I got into Frank Capra through AMC in the 90s and had been looking forward to STATE OF THE UNION for years. By the time I got around to it, I had met my wife and she’s the big Spencer Tracy fan (and Capra thanks to me). So we were excited. Sadly, STATE OF THE UNION is a monumental disappointment. Just not a successful film. At all. I was really bummed out by it. The STATE OF THE UNION post has had some really big readership numbers over the years. Lately, it’s been more in the decent range.
I was dreading THE SPIRIT. I love the comic, hated the idea of Frank Miller turning Eisner into SIN CITY. Plus, THE SPIRIT’s full of actors I don’t tend to like–Sam Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Eva Mendes; I was primed to tear it apart. But, while Frank Miller’s take on Eisner isn’t mine, he does love the material and he does show it respect, if not giving it justice. The SPIRIT post does real bad as far as readers. It’s neared decent (one year), but it’s been bad since then, which isn’t surprising.
When I was a kid–like eight or nine–I had friends who saw THE STUFF on video would always tell me about it. As a teenager, I mostly avoided horror so I never saw THE STUFF then. I finally got to it when I was seeing Larry Cohen movies. THE STUFF is actually pretty good in parts; lots of good performances. I wish there were an extended, more sensible cut. But not yet. The STUFF post hasn’t done particularly well. It’s had a solid base over the years, but never really changed. Limited interest.
I asked my dad to take me to see CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS. A friend and I wanted to be ready for Woody Allen. My dad didn’t think I was ready (at ten) for CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS. He was right. I didn’t even appreciate it fully in college. This latest viewing was a refresher on the film after a friend was telling me CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS’s exceptional. He’s right. The CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS post doesn’t get a lot of readers. It’s had a bad year (of its three), but the others aren’t much better.
THE RAGE: CARRIE 2. From when putting the franchise name after the subtitle was cool. So that’s 90s and 70s. We watched CARRIE and THE RAGE for the podcast; CARRIE was something I should’ve seen long before. Never should’ve seen THE RAGE. I remember reading about THE RAGE’s production at Dark Horizons. Nothing specific, just that Dark Horizons was still good then. The RAGE: CARRIE 2 post hasn’t gotten a lot of readership, which is fine. It’s not a surprise there’s no lasting interest in it.