Posts Tagged ‘Patricia Heaton’

Beethoven – A Dog Hater’s Perspective

Posted 22 Aug 2015 — by Ezra Stead
Category Essay, Film Reviews, Movies I Got

By Ezra Stead 

Beethoven, USA, 1992

Directed by Brian Levant

Beethoven would seem, at first glance, to be the ultimate dog lover's movie, but it is arguably more enjoyable, and certainly more interesting on a subtextual level, to view it from the opposite perspective. I should start this off by saying that I am not truly a dog hater. Like virtually any human being, I have been known to find dogs charming in small doses, but I would never want to live with one, so I can relate to George Newton (Charles Grodin), the hapless protagonist / antagonist of Beethoven. This would seem, at first glance, to be the ultimate dog lover’s movie, but it is arguably more enjoyable, and certainly more interesting on a subtextual level, to view it from the opposite perspective.

The film stacks the deck against we dog haters from the beginning, opening on an ominously rainy night outside the “Pet Supply” warehouse where evil Dr. Varnick (Dean Jones) conducts his nefarious experiments on innocent puppies. A prime example of this deck-stacking occurs later in the film, when it is revealed just what Dr. Varnick has in mind for poor Beethoven: a munitions manufacturer wants him to “test” a new type of exploding bullet, to see the impact it makes on “big skulls.” While it can be argued that animal testing is worthwhile because of the potential human benefits gained from it, even the most dyed-in-the-wool dog hater would find it difficult to defend the scientific expediency of shooting a dog right in the goddamn face.  Read More

GMA Capitalizes on Rocking Ratings

Posted 11 May 2011 — by Nicole P
Category Essay, Film Industry News

By Rachel MenendezGMA Capitalizes on Rocking Ratings

Following up some of the most impressive early morning ratings ever in the couple of weeks, Good Morning America has lined up some impressive guests and spots to keep the ratings rocking.

Legendary Broadway star Julie Andrews kicks things off on Monday morning along with her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton; Donnie and Marie Osmond drop in for a chat and a duo and you can catch up on all your gossip from TMZ.

Tuesday is a big day as Gayle King (AKA Oprah’s BFF) shares her favourite Oprah moments; Penelope Cruz pops in to share her experience of the Pirates of the Caribbean 4 premiere and Chaz Bono talks about his book “Transitions: The Story of How I Became a Man.”

Wednesday you get to find out all about what happens behind the scenes of Dancing with the Stars from the couple voted off on Tuesday evening and Patricia Heaton from ABC’s hit comedy The Middle is in the studio. Read More