Horror Rod Lott
At the summer camp at the center of this film, cell phones are
christened "hell phones," fraternizing with the opposite sex is not
allowed, masturbation is a sin that prevents you from entering the gates
of Heaven, and everyone goes around calling each other "Brother" and
With the blogosphere erupting over the Kanye West/Jay-Z joint (do we call them “albums” anymore?), Kid Cudi couldn’t have picked a worse time to release his video for “No One Believes Me.”
Actually, it’s not his fault: It’s the “official” music vid for DreamWorks’ remake of “Fright Night,” which opens Friday. I’m under one of those dreaded review embargoes, so I can’t tell you until Friday whether I think the Colin Farrell/Anton Yelchin starrer falls short of the 1985 horror-comedy classic; or whether I think its 3-D effects are needless; or whether I think Imogen Poots (despite her flatulent name) is way, way, way hotter than Amanda Bearse.
In the meantime, Kid Cudi! As with the film, the lushly orchestrated clip is directed by Craig Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl”) and looks to take place on the same set. Its dark tone is right in line with the picture, and it’s nice to see what it essentially “just” a tie-in have merit on its own. —Rod Lott
Drama Rod Lott
While not the disaster you may have been led to believe, neither is “The
Beaver” a success. It sits somewhere in the middle, unsure of itself as
to which style of story to commit. Ultimately, where it ends up is in
the field of “noble curiosity,” based in no small part on the
spectacularly public, ill-timed flameout of its star.