[MOVIE REVIEWs en rafale]

Saw a bunch of flicks in the recent weeks, let’s see what lasting impression they left, if any !

Van Helsing (2004)

Ugh. I was really looking forward to this one, a crucial mistake I guess now. It looked really good in the trailers. And I must say, it really did look very good when I saw the whole thing: this is a B-movie with a 150M$ SFX budget. Twice the looks, half the flavor. Bad script. Bad characters. Baaaaaaaaaaad Dracula wannabe. We’re given beginnings of backstories and origin of the characters but they never go anywhere. It’s a CGI slugfest but ultimately I didn’t care for any of the characters, good or “evil”. I don’t need to say much more, the web is rampant with examples and reviews of just how bad this movie is. I fell asleep in the theatre.

Duplex (2003)

I love Drew Barrymore, and I love Ben Stiller. At least when the movie is bad Barrymore is eye candy while you wait for the whole thing to finish. The movie had it’s funny moments, but maybe it’s too PC – they don’t go down the torture road nearly enough. Not from the neighbor, and not for their revenge. For any who don’t know the premise, Stiller and Barrymore play a cute couple who buy a duplex for peanuts, planning to live downstairs and eventually get rid of the tenant upstairs to make one big house and live happily ever after. Of course they’re lucky enough to get the neighbor from hell who won’t move and won’t even die. Basically it’s The Money Pit with a bad old lady upstairs instead of a house breaking down on itself.

The ending plot twist is easy to guess in the first half hour if you’ve seen more than a handful of movies in the last 20 years. Stiller needs to learn to say NO to some scripts! I like the guy, but come on, his comedy radar needs to be readjusted. Some late night paid advertisements are funnier than this. Or maybe I’m just wanting too much out of a movie. I finished the screening feeling “this was ok”. A few chuckles, but mostly wasted time.

Shrek 2 (2004)

Thinking back on this one after several weeks is interesting.. I didn’t give much credit to the critics saying it relied too much on pop culture references and spoofs for it’s own good – maybe they had more experience because it looks more and more true. The movie was good, but kinda like a pretty shell with not much inside. Funny, but easy to forget. I’ll probably pick up the DVD for collecting sake, but I hope they flesh out their next project a bit more..

Paycheck (2003)

Pretty good, even if I don’t perticularly like Uma Thurman. At least it won’t add another stinker to Ben Affleck’s resume. Strong rental, maybe I’ll buy it.

Scary Movie 3 (2003)

Ugh. Fell asleep. Bland, overused jokes. Maybe because I wasn’t a fan of “Signs“. Even the director of “Airplane!” and Kevin Smith couldn’t save this one for me. Avoid.

Electra (1995)

A Gem: a super powered teen is wanted for his superhuman seed. Lol. Never mind that in the end it’s his mother that runs after him. Rent it now, leave your brain to the OFF position and enjoy! Bad acting, sounds effects, editing, it’s all there 🙂