Margaret Cho - Notorious C.H.O. Reviews
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[b]The Notorious C.H.O.[/b] - I genuinely like Margaret Cho and all, but this stand-up comedy feature film is not one of her greatest moments. Neither, for that matter, are very many of the jokes particularly funny; in fact, she exhausts some gimmicks so immensely that you're left wondering when it will all end instead of how funny they might actually be.
[b]Hero[/b] - The blueprint for "House of Flying Daggers," they say, is both beautiful and intoxicating, although the narrative structure is a bit too over-the-top for my tastes. But I guess if you're part of that whole "Crouching Tiger" fan club, you aren't seeing these movies necessarily for raw story power or anything. And that's okay, because "Hero" is interesting enough in several other regards to warrant the attention. All that complex choreography reeks of art.
[b]Wonderland [/b]- Starring Val Kilmer as legendary porn star John Holmes, the film chronicles the events surrounding and leading up to a series of murders that took place in Southern California towards the end of his infamous career. The specifics were never cleared, but the movie offers various different insights into possible ways that the events played out. Some of the flashbacks are well-acted and photographed; other moments are bit too melodramatic. Still, not a bad film; certainly informative.
[b]The Texas Chainsaw Massacre[/b] - The remake, not the original. Basically just an elaborate 96-minute geek show with a few jump moments... but then again, such sentiment basically describes the original film, too. Not badly made or executed by any stretch, at least, and the picture is punctuated by a series of slight differences from the original to at least make the viewing experience a little more interesting than it might have been. Oh, and that ending? Terrific.
New movies: [b]Robots[/b] was pretty darn awesome, [b]The Ring Two[/b] was pointless drivel, and [b]Sin City[/b].... well, let's just say I can't tell you until opening day, or the studio might have my head.
Always hilarious and entertaining. I could watch her stand-up for hours on end, seriously.
Even the jokes or concepts that WERE funny were quickly beat into the ground with irritating and over-the-top voices and drawn out deliveries. I love stand up comedy, and I would never recommend this DVD to anyone.
She touches on the attack on New York and at the time of the taping was probably one of the first jokes made after 9/11. And she campaigns for all people who are minorities whether based on race, sexual orientation, body type, social status, etc. to stop believing in all the ad campaigns and prejudices and start loving themselves to hilarious effect.
Unfortunately, this doesn't come close to the bravery of I'm The One That I Want. No where in Notorious does she come close to the depth of soul-searching and honest reflection of herself as she did in I'm The One, which in itself is a hard act to follow.
Notorious C.H.O. is more frivolity and less substance, but that's just fine this time around. With all the chaos in the world that Cho mentions it's wonderful to just sit back and have someone this talented keep you stitches for 90 minutes.