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Bubba Hotep [Apr. 14th, 2005|10:06 am]
Tony Grist
So Elvis and JFK are holed up in this rest home in Texas and there's an undead Egyptian mummy on the loose and it's sucking people's souls.

Actually, it's a serious movie. It's about growing old and how you don't have to die before you die- if you get my drift.

I've got a couple of reservations; there's a miasma of Cuckoo's Nesty misogyny hanging about the rest home corridors; and it's all kinda slow. But maybe the last is a virtue in this age of low-attention-span actioners.

Otherwise it's funny and smart and scary. What more do you want? It's like Buffy with a couple of old codgers in place of the Scoobies.

Bruce Campbell (unrecognisable in sideburns and prosthetic chin) is great as grouchy Elvis and Ossie Davis is a charmer. What timing he has ! I guess it must have been one of his very last roles (if not the last.) RIP Ossie!

They miss one trick. They don't get Campbell to sing.
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From: saskia139
2005-04-14 05:21 am (UTC)
Thanks for recognizing the theme of this movie! I saw it on the recommendation of a lot of twentysomethings, and I loved it, but wondered how they missed the fact that it was not merely a thigh-slapping gutbuster comedy, haw haw haw, but a serious movie about old age and how society doesn't take its elders seriously. I concluded that they were simply Too Young to Get It. *g*
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-04-14 06:24 am (UTC)
I kinda envy their inability to get it. How nice to be young and know that you're going to live (in perfect health) for ever!

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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2005-04-14 07:40 am (UTC)
Interesting--I'll check it out on Netflix.

Have you seen Shawn of the Dead yet? I wonder if it's out...

It's dark and funny.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-04-14 12:40 pm (UTC)
I saw Shaun on DVD. I guess if it's out over here, it's likely to be out over there as well.

Yes, I enjoyed it. I have a thing for comedy horror movies.
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[User Picture]From: four_thorns
2005-04-14 08:54 am (UTC)
Bubba Hotep! I like bubba hotep quite a bit.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-04-14 12:44 pm (UTC)
It proves that a film doesn't have to be
(a) very expensive,
(b) weighed down with stars,
(c) stupid
to enjoy popular success
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From: musewithamagnum
2005-04-14 11:26 am (UTC)

Fun movie...

As a former Memphian, raised in Presleyterianism though not much of a believer myself, I appreciated the slow, momentous pace...reminds one of the Vigil. Only with soul sucking mummies. Which we probably have running around Memphis as well.



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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-04-14 12:52 pm (UTC)

Re: Fun movie...

I never cared that much for Elvis as an entertainer- but I enjoy his mythic dimension.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2005-04-14 02:56 pm (UTC)

Re: Fun movie...

I never cared that much for Elvis as an entertainer- but I enjoy his mythic dimension.

The young Elvis - and the Elvis that appeared in the 'Singer Special" (originally sponsored by Singer sewing machines) in the leather suit...that was a very sexy man.

But as he got older, he became more and more a parody of himself.

I love what you said here. I too enjoy his mythic proportion.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2005-04-15 01:50 am (UTC)

Re: Fun movie...

Those early recordings- Hound Dog, Blue Suede Shoes etc- are pretty amazing, but he soon declined into crowd-pleasing schmaltz.

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