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Total Crap62.96%

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Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn, An
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by rotten f. milk

"Good on creativity, bad on content."
3 stars

Alan Smithee: Burn Hollywood Burn. A mock documentary. Ultimately it's been ragged on by critics. And rightly so.

It's not that I hated it. Far from it. It wasn't a bad movie, it's just it couldn't live up to the first five minutes, the prelude to the movie. It's sad. The interest expires as soon as the opening credits roll.

For those who rely on reviews such as this, the first five minutes are a series of captions to the effect of "if a director doesn't like a movie, he drops his name and in it's place, buts in 'Alan Smithee', but if the director's name happens to be 'Alan Smithee', then he's... fucked."

Sure, the movie, after this point, has it's moments but ultimately, it's a drop. The cast is decent, but the man who steals the show, and almost singlehandedly redeems the film (but not ultimately fails) is Eric Idle. The Ex-Python is funny. Pardon my French, but he's FUCKING funny. But his character, the title character, Alan Smithee, slides in the end as well. This may not be a testament to his comedic timing, but perhaps to the slack writing of Joe Esterhas. The direction is fine. The way the film is done is fine. It's the dialogue. The dialogue makes the movie less as enjoyable. Sure, it's a mock documentary, but it's also a comedy, and ultimately NOT a documentary. They shouldn't be as boring.

In the end, "Burn Hollywood Burn" is a mute video. You watch it on video because the movie is funny and all... it's just the dialogue isn't.

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User Comments

6/22/11 art EMBARASSING! 1 stars
12/24/09 Phineas Burn Hollywood Burn - for your ANTI-WHITE movies,TV,ads. Anti-black? BULLSHIT.FUCK CHUCK D. 1 stars
11/16/09 mr.mike Not good. 2 stars
10/01/07 Jeff Anderson As bad as any Alan Smithee film ever made & worthless! Even the cameos are lousy & unfunny. 1 stars
3/12/06 JM Synth Kinda Interesting... for about 10 minutes. No other comedy as desperately unfunny 1 stars
5/24/05 tatum An 86 minute inside joke- glad the cast had such a good time 2 stars
5/12/04 John this is no movie at all - just some kind of joke that backfired 1 stars
5/18/03 Andrew Carden Even The Cameos Aren't Worth Seeing. Tediously Slow and Boring. 1 stars
11/13/02 Tar Mac Because of this shit, directors can now use any pseudonym they want! Thanks a lot Joe! 1 stars
9/13/00 Boy In The Designer Bubble The worst movie in the history of man! 1 stars
6/17/00 Roger Clemente The autobiography of someone who doesn't even exist?...Think about that for a while... 1 stars
6/07/00 Faston Bulbous Really funny, witty and...yes...brilliant. You are all Total Crap 5 stars
5/21/99 iyu Tax write off. 1 stars
4/02/99 The Incredible Sulk Agreeably one of the worst movies ever. 1 stars
3/16/99 Ah Dooey Totally botched, total crap. F**k you Alan Smithee. 1 stars
1/29/99 Scott Stipe I like all the cameos, Eric idle is always funny. 4 stars
12/10/98 Scion of Graveheart Screw you writer, screw you director, screw this crap, and screw you too. 1 stars
12/04/98 Shadow Raider Alan Smithee can suck my balls anytime! Worst piece of film ever. 1 stars
11/24/98 Lord Of The Dunce Awful. 1 stars
10/31/98 Bad Kosh You make me sick. Eszterhas sucks crap big time. 1 stars
8/23/98 Mister Whoopee Fuck Joe Eszterhas. He writes shit. 1 stars
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