Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Review – Death Becomes Her

Saying “This would have been a better movie if it hadn’t been a stupid comedy” is a little like saying “Bruce Willis would be a better actor if he had an ounce of talent.” Two Ladies of a Certain Age (Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn) up the ante in their battle over a man (Willis) by taking an eternal youth potion. Sadly for them, the potion keeps them going even after they’re both killed (head twisted around backward and huge shotgun hole in abdomen, respectively). Some of the effects are sorta fun, but the script relies far too heavily on silly clich├ęs. A screwball comedy doesn’t need to be acted as intensely as something more serious, but there’s still a big difference between “employing a lighter touch” and “phoning it in.” See if desperate

Review – After.Life

This is one of the most annoying movies I’ve seen in quite some time. Is this young accident victim (Christina Ricci) dead, or is she being held captive by a psychotic funeral director (Liam Neeson)? After less than half an hour of this mess I’d thoroughly ceased to give a shit. They blew the bucks for the cast and the production values, but at heart this is a meandering piece of amateur theatre. If you’re a big fan of go-nowhere plot twists or just desperate to see Ricci with her clothes off, then this is the movie for you. Otherwise ...  see if desperate