Ghost Town (2008)

Ghost Town (2008).

Utter rubbish. Gervais has sold out doing this crap. Not an original thought throughout this 102 snore fest. And the reason is Gervais had nothing to do with the writing. How cliched to give an Englishmen the character name Bertram Pincus and make him a dentist.
Kinear – wasted. Leoni – wasted.
1/10 (Because, again, it was set in NYC)
I cannot believe this shit gets green-lighted. So disappointing.

Frost/Nixon

This movie could have easily been title Frost/Frost as it's all about David Frost's dwindling career and how he manages to turn it around. Rather than the great interview as the promoters would have you think Frost Nixon is, the movie is much more dedicated to how David Frost funded the production and got the entire interview series on air. 

The production style is semi-documentary as many of the protagonists appear in scenes answering questions, to camera, about the events surrounding the interview sessions.
It's important to remember that David Frost is an entertainer, a TV Show host and not a journalist. By way of analogy, imagine a series of interviews between Bert Newton and John Howard or Jon Stewart v George W Bush – although that last one would be hilarious. Actually more like Regis Philby than JS. 

In Frost/Nixon, the winner was eventually shown (as per the interview series so I'm not spoiling anything here) to be Frost but not in a KO like Ali v Foreman but because Nixon fell on his sword and gave the American public what they wanted – an admission and an understanding of why he did what he did; "When the president does it, it's not illegal" says Nixon to the astonishment of everyone.

I wish Indy died at the end of the last movie.

Link: Less dash than lash, yet Indy’s on form – Film Reviews – Film – Entertainment.

Then The Speil and Luke’s Real Father couldn’t bring him back for this train wreck. The linked review is far to nice, probably so that the reviewer continues to get invited to openings.

Truth is, IJ4 is a turd. The biggest problem IMHO is that there are far too many ‘name’ actors in this movie. Raiders had Ford as the good guy, Denholm Elliott as his side kick and Paul Freeman as Belloq, the bad guy. The second movie has got no one, including Mrs Speilberg. The third, my favourite repeats the Ford/Elliot double and ads Sean Connery. Not just for the sake of adding a name, back then, he was really on an ex-Bond. Connery was brilliant and it led to many more roles for him after shaking off the 007 history.

From the opening scenes I could pick half a dozen faces from TV including Janitor from Scrubs and some Australian dick from Neighbours/Home and Away/The OC/Lost/Ugly Betty. Not to mention Kate Blanchett, John Hurt (brilliant) and Ray Winston. Why the big names? Because the story was a let down. If you thought IJ2 was a joke, then this one will make you cry. It is so disappointing.

One of the worst movies ever made

I recently ‘won’ tickets to see a Mystery Movie at Palace Verona last night. The previso was I had to complete a survey about the film at its conclusion. The movie was Be Kind Rewind starring Jack Black, Mos Def, Danny Glover and Mia Farrow directed by Michel Gondry.
This is not a review of the entire movie because I walked out after an hour which was 30 minutes after a lot of other people.
The first hour was confused, slow moving and stupid. Would the next 35 minutes be any better? I assumed not. When asked to complete a survey about the movie by the movie’s Australian distributor, Roadshow, I simply wrote “RUBBISH” over the top of the page.
Who ever green-lighted this production should never be allowed to approve movie production again.
Utter crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap. Crap.

No laughing matter: US comedy may be a rip-off – Film – Entertainment

This is a story by Garry Maddox in the SMH about Universal Pictures plagiarising the Australian production ‘Strange Bedfellows’. If, and I must emphasise, if Messrs Sandler et al have ‘re-interpreted’ the Hogan/Caton ‘comedy’ one must ask a simple question; why bother?

Strange Bedfellows grossed $4.8mil in Australia and probably cost most of that to make (assuming the producers paid tax on it or used it as a neg gear vehicle). The whole movie is one joke that is re-told for 90 minutes.

With Sandler coming off Reign Over Me I thought he may have made the move from slap stick to serious acting. Apparently not.

Link: No laughing matter: US comedy may be a rip-off – Film – Entertainment.