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Scott Mendelson

Scott Mendelson
Location
Woodland Hills, California, United States
Birthday
April 02
Bio
A ten-year Salon reader, Mendelson also has a film and politics blog/column at Mendelon's Memos: located at: http://scottalanmendelson.blogspot.com/. He is also a free lance voice over artist and occasionally contributes film reviews for www.ValleySceneMagazine.com.

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Entertainment Weekly has always been a stalwart Star Trek fan, and Star Trek covers have often graced their biggest selling issues.  Their new issue has a decent-sized (for EW) article filled with new tidbits and exclusive photos from the JJ Abrams Star Trek adventure.  I've quibbled… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 20, 2008 5:29PM

Quantum Of Solace reviews- most of my worst fears confirmed?

Five reviews have so far leaked out of the recent UK Quantum Of Solace screening. Two positive, two mixed, one very negative. What concerns me is that the mixed and and negative reviews (and to a lesser extent, the positive notices) seem to act as if they read my prior post… Read full post »
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OCTOBER 17, 2008 11:57PM

Somebody Hire This Man - Michael Wincott

What Just Happened is opening today in limited release. The grim reviews mean that I won't be racing out to see it (why Magnolia didn't give it their customary advance-night sneak preview on HDNet Movies I cannot say). But no matter how toothless it is and how sitcom-ish it allegedly becomes,/…

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Roger Ebert has been back as a full-time writer since reviewing Shrek The Third in May of 2007. And while it's great to have him back, many of his reviews have had a certain rote quality. Not bad, but almost like they could have written by many other critics. And he/…

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I've made no secret of my dislike for the thespian talents of Mark Wahlberg, and the advance buzz on Max Payne, plus that wonderful SNL sketch seems to indicate that I may not be in the minority much longer.

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While Marvel has previously tried to shortchange the Iron Man sequel over the summer (forcing the film to be ready in two short years, trying to deny director Jon Favreau a raise and/or replace him), it seems that another major component of the film has been altered by (allegedly) Marvel's pen/…

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OCTOBER 16, 2008 4:25PM

Review - Quarantine (2008)

Quarantine
2008
089 minutes
Rated R (bloody violent and disturbing content, terror and language)

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It is somewhat ironic that a week before seeing this film, my wife and I found ourselves walking through the Quarantine maze at Knott's Scary Farm (Knotts Berry Farm does an annu…

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With Quarantine now sitting at number 2 at the weekend box office, this would seem to be another case of a critic-proof genre picture that was not screened for critics and scored based on the aggressive and intense marketing.  Fair enough, but waltz on over to Rotten TomRead full post »

OCTOBER 12, 2008 10:04AM

Oh my God, they killed Gary (Oldman)!

 

Here is the just released trailer for the David Goyer supernatural thriller, The Unborn.  When my wife got pregnant, I occasionally joked that if we ended up with twins, we'd flip a coin.  One would be born, the other would eventually come back when Allison was 13 and implica…

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Delightfully timely, as I presume it will always be.

On that note, you have the climactic Penguin speech from Batman Returns. In a weird way, it's story was way ahead of its time. The Penguins whole arc is that of a completely substance-less freak, using the strength of…

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Yay for common sense! In the 'happy to be wrong' category, The Punisher: War Zone has been given an R for 'persuasive strong brutal violence, language, and some drug use'. I had written previously about the rumors that Lionsgate was butchering the film and wanted a PG-13.…

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David Letterman goes for blood.  Cheap but funny:

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I waited on this because I couldn't find any non gossip-sources (mainly Nikki Finke and Defamer), but the New Yorks Times published a blurb so I can now comment. Although, for the record, Finke's reporting on this subject seems to be rock-solid, so credit where credit is due./…

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"Two memoirs but no major legislation?" A lie. Period.

Here's the scoop on my favorite thing that Obama did in the Illinois state senate, requiring that police questioning of suspects in murder cases be videotaped. A great idea in Illinois that should be expanded national… Read full post »

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In the realm of not-very surprising news, Michael Bay has announced his intention to shoot several scenes for Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen in IMAX film. For some reason, I didn't mention this possibility in my Iron Man 2 IMAX 3D article earlier this month, but the ro/… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 30, 2008 2:10AM

Sex & The City movie - female escapism(?).

I finally saw Sex And The City: The Movie last night (it looks stunning on Blu Ray). I would love to get on a high horse and proclaim that it's a terrific movie and that the critics who hated it were misogynist pigs. Some of them may be, but it's
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This came out a couple days ago, but I couldn't find any respectable places where this had been confirmed. Now it's widespread enough that I feel comfortable commenting on it.


Quantum Of Solace will not feature two trademarked James Bond lines ('shaken, not stirred', and 'B…

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SEPTEMBER 28, 2008 1:11PM

Mad TV does political humor too!

 



Since the legal version of last night's SNL Palin/Couric sketch won't embed here and YouTube versions keep getting pulled, here's Mad TV (which often is just as funny, see that 'I-Rack' sketch from last year) doing the Palin bit. 

 


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I saw The Brave One a couple months ago on Blu Ray, it being the rare Jodie Foster film that I don't see in theaters (the reviews were lousy). It's not very good, but it does have one priceless scene about forty-minutes… Read full post »

Yet another high-profile date change, this one affecting the beginning of summer 2009.

The (sure to be highly anticipated) Hannah Montana Movie has moved from May 1st to April 10th, 2009. I'm not sure why Disney made the move, but this will be a huge relief to Fox, Paramount, and Sony for/…

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2008 12:38AM

The Best Films Of the 1990s

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I posted this about a month ago on The Hot Blog, as people were discussing their favorite films of the 1990s. I figure it's appropriate for this blog too, so here you go, the director's cut if you will. Keep in mind, these are favorites, not necessarily best, in… Read full post »

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Box Office Mojo sends out a weekly update of what films have received what ratings from the MPAA. There are several interesting tidbits this week.

W, Oliver Stone's allegedly comic biopic of George W. Bush (mainly dealing with his life pre-presidential run), has been awarded… Read full post »

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Just for fun, here is a rundown of the best performances by an actor/actress playing a comic book villain in the short, 30-year history of the modern comic book film.  Some will be obvious, some where obvious but were forgotten to time, some are my personal favorites that didn'… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2008 12:11AM

Tonight's SNL Palin/Clinton sketch

 Tonight's opening SNL sketch with Tina Fey as Sarah Palin. 

But since the embedding doesn't seem to work here, here's the illegal YouTube version, for as long as it works:

 

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The completely legal non-YouTube version:  http://www.nbc.com/Saturday_Night_Live/… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 13, 2008 10:30PM

Craig Ferguson's rallying cry:

A terrific monologue, a passionate deconstruction of the whole political process by one Craig Ferguson.  Well worth watching:

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