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wet hot american summerWhile I was at one of my jobs I kept seeing a commercial for the new Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day Of Camp and I had to know what the heck it was. So, I decided to cover the film Wet Hot American Summer, which was released in 2001, for Cheeseball Cinema. The film is about a group of counselors at a summer camp in Maine in 1981 and it’s the last day of camp. All of them are panicking to finish some unsettled business that haven’t taken care of all summer long. For example, Beth (Janeane Garofalo) wants to fall in love so she tries to hook up with the professor next door Henry (David Hyde Pierce) or Coop (Michael Showalter) wants to desperately to go out with Katie (Marguerite Moreau), but her current boyfriend Andy (Paul Rudd) poses a big threat. The film also stars Michael Ian Black (This Is 40) as McKinley, Zak Orth (Romeo & Juliet) as JJ, A.D. Miles (The Tonight Show) as Gary, Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU) as Gene, Molly Shannon (Never Been Kissed) as Gail, Ken Marino (Role Models) as Victor, Joe Lo Truglio (Superbad) as Neil, Amy Poehler (Inside Out) as Susie, Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) as Ben, and the film was directed by David Wain (Role Models).

wet hotThe whole film in my opinion is just absolute madness from beginning to end, but it’s hilarious at the same time. They do a great job poking fun at the 80’s and everything that was associate with the decade from hairstyles, taboos, music, and clothing. They even poke fun at how sex filled the comedies of the 80s were and they even take it a step further by having a gay sex scene in the film to which they can claim they did it before Brokeback Mountain. The other thing that is attractive about Wet Hot American Summer is the star power that is in the film as it has some of today’s top stars like Bradley Cooper and so many more. I thought when I was watching the film that maybe they had too much star power, but it actually works and it’s very funny. Some of the scenes can be a little cheesy at times, but what do you expect from a film that is goofy and fun. There isn’t a lot of T&A in the film, but a lot of teasing, girls in bikinis, making out, and a very hot and sexy Elizabeth Banks is also in the film. I definitely think this is a film that you should check out before you watch the new series just to get acquainted with some of the characters. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I am going to give the film a 1.5 for a final grade.

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wonderlandFor today’s Based On A Truesday Story, we are looking at a film that I consider to be one of Val Kilmer’s best performances of the early 21ST century in the film Wonderland. In the 1970’s, John Holmes (played by Val Kilmer)was considered to be one of the first “Porn Stars” and he instantly became a legend having sex with over 14,000 women and having a legendary member whose size is still debated today. That was the 70’s and in the 80’s, John was a shell of his former self battling drug abuse problems that rattled his life. Due to the drug problems, John Holmes was in the center of a murder investigation for the Wonderland Murders along with famous club owner and suspect Eddie Nash (Eric Bogosian). Four people were killed and 1 survived a brutal attack and the story of what happened before the murders and during is told in two different perspectives with one being Holmes and the other being David Lind (Dylan McDermott). The film also stars Kate Bosworth (Still Alice) as Dawn Schiller, Carrie Fisher (Star Wars) as Sally Hansen, Josh Lucas (American Psycho) as Ron Launius, Tim Blake Nelson (The Incredible Hulk) as Billy Deverell, Janeane Garofalo (Mystery Men) as Joy Miller, Natasha Gregson Wagner (Lost Highway) as Barbara Richardson, Christina Applegate (Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitters Dead) as Susan Launius, Lisa Kudrow (Friends) as Sharon Holmes, Faizon Love (Friday) as Greg Diles, and the film was directed by James Cox (Highway).

wonderland 2In the film, you see something from each character’s perspective whether it an event that happened or the actual event itself. For Kate Bosworth, this was a real gritty role for her to play the girlfriend of John Holmes during the worst years of his life. As I said before, this was one of my favorite roles that had Val Kilmer in it and he was coming out with unique films at the time like The Salton Sea and Spartan. He totally engulfs the role of a junkie and a man who can’t even tell if he believes what he spews out of his own mouth. The editing of the film is where it is at as they mix footage of real newspaper articles, real news broadcasts, and they mix it in with the film almost creating a music video style approach to the editing at times. The acting in the film is absolutely superb from all angles and everyone in the film and the story is amazing. They could have done a biopic on John’s entire life, but they picked an event that was gritty and shocking. The scene when they go in for the attack is absolutely brutal and it even features an unwanted appearance from Paris Hilton. It still amazes me that the case went unsolved, but we all know how it ends for Johnny Wadd. I am giving the film an A for a final grade.