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Gilmore Girls - Submitted by Kristen - :

Episode : "Love and War and Snow 

It was wonderful, just wonderful.  Of course everyone is going on an on about 
what a fabulous kisser Scott is, because Max and Lorelai got in some 
passionate smooches in this episode, but the whole episode was beautifully 
crafted and written.

It juxtaposed the storyline of the magic of new love with three characters, 
not just the mom, and showed how it was like the magic of the first real snow 
of the season....everything is beautiful, peaceful, tingly and invigorating.  
The world class first date that Max and Lorelai were finally able to have was 
the result of fate and his broken Mustang rather than their planning, and 
they were both sort of taken up in the dreamy romance of the situation and 
snowy backdrop.

The writers even had Lorelai swooning over the things we all have loved about 
Scott from the first, his voice( which she listens to over and over again on 
her answering machine) his hair (which she runs her hands through and then 
makes a face at the camera which is priceless) and his drop dead charm.  They 
reprise their witty banter, which becomes more obviously a kind of foreplay 
for them both as the episode continues.  And while Max certainly gets caught 
up in a moment of passion with her, I was surprised at how Scott managed to 
be very sexy and NOT be Wolf.  Max is a stable, normal guy who is reserved 
when appropriate and frisky when he's CERTAIN he's got the green light from 
his lady.  He even looked convincingly flushed and breathless when their 
lingering kiss was suddenly interrupted by an unexpected guest.  (Heck, I was 
a little flushed myself~!) 

This time the writers did find that perfect balance between the dramatic 
themes of the family tensions with the grandparents, the humor of the comic 
players at the Inn, and the deeply romantic experiences of Rory, her best 
friend, and Lorelai.  There was even a poignant allusion to the feelings that 
the cafe' owner is harboring for Lorelai as he painfully watched her cuddling 
 with Max on their way home from the movie theater.  Add to this a terrific 
soundtrack by Ricki Lee Jones...this episode was a real KEEPER.

Episode : "The Deer Hunters"

This episode of "Gilmore Girls" introduced Scott as Max Medina, Rory's English teacher, at 
her new, snooty, private school, Chilton.  He is a straight shooting, stand-up guy who wears 
suits and sweaters, and sticks by the rules of the institution, which, in this episode, are at 
odds with Rory's style.  She is sweet and hard working, but is having a very hard time 
adjusting to both the academic and personal stresses of her new surroundings. As a poor 
out-of-towner, she is belittled and taunted by the rich society kids who populate the school. 
She earns only a "D" on her first paper in Max's class, and comes home depressed. Then,after
arriving late for an important Shakespeare test, she must decide whether or not she is really 
up to the challenges this school throws at her.

There was a sub-plot involving the efforts of the chef at the Inn, who was despondent about 
poor cuisine review, but the main purpose of this episode was to demonstrate Rory's tenacity 
in her efforts at Chilton, and to introduce Max, to Rory's mother, Loreli. They had two lengthy
scenes together, and Scott was most often playing the straight man to Loreli's cute and 
flustered antics. I have hopes for the next episode, where he begins to pursue her in a more 
direct manner, and asks for a date.

Max seemed a bit flat and one dimensional at first.  After becoming so familiar with Wolf and 
Harry Denby, it was hard to take in a Scott who wears brown fuzzy sweaters and is a stickler 
for rules!  But after watching it over and over, I could see that both the script and the character 
called for him to underplay...and let Loreli shine as the star of the show. It's a dramatically 
different role for Scott. Max is a little reserved and shy, but he doesn't take his job at Chilton 
TOO seriously, as that would put him in the bag with all the other uppity, mean-spirited folks 
who seem to inhabit the place. He's what you might simply describe as a nice guy. Max did 
throw Loreli a "wanting" look as she left the parent/teacher conference that was VERY endearing.  
I will admit to hitting the freeze frame button on that scene many times. 

The show  itself is still trying to fit into too many genre's...comedy,drama, slapstick, and social
commentary.  Sometimes it works, in a  fun and quirky kind of way. The  accident prone chef 
has had a couple of beautifully choreographed scenes in the kitchen that were laugh-out loud 
funny, and Loreli handles her off the wall dialogue in a manner eerily similar to Dharma of 
"Dharma and Greg". But other times, the writers are trying too hard to be inventive and it just 
doesn't gel. 

NYPD Blue - Final season Episode - Submitted by Kristen - :

Well the two hour show had two main themes.  The dangerous triangle between Diane,
Denby and Jill and the impending  illness of the son of the older detective.  As the 
second half of the two- parter began, we see Jill having a serious discussion with her 
not-dead husband in a cheap motel.  She hears a cough coming from the bathroom and
opens the door to sees Denby sitting there.   (Ack!)   He makes some smart remark 
about her neglecting department protocol in not identifying herself before she opened the 
door, and then tells her to give her partner, Diane, his best. ( Maybe it was all a metaphor 
for Denby getting "caught with his pants down")

His  brief, main scene was before the big bust.  He met Diane outside of the precinct on 
the sidewalk one last time. He was frantically playing checkers by himself with an 
heirloom set that he had just bought off of a man for $20. He was incredulous that this 
man had just given up an heirloom for so little. He said, almost to himself, "How easily we 
put the past up for bid..." with a hint of  personal regret.  He clearly knew that he was 
about to be arrested, but was still putting on the " Come- run away with me and be an 
affluent fugitive " face.  He said that she had all of the qualities that he valued in a friend; 
steadfast, loyal to the point of personal and professional risk. But, he wondered aloud, had 
she painted herself in a corner like him, by telling her partner what was going to happen.  
She asked him," Are you trying to turn me out or do you want me to pull you back?"  He 
said it was too late for him to be saved this time  and invited her to shoot him in the back 
by walking away slowly saying " Ready.... Aim......".  But she just looked at him . He 
walked off,defiantly flipping the bird to an undercover cop that was tailing him. 

Scott managed to keep Denby's tone sarcastic, but still desperate.  His character reminds 
me of Hamlet in a way. He, too,  was both frantic and calculating;  wanting to be saved yet 
bent on destruction.  That Denby didn't shoot his way free during the bust when he had the 
chance, shows  either his concern for Diane, or a lingering sense of right and wrong.

The 10th Kingdom - Obviously if you have read any of this website so far you will know we loved Scott in this one. Try reading the synopsis on Wolf if you missed our opinion.
Perfect Murder Perfect Town - Submitted by Kristen - - "Perfect Murder Perfect Town" was 220 minutes condensed on one video tape, so the quality was not all that good. Scott Played Steve Thomas, a detective brought onto the case who was convinced of the mother's guilt and the father's complicity. He investigated the case, butted heads with the DA's office, and conducted interviews, including one with Patsy's sister, played by Anne Margaret! ( Scott mentioned in several of his own promotional interviews that he was absolutely smitten with Anne Margaret since he saw her in "Bye Bye Birdie" when he was young. It was great seeing them in a scene together apart from 10K.) Although he was convincing as Det. Thomas, and had considerable screen time with the likes of Kris Kristopherson, Marg Helgenburger and Ken Howard, the role didn't call for either the intensity or humor that Scott does so well. The star of the show was really the case itself, as the director spent, literally, hours going over every detail and bit of evidence. I found it a bit tedious.
Vibrations - Submitted by Kristen - "Vibrations", was a very funny, avant garde vehicle for Scott. The ridiculous story centers on a young musician coming to terms with losing his hands in an accident, and finding redemption through using electronic,musical gloves at RAVE concerts. The actor playing him is so forgettable that I won't bother to go look up his name, but Scott plays Simeon, one of four unlikely friends who help him on his journey of self expression. Simeon is an adorable goofball and fellow RAVE musician. He's infectiously silly and enthusiastic about everything from women's breasts to chocolate milkshakes. He wears the clownish baggy clothes and knit hats of a gen-X-er, and has a long scene at the keyboard with very colorful dialogue. Although the movie itself is contrived and awful, I would highly recommend it to any Cohen fan. He is sexually ravenous; smooching, I think, 5 different women, and playful with everyone especially his roommate, Geek. You can see many hints of the underlying Wolf in Simeon, and you'll find yourself strangely attracted to this young man wearing welding goggles and shouting into the camera ala Frankenstein, "It's alive! It's alive!"
Wharf Rat - We're sure this movie is perfectly fine. Looks interesting enough. Problem is we were looking for Scott Cohen's performance. He was doing great for first 15 mins or so of the movie but then.....THEY KILLED HIM...... Well good dying there Scott. If you are looking to sit down and view Scott for any length of time this might not be the movie for you.
Nice Suit Scott
Wharf Rat

Submitted by Kristen - 

I watched " The Wharf Rat" yesterday.  It wasn't a terribly interesting movie. The characters 
were predictable and the dialogue unimaginative. Scott had a fair amount of screen time, but it
seemed like his character was just there to set up his brother's angst and had no life of his own.  
So when he was killed, it didn't strike me as any monumentous tragedy, as it should have. When
Petey spent the rest of the movie trying to avenge Matt's death it just didn't ring true.   I would 
have rather seen a whole movie about the relationships between Petey, Matt and their mother.  
It really seemed like Scott was reigned in by a dull story and flat script. 

Gia, Mambo Kings, and Gotti - Submitted by Kristen - : - I rented " Gia " , " Mambo Kings" and " Gotti " this past week and got to see Scott in some of his earlier roles. They are all very minor parts so there was really no hint of the scope he capable of. It was amusing to see how he has changed, though, especially from the tall, baby-faced sax player in "Mambo Kings" to the man he is today. "Gotti" is an HBO made film staring Armande Assante as John Gotti, which chronicles the later events of his life leading up to his betrayal and arrest. This is the second pairing of Scott Cohen and Assante in a film together. (They first met while making the acclaimed "Mambo Kings" in which Scott is a sax player in the Mambo band.) In Gotti, Scott has much more screen time with Assante as he plays his younger brother, Gene Gotti, who is part of the mob boss's inner circle. Most of the supporting roles, including Scott's, are there to listen to John Gotti wax on and on about his plans. I found it a bit tedious and wanted the other players to have more of a contributing role to the plot. Scott is a dedicated mob brother to Gotti, who takes his orders without question, covers his back, and submissively allows him to rough him up even though he is a full foot taller. In one scene in particular, Scott has his face smashed against a table for daring to question Gotti's interpretation of a money laundering problem. Knowing that Scott could turn around and whoop Gotti's behind with one Wolfie swipe or bite, only made their dynamic more frustrating for me, but I guess it was important to show what a strutting, self-centered, bully Gotti really was. Scott looks very dapper in his mob suits and slicked back hair, but appears to be much slimmer than his 10K build. Unfortunately, he has no chance to interact with women in this role, which is one of the things he does best. This role was reminiscent of his mob role in "New York Undercover", but the plot and editing were much better. If his role as Gene Gotti had been expanded, or if he had been cast as the "Judas", he would have had much more of a chance to let loose in his mesmerizing and unpredictable intensity. But as Assante was completely out-done by newcomer Antonio Banderas in "Mambo Kings", I think he may have gone a bit overboard in hogging the script in this film in an attempt to keep his leading man status.

New York Undercover - Submitted by Kristen - : - "New York Undercover" was a dull, improbable cop show and as usual Scott had only a unimaginative supporting role. The plus was that he had his lustrous Wolf hair going and he wore four different italian suits, which he wore very well. Ahhhem. There were a few good close-ups in his eight scenes that would dress up any picture gallery. He far outshined the lead actor and you couldn't help but think the roles would have been much better reversed. Scott's silky baritone is rather hypnotic after all, and it would have played well in the lead mob-guy's role. Jacob's Ladder - We've all heard of "Jacob's Ladder" for years but no one here actually watched it until now. We caught it on the SciFi Channel as a horror film. Not what we had expected at all and yet not at all disappointing as far as the overall movie goes. Without giving to much away, (which would actually ruin the movie for the first time viewer) we'll give you a brief idea of what its about and how much of Scott you actually see in it. Tim Robbins plays Jacob Singer and does a excellent job of doing so. The setting the Vietnam war, at home with his wife and children before the war, and living with a new girlfriend after the war. Its up to you and Jacob to figure out which one is actually reality. Deeply psychological and not a happy film but extremely well done in our opinion and definately worth watching. How much of Scott do you actually see? Seconds or perhaps even a minute as a doctor Jacob is attended by in a hospital emergency room. All the pictures you have seen around of Scott as the doctor pretty much sum it up. Not much to it and so little one couldn't get a feel of Scott's acting ability at all. Submitted by Kristen - I managed to get through the muck and disturbing images of "Jacob's Ladder" as I waited for Scott appearance. He was only in one scene for about 45 seconds as an emergency room doctor. It was so brief, and the movie was so awful, that I can't recommend it to anyone. If you want to see a film about mind control experiments on soldiers, rent an oldie called "The Manchurian Candidate". If you want to see a great film about the dead not knowing they are dead, see "The sixth sense". But skip "Jacob's Ladder" which had the interesting premise of these two movies, but a very poor execution of it.

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