The DVD has an introduction by Nelson who seems to be warning the viewing audience that this is a subpar effort- but I enjoyed it.

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