If you were expecting a review of the just-released Movie 43 here, well, screw that. I caught the last three sketches as I was walking out of the other movie I saw on Sunday; figured that, since it was an anthology film, I could walk in near the end and not miss anything, right? Well, I wouldn't have missed anything if I'd just left the theater there and then. The "jokes" were practically laugh-free and had me groaning more than anything, with only one serious laugh coming from me in those twenty minutes. How so many talented actors found their way into this godawful mess is beyond me. I'd give it an easy 1 out of 5, but I only saw a small fraction of the movie, and for all I know the other sketches could be comic gold on par with Monty Python's best work. This is definitely getting a dishonorable mention on my inevitable "worst of 2013" list, that's for damn sure.
Movie 43 would've ruined my night if not for the other movie I saw, the one I paid to see...
I was going to review this after I saw it on Thursday, but then real life intervened. Sadly, my grandmother passed away this past Friday. I loved her like a second mother, and although the writing had been on the wall for the past couple of months, it was still hard to actually see her go. So I dedicate this review in honor of my grandmother. A review of a low-brow, gross-out comedy... what a way to honor her memory! A Haunted House (2013)
Two reviews today! First, I went to see Judd Apatow's latest This Is 40 in an early afternoon matinee, then afterwards sneaked into the next showing of Texas Chainsaw 3D to make my day a double feature. So without further interruption, here's review #1: This Is 40 (2012)
Bad news: the remake of Carrie, a film that I've been looking forward to for the past couple of months, has been pushed back by several months, from March 15 to October 18. Good news: that means that the makers of the film must have quite a bit of faith in this movie doing well, given that the new release date is just two weeks before Halloween, i.e. prime horror movie season, and so far the only competition is the next installment in that aging dinosaur known as the Paranormal Activity series. (EDIT: Just realized that it also has to compete with the remake of Oldboy. So that makes three horror films opening this October.) ('NUTHER EDIT: According to the director, the Carrie remake was delayed because of the Sandy Hook shooting. Even though I don't buy into the garbage that claims violent media causes killing sprees, I do get that a film with this kind of subject matter, just three months later, might bring back bad memories for those who had been in the school at the time.) Even better news: this has given me reason to write my long-overdue review of the original version of Carrie... Carrie (1976)