Take Five

By George Rose

April 14, 2009

Sure, The Mentalist is fine, but she really misses Prison Break.

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Beside her in the film are Robin Tunney and Campbell's Scream co-star Skeet Ulrich. Tunney plays Sarah Bailey, a new girl in town who naturally feels out of place. She begins to feel comfortable after meeting three girls – Campbell, Fairuza Balk and Rachel True – who turn out to be followers of (you guessed it) the craft. Witchcraft, that is, and with a fourth member they begin exploring new areas of the practice previously unavailable without the missing element. The fun begins and the coven goes on a spree of séances and love spells – enter Skeet. As it turns out, they should have stuck with Ouija.

Despite the film's limited financial success, the actors were all up-and-coming stars at the time, helping drive its cult status (so funny, I know). I wasn't part of the cool crowd in Middle School, so The Craft was a film I briefly took a little too seriously in my quest for my own clique. As it turns out, buying incense, scented oils and books on Salem weren't enough to invoke my inner warlock.

Like I said, not all reasoning is logical. I wouldn't put this film in a race for any Best Picture awards, but it was fitting for its time. And it's fitting for this awkward week of weather, since we'll never really know if it's caused by a higher power or hormonal teen. The Craft is a fun film to watch when it's stormy outside and you're bored of typical slasher films. The ending gets pretty frightening on your first view – Balk is far crazier than her name already suggests – especially with the lights off. It wasn't long after I started attempting my own witchcraft that I realized it was a waste of time, but the film's spirit lives on.


Definitely, Maybe (2008)

I would be able to get Definitely, Maybe out of my head if it wasn't currently invading HBO. Luckily, the film isn't your average romantic comedy. The cast – Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks and Abigail Breslin– makes for a Craft-like all-star group of names that should be bigger than they are. They have definitely (!) made more of themselves than Neve Campbell ever did – congrats Rachel on your "Constant Gardner" Oscar – but all have failed in becoming bankable.

Hardly a fairy tale, this romance is more mystery with its three relationship sub-plots getting blurred together in a recollection of the past. It touches upon many political pop-culture references – the Clinton era is a focal point – while we follow Reynolds' Will Hayes as he climbs the ladder of his own career. It's refreshing when a "date movie" relies more on plot and story, and less on meet-cutes and pratfalls.

Considering I'm about to take my own next step on the ladder – graduating college in less than a month – I'm not thinking about short, over-hyped relationships. I'm closing doors made in Boston and saying goodbye to faces that I'm sure will pop up again randomly in the future. It's all very stressful, but Will Hayes can do it!

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