Posts Tagged ‘Without You’

hooking upIt has been quite sometime since the last Cheeseball Cinema post, but in all honesty when you watch 366 movies in 366 days, you’re not too keen on seeing anymore films for a while. So, now plenty of rest from that, I think it’s time to start exploring again. So for today’s cheeseball cinema film, I thought I would be adventurous in seeing a film that starred Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys) who was famed member of The Two Coreys (Corey Haim was the other). The film is called Hooking Up and it follows three girls April Winters (Allyson Muñoz), Caroline (Alison Whitney), Michelle (Leah Viens-Gordon) and four guys Colin Winters (Jim deProphetis), John Johnson (Parker Croft), Tyler (Ted Sangalis), and Ryan (Feldman) as we journey through a week with them in this sex crazed comedy of discovery, love, and the power of hooking up. The film also stars Brian O’Halloran (Clerks 2) as Principal Jordan, Bronson Pinchot (Beverly Hills Cop) as Mr. Kimball, Burt Brooks (Without You) as Tim, and the film was directed by Vincent Scordia (The Girl By The Side Of The Road). 

Hooking Up 2I had a hard time at first trying to figure out just what in the hell this film was about because it just went all over the place. The main plot in my opinion is very fuzzy to me while all of the subplots in the film are very good like Caroline and the dilemma she has with her older boyfriend Ryan (Feldman) who uses her for sex when he is high on cocaine or the guy in the group who is having a hard time figuring out his identity sexually so he tries everything over the course of the film. The dialogue is decent, but the situations are very cheesy and the film is just a giant excuse for seeing people obsess over blow jobs. The film is such a double edged sword for me because in one way I hated it when Feldman was on screen and on the other hand I loved the dynamics with the guy group and anytime Bronson Pinchot and Brian O’Halloran were on screen together. The film should have been called the Taboos of Hooking Up because they explored all of it in the film from teacher/student situations, glory-holes, and all different types of crazy sex schemes like seagulling (I don’t know if it’s made up or true and I don’t care). It’s like they decided to let Steel Panther write the film. This is actually one of the worst films I have ever seen, but it had it’s moments where it looked like it was going to go in the right direction. It’s available on Netflix right now as we speak, but watch it if you dare. On a scale of one being close to an A-List Hollywood film and five being the cheesiest film of all time, I would give this film an 4.5 out of five for a final grade cause I have seen worse.

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dr feelgoodI was trying to think of something special to have for the 50TH album of the week post on this blog. I had Pantera’s Vulgar Display Of Power as the 25TH album of the week and rightfully so as it’s my favorite album from them. So, since Mötley Crüe announced that they were going to do their final tour yesterday in a press conference which you can read about here. So, I decided to choose a Mötley Crüe record for the 50TH Album Of The Week considering they are my favorite band. The album I chose is celebrating it’s 25TH Anniversary on September 5 and at the time it was the last album that would feature Vince Neil on vocals until he returned for 1997’s Generation Swine. It was also the first album to feature what we were told was a fully sober Mötley Crüe who had their Girls, Girls, Girls tour cut short because their management felt they would have died in Europe if they had continued. It is also Mötley Crüe’s highest selling album and their first album to chart at number one on the Billboard Top 200.

dr feelgood 2T.N.T (Terror In Tinseltown) is the intro to the album that kicks off with a solo from Mick Mars before we get some EMT’s speaking and police sirens before it kicks into the title track and first single off the record. Dr. Feelgood is the only gold certified single that Mötley Crüe ever had in their careers and it’s a track about the rise and fall of a Mexican drug lord. Slice Of Your Pie starts with a real bluesy beginning before it gets real heavy and sleazy. You can only imagine what the lyrics are about and it’s not food their talking about. Rattlesnake Shake continues the trend with a sleaze tinged blues track all about the way a woman moves her hips that leaves you hypnotized. Then the epic and amazing shot out of a cannon, freight train going a 1000 MPH, turbo charged I want to drive my car way past 100 Kickstart My Heart is next on the album. According to wikipedia, “The introduction is a classic example of a Floyd Rose bridge trick, in which Mick Mars drops three consecutive strings resulting in sound similar to a motorcycle shifting gears, borrowed from the similar-sounding intro to Montrose’s Bad Motor Scooter.” The song is about the 1987 overdose that Nikki went through, but I have to say that this may be one of the most ultimate rock songs of all time.

dr feelgood 3Without You is the power ballad on the record which is rumored to be about Tommy Lee’s relationship with Heather Locklear. The song features Mick playing a slide guitar during the intro and solo to give the song a little something extra. Same Ol’ Situation (S.O.S) is a kick ass rock song about lesbianism which is still a concert staple to this day. Sticky Sweet is the power chord heavy sleaze rock song while She Goes Down gets a little naughty with the sound effects and you don’t have to be a genius to figure out what the song is about. Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away) was always an ultimate must have track from this album in my opinion cause you can relate to it in so many ways. I always felt that it just spoke about life even though it has obvious references to their lives. Nikki once said that he heard it as a line from a film that he couldn’t remember (which was Heartbreak Ridge from 1986) and he also could have heard it in a Blondie song (doubt it) called Just Go Away.

File:WithoutYou.jpgTime For Change is the socially conscious Mötley Crüe at work, but the song features Sebastian Bach and Bob Dowd doing background vocals for the track as well as Bob Rock playing bass on the track. The album features various rock stars doing appearances on the record like Steven Tyler doing the intro to Slice Of Your Pie and background vocals for Sticky Sweet along with Bryan Adams. Robin Zander does background vocals on She Goes Down, Jack Blades On Same Ol Situation and Sticky Sweet. The other element different about this record was the fact that the album also featured background singers for the whole record that the band also brought out on tour with them in Donna McDaniel and Emi Canyn. I am giving this album four and the half stars out of five because it is the ultimate Crüe album that helped cement them as the kings of sleaze. I can not wait to see the Crüe this summer on their final tour ever.