Mini Reviews (September 2001)
Get Over It, The Doorway
Get Over It (September 20/01)
Get Over It opens with a larger-than-life dance/musical number and it's all downhill from there. Ben Foster (who spends the entire movie looking more sullen and depressed than Claire Danes did in My So-Called Life) stars as a teen who, at the outset of the flick, is dumped by his girlfriend. The rest of the movie follows his fruitless attempts to win her back, while at the same time growing closer to Kirsten Dunst. Get Over It's manic energy and ADD-like attention span offers some entertainment for a little while, but then it just gets old. And far too much of the movie is spent on the musical Midsummer Night's Dream production that the kids are working on; although, Martin Short - as the director of the play - steals every single scene he's in as this sad and pathetic guy who used to dream of being an actor but has resigned himself to the fact that he'll be spending the rest of his life working on high school plays (his daydreams provide the film with its only laughs). Dunst seems to be a fairly decent actress; why she keeps appearing in the same movie over and over is beyond me.
The Doorway (September 25/01)
But not just any doorway...a doorway to HELL! This ultra-low budget horror flick follows four fairly idiotic college students as they travel to a creepy old house to refurbish it. Once they get there, weird stuff starts to happen (one girl's Barbie collection, which she apparently brought with her in its entirety, is mysteriously messed around with so that the dolls exhibit sexual tendencies) and they eventually get the hell out (this is only after a demon has possessed one of the guys and forced him to have sex with someone that isn't his girlfriend). Movie's over, right? Nope. They head back to their campus, retrieve apparition-expert Roy Scheider (!) and mosey on back to the haunted house. It's at this point people start dying. The Doorway is a Roger Corman produced flick, so that really should have been an indication. How he convinced Scheider to appear in this (my guess: mountains and mountains of cash) is beyond me. There's finally some good gore towards the end, but this is after a long first hour which contains little more than a weird lady-ghost that keeps hitting on everyone. Not much else to say about this one, really - just avoid it.