Groundhog Day (1993)

Director: Harold Ramis

Writer: Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis (Screenplay)

Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray, Marita Geraghty

 

Plot: A weatherman finds himself inexplicably living the same day over and over again.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Bill Murray Machine

 

Story: Groundhog Day starts as weatherman Phil (Murray) is reluctantly covering the fourth year in a row Groundhog Day where the people of the small town believe if the groundhog appears it marks the start of spring. O his trip Phil is joined by his faithful cameraman Larry (Elliott) and new producer Rita (MacDowell).

When a blizzard keeps Phil in the town for one more night, he finds himself waking up on Groundhog Day once again, confused about what is happening he makes nothing of it at first, but when the day keeps restarting Phil starts to question his own sanity. Phil starts by taking advantage of the situation using each day to get to know Rita better, but just how many times can he go through the same day.

 

Thoughts on Groundhog Day

 

Characters/PerformancePhil is the weatherman who wants to do more with his career, he is selfish and doesn’t care about what happened to anybody in his life. He does go through the change in the film as he continues to live the same day getting to know the whole town. Rita is the new love interest who is also career minded, Larry is the cameraman and like most of the rest of the characters are largely forgettable.

Bill Murray is the star of this movie, he has to show his range as an actor while the rest of the cast just must go through the motions of repeating their actions.

StoryThe story is good as it shows how one man can repeat one day over again, learning about people who would never take time to get to know. The story shows us just how much the character of Phil could go through he is does go through the same day.

Comedy/Fantasy/RomanceWe have good moments of laughter from Bill Murray but not too many full blown laughs, the fantasy side comes from the repeating the same day with the romance coming from Phil trying to get to know Rita.

SettingsThe film is mostly set within the small town which makes for a good setting for the big cocky weatherman.

Special EffectsWe don’t have many special effects but the ones we do have all work very well for the film.

Final ThoughtsThis is considered a classic and I can understand why but for me a lot of this film is just how great Murray can be.

 

Overall: This is a full-blown Bill Murray vehicle.

Rating

 

 

BEWARE THE HOUSE ON RODEO GULCH!

BEWARE THE HOUSE ON RODEO GULCH!

Santa Cruz, the host of “all the damn vampires”, is now home to the evil, frightening James Christianson. Malevolence loves company.

Chanel Ryan (Bad Kids Go to Hell) and Barry Ratcliffe (Ted 2) star in writer-director William Scherer’s Hitchcockian thriller “The House on Rodeo Gulch”, now available on VOD.

Uprooted from her childhood home in Texas by her father’s new job, seventeen-year-old Shani Peterson (Megan Jay Simrell) moves to California with her new step-mom, Denise (Chanel Ryan). Their new home, located deep in the redwoods of Central California is a dream come true… until it’s not. With an over friendly Reverend and his alcoholic assistant as their only neighbors, Shani and Denise must unearth the haunting mysteries of the house and its history, before they lose their home, or lives.

Chanel Ryan, Barry Ratcliffe, Megan Jay Simrell, Jaye Wolfe, Adrian Torres, Mitch Costanza, Brian Spencer and Chen Dubrin star in a William Scherer film.

Director’s Statement

House on Rodeo Gulch was created from a true story. While in my late twenties I bought a small three-unit apartment building that had one of the units vacant. I put in a nice new cream-colored carpet in the living room and rented it out to a young couple.

A week later I visited them to find out the boyfriend had driven his Harley Davidson motorcycle into the living room and had taken the engine apart as oil, parts and dirt was all over my new carpet. Furious, I had no grounds to have them arrested, only give them a “thirty day notice to leave”. After thirty days they still hadn’t left and thus became “the tenants from hell”.  I thought afterwards, if only I had put something in the walls/ceilings that would have scared them into leaving on their own.

Later, I read about a prominent Reverend that had taken advantage of God and his congregation– He was in the process of losing his jet and a couple of his homes. The IRS was standing by–

I love strong women who find their strength through adversity. I also love Alfred Hitchcock and psychological thrillers that requires the audience to think. Throw in a bit of humor and you have- House on Rodeo Gulch.

William Scherer

The Simpsons Challenge – Season 3 – Episode 15 – Homer Alone

The Simpsons Challenge

Season 3

Episode 15 – Homer Alone

Couch Gag – This time we return to the gymnastics pyramid with Maggie on top.

Plot SynopsisWhile Marge spends a couple of days at Rancho Relaxo after she has a breakdown, Bart and Lisa stay with Patty and Selma, and Homer stays at home to take care of Maggie.

What is going on reallyWe start with Bart and Homer in full Willie Coyote an Road Runner style chase around the house as we see how Marge prepares the house the day with all the jobs she must go through.

When Marge snaps it becomes major news story blocking off the bridge with Homer needing to take her down. Marge goes to Rancho Relaxo to have a deserved break with Homer having to look at Maggie and the house alone. Bart and Lisa get thrown into living with Patty and Selma an experience they will never forget.

When Maggie escapes, overnight Homer goes on a frantic search for her, but Maggie misses Marge going in search all over Springfield for her. With this happening the family learns to look at Marge more.

Star Character

Homer

Final ThoughtsThis episode does have an important message but does also show that sometimes the show has too much going on at times. We don’t get enough focus on the certain elements of the character’s decisions of brief look at things.

Rating 2/5