Dennis D. McDonald (ddmcd@outlook.com) is an independent consultant located in Alexandria Virginia. His services and capabilities are described here. Application areas include project, program, and data management; market assessment, digital strategy, and program planning; change and content management; social media; and, technology adoption. Follow him on Google+. He also publishes on CTOvision.com and aNewDomain.

Rob Zombie's THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO

Rob Zombie's THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO

A movie review by Dennis D. McDonald

My biggest complaint about this feature length “adult” cartoon is not about the movie’s gratuitous sex and violence — that’s Rob Zombie’s whole point — it’s one very simple fact:

The movie is not funny.

Yes it’s brightly animated. Yes, the sex, gore, and constant nudity are colorful and cleverly done. Yes, references to every known and trite horror genre are unstoppable. Yes, there’s something here to offend everybody.

I could ignore all that as my tolerance for gratuitous sex and violence in popular entertainment has been honed by many years of movie watching.

But I waited in vain for just one laugh. Just one!

Instead what we have is a slickly produced version of what an old Troma film might look like had money and talent actually been available for a visually coherent piece of feature length schlock. Instead we have a slickly produced piece of mind-numbing adolescent crudity.

My greatest condolences go out not to Rosario Dawson, Paul Giamatti, or Danny Trejo, whose vocal talents are on display here, but to those poor Korean animators who are listed by name in the end credits.

I sincerely hope their association with this film doesn’t come back to haunt them.

Copyright (c) 2010 by Dennis D. McDonald

Alexander Sokurov's THE SUN

Alexander Sokurov's THE SUN

Val Guest's DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE

Val Guest's DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE