Fathom Events Review: Betty White: A Celebration

Today, January 17th, 2022 would have been the 100th birthday of Betty White. The one day showing of “Betty White: A Celebration” is highly unusual based on the fact that this documentary will be shown in theaters only one day.

This documentary was very well done, but one scene that stood out to me the most was when Betty This documentary was very well done, but one scene that stood out to me the most was when Betty White was sitting next to this huge black bear, with no fear, almost as if the bear knew what an icon Betty was – devoting her entire life and career toward helping animals. Betty White was so likeable for many reasons, including her smile but most of all her love of Animals that lasted her whole life.

There were many scenes of Betty’s outstanding comedic timing on the “Mary Tyler Moore Show”, “The Golden Girls” and “Hot in Cleveland” during these two hours and many of them were laugh out loud funny. The other thing that stood out is how many people in this documentary are no longer alive, including even the late Alex Trebek.

Hopefully this documentary will be released to television one day soon because it an outstanding life history of one of the best comedic actors of all time.

Movie Review: Scream

A better movie than each one of now five stupid “Scream” movies would be a 2 hour documentary about how or even why people like to see horrendous stabbing murders on a huge movie screen.

Amazingly, all of these 5 scream movies, the first one released in 1996, are all about the same. A mystery killer or killers, who wears the exact same ghost mask, goes on a mass stabbing and murder spree. There are about 10-15 false alarm trickery scenes, about 5-10 horrible murders and an ending that attempts to explain the 2 hours of idiotic plot that never makes any sense. This time around, there was barely any explanation attempt as to why the murderer(s) did what they did, because why bother? The whole story makes no sense.

These Scream movies always have the opening scene of a young attractive women being attacked and stabbed – and this time around it was particularly disturbing. Once again, why do we go to see movies like this? For me its because of this blog, for others of us, maybe there is some sort of sick and dark explanation that we will never fully understand.

At the beginning of Neve Campbell’s career as a TV actress on the TV show “Party of Five”, she probably had ambitions of great movies in her future, maybe even an Academy Award someday. Now for her entire career, she is mostly known for 5 very bad Scream movies. I would wonder if she is embarrassed about this, I sure would be.

For reasons unknown this stupid movie is getting high 70% numbers on Rotten Tomatoes – go figure, especially when you consider the very dumb ending – probably the worst of the five movies. My rating is about 30% and a solid PASS on this one.

Movie Review: The Tragedy Of Macbeth

There is an old saying about, “You are not really an actor until you make it to Broadway, you are not really a great actor until you can act in a Shakespeare play”. For those of us who think that acting is easy, or if you think you can act, try and memorize or even understand any Shakespeare play. The new movie “The Tragedy of Macbeth” is all about admiring the acting skill of Denzel Washington and Francis McDormand, who are two multiple Academy Award winning actors. This film is not about enjoying the actual story, or understanding the scenes, or most of what the actors or saying and is in fact rather agonizing to sit through, because I for one had to leave before the end. This is a film that should be shown at an acting school within an Ivy League college, and not shown in theaters.

One has to admire Joel Cohen for adapting a very challenging Shakespeare play into a screenplay and shortening the story to try and fit it into almost 2 hours, but for me this is not enough to recommend as I would any normal movie.

The Rotten Tomatoes for this movie are a very high 93%, a rating I would agree with if it were an education class on acting, not a movie that is supposed to entertain an audience. This movie should be seen by big fans of Shakespeare, Denzel Washington or Francis McDormand – not for anyone who is looking for 2 hours of escape. Therefore I cannot recommend this movie, despite the fact that some Academy Award nominations might come from this film.