The best film I've ever seen.
I can't tell you how fascinating this was. This is a must see for all Cream fans and if you have read the biographies of Ginger, Eric, and Jack.
Queen of the Lot is set in modern-day Hollywood and stars Tanna Frederick, Noah Wyle and Christopher Rydell. In this sequel to Hollywood Dreams, Margie Chizek has achieved B movie success with her action hero films under her new name, Maggie Chase. But she's also gotten into trouble having had a few DUIs and now she's under house arrest - ankle bracelet and all. She's driven in her quest for A-list fame as evidenced by her obsession with her Google points. She's got more points than her home state of Iowa but far less than Angelina Jolie and that's got to change. She has to be Queen of the Lot - just like Norma Shearer.
Zack Norman and David Proval reprise their Hollywood Dreams roles as Kaz and Caesar, the hotshot gay Hollywood producers who discovered Maggie. They are still "married" (to each other) and funnier than ever. Maggie asks them if she can stay at their mansion for a while because she can't stand being stuck in her apartment on house arrest with the press dogging her. They agree and she gets police permission to stay with them.
Maggie asks Kaz and Caesar if her boyfriend (an already established star) Dov Lambert (Christopher Rydell), can stay, too. Dov is a half-wit who hails from Hollywood royalty. Enter Aaron Lambert (Noah Wyle), Dov's brother, a failed writer and black sheep of the family, who is sent to fetch Dov to help with a family crisis.
Is there really such a thing as a functional family? I don't think I've ever met one. Dov takes Maggie home to meet the family, headed by charismatic patriarch Louis Lambert (played with great depth by Jack Heller). At dinner, Dov introduces Maggie to everyone, including his sort-of estranged wife (Daisy White). What happens at large dysfunctional family dinners (as in Jaglom's Last Summer in the Hamptons)? Fur flies between various factions and, of course, Margie is right in there trying to fit in and help out and maybe make a connection that will propel her to megastardom. Aaron is in the fray maintaining his role as the family scapegoat and helping Maggie feel comfortable amidst the family bickering while Dov plays with his wife and other more important things - like his poker buddies. Maggie and Aaron reluctantly fall for each other and the way their relationship develops is one of the most irresistible aspects of the film.
Frederick and Wyle together make the silver screen simmer with vintage Tinseltown charm reminiscent of Tracy and Hepburn. Frederick plays Maggie Chase as down-to-earth, believable and loveable. Maggie is driven, insecure, and slightly conniving but she's also smart, forceful and can take care of business. This is Frederick’s best performance as she infuses Maggie with her uncanny combination of star and girl-next-door. Wyle is at the top of his game as Aaron, an insecure good guy whose wife has just left him. He's a wreck but his inner strength comes through in emergencies.
As often occurs in Jaglom films, his brother Michael Emil appears, this time as a curmudgeonly interloper in a therapy group. Jaglom's daughter Sabrina is absolutely stunning. Remember her as Zoe Lambert, the young filmmaker in Hollywood Dreams who rejects Margie Chizek? Well, Zoe's turned into quite a formidable, sometimes calculating young woman. Simon Orson Jaglom, is just adorable as Michael Lambert. Love him!
There is an outstanding supporting cast including great performances by Kelly DeSarla, Ron Vignone and Diane Salinger as Maggie's "handlers." Salinger is frighteningly believable as Maggie's "life coach." Mary Crosby, Peter Bogdanovich, Dennis Christopher, Paul Sand and Beege Barkette shine as various family members and associates. Tommy Garrett is delightful as a reporter who empathizes with Maggie's quest for fame and the fact that she only gets attention from the press when she’s been bad.
You’ve got to see this movie. There are some very funny lines and Queen of the Lot has heart and soul. When I saw Jaglom’s Hollywood Dreams I thought, "This is the REAL Hollywood." Queen of the Lot has reinforced that. I'd like to poll some Hollywood types to see if they agree. In any event, I am confident that Tanna Frederick is going to achieve her dreams in Hollywood and if there were still a lot, she would be queen of it!
Democrats will not be offended by this film. It should have been made before the 2008 election. This is a movie with a point of view, but it is not propaganda (like, say, a Michael Moore film). Leaving aside a few minutes overtly political and right leaning, the film is largely a poignant story and search for the connection between a man, his father and ancestors and the possible impact of history. Many interesting facts about Obama's family and connections to colonial history. Photography and editing, music, all very engaging.
After visiting many tiki bars around the US and finding it filled with pretentious people, it was a breath of fresh air when Stefan opened Porco. Cheers to you my friend.
What a wonderfully well written article, it does better than most at capturing the spirit of Porco. I am lucky enough to call Stefan my friend. He and Anne Marie are like a bug light for magnificent people. When you walk into Porco you'll feel it, there is a lot of love in that room.
Congratulations, well deserved continue the success from Niagara rally host Shawn
This is such a wonderful event and it sounds like this year will be even better. Can't wait
John is a Cleveland legend. Grog isn't the Grog without him.
You are amazing and I wish you only success!
Seti is a class act. Lovely wife. Best hotdogs in Cleveland
Never had good service at Kitchen. I hope he's not overextended on his other places. Never see much traffic in the other spots. Had good food at Sticks and Rocks.
I love you Kelly, and all you do for humanity!
John Kasich will probably soon announce that his thoughts and prayers go out to the victims, their families and friends of the Husted Purge.
Stick to your (suspect) movie reviews and leave the social commentary for the op-ed pieces.
Ridiculous. Who the F edits this drivel?
My favoriite place on earth for so many reasons! Always fun, friendly, warm and welcoming. You can go by yourself and not feel alone. Belly up to the bar and make a few new friends! The team there knows their stuff and are always happy to advise newbies and spin some yarn! So much to look at - true historical tiki history in there along with other silly kitsch mixed in.
Keep on keeping on Ronnie. Cle and Ohio needs an intelligent voice like urs....
I went to Camp Seven Ranges & participated in the first year Pipestone ceremony. While I certainly wouldn't call it traumatizing, I definitely think it qualifies as hazing. I was roughed up & manhandled; at one point I was pushed down a hillside because I wasn't moving fast enough. I find it odd that so many young men apparently are interested in repeating what is a rather unpleasant experience. I had no desire to return to Camp Seven Ranges. Mainly, I found the whole experience rather stupid & pointless as a 12 year old. And I still do.
Excellent reflections, Peter, on the problem of our system of legalized bribery in which campaign donations are less "contributions" than "investments" with an expected return and the voices of those with money drowning out the voices of those without. So long as money is considered constitutionally protected "speech," not much will change. The same goes with corporations being anointed by the Supremes with constitutionally protected rights of real human beings -- as corporations have the authority independent of investing in elections to shape laws and regulations and shield themselves with 4th, 5th and 14th Amendment protections from We the People.
There is a solution to these twin hijackings of what's little left of our representative government -- the We the People Amendment, HJR 48 -- a constitutional amendment that would affirm that only human beings, not corporations, possess inalienable constitutional rights and that money is not free speech and, therefore, can be regulated from all sources in elections. More than 600 communities across the country have taken a position -- via municipal resolution or ballot measure -- in support. Whenever it reaches the ballot, it wins 100% of the time. This effort has been sparked and nurtured by Move to Amend, https://movetoamend.org Twenty communities in Ohio have taken a stand (12 resolutions, 8 ballot measures), facilitated by the Ohio Move to Amend Network, https://movetoamend.org/ohio
A similar initiative will be on the ballot this November in Shaker Heights, S. Euclid and, hopefully, Cleveland (sufficient signatures have been turned in, just now waiting for City Council to act).
FYI, simply overturning the 2010 Citizen United decision as some advocate only returns us to the glorious democratic panacea at that time. Remember those good 'ol democratic days prior to 2010 when our voices were authentically heard, needs met and communities helped? Money as speech dates to the 1970's while corporate constitutional rights originates in the 1880's.
Elections matter. But supporting a growing national "legalizing democracy" movement matters just as much, if not more.
To become involved in working to pass any of these initiatives or elsewhere in Ohio, email email@example.com.
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