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  • The Last Married Couple in America

    The Last Married Couple in America


    This smug, smarmy R-rated sitcom was part of a short-lived midlife crisis/divorcesploitation sex comedy craze that hit theaters in 1980 in the wake of the zeitgeisty, Bo Derek-abetted success of Blake Edwards' 10. THE LAST MARRIED COUPLE IN AMERICA opened in February 1980 and was followed in quick succession by SERIAL, LOVING COUPLES, A CHANGE OF SEASONS, and MIDDLE AGE CRAZY. Liberal, well-to-do SoCal couple Jeff (George Segal) and Mari (Natalie Wood) have three kids and have weathered mutual infidelities…

  • The Longshot

    The Longshot


    Wow, nobody seems to like this forgotten horse-racing farce written by and starring Tim Conway that just turned up in this month's rotation on Movieplex. The only thing anybody seems to remember is the opening credits rap by Conway and Ice T. THE LONGSHOT flopped in theaters in 1986 but I don't know how many times I saw it on Showtime over 1987 and 1988. It's not exactly high comedy, but Conway, Harvey Korman, Jack Weston, and Ted Wass make…

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  • Eaten Alive

    Eaten Alive


    Tobe Hooper's follow-up to his phenomenal breakout success with 1974's THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE might be, in hindsight, the bridge between that grim first film and the black comedy of the belated 1986 sequel THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE PART 2. EATEN ALIVE is a strange and often aggressively unpleasant masterpiece of claustrophobic madness, with Hooper deliberately using obvious soundstages, garish lighting, and a bizarre, squealing, screeching, ringing, clanging synthesizer score to convey an unsettling sense of swelter, suffocation, and terror.…