Flickchart Daily: Matchup of the Day & New Movies in Theaters
Flickchart Matchup of the Day
The first Barbie Doll was introduced on this day back in 1959. For today’s matchup, we have a comedy starring “The Backwoods Barbie” Dolly Parton and a comic book adaptation with Pamela Anderson (both of which were Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Picture nominees):
I found this photo at People.com comparing Parton and Anderson. When it comes to ridiculously proportioned displays of femininity, the similarities between them are obvious:
Pamela Anderson even performed on Dancing with the Stars to Parton’s song “9 to 5”.
Because I was raised listening to country music, and never successfully sat through an episode of Baywatch, I’m more familiar with Dolly Parton’s career than Anderson’s. I actually saw Rhinestone at the theater when I was very young. The theme song “Tennessee Homesick Blues” and Sylvester Stallone‘s obnoxious overacting are the two things about the film that have remained in my memory. (Stallone has the dubious honor of winning the Razzie Award for Worst Actor two years in a row: Rhinestone in ’84 and a double victory in ’85 for Rambo: First Blood Part II / Rocky IV.)
Rhinestone was directed by Bob Clark, who has a rather spotty body of work. This is the same man who was responsible for two of the most beloved Christmas films of all time and Baby Geniuses. You’ll have to watch Rhinestone and decide for yourself if it’s closer to A Christmas Story or Baby Geniuses in quality.
I never read the Dark Horse comic that Barb Wire was based on, so I didn’t have any expectations when I watched it last year. What I learned fairly quickly was that the movie is much like Catwoman, in that it’s based on a comic book and stars an attractive actress in a spicy costume. And they are both surprisingly bad. Barb Wire did receive a rather unique Razzie nomination for Worst Screen Couple that recognized Anderson’s enhanced bosom, so the film does have something special going for it. The trailer isn’t too bad, either.
Here’s Dolly Parton with her song “Backwoods Barbie”:
Friday’s New Movie Releases
This is the first Barbie commercial. Enjoy.