July 15, 1988 |
"It Takes Two" (which opened Wednesday at selected theaters) is a modestly budgeted comedy with no real stars and a frowzy plot that suggests high-concept brainstorming: A gullible Texas farm boy has a series of demented fish-out-of-water misadventures in Dallas, while his fuming fiancee waits at the wedding. A lot of the jokes are the same stale japes you get in one dumb teen-sex comedy after another.
January 27, 1985 |
Several weeks ago, writer-director David Beaird excitedly invited his 13-year-old nephew to see "Uncle David's movie." Christopher Carson was equally gleeful, proclaiming to all who would listen that he would be the first kid on his Houston block to see the raunchy "Party Animal," about a nerd who gets his comeuppance for treating women like sex objects. But Christopher's mom had other ideas.
May 5, 1999 |
Even if you find yourself hating David Beaird's deep-fried Southern Gothic "900 Oneonta," now in a paradoxically excellent production at the Odyssey Theatre Ensemble, it's not hard to see why it enjoyed an encouraging critical reception--as well as a best new play Olivier Award nomination--in its 1994 London premiere. The English love to see their worst nightmares of American greed and squalor confirmed. And in fact, who doesn't relish that spectator sport?
March 4, 1988 |
"Pass the Ammo" (citywide)--is a grotesque, cartoonish satire on big time TV religious programs. The movie takes some well-earned swipes at the commercialism of fundamentalism, the hypocrisy of some of society's self-appointed moral guardians and the staggering credulity of the well-meaning faithful who keep the TV preachers swimming in dough. And though, overall, the film is very inconsistent, its best moments have a crazy, liberating energy that keeps you wishing it were better.
February 24, 1988 |
"Everybody's saying, 'Did you guys engineer all this--or what?' There's no doubt about it. We've got the perfect publicity tie-in." With that, a spokesman for New Century/Vista distribution company laughed and added, "Thank God!" "Pass the Ammo," a feature film that satirizes religion and television--and TV evangelists--does seem timely in light of the current scandal involving TV preacher Jimmy Swaggart.