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Barry Wurst II

Barry Wurst II
Barry Wurst II is a senior editor & film critic at MAUIWatch. He wrote film reviews for a local Maui publication and taught film classes at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs (UCCS). Wurst also co-hosted podcasts for Screengeeks.com and has been published in Bright Lights Film Journal and in other film-related websites. He is currently featured in the new MAUIWatch Podcast- The NERDWatch.

Looking Back: Creepshow 2 (1987)

“Creepshow 2” is one of those odd movies that followed me around and was an ubiquitous title throughout my youth. I first discovered it while it was being reviewed on a Nickelodeon movie review program for children called “Rated K For Kids.” I’m uncertain why the very-young critics were assigned an R-rated horror movie. Nevertheless, their critique was harsh and …

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Looking Back: Raising Cain (1992)

For some people, bad break-ups are followed by a re-bound relationship. In the case of Brian De Palma, his disastrous relationship with Tom Wolfe led him to making “Raising Cain.” Specifically, De Palma’s 1990 helming of Wolfe’s “The Bonfire of the Vanities” was such a notorious, widely reported and despised flop, it resulted in a step backward. To go with …

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Looking Back: Event Horizon (1997)

In 2047, a crew of blue collar astronauts is assigned to investigate the appearance of long-believed gone space craft called the Event Horizon. A wise doctor (played by Sam Neill) is the wise, mysterious expert who leads an unhappy captain (Laurence Fishburne) and his crew (which includes actors like Joely Richardson, Kathleen Quinlan and Jason Isaacs) onto the ship. They …

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Looking Back: The Mist (2007)

In the opening scenes of Frank Darabont’s “The Mist,” an artist is creating his latest work on an easel as a storm crackles outside his window. The artist is David Drayton, played by Thomas Jane. Drayton creates movie poster art- this may the only instance where such an artist is a character in a movie. Drayton’s wife and son, Billy …

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Looking Back: Pet Sematary II (1992)

I don’t know how one of the scariest movies of my generation could inspire this, the “Caddyshack II” of horror sequels. We’ve all seen bad sequels, the type that undermine the value of the original and also kill any chance for an intended franchise or rekindling the story down the road. Follow-ups that flop and vanish happen all the time. …

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Looking Back: Under Siege (1992)

I could almost always tell if a movie was going to be a hit, depending on how long the line around the Maui Theater in Kahului was. The long-running, single-screen theater, which closed in 1996, used to house some of the biggest blockbusters of the day. On opening weekend, it was easy to tell that, for example, “Batman,” “Apollo 13” …

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Looking Back: Teen Wolf Too (1987)

Around the time “Teen Wolf Too” arrived in theaters during the fall of 1987, the franchise had already peaked and was ready for an infusion of new blood. The Michael J. Fox-starring sleeper hit of 1985 was in constant cable TV rotation and the Saturday morning cartoon spin-off was, likewise, a once-popular 80’s television staple. This is in no way …

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Theater Review: Harvey

In the introductory moments of “Harvey,” , we’re immediately aware that something is wrong with Elwood P. Dowd, the gentle soul played by Michael Pulliam. While Elwood is especially agreeable, displays excellent manners and is a generous conversationalist, he keeps referring to his invisible friend, who he refers to as “Harvey.” Without spoiling the surprise (especially for those unfamiliar with …

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Theater Review: The Elephant Man

The first time I ever heard of John Merrick, the so-called “Elephant Man,” it was through a rumor involving Michael Jackson. At some point in the late 1980’s, when Jackson was the undisputed “King of Pop” and probably the most beloved entertainer in the world, a report surfaced that he purchased Merrick’s bones. Why? Allegedly because of how Jackson empathized …

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Looking Back: Throw Momma From the Train (1987)

As I sit here and begin to shape a retrospective article on Danny DeVito’s “Throw Mamma From the Train,” I can’t help but want to write: The night was….the night was….the night was…the night…the night was… This is also the wonderful opening scene that starts off Devito’s directorial debut (not counting his made for cable “The Rating’s Game” or his …

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